Hello again blogger friends! I am backtracking a bit to the oldest stitching news I have to share. On December 23rd, 2013 I finally finished "Birds" by Angie Designer!! As you may remember I started it as a SAL that I was very, very behind on but then I decided instead of killing myself trying to stitch this only late at night after my little girl had gone to bed that I would suck it up and buy the pattern.
Well here is my completed Birds piece!
I started it on April 29th and completed it on December 23rd. So it took 8 months working pretty exclusively on it but I also took a few breaks for my sanity. It is a rather large piece and it is the tiniest fabric count I have ever worked with at 25 count worked 1 over 1. It has taken me quite some time to post about this finish because it has taken me forever to pull out all of the green threads that I used to make a grid that I found out wasn't even included in the SAL. But that is finally done and now I know that is a pain for other projects I think I might try metallic thread for a grid because I am hoping that will be slippery and not stick to the other threads as much? Does anyone have experience with this?
As I was stitching this piece I would stare at the rose image below and for some reason it would always remind me of the icon from the Rose Bowl. If you aren't familiar with college sports you can find out more about the Rose Bowl here. Anyways all through the months stitching on this piece I kept thinking about how the last time my favorite team went and won the Rose Bowl was back when I was in kindergarten and boy am I old now ;)
Well surprise, surprise this year's Rose Bowl Champs just happen to be the Michigan State Spartans, my favorite college team! You can see the actual Rose Bowl icon below on a shirt I bought pretty shortly after returning home to Michigan. Its not quite the same but the two roses are pretty similar I think.
I zoomed in so you could see the Rose better but this shirt actually says "Smell Victory!" I am happy about my last finish of the year and I am very happy that my team made it to and won the Rose Bowl this year!