Saturday, April 21, 2018

I Spy Baby Quilt

You may remember seeing this quilt top a few weeks ago.  Life has been rather busy lately (more on that later in the post) so I did not have time to quilt this top until this week.  I do my pin basting on my kitchen floor.  It's a little hard on the knees, but it did not take too long to get all those pins in place.

I started by using a serpentine stitch to quilt the sashing.

My daughter had a wooden Thomas train set when she was little.  We had a canoe when I was a child and my Dad taught me how to paddle.

My Dad played the fiddle.  Sadly, he passed away last week after a long period of poor and declining health, which is why I have not been sewing or blogging very much lately.  At his funeral, we had a fiddler play the Ashokan Farewell--you may know this piece as the theme music for the PBS series by Ken Burns about the Civil War.  I spent a lot of time with my Dad and will miss him.

My husband and I took a day to ourselves today and went for a drive --we stopped at a quilting store where I picked up supplies for three upcoming workshops. We went out for lunch and poked through some little stores and went for a walk by Lake Erie.  I did some hand stitching on the binding in the car.  You can see that I added serpentine diagonal cross hatch quilting after quilting in the sashing.  The thread matches the green sashing and binding. I hope to do some more hand stitching on the binding tomorrow.

My Dad and I

I will be linking up with Kathy in the morning.  Take a look at the projects that all of the slow stitchers are working on...

Monday, April 9, 2018

Just One Block

I had a very long and stressful day today.  When I finally got home, I heated up some leftovers and ate dinner.  Then, I headed down to the sewing room.  I desperately needed some "me" time.   I saw a scrappy churn dash block on Amanda Jean's blog, Crazy Mom, a few weeks ago that I wanted to try.  Her block was a 9 1/2" square and I wanted to scale mine up to 12 1/2".  I got the graph paper out and after sketching it out, dug through my scraps and started sewing.  I was so focused that I forgot to take progress pictures!

I used a bright orange Kona for the HST's and a light grey print for my background fabric.  The Elgin Piecemakers Guild members will each be making one of these blocks for our comfort quilt project one month later this year. I'm sure everyone has a few bright scraps hanging around in their sewing rooms just waiting to be used in a block like this...

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Counted Cross Stitch

I needed a portable hand stitching project this week and remembered this kit that I bought before Christmas.  I actually bought a few of these kits --I gave a couple away as gifts and kept a couple for myself.  I completed the first one in time to hang the ornament on the tree, but the second one languished in its wrappings...

...until I went looking for it this week and got to work!

The kit comes with everything, right down to the needle, to make the ornament.  The wooden disc is laser cut.

I managed to get quite a bit done earlier this week and hope to have some time tomorrow to complete it during my Slow Sunday Stitching time with Kathy and the others who link up with her every week.

Here's what I have done so far.

Speaking of Cross Stitching, my daughter is well on her way to finishing her Detroit Skyline Cross Stitch picture.   She worked on it last weekend.

I showed a picture of my witch hazel bush in flower in my last post.  One morning this week, it looked like this:  

Ugh...I am so ready for Spring!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Foothills Quilt Blocks

I am making very slow progress on my blocks for the Foothills Quilt along with Mary Elizabeth Kinch.  Christine and I got together to sew one evening this week and I finished off four more blocks.

I have 9/25 done now.  I am using my husband's discarded shirts as my fabric supply.

Each block is unique.

The geese are pointing in the opposite direction in this block--they have gone rogue!

I have lots of parts made (half square triangles and hour glass units) but need to make more flying geese to put more blocks together.

I put all my blocks on the design wall to take a peek at how they will look together...

There will be sashing between the blocks.

It is still quite chilly where I live--we had a hard frost overnight.  My witch hazel bush is in bloom. I took these pictures after it rained all night.

I love how the water droplets just hang off of the petals.

That's all for now.  Take care and Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Baby Quilt Top and Some EPP

I cut out some 6 1/2" squares last week for a baby quilt.  I tried to lay them out in a checkerboard pattern--white background and coloured squares but it looked a bit blah.   I dug through my stash to see if I had some brightly coloured fabric that I could use as sashing...

This looks a lot better!  There are a lot of squares with this colour of green in them so it works perfectly!  The sashing finishes at 1".  I decided not to do an outer border and just bind the quilt in the same green after I get it quilted.  The fiddle fabric above is leftover from a pillowcase I made for my dad several years ago.  He is 88 and has played the fiddle since he was 5 or 6.  My daughter used to love watching Thomas the Tank Engine when she was little.  When I was younger, my dad taught me how to paddle a canoe.  Our canoe was red.  I love gardening, so the potted flowers had to be included too.

Here is the finished quilt top.

The puffin fabric was purchased in Iceland when my husband and I went there to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary a few years ago. One of the fabrics has cameras on it--I like to take pictures.  The glasses and pencils are for my daughter--she is an accountant.   I hope the baby who receives this quilt enjoys looking at all of the fabrics.  I will have to write her a little note explaining the significance of the fabrics.

I have not had much chance to do any hand sewing this week but did get one more EPP plus sign done with cutlery fabric!

Maybe, I will get a few more plus signs done this week.  Take a look and see what the other slow stitchers are doing over at Kathy's blog

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Back to EPP

Since I finished my counted cross stitch picture last week, I needed to find another hand stitching project to work on.  I found my EPP plus signs and decided to make some more.  I recently bought some more fabrics that would be good for this project, so I cut some of them up so I would be ready to do some hand stitching tomorrow.

When my daughter was younger, I taught her how to do counted cross stitch.  She did a couple of small projects and then seemed to lose interest.   A few weeks ago, much to my surprise, she purchased three patterns on Etsy to make pictures to hang on the wall in her apartment.  The first one is a city scape of Detroit, Michigan. The first picture she sent to me did not look like much...

As she added more colours, the buildings started to take shape. 

Do any of you recognize any of the buildings/structures?

This is the latest picture that I have, taken while we were FaceTiming one evening.  She has done more stitching since I took this picture, but I have not seen it again since then.  The other two patterns are for London, England and New York City, all places that she has been before.  I love the patterns she has chosen. 

I am going to a quilt retreat in early April and the organizers set up a lanyard swap amongst the participants.  Here is the lanyard I made for my swap partner:

We will use them for our name tags at the retreat.  Here is the lanyard that I received in the mail this week:

I'm already making a list in my head of the projects that I would like to work on at the retreat...

I will be linking up with Kathy in the morning.  Go and take a look at what everyone is working on.  The link is in my sidebar.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Snowflake Beads

I have done many cross stitch pictures since I was in university but this is the first one that has had beads on it.  My husband, actually fiance at the time, bought me my first cross stitch kit.  He and I lived in different cities, going to different universities, and I was getting stressed about school.  Knowing how I liked to sew, he bought the kit at a craft store.  A school friend bought herself a kit as well and soon we made a regular habit of stitching and tea after supper for 30 minutes each night.  This kept both of us relatively sane, even during exams!

The kit for the snow people picture came with all the threads, the seed beads and two needles--one for cross stitching and one very long and skinny needle for attaching the beads to the finished picture.  I put the beads in a small glass bowl so they would not get lost as I added each one to the picture.  I had to pick them up with the end of the needle and the sloped sides of the bowl helped with this.

My friend, Pat, came over to knit one night this week so I worked on the beads while she was here.  I got about half of the picture done that night.

I'm glad I decided to add the bead snowflakes...I was not sure last week if I would.

Here is the entire picture, all done. 

I will be linking up with Kathy in the morning.  I will need to find another slow stitching project now... I think there are some EPP plus signs lurking in my sewing room that need to be made into something.