Friday, January 7, 2011

Crazy January 2011 Challenge~Day 6

 Yesterday my new start was actually a WIP. I pulled out "Days of Advent" by Mary Beale. I haven't worked on this for at least 2 years, maybe more. All I really had done on it is block 1 and a little of block 2. Here is my before picture:
And here is my after picture:
 All I really got done was the rest of the globe and the grapes on the left hand side. I had another meeting last night which lasted 3 hours! Wow that was a long one. By the time I got home I had a splitting headache, so I had to be content with what I had gotten done yesterday afternoon.
 Days of Advent was not originally on my list, but I decided to swap it out with Paradise Lost. I love Paradise Lost, but it is another huge one and I didn't want to start too many really big ones this year. I still have a lot of BAPs in progress, so I wanted to finish some of them first. I really want to finish Days for a Christmas gift for my brother next year. He is one of those "impossible to buy for" types and I know this will just touch his heart. He's the kind of guy who is generous to a fault, but isn't into "things", so its hard to find anything for him. You end up going the practical route, like socks, and then you just feel lame! But he is a catholic priest and one of the few things he does buy is classical religious art. I know he will love this piece.
 And the other big project that is really calling to me is AED 1746 by Scarlet Letter.

I am hoping the fabric for this one will arrive in the mail today, and if it does that will be my start for today. I could really continue happily on Days of Advent, I was really feeling it yesterday while I was working on it. Its so hard to stop and go to a meeting when I would rather cozy up with a good project!! But duty calls!  


Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

The Advent Sampler is a stunning thing - I admire anyone undertaking it (much less finishing it). I can't imagine stitching it and then giving it away, but what a treasure it would be for your brother.

mainely stitching said...

Mary Beale's designs are SO incredible! Good for you - and I think you got a lot done! Your brother will treasure it forever.

Jan said...

I have those Mary Beale charts, Annie...I haven't attempted a start on them yet. But what a generous heart you are, for wanting to give the finished project to your brother. The words you described him with, I think must be a family trait.:)

The Scarlett Letter piece is beautiful too!

Margaret said...

Oh, I love all your crazy challenge projects! Advent is a wonderful piece to stitch. I enjoyed it so much. You're choosing wonderful pieces!