Hello Everyone! I hope you are still safe and healthy at home. Mostly my days haven’t changed too much, but just knowing I can’t go anywhere is always in the back of my mind. I asked my son to go to the grocery store yesterday, but I will have to go later this week to buy major things. I made him two masks and today I’ll be making a few more for my husband and me and my daughter and her boyfriend. The ones I sent had ties, but her boyfriend wants a couple with elastic. He thinks it would be easier for him to wear at work (he’s a firefighter).
I didn’t post a quilting update last week because I didn’t have much to share. I was working on a project for Jaquelynne Steves upcoming BOM. It was an applique mini quilt and so cute.
These are the fabrics Jacquelynne sent me. Isn’t that top fabric so cute. It and the brown fabric are from Minky Kim’s line Moments for Riley Blake Designs. The other fabrics except the blue dot (a Riley Blake Basic) and green are from Petals and Pots by Gabrielle Neil, also a Riley Blake fabric.
This was the first mini I’ve made in a while. I had fun designing the mini using Jacquelynne’s applique design and then quilting it.
Instead of embroidering an inspirational quote, I wrote it on the fabric with a Frixion Pen before quilting it. I used a 28 wt Aurifil thread and free motion quilted it. I was pleased at the way it turned out. I also spent several days writing the instructions for making the mini, so no sewing then.
I don’t think I shared a picture of my rainbow quilt blocks for March. I took this picture to share on my guilds Facebook page since we can’t meet. Obviously, March’s color was green. The two rows of green scraps are going into the charity quilt and the bottom blocks are all Moda greens for my Moda quilt.
April’s color is pink. It’s a good thing I received these Moda Color Cuts in a Sew Sampler Box at one point or I don’t know if I would have had enough for the Moda quilt. I have Bonnie and Camille pinks, but probably not enough for 20 blocks or so.
Thursday and Friday mornings were beautiful and cool, so I spent them laying down pine straw in our front and back yards. Since we had rain earlier in the week, the dust from the straw wasn’t so bad either. It’s beautiful here in the spring when the pollen haze isn’t in the air, but I’m afraid we still have a few weeks of pollen left.
This week my plan is to finish up the applique and pieced blocks for the Summer Daisies quilt I’m making and work on the strawberry embroidery piece. Neither of these have been touched in two weeks. I also plan on starting a new cross stitch piece that I’ll share on Wednesday.
I hope you are finding constructive things to do at home and getting in some good sewing time. Thanks for stopping by.
Hello Everyone! I wish I could say “April Fools” and all the changes we’ve seen in the last month would go away. I guess that’s not going to happen and we are doing our part by mostly staying in. I did have to go to the grocery store and post office earlier this week and at both places, there were shields in front the employees. I thought that was good that they were being somewhat protected. Anyway, this post is about my weekly cross stitch update and I also have some Needlework Market haul to share.
Let’s get started with the Works In Progress first. I only worked on two pieces this week and I almost finished both.
I am so close to finishing Jack’s Tree Farm! I just have the rest of the fence, a little more snow and a wreath to go. You should see a finish next week.
I almost finished my third part of The Anniversaries of the Heart in March. My goal is to finish one of these a month and I hope to finish it tonight or tomorrow. All I need to do is fill in the vase and add initials. This block is going to be dedicated to the “dear fathers”, my dad and father-in-law. You can follow along with the SAL hosted by Olivia and Deborah at #bbanniversaries2020. My next chart that I’m starting will be a special one. You’ll get to see it next week unless you follow me on Instagram.
Now for some Market Haul. I ordered from several different shops and got charts, fabric and threads. Not sure when I’m going to get to all of them, but will start a few sooner rather than later.
I’m going to start with the fabric, which came from three different places. The gray-brown fabric on the left is from The Cottage Needle on Etsy and is hand-dyed by Mountain Aire Fabrics, which is a new dyer to me. It’s 32 ct linen in Woodland Moss. I don’t have a plan for it, but just thought it was pretty, maybe for something fall with some bright oranges on it.
The middle fabric is 25 ct Cloud Lugana from Lori Holt’s Vintage Cloth line. I got this for a few P. Buckley Moss charts that I have. The plan is to stitch them over 1 thread instead of over 2 threads so they won’t be so large.
