A Finish, WIPs and Some House Repairs

Hello Everyone! I know it’s been over a week since my last post, but it has been busy around here.

We had some major plumbing work done this week, so we spent the end of last week moving things and getting ready for it. We had the whole house replumbed because the combination of the copper pipe and water treatment that the county used in the early 90’s caused pin hole leaks in the pipes. We’ve already had 5 fixed and my husband thought it was time to get the whole house taken care of. Holes were cut out everywhere in the house, but they finished painting yesterday and you can’t tell where any of them are. They did an excellent job of matching the paint and replacing the dry wall and in some cases, wood panels.

So with no cleaning this week and a only short trip to the grocery store, I had some time to work on sewing and stitching.

Modified Apple Crisp Quilt

I finished quilting the Apple Crisp Quilt from the May 2019 Sew Sampler Box early Monday morning before the work began. I made the top at the quilting retreat in July and then started quilting it last week. I made the binding and had it finished on Wednesday. I modified the pattern to make a mini quilt. I converted the 14″ blocks to 6″ blocks and added the left and right sides to match the top and bottom. The center of the star only has 6 squares across instead of the original 7 squares. My quilt finishes at 24 1/4″ square.

The box contained the pattern and a fat eighth bundle of Lella Boutique’s Orchard fabric by Moda. My LQS had the fabric also, so I added the background, the navy cherry print and the binding fabric to complete the mini.

I quilted it with 50 wt Aurifil thread in 2000 for the background, 2800 in the blue and green patches and 2805 in the navy, red and blue points. I free motion quilted all of it, marking the straight lines. I quilted it on my domestic Pfaff QE4.0.

I’m really happy with the results and will love using this with my spring and summer décor.

I am taking a Workshop with Nancy Mahoney this coming Monday through my guild. We will be making the paper pieced Wild Wave and I will be making the table runner. I have spent way too much time trying to pick fabric for this. I started pulling fabric last week and it’s been changed so many times. When I finally had the “wave” fabric picked out, I had to decide on the background. I originally was going with the black, but once I had placed the fabric on a mock up of the block in my design notebook, I thought it might look good on white, too. I did an informal survey on Instagram, and most responses were for the black. The one comment that made me want to use the white was that you could showcase the quilting in the white. But I went with the black. Which was a good thing because, the white fabric that I would have used was needed for the minis and more this month.

Our theme for the month is to use a jelly roll in honor of National Jelly Roll day, September 21. I don’t use the jelly rolls too much in my quilting and I only had two, both petite rolls from Sew Sampler Boxes. I had this Tula Pink Pinkerville roll in my box to giveaway for the guild auction when I decided I could use it. These are beautiful fabrics and colors, but not what I usually sew with. I spent some time going through my patterns and looking on Instagram for patterns and found the Dot ‘N Dash quilt by Christa Watson. I have her book “Piecing and Quilting with Precuts” which is where the pattern is. I spent yesterday afternoon modifying the cutting directions because I only have 18 strips and the pattern calls for 40. I will be making a smaller quilt than the original version. I will also be using two pieces of Bella Solid White that came from two different Sew Sampler Boxes for the background. I hope to get the top finished in time for the parade in October.

I also made three more blocks for my Autumn Stars quilt which is my own design. I really need to get these finished up. I think these make 18 out of 30, so I still have a ways to go.

I also did some stitching while I’ve been moving from room to room. Can’t show you yet because most of it’s been for the Happy Little Things BOM.

Besides the work shop on Monday, I don’t know how much sewing I’ll get in until later next week. While I’ve had things out of the closets, I have been going through the contents and have piles to discard, giveaway and recycle. This morning will start the clean up, vacuuming and putting everything back. I see this as a several days project.

I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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Autumn Quilt Parade with Minis and More

Hello Everyone! It’s time for the Minis and More Parade hosted by Sherri and Michele. The theme this month was fall and for my entry, I sent Sherri a picture of the Halloween Wall Hanging from the August Collection for Jacquelynne Steves The Art of Home Club. If you are looking for the Happy Little Things Block 2 and Giveaway, scroll to the bottom of this page or go here. Be sure to leave a comment on that blog post for your chance to win.

