There has been very little stitching going on - at least that I can show. My progress on Charlotte Clayton (excuse the folds - too lazy to press) has been really lackluster:
Not a heck of a lot for the month of September or since my last blog post. Mr. (or Mrs) Kitty Cat is in and so is Mr (Mrs). Rooster/Peacock - I'm not sure what that's suppose to be. I would have been much further along, but I met with an unfortunate incident of "I can't count" (happens more than I care to admit) and I had to frog out an entire nights worth of stitching:
He's missing his whiskers, but the thread just came for those, so I will have to add them in.
I've also been stitching a little bit here and there on the Susan Singleton SAL which I can't show pictures until December, but we've had a new addition to the SAL list - Evelyne from Eef's Needle. I think that we're now up to 8 participants. Welcome Evelyne!!! The rest of the participants are listed in my previous blog post and if you'd like to jump on the SAL bandwagon - don't hesitate - the more the merrier! Here's Susan just to refresh your memory - an ambitious project to say the least - but we're breaking it down over a two year span - plenty of time to finish the sampler (so I say with hesitant confidence):
So what has been happening besides my mediocre stitching? Well, DD had a little mishap in walking one day. Actually, not her fault - Mr. Bailey decided to bury a bone under his blanket, DD walked across the blanket, turned her ankle - and ended up fracturing her foot (see Bailey looking a little sheepish?). So she's sporting this most attractive form of footwear and using crutches.
Not good as it will affect her dancing for another month or two. But for all bad things, a good thing happens and yesterday was her birthday - her 15th Birthday - when did she get this old?
And her friend Max came over the house bearing a stuffed ladybug and a cup of her favorite Starbucks - Pumpkin Spice Latte - ymmm:
Aren't they cute?
See the HC on the lid of the cup? That was his way of asking her to the Homecoming Dance. So sweet! He is a real sweetheart, although my heart goes into spasms thinking that she's old enough for a a boy to like her - I mean really like her!!! He's even offered to come over and help decorate her boot as she'll still be wearing it when Homecoming happens. Like I said - he's sweet!
I have managed to get a little bit of quilting done! I'm still lovin' on some baskets and I managed to get 7 of them made in the past few weeks. Working on this QAL with Siobhan has been so much fun. She keeps me excited about working on these babies! She's beating the pants off me though - I think 55 to my 30, but I'll catch up. And some progress is good progress, right (excuse those threads you see - LOL)?
But there are more baskets waiting in the wings - about 60 templates pressed on fabric:
And more fabric waiting for some template love:
Did I mention that I love these little baskets?
And finally late last week I had room to breathe and I had missed sewing so much, so I took the bull by the horns determined to get the Cotton Club quilt knocked off the list of things to do. I managed to get five blocks finished:
Which now only leaves two more blocks - Woo Hoo!!
So there's my month of September for you. Not a lot accomplished, but October is looking really, really good!!
One last thing that has taken up some of my time this month was continuing to track my genealogy. The large document that I found was a wealth of information and a lot of the month of September was spent building my family tree. And a lot of Google Translator as a good portion of the front end of the document has events and information all in French. Time consuming and I'm still working on the translating. I finally managed to get the tree finished up at least as far as the document goes. Mundia, which is the site I'm using to build the tree - tends to give you a lot of hints towards other things - you can see the little leaves at the top corners of each person. So now it's a matter of checking out all the hints and start digging. Because my family was so involved in things that happened in Detroit during the 1700's I've found that there are a lot of books that record a lot of their lives and so I need to start trying to track those down.
One funny story that I did find in the document (and there are a lot of stories pulled from newspapers and documents from the day) was that one of the houses of a relative started on fire and the woman in the house ran out in hysterics and on the way out the front door grabbed a gun that was sitting on a table. Well, she ran out of the house screaming and waving the gun around, got so hysterical that when she got outside and her neighbor came to see what all the uproar was about, my relation pulled the trigger and shot the neighbor dead! Not good!! I've managed to track my family down 28 generations. I'm the 28th. Now I'm in the process of tracking up from the first person that appeared and see how much further I can go back. It's a lot of work, but so exciting!!
So that was my month of September. Thank you for the comments you left on my last blog post, and I've tried to do a good job of keeping up with everyone (for once) and have really enjoyed seeing what everyone is working on! I really missed that during the summer! Take care and stitch a lot!!