SAL Update: Desert Cactus

September 1st and I am feeling the crunch to get this finished. I had initially thought a Christmas gift for my daughter but a Nov. 10th birthday may be possible, maybe not, as she is living oversea’s in Okinawa (Military family) mailing times at best are usually slow and spotty for a timely arrival. Either or ….. time will tell on this one.

Where I was last time 


Where I am now 


Once I posted this photo I saw my mistake clearly, those last dark forest green crosses have to go. WRONG 😦  I’d also like to get some backstitching done for our next show and tell.

Where I was,  where I am now, finished project 

It’s not a cactus but it’s green. I caught diamonds nesting in a plant in the garden after a summer rain.



If you haven’t already please take a moment to visit the pages of the other crafters in this SAL. There is some amazing projects in the works. Thank you for stopping by 🙂


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 sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

21 thoughts on “SAL Update: Desert Cactus

  1. claire93 September 1, 2019 / 3:20 pm

    that’s very good progress ^^

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  2. Deb September 1, 2019 / 10:23 pm

    You’ve got quite a few stitches done! I love those rain diamonds,well captured.

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    • nwpaintedlady September 2, 2019 / 3:10 am

      I was surprised by my progress this time 🙂 and the rain diamonds were such a treat to see.

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  3. Christina September 1, 2019 / 11:22 pm

    Wow, good progress! Those rain diamonds are amazing!

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  4. kathyreeves September 1, 2019 / 11:40 pm

    Excellent progress, Sharon! I had a boo boo like that too, spent last night ripping!

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  5. magpiesue September 2, 2019 / 3:09 am

    Isn’t is amazing how errors that are invisible when we’re working show up in a photograph?! So where did you get the plant that grows diamonds? 😉

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    • nwpaintedlady September 2, 2019 / 3:14 am

      I know, amazing. I was so shocked when I saw it….what? I even went and checks the color code and picture.


  6. rutigt September 2, 2019 / 9:51 am

    Great progress! Ripping is part of the handicraft I think 🙂 LOL


  7. KerryCan September 2, 2019 / 10:40 am

    This is a gift that will be appreciated whenever it’s finished–and you should just relax and enjoy the process! I think the back stitching will be very satisfying!

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  8. Jocelyn Thurston September 3, 2019 / 1:43 am

    Vibrant colours in this one. I’ve had to take out quite a few stitches in my current piece. Sigh. Meanwhile, I love those quilt blocks in your last post.

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    • nwpaintedlady September 3, 2019 / 2:25 am

      Thank you Jocelyn…removed stitches and ready to soldier on. I have finished piecing the quilt now and have actually begun the quilting today …I am on a role 🙂 Sharon


  9. Lindashee September 13, 2019 / 8:25 pm

    Love this project! You’ve made very good progress. I don’t trust the post these days, takes three weeks to get a letter 1000 miles away… Hope you don’t struggle with the post so much!


    • nwpaintedlady September 13, 2019 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you for your good postal wishes ~ I will need it 🙂 Sharon


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