Tuesday, 1 October 2019

#24HoursOfCrossStitch - September Challenges

Hi all,

Here is my monthly posting for the #24HoursOfCrossStitch Challenge, the brainchild of Jen from QuirksandStitches (blog fairly inactive but she does do Facebook, Instagram and Flosstube).

As usual, there is a lot of fun shoe-horning in here. I hope you can follow my logic; it does make sense, honest!

September follows the same format as previous months, so let's get going, shall we?

1) Stitch for 24 hours during the month.

I stitched for a total of 44 hours 15 minutes during September, split between just six projects. Here's a recap of the projects with the time spent on each one:

Christmas Cat with Present - 4h 50m - progress
(goal was to stitch on it for at least 2 hours)

September In Sapphire - 5h 35m - started and finished
(goal was to start and finish it)

Blue Patchwork Hootie - 10h 10m - started and finished
(goal was to start and finish it)

Kings and Queens (Edward I) - 5h 15m - started and finished
(goal was to start and finish it)

Hogwarts In A Bottle - 15h 30m - progress
(goal was to stitch on it for at least 10 hours)
(close up of over 4.5 hours of backstitching added since 100 hour post)

Winter Bird - 2h 55m - finished
(goal was to finish it)

2) Fill in the acrostic SHORTER DAYS (Hogwarts was used once, all the other projects twice)

S - September in Sapphire - the month is September
H - Winter Bird - the designer is Hobikolik
O - Blue Patchwork Hootie - the hootie is an owl
R - Kings and Queens - monarchs are royalty
T - Blue Patchwork Hootie - because owls go 'twit-twoo'
E - Kings and Queens - my monarch this month is Edward I
R - Christmas Cat With Present - the presents are on a red rug
D - Hogwarts In A Bottle - the headmaster of Hogwarts is Dumbledore
A - Winter Bird - another word for bird is avian
Y - Christmas Cat With Present - the present has a yellow bow
S - September in Sapphire - the birthstone is sapphire

3) Connect 12 or more of the given holidays to your projects and stitch for at least 24 minutes on each. (Each project went on two holidays, so 12 in total. See above for time spent on each one.)

This is where I struggled. A lot! But all in good fun. Bear with some of the links, they do make sense, honest!

1st - Random Acts Of Kindness Day - Christmas Cat With Present - because giving presents is kind.

2nd - World Coconut Day - Christmas Cat With Present - because coconuts produce milk and cats like milk.

4th - Newspaper Carrier Day - Blue Patchwork Hootie - at Hogwarts owls carry in newspapers and post for the students.

7th - World Beard Day - Kings and Queens - like most men of the time, this month's monarch, Edward I, sported a beard.

9th - Bluebird Of Happiness Day - Winter Bird - because my winter bird is blue so a 'blue bird'.

12th - National Day Of Encouragement - Hogwarts In A Bottle - because schools are (hopefully) places where children receive lots of encouragement.

13th - International Chocolate Day - September in Sapphire - in the US state of Washington there is a glacier called Chocolate Glacier. This project was stitched on fabric called Glacier, hence the connection to chocolate!

20th - National Doodle Day - Winter Bird - because the design looks a bit doodle-ish.

23rd - Family Day - Kings and Queens - my monarch of the month, Edward I, loved his family.

26th - Forget-Me-Not Day - September in Sapphire - because forget-me-nots are (sort of) blue, like sapphires.

28th - National Ghost Hunting Day - Hogwarts In A Bottle - because Hogwarts has a number of resident ghosts (including the mischievous Peeves who was played by Rik Mayall but completely cut out of the films... boo!)

29th - International Coffee Day - Blue Patchwork Hootie - because owls have big wide eyes, which is what we have if we drink too much (caffeinated) coffee!

Oh, how I loved making those connections!

There are going to be two Challenges for October; one based around autumn, the other Halloween. We don't have to do both but I probably will - double the challenges, double the fun... bring them on!!!

Take care,
Rachel x


Katie said...

I LOLed at your connections and then had to explain it to Jeremiah. He said Whatever works. Love the chocolate one. Just perfect. Jen said that's her favorite part is hearing how people connect things. Fantastic stitching and that's the point. Can't wait to see what October brings. By the way the backstitching on the castle is WONDERFUL!

Linda said...

Awesome progress on all of your projects Rachel. I absolutely love your reasons on all of them. My poor old brain can't come up with stuff like that so I don't do these challenges. Kinda makes me sad.


Cathy said...

Nice stitching! I love the connections you made this month. Some of them are "out there", but they all work!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Using the shoehorn is the best bit about these challenges! You did really well with the holidays. Some of them were pretty obscure.

Faith... said...

Great connections Rachel! That hootie is so cute.

Looking forward to seeing what October's acrostic is and how you use it.

Leonore Winterer said...

More shoe-horn-fun! Well done.

Tiffstitch said...

Oh cool! Well done and I love how Hogwarts is growing! I must get back to mine. I feel like the opalescent was a mistake though as I have trouble seeing the holes with all the shine under my Ott light... Ah well. :)