I designed and made this fun and “spooky” wall hanging for the club and you can read all about it here. August was so busy since my daughter was home for a week and we were gone for almost a week, that I didn’t have time to make anything new. I did design a mini using Lori Holt’s Autumn Love templates, but it’s still on paper. Not even a fabric pull yet.

So instead of something new, I thought it would be fun to share my own Autumn and Halloween parade of quilts today. These are some of my favorites to make. I think it’s using those warm colors of Autumn that I like so much. Some are very old and I’m not sure what the patterns are and some were made for the Minis and More parade in the past.

So here we go. We’ll start with Halloween.

The wall hanging on the left is one of my earliest quilts. I’m pretty sure it was in American Patchwork and Quilting sometime in the mid to late 90’s. I fused the applique on, then machine quilted over it. No sewing the appliques down for me back then. Also, it was probably one of my first attempts at free motion quilting. I like to hang in on my door on Halloween night. The left one is Autumn Stroll by June Vogltance and made in 2009. It was a kit from Keepsake Quilting.

The quilt is Amanda from the book “3 Times the Charm” by Me and My Sister Designs, 2011. I can’t remember who designed the fabric, probably Deb Strain, but it was one of the first charm packs I used. I don’t have the pattern for the cross-stitch which I made in 2015, filled it with goodies and sent it to my daughter her freshmen year in college. You can see I still had some of the charm squares left in 2017.

Mini Dashing- Halloween by Corey Yoder, October 2017

That’s it for Halloween. Now for Fall.

Embroidery design by Crabapple Hill, and the appliques and quilt design are mine, 2009 or 2010
Atlantic Flyway by Deb Tucker, mostly Deb Strain Fabrics, 2015
Harvest Road by Marcia Layton – 2013 (last time for yo-yos!)
October 2016 Minis and More, Fall Placemat Tutorial by Sherri McConnell
Autumn Glow, American Patchwork and Quilting Calendar- October 2014. Fabrics are mostly Sandy Gervais, finished in 2014. Converted to a smaller block size, so smaller quilt.

Autumn embroideries designed by Jenny of Elefantz from her A Year in the Garden Collection. The first one shows the little background quilt. All were made between August and November, 2017.

Mini Pumpkins by Cluck Cluck Sew, Minis and More, September 2017

The Maple Leaf Log Cabin is one of my all time favorite quilts. The pattern is from American Patchwork and Quilting (don’t know the edition) and I made it in 2009. The pillow is my pattern, Scattered Leaves and Pumpkins from 2017. You can find it in my Etsy shop.

A Quilting Life 2017 BOM – Mini, Fig Tree Fabrics, finished in 2018. Love this version!
Minis and More Trip Around the World, September 2018
Applique designs by Jacquelynne Steves for The Art of Home Club. 2018
Twirl by Fig Tree, modified. Minis and More November 2018
Another Jenny of Elefantz design, made in fall colors. 2018
Harvest-Chalk Full Small, Hands on Design and Priscilla Blain, 2019
Bitty Blooms embroidery designed by Jacquelynne Steves, 2019

I do have a few more table runners and toppers that I couldn’t find pictures for, plus bags and mug rugs. It was fun looking back at this eclectic group of projects and I’m looking forward to decorating with them this fall. You will notice a lot of the same fabrics showing up in the quilts, especially Sandy Gervais fabrics. I enjoy picking up fall fabrics and adding them to my collection. You never know when you’ll need them.

Here are just a few ways I use them throughout the house. The mini on the back of the bench is Sherri’s Be My Neighbor Mini. I used Sherri and Chelsi Fabrics and I think it fits perfectly with the fall color scheme.

Last year I finally bought a quilt ladder and I love being able to display more quilts.

And here’s a fun little Halloween display I put together on the chest at the top of our stairs last year.

It’s nice that I now have a good record of most of my Autumn quilts. I hope you enjoyed the parade and I thanks for stopping by!

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2019 Happy Little Things BOM, Block 2

Hello Everyone! It’s time for Happy Little Things, Block 2, BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. Visit Jacquelynne for important information about this month’s block, to see the quilted version of the block and to sign up if you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late.

