Work in Pieces 23

I’m having serious project ADD these days. The worst are the days in which I want to do ALL the things but I can’t focus long enough to get anything done and end up doing none of the things.


I’ve also reached the point in my relationship with my Juki in which I’m familiar enough with it doing normal things that I forget it’s a new machine and don’t take that into account when I’m doing something new on it. I had specific ways I did things on my Pfaff, and they don’t all map over the same. This is making my projects come out a slightly lower quality than I’m used to, and my inner perfectionist is incredibly cranky about it! More practice, I know. πŸ™‚


On the other hand, my Sew Sew Modern 4 swap “big” item is done, which is a relief. But I am totally stymied as to what to make for the small item. I put together this open-wide zippy pouch by noodle-head using some Aviary and Mama Said Sew, but now I’m second guessing myself as to my partner’s wishes.


I started cutting pieces for the modified woven chevron, and it feels good to be making progress on that! I am trying to use only my stash which is always a fun design challenge. I may have to move some of these stripes around once they’re all cut out (like moving the dark stripe down, perhaps?), but I like the direction it’s going.


I’ve been eyeballing the Woodland Sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery since I found out about it last year. I like their sampler this year, but I just adore the cute critters, so I finally went ahead and got last year’s sampler. I have the floss, but couldn’t find the linen locally, so am waiting for it to be delivered. That gives me time to properly prep (note: I have never done this level of prep-work on an embroidery project, in my life) and look, pretty rainbow!

I’m hoping the linen will arrive by Friday, as I’m flying out to help with a workshop this weekend. It’d be great if I had something to work on!

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.


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23 thoughts on “Work in Pieces

    • anne Post author

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that suffers from project ADD. πŸ™‚ Not overloading yourself is a good plan. πŸ˜€ I should try the same thing!

  • Pat S

    If your partner doesn’t like that pouch, I’ll send you my address, lol.

    I know what you mean about ADD – I just can’t seem to focus on anything right now. Maybe it is the weather. Don’t know, but I keep jumping from one thing to another and not accomplishing anything. πŸ™

    • anne Post author

      Hahaha Good to know I have a backup home for the pouch! πŸ˜€

      I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one that’s got a bit of project ADD going on, although I’m sad we’re all suffering through it. I’m hoping that if I keep making bits of progress, I’ll gain enough traction with one of the projects to get through it. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      The pattern is really straightforward, just like all her other patterns. πŸ™‚ It comes together remarkably quickly!
      I was hardcore into cross stitch when I was younger, but the frosted pumpkin patterns have dragged me back in! So many cute things to make!

  • sarahschraw

    Oh that is frustrating – getting into a new groove. When we moved from a tiny apartment to our house, it was obviously a huge upgrade but I was still a little crabby trying to figure out things like where to keep my purse, mail, recipes… how to organize a new fridge layout, etc. I felt the same way when I moved from the dining room to a proper sewing room. Upgrade, but adjustment time needed!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you for understanding. πŸ™‚ I feel like such a dork about it since YAY! New Machine! But it’s really thrown me off in a strange way. Hopefully it can go more smoothly as things continue. πŸ™‚ It’s just been a weird week altogether and I feel very off my game.

    • anne Post author

      Yay! I’m so glad I’m not the only one with project ADD! The worst is when I can’t decide and end up doing NOTHING instead. That drives me a little insane. lol Thanks for the encouragement! I just need to cut out the background squares which shouldn’t take long, and then I can get sewing!

  • Am L

    ADD? Don’t know what you are talking about: two projects cut out, two waiting to be quilted, a certain pin cushion to make, and I just joined a Bee! I keep jumping from one thing to another. When I was a kid, I often read two books at once, so maybe it’s a lifelong habit. I’m almost jealous of the snow-bound quilters! At least they have a good excuse to stay home and quilt : )

    • anne Post author

      Hahahaah I keep having to swap between projects on my design wall! I need to get one of them sewn together so I can at least stop doing that! I haven’t started my pincushion, but it’s not due until March, so I don’t feel badly about that. I know what I’m making at least!
      Two books at once!! Now that I never did. Mostly because when I was a kid I chain read. My mom worked at a library so I’d spend a lot of time in the back room just reading book after book. πŸ™‚

      We should call it a “rain day” because it totally rained for a few minutes out there. Rain day! Stay home and sew! πŸ˜€

    • anne Post author

      Hey, you’re busy growing a person! The fact that you’re getting anything else done seems pretty darn impressive to me! πŸ˜€
      Thanks for the encouragement. πŸ™‚ I really need to learn to stop being so hard on myself!

  • jayne Willis

    My hand is raised as well! With all my current projects, projects I have commited to and projects I want to make staring me in the face, I either end up doing nothing or something totally different! In the end they all come together, but its a pain in the butt until it does!

    • anne Post author

      Yes! This! Exactly!! This is what happens when everything gets done at the same time. πŸ™‚ I need to learn to stagger my projects better! This morning I woke up and thought “you know, I bet I could cut and finish this pillow cover idea I had today if I just start right now.” Brain, that’s not helping. lol

  • Rachel

    I just started that woodland sampler project too! I couldn’t find non-white linen so I went with some oatmeal Aida which is, unfortunately, turning out to be a little too close to the white floss. Some color changes might be called for. I’m looking forward to seeing your progress! And I’m excited to know I’m not the only one!

    • anne Post author

      I couldn’t find linen period, so I had to buy it online. I found some “sand” colored linen on Amazon and it just arrived today. πŸ™‚ So now I can actually start! Well I could if I didn’t have to pack tonight, but maybe I can start on the plane tomorrow.
      I’m looking forward to seeing your progress, too! πŸ˜€ I’m happy to not be alone. Are you on instagram? There’s quite a few people working on it there, but most of them are finishing. πŸ™‚