Saturday, August 1, 2020

Hand Appliqué, Knitting and Y-seams

I have been working on a secret project this week which cannot be revealed until October.  It involved some hand appliqué so here is a sneak peak:

I will continue to work on this project behind the scenes for several weeks.  I am waiting for inspiration to hit before I do the next step. 

In the knitting department, I made a simple dishcloth out of some leftover yarn from one of the facecloths.  I thought there would be enough left in the ball to make the dishcloth, but I ran out before finishing so I just cast off.  This left a slightly truncated corner but I will keep this cloth for myself so it will not matter. 

I also started another cloth with a whale on it.  This could be used as a baby wash cloth.  It's a little over 1/3 finished.  I need to pay close attention to the pattern on this one so that the whale is identifiable when it is far, so good!

I took a class from Libs Elliott about a year ago and was working on it at our guild sewing days before COVID-19 hit and sewing days were cancelled.  It has taken a back seat to other projects for the last few months, but this week, I dragged it out of hiding and have started to get the final columns attached to the section on the left in the picture.  Y-seams take a lot longer than straight runs but the end result will be worth the extra effort. 

I even have a couple of options for backgrounds in my stash for this quilt so I should be able to sail right through to the finish over the next week or two. 

My daughter is stitching Budapest next...

My husband and I go walking every night, after supper.  The trail where we walk at least once or twice a week has lots of Queen Anne's lace in bloom at the moment.  This is a close up of one of the tiny flower clusters.  Someone asked what type of camera I use for my pictures...these pictures are all taken with my iPhone. 

The white phlox are starting to bloom in our gardens.  The pink ones should be blooming by next week. 

Before I forget, I have also made a block for the HST BOM for the London Modern Guild.  There are not very many more blocks for this quilt so it will soon be a completed flimsy.  It should make a fun baby quilt. 

I will leave you with some words of wisdom from out local ice cream shop...

Stay cool and safe.  Wear your mask.  Take care

You can catch up on all of the slow stitcher's projects over at Kathy's blog tomorrow. 


  1. I recognise the fabric in your secret stitching at the top, I have it also. Your knitting is very even and that baby one looks complicated! How many cities has your daughter finished now, she has quite a collection I think. And it's got to be ice cream every time!

  2. I love the sneak peek you shared... looks delightful.. I love your knitting too! I think the truncated corner looks fine ... I love that cranberry color you used too :) I love your daughters cross stitching... my daughter does cross stitch too! Wonderful photos .. I use my iPhone 8 plus for all my photos too...
    Have a wonderful Sunday!!! Kathi

  3. Oh, love secret projects. I too have a few knitted dish cloths with just a cast off when I run out of yarn... and sometimes I make a scrappy one with various leftovers and just change the yarn as is... they still clean the dishes! Very true on the ice cream!

  4. So much goodness in this post!....and I can't stand the anticipation of finding out what your mystery project is :)

  5. your stitching is so nice - it is great that you have a place outside to walk at - we take turns with our treadmill which works out great for us as we move at different speeds and lengths of time.

  6. Even though knitting a pattern can be more tedious, I love watching the design come to life. Looks like a lot of variety in your projects right now!

  7. I recognize that Kaffe paperweight fabric too! I have it in all the colours and can't wait to see what you're making and find out why it's a secret! Happy stitching!

  8. Can't wait to see your secret project. I love that funky dishcloth! I agree with your last picture! Love ice cream!

  9. The yellow fabric is a popular Kaffe. Hope you get inspired for the second part soon. The blue baby cloth is charming. Interesting cities your dtr stitches. Your iphone photography skills are awesome - I’m envious. We all scream for ice cream!