Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ive started!

Hi Everyone! I've started the gridding. Its a drag but it'll be worth it! What i will say is don't underestimate how long this takes, it has taken me quite a while. Probably because im cross stitching the outer border. I could have left this 'til the end but i figured i'd just do it now. Anyway, please don't panic if you haven't really busy in July and away for a week as well so i really had to get going early!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Got my linen ordered!

Now I just need to wait on it. Hope it gets here by Friday or Saturday by the latest. I've got alot of catching up to do. Cheryl is way ahead of me! haha
Two more days then I get my bonus check from work, I hate to say, I'll be spending most of it on Band camp, but there are a couple of things that are calling my name from Mary Kathryn's shop. I can't wait. I ordered African Daisy, it's a hand dyed 28 count jobelan. It looked pretty online, so I'm hoping that it looks pretty in person.
Well, Jason wants the computer back! Have a wonderful day everyone!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

I'm thinking about the Pinetop Lodge Pattern for me.

I hate to say it, but I'm a country girl at heart. I love cabins, outdoorsy stuff, I use to camp with my Boy Scouts in my Troop, I'm a leader, I've been taking a break from camping though. Too hot!
I want everyone to use their best judgement on the patterns you choose for my squares. I will also be adding a very small motif that means me in all of your squares, not big, just something that shows Donna was here. I'm hoping to be using 28 count hand dyed African Daisy for my linen. I sure hope my LNS has it in, if not I'll be ordering on Tuesday. My LNS is closed on Mondays, so I'll be shopping on Tuesday. I love the Stars and Stripes pattern also, oh heck, I love all her patterns. Chomping at the bit to get started!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

A few questions... and an idea or two...

Hi everyone... :-) I'm Lizzy from North Carolina... It's lovely to be here and I'm looking forward to our RR...

I ordered my fabby yesterday... I'll be using Maple Sugar by Lakeside Linens... Cashel {28ct}... I ordered a stitcher's fat half ... So, if I've calculated correctly... that should be enough. :-)

Have you all come up with any ideas, or decided on what you are going to stitch? I've been thinking about what to stitch for the RR and what LHN designs will fit nicely into the 100 x 100 squares... In looking, I found there aren't a lot of designs that will fit nicely without leaving a lot of blank space or going over just a wee bit... unless we take bits and pieces from several LHN designs and fill in the blanks... sort of like a Neighbourhood RR...

Anyway, in my search... I found the Dear Diary Series to be approx 97 to 105 stitches by 70 stitches or so... So that got me to thinking... Yes, dangerous, I know! ;-) Anyway, I think I'm going to go with the Dear Diary Series... there are eight of them and I could stitch the extra two when I get my RR back, as I would want to have the entire Series on one piece of fabby... I had been intending to stitch them all on one piece of fabby one day... so this will be a great opportunity! :-) Anyway, if lay out my squares two across and four down this will be approx 210 wide by 280 height give or take a few stitches... I'll have to make sure of the size of all the patterns before I grid my fabby... but anyway if I lay them out this way, they will all fit nicely on the stitcher's fat half with plenty of room left for framing... :-) I also thought you all could stitch your name and city, state or country in place of the name and town that is on the chart... A free alphabet comes with the designs... So, you all can personalise each chart... all you would have to do is look at the alphabet and chart out your name and place to fit instead of the name and place on the chart... Am I making any sense? :-) I'll have to order all the charts as I don't have any of them yet... Oh, and since I will have to stitch three of my squares... I've picked out Abigail Winslow, Hannah Purrington and I think Lucy Fairchild... I'll let you all know for sure and send *working copies* of the charts I am not going to stitch and you can choose whichever one you'd like to stitch... If you have any preference, please let me know and I'll reserve that particular Dear Diary Chart for you... :-)

Dear Diary Series ... Abigail Winslow

by Little House Needleworks

Oh, and I think I'll only stitch one of the Dear Diary charts before posting... and then stitch my other two when I get my RR back as I don't think I'll have time to stitch three of them before posting... I fear I am more the Tortoise than the Hare just now and I have a few other stitchy projects on the go as well! :-)

Please let me know what you all think about this idea and I'd love to hear what you all are planning on stitching! :-)

Thank you Donna for organising this RR... :-) I am really looking forward to stitching on everyone's Robin...

Love in Stitches...

Let's Get Ready To Start!

Hi to Cheryl, Janice, Lizzy, Lesley and Edgar! I hope everyone is ready! I know Edgar is still on vacation! Lizzy, I still need your snail mail address. I will be sending everyone an email later tonight concerning rules and info for our round robin.
We are stitching on 28 count linen. We are using LHN patterns. Whatever color of linen is your choice! Please grid out 6 squares (100x100) on your linen! Please make sure you post on the side of the blog whether you want hoop or no hoop when we are stitching on your piece! July 1st is the start date, that means you have 6 weeks. Make sure you plan your time include mailing to the next stitcher on your list! We do have 2 international stitchers in our group! Scotland and Britain.
I'm very excited that this is starting and I hope to become close friends with everyone!
Thank you for signing up for my first ever round robin!

