Friday, January 24, 2020

A Variety of Projects

I spent quite a bit of time this week working on my Modern Quilt Guild "Make a Mini, Make a Friend" swap quilt and I am very pleased to be finished.  It is ready to put into the mail to my swap partner in Texas.  I will be mailing it after the London Modern Guild meeting in February so that I can bring it for show and tell.  Here is a sneak peek of the backing and binding as well as some of the quilting which I did with my walking foot on my DSM.

On sewing day on Monday, I worked on making a quilt with the neutral swap blocks that I have been making, swapping and collecting for 16 months now with other members of the Elgin Piecemakers.  The swap is finished now and I have divided my 320 blocks into two piles--white, grey and black blocks,  and beige, tan and brown blocks.  I decided to use the white, gray and black blocks for my first quilt with the swap blocks.

 I found some turquoise fabric in my stash--I had a little over a yard.  The goal is to make a quilt using the fabric that I have rather than purchasing more.

I used the design wall to lay out a few blocks to see how they would look.  I like it!  It will continue to is bigger than this now and I have not run out of blocks or turquoise fabric yet.  I'm aiming for a rectangular quilt, lap sized.

My embroidery has had quite a bit of attention this week.

It's relaxing to sit and stitch, a cup of tea beside me and an audiobook on loan from the library for my listening pleasure.

I think I have used all of the different types of stitches at least once now.

When I am finished stitching, I will soak it is cold water which is supposed to wash away all of the pink lines.

Here is how the picture looks now.

I finally started the scalloped roof today.  I'm hoping my stitching on this part improves with experience!

I will be linking up with Kathy and the other slow stitchers on Sunday morning since I did both binding and embroidery this week.   Have a great weekend.


  1. Your stitchery got a lot of beautiful attention this week. Love your swap blocks and the ones with that turquoise fabric? Gorgeous!

  2. The turquoise fabric looks nice as the background. A lot of wonderful slow stitches in your embroidery piece, have fun stitching

  3. I'm looking forward to seeing the front of your mini swap! That turquoise is a great contrast to your blocks, it will make a really striking quilt. Your embroidery is gorgeous!

  4. I love the stitchery with the variety of stitches.

  5. Love your stitchery and seeing how it is coming along. Beautiful stitching!

  6. Love your embroidery! Agreed, hand stitching while listening to a book or podcast is so relaxing. Enjoy!

  7. I love how that turquoise fabric goes with the white, black, grey blocks. What a pretty quilt. Your embroidery is looking fantastic. I think your first roof scallop looks pretty good as do all the other stitches.

  8. You've made such pretty progress on your stitchery! I hope you enjoyed some good stitching time over the weekend! :)