Thursday, February 01, 2007

New SAL: Barnabee's Quest

With the start of a new month, there is also the start of a brand new SAL. This one is Just Nan's Barnabee's Quest, and if I remember correctly the participants are Michelle, Jenna, Leslie, Nicole and Andrea :-) Here is bands 1-3, plus some of the outer border. Nan's instructions say to stitch the outer border first. However, I could not find any technical reason why this was necessary. I started with the specialty stitch band at the top instead and eventually added in some of the border. I thought just doing the border for a while might get boring - but it turns out that this border is quick and easy, not boring anyhow. Also, I noticed after the fact that Nan says not to cross the quarter stitches atop the beeskep. I crossed mine. I didn't care for how they looked uncrossed - they just looked "wrong" to me. It was hard to put this one down tonight. Nan's samplers are always such fun to stitch. It was also great to start a project that has been in my stash for a long time now... 2001. I won't be able to stick to doing this one on Thursdays, though. I have another SAL starting tomorrow and will be doing that one Thursdays as of next week. I don't know if any of the ladies in this SAL want to join me in stitching this on another day - I have Monday and Friday open.

Goal Review Time:
January Goals:
1. Work on And A Forest Grew -yes
2. Start Long Dog Mystery Sampler -yes
3. Work on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow -yes
4. Stitch some gifts -yes, stitched five
5. Work on Paradigm Lost SAL with Jo -yes
6. Work on Bordeaux Sampler SAL with Anne and Leslie -yes
7. Stitch and post Dianne's Neighborhood RR -yes, it is safe with Annemarie now
***I also worked on The Mermaid and the Sea, resurrected Gathering Eggs and stitched an ornament for the new Christmas Ornament SAL***

February Goals:
1. Start Barnabee's Quest SAL
2. Start Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace SAL
3. Work on And A Forest Grew
4. Work on 18th Century Band Sampler
5. Work on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow
6. Stitch some gifts
7. Work on Paradigm Lost SAL
8. Work on Bordeaux Sampler SAL
9. Work on Rachael's Neighborhood RR
10. Stitch an ornament for the Ornament SAL
11. Work on The Mermaid and the Sea
12. Work on Gathering Eggs

Stitched on today: The Mermaid and the Sea, Barnabee's Quest


Rachael said...

OMG- I love what you just posted! i am a total bee hive/ bee's keep lover. If you manage I would love to have one on my RR. That aside, the colors are also gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

That's a pretty start Carol! I love the blue flower band under the beeskep.

Barbara said...

Wow, Carol, you've had smokin' needles!! I can't believe how much you managed to stitch in January. Have you given up sleep? LOL

Great start on Barnabee's Quest. This one is super-cute.

Bea said...

I started Dawn! But I've not taken a picture yet. I hope to post it in the next days. Can't wait to see your progress.

Anne S said...

I adore this design - I'm gonna love watching you all stitch this one :) And I'm glad you're happy my Bordeaux needle has slowed up somewhat haha - won't be long before we're at the same point :)

Anonymous said...

You did loads this month! Congratulations. Ann.

Isabelle said...

Wow, this is gorgeous Carol, what fun it'll be to follow your progress!
Special (((hugs))) to you!

Vonna said...

Well that is a lovely start! And you go girl on those January goals and go again with the February ones! I just cannot get over the amount of stitching you get done and I'm green with envy....LOL!

Karen's Blog said...

I love all Just Nan designs, especially Barnabee's Quest. You are making major progress. I love Ackworth Samplers too. We will be stocking them later this month. Thought you might like to know. VBG.

Karen's Blog said...

I love all Just Nan designs, especially Barnabee's Quest. You are making major progress. I love Ackworth Samplers too. We will be stocking them later this month. Thought you might like to know. VBG.

Karen's Blog said...

I love all Just Nan designs, especially Barnabee's Quest. You are making major progress. I love Ackworth Samplers too. We will be stocking them later this month. Thought you might like to know. VBG.

Jenn said...

You made some great starting progress on this Carol. I just love the colors in it. Makes me think of Spring.

Annemarie said...

What a great start, Carol! I've never stitched anything Just Nan-ny, but after having seen this, I migt have to mend my ways...

Kajsa said...

Your Barnabee start is looking so good, I want to pull out mine and start it too! Can't believe that it's been 6 years since they released it. I'm looking forward to more updates.

Susimac said...

Congratulations on Januarys achievements and good luck with Februarys.
Love your new SAL. I have a real soft spot for JN designs especially ones with bees on.

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Beautiful start on Barnabee!! I had such a fun time with it last night:) I am not comitted to any one night on this one. I can shift it to another night if you would like some company:)

BeckySC said...

oooh, lovely start, Carol :)
Enjoy your weekend my friend!

Anonymous said...

Love Barnabee's Quest! I started Lady Scarlet's Journey last night ... and am using Thursday as my Just Nan Day :) I'll be adding Barnabee's Quest to that day in a few weeks *lol* There's just too much to stitch and not enough time!!!
A new SAL ... hmmmm oh no ... here I go again!
Thanks for the inspiration!
~*~ Happy Stitching ~*~

Michelle said...

Beautiful start! I must be such a slow stitcher, I didn't get nearly that much done. If you'd like to switch to Fridays, I can do that. You did really well on your January goals too - congrats!

Andrea said...

Great start to the BQ SAL.

I have no problem with switching to either a Monday or a Friday - for me personally I would still stitch only the 1 day). It might be nice to look forward to it at the end of the working week!

Take care. x

Lelia said...

Lovely start on your JNan. I'm not quite sure what changes you made; however, it all looks great in this photo. You have quite a list for February...good luck with it.

Enjoy the week-end

quiltorstitch said...

You have got a great start. This is such a pretty design, I've been drooling over it. I look forward to seeing your progress :D

Nicole said...

Wonderful start! I couldn't get started on Barnabee last night but I plan to actually start it tonight. Thursdays in general aren't a great stitching night for me so I will probably pick Monday nights for Barnabee and focus on Peaceful Silhouette most other nights. I can't wait to start tonight now - just have to get through work!

stitcherw said...

Wow, looking at your goals you are going to be very busy. Barnaby's quest will be lovely, and you got a great start. I've seen the pattern and really like it so will enjoy watching your progress. I also like JN's patterns and have several in my stash. I'm almost done doing Creativity with my DSIL as a round robin between the two of us.

Tannia said...

You always accomplish so much and I just love seeing all your progress on things Carol :) It's really motivating :)

Blessings to you and yours (furkids included)

Pam said...

Great start Carol, I've always admired this sampler and can't wait to see your progress on it!