SAL: Trick Or Treat Update #7

Here we are at the three week check in. It’s a timely check in for this Trick or Treat project. Here is where I was last time.

For my progress on this update notice I added an additional bottom row to the section one before getting started on the second section.

This project has been a real challenge for me. It’s been extremely difficult to follow the directions and match colors to the suggested floss. I have taken some liberty in making this my own {Halloween nightmare} I have been referring back to the cover photo on the package insert for color guidance but while writing this I had the idea to take the cover picture I had and crop it to show you some of the changes I have made. I am so glad I did because it really gave me a great view, a real eye opener, of what I was looking at. I have decided I will be removing it all and be starting the whole section again after seeing this view below.

Now it’s off to take a look at what everyone else has been working on, please join me. 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 update will be on the 15th of November.

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Lots Going On

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Not just for the gorgeous foliage or the every thing pumpkin spice ~ yum ~ but as the weather turns cooler with more time indoors, I find it so much easier to have lots going on.

I participate in two different sew alongs. A HQAL, where I am working on a hand quilting project – The Dahlia Project and a SAL with a great Halloween cross stitch in progress but I have also been busy with a few other projects.

5 daughters will each get 2 dish towels this year. I’ve have 9 completed with this one just finished.

This years passion has been cross stitch Christmas cards. I had done one last year that was sent to my Uncle. He absolutely loved it. With this year filled with so much uncertainty, filled with social distancing, and actually not even getting together with friends, I thought these would really make the perfect non gift, gift to say you’ve been thought of and are special to me. Here are 3 of the latest completed.

These 2 Current cards are 5 x 7 and came in a set of 4. I have 2 more to do.

I just picked up these 2 Hannukah cross stitch cards off of eBay and am excited to get started on them. (about 6.50 ea give or take) I would have liked a couple more but only spotted these 2 at this price.

And some tiny pillows for gift giving using The Friendship Star pattern will make perfect friendship gifts.

Keeping me busy, as if I haven’t been busy enough, is a lap quilt for a friend. Using the Friendship Star pattern, I started this on Monday and have completed 8, 9″ blocks. I think 12 blocks may be enough with the added sashing, I’ll see. These blocks, a first for me, have been machine assembled and not hand stitched. When I get to quilting her though, she will be hand quilted 🙂 No idea on the backing yet.

The last on my doing list is this pinwheel block pattern baby quilt. I have been working on it through this last year. The blocks are all hand stitched with the sashing done by machine. I still have 1 more strip to piece together. I had used this pattern and material before in another baby quilt. With a few extra blocks I just kept going and made some more blocks, enough for this second quilt. She will be hand quilted.

It’s been a crazy year for so many. Blogging, reading and following blogs has been so important these past 10 months. It’s kept me focused on not being bored, one of the greatest complaints I have heard from friends. Along with keeping me busy, it’s connected me to those who share a similar passion.

I have been thinking about how the holidays, traditionally, can be a very difficult time for many regardless of this being the year of COVID. I want to make a little extra effort to connect with friends and family this holiday season.

SAL: Trick Or Treat Update #6

A timely posting for the month of October as I continue to work on “Trick or Treat”. At our last posting she looked like this….

Three weeks and I made some good progress. I did not get the back stitching done as I hoped but the bat joined the haunt, a window fixed, a pumpkin got a stem, along with completing the ground and border.

While this looks almost finished, there’s so much more to come with this project.

Now it’s off to take a look at what everyone else has been working on, please join me. 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 25th October 2020.

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A Lot Of Christmas Happening

Where has the time gone? As I write this there is only 90 days left till Christmas. NO way, I have too many projects left that I want to complete. I have been working on tea towels and cross-stitch cards since the beginning of the year and while I do have quite a few gifts completed – the stack of projects doesn’t seem to be going down. I have completed these 3 cards from the original 4 I purchased in January

I just love these cross stitch beauties and thought this year I would really like to send out a few more. They really do say “your pretty special” I purchased a few more off of eBay or was it amazon…oh hec – one of those two.

I have completed friends and am working on Happy Holidays right now. The other 4 look rather easy to stitch up and will make the perfect gift cards.

I have added another two tea towels bringing a total of seven completed with another being worked right now. The quality of these towels and the ones completed are fabulous, heavy and with a sewn in hook for hanging. The towels were purchased from Joann’s, Stitch Em Up 2 pack Flour Sack

I needed more towels and since I am staying in and doing most shopping on line, I ordered from amazon Utopia Kitchen Flour Sack Dish Towels 12 pack Cotton Kitchen Towels 28 x 28 mid Sept. I was so disappointed when they arrived. They are thin and see thru with no hook. I begin doing some embroidery on one and well – I have ordered on line from Joann’s and will most likely not use any of these for gift giving.

