Quaker Update

It’s been a rough Spring, between tooth problems (dentist tomorrow- again!), colds, allergies, etc.

I took this picture this morning.  Yes, Quaker Gone Tropic should have been done by now.  No excuses, other than massive allergy problems that miraculously clear up if I go outside or leave the house altogether.  Wheezing (haven’t had asthma in over 10 years) sneezing, congestion, headaches, and a nonstop cough have kept me from stitching.  We have tried to figure out what I am allergic to, even getting rid of the new furniture and rugs temporarily, and while it helped it didn’t end it.  I got rid of my mattress topper, my foam cervical support pillow… and still feel like my airway is going to close permanently.  I have coughed so much that I have lost weight.  Whatever it is, it is miserable.


qgt april 11

In this picture, you can see that I finished page 6 and page 8.  Since I took this shot, I have finished page 5.  (I only had a little more palm tree and the orange plant to go.)

There’s a problem here.  Neptune/Poseidon or whoever he is is DOWN one row altogether.  He should be one square higher.  I haven’t decided whether I will rip him out or not.  What would you do?

This one should be finished in a couple of days, barring repeated disasters at the dentist.  I will be glad to see it done!  Then on to the next UFO.

Rant ahead:  If you don’t like rants, stop here and happy stitching to you!

I have so much stuff for sale on Etsy and eBay,, and sales are little to none.  I hate how much shipping costs,  and I don’t make anything on shipping at all.  When you consider what I paid for the pattern, or the pattern, frame, mats, framing job, etc., I almost always lose money.  Charts are barely moving.  My finished pieces – forget it!  I never will figure it out.  Someone is always willing to pay more for a wrinkled stitched-on-14-count-Aida piece made in China than to pay for mine.  I was hoping to make back SOME of the money lost to the dentist but that doesn’t seem likely.  I had one person make an offer to buy a piece a couple of months ago, and they barely wanted to cover the cost of the materials, never mind the framing.  And how about my labor?  I would much rather be selling something else, but stitching is all I have so when I need money, this is what I try to do.  I would NOT recommend it to anyone.  Same for knitting.  I found out I was allergic to wool one day when I wore one of my lace shawls.  Welts up and down my arms and everywhere it touched.  This shawl had been washed and blocked.  I was so sad to have to put them up for sale on Etsy — about 12 of them.  All lace, all made with laceweight yarn.  I priced them at half of what others were going for, and watched people buy shawls that were straight knit stitches, just rectangles and triangles, made with acrylic yarn for more than TWICE what mine were priced.  I ended up donating mine to charity, and of course lost the money paid in listing fees.  Maybe I need to become a hoarder, instead of an antihoarder.  I don’t like anything hanging around that I won’t/can’t use, like cross stitch patterns that I stitched, books I didn’t enjoy, shawls I can’t wear, fabric I don’t like, and the list goes on.  Rolaframes?  All the rage.  Mine are on eBay.  (I hate them.  I can’t get the fabric tight and neither can my husband.  I love my q-snaps.)

What do you do with used charts?  Craft supplies you dislike?  Do you hoard them, sell them, swap them?  Suggestions are welcomed.  Do you ever sell your work?  Where?

Happy stitching to all!



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