SAL: A Summertime Finish

At our last update I had posted that I had basically finished my project, with the background sky completed I just had the border to finish.

Last posting


Grand Finale


A big thank you is in order to everyone in this SAL ~ with out your comments and encouragement this project would never have been begun neither the less completed. It was a total group effort πŸ™‚

Now for some blocking and then framing and this will be ready for gift giving this coming holiday season. My daughter is going to love it!

In fact, I wanted to share that on her last visit to the lower 48 with us, on a thrift store excursion, I found 2 ceramic Barbara Lavallee coasters. One for her and one for me. Once home in Alaska she shared with me that she decided to created a kitchen backsplash using coasters designed by Barbara. So far she has these six.


I love the idea ~


So now what?

I have this sweet little project I would like to finish for another daughter.




If you have a project and would like to participate in this SAL please contact Avis at the link below and don’t hesitate to follow all the links to the work of some amazing crafters and their projects.


Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me (Avis) an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

25 thoughts on “SAL: A Summertime Finish

  1. claire93 July 21, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    well done on your finish, and gosh, the new project is already off to a fast start!

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    • nwpaintedlady July 21, 2019 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you all around, one finished and another started – it’s been a good week πŸ™‚

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  2. Christina July 21, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    Congrats on the finish! The coaster back-splash sounds like an amazing idea! Also, I’m loving the new project. That little owl is so cute!

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    • nwpaintedlady July 21, 2019 / 4:52 pm

      My daughter is pretty crafty – but not in a quilting, cross stitch, embroidery kind of I loved the idea too!


  3. Texas Quilter July 21, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    Oh so pretty and love the Designer! Makes me want to learn how to cross stitch! Maybe later…..
    Hugs Have a wonderful Sunday – you deserve it – great job wonderful gift!

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  4. gingerninjacrafts July 21, 2019 / 5:04 pm

    Yay congrats on your happy dance and how beautiful it looks. I can’t wait to see that little owl emerge, they are favourites of mine x


  5. Deb July 21, 2019 / 6:41 pm

    πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ I know your so excited to give this little smile maker to your daughter! Love the coaster idea,and the little owl project is sweet.

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    • nwpaintedlady July 22, 2019 / 1:49 pm

      I don’t want to rush ‘time’ but your right, I am excited to give it to her πŸ™‚ Sharon

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  6. kathyreeves July 21, 2019 / 6:46 pm

    It’s just beautiful, Sharon, congratulations!!!πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸΎ your next project is so cute! Is this a new start or another UFO on its way to a finish?

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    • nwpaintedlady July 22, 2019 / 1:51 pm

      It’s actually both if that’s possible. It was new about 2 months ago, put aside and started again πŸ™‚ Thank you Kathy on the congrats! so excited to have it done. Hugs

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  7. teamwilsun July 22, 2019 / 1:27 am

    Sharon! Congratulations on your finish!! That piece is so lovely, and your daughter is going to be so thrilled. Your other daughter is going to love her piece, too. I know exactly what you mean about this stitch-a-long really keeping you motivated, too. Glad you’ve joined us!

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  8. Karrin Hurd July 22, 2019 / 5:10 am

    Congratulations on your finish. I love it. When I went to Alaska I got a calendar I think by Barbara Lavallee. I love her work!

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    • nwpaintedlady July 22, 2019 / 1:54 pm

      Hi Karrin ~ She is very popular and famous in Alaska. I love her work too. I actually just bought a fabric print of hers off of eBay and plan to use it in a quilt πŸ™‚


  9. rutigt July 22, 2019 / 9:03 am

    One happy dance for you and for your daughter as well! Those ceramic coasters are beautiful! Your next project is looking great. That owl is very cute!

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    • nwpaintedlady July 22, 2019 / 1:56 pm

      I loved her coaster idea and I might be doing it as well. I do love the owl too but it was the cactus that drew me to it. I raised my family in the Mojave desert of California πŸ™‚

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  10. KerryCan July 22, 2019 / 10:22 am

    Oh, you did it! That is going to be the *best* gift, and it’ll fit so well since she’ll be using the coasters as well–clever! And of course you need to make a gift for the other daughter now–it’s only fair! πŸ˜‰

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    • nwpaintedlady July 22, 2019 / 1:58 pm

      fair is fair… wink wink…. they’re 36 & 43 and they still want their fair share πŸ™‚ but I wouldn’t want it any other way!


  11. Catherine July 22, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    Well done on finishing! It is such a great design, and it will look wonderful next to her new kitchen backsplash. What a great idea!

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    • nwpaintedlady July 23, 2019 / 1:13 pm

      Hi Catherine ~ so excited to gift this piece. It would be fun hung in her kitchen. I hadn’t;t thought of that πŸ™‚

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  12. craftycreeky July 23, 2019 / 7:56 am

    Congratulations on your finish, it’s a lovely fun piece, I love the idea of the splashback too πŸ™‚ You’re already motoring on with the next one πŸ™‚

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    • nwpaintedlady July 23, 2019 / 1:12 pm

      Always excited to get to the finish line – your so right this was a really fun whimsical piece πŸ™‚ On to the next πŸ™‚


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