Saturday, February 17, 2024

Secret Sewing

 Almost all of my sewing time this week was spent making a wall hanging for a swap which will take place next week.  I have spent months ruminating over a design and colours and fabrics.  I am really pleased with the end result and am in the process of adding the hand stitches to the binding and hanging sleeve.  I will show my finished quilt and the quilt that I receive from my swap partner in my next blog post. 



I did a bit of cross stitching this week, adding lots of the variegated purple borders as well as starting the bird motif.  It doesn't look like much yet, but these are the tail feathers.  If you squint, you might see it!!! LOL. 


Finn says he has a nice tail, but no feathers!  This is what happens when his kong goes under the couch. 


This project is nearing completion.  When it is done, I will go back and finish my sunflower picture.  I have taken my spring rabbit cross stitch in to be framed and have been told it will be ready before Easter. 


Finn likes to lie on his quilt and blanket under my daughter's desk while she works from home.  She requires his constant close supervision. 


My husband and I started a new puzzle this week--this was a Christmas gift from Finn and my daughter. I think I would like to visit this shop in person. 


I'm off to work on my binding.  Happy slow stitching Sunday, everyone!  I will link up with Kathy in the morning. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Stitching Report

You may have noticed I was missing in action last weekend...I was visiting my daughter and Finn for the weekend!  Finn and I hung out together while my daughter participated in a curling bonspiel. He didn't mind snuggling up to me as I did some cross stitching.  We went for a walk every day too. 


I have added three more motifs to my winter cross stitch project.  You can see the cardinal and the pinecone above and this week I finished off the evergreen tree. 




There were very nice sunbeams in the afternoons while I was visiting.  Finn took full advantage of them!


You may remember that I replaced the binding on my daughter's University Quilt at Christmas time.  I finished hand stitching the new binding while I was at her place.  This is a well loved quilt!


Here is a picture of when this quilt was new in 2009. 


Finn approves of the repairs that I did. 


A friend has four grandchildren and she wants to make quilts for each of them using leftover fabrics from PJ's that she has made for them over the years. She brought the fabrics for the first one over one night last week.  I showed her how to make a disappearing nine patch block.  We figured out how many squares she will need of each fabric and she will get them all cut out and sewn into nine patches over the next couple of weeks.  Then, we will get together again to figure out the layout.  She has lots of flannel chunks that we can piece together to make the back of the quilt.  Once this quilt is done, we will figure out a design for the next one.  There are lots of fun winter themed fabrics in this quilt. 


I added the border to my crumby stars quilt top and I purchased a piece of flannel to use for the back. I have some ideas floating around in my head about how to quilt this using my walking foot.   Stay tuned. 


I have another quilt underway but can't share anything about it yet in case the recipient is lurking here.  I will be working on it this week to get it done before the deadline. 

Another picture of Finn... I hope you are not getting tired of seeing him!


My daughter's mystery cross stitch is coming along. Finn doesn't mind being a cross stitch model. 


I celebrated a birthday this past week.  Finn and my daughter sent me flowers.  There have been three restaurant meals with friends and and family--with one more extended family dinner tomorrow.  I am feeling well loved. 


Happy Valentine's Day to everyone.  Someone decorated a tree by the walking path with hearts this past week. 


 I made this at a recent retreat. It is on our mantle. 


I will link up with Kathy and the Slow Sunday Stitchers in the morning.  This is a group of bloggers from around the world who share their hand stitched projects each week.  We all encourage and support each other as we slowly make progress. The link to Kathy's blog is in my sidebar. 

Friday, January 26, 2024

Crumby Stars, Counted Cross Stitch and Mending...

I'm doing really well working on some sort of knitting, stitching or sewing every day in January.  So far, I have only missed one day! I finished piecing my crumby star blocks this week and put all the blocks together.  The blocks are 12" square so at this stage, the quilt top was 36 by 28".  I want it to be a wee bit bigger so I will add 3.5" borders all around using the background material.  I am not sure of what I will use for backing yet...maybe some flannel.  I will be quilting this one myself with my walking foot.  I'm contemplating how I will do this now. 


I finished the 4th of 9 motifs on my counted cross stitch project.  This pattern is from Satsuma Street. I'm loving the colours in this pattern.  I will start working on the next motif this weekend. 




My daughter received a couple of cross stitch kits from her aunt, uncle and cousins at Christmas.  She has made good headway on the first one.  All four kits provide clues to solve a murder mystery.  I see blood dripping from the sink...


Finn likes to supervise while she stitches...


My scarf is now 17" long.  At this rate, I might finish it for next winter...  Do not fear! There is no shortage of scarves in my wardrobe to keep me warm this winter.  


Nothing better than sticking your face into the freshly fallen snow on a sunny day!


I mentioned mending in the title of my post.  I fixed two pairs of pants and shortened another pair.  I don't like to have clothing repairs cluttering up my sewing room so I try to get them out of the way so that I can clutter up the room with fabric instead!  I have a retreat coming up in March and I'm starting to assemble a pile of projects to bring with me to the retreat.  I will link up with Kathy and the slow stitchers on Sunday as well as Angela and the RSC folks on Saturday. Have a great week. 

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Sewing Day with Friends

 Before the pandemic, I used to invite a few friends over for a sewing day several times a year.  Today, three friends came here for a sewing/embroidery/knitting/cross stitch day.  It's fun to sit and chat while we work on our projects.  I made everyone basket block pincushions as a souvenir of our day together.  



I spent some time this past week getting my main sewing project ready.  Last year, one of my Rainbow Scrap Projects was four 6.5" crumb blocks for each of 12 colours. I have been thinking about how I will use these blocks and this week decided to divide them into four sets and make 4 quilts with them.  First up, crumby stars!  I searched though my stash to find potential background fabrics. 

I had not made my dark green and gold crumb blocks yet so those were on the agenda this week too. I actually made four of each but took this picture after making the green and gold star blocks for my current project. 

Then, I cleaned up my solid bins and found some fabrics for the star points on each block. I cut out the pieces for all 12 blocks and I was ready!



By the end of the day, I had sewn 7/12 blocks with only one small slip up along the way. 



What did everyone else work on, you may ask? Christine added binding to a quilt and worked on crumb blocks for a Drunkard's path quilt. 


About mid afternoon, we decided to move to the living room for handwork.  Christine did some cross stitching on a Halloween picture.  

Pat worked on knitting a hat, socks and a pair of mittens as well as some counted cross stitch. 






Elaine worked on some embroidery for a pillow. This will be a long term project. 




During handwork time, I added more rows to my scarf--it is now 15" long. (last week, it was 12" long")


Progress was made on my winter cross stitch as well. I am working on the fourth motif now as well as the purple border stitches. 


It was very cold here this week and the wind was blowing hard, so hard that it coated the gate at the pier in Port Stanley with ice.  After bundling up against the cold, my husband and I went down to take a look.  We took a few pictures and headed back to the car to get out of the wind. We stopped for tea and hot chocolate at a little café on the way home. 




We did not take a seat on this bench!


Finn doesn't like getting his winter gear on but still likes going for a walk outside, even when its cold. 

I will link up with Kathy and the Slow Sunday Stitching group in the morning as well as Frederique and the RSC folks.