Happy New Year, 2020!

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year. It’s been 2 weeks since my last post, but I’ve been enjoying family time and working on the basement. I would like to thank all of you for your sweet comments on my Home Tour post. Almost everything is put away until next year except the quilts. I just haven’t had time to exchange those out for winter ones yet.

I am back to real sewing and quilting although my room isn’t completely finished yet.

This picture was taken about a week ago, and most of the piles are still there. I’ve been cleaning out drawers and bins before putting them back. I actually have some shelves and bins that aren’t in use right now. The pile of fabric in the back left has to be put in my fabric bins, which are still in the other side of the basement. I haven’t decided if I want to store the bins back under the ping pong table or add new shelves.

So now we have the ping pong table, which does fill up the space. It’s great to quilt on, but I want a real sewing cabinet. I’m going to look at the Koala’s and Horn’s this year. I’ve been saving the money I make from pattern and bag sales, plus my work for Jacquelynne to buy one. I still will keep the ping pong table until we move because it’s great to baste a quilt on.

Once I had my small machine set back up, I made my daughter a sleeve for her new drawing tablet.

Most of the fabric pieces came from scraps leftover from a charm pack of Valley by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda. I let her look through my fabric and she liked these. I had made her a couple of coasters with this fabric a few years ago, too. She wanted something that was padded, so the sleeve is loosely quilted and there are two Velcro pieces on each side. She also wanted a button closure. She picked this old Delta button from her dad’s uniform. I think it turned out nicely and may make one for my tablet.

I was finally able to get back to quilting this week! I’m quilting the Sew Your Stash Along quilt that I made along with my quilt guild last year. The pattern is by Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads Quilting. We will be showing the finished quilts at the next meeting, so I need to get this quilted. The top was finished months ago except for the borders. I finally finished it and got it basted, then it was time to move everything. It’s coming along nicely and I should have it finished in time.

Most of December was spent stitching. I’ve shown you the cross stitch finishes, but want to share those that didn’t get finished or fully finished.

First up is Joueux Noel by JBW Designs. I’m stitching this 1 over 1 on 28 count linen. Between the small count and red fabric, it’s a pretty slow stitch. I do want to finish it this year and it’s companion piece.

I finished two of the ornaments from Prairie Schooler Snowy Nights. I want to do one more, the one with the three cardinals in the tree. I’m stitching this with the called for colors except I’m substituting black for the DMC 3371. The fabric is 32 ct Lugana.

I finished stitching my version of Cranberry Christmas by Hands On Design but did not get a chance to fully finish it. The white didn’t show up well on the fabric, which is 32 ct Pearl Gray Belfast Linen, so instead of stitching the top part of the design, I repeated the berries. I want to stitch the top of the pillow design on another fabric color. I really like the house on the cake stand. I would also like to stitch the small round ornament. I haven’t decided how I want to finish this yet.

These two pieces are from the Gingerbread Village series by Country Cottage Needleworks. I had finished the one on the right last Christmas and had started the house. When I took it out to work on it, I didn’t realize I was almost finished with it. I finished it in a day. I plan to use the fabric they are on to make two small pillows.

I started Prairie Schooler Button Up on Christmas Day. I really love this one. I’ve had the chart since early last year. I’m using the called for colors and stitching it on 32 ct Lugana “Snow Day”, a hand dyed fabric from Luminous Fiber Arts.

A couple of days later, I started Snowy Chalk Full, the small pillow by Hands on Design and Priscilla Blain. I hope to have this one finished shortly. It’s stitched on Black 16 ct. Aida using the called for colors.

Pumpkin Hollow Quilts started a Stitch Along on New Years day and I decided I would join in. The series is Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs. There are 12 charts, but I am only going to stitch 7 of them plus a bonus chart. Olivia has a Flosstube channel, which where I learned about the SAL. I’m stitching this 2 over 2 on 35 ct “Old New England”, a hand dyed fabric from the Primitive Hare that I bought at Sassy Jacks last winter. I’m using some of the called for colors and some of the DMC alternatives.

This is how much I finished on the first day. I added another small motif in one of the whites, but I will probably substitute another thread because it’s not showing up on my fabric very well. I’m also waiting for a few of the called for threads to get here that I ordered.

I guess this post is long enough. My plans are to finish the quilt and get back to the Sunday Best Quilt Along. All the blocks and finishing instructions have been released now and I need to catch up. I don’t want to let it linger.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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1 Response to Happy New Year, 2020!

  1. Lydia Sheffield says:

    Love all the cross stitch updates. Am making my sewing plans now that the holidays are over-am hoping I’ll be more productive than I have been lately-we’ll see!


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