Again, I’ve made a little project instead of the quilt block. I also used the Bitty Blooms embroidery designs to make a Fall small decoration to go on my kitchen shelves.

This month’s sponsor is Aurifil and the giveaway will be a Designer Thread Box. I love Aurifil thread. I use it for general purpose sewing, piecing, and quilting. I also use Aurifloss, a 6 strand embroidery thread. I used the Aurifloss in the Bitty Blooms this month. Read to the bottom of this post to see how you can have 8 chances to win your own Designer Box of Aurifil Thread.

This month, I used the embroidery design to make a Needle Book. I have several, but I made this one to hold needles for different types of projects that I can keep on my table where I do hand work. If you recall from Block 1, I’m showing you how you can use your embroidery or applique in different ways besides just in pillows or quilts. I’ve also written a tutorial for making the needle book. If you decide to make one, tag me on social media, #thequiltingnook, I’d love to see it.

It has an inside pocket so you can take it on the go with your scissors and thread, too. I made four “pages” using felted wool. Each page will store needles for embroidery, cross stitch, applique and general sewing.

I made it with a 1/2″ “spine”. I wanted it to easily close with the folded wool. The tutorial explains how to make the spine using the quilting.

I now have a set of two sewing accessories. The Needle Book finishes about 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″. I also made a separate elastic band to keep it closed for travel.

I created this month’s Bitty Blooms piece for Fall.

I embroidered the design on a linen napkin and used Aurifloss to stitch with. You can find the Bitty Blooms patterns and the cute buttons I used on the Needle Book in Jacquelynne’s shop.

I used Vonna’s, The Twisted Stitcher, tutorials for mounting it, the same as last month’s. The only difference was in the placement of the mounted pieces and using the rick rack on the embroidered piece. This month, I placed each piece 1/2″ away from the two sides and bottom edge. You can find my Bitty Blooms Finishing Tutorial here. I used Christy’s, Java Girl Stitches, YouTube bow tutorial for making the bow. It’s a simple technique without twisting the ribbon.

I started making the transition from summer to fall in my kitchen, starting with the Bitty Blooms Fall piece.

I also finished the Chalkfull Harvest small cross stitch by Hands on Design and Pricilla Blain.

I used 16 ct chalkboard Aida and all the called for threads. It makes a nice addition to my kitchen shelves.

And just a quick reminder, all project bags and patterns are on sale for 15% off in my Etsy shop through Labor Day.

Now for the Giveaway. Thank you all for your nice comments last month and Julie was last month’s winner. This month, please leave a comment (instructions below) and tell me if you decorate for fall.

Giveaway rules:

  • Giveaway is open to all US and international readers.
  • One prize per person per giveaway.
  • The Giveaway will end by the end of day on Sunday, September 8.

Please be sure that I can contact you immediately with your email, or be sure to include your email in your comment. If I choose your name but cannot contact you immediately, I will choose another winner. 

If I do not receive a response from you by Wednesday, September 11 by 8:00 AM Eastern Time, I will need to choose another winner.

Use #HappyLittleThingsBOM and #HappyLittleThingsQuilt for social media. We would love to see your progress.

You can also post photos in the Sew Quilty Friends FB group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewQuiltyFriends.JacquelynneSteves/.

Be sure to visit all the bloggers to see their version of Happy Little Things and to increase your chance of winning.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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New Project Bags Added to Shop

Hello Everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve added 5 new vinyl front project bags to my shop.

These bags are great for so many things; handwork projects such as cross stitch (holds a full size chart), embroidery, applique, and English Paper Piecing or store your quilt blocks after they are made. With the vinyl front, you can see which project you want to pick up and work with.

The bags measure 13 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ and are made with quilt shop quality fabrics. They have a layer of batting and interfacing which helps to stabilize them and they are quilted.

If you are interested, I will have them on sale in my shop until Monday night, September 2, for 15% off.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back tomorrow with Block 2 of the Happy Little Things BOM.

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Stitchy Haul and Some Sewing

Hello Everyone! I hope your week is going well. We enjoyed a few cool days over the weekend, but we will be back to normal by the end of the week. I am ready for some cooler temperatures and college football! Virginia Tech starts off their season against Boston College on Saturday. Go Hokies!

