Now that I have finished Summer Ewe, I thought I could add another start to my semi-rotation. Sure, I could have stitched Hawaiian Mandala or Rouge, but I am getting a bit bored with both of them. Usually I would pick out something small to stitch while traveling, but we are not flying again until July 9, so I could start something a bit larger.
In order to try to stick to my 2008 Stitching Goals, I looked at what I have left on the list. Sewing projects? Nope, no time right now to set up the sewing machine. I have to grab minutes here and there. Bothy's Cut Thru Rocket? Nope, that is a a BAP. I am not going to even start it until July or later. An exchange or RR piece? Nope, I did not plan to join a group until after July. Finish the plastic canvas Christmas ornaments? NO! Is anyone else out there just a little tired of stitching Christmas things? Which leaves stitching another Michael Powell piece. If I wasn't so DONE with Christmas right now, I would have started Mini Christmas Window II. I did love Mini Christmas Window I, but no Christmas for a while. I have some of his Venetian kits and some of his cottage kits.
So this is the start of Cottage Garden I. I think you can tell that I am absolutely in love with this piece, because I am flying through stitching it. There are four pages to this piece. Instead of starting in the middle as instructed, I thought I might try to stitch each page in order. I carefully measured out to the top left hand edge and put a dark thread there to mark the place to start. I am so impressed with everyone who has these perfectly square panels stitched one at a time. But I can tell I will never be able to keep to such straight borders. I know when I finish all the blue sky on this page, if I have sky thread still in the needle, I will slip over to the next page and take a few stitches there until the sky thread is gone. It's going to take immense will power not to work on this all the time until it is done.
But I have been working on the convention also. I have most of the participants entered in the database. Next comes the fun part. Coming up with topics for them to talk about. We have a hotel meeting on Thursday afternoon to nail down the last bits of operational questions. Dates on the calendar are closer than they appear.