Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Postcards From the Bay

Christmas has come and gone, I hope all of your stockings were filled with wonderful presents and no lumps of coal.

In an attempt to start 2009 with one less WIP, one less BAP WIP, I've been spending some time with 13th Colony Bay Parts 1-3. Below you see part 1. It is very close to completion. I have to stitch the clouds and do some backstitching, minimal backstitching.

Here is part 2. I have to finish the sun. I have to do some backstitching on the trees and finish a clump of greenery on one. I have to also stitch the fence around the house and a teeny tiny bit of water.
Here is part 3. My main focus for the last few days. I have to finish the land to the left side of the tree, complete the right side of the tree and a lighthouse and water and who knows what else there to the right.

My mission had been to complete the whole thing before the ball drops in Times Square tomorrow night but realistically, if I can finish all of part 3 before 2008 is just a memory I'll be happy.
I can't stress enough how much I love this design. The fabric is 32ct Star Sapphire linen and it's probably one of my all time favorites. It's got color to it, you know the palest of blue greens, but in my humble opinion it's still very much a neutral color. I saw And They Sinned stitched on the Star Sapphire and it's was beyond gorgeous. I would have never thought of Star Sapphire for a sampler but now I see it as a nice alternative to more traditional foundation colors for samplers. It's nice to have an option-not that changing out linen is ever a good idea for me. My ATS is on 36ct Dirty Linen and it's just awful. I will be switching over to some good old flax sometime in 2009.
Keep your fingers crossed that I make some good progress on this in the next 24 hours and hey if your stitching just visualize yourself crossing your fingers. I understand completely!


Anonymous said...


Go! Go!! GO!!!

Looking good. Wishing you a successful stitching session and many happy stitches in 2009.


Jeanne said...

I have been following your progress on this piece and cheering you on to the finish line! I too am racing the clock to squeeze in some more UFO finishes before I go back to work on the 5th (I'm still counting anything this week as a 2008 finish!) I will have to pick up some star sapphire linen. I am always looking for something different than the usual neutrals. Keep on stitching and we will be watching for your happy dance soon!

Heather said...

I just love this! I’ve been following your progress on it for the past year, and you are doing so well, it’s a HUGE piece too :) You’ve got so much done on it already. Keep it up! :D

Have you started Shores of Hawk Run Hollow (I see it over on the side of your blog there) I am starting it on Thursday, do you want to do a SAL of some sort with me?

Love your blog, I am just a bad commenter.

Missy Ann said...

Love 13th, one of these days I'll start mine. And if you don't know it yet, 2009 is the year of "Sinner Sundays", since I'd like to finish my ATS sometime before oh 2012 or so I've declared Sundays to be the stitch-a-long day for ATS. Join us! lol

Julie said...

These are stunning! I cannot wait to see them complete, although, I can't imagine photos doing them any justice! You go girl!!! :o)

Siobhan said...

Melissa, you are doing so well on this! Go go go!! You can do it, gf!! Then you need to buy yourself some of that Lenox china as a 'congratulations to o wondrous me' gift!

Jacque said...

You can do it!!!!!

I'm starting ATS for the 3rd time on New Year's Day. I think there are a few of us and if you'd like to join in...you know you're more than welcome. I think I finally got the right fabric color and thread combinations. Can't wait to see how it turns out! : )

Happy New Year!!!

Paisley said...

It looks great! Fingers crossed you can get it done!

staci said...

Really pretty! You'll have this finished in no time!!!

Have a very Happy New Year!