When we returned from Virginia last week, I felt like I just needed to do a little sewing. I haven’t done much piecing lately and I wanted to enjoy that rhythm of chain piecing, pressing, trimming and repeat. So I finished these blocks:

I finished the three Swoon blocks that I started in early April. I worked on them for a few days then and got the flying geese units and half square triangles made. Only the flying geese had been trimmed, so I still had a lot to do on them. I was able to finish them in two afternoons. Very satisfying. I only have two more Swoon blocks to make and I’ll be able to piece the top together. My goal is to get the top finished by the end of the year.

Now for some Cross-Stitch haul (purchases). If you follow me on IG, you’ve seen all these, but I can give you some more details here.

This first group I didn’t purchase, but got from my mom.

I’ve seen a few Flosstubers talk about getting P. Buckley Moss charts and how much they are selling for on Ebay. I looked and I saw some for $30. I asked my mom to hold on to hers and I would take them. I’m not planning on selling them, but I didn’t want them to get away either.

My mom stitched all of them, and I would like to stitch three of them. They are very large however. I think Mom stitched them on 14 ct. Aida and by the time they are framed, most are in the 17″ – 20″ length range. I was thinking that if I stitched these on a 25 or 28 ct evenweave and stitch one over one, that would cut the size down by half. I would like to do them as a grouping, so I think the ones I will do are the church, the skater and the geese. They seem to go together. I really like the cat, too.

While we were in Williamsburg, I went to the cross-stitch shop Haus Tirol. The owner has lots of beautiful samples to look at. The first thing I saw when I walked in was a beautifully finished and framed Chatelaine. I have seen several Flosstubers working on them but seeing that one made me realize just how much work there is in one. The shop also carries a very nice selection of threads and fabric.

These are my fabrics I picked up, some linen and a couple pieces of Lugana, too.

I also picked up these two charts. I’ve seen several Flosstubers working on both of these, too. The stars in Cinnamon Stars are all variations of quilted stars.

I was really drawn to the two bottom charts by JBW Designs. There was a finishing kit that included the cotton fabric and trim, but not the red linen and the shop was out of it. As I continued to shop, I found the Peace on Earth chart as a full kit on sale. It was last years ornament, so I bought it, too. The linen is 28 ct, so I think I will make these one over one and may have enough linen to make all three. I have several other ornaments from JBW Designs and she always gives the size for making them one over one which will put them under 3″ square.

When I got home, there was a package waiting for me from 123 Stitch. I had placed a fabric order and had to pick up a couple of charts from there, too.

I wanted some Lugana to work on a couple of Prairie Schoolers I want to start. I think it’s just a little easier to stitch with.

While I was shopping, I just had to look at the charts, too. I’ve always liked the PS July and have plans for that like my November one I’m working on. And when I saw the turkey on Teresa Kogut’s Give Thanks, I thought it was the prettiest turkey I’ve seen in cross-stitch. I went ahead a got the floss to go with it, too.

Speaking of Prairie Schooler November, I was able to get quite a bit of stitching in while we were on our trip.

Since it was so hot, we didn’t get out and about like we usually do. We sat and visited and I stitched. Where the pumpkin is in the lower right side, there is supposed to be a turkey. The pumpkin is part of the small chart that comes with the pattern and I like it there, more mid fall instead of late fall.

I have a busy rest of the week, especially on the computer. The next block for the Happy Little Things BOM will be released on Monday and I have a new project and tutorial for you. I’ve edited all the photos, but still need to write up the tutorial. I’m also making some project bags for my shop. I hope to get those finished today and listed tomorrow. There’s a couple of cute Halloween bags this time, too. And I want to cut out fabric for something new. I have several to chose from, and I’ll keep you posted on what I chose.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Virginia, Fredericksburg to Tidewater Trip

Hello Everyone! We’ve been back from our Virginia trip for a few days and I thought I would share just a few pictures of our trip with you. Let me start by saying it was hot! Temperatures were in the high 90’s to 100. We didn’t get out do too much, but we ate a lot of really fresh seafood!

