Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a good week. I’ve been enjoying the warm weather here and have sat outside on a couple of afternoons to work on some cross-stitch.
I’ve been working on a lap quilt, pillow and wall hanging for the Cabin Collection and doing lots of machine applique and hand embroidery. I finished the top for the quilt and pillow over the weekend.
The embroidery pattern is a scaled down version of the quilt applique. It will have two themes, woodsy and Christmas. If you think you might like to make these, you can sign up here to be notified when the club is open to new members. These projects will only be available through the club.
I did find time to make a couple of project bags and get started on two new projects.
When I was cleaning up my sewing room, I came across the already quilted green fabric that I used on another bag project. I had enough to make these two project bags, so most of the work was already done. I kept one and gave one to my friend.
I volunteered to be the special projects person for my guild this year. I thought of two projects for us. The first is to work on up to five UFOs. UFOs in this case means anything that hasn’t been worked on in at least 9 months. I have two in mind for my list. I think that’s all I can manage with things that I know I already want to do.
The other project will be a Sew Your Stash Along using Diane Knott’s (Butterfly Thread Quilting) 2018 Sew Your Stash Quilt Along. She designed a medallion quilt for the SAL for her guild and has posted it for free on her blog. The idea is to use what’s in your stash to make it.
These are my fabrics that I’ve been collecting for a couple of years. Now I have something to do with them. I also have a full container of just red, just blue and just white fabrics that I can pull from, too.
This is my first step complete. I may decide to change the red dot background to something else. I won’t change the star block, but I may change the sashing. I should have pressed it, but I took the picture to get it on the guild Facebook page and it had been crumpled up in my bag. I have my fabrics chosen for Step 2 and a couple of test blocks made that I shared at the guild meeting. We are doing the first two steps this month, then one step a month through July. Diane should be coming out with month 6 shortly if you want to take a look at what her quilt looks like.
I started a mini and got this far in January. I’m making the Round and Round Mini by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms with lots of 1″ finished half square triangles. Instead of just doing the one block, I’m making three and will make a table runner. I’m using Garden Variety Fabric by Lella Boutique with a white Moda Grunge Background. The fabrics are a little softer than what I usually use, but I used a charm pack I received with a Sew Sampler Box.
Except for the first box I received in August, I have liked the fabric in all of them. This month had Little Snippets fabric from Bonnie and Camille.
My goal was to finish the white border on my Farmhouse Christmas cross-stitch in January. I finished it on February 1, so almost. I just had to add some color, so I started with the ninth block where I could use the red. I want to use the green that’s called for, and both stitch shops that I’ve been to didn’t have it, so I had to order it. It should be here by the end of the week, with a few other things.
So that’s it for January. For February, I need to finish the Cabin Collection quilts and write the patterns. I think that’s going to keep me pretty busy. I also want to finish the Round and Round table runner and I will make Step 2 for the Sew Your Stash Along.
This past weekend I pulled out my Rainbow Row cross-stitch piece to work on again. My husband has asked several times over the years when I’m going to get it finished! Who knows, but I will try to work on it some every month. I either started this in 1987 or 1991. We moved from Charleston in ’87, then I went back in ’91. I just can’t remember when I got the chart. I still have 4 and 1/2 houses to finish, plus a lot of backstitching! It’s probably been close to 10 years since I worked on this last.
Did you notice I didn’t have a Minis and More Parade project for January? Sherri and Michele decided to have readers send in tips instead. I used my Quilt Journaling post as one tip, then sent in this tip:
I saw a Jordon Fabrics video where they used a weight to hold the ruler while cutting. Since I’ve started doing this, my ruler doesn’t slip at the far end and I can cut more layers of fabric.
For next month’s Minis and More Parade, we will be making Pinnies. I’ve made several, but it will be fun making a few more.
I have this book by Carrie Nelson, but haven’t made any of the Pinnies from it yet. I have lots of scraps to work with and I hope to make several.
That’s it for now. I will be busy today on the cabin wall hanging and I hope we can get a walk in since it just finished raining. I hope you have a great rest of you week. Thanks for stopping by!