Monday, June 29, 2015

My Embroidery Projects

This past week I was able to work on the Vintage Skate embroidery…

I finished the holly berries!

I also started the next block for HocusPocusVille…

I have so enjoyed doing embroidery again. It had been many years since I did any, until I started working on a few projects last year. I do enjoy my time sitting down to stitch.

This week I plan on doing some more work on both projects, and I may even start on a Sue Spargo project. Thanks to the work Sarah at Quilting by the Sea in the UK has done on her butterflies, I decided to go ahead and take Sue’s class on Craftsy. I’m so inspired! I can’t wait to start working on the project. Over the past month or so I have been picking up some old embroidery and crewel books, and I had seen one of Sue Spargo’s books at the quilt shop last week and almost picked it up. When the woman at the counter said they will probably have a class in the fall on Sue’s work, I decided to wait and possibly take the class. Well, after seeing Sarah’s butterflies, I got too impatient and decided to take the Craftsy class. It looks so fun.

Today is my birthday, so I will probably spend today doing whatever I feel like doing, when I feel like doing it. That will probably include some stitching! I’ve already hit the grocery store and paid the bills, so the rest of the day is mine. I hope you all have a wonderful day and I’ll be linking up at Super Mom – No Cape for the Vintage Stitchery Party

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching

I did a bit of hand stitching this week. I was able to complete four hexie flowers for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

I have another dozen or so cut out with the paper on them, so I’ve been spending some time this week getting them all prepped to hand stitch. I’d like to get one done a day. Maybe that will put a dent into the pile. I need to start getting the grey fabric ready to make the pathway between the hexie flowers. It seems the prep work takes as long as the actual stitching.

I also started the seventh block for HocusPocusVille…

And I spent a little time working on the Vintage Skate embroidery…

The holly berries are done!

I may try to stitch up another hexie flower tonight. I have to head out this afternoon for our guild Ronald McDonald House get together. We will be doing some cutting to get some kits ready to sew. Doesn’t three hours of rotary cutting sound like fun? It’s all for a good cause, so I’ll keep that in mind. We have a good time together so it should be a nice afternoon.

That’s about it around here this week. I’ll be linking up at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

RSC – Wrapping Up June

It’s almost the end of June and I’ve completed all I’m going to get done with blues for the month. I actually did pretty well! Yay me!

I completed the two Sawtooth Sampler blocks…

I like the light blues in these blocks. I’m actually getting a bit better with sewing the flying geese blocks and I’m much less intimidated by triangles now!

I also spent some time this week getting a few other items checked off my list. I completed a light blue paper pieced cat…

And I added two blue trees to the Rainbow Forest…

I also added an additional green tree for May. I really like this green fabric and wanted it in my forest…

Considering that I hadn’t planned on doing the paper pieced blocks this month, I’m pretty happy with myself for completing them.

Finally, I stitched four blue hexie flowers together this week…

All in all, it was a pretty good month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at my house.  I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy. Head over for some lovely projects.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June Finish ALYOF

I had a very modest goal for June for A Lovely Year of Finishes (#10 on the goal setting party). My goal was to put together a Disappearing 9-Patch top for a Ronald McDonald House charity quilt. I’m pleased to say I got it done.

I was originally given some 9-Patches by our guild RMH Chair and was asked to make them into a Disappearing 9-Patch top. I have never made a Disappearing 9-Patch, so I was up for it. I cut the blocks through the middle, top to bottom and side to side, then rearranged them. I finally got them pieced back together. They are very large blocks so I was able to trim off any wonky piecing along the edges and still have 16 inch blocks. I have not been in the mood to sew this month, for some reason…maybe it’s too hot or something… but I finally made it back down to the sewing room midway through June and got the top put back together. Ta-da!