These were our crabs leftover from the bushel we had on our first night in Fredericksburg. They were probably some of the best crabs we’ve had in years. Medium size, but very meaty and sweet. Still tasty the next day. We usually like to walk around Fredericksburg, but because it was Sunday, we didn’t go in the morning and by the afternoon, it was just too hot. We enjoyed visiting with my parents and sisters and I was able to get some stitching in.

We spent two nights in Fredericksburg and two in Williamsburg. On our way to Williamsburg on Monday, we detoured into the Tidewater area between the Rappahannock River and York River. When we went past Tappahannock, I was in new territory.

We met my father-in-law, brother-in-law and his wife for lunch. Since we were a little early, we went across the Rt 3 Bridge over the Rappahannock River.

We are near the mouth of the river. The Rappahannock flows through Fredericksburg, but is only about 100 yards across there.

Rappahannock River

Most of my pictures are of the mountains, but I can see why people want to live near the water, too. This area is so pretty and peaceful looking. Even when it storms, it’s beautiful.

Merroir Tasting Room

We had lunch at the Rappahannock Oyster Company’s Merroir Tasting Room. We would have sat outside, but there were no fans, so we sat on the screen porch with the fans. Did I mention it was hot?

If you like oysters (which I don’t), this was the place. Everybody raved about how good they are. Fresh off the boat, too.

Rappahannock Oyster Co.

This is the oyster dock where the hatchery and sorting facility are. My daughter works for the Pensacola Bay Oyster Co where she harvests and sorts the oysters. She’s just starting to work in their hatchery, too. She said this looks just a little nicer than her facility, but the ROC has been around a lot longer than PBOC.

York River

After lunch, we took the scenic drive around the peninsula across the York River and onto the Colonial Parkway into Williamsburg. It was a beautiful day, even if it was hot.

Map from Virginiaplaces.org

I thought I would insert a map of the area for those not familiar with the rivers and peninsulas of Virginia. We drove down the Middle Peninsula from Fredericksburg between the Rappahannock and York Rivers. We then crossed the York River onto the Virginia Peninsula between the York and James River. And no, I didn’t remember this from my Virginia geography in school, I did a little research.

Governor’s Mansion

That evening, we ate at Berret’s Seafood Restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg, (with more oysters for those who love them), then took a stroll down The DOG (Duke of Gloucester street) as the sun set and it had cooled down a little.

My brother-in-law and his wife left the next morning to go to Chincoteague Island. That’s some place I would like to visit one day and cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. We had brunch, then I went to Haus Tirol, a cross-stitch shop in Williamsburg. I’ll have more about that in another post.

For dinner, my father-in-law wanted to take us to the Surry Seafood Company restaurant.

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry

To get there, we had to cross the James River, on the ferry! This was only my second time on a ferry.

It was fun and I played tourist and took some pictures.

You could see the replicas of the Jamestown ships that are at the Jamestown Settlement.

This is the real Jamestown where there are ongoing archaeological digs.

We are getting ready to dock at Scotland here. It’s a very pretty town and area.

This was our dinner view at the restaurant. So peaceful and lovely.

There were so many dragonflies, too. They were fun to watch flying around while we ate.

We didn’t have the same crossing going home that we did coming over. We were in the heart of a thunderstorm.

Since we had an early dinner, we stopped off at the Billsburg Brewery to have a dessert beer and watch it rain. The idea was to sit outside, but that wasn’t happening. I didn’t even notice the rainbow (upper left) until I saw it in the picture.

We had a very pleasant, if hot trip to Virginia this time. We flew into Richmond and rented a car, so no mountains for us on this trip, but I did get to some new places.

I hope you enjoyed my travelogue and “few” pictures. Thanks for stopping by.

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The Art of Home Club Halloween and Harvest Collection

Hello Everyone! I’m excited to be able to finally share The Art of Home Club Halloween Collection that I’ve been hinting at the past several month’s!

I designed all the layouts and appliques for the Halloween collection and Jacquelynne added the squirrel, gourds and leaves for the Harvest wall hanging.

I really had fun designing this collection. We planned the Halloween theme almost a year ago so I was able to collect some Halloween fabrics during the fall when there were plenty available.

Jacquelynne’s fall theme projects are so cute and versatile, too. The pumpkin appliques are the same for the Halloween and Harvest wall hanging. But that Squirrel! I’m going to try to find time to add it to my mug rug collection.

