Sunday, October 22, 2017

Some Vintage Cross Stitch

This is a Dale Burdett cross stitch booklet from way back when…1983. There is a story behind this project.

I picked up this pattern booklet in about 1985/86 and started working on the Calico Cats shadow box pattern…

I got the entire shadow box done, plus several of the cats, then it sat. I was working, got married, had a baby; all those great things. And this project sat by the wayside. Cross stitch has always been my favorite thing to do (until I started quilting), and this project has always been in the back of my mind. I started and finished several other smaller cross stitch projects in the meantime, but never got back to this. About ten years ago, during some major purge here, I got rid of the project and pattern. I knew I wouldn’t touch it again.

Then, about 5 years ago, I found the pattern again in a thrift store. I could not pass it up. I still had lots of cross stitch cloth and floss, so I started this project again. Then it sat. It has always stayed in the front of my sewing room closet so I see it nearly every day, but I just haven’t picked it back up until yesterday. Finally!

This is where is stands as of today…

I had decided to just do the shadow box part as I go along with the cats this time. When I picked it up, I had already started working on the second cat, so that’s what I worked on yesterday. I will sit down with this again today and hopefully finish out the one color on the cat, and move on to the second color. I think I will encourage myself to complete one cat per month. That’s not too much to ask of myself! I really, really, enjoy cross stitching and I’m sorry I have let it lapse for such a long time. But hopefully now I will keep it in the fore front of my crafting projects.

Other than that, I am still quilting the Collage Cat, and Thursday and Friday I knitted my first mitten!

I prefer crochet because it is quicker for me to do, and I haven’t knitted in several years. But this pattern was so cute, so I decided to give it a go. I am so happy with how it turned out. This is not quite completed (I have to do some embellishment), and it’s a Christmas gift, so once Christmas has passed I will show off the finished mittens. It was also great to know I can knit a mitten in just a couple of days. I plan on finishing the second one this upcoming week. Who knows – maybe I will do socks next!

Linking up with:
Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts
MondayMaking at Love Laugh Quilt

Friday, October 20, 2017

Whoop! Whoop!

Excitement in the sewing room here…

I finished the quilt top for the Collage Cat and I’m quilting it…

This is the type of project you can fiddle with forever and never know if you have it just right. I reached “just fine” and “I’m happy with it”, so it’s on to the quilting. So far, I have serpentine lines done on the background, and today I should be able to get to doing the bottom “grass” area, then on to the cat and flowers. I am pretty certain how I will quilt the rest of this, and I’m looking forward to a finish on this one soon.

I thoroughly enjoyed the class I took on this technique, and if you are interested, you can check out Laura Heine’s patterns at Fiberworks for more information. She has a little book on the technique (which I bought) and it was really helpful in answering any questions I may have had regarding pattern instructions (not that it was difficult to understand – it just clarified things in my brain.) I will definitely make another collage quilt again. In fact, I am starting to put together ideas of making one of our dog. It is pretty fun stuff!

I did get a non-quilting finish this week…the crochet Sunflower Afghan!

I’m so, so happy to have this done. This was about 6 months in the making, and it will be heading to its new home soon. It wasn’t difficult to make – though I did improvise on a few things and disregarded the pattern. Shh, don’t tell anyone! This was the first really big crochet project I have done, and I’m pleased with myself that I got it done in a timely fashion. Now I will have to start another knit/crochet project to have something portable to work on. I know exactly what I’m going to start, but it’s a gift, so I won’t show it for a while.

So that’s about it from here. Those are the only projects I have been working on lately. Soon, I can get back to other UFOs and WIPs. We will be busy this weekend prepping the house for the cold weather. We will be in the 70s this weekend, but will start hitting lows in the 30s this next week; and the first frost and freezing temperatures are probably going to hit in the next few weeks. We need to get the trailer winterized before that happens.

I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over for some wonderful projects…and have a great weekend!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Quilt-Along and Other Things

This is the Poinsettia block, though I keep referring to it as a star. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out; I just really love this block. I think I might consider making three more to use in each corner of the 12-block quilt top, but that would mean dropping three of the other blocks. I will have to wait and see if I want to do that.

I have also been trying to figure out what to do with my collage cat. I have been auditioning different backgrounds for it, and trying to figure out exactly how I want it to end up. Right now, I’m leaning towards this…

But, I’m not entirely happy with the background…or the flowers at the top. I like the idea of the turquoise/aqua with the orange and black, but I'm terrible with color, so I'm not sure. I also have a solid light grey and a print turquoise/aqua fabric that I am considering. We have our final class Wednesday morning and I may just need to walk around the shop to see if any fabric jumps out at me. Part of the dilemma is deciding if I want it to be a simple project (without the flowers at the top), or the more embellished version. I guess I will make that decision Wednesday. Once that decision is made, I will spend some time this week (hopefully!) starting to quilt it.

The last item on my agenda this week is to finish up the crochet sunflower afghan. I am on the second to last border…

I can’t wait to get this done. Not in a bad way…I’m just excited to finish up this big project. Hopefully this will be shipped out in the next couple of weeks.

That’s it from here. The weather has finally turned fall-like, and I’m loving it! I have some things going on this week, but I should be able to spend some time on my projects as well.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Linking up with:
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Purrretty in Pink

I took a little time yesterday to put together a couple of pink Kitten blocks…

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. I didn’t have any pale pink fabrics that really jumped out at me, so these will be bright pink Kittens. I just have a few more block to make for November, then I can start putting this quilt top together. It’s getting exciting!

I’ve been spending much of my time lately working on my collage cat and the crochet sunflower afghan, so I haven’t spent a whole lot of time quilting. Those two projects are getting closer to being finished, so hopefully I can pull out some other projects soon and make some headway on them.

We have some work around the house this weekend, then cooler fall weather will be here by Monday (yay!) I’m ready to say good-bye to the 80s and hello to the 60s. It’s not unusual to have snow fall the first week in November, so our temps may very well plummet quickly here. No fear though, it will get back up to the 70s by Thanksgiving. Sometimes you can’t tell what season it is here!

For today, I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I hope you stop by to see all the fabulous pink projects!