SAL: Cactus and Owl Update

Halloween down, Thanksgiving inching its way into our hearts and another chance to post an update on my project.

Last posting the cactus and owl looked like this.


Progress was made and it felt good to put in the last stitches of the third cactus. Just a few more stitches to finish him up, the thorns, backstitching, then flower with its stem and I’m done 🙂



Welcome Back Connie 🙂 I am excited to hop on over to your page and see what you’ve got in the works.


Not part of the SAL but in these past 3 weeks I made these two sweet little ornaments to go on top of a special gift. Both ornaments are backed the same. The quilt they are on is one I made many years ago, well over 20. It’s my Christmas quilt, all hand pieced and quilted.


Please enjoy the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 24th November 2019.

32 thoughts on “SAL: Cactus and Owl Update

  1. Texas Quilter November 3, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    Your Owl is so cute and this will be such a nice wall hanging! The Xmas decorations are precious. 3 weeks pass fast don’t they! Hugs

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    • nwpaintedlady November 3, 2019 / 2:40 pm

      Hi Nanette 🙂 thanks – it is for gift giving for a daughter – raised in the ‘desert’, now living in Okinawa (military) she loves everything cactus. Can’t wait to finish and get it to her … hugs back

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  2. kathyreeves November 3, 2019 / 3:21 pm

    Those are sweet ornaments, Sharon! You have made splendid progress on the owl cross stitch. The back stitching is really going to make it pop!

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    • nwpaintedlady November 3, 2019 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you Kathy. I have put off backstitching and I am not sure why since I liked the idea of doing as I went with my last project. Can’t wait to see the ‘pop’ 🙂

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  3. Carmela Gulino November 3, 2019 / 3:44 pm

    Beautiful! Is almost complete! Hugs

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  4. teamwilsun November 3, 2019 / 4:18 pm

    You’ll be happy dancing next time — hooray! And I love love love those ornaments — so pretty.

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  5. gingerninjacrafts November 3, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    Your owl is looking so beautiful and it will be finished in no time! Great ornaments too, they will looks so pretty for Christmas. Jenny xx

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  6. claire93 November 3, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    you’ll be happy dancing next time then!
    and love the ornaments!

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    • nwpaintedlady November 3, 2019 / 11:04 pm

      Looks like there may be quite a few of us dancing next time 🙂


      • claire93 November 4, 2019 / 7:23 pm

        yes! you, me, Avis, Carole . . . and maybe a few other ladies.

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        • nwpaintedlady November 5, 2019 / 2:00 pm

          It will be one big block party with dancing in the street 🙂

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        • claire93 November 5, 2019 / 3:14 pm

          I think we’ll need to book a DJ for the occasion!

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  7. Carole November 3, 2019 / 9:51 pm

    I love that owl! What a brilliant expression on his face 🙂


    • nwpaintedlady November 3, 2019 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you Carole, his expression is really sweet and expressive 🙂


  8. Christina November 4, 2019 / 12:49 am

    Wow, great progress! You’re almost done 😀 The ornaments are so sweet. I love how they turned out!

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  9. marymargaretripley November 4, 2019 / 2:12 am

    Oh my I love both, but the quilt and ornaments just make me smile and think of the things my Granny used to make. So pretty!

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  10. Susan Nixon November 4, 2019 / 2:54 am

    The ornaments are very cute! Every time I see this owl, I can’t help but smile. You are almost finished – yay! Celebrate!

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  11. Karrin Hurd November 4, 2019 / 5:21 am

    Love the owl, and the ornaments are lovely!


  12. rutigt November 4, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    Those ornaments are so great! And of course the owl still is the cutest owl I ever seen!

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  13. Jocelyn Thurston November 4, 2019 / 2:31 pm

    Very cute owl…I always love those videos of them twisting their heads just like this.
    I also love your ornaments. In fact I have one started like that somewhere in my stash; I think it was a kit from somewhere. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • nwpaintedlady November 4, 2019 / 3:28 pm

      Hi ~ found that kit 🙂 I picked these up at the Goodwill some time back, dug them out too and got um done 🙂


  14. Deb November 4, 2019 / 10:12 pm

    😍 you’ve done a lovely job on both projects!😍

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  15. magpiesue November 6, 2019 / 10:53 pm

    Nothing like a goal to get a project moving! Your daughter is going to love the owl and cactus. The ornaments are darling too.

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    • nwpaintedlady November 7, 2019 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you … I really want to get her done for gift giving this holiday 🙂 thanks for the encouragement 🙂


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