Speaking of Mug Rugs, here they are all together. You can see that I combined different motifs to make them. I especially like the “Boo and Jack” embroidered mug rug. Read below for a hint on using leftover fabric for the checkerboard unit.

I thought it would be fun to include a Trick or Treat bag. This one is quick and easy to make.

It’s lined and would be a fun bag for your children or grandchildren to use on Halloween. You could chose any of the motifs to put on the front or chose a great Halloween fabric and make the front and back the same. I wish I could tell you what that fabric is on the bag, but I don’t have any pieces left with the selvage and I didn’t write it down.

Here are a few close-ups of the quilting designs I used on the wall hanging.

Small swirls in the background with matching thread and a little outlining on the pumpkins. I did some straight line quilting in the patchwork squares using my ruler foot and rulers.

Now for my hint on using the leftovers from the wall hanging. When I made the wall hanging, I had checkerboard pieces left over and I wanted to use them in the mug rug.

You can see the black strips were not as long as the green.

Instead of cutting them the size from the pattern, I cut them using as much of the fabric as I could, making sure the selvage would be in the seam allowance.

The width doesn’t matter because of where it’s positioned on the mug rug. It just ended up being slightly smaller than the pattern size and I was able to use my scraps.

I hope you enjoy using this month’s collection to make your Halloween and Fall projects. If you are not a club member, consider joining because you get so many designs and ideas on using them every month.

Thanks for stopping by!

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A Stitchy Update

Hello Everyone! I thought I would share a little cross-stitching update with you today. The only sewing/quilting I’ve done in two weeks is working on the next set of projects for the Happy Little Things BOM (sign up here), but I can’t share that with you yet.

Hands on Design Harvest Chalk Full Small

While my daughter was home last week, I started working on the small from the Harvest Chalk Full pattern. It’s stitching up pretty fast, so I hope to finish it before we leave on our trip.

Farmhouse Christmas – Part 6 Little House Needleworks

I had just finished Farmhouse Christmas – Part 6, Pinewood Farm before my daughter came home, but I stitched it in the wrong square.

If you look at the original design, there is a big white house in that square. I remember thinking I wanted to do a quick one instead of the big house so I pulled Part 6 out. But, because I was looking at the one in the 7th square, I think that’s why I stitched it there. Oh well, I’m still happy with it. I’m going to mix up the rest of the designs so it will look intentional.

November by Prairie Schooler

I pulled November out to work on it while in the car to Dahlonega last week. I finished the house, windows and doors since the last time I worked on it. I also started the alphabet in the grass. I think I’m going to take it on our Virginia trip because it’s easy to work on. The fabric is a 32 ct cream Lugana so it’s easy to see and I’m using mostly the called for DMC floss.

My cross-stitch plans for the rest of the month are to finish another section of Little House Needleworks Jack’s Tree Farm and go back to the Mason Jar Harvest Chalk Full. That’s about a third finished.

For all of those who are members of Jacquelynne Steves The Art of Home Club, the Halloween and Harvest Collection will be out on August 20th. I’m excited to share that because I designed the overall layout of the projects and all the Halloween and pumpkin appliques.

If you’re a cross-stitcher, let me know what you are working on now. Thanks for stopping by.

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A Mini Stay-Cation, August 2019

Hello Everyone! Not much quilting going on here in the last week and half, although I’ve done some stitching and I’ll show you my progress in a later post. My daughter was home, so we were out and about most of the time.

Georgia Aquarium Whale Shark

We started her first full day with some shopping and errands. She moved into a cute little bungalow in Pensacola and needed a few things. I can’t wait to go see all that she and her roommates have done with it in person.

Can you find the three whale sharks?

She wanted to go to the Georgia Aquarium, so we did.

Feeding time for the Beluga Whales

After the feeding was over, they all left at the same time, almost like watching a synchronized swimming group. We had a good day and watched the new (to us) Sea Lion show. The aquarium had also opened a new exhibit hall upstairs, mostly a discovery type tour for kids, but it went into the areas where you could see the tops of the tanks. Pretty cool to see.

