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Friday, March 1, 2019

One Monthly Goal for March


My One Monthly Goal for March is to complete the “Just Coffee” block from McKenna Ryan’s Coffee Classics pattern…



I finished piecing and fusing this block back in May 2018. I pulled it out the other day to get it ready to quilt, but first I need to top stitch all of the pieces on this block. Once that is done, I will sandwich it and get the quilting completed. My goal is to have it quilted and bound by the end of the month. Since it is less than a foot square, I think I might be able to accomplish it. 😉

Along with that, I will continue with the animal blocks for the quilt I’m working on – I pulled fabric yesterday for 5 or 6 more blocks. Once those are done, I will start looking at putting the top together.

I also want to continue making more blocks for Spooky Halloween…



…and the Orange and Black cats…



Lastly, I am starting on a new wool applique project. I bought this kit at a quilt show a while back and have just now pulled it out to start on it. It is a candle mat from Penny Lane Primitives…



I am in the process of cutting out the pieces. The mat is only about 12 inches across, so all of those pieces are small – the holly leaves are about ½” long. Even though they are tiny pieces, I think they will be fun to stitch. So, I hope to make some good progress on that in March.

I will be linking up at Elm Street Quilts for OMG Goal Setting Party for March. I hope you head over for some great ideas!


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

One Monthly Goal and February Finishes


Though February was a short month, I think I accomplished more than I thought I would. I did meet my One Monthly Goal for February, which was to add 4 more blocks to my collection for the animal quilt I am making (I was #10 at the Goal Setting Link-Up). As a matter of fact, I made 6 more blocks! I added 5 animal blocks, plus an aloe vera plant…



The two upper right blocks were done in January (Owl and Fox). The rest – in this short month of February. I made two of the coyote blocks because I didn’t like how the first one turned out. But having it up there with the rest of the blocks makes me like it a little more. There are many more animal blocks to go!

I also got a start on a couple of new Halloween quilts which were on my #2019PlanningParty list. I worked on the first three blocks for Spooky Halloween…



…and I made two small cat blocks for the Black & Orange cat quilt…



My final finish for February is the mini vintage truck from Buttermilk Basin…



I started this little wool applique (about 6 by 11 inches) last Thursday at a quilt guild workshop, and I finished it up on Tuesday. That was an extremely fast turnaround for me. But it was lots of fun and I enjoyed working on it. I actually have a couple more of these kits to work on.

And in Knitting News…

I did work on some socks and a hat, but the bigger news is that I finished up 4 more dishcloths (#7-10) for the #2019yarnhoarderdishclothchallenge.



I still have some of each of these yarns left, but I think I can finish up those skeins in March.

That’s about it from here. We came out of the record rainfall and flooding here over the past week with nary a scratch (and no damage or trees down!), but not everyone was so fortunate. There are still closed roads and flooded and damaged homes and businesses (including my local yarn shop and bakery), and I hope they recover quickly. I hope you are all safe where you are and had a wonderful February – I’m looking forward to March!

I will be linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the Finishes Party for One Monthly Goal for February. Head on over to see what everyone has been up to.



Sunday, February 24, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching


It has been a while since I’ve posted some stitching fun. This past Thursday I spent the day at a workshop with my quilt guild to work on some wool applique. The woman who ran the workshop has a quilt shop nearby and she carries a lot of wool and wool applique kits. Thursday, we worked on the Vintage Truck kits from Buttermilk Basin. I chose this mini truck kit…



I have only stitched down the truck body, the sheep body, and the pumpkin. The brown thing sticking up from the truck hood is a tree trunk – I will be embroidering the branches and leaves for that.

This is a mini from a BOM, and this is the August block. The pumpkin is actually a pineapple in the pattern, but I am not a pineapple fan, so I made it a pumpkin instead. It works. This will measure 6 ½ by 11 inches when completed.

