Saturday, February 29, 2020

Slow and Fast Stitching This Week

I like to have a variety of projects to work on at any one time so that I don't get bored (no chance of that for a very long time, if not ever!) so this week, as usual, I have a few things to show you.   First up is my fall themed comfort quilt block for the Elgin Piecemakers guild.  I have had that leaf fabric lurking in my stash for several years and it worked perfectly for this block.  (I even have some left...)

I have been cleaning out my fabric storage area and keep finding blocks and fabric that I forgot I had. Does this ever happen to you?  I made these boxy star blocks 7 years ago, intending to make a quilt for a special person in my life.  Unfortunately, she passed away very soon after I made the blocks so they got put away until this past week when I found them.  I decided to make them into a table topper.   I still have to figure out how I will quilt this so for now, it will sit in the to be quilted pile.

I found a jelly roll, partly cut up, in another bag, obviously intending to make it into something, but of course, there was no pattern or sketch in the bag.  I made lots of nine patches and will put them together to make a baby quilt, probably.  The white in all the blocks came out of my solid scrap bin--I did not have to cut into yardage at all.  

There were a couple of other projects started but never finished and they went into the garbage as they no longer inspired me.  I kept the useful fabric I found in those bags and gave some fat quarters to a friend who uses those particular colours in many of her quilts.  I still have a few bins and a closet to clean out but the storage room is looking much better.  This is a long term project!

The quilting was completed on my Kaffe Fassett spinning four patch quilt this week and I added the binding by machine on Monday.  I found just enough of the gray fabric that was in the quilt for the binding.

On Tuesday morning, while waiting for my car to be serviced, I went to Christine's house, drank tea, and we both worked on the hand stitching on our respective quilts.  We were closely supervised by Henry, Bowie and Chanel, the resident cats.  This is Henry.

I used up almost all of the fabric I used for the backing as well.  I am trying to use up my stash...

Henry spent some time guarding my sewing bag.

Here is the finished quilt.  I used my DSM to quilt wavy lines in a diagonal grid.

I will be putting this quilt into the Shedden Quilt show in April and then it will hang on the wall in my front hall for a while.

My counted cross stitch ornament for February did not get much attention this week, but some stitches were added.  I would like to work on this again tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy.


  1. I love how the placement of colours and design make optical illusions, I guess that's why we love fabric! Sounds like you have been busy spring cleaning too! Very satisfying!

  2. I have been trying to use up my stash also. It's a hard thing to do. Sometimes we need to purchase some to finish a project and then there are leftovers and we end up buying more to be able to use it. It's quite a dilemma. Love the grays with the blues in your star quilt.

  3. fabulous projects. February's ornament is going to look lovely

  4. I love the fall themed block. Those fabrics are very pretty. Isn't amazing what we find when we clean things out. I want to move my crafts to another room and when I do I am sure that I will be surprised by some items. I love that gray and blue quilt. How wonderful that you were able to use stash fabric for the backing. The ornament looks great. Time for me to print out March's part of the pattern.

  5. I love that cross-stitch! Your quilt projects are lovely too!

  6. Every time I even do a little bit of cleaning I find unusual things... blocks, bags of scraps, projects half finished. I try not to clean to avoid this LOL!
    Enjoy your stitching today!

  7. The 9-patch blocks make a great baby quilt. I agree, you won't be bored for quite awhile. Many will enjoy viewing the wavy Kaffe quilt at the show. Adorable company at Christine's!

  8. I love everything about your Kaffe quilt. Lots of nice projects and using things up going on. Congrats!

  9. Your Kaffe quilt is a beautiful finish. I love the fabrics you chose. Love too, that leaf fabric; it is so striking! How wonderful to have the company of all those sweet felines. Here's to many projects on the go to ward off boredom.