Saturday, May 18, 2019

Slow Stitching this Week

I had to move the hoop up this week on my Waterlilies Cross Stitch project...this project has very little cross stitching and tons of outlining to do. I'm loving the colours on this picture. 

I finally took my 4 finished cross stitch pictures in to be framed this week.  The snowmen are going to have red matting and a rustic white frame.  Two of the Frank Lloyd Wright pictures's frames were easy to pick but the third one is giving me trouble...

I think the black frame is too stark but I'm not sure about the bottom frame.  The framer is going to look through her stock to see if there is anything else that might be suitable. I am not doing matting on any the FLW pictures.  There will be spacers between the fabric and the frame so the glass is not touching the stitching.  The pictures will be displayed in the same vicinity in my house but not beside each other. 

I made two more Tula Pink One Hundred blocks sampler blocks this week.  I need to get back to work on my houses for the next border of my Coming Home BOM quilt.  That will be this week's project, I hope. I need to make a final decision on what colour the background fabric will be for the next border first. 

Look who is visiting this weekend!  We went for a long walk this afternoon and now he is fast asleep on the couch. 

My fothergilla bush is blooming in the backyard this week.  I love this time of year!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Piles of Blocks

I have a couple of projects underway with lots of smaller blocks.  The first quilt is a neutral swap with the Elgin Piecemakers which was started last September.  Each month, 10 of us exchange 5" neutral blocks--we each make 20 blocks and everyone gives their blocks to me.  I redistribute the blocks so each person gets 2 blocks made by each person.  This gives each of us lots of variety in our blocks.

In January, I made enough blocks for 4 months.  After handing in April's blocks, I realized I needed to get back to sewing some more blocks for May and June.  Over the last couple of weeks, I made another 43 blocks...20 for May, 20 for June, and 3 as a head start for the next month.  I am using up lots of my scraps for these blocks.   Just in case anyone is wondering, the middle square is cut 2.5", the first border is a one inch strip and the wider border is cut 1.5" wide.  After sewing and pressing, the blocks are cut down to 5" x 5".   You can see my pile of blocks that I have accumulated so far below.  I have 160 blocks so far.

The pile on the left side of the picture is the Tula Pink 100 block modern sampler block collection so far...I have over 70 of these blocks made, including 4 that I added to the pile this week.

Sometimes, the cutting takes longer than sewing the block together!  I am using my stash of black and white prints as well as three Tula Pink fat quarters that I purchased at QuiltCon in February for these blocks.

I hope to make a few more of these black and white blocks tonight.  I have still not settled on a setting for these blocks yet...  I just want the finished quilt to fit on our queen sized bed.

It's fun to see the piles grow!

I'm off to the sewing room!  Finn loves this squeaky toy burrito.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Coming Home is Coming Along.

I (finally!) finished appliquéing my last two tulip blocks for my Coming Home BOM project this week. It was fun picking out fabrics for each flower and the leaves. 

All four blocks...done!

The points got easier with each tulip I stitched.

I put this together last night and put it up on the design wall for a picture.  I stressed a lot about colour choices for this part of the quilt.  It will be a queen sized quilt so there are 9 more months of blocks and borders to make.  The next border consists of little houses, some of which are pieced already.  I will be working on more of them next week.

Our azalea bush is in full bloom this week. This was a gift from a friend 6 years ago and it has more flowers every year.  I think it likes where it was planted!

I was out for a walk yesterday at lunch time and noticed these tiny pinecones on a tree.  They are about 1/2 to 3/4" round.  I'm not sure what type of tree this is...

Monday, May 6, 2019

A New Counted Cross Stitch Window

This past weekend, we took a car trip to take Finn back to my daughter.  Since I had hours of car travel ahead of me, I decided to start another counted cross stitch project to work on in the car.  I had one more Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass window pattern to do so I gathered up the threads and cut some white Aida cloth to the right size, put it all in my QuiltCon project bag and I was ready to go.

I did just a few stitches at home before we left to give myself a reference point for starting.

A bright sunny day is perfect for stitching in the car!

Finn was very happy to see my daughter and settled right back in to being home. 

He likes to look out the window at the squirrels. 

I did some more stitching in the car on the way home.  This is the waterlilies window. I look forward to more car stitching time on this project.

Saturday, April 27, 2019


I have been working on hand appliquéing my tulip blocks for my Sarah Fielke Coming Home BOM this week.  The two magenta tulip blocks are completely done and I am now working on the top right turquoise block.  The stem is done and I am just starting the leaves...

I'm getting better at those inside points and the curves with each leaf and tulip...

Christine was at my house for sewing night one evening this past week so I made the 12 house blocks included in last month's instructions.  The next step will be out on Tuesday so I still have a bit more to do before this stage will be done, but I am close!  There will be more houses to make this month and the houses in the picture above will each get a roof.

My Pasque Flowers bloomed this week.  I love the fuzzy edges.

Finn likes to lie beside me while I do my hand stitching. He spends some of his time watching for my husband or me to come home by sitting on the back of the couch and looking down the street for our cars.

We have been going for lots of walks.  

I have been getting a lot more steps on my Fitbit since Finn came to visit.

This is growing in my garden in several spots but I did not plant it...not sure how it got there, but it sure is pretty!

I will link up with Kathy in the morning for Slow Sunday Stitching.  I hope to finish off my tulips soon and get the next border sewn on Coming Home before the next set of instructions is out on Tuesday.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Coming Home and FLW

I have finally finished the second part of my Coming Home BOM quilt.  Everything is fitting together well so far with minimal un-sewing.  The four corners are up next and I have the pieces cut out and ready to applique. 

The applique tulips will be turquoise and magenta (two of each).  I have started to applique one block and hope to get them all done before the third set of instructions come out at the end of April.

If you read my previous post, you will know that I am making a string quilt with material from my Dad's shirts.  Here is my second of 16 blocks.

I have made a couple more Tula Pink sampler blocks in the last 3 weeks and need to get back to making the rest of the blocks for this quilt.  I seem to have a lot of irons in the fire at the moment. 

Frank Lloyd Wright's Office Window counted cross stitch is done!  I finished the last few stitches of outlining one morning this week.  Now, to get this one washed and pressed and ready for framing, along with the other two FLW windows...

I will be working on my applique for Slow Sunday Stitching this week.  Take a look at what the other hand stitchers and knitters are doing this week over at Kathy's blog. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Sewing with Strings

Last Friday marked one year since my Dad died.  I had signed up for a quilting workshop with Mary Elizabeth Kinch, author of "Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts" a few months ago and decided I would use my Dad's shirts for my project.  Mary Elizabeth spoke at our London Friendship Guild meeting on Thursday night and we had a great trunk show of her quilts, including the workshop quilt, "Go with the Flow". 

I met Mary Elizabeth several years ago at Gwen Marston's Beaver Island Quilt retreat in Elk Rapids, Michigan.  It was fun to see her again and catch up.

After some discussion about string quilts in general and different ways to make them, we cut into our fabrics and started sewing the strings together.   Mary Elizabeth also showed us pictures of several antique and newer string quilts.  Here is her "Go with the Flow" quilt.

By lunch time, everyone had made at least one row of strings.

Here are my two rows, not pressed yet

Two more, pressed and ready to trim.

Tonight, I made a couple more rows and then made my first block of the 16 needed to make this queen sized quilt. 

As I sewed, I thought about my Dad and the times that he wore these shirts.   Dad loved to stop at Shaw's Ice Cream for a Black Cherry Cone so my husband and went there on the weekend. 

It seemed like a fitting thing to do.