Not a lot of contrast in this top, so the green “crosses” kind of blend in with the other “variety” blocks. Also, the small yellow blocks don’t stand out as much as they could. The green and the yellow blocks are the ones that got cut in the original 9-Patch. I really like this pattern, so I think I will find three fabrics and make one that shows a lot of contrast. Sometime…after I finish all the things I already have going…maybe next year  J

I will be linking up with the Finishes Party for A Lovely Year of Finishes for June at Sew BitterSweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts. Head over for some lovely projects.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Stitching Away

I was able to work on my Vintage Skate embroidery this week and I finished the pine needles and the holly leaves…

I even got started on the holly berries. I will keep working away at it this week and see how far I get.

I will also start on the seventh block for HocusPocusVille. I’m antsy to get back to working on it. If I focused on it, I could probably get one block done in a couple of weeks.

I will be linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching and Vintage Stitchery. Head over for some great projects.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stash Report Week 25

It’s been a while, but here’s my Stash Report for this month…

I’ve been spending time lately working on household things and genealogy research, so I haven’t been doing much sewing at all the past few weeks. So, I have very little going out…only about ½ yard for my blocks for June for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

However, I have been out and about occasionally so I have picked up some fabrics…not necessarily a bad thing. I went on a mission a couple of weeks ago and headed over to the local quilt shop bound and determined to find fabric for the Challenge Quilt for our quilt guild for 2016. Here is my color card for the challenge…

We have to use at least three of the four colors and we can add a white or a gray or a black. All fabrics, threads, and embellishments must match the color card exactly. The white/gray/black can make up no more than 1/3 of the quilt surface.

I’ve only been able to find a couple of fabrics that would work (the red), but I really needed to find the blue in my colors for the background fabric. So, I spent about a half hour with one of the employees at the shop looking at pretty much EVERY bolt of blue fabric and solids. We finally came across an absolutely perfect match for the pale green (a solid – the color on the far right of the card), and we found a blue that matches my card. It actually has a bit of green in it, so it’s almost a teal. It wasn’t that noticeable until I started putting the card next to all the blues in the shop. The creamy looking color on the card is actually called Sheerest Pink and I have some Kona Bone solid fabric that matches it. While I was at the shop I was also able to pick up a variety of threads that match my card. I think I am set for the Challenge! But, it did set my stash numbers back 5 yards…oh well.

Let’s see…I also ran over to Joann’s to pick up some backing fabric. I wanted some for a quilt I was loading on the longarm for practice. So I picked up 2.5 yards of backing fabric (on sale) and now that’s loaded on the machine and hopefully I can spend some time practicing my longarm skills J While I was at Joann’s, I found a bright pink flannel to use as some trim on some pillowcases I want to get made (also on sale – couldn’t refuse that deal!) Another yard added. Finally, earlier this week I was in the Joann’s shopping center so I wandered in to see if they had any fat quarters for a project I’m getting ready to start. Of course they did! And they were half price! Another 1.5 yards into my stash.

So that’s 10 more yards into the stash…but they are all for a purpose. That makes it OK, right??

Stash Report Week 25 of 2015:

Used in 2015:            18.50 yards

Added in 2015:          40.75 yards

Total net used 2015: 22.25 yards

Red means I added more than I used
Black means I used more than I added
Goal: Use more than I add

I will be linking up at Patchwork Times for this week’s Stash Report.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – More Light Blue

I completed the second June Sampler Block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this week…

I have not been interested in going to the sewing room this week and sewing; but Thursday I felt a bit more like it and was able to accomplish a few things. I used left over strip sets from the first June Sampler block to make the four patches, and a nice light blue for the remainder of the block. So, for June, I’m two for two with the Samplers…

I like how they both turned out.

I still have lots I can do with light blues for my RSC projects this month. We’ll see if I get around to any of them!

I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the June Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  

Monday, June 15, 2015

Halfway There

Halfway through the month already. It’s hard to believe, but what can you do? I was dealing with allergies and trying to get a migraine today…headache all night last night, trying to rev up today. But I’m feeling better now…thank you, Excedrin. That and a short nap can do wonders.

