Today is the day for setting up for the quilt show. I've volunteered to help set up poles and hang quilts, and I'm hoping that my back will handle it. I've been fighting a strained back all week since trying to move something heavy on Sunday.
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
The front of Sophia's zebra bag is fixed and looks much better. I have the back and lining pieces cut, and the handles made. This was a kit I bought, but . . . the pattern called for the handles to be 42" long. This is for a little girl who is 9. She doesn't need this bag to drag on the ground when she carries it. I'm not very tall either, but this bag hung about at my waist with the handles that long. So, I made ONE handle at 42" and cut it in half.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The navy blue Sew Together bag is all done except for the handwork around the handles and zipper. At some point this week I plan to have it all finished.
Monday, October 11, 2021
Sunday, October 10, 2021
On Friday as I hung up lots of new blocks on the skirt hangers in neat collections, I had to look around my sewing room to see what was waiting for some attention. Believe me, there are so many projects waiting for attention. Too many!! Some specific goals for this week need to focus on things stacked on the end of the ironing board and taking up space.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Is it just my imagination or is counted cross stich making a big revival lately?
Over 40 years ago I did a LOT of counted cross stitch. It all started when I was the project "engineer" on a job site in Iowa and we got rained out one day. I wandered around the Main Street area of the small town we were working in, and ended up walking into a yarn shop. They also had lots of kits for small counted cross stitch and I bought one to take back to my motel room for something to do. The next week I went back and bought more. It was such fun, and it gave me something to do in the evenings in my motel rooms because I traveled a lot for work at the time. That first project was this farm scene plus the 4 seasons pieces that went with it. I had them framed.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
We all need an occasional change of scenery, even if it’s just for an afternoon and evening. My husband had a meeting yesterday afternoon and was then going to stop in Sioux Falls to watch our 4th grade grandson play flag football at 6:30. And I decided to ride along.
I took handwork along with to work on while he was in his meeting. So from 2-4 in the afternoon I sat in his vehicle with the windows down, stitched and listened to the radio, and enjoyed a beautiful October day. I did take a little walk along the Main Street and stopped into an interesting little shop as well. All-in-all it was a relaxing afternoon. And a great evening watching flag football and getting hugs from from a couple of grandkids.
Hand quilting was finished and the binding is nearly done on the little guild challenge project.
Monday, October 4, 2021
A couple of small Halloween projects are on my design wall. One of them was on my October goals list, and the other one should have been on that list.
Our guild quilt show is in 2 weeks, and I’ve been working on my entry for the Challenge project. We received a charm square (5”) of a Halloween fabric (black with grey and orange bats) that we must use in the project - and it has to be recognizable. The project can be anything, as long as it isn’t larger than 100” circumference. I’m working on using that piece in some appliqué, but I’ll have to wait until after the show to post a picture of the finished product.
The project that was on my list, was the Pillow of the Month that had a Halloween theme. All of the appliqué pieces are fused onto the center, but I’ve only begun to do the blanket stitching on the edges. Then there will be some half squares triangles framing this center section. And I have no clue yet how I want to quilt this pillow front. This series of 20” pillows come in kit form, so I can’t take any credit for the design or fabric choices. This one is pretty cute.
Sunday, October 3, 2021
OK, it’s not really an absence of color, but considering my love of bright colors it’s pretty close.
This 32” square wall hanging is all black, grey, and several shades of beige/tan. It was a pattern and mini charm pack that I picked up on the shop hop I did a couple of weeks ago. It’s basically a 36 block center - set on point - made with a mini charm pack. Then it’s turned into a square-in-a-square using triangles. And the whole thing is used as the center of a big churn dash.
This was a 2 hour project including the cutting and sewing. The cream background and the black churn dash fabrics were in the stash. The black print has bees or maybe flies on it. I'm not sure what kind of bug these are. But is more cute than creepy. And that little touch of yellowish beige picks up the "color" of that center block.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
The final week of September hasn't involved a whole lot of orange, but I had touches here and there. And I'm ready to make the switch to the new color for October.
I made 8 individual Tulip Time blocks this month and sewed them into 2 "quad" sections of 4 tulips each. And both sections had a bit of orange - by accident. I have 32 of these sections made, and am currently aiming for 42.
Friday, October 1, 2021
A new month and a clean set of goals to play with!! And my head has been spinning lately with ideas for new projects. I couldn't possibly live long enough to make everything I want to make.
One main thing that I want to happen is to quilt and bind the Fish School quilt. I searched high and low for a "fishy" print to use on the back of this one, and finally found this one called Aquarium - Under the Sea by Timeless Treasures. It even has the same pale aqua in the background that is in the fish row of the quilt - and most of the bright colors from the strips show up too. My plan is to quilt this one myself and I have a plan already. Wish me luck!!!
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Finished tops for this month included a Quilt of Valor made from the Summer Soiree blocks, the UFO project Circa 2016 (tons of tiny blocks), and a baby quilt using the Fish School row from an old Row By Row kit. I have to admit it's kind of fun to look in the closet and see these tops hanging there. The Circa 2016 quilt is in the hands of a quilter, so I'm anxiously waiting to see what she does with it.
Halloween Party is "kind of" a flimsy - and it's because I can't decide if I'm going to leave it as is or add some borders to make it bigger. I have enough of the background print to add at least one border, but I can't decide. If I add a light border, then I feel like it will need a final darker border and that might involve making another purchase.
Plenty of progress on block sets for other projects was made - Farmer's Wife Sampler (over half), Checkered Stars (not quite half), second set of Summer Soiree (all made), Tulip Time (8 more Tulips), and more. I even managed to make and send 4 blocks to a charity block drive.
I'm always happy when I see mostly blue notes in my goal list. And it's OK to keep moving those red notes into the new month.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Yesterday wasn't much of a sewing day, but it was a fun day.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The "mystery" block to finish off my house collection is complete. Although . . . it might need a little heart in that center. Maybe.
Monday, September 27, 2021
Another flimsy is complete and ready for quilting. This Quilt of Valor was made with the red/white/blue Summer Soiree blocks (Pat Sloan), plus a couple of simple borders. Sampler quilts really make me happy.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Saturday morning I went to the funeral for a friend who will be missed by everyone who knew her. Her brother-in-law was the pastor and he gave us all some good advice.
Life is too short.
Take the trip, eat the cupcake, read the book, laugh more, hug those you love every chance you get.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
The orange house block brings the total to 8, and I have a plan for something different for the 9th (final) block in this RSC project. This block is "Home Is" from Pat Sloan. My plan is to use one of the designs from the Circle of Nine book for these blocks, but I haven't made a final decision yet on which one to go with. The center of the circle however will be the "mystery" 9th block.