When my daughter is home, she always likes to go to the mountains. We teased her that she was becoming a flat lander. Even where we are in the northwest Atlanta suburbs, we have “mountains”, at least that’s what they are named.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards Our view while enjoying one of their wines.

So we headed to the mountains, Dahlonega to be exact. It’s a cute town with shopping and restaurants and just under two hours for us to get there. This time though, instead of doing a day trip, I booked a room at a boutique hotel, and we spent the night so we could do a little hiking and touring around the mountains the next day.

We had lunch in Dahlonega, did a little shopping, then headed to the Wolf Mountain Vineyards. One reason my husband and I like Dahlonega is the number of vineyards in the area to chose from. We still have a few to visit.

We had a beautiful view of the vineyards and mountains from our corner table in the dining room, but this would a spectacular place to visit in the fall when the temperatures will allow you to sit on one of the many outside decks and porches.

Grapes are not quite ready for harvest
Barefoot Hills

Dahlonega is a pretty town, but it’s not on our list for retirement because it doesn’t have a grocery store or indoor pool in the area. We stopped at Wal-Mart to pick up dinner to take to the place I rented for the night.

View of Barefoot Hills from our balcony

I found a place called Barefoot Hills, which calls itself a boutique hotel. We stayed in the 2-bedroom suite that had a full living area, kitchen and laundry room. It was very pleasant and I wished we had more time to stay. Our suite was in the main cabin, but there are several other cabins and tiny eco cabins on the property. A nice get away place to enjoy Georgia’s wine country and other outdoor activities.

We enjoyed a pretty sunset from our balcony…
…and the next morning the sunrise was just as pretty!

The weather for the two days was about as perfect as it gets in August. The humidity was on the lower side, the skies were clear and it was only in the mid 80’s.

Desoto Upper Falls

We were in the same area as Vogel State Park and we took our daughter to some of the same places that we went on our camping trip in April.

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

She wanted to hike a little bit on the Appalachian Trail, so we stopped at Neel Gap and the old Walasi-yi Inn. We didn’t “hike” far, just enough for her to say she had been on it.

Our next stopping place was Brasstown Bald in the Chattahoochee National Forest and the highest mountain in Georgia at 4784 feet with 360 degree views. I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of the tower from the parking lot, it was such a beautiful day.

Looking south and over the parking lot

It was amazing to be able to see 3 or 4 ridges over in each direction in August. We took a shuttle to the top which was a good thing, because the driver said the rattlesnakes were very active. He also said the visibility was about 65 miles and the views were awesome. We’ve only been here once before, maybe 15 years ago either in early spring or late fall and it was showery and cloudy. We did hike to the top because there was not a shuttle then. As I remember, it was pretty straight up, not a lot of switch backs to make it easier to climb.

I couldn’t resist, the flag looked so pretty flying in the wind. By the way, I don’t know the exact temperature on top, but in the parking lot, it was 68 degrees at noon.

Looking north at Lake Chatuge and the North Carolina Mountains
Looking west, northwest at the Tennessee and North Carolina Mountains

We had a picnic lunch with leftover chicken and some snacks at the picnic tables in the parking lot area, then headed home. We packed a lot in in two days. We always seem to when we do things with our daughter. She is an adventurer. My son wanted to go to the aquarium with us, but he said he was too busy at work that day.

She’s been gone for several days now, and I miss her, but it’s also good to get back to my normal routine. However, that’s only lasting for this week because we are going to Virginia next week. Sometimes it’s nice that our son still lives with us so we don’t have to do anything to the house when we travel.

I hope you’ve been able to get out and had a few adventures this summer, even if only for a day or two. Thanks for stopping by.

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Happy Little Things BOM is Here!

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Hello Everyone! It’s the first month of the Happy Little Things BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. The quilts are so cute, but I’m not making one this year, at least not all of it. I thought I would give you ideas for displaying and using your embroidery pieces in other ways. As always with Jacquelynne’s BOMs, there are some terrific giveaways. This month’s sponsor is OLFA, so make sure to read to the bottom to find out how you can enter 8 times!

This year, I will be using the embroidery designs from Happy Little Things free BOM and those exclusive to The Art of Home Club members. I will also be using Jacquelynne’s Bitty Blooms embroidery designs that you can now find in her shop. Remember, if you are a member of the club, you already have access to these designs.