The last piece is 36 ct Antique White linen that I got to replace the 18 ct Aida in the Scenic Farms kit. I don’t mind Aida, but what came in the kit was so stiff that I would not enjoy stitching with it.
Along with two new charts from Misty Purcel, I also ordered a few pieces of her hand-dyed fabric in 36 and 40 ct called Soft Porcelain. It’s a very pretty soft color with a hint of yellow. The chart is one of her market releases and I thought it was so cute. When I make this, I may change the cup color to go more in my coffee bar area.
Also from Misty is the “Savor Every Stitch” chart. I ordered both of her charts as a PDF download. I’m not sure why my printer printed that pink shadow. I also ordered the floss pack to go with the chart. It has all the threads except the DMC. You will notice a theme with some of my charts as we go along.
First up is Well Rounded by Hands On Design. There was something about these small pieces that I was really attracted to, especially the smaller ones, all with quilt blocks on them. I also ordered the finishing kit to go along with this pattern. I plan to save at least one of every size circle so I can finish them all. The kit contains enough of the circles to complete one season. I may get a start on the summer small soon.
Also from Cathy at Hands On Design is “Stitch in the Garden”. I like all these pieces, but I would like to try the square pin pillow to see how it all fits together.
Continuing on with the theme (have you figured it out yet?), I got “Mary, Mary Needleworker” by Lindy Stitches. I’ve seen several people already stitching this one and I guess the dress stitching goes on for a long time. I thought it was cute and I would like to see it hanging in my sewing room one day.
Because The Cottage Needle had it in stock, I ordered “Autumn in Baltimore”. I have several of these charts by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread and haven’t been able to find this one before.
The last one from The Cottage Needle is…
…Hands On Design’s “Memorial Day” When Cathy first showed this in a video, I knew I had to stitch it. She stitched it with Sulky Threads but I will chose some threads from my stash.
I needed something special to put it in, so I made this project bag for me. I love it! I have enough fabric to make one more and I will do that sometime this month. I also have some other patriotic fabric to make a few more bags. I’m not interested in going to the post office right now, so I’ll get them ready, then maybe list them in my Etsy shop at the end of the month and have a sale.
From 123 Stitch, I picked up the white linen and some of the floss I needed to finish Anniversaries of the Heart. I also placed a new order with them yesterday to get Brenda Gervais’ “Souvenirs of the Heart” smalls which includes her new one “Star Spangled Spectacular“. I ordered the threads I needed for those, too. I also went ahead and ordered “Sewing Club” by Blackbird Designs. It was on sale and I’ve waffled back and forth on getting it, so I did! It has some really pretty designs in it.
From Fat Quarter Shop, I also ordered floss for Anniversaries of the Heart and the new Classic Colorworks threads.
The new threads came with the free chart by Little House Needleworks, too. I already used Chesapeake Bay in July, by Prairie Schooler for the crab.
I may use Mariner’s Compass for the lighthouse.
When the order came from FQS, the threads were packaged together by brand. It was just serendipitous that these two were together…
My immediate thought was, “those are Hokie colors”! For all Virginia Tech fans, you know what I mean. But also in the group from Gentle Arts, was another orange…
…even better! I may have to look for some VT cross stitch charts. I have some older stitched pieces from years ago, one my mother-in-law made and one my mom made. I’m going to have to dig those out.
That’s it for now. My plans are to finish my two WIPs and kit Memorial Day, then I’ll go from there. I didn’t get a quilting update post in this week, because I didn’t have much that I could share. I was asked to make a mini quilt using an upcoming design by Jacquelynne Steves for her 2020 BOM. I spent the last week working on and finishing it (that’s why I went to the post office) and hope to finish the instructions for it today. I have several quilty things I want to get back to and finish this week, too.
I hope you all stay well and have enough things to keep you busy. If we do what we’re supposed to, maybe this will be over sooner rather than later. I hope so, we have a beach trip planned for the middle of May which will include seeing our daughter. Thanks for stopping by.
Hello Everyone! I hope you all are well and those that work are adjusting to home life if you are staying home. My days haven’t changed that much except I can’t swim. I miss that more than most things. I have some stitchy updates for you this week, although I didn’t get as much in as usual. I did have a section finish and I have more owl pictures. If you’re here for those, they are posted at the bottom.
