Getting Ready – Stage 6

Here we are again, almost half way through February already. I’ve been doing lots of other crafting recently but I’m pleased to say my SAL project didn’t really suffer at all. The design is called Getting Ready from a kit by Design Works.

This is where I was up to last time.

The bottom right corner is now all finished so I’ve reached the half way mark.


I’ll be scrolling the fabric on the frame for the next section and will probably start at the left hand side. You won’t see all of the bottom half again until the whole thing is finished. I suspect I’ll need to slow down on this project a bit while I concentrate on other things but I’ll still try to get a reasonable amount stitched each time. I doubt it’ll be a full square per update from now on.

We’ve temporarily lost one of our members and gained a new one this time. Catherine is taking a break from the SAL for a while but she hopes to be back in a few months time which is good to know. We also welcome Sunny to the group. She’s hoping to do a lot more crafting so we’ll do our best to cheer her along.

Please use the links below to see how we’re all progressing on our chosen SAL project. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 4th March 2018.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret,

Heidi, Connie, Jackie, Sunny

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

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  1. Looks great, that’s a lot of cross-stitch in three weeks 🙂

  2. I do like this project of yours.

  3. claire93

     /  February 11, 2018

    looking amazing, Avis, and the fact you’ve done half, makes mine look rather pitiful lol. That’s the idea, slow down and I’ll try and catch up ^^

  4. Love the completed corner, it’s made the whole thing come to life. I’m glad I managed to get a bit done before we went away, otherwise I’d have missed two SALs and I don’t like that idea at all!

  5. This is looking great at the half way point! It must be exciting to turn the scroll!

  6. You have made great progress! It is looking beautiful! And at the half way point! Great job!

  7. Christina

     /  February 11, 2018

    Another half done project! Go team 😀 Wonderful progress Avis!

  8. magpiesue

     /  February 11, 2018

    Your work looks so neat and tidy! I’d say this is coming right along – no need to fuss about working more slowly on it for the next couple of months. 🙂

  9. I love how disciplined you are, stitching one section at a time! I don’t think I could resist “just doing that next stitch because it’s the same color and I still have it on the needle…” I can’t wait to see the top of the project and how you progress! (And what else you work on in the meantime!)

    • I chop up the chart and pin only one piece to the fabric so I have no idea whether the next stitch is the same colour or not. I also work with several needles threaded with all the different colours so it saves changing threads. It makes everything so much easier for me.

  10. Your stitching looks very smooth and even. I must look back and try to see what the whole picture will look like!

  11. OMG, you are a fast stitching lady!! 🙂 Lovely progress 🙂

  12. Wow you have a lot done! I am just not disciplined enough to do one section at a time. I am an all over the place kind of girl. 🙂

  13. Love how it looks with precise blocks done each time. You’re so organised 🙂

  14. looks great already. That SAL sounds like a cool idea, too.

  15. I’m always amazed at how much you get done Avis! It’s really coming together and is looking fabulous

  16. I’d never heard of a stitch a long until your blog – love it! I’ve nearly finished what I am working on so maybe I can join a future one??? I tend to ‘starfish’ go out in all kinds of creative directions!


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