I finally finished my woodlands sampler!

Completed Woodlands Sampler

I meant to use the 2013 pattern for the final block, since I did most of my stitching in that year, but after re-doing the border again, I used the wrong pattern for the second time. I certainly didn't want to do it a third time, so 2014 it is!

Completed Woodlands Sampler

I really love how this whole thing turned out. Each block is fun and speaks so well to the month it represents.

Completed Woodlands Sampler

The next challenging part is going to be framing it, as it is quite an unusual size. I've been procrastinating on framing most of my recent cross-stitch finishes, so it's time for me to get started!

December Woodlands Sampler

I finally finished December in my Woodlands Sampler a few weeks ago. The home looks quite cozy in all that snow. Though now I'm wondering if I missed a trunk on one of those trees...

Woodlands Sampler Progress

I've gotten a little on the last square finished, but I think I'm going to rip out that banner and do it in another color. I knew I wouldn't like it when I started, and now that I see it in these pictures, I like it even less. It's just too bright to sit next to everything else.

As I was taking these pictures. it dawned on me that I have a bit of the woodlands in my own backyard.

Pine Tree 1

Here is one pine tree in our backyard,

Pine Tree 2

and here is the other. Kind of amazing, isn't it? I've never lived in a place with pine trees before (at least since I was very, very young), so it's pretty neat to have these sitting so close to us. They really are quite beautiful.

It's that time again! 2013 has come to a close, and I always like to sit down and think about what I'd like to quilt and sew in the next year. It's been a year of changes for me - a new job and a move to a new city. It's been hard to find the time to sew, so my goals this year are going to be fewer, but that doesn't mean I will be any less excited about them!

Looking back, apparently I never made goals for the 2013 year (whoops!). Going back to my 2012 goals, some of them I accomplished, and many of them I did not. Working from that list as a base, here are my sewing goals for the 2014 year.

Quilts

Sewing

Cross-stitch

Embroidery

Community

Okay, this clearly is not a small list. I guess I'll just see how it goes! What are your plans for the upcoming year!

Sewing 2013It's been a colorful year, hasn't it? I definitely didn't get as much sewing and quilting in as I would have liked, but I most certainly enjoyed what I was able to make. Happy New Year everyone!

Oliver the Owl

I'm finally all caught up on my Woodlands Sampler. This is Oliver the Owl! I really love the falling leaves and acorns in this block. The owl is so adorable!

Sitka the Snowy Squirrel

And here is Sitka the Snowy Squirrel. We have a lot of squirrels in our neighborhood, and my pup loves to chase them, so I was excited to do this block. The sparkly falling snow is a lot of fun.

Fall Woodlands Sampler

 I really love how all of the fall blocks look together.

Woodlands Sampler Progress

 Here's my progress thus far. Just one more month to go!

Woodlands Sampler September

Seriously. These two are too cute. And the maple leaves are making me want to get started on my modern maples quilt.

Woodlands Sampler Jan-Sept

I've started a little on October as well... hopefully I'll be catching up over Thanksgiving!

Halloween Sampler

I finished just in time! I really love how this turned out. This was a really, really fun pattern to do (you can find it at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery).

Halloween Sampler

I think my favorite square is still the ghost square. In a close second is the ninja. I mean, it's a ninja! Now I need to find a good frame for this so it can go on the wall next year!

Halloween Sampler

I'm making some good progress on my Halloween Sampler!

Halloween Sampler 2

Now I've got apparitions, lightning, and lollipops! I think the ghosts are too cute. And I still love how the boxes are so full in this pattern. It takes longer to stitch, but it's so much more interesting to look at! Up next are some owls!

Haunted House

I love Halloween. Not necessarily the dressing-up part, but the ghosts and goblins and candy part. I especially love decorating for Halloween. If I had unlimited cash, I would be the person with a million things in the front yard for the trick-or-treaters that made it both the scariest and the best house on the block. This all to say, I could not pass up on the Halloween Sampler at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. The first block for H is a haunted house, and it's pretty much perfect. I definitely like that this sampler is really filling in those blocks to the max. The next few are going to be packed with cuteness!

Halloween Sampler

And how awesome is this border? A black lace with skulls and bats. Creepy in such a good way. Eek!

Floss

Some say that too much of a good thing is bad.

Floss

While in many cases this may be true,

Floss

when it comes to floss,

Floss

I beg to differ.