I finished Dairy Darling in the Farmhouse Christmas piece. I think the white on the roof was some of the best white that I’ve stitched.
Almost finished! As you can see, I restitched the trees in the lower right corner block, too.
Since I finished the Farmhouse Christmas section, I went back to Jack Frost’s Tree Farm, also by Little House Needleworks, as my morning stitch.
I can see a finish soon in my future with this one!
I worked on July by Prairie Schooler, too. I finished the bottom band and started the water section. I love Maryland Blue Crabs. When we visit my parents in the summer, we always get a bushel and spend hours picking and eating them. So to represent a blue crab in the water and not being cooked yet, I changed the color. And just in time, I received an order that had the new colors from Classic Colorworks. One was called Chesapeake Bay and was perfect for the crab. I’ll have a post soon with all my haul from market that show the new colors.
I also worked on Blackbird Designs’ Clara Ellen from the Anniversaries of the Heart Series SAL. I spent one night stitching the eyelet border, just to get to the bottom and be one stitch off! I found the mistake way back at the top, then I noticed I was half a stitch to far to the right. It all had to come out.
I spent the next night restitching the border, so not as much progress on this as I hoped. I need to finish it by the end of the month to meet my goal of one a month, so it might get a little more love this next week.
I wanted to start stitching one of the freebies that designers are offering for the #bewellandstitch movement on Instagram. These are to help us while staying home during the Covid-19 Virus outbreak. If you haven’t seen all the pretty charts, check them out.
Speaking of the virus, I made a few masks for my daughter, her roommate and boyfriend. I left an opening in the top because I read you can insert a tissue that might provide extra protection, or maybe they can add a filter. Her roommate works in a hospital and her boyfriend is a firefighter, where they come in contact with people. My daughter’s oyster company is now selling to individuals because the restaurants are closed, so she comes in contact with a few people herself. I’ll be mailing these to her today.
Speaking of my daughter, she sent me more owl pictures. By the time she is able to get back to the park, they may be gone.
This is Mama keeping an eye on them. This was a cloudy day and you’ll be able to see a few sprinkles in the pictures.
Two of the babies have left the nest!
They are branching, opening their wings and hopping from branch to branch.
The third baby hadn’t left the nest yet.
I hope you enjoyed the owl pictures. They put a smile on my face for sure. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is well and staying sane. We’ve made it through the first week and a half, and I have to say, I’m glad my kids are grown and I don’t have to worry about school. For all those who are “homeschooling”, my thoughts and prayers are with you, especially if you are trying to work from home, also. I think that those of us who have crafty hobbies are the lucky ones because we shouldn’t get too bored. Most of us have enough projects for many lifetimes sitting around.
However, instead of picking up something already in progress, I started a new quilt this week! It’s actually a quilt that I designed two years ago and I had planned on working on it this spring anyway. I have all the fabric (Corey Yoder’s Pepper and Flax by Moda) and I plan to release it as a new pattern soon.
It’s an applique and pieced block quilt I think I will name Summer Daisies. Earlier in the week I made three test blocks to check the cutting requirements and piecing and applique techniques. As I was editing the photos, I thought of a different way to piece the snowball block. I’m glad I haven’t cut all the fabric yet. I’ll make a test block for that way, then decide which to use for the instructions. What do you all think; would you rather make half square triangles with no wasted fabric or use the flip and sew method, where there might be a little fabric waste if you don’t save your scraps, but fewer seams. Let me know in the comments below.
I tested two styles of applique blocks, this one using sew-in interfacing and turn the piece inside out, a la Lori Holt, and a fusible applique. I used Pellon sew-in interfacing which is okay, but if I do more of this style applique, I will purchase Lori’s interfacing. I did have some tears in mine when I turned it. The other option is to use a fusible like Heat N Bond Lite and fuse the applique to the background. The petals are more flat, but quilting does help to puff them up if you use this method (which would be much faster). I spent yesterday afternoon turning petals and I still have almost half left to do. I will sew the ones I have to the background fabric today and work on the others later this week.
I may or may not leave the design on this tea towel. If I leave it on this one, I’ll add a fabric banding to it.
