Hello Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! Ours was gray and rainy, but I least we didn’t get the snow! It’s still gray here today, but I’m looking forward to a little sunshine soon. I also want to thank everyone for your kind thoughts on the Save the Bees Mini quilt. The Giveaway is now closed and my winner is Lisa Marie from Kentucky.
Before I start with the WIPs, I want to tell you that Jacquelynne Steves is opening her The Art of Home Club for new members on Tuesday, December 11. You can find all the details on her site, but I did want to let you know that she will also be offering a yearly plan which will give you two free months with an annual membership. You do need to be on her sign up list in order to receive the information and invitation to sign up. I am designing two collections next year and have been working on the first one already.
These are a couple of the blocks and the red will have some applique pieces on it. I hope to have the quilt top finished by the first of the year, but I think it will be April or May’s collection.
Now for my pillow finish.
I started the applique candy canes in a guild workshop with Sandy Fitzpatrick of Hissyfitz Designs in October. The pattern is a table runner with three of the candy cane blocks, but the pillow will go with my Christmas décor so much easier.
Even though I have done plenty of machine applique, I still picked up some new tips from Sandy in the workshop. The applique stitch is a small machine blanket stitch and I used Heat N Bond Lite as the fusible. The green fabric is Moda Grunge and the red is Moda Marble. I’ve had the white candy cane fabric in my stash for so long, but I think you can still get it. The black plaid border is Juniperberry by BasicGrey for Moda. I’ve gotten a lot of use from the Juniperberry line from several years ago. I used Aurifil 50 wt cotton for the applique, piecing, and quilting.
I chose the colors for the pillow to match the Swell quilt and used some fabric from Swell by Urban Chiks for the back. I really like the little holly print.
I love this pillow and had fun making it!
Since we’re talking about the Swell quilt…
… I did finish quilting it, but ended up picking out some of the quilting. I’ll have more details in my final Swell post. I just have to sew the binding down and wait for a sunny day to take pictures.
As soon as I finished quilting Swell, I started quilting Winterville!
I worked on the quilting plan using my new technique of making a faded color copy of the quilt, then selected the Aurifil thread to use for the quilting. I only have the small spool of the green and my local quilt shop didn’t have a big spool, so I had to order it and I’m waiting for it to get here.
This shows some of the quilting details. I’m using my Westalee Ruler foot and straight ruler on the houses and windows and on the door, I’m using Angela Walters Squiqqy ruler by Creative Grids. I have finished all the colors except the green and blue. My thread should be here today so I can finish up the ruler work tomorrow. Then I’ll take the ruler foot off and put on the free motion foot and quilt away on the background. I really want to have this finished in time for my guild meeting next Monday.
In an earlier post, I shared that I have discovered Flosstube on YouTube! It defiantly has gotten me in the mood to cross-stitch. I finished a small ornament that I haven’t done anything with yet, then started this..
These are two ornaments by Lucie Heaton from the December 2018 issue of Just Cross-Stitch Christmas Ornaments Magazine.
This is what I’m doing with them. I think I’m going to make a small pillow with the finished piece. I’m working this on a 28 ct Stony Point. I decided to use some Aurifloss just to see how it did. I like using it, but I needed to use 3 strands instead of two and in the long run, I think it will be too expensive to use in cross-stitch. There is a lot more yardage on DMC or Cosmos. I’ve found a vinyl project bag tutorial and will make a few bags for new cross-stitch and embroidery projects, too.
The quilting has taken up most of my sewing time these past few weeks, but this afternoon (while I’m waiting for thread) I’m going to start on my ornament for an exchange we are doing at the guild next week.
I’m going to choose one of these ornaments to make from Thimblossoms Vintage Holiday Mini pattern using Vintage Holiday fabric. I’ll put a backing on it and stuff it so it can hang on a tree.
And by the way,
I swam in a Masters Swim Meet last Sunday at Georgia Tech and this is what I came home with. My husband laid these out for more me and said I needed a picture. I was really pleased with my swims, especially the 200 meter freestyle and backstroke. I had been “training” for those during the past two months. The snow globe is for being the high scorer in my age group, and this time there were five women. Anyway, it was lots of fun and I think my next meet will be at Auburn University in February.
I hope you get some quilting time in over the next few weeks and don’t get overwhelmed during this busy season. Thanks for stopping by!