Saturday, 13 July 2019

DUCJC 2015 Revisited

The CJC was a challenge invented by Debbie The SoCal Stitcher several years ago.  There were various levels of challenge:

CJC = Crazy January Challenge, one new start for the first 15 days of January
UCJC = Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, one new start for all 31 days of January
DUCJC = Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, stitch 31 projects one per day for January
SDUCJC = Super Duper Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, 60 starts throughout January and February

I didn't really get involved with the challenge but did enjoy seeing all the starts on everyone's blog.  Debbie passed away very suddenly in 2014 and left a massive hole in the blogging community.  So the following year I decided to support her close friend and stitching accomplice Linda by taking part in the DUCJC - 31 projects.  So that way I could use WIPs and not have a tonne of new starts.

Rachel reminded me of the challenge recently which got me thinking - how many did I actually finish?  So, as today is Debbie's Birthday I thought it was a good opportunity to do a recap and see what happened to the 31 in the last 4.5 years.

They are listed in the order I stitched them in January 2015:

Day 1 - Kustom Krafts - Little Snapdragon

Current Status - WIP

Day 2 - JBW - Hobby Horse

Current Status - Fully Finished August 2015


Day 3 - CCN - Poinsettia Place

Current Status - Fully Finished January 2016

Day 4 - Lizzie*Kate - Friends are like Angels

Current Status - Fully Finished March 2015

Day 5 - Beehive Needleworks - Sunflower & Acorns

Current Status - Fully Finished December 2015

Day 6 - Joan Elliott - February Cherub

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 7 - The Sampler House - Strawberry Sampler

Current Status - Fully Finished February 2016

Day 8 - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Hallowe'en Town

Current Status - Fully Finished October 2016

Day 9 - The Nutmeg Company - Gingerbread House

Current Status - Fully Finished September 2015

Day 10 - Goode Huswif - Book of Spells

Current Status - Fully Finished January 2016

Day 11 - Brooke's Books Trixie The Hallowe'en Witch

Current Status - Fully Finished November 2015

Day 12 - With Thy Needle & Thread - January Wordplay

Current Status - Fully Finished June 2015

Day 13 - Lizzie*Kate - Autumn Sampler

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 14 - The Scarlet Letter - Elizabeth Shephard

Current Status - Fully Finished July 2016

Day 15 - Just Nan Haunted Pumpkins Tree

Current Status - Finished May 2015 not yet framed

Day 16 - Joan Elliott - Believe

Current Status - Fully Finished June 2015

Day 17 - Primitive Hare - Hallowe'en Cubes

Current Status - Fully Finished October 2015

Day 18 - Teresa Wentzler - You Were Hatched

Current Status - Finished July 2016 not yet framed

Day 19 - Nora Corbett - Little Snowy Gray Cottage

Current Status - Fully Finished May 2016

Day 20 - Jannlynn Designs - Gathering Honey

Current Status - Fully Finished May 2017

Day 21 - Joan Elliott - Faces SAL

Current Status - WIP

Day 22 - Just Nan - Winter Typography

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 23 - Stitchers Anon - Marley was Dead

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 24 - Shepherd's Bush - She Tends

Current Status - Two finished, two unstarted

Day 25 - Shepherd's Bush - Mulberry

Current Status - Fully Finished March 2016

Day 26 - Dragon Dreams - Dragon of the Winter Moon

Current Status - Fully Finished November 2017

Day 27 - Prairie Moon - Thine is the Trick and the Treat

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 28 - Anchor - Kingfisher

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 29 - The Sweetheart Tree - Tudor Rose

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 30 - Nora Corbett - Letter J Fairy

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2016

Day 31 - Madame Chantilly - On the Beach

Current Status - Fully Finished March 2015

So have you been keeping count?  How many did I finish?

A massive 17 were finished in 2015
Another 9 in 2016 and 2 more in 2017.
All except 2 of those have been fully finished.

So that just leaves 2 which are WIPs (Little Snapdragon and Joan Elliott's Face) and 1 which is a UFO.  I started the Shepherd's Bush designs for She Tends without thinking that the charts calls for very specific charms which are an integral part of the design.  I can't get the charms!  So it is on hiatus until I decide what to do instead.