I’m going to leave you this week with some happy photos my daughter, Emily Hotinger Photography sent us. A few weeks ago, she was at a park in Gulf Breeze, FL and found these baby owls in a nest close to the parking lot.
At first, she thought there was just two…
…then a third popped his head up!
As she continued her hike, she found Mama!
She also found a baby Osprey! She’s been back to see them several times and yesterday, she said two looked like they had just left the nest and were “branching”. I’ll share a few of those pictures when she sends them.
Hello Everyone! It’s Works In Progress Wednesday! I’ve worked on three cross stitch pieces this past week and I had one finish that I showed on my last post.
If you missed the Sew Tweet finish, go here to see all the details.
I made good progress on Clara Ellen for the #bbanniversaries2020 SAL on Instagram. Did you notice the roof? Those are satin stitches. I really like the texture that they give the roof. I’m substituting more colors in this one and using some of the same ones from Pink Hill Manor. The called for thread colors don’t seem to match the picture as well as Pink Hill Manor, but not quite as bad as Snow Garden. I did go through the rest of the charts and ordered more floss. I’m stitching along with @pumpkinhollowquilts and @canopiedstitches on IG. Last night, I filled in the rest of the house.
I got a start on Prairie Schooler July over the weekend.
I’m stitching it on 32 ct. Ivory Lugana using mostly the called for DMC colors. I changed the dark red because I thought the called for was too brown. I like a brighter red for my flags. I think I will use an over dyed thread for the grass and house just to give it a little more dimension. I started on the bottom because I want to leave off the words and repeat the star border at the top. I will have to do some adjusting when I get there.
I just have to finish the wagon and cow in Dairy Darling in Farmhouse Christmas, but that’s still a lot of stitching. These little charts are deceiving in how many stitches are in each of them.
I can see the finish line, though. You probably won’t notice, but I took out the green trees in the barn block on the lower right. I used the called for color and you could barely see them. Before I go back to Jack’s Tree Farm, I am going to add those back in. Hopefully I’ll finish this one by the weekend so I can get back to Jack. I really want to get these two finished.
I received my first little bit of market haul yesterday, but I’ll wait until I get all of it in to show you at one time. My stitching plans are to continue to work on these three projects. If you noticed, I did not stitch on Baby It’s Cold at all. I’m putting that away for a while. I want to start at least one more patriotic piece this month.
I’ve also started a new quilt that I designed two years ago and have had the fabric for since then. I’m making test blocks this week, then plan on cutting the fabric for it.
This will keep me busy as we stay at home. I hope you all are staying healthy. We are being vigilant here at home. My husband is a pilot and is still working so he will come in contact with people. He’s doing the best he can while he’s out. One of his concerns now is finding a place to eat while on a trip. Please keep our health care workers and those that do need to work and those out of work in your prayers and let’s pray that we recover from this situation sooner rather than later.
Hello Everyone! I hope this finds you healthy in body and soul. So far, we are doing fine and trying to stay in as much as possible. I’m so thankful to have hobbies that can keep me active in my home and take my mind off worldly events for a little while.
I fully finished Sew Tweet this week and I think it is “so sweet!” The red measuring tape is a piece of fabric from Bonnie and Camille’s Little Snippets collection and the covered button is from their Vintage Holiday collection. I’ve used the background fabric from Pat Sloan’s Sunday Drive in at least one other cross stitch finish. It’s one of my favorites and I’m glad I bought several yards of it years ago. Sadly, I only have about half a yard left.
I changed the thread colors so they would match the file holder I picked up at Hobby Lobby last year.
I stitched it on 32 ct Lugana, Macchiato, one of Misty’s hand dyed fabrics. Not pictured here is DMC 311. I changed the thread in the spool and the background diamonds to match the background fabric.
I placed magnets on the file holder and washers on the back of the finished piece, just in case I want to change to a seasonal fall and Christmas piece.
Sew Tweet is so much prettier to look at than the plain holder. I keep my planner and journal pages of current projects in the file holder next to my desk so they are always handy. I am going to enjoy this so much!
