Finished Project: Let’s Blow this Popsicle Stand

It’s already August; I can hardly believe it. The summer here in Portland has been very strange — cold and rainy for so much of June and July that it almost feels as though we haven’t had a summer yet at all. Hasn’t stopped me from eating popsicles, though, or from designing and stitching this popsicle cross stitch.

let's blow this popsicle stand completed cross stitch hoop

This is one of my favorite ways to say “let’s go,” but I have never heard it used seriously. It is almost too ridiculous. There are also many variants: blow this pop stand, blow this hotdog stand, blow this popcorn stand. So many stands to blow!

back of let's blow this popsicle stand cross stitch, showing the hoop backed with splotchy orange print fabric

I backed it with part of a variegated orange print that I got in a fat-quarter pack from Joann. It was the most popsicle-y fabric I had.

The pattern for this one is available on Etsy, as is the completed hoop.

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Finished Project: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

I’ve been waiting to send my latest cross stitch to its new home before posting about it here — didn’t want to spoil the surprise. But it is safe and sound with its new people, so now you can enjoy it too.

picture of cross stitched embroidery hoop with the nautical signal flags for whiskey (W), tango (T), and foxtrot (F), spelling "WTF"

back of cross stitch with blue and white sailboat fabric

I backed it with some of the sailboat fabric I used for the big nautical signal flag sampler. The flags spell out “WTF” and the border is a visual representation of Morse code that reads “SRSLY WTF.”

The pattern for this one is available free here; kits with the floss, hoop, and aida fabric are available in my Etsy shop.

Incidentally, knowing the NATO alphabet is extremely useful if you ever have to take down people’s information on the phone. No more searching for words that begin with right letter when you’re spelling things out (none of that “so that’s ‘F’ as in… ‘frankfurter’? ‘U’ as in, uh… ‘underwear’?”) It should be required in schools.

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Finished Project: Pineapple Mini-Quilt

I finished my first “quilt” yesterday, from piecing to quilting to binding. I put “quilt” in quotes because it is only a tiny thing — about the size of a piece of paper. But I wanted to start small before embarking on a bigger project. Here it is!

front of small quilt with patchwork pineapple motif on dark grey polka-dotted background with contrasting yellow binding
back of quilt showing pockets for hanging the quilt

I was thinking of using it for a mug rug or trivet, but I added little pockets in the top back corners so it could also be hung on a wall. I’m fairly pleased with the final results, though I can see places where my stitching went wonky and where my 45 degree angles are not 45 degrees.

Here are some work in progress pictures.

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The half-square triangles after ironing

 

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Laying out the patchwork squares

 

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Folding over the binding

 

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Binder clips make excellent alternatives to pins for securing the binding! Much cheaper than Clover’s Wonder clips, too.

Tutorials/Further Reading

I got the instructions for the pineapple patchwork block from Sassafras Lane and followed Patchwork Pottery’s excellent tutorial for adding the hanging pockets.

The yellow and green fabrics are assorted fat quarters from The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, OR, and the pindot background fabric is from Fresh Modern Fabric on Etsy (I bought a fat quarter pack, but this particular fabric is called Pindot in Graphite, from the Modern Background Ink Collection by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics. You can buy it from Fresh Modern Fabrics here).

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Finished Project: Magikarp

I finished another Pokémon on plastic canvas, to keep Oddish company.

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I used a Magikarp pattern from Birdie Stitching. Magikarp & Oddish now hang out together on BMO, our laptop:

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Finished Project: Sleepy Fox

After a long hiatus of not posting because I had no finished projects to share, I finally finished something! I’ve been working on this cross stitched fox for a long time (it was supposed to be for a friend’s birthday, which was in August).

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I guess it will just be an early present for his birthday this year!

The pattern is from Daily Cross Stitch.

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Finished Project: Oddish on plastic canvas

I’m still plugging away at the Simpsons couch project, but that’s going to be a while (and is waiting on me to go to the store for more floss). In the meantime I stitched up a quick Oddish at the request of my husband.

picture of Oddish pokemon stitched on plastic canvas

The pattern is from Birdie Stitching, your one-stop resource for Pokémon cross stitch patterns. I converted the Anchor threads to DMC with this tool, then substituted a bunch of colors because I didn’t have the ones the converter suggested. I stitched Oddish on 14 count plastic canvas with two strands of floss.

Right now he is a desk companion for my husband, but maybe later he will get a magnet and join the other Pokémon on the fridge.

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Flower of the Month: February

Today I present the very last of the flowers of the month: the violet! The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

cross stitched violets

Violets usually flower in the spring. Even though they are usually violet-colored, the flowers can also be blue, white, and yellow colored. Violet flowers are used for scent for perfumes, flavoring for liqueurs and candies, and are sometimes candied with sugar for decorations for desserts.

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border, using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

This makes the last installment in the flower of the month series. Here’s how they all look together:

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All the months from the past year:

March — jonquil

April — sweet pea

May — lily of the valley

June — wild rose

July — delphinium

August — gladiolus

September — aster

October — calendula

November — chrysanthemum

December — poinsettia

January — carnation

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Flower of the Month: January

Happy New Year, everyone. It’s the second to last installment of the flower of the month series, with January’s carnation. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

photograph of cross stitch square for January showing two pink carnation blossoms

Carnations are a species of Dianthus. Here in the United States, it is often associated with Mother’s Day and with weddings, and it is the traditional flower for first anniversaries.

Carnations naturally come in white, pink, and red; but they have also been genetically engineered to be blue and purple. When I was growing up, our grocery store used to sell (and they probably still do) single carnation flowers in all different colors. I loved picking one out and getting to take it home!

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 3052), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month (the last month!): the violet.

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Finished Project: Silver & Gold Hoop Art

I made some more sparkly embroidery hoop art along the lines of the Get Schwifty hoop from last year. One is inspired by the X-Files, and the other by a lyric from Twenty One Pilots’ song “Stressed Out.”

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Both of the new hoops are available in the PDX-Stitch Etsy shop, and I made another Get Schwifty hoop if you missed buying this first one. Get yours now!

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WIP Wednesday: Last update of 2015

Happy last Wednesday of 2015, gentle readers! I thought we could ring out 2015 with a round-up of my as-yet-unfinished cross stitches:

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First, more progress this week on the Simpsons on the couch.

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And an update on the flower of the month project. Just January and February to finish in the new year!

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And some older projects I’ve been working on a while, like this sleeping fox.

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And the Steotchalong, which I obviously abandoned two weeks in. The half and quarter and blended stitches just got to me too much!

My new year’s resolution is to finish all of these in 2016, and of course to start new projects, too! Do you have any resolutions for 2016, crafting or otherwise?

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