It was a good challenge and one I enjoyed.  I have done multiple projects months since then for Stitch Maynia but now I stick to smalls like my series of Just Nan ornaments.

Finally, the Summer Postcard Challenge is starting very soon, keep your eyes peeled for the first card on it's way.


Ariadne said...

I am breathless! So many finishes in just 2 years! I am so impressed. I am also impressed that you have photos of beginning and finishing. AriadnefromGreece!

Julie said...

WELL DONE.... Wow... what a review of the projects.
Debbie was such a lovely lady. xx

Barb said...

Jo, that is so impressive. I am such a slacker about fully finishing things you have done a remarkable job. I have that Book of Spells chart. Seeing yours has made me think I just might get that one going soon.

Clare-Aimetu said...

What a lovely post Jo highlighting all your wonderful work and remembering such a lovely lady x

White Rose said...

Wow Jo what beautiful work you do,I love everything you have made,well done my friend.
It is lovely to see all your finishes xx

Vickie said...

Well done Jo! Well done. I hate to have pieces that I have finished cross stitching, but just leave them sit and not fully finish!

DJ said...

I'm sorry to say I never met Deb. I did take part in a couple of her challenges (egged on by a few friends of mine who only told me the rules, I didn't know where the challenges had originated). I'll have to go back and see which ones I finished, I know I still have quite a few unfinished though I'm trying to work them into some kind of rotation. I'm inspired to see how many you have finished!! Well done!! They all look amazing of course, you are a phenomenal stitcher! Sorry I've been such a slacker, hopefully life will slow down a tad and I'll be able to participate more!

Leonore Winterer said...

I can't believe it's been so long since Debbie passed...hers was the first 'forever quiet' blog in my reading list (but sadly, not the last).
You did very well with your challenge, finishing almost everything! It was fun to take a little trip back through the past few years on your blog.

Katie said...

Wow! I had no idea you have completed so many. That's fantastic. I'm sure I'm no where near this many completed. I'm hoping to get a post up about mine too....maybe today. Lovely update. Debbie would be so happy to see all the beautiful stitching we've all done in her name wouldn't she? I miss her wonderful comments on every single post.

Shebafudge said...

I still think of Debbie often and was particularly sad about it when her birthday popped up in my facebook feed. It probably says something about her impact in my life when I actually feel sadder thinking about Debbie passing than I do my dad who died the same year (I think!) Or maybe it says more about my relationship with my

There are some amazing designs there and it was brilliant to see how many you have finished too. I won't be doing the same as my list will probably be the reverse of yours. There are 2 designs I have though that I keep thinking about working on that were inspired by Debbie - do you remember Universal Unity with all the animals? And Halloween House?

Katie said...

Wow I had no idea how many of these you had finished. Great job!! I just got my recap posted. I'm not near as completed as you but we won't mention that haha. Love all your pieces. Great post!

Lesley said...

Hi Jo
I think that some of the charms (couldn’t work out all of them) are still listed on the Shepherds Bush website under Silver Charms - hope you manage to find them.
I enjoy reading your blog - thanks

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the beautiful finishes Jo. Also congrats on almost getting them all done.


Justine said...

You certainly rose to those challenges! How fantastic that you managed to finish almost all of these beautiful projects.

I think of Debbie often, she was such a generous stitcher and had so many wonderful WIPs.

Astrids dragon said...

Oh my, look at all those fantastic finishes! You know I especially love all the dragons and Halloween!

Mini said...

Wow Jo, I think you have finished the most projects amongst the stitchers who participated in these challenges. I specially like the variety of projects .
I'm curious:what do you do of the patterns you have finished stitching?

Rachel said...

That was a wonderful trip down memory lane and I have to feel quite smug that my guess at your number of finishes wasn't too far off either (shows I pay attention to your posts!)
I'm so glad that my recap encouraged you to revisit your 31 projects and that, from your comments, others have been inspired by your post to do the same. I'd only been blogging a few months before Debbie passed away but she very obviously, but quietly, lives on in people's memories and stitching.
Here's to you finishing and/or fully finishing the remainder of those 31 projects, and finding the illusive charm you need. :)