This week, I also started a new embroidery project. The two strawberry motifs are from one of The Art of Home collections by Jacquelynne Steves. I removed the label on the jar and added the words Ball and Mason and plan to stitch it in the teal blue to match my Mason jars. I traced the designs onto a white tea towel. I made sure it was in the bottom middle in case I will use it as is. I also have the option of cutting it off of this one and placing it on another tea towel or doing something completely different with it. I’ll decide what to do when I finish it. There’s a mix of COSMO, DMC and Aurifloss threads in this group.
The rest of the week was spent spray basting these two quilts, my least favorite part of the quilting process. You have to press the front and the back, then trim as many of the loose threads as possible from the seams. It usually takes me a whole day to baste a large quilt. This week, it took three days to get it all done.
The top quilt is the finished Sunday Best Quilt Sampler from the Sunday Best Quilts Book. I was debating on adding side borders and decided I needed to do that. I had some Sherri and Chelsi Desert Bloom Fabric that I was able to use. I’ll also use it for the binding so the bottom and top of the quilt will have a little continuity with the borders.
The bottom quilt is Sherri McConnell’s Quilting Life BOM from 2017. This was the first free BOM that she did on her blog, unfortunately, the patterns are not longer available. I want to take my time and plan the quilting for this quilt because I might enter it in the local quilt show in 2021. I used two layers of batting, Dream Wool on the bottom and Dream Request on the top. You can see the difference it makes in the two layered quilts. The wool really makes the quilting stand out.
This is the only picture I have of the full quilt. I finished the top in October 2018 and made the back in 2019, about a year ago. It’s time to get this one finished!
My plans this week are to sew the sashing onto the swoon blocks (I spent about 15 minutes trying to figure out my notes yesterday), make some more pieces for the rainbow quilts I’m working on and start the embroidery on the Strawberry Tea Towel.
I hope you stay healthy this week and get a little quilting or stitching in. Thanks for stopping by.
Hello Everyone! Welcome to Works In Progress Wednesday. These posts are mostly about my cross stitch progress. It seems I haven’t been getting much quilting in lately and I have a whole list of things to do. If you missed my Sunday post, I spent all my sewing time last week making project bags to put in my Etsy shop. You can see the bags here. I wanted to make a couple of bags for me, but haven’t done it yet. I will be making some summer and patriotic bags soon, and I definitely will save one of those for me. Now onto my progress this past week.
I finished Sew Tweet by Misty Purcell. It is really cute and I plan to fully finish it in the next few days. I am going to mount it on my file stand. I got a little distracted on Misty’s shop while I was getting the link. She plans on having her market releases on there by tonight. She has at least one new design I want.
Speaking of Market (Needle Workers Market), I pre-ordered a few things recently and I’ll share all my market orders in a few weeks when I get them.
It only took about an hour and a half to finish the next section of Bloomtopia. The new parts are the basket and the quilt block next to it. I love Corey Yoder’s curated DMC colors that I’m using. If you would like to stitch along, you can find all the information at the link under the picture.
I started two new charts on my long term pieces. The first is part four in Farmhouse Christmas. This is my morning stitch, but I haven’t worked on it in three days. I am really pleased with the white roof. This is the fabric that I seem to have trouble with. I’m hoping I’ll have the same luck with the white under the fence.
I also started on my third part for the #bbanniversaries2020 SAL hosted by Olivia and Deborah on Instagram. This is chart 8 in the series, Clara Ellen. This part will be for the dads, my dad and my father-in-law. I need to chart out their initials and birth years for the best placement. This is another chart that I felt the called for colors were not the same as the picture, especially in the house. I’ll be using a few of the pinky browns from Pink Hill Manor instead of the called for.
I worked on Baby It’s Cold as my primary stitching piece the last few weeks. I would have made more progress, but I kept changing the color of the words and the border. I like what I have here, making it look more like a winter’s night. The fabric color didn’t photograph well in this picture. The fabric is Country French Linen, 32 ct Rain. It has a little more blue/green in it. I’m not sure how much longer I will work on Baby. I may finish up my threads I have going and then put it away for a while. I think I’m ready to move on to summer and patriotic pieces now.