Ready to start....well, nearly

Hi everyone! My linen arrived this morning and im thinking about starting the outline for my piece. I'm going away on holiday for a week in July (i volunteer at a kids camp every summer - not really a holiday LOL) and this is why i thought i might get going sooner rather than later. Anyway, i'm not looking forward to laying out the squares but hopefully it'll be okay! I was looking at the Neighbourhood Round Robin blog for some ideas and thought i'd post the link in case any of you haven't seen it. You can find it here
I couldn't get my head around the layout so i did a quick sketch! You'll think im crazy LOL. Here it is anyway
I plan on doing a nice pattern down the two vertical sides (probably at the end of the RR). What do you think?

Im looking forward to our RR! Hope you are too and thank-you Donna for organising it!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

We have all our stitchers!

We now have 6 stitchers who will participate in our Round Robin! Thank you to Cheryl, Janice, Lesley, Lizzy, Edgar and Me. I have been working on getting the welcome letter and stitching order completed. I will get it sent out to everyone most likely tomorrow evening. My nieces leave today, so I won't have alot of time to get the rr info in order.
I am very thrilled to be your rr team captain. I hope the everyone will have a great time stitching and getting to know everyone better.
We are using LHN patterns, we are using 28 count linen, whatever color you desire your piece to be. When you grid your piece of linen, make sure you have 6 gridded squares. 100 x 100 square design size. Well, that's all for now, I'll send everyone more info tomorrow.
Welcome again and let's get ready to rumble!!!!!!(Stitch)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Let's Vote for 28 count!

I'm alright with changing to 28 count, what do you think everyone? I hate to say I've never stitched a LHN design before so did not even know what the typical stitch count was. I'm thinking that 28 count might be better for the poor eyes. Everyone please have a say! This is your Round robin!

A question

Hello to All of the Round Robin participants!

I read the last post concerning the size of the grid and the thread count to be used. Since most of the Little House Designs are done on 28 count, is that a possibility for our use? Are you all planning to use 32 count then? I may need to change my mind on this but will check under my magnifier tonight after the sun goes down and see how it looks. I stopped using 32 count about 2 years ago and haven't used it since I started to use the magnification.

So please, LMK, if you will all be on 32 count and I will check-out my situation tonight.

Stay in Stitches,

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Little House Needlework patterns used!

Just so everyone is clear on the patterns. Little House Needleworks is the winner. Square size will be 100 x 100. That means your design should fit instead this square. Right now I have the following who are doing the round robin-Donna(me), Cheryl, Janice, Edgar and maybe Anna. If Anna doesn't join this round then the size will be 400 x 400. If she does join then we will go with the design space of 600 x 600. We will have one extra space available for either another stitcher or if we don't pick up another stitcher, we can all add another house to our linen sampler when it travels back to us.
Please make sure when you mail your linen to the next person on your list that you send it signature delivery confirmation. I know it will cost an extra dollar or two, but I think it will be the safest way to ensure the next stitcher gets the linen piece, Cheryl, I'm not sure if in Scotland they do signature delivery, so if they don't don't worry! I know you will send it.
Please grid your linen(32 count) whatever color you desire into 100x100 squares, there should be4 or 6 squares on your linen. Stitch your house design on one of the squares, make sure you add your name somewhere on your design. Then when you finished then you will send it to the next person on the list. Once I know everyone is participating I will send everyone a email with the list and addresses of everyone who is doing the round robin and the order of the round robin. Sound ok?
Alrighty then!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Hi Janice!

Welcome to the group! Don't forget to add your blog address to the blog page. That way we all can easily talk and leave posts to each other. I'm so glad to have you in the round robin! It is great to make new friends thru the web.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Hi Anna!

Don't worry girl! Everyone will use LHN patterns, whatever they choose to use!
Talk to you soon!
Edgar, I've sent you your invite!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Are we excited Yet!

I can't wait to get started. Guys, do you think we should start off with a smaller round robin with only 4 stitchers or should we go with 6. I know we have 3 committed, Edgar is interested, waiting to hear back from him. I am so into doing LNS. Everyone else seems to be right on track with LNS, I know Mary Kathryn over at Handicrafts has been awesome answering my questions. I'm gonna order my patterns from her. She is the greatest. For my birthday I'm hoping to get the Blackbird book Needles and Threads from her shop.
I'm thankful to meet new friends here and to make an awesome gift for myself!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hi Ranae!

I've emailed you a info letter concerning round robins. Hope your interested!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Houses Theme keeps popping up!

I really like the house theme, as does Tanya. I need to start looking for a few house designs that I'd like to use. I'm hoping to have enough interest to start the round robin July 1st. That's my brother's birthday. Good day to start!
More tomorrow!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Welcome To Heartfelt Friends!

This is a round robin for new and old friends! I am excited to be hosting this round robin. I am new to round robins, so I am open to hints to make this process easy. We will be voting on our round robin theme! I want suggestions. I love the houses that I've seen, there are all kinds to choose from, holiday themes, flowers, houses, designers. I am partial to LHN, CHN, Blackbird designs, I really love all different kinds of stitching designs. My poor wallet! haha
I love this material that you see below. It's a shame that all I have is a 12" square of it!
Enough rambling for now!