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2017 Finishes

1. Now I Know My ABC’s (Winter theme) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, January 6, 2017

2. Sew Bands by iStitch Designs. Finished Friday, January 13, 2017

3. Les Grande Pensée excerpt. Finished Friday, January 20, 2017

4.Spring For Rabbits by The Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Finished Sunday, February 12, 2017

5. Teacup Mice by Margaret Sherry. Finished Tuesday, February 14, 2017

6. New Years’ Magic by Brooke’s Books. Finished Thursday, February 23, 2017

7. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Blue Teacup by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Thursday, March 2, 2017

8. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Yellow Teabag by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 3, 2017

9. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Clothespin with Flowers by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 10, 2017

10. Luck 2017 Flip-It by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 12, 2017

11. Now I Know My ABC’s by Blackbird Designs (summer version). Finished Friday, March 17, 2017

12. Basket by Lizzie Kate. Finished Friday, March 24, 2017

13. Love by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 26, 2017

14. My Wurk by At The Hop. Finished Thursday, April 6, 2017

15. Buttons and Blooms by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, May 13, 2017

16. Tiny Flag by Shepherd’s Bush. Finished Friday, May 19, 2017

17. Winds of Change by Cross Eyed Cricket. Finished Wednesday, June 21, 2017

18. Summer by The Snowflower Diaries. Finished Friday, June 23, 2017

19. Flags and Friends by Bent Creek. Finished Tuesday, July 11, 2017

20. Strawberries and Cream By Casey Buonaugurio. Finished Sunday July 16, 2017

21. Be Kind and True by Blackbird Designs. Finished Sunday, August 6, 2017

22. Little Sunflower Doodle by SanMan Originals. Finished Wednesday, August 9, 2017

24. All Hallows Eve by Chessie and Me. Finished Monday, September 11, 2017

25. Creepy by SanMan Originals. Finished Tuesday, September 12, 2017

26. 2010 Fright Night Quaker Halloween by SanMan Originals. Finished Sunday, October 15, 2017

27. Boo! by Blackbird Designs. Finished Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

28. Yule by The Primitive Hare. Finished Monday, November 27, 2017

29. Merry One by Plum Street Samplers. Finished Saturday, December 9, 2017

Number of Finishes By Year-

1. 2008 Finishes -10

2. 2009 Finishes- 21

3. 2010 Finishes- 49

4. 2011 Finishes- 26

5. 2012 Finishes- 35

6. 2013 Finishes- 7

7. 2014 Finishes- 19

8. 2015 Finishes- 61

9. 2016 Finishes- 50

10. 2017 Finishes-

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Me, Myself, and I Round Robin (Group #2)

I am not sure where I saw this, probably whilst mucking about the 'net on one of my infamous 'walkabouts', when I found this blog: 

Now, round robins are usually funny things. I have never participated in one, simply because I have heard *WAY* too many horror stories of people making off with the finished piece, stuff lost in the mail, etc. This one caught my eye because of the banner like 'ad' on the right hand side of the blog:


Have you ever wanted to join a Neighborhood RR but you had these problems:

- didn't have connections
- wasn't asked
- worried that it would get lost or held hostage
- the stitching would be sub-standard
- themes, colors weren't what you wanted
- the cost of mailing
- the deadlines

Well then the "Me, Myself and I Round Robins #2" is the place for you! Build your own Neighborhood by stitching it yourself!Create your own Utopian Society free from stress, free from worry, free from obligations, free from deadlines. Stitch when, where and how YOU want to! Be the Mayor of your own town!Check out all the details listed here in the sidebar and if you remain interested - contact the head contractor to get your seat saved in the Building Association!

I'm like....well, heck. If I don't have to depend on other people to follow through or what have you, I'm all for it. It was originally for only 100 people, but it was so successful, a second group was added, which I managed to get into the group that time. 

The 'rules' are kinda neat too:


Shall be December 31, 2008

This is the only rule to the Me, Myself and I Round Robins: Please do not start building your actual houses or towns PRIOR to Dec. 31, 2008.
- Blueprints may be drawn up
- Fabric should be purchased
- Flosses should be gathered up
- Borders may be stitched
- Stitching Baste Lines may be stitched in
But no homes or landscaping should be stitched prior to Dec. 31, 2008.
So there is still plenty of time to get your permits, blueprints and waivers needed to begin construction on your neighborhood.

Once you have your theme determined e-mail the Head Contractor so that you can get your Neighborhood under the Themes Title in the sidebar!


If you are interested, follow these steps to planning and building your own neighborhood:
1.) Choose your theme - what shall YOUR neighborhood be? - a "dream" neighborhood, a group of forest cottages, lakeside village, Christmas Town, Winter Village, Country Farm Estates, Fantasy, Castles, Antique Sampler Townes - whatever you want it is YOUR decision

2.) After you've decided the "theme" of your Neighborhood - find patterns in your stash, on the web, in your LNS and set them aside for use.

3.) How big do you want your neighborhood to be? Do you want the houses "stacked" in rows or one long single street? How will you finish it? Where do you want it to be in your home? All of these questions need to be asked prior to the stitching. Look through your patterns that you've set aside this will help you decide the size and shape of your town.

4.) Pick your fabric - it's all up to you what you stitch on! You can stitch on Aida/Linen/Evenweave. Plainly colored, bright colored - any color of the rainbow can be in your neighborhood! Just make sure you get enough to house your plans!

5.) Got your fabric? Then I would suggest basting a 3 inch line all around the perimeter of your fabric so that you know you can't go past this line! You need that much for framing or finishing!5.) Borders...what sort of border would you like? Plain? Elaborate? Don't even want one? Look through the Neighborhood photo links to make a decision.

6.) To baste grids or not to baste grids - that IS the question! Usually on Round Robins stitching "grids" or "squares" are basted onto the stitching "field" so that each individual stitcher gets their own stitching "space". Since this is not a Round Robin....it is up to you whether you will stitch a grid or not. If you want a neat orderly neighborhood with yards that are distinct from their neighbor's yard...then you may want to stitch grids. If you want your neighborhood to flow from one home to another then maybe you don't want to stitch the grids....all of this is left up to you. (grids on RR's are usually 50 -100 stitches square)

7.) Get you layouts all "designed". Stitch the border and bast any grids if you are going to have them....then put your Neighborhoods away until: Dec. 31, 2008 - that's when the contractors and landscapers are being called in! The town councils are going to be REAL busy I have a feeling :)

Now, I just have to figure out what kind of 'neighborhood' I want to do. I think I am leaning towards the LNH/CCN designs, but I am not sure. I will look soon and see what all I have and how much this is going to set me back. I am really looking forward to it, and I can feel the creative juices already getting going!


Respectfully submitted,


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