Friday, June 24, 2016

Catching up: January.....

My least favorite part of stitching is
starting a new design.  I am always second
guessing my fabric choice and
thread choices so it makes it hard to put
that first stitch in.  I have found over the
years that "speed starting" a lot of projects at
once helps with this anxiety and I then
have a basket of delight to choose
from each day.   I know that it stresses some
people to have too many designs going
at once but I believe that having something
started is no different than having the
design sitting in my stash waiting
its turn to be started.   

So.....I decided to partake in the Crazy January
challenge again and I kitted up 15 projects
to start.  I did change it a little by "speed starting"
several projects over the first two weekends
in January.  I eventually only started 9 and I
am glad these were in my rotation.

Scarlett House "Coverlet Houses"

BBD "Quaker Garden"

Rosewood Manor "Old Glory"

La D Da "Peace House"

Carriage House Samplings "A Quaker Study"

Rosewood Manor "Cornwall Cottage Sampler"

Goode Huswife "Be My Love"

Silver Creek Samplers "Shadow of My Wings"

BBD "Sweetheart Sampler"

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Our journey with our Clemson Tigers ended
in Arizona at the BCS National Championship
game. Realizing this was a lifelong dream
and an opportunity that may never come again,
hubby and I made the trek west to see our
Tigers play.   Although they didn't prevail,
we had an awesome time. 

Clemson fans have an awesome tradition that
began in the 70's when Clemson always
traveled to Atlanta for a match with
Georgia Tech.  To show the impact fans
have on a city's economy,
we stamp Tiger paws on $2 bills. 

It is amazing how many you will see
floating around while visiting the host city. 
Some rival fans are aware of the tradition and
will often ask for one as a souvenir.   We know I
t works because of the usual publicity it
brings once we have left.   This was the
case for Phoenix when several stories were
printed regarding the tradition and how
much money fans pumped into the
hotels, restaurants and bars during our trip.  
And that is your daily dose of Clemson history......

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The best part of the trip was being to
visit The Attic Needlework shop again and
to visit with Tanya from The Scarlett House.
We had a short and sweet visit and yes....
I did leave some $2 bills at the Attic.

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Thanks for visiting my small corner of
the universe and I will be back
soon for another update.
Happy stitching....


  1. Beautiful starts. I am looking forward to seeing the finished results.


  2. I like your idea of speed starting, Karen. What a wonderful assortment of starts you made in January! Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Speed starting is a great idea, and you already have three of the nine completed - wow! As an avid Buxkeye fan, I find the $2 bill stories fascinating. What a fun post!

  4. It's good to hear I'm not the only one who has trouble with starting a piece due to choice of fabrics and the like. I love seeing all your January starts. Fun to hear about your Clemson adventures too!

  5. I have SEVERAL of the same charts, tho none have been started. What colors are you using for Quaker Study... like them! Such a fun idea with the $2 bills! I hear the Attic is fantastic...what fun!

  6. Oh you have a lot of great projects started. I'm one that gets stressed out with too many projects started. And that is me right now. I haven't been able to stitch due to tendon issues. I have Cornwall Cottage in my stash. Are you using the called for colors. Your green in the border looks brighter than the one in the chart. Glad you had a great time on our trip.

  7. You have some gorgeous projects in progress!! I understand what you're saying about starting a new project...I always THINK that will be my favorite part, but then I sit down and mess around with where to start, etc., etc., and two hours go by and I've made no progress at all!

    Fascinating about the $2 bills. I went to Georgia Tech and have lived a half mile away from campus for the last 22 years and I have never seen a defaced $2 bill. But then, I don't eat at The Varsity. :)


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