We used a new to me technique for wool applique in this workshop. We used Soft Fuse fusible web to fuse down the pieces before hand stitching them. I tried this Soft Fuse on some cotton for quilt blocks and it worked great, but I have found that it isn’t sticking as well on the wool. I think maybe the iron we used wasn’t hot enough…the wool was barely warm after fusing. I think if it was a bit hotter, the fusible would have melted better and the pieces wouldn’t be coming up like they are on this. It will be fine, and I hope to get the stitching on this done in the next few days. I am debating whether or not to actually quilt it on the machine, or just do some more embroidery on it. I’ll make that decision once all of the pieces are stitched down.

So that’s my slow stitching for the week. I had so much fun with this, that I already bought a couple of more kits (plus I purchased an extra one at the workshop!) These should give me plenty of opportunities to do some more Slow Sunday Stitching over the next few months.

I will be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Head over to see what everyone is working on.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Block Party


This week I have just taken time here and there to work on some blocks. Everything I worked on was in my list for the #2019PlanningParty, so it’s all good! I also remembered how much I like working on a variety of projects at the same time.

I made a few blocks for the quilt using Elizabeth Hartman’s patterns. First up, I finished the rabbit…



I think he turned out cute. I think it’s pretty obvious that my dad’s shirt scrap is in the cottontail.

I also put together an aloe plant block…



I totally messed this up, but it will work. I had thought there was an error in the pattern, but the error was actually in my brain! There are a couple of units missing in this one, but I will most likely make at least one more of these blocks, so I will make it correctly then.

I also put together the moth block…



This was a fun one. My dad’s shirt scraps are in the little squares in the wings.

Finally, this week I put together the Ringtail block – I think it’s a lemur…



I’m not happy with this one. It actually looks much better in real life than in the photograph, but I’m not entirely sold on it. I will have to live with him for a bit to see if he makes the final cut. If he doesn’t, I’m sure I will find a home for him somewhere in a scrappy quilt.

Since it’s been a long year already for us, I decided I wanted a little bit of fun. I love to make Halloween quilts for some reason, and I have two on my “to start” list from the Planning Party. So, I started them both this week!

I am using a pattern from Janet Kime’s book The Cat’s Meow. I will be making an orange and black & white quilt, alternating colors for the backgrounds. The first blocks I made for this quilt this week were these two little ones…



These measure 3 by 4 ½ inches right now and will make a four-patch block to match up with the larger version of this block. They were quick and fun to make, and I would like to put together a few each month for right now.

I also started “Spooky Halloween” this week. Finally!



I was looking through the project box and found yardage of Kona Natural which I was planning on using for some of the backgrounds on this quilt. It just so happens that I am using the same background in the Elizabeth Hartman patterns, so I will probably never run out of it!

I just decided to start at the beginning, so I put together Block 1 of Row 1…



I had thoughts of using hand applique for this, but I really want to get this one done, so I decided to use fusible applique. I just received some Soft Fuse for another project…



…so, I thought I would give that a try. I seems pretty nice. It is soft; the fabric is not stiff like it usually is with fusibles. I also top stitched through it and there was absolutely no gunk on my needle. That made me happy. The big problem with Soft Fuse is that it seems to be out of stock everywhere. Hopefully I can find more when I need it, because I think it will work great with this quilt.

That’s about it from the sewing room…but in Knitting News:




These are such soft socks; I really would like to finish them up before what little winter we have this year disappears.

I also started a Sockhead Slouch Hat



I’m not going to make it as slouchy as the pattern calls for. This yarn started its life as a sock, but I was very disappointed in it, so I ripped it out. It will have to live out the rest of its life as a hat. I guess it has gone from the very bottom to the very top – not too bad!

There is still plenty of life stuff happening around here that makes me want to hide in the sewing room, but I think things will be back to normal in the next month or so (I hope!) Until then, I will just try to get in what sewing time I can (or feel like doing). I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and stays dry and warm. I will be linking up over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over to see what everyone has been up to lately.