90 days is simply not enough time to get what I want to get done – I will be shifting my expectations very soon now 🙂

I have been working on a Halloween cross-stitch and a quilt, both also for gifts. No deadline on these, with the Halloween being worked for 2021 🙂

May I share with you our blossoming fur baby Skyes The Limit Johnson. Saved thru Cozy Paws Rescue she came to us in mid July. We feel so blessed to care take her or is it her us? She has brought so much happiness wrapped up in her 14 lb mini schnauzer bundle of love. The picture was taken yesterday on a mini nature walk along the Puget Sound.

A break in the weather got us out and enjoying but you should see Skye in her blue with yellow duckies rain coat – adorable and perfect for here in our northwest corner of Washington state where we are no strangers to wet weather.

Enjoy a relaxing weekend ~ I am off to do some baking.

SAL: Trick or Treat Update #5

“Trick or Treat” is an Original Design by Thea Dueck for The Victoria Sampler.

At our last posting I was here

Three weeks have flown by, we are approaching mid September and here I am, just about done with phase 1 of the project.

Just a bit more to do for this section, complete the ground, there’s a bat for the sky, fix a window and some backstitching, tidy things up and I’ll be done.

Please take some time and visit the pages of the others in the group. Stay safe and well. I am off now to do some blog hopping ~ enjoy!

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SAL: Trick or Treat Update #4

Three weeks since our last posting has arrived as quickly as thinking that Halloween is just around the corner. Can you believe it?

Here is where I was at my first and last posting. I had gone back over all of the black that I had initially done single strand, adding to make it double stranded. What a job but it looked better even though it did look a bit wonky to me.


Here is where I am at now.


It’s looking better. Before seeing this picture I had not noticed that I had I missed a window. I’ll need to go back over that and add the back stitching before going on to the next section.

You can see what everyone else in this SAL is working on my clicking on the links below.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Helen

Stay well and stay safe until we post again




SAL: Trick or Treat Update #3

I am always amazed how 3 week intervals for posting our progress arrives so quickly. So here we are, mid summer, with another chance to show our progress. You may remember at our last posting I was unhappy with the look of my piece. Checking the directions I realized I had read the directions wrong. Then I thought this may have been a needlepoint project. In fact I am still not sure about this piece.


Having used a single strand of black floss, I went back over the black with another strand of floss. I think it really made the difference. (It was a b**** to do) I left the yellow a single strand . The dark brown is a mix of single and double floss which I am going to leave for now. I am hoping it may give a shadowing effect when finished. I can go over it later if I need to. Here’s a look at the improved and some welcomed progress.


Before & After


This SAL is hosted by Avis. We post our progress on our hand stitching projects every three weeks. Please click on the links below to see what everyone else has been working on.

Christmas In July

It’s time for a little Christmas in July and an update on what has been keeping me busy. I had already posted these 2 projects but am adding to my stockpile for gift giving ….

I finished 2 more dish towels

There will be no shortage of reindeer for Santa


And this sweet old world Kringle will add some sparkle to a kitchen


But lets remember to always spread Joy


I have a few more towels stamped and ready to start but I also have this sweet little scene to stitch up along with one more holiday card.


There has been no shortage of projects to work on during this sheltering in place business. I have been participating in 2 craft alongs 🙂 a hand quilt along (HQAL) and a stitch along (SAL) Both post at 3 week intervals, the progress on our projects. It’s been a great way to get lots done with the encouragement of others – that accountability that keeps you on track. I think the best part has been the friendships with other crafters from around the world that have formed. Certainly, for me, it has been a way to really stay positive and uplifted and in communication with so many wonderful people.

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SAL: “Trick Or Treat #2 Update

At our last posting I had decided to tackle the ‘Trick or Treat’ Victorian sampler for my next project. I had a small start – seen below – The instructions called for single strand floss thread. I didn’t have have the correct color floss called for so it was crafters choice 🙂


Here is where I am now, with quite a few flaws visible, besides something just didn’t seem right


Here is the jacket picture enlarged – the backing seemed to be fabric and not cross- stitch at all. This is a needle point project.


Checking back with the directions again – yup – careless mistake.  Oh boy – lets see how I figure this one out – I need to go back and really take a look at the directions. I think I can still work this as a cross stitch, double or triple up on the black floss..we’ll see

Until then

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names 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 2nd August 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Helen



SAL: New Project Choice

Hi everyone ~ how does three weeks come and go so quickly?

I made a decision on my next project in the nick of time. I was wavering on what to start but I know some of you will be happy to see that my choice was the Halloween “Trick or Treat” cross stitch.


I was a little hesitant with this for a number of reasons. One reason was I didn’t have the right length of cloth to complete the whole picture. Another, I didn’t have the floss colors listed. Wanting to get started, I thought, hey I can eliminate, create, and alter as much as I want. Enough procrastinating, I’d give this a try get this project started…..


I don’t remember the exact details on the fabric I purchased at Joanns before Christmas. Pretty sure its an 18 count cotton Aida fabric in a neutral/beige. I will be using floss from my stash trying my best to match up the colors with the picture and thread list. I did a read through of the directions and seem pretty confident I can do this  🙂

I’ll see you all at our next posting and until then


Please enjoy the projects of the other participants by clicking on the links blow. We live all over the world so please allow for the time differences.

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About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.