Anyway, when I have a full blow migraine I just need to lay down, but when it’s just “in the background” trying to take hold I can actually get some things done. I really can’t focus in the sewing room when I feel that way, but I can work on the computer. I don’t know why that it. So, I really didn’t get much done in the sewing room today. All I did was trim down the blocks for the Disappearing 9-Patch that I’m making for Ronald McDonald House. Here are the blocks on the design wall…

I received the 9-Patch blocks already sewn together by someone else. Then I cut them and reassembled them for the Disappearing 9-Patches. Some of the seams on the original blocks were a little off…

This is already reassembled into the new block, but that seam right there that is off was from the original 9-Patch. That’s about ¼ inch off. Fortunately the blocks all finished over 16 inches, so I was able to trim them down to 16 inches and now they are ready to be sewn into a top. I think I can get that done tomorrow, and then my ALYOF goal for June will be complete!

I also did a few piddly things around the house this morning…fill the bird feeder, pull some poison ivy from my planter, a load of laundry, and I listened to a podcast while on the stationary bike. So, I felt like I accomplished a few things this morning. The rest of the time I hung out at the computer working on genealogy. Today I focused on my great grandmother, Caroline.

I think I’ve found all the information I possibly have on her and have it sorted into her computer folder. Yay! I also did some searching on line for her and found a few little things, so I think maybe during this week I can get something written up about her. It would be nice to get something written up about a direct ancestor at least once every couple of weeks. We’ll see how it goes.

That’s about it. Tonight is tortellini night, with some bread sticks and salad from the garden. Yum. I hope you all had a great Monday!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Stitching Away

I’ve finished the sixth block for HocusPocusVille…

Yay! I am getting so excited to get these finished. Maybe I can get them all done by the fall and work on putting the quilt together then. I can’t wait!

Before I start on the next block though, I’m going to work on the Vintage Skate embroidery. Here is where I left it last…

I haven't picked this up for three weeks! I think this week I will try to finish up the pine needles, then maybe work on the holly leaves. I’ll see how far I can get with it.

That’s about all I’ve done with hand stitching this week. I will be linking up at Kathy’s Quilts with Slow Sunday Stitching and at the Vintage Stitchery Link up Party on Monday. Have fun stitching!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

June RSC Sampler

I was able to complete the first Sawtooth Sampler Block for June…

I do like the light blues in it. I hope to get some work done on light blue hexie flowers this weekend. We’ll be a bit busy cleaning house…and trying to stay cool! But, I think Sunday afternoon I may be able to find some time to work on them.

I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the June Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head over for some cool blue projects.

Friday, June 12, 2015

I’ve Been Busy This Week…

But not necessarily in the sewing room. I’ve been spending a lot of time this week working on genealogy…organizing mostly, but getting some research done. I have boxes and files and papers everywhere and it just all needs to be contained. I got some things done, but a lot of stuff just needs to be gone through and tossed. My big accomplishment this week has been to get my genealogy computer files sorted out, so I think I can finally get my digital files in order.

I did get a few things accomplished in the sewing room. Yesterday I put together the center for the first June Sawtooth Sampler Block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge…

I think it turned out pretty nice. I plan on finishing the block today.

I also finished sewing together the blocks for the Disappearing 9-Patch quilt I’m making for Ronald McDonald House…

There are nine blocks on the wall, each about 16 inches square. I’m going to have to press them well and then square them up, probably cutting them down to about 15-1/2 inches or smaller. The pieces were cut by one person, the original 9-Patches were pieced by another person, and I cut the 9-Patch blocks and put them back together. The blocks turned out…interesting. Hopefully I can get these cleaned up, put into rows and the quilt top put together by the beginning of next week. This is my ALYOF project for June, so I’d like to get it done as soon as I can.

I also made some progress on the sixth HocusPocusVille block. I don’t have a photo of