Happy Little Things Pin Cushion
Bitty Blooms, Summer

Let’s start with the Happy Little Things Pin Cushion!

For all the Happy Little Things projects, I will be using Corey Yoder’s Sunnyside Up fabric line and her DMC floss package. This floss package would also go very well with the Desert colorway fabric from Jacquelynne. Do you see those cute buttons and charms? I’m embellishing my projects with these and you can also find them in Jacquelynne’s shop, along with the Happy Little Things Pin-Minis.

I am stitching the embroidery on Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman. I prepped the fabric by fusing Pellon SF 101, a woven interfacing, onto the back. I do this for all my embroidery pieces.

I’m using three strands of the floss, except for the applique flower. The flower is stitched with a button hole stitch, using two strands of floss. The stem is a series of cross-stitches, which I did first, then added the backstitch to outline it. The small leaves are satin stitched and I used embroidery floss to stitch on the buttons and charm. The quilting running stitch is also three strands of floss.

I’ve used a two pieced back to close the pinny after I stuffed it with fiberfill. If you are interested, I’ve written a Happy Little Things Pin Cushion Tutorial on making the pin cushion. You can find it on my Tutorials page on the top menu.

I’ve made lots of pin cushions, and some of them I use. The Happy Little Things pinny looks good displayed with the rest of my mini pinnies for now, though.

Now, let’s take a look at the Bitty Blooms finish.

My regular blog followers know that I’ve recently gotten back into cross-stitching. There are so many cute finishes for cross-stitch and I thought, “why can’t those same finishes be used for embroidery?” So that’s what I did with the Bitty Blooms design. I took four out of the 13 designs and am turning them into seasonal designs. They will all be mounted as a flat finish.

These techniques are not my own and there are several by good cross-stitch finishers. The one I’m using is by Vonna Pfieffer of The Twisted Stitcher. If you would like to finish an embroidery project similar to mine, I would suggest viewing the following tutorials by Vonna:

Written: The Mounted Flat Ornament

Video: Mounted Flat Fold

I have also written a tutorial specific to the Bitty Blooms finish that you can use and can be found on my Tutorials page, but I would encourage you to view Vonna’s first.

During the week of July 4th, I displayed my Summer Bitty Blooms with my mini pinny flag.

For the stitched piece, I used the white linen napkins that I picked up at an Antique shop.

The embroidery and applique are stitched with Aurifloss thread by Aurifil, three strands for the embroidery and two for the applique buttonhole stitch. The blue flower center is a chain stitch and I made French knots in the center. I added the running stitch inside the flowers and pot, and along the outside edge in a 3 3/4″ square around the center embroidery. Summer Bitty Blooms is mounted using two layers of fabric covered mat board with large rick rack and covered buttons as embellishments. My tutorial has all the details. Because the Happy Little Things embroidery designs finish at the same size as the Bitty Blooms, you could mount those, too.

Now for the good part, the Giveaway!

This month, our sponsor is Olfa. Don’t you just love the new navy color?

I love my Olfa Splash rotary cutter and have the pink and purple. I’m thinking about adding the Navy to my collection. I also need a new cutting mat. Now’s the time to get that Navy one.

To enter the Giveaway, please leave a comment (instructions below) and tell me what your favorite method of finishing an embroidered or applique piece is. If you don’t embroider or applique, that’s okay, just let me know that you don’t.

Giveaway rules:

  • Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents. International winners will receive an alternate prize.
  • One prize per person per giveaway.
  • The Giveaway will end by the end of day on Sunday, August 11.

Please be sure that I can contact you immediately through your blog account, or be sure to include your email in your comment. If I choose your name but cannot contact you immediately, I will choose another winner. 

If I do not receive a response from you on Wednesday, August 14 by 8:00 AM Eastern Time, I will need to choose another winner.

Use #HappyLittleThingsBOM and #HappyLittleThingsQuilt for social media. We would love to see your progress.

You can also post photos in the Sew Quilty Friends FB group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewQuiltyFriends.JacquelynneSteves/.

Be sure to visit all the bloggers to see their version of Happy Little Things and to increase your chance of winning.

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