Speaking of moving on…
I kitted up Prairie Schooler July on Sunday. I was at JoAnns last week and saw the DMC on sale, so I thought what do I have coming up to stitch. I was able to find the color list online and I bought some of the colors. These are not all of the colors and I added the rest from my DMC box. I’ve already decided to change the lighthouse to gray instead of tan and I may substitute an overdyed floss for the grass. I may also change the darker red (3777) to a different red, I like my reds a little brighter. 3777 looks okay in this picture, but it has more brown in it than I like for flags and summer. I plan to leave off the words like I did for November and add the bottom border in at the top. I hope to start this soon.
Over the next few days, I will be getting two large quilts ready to be quilted. That means pressing and basting, not the most fun tasks. I hope you have a great rest of the week. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello Everyone! I’m dropping in today to share my new spring project bags I just listed in my Etsy Shop. I spent my sewing time making these bags this week.
I’ve added a new style that will not only hold your cross stitch and quilting projects, but also knitting and crochet projects. The bag measures 13″ wide x 13″ high x 1 1/2″ deep.
I added a small boxed corner to add a little bit more interior space instead of being flat.
I also added a small twill tape handle on the back to allow you to carry them more easily. These bags are free motion quilted using quality quilter’s cotton.
I made three new vinyl front project bags, too. Isn’t the bee fabric cute? It’s by embroidery designer Gail Pan. The Gingham and Cherry/Lemon Fabric is from In The Beginning Fabrics. The vinyl bags were also free motion quilted with a layer of batting and interfacing.
Go check out the shop for these and other bags and patterns I have listed there. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!
Hello Everyone and welcome to Works In Progress Wednesday! Can you believe it is already March? Where did February go? If you missed my last post, I showed the Pink Hill Manor chart finish on The Anniversaries of the Heart (AOTH) series. You can see the finish here.
Before I show you my WIPs, I had a find while I was cleaning and reorganizing after the basement redo.
This was in the bottom of a basket that I had kept cross stitch in and then some knitting projects. When I removed the knitting, there it was. I had sort of forgotten about it.
This is what it will look like someday. As I was looking at it and the chart, I remembered why I put it aside. Almost every stitch in it is a specialty stitch. Those apples in the top basket are all Smyrna crosses done with one thread. I don’t like the openness of those so I just made a regular cross stitch in the small baskets, with one thread it looks like, too. I think I’m going to take at least the small basket apples out and restitch them with two threads. The called for fabric is 32 ct and mine is 28 ct. (I had to count it because I have no information on this piece at all) so I will be using 2 threads. There are 10 different types of stitches and I’m sure it is beautiful in person, but just looking at the picture, it’s hard to pick out different stitches. I think it will look just as beautiful using full cross stitches.
I should have taken a before picture, but there were a few stains on the fabric also. I thought before I did anything, I would try to get the stains out. As you can see, they mostly came out. You can’t see those spots if you hold the fabric out at arms length. I was able to wash the whole piece because I was using DMC. The chart calls for a lot of hand dyed threads. I don’t know if I will start using those as I go along or continue with the DMC.
The chart is in the November/December 2012 issue of Just Cross Stitch. I still love this design and I hope to add it to my list of projects this year. That wreath on the cover is really pretty, too. Maybe someday!
I made good progress on Jack’s Tree Farm this past week. I only have three more rows of snow to go at the bottom. I plan to finish this block up some time today, then there’s only one left!
Since I finished Pink Hill Manor from AOTH, I started focusing on Baby It’s Cold Outside in the past few days. You can follow along with the Instagram SAL, #babyitscoldsal and see all the different ways people are stitching it. My plan is to focus on it this week and finish it this month. I’m hoping the words won’t take too long, but there are lots of snowflakes to stitch.
I have enjoyed stitching Sew Tweet and it’s stitched up pretty fast. I usually stitch on it after my quilting time in the afternoon and before it’s time to start dinner. I changed the color of the thread from brown to blue because I think I’m going to mount it on a blue background. I won’t use this fabric, but it will be that color. That fabric will be used in some new project bags I’m making. Look for a few new ones this weekend.
My plans for the next week will be to start a new block on Farmhouse Christmas ( I only have two left on that one), fully finish Sew Tweet and pull threads for my next chart in AOTH. If I have time, I will also plan a new start on a patriotic chart for the summer. I have a few to choose from in my stash.
I hope you are enjoying my stitching progress and these posts. Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching or quilting!