Paddy’s Cove – Stage 1

Hurray! It’s SAL update day today and I’ve started a new project. It’s called Paddy’s Cove by Elsa Williams. The kit was given to me by my lovely friend Lin, who was clearing out her stash. I was the lucky recipient of several of her kits and supplies. You’ll have seen some of them before as I’ve already completed them for SAL projects.

This design uses whole cross stitches and it should finish at about 14” x 10”. It isn’t full coverage like the Highlands Landscape so it should be a fairly quick one to do.

Paddy's Cove coverI’ve folded the chart into 4 and the plan is to stitch about 1/4 for each update. Here’s the first part. Stage 1

I’ll continue to stitch down the left hand side for next time and hopefully get to the bottom by then. I’m not keen on the way the back stitching is done on this design so I’m leaving it all until the end and then I’ll decide how to tackle it.

Please also take a look at the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 21st June 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie, Helen

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

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  1. witchylin

     /  May 31, 2020

    It is looking great. I’m so pleased it went to a good home and someone who wanted to and could see to stitch it.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with the backstitch when you get there.

    • I’m pleased you decided to give it to me 🙂 The back stitching goes around the edges of the squares so I’m going to try and make it look more real. It’s a good job you can still see to machine sew and quilt. Crafting is so good for us.

  2. I love it! Such a beautiful scene and you’ve made great progress. I can’t wait until we are allowed to travel more than 5 miles and we can have a wee trip to the coast to see the sea, I miss it! xx

  3. It’s a lovely scene, very tranquil, just what we need at the moment 🙂

  4. What a pretty scene. You have made a lot of progress on it already.

  5. Nice landscape! Good start!

  6. That’s a really serene picture. Just looking at it makes me feel calm. I truly love how you tackle your projects. It’s already looking great!

  7. Lucky you picking up this lovely project from your friend Lin. It’s wonderful and you made great progress already. Keep that great start going 🙂

  8. That is so pretty, I love the scene and the colors!!!

  9. Christina

     /  May 31, 2020

    Such pretty progress! I’m loving the colors in this one 🙂

  10. claire93

     /  May 31, 2020

    you’re off to a great start there, Avis!

  11. Laura

     /  May 31, 2020

    It’s always fun to start something new!

  12. Hi,
    Beautiful…love the colors…have a great day!

  13. Such a pretty project and looks very doable in 4 parts.

  14. Wow! Another beautiful project!!!!

  15. That is such a lovely design. Can’t believe how much you got done on it. You’re whizzing along 🙂

  16. A lovely picture and you have made a great start though there looks to be a lot more work at the bottom, so good luck with the next quarter Avis.

    • Yes, there’s loads of stitching along the bottom but I’ll give it a go. I’ve got so many things I want to stitch so I’ll try to keep up the pace. The knitting and patchwork haven’t had a look in for months!

  17. Jocelyn Thurston

     /  June 2, 2020

    I love Elsa Williams and have worked a number of her kits over the years. In fact, I wonder have I stitched this one as it is very familiar. You are off to a great start with these pretty colours. Happy Stitching, Avis.

    • I haven’t seen any of her other designs. My friend bought this kit because she’s a volunteer lighthouse keeper. I love the colours too 🙂

  18. Lindashee

     /  June 9, 2020

    Another beautiful project for the SAL ! Love it 😀

  19. This is another gorgeous piece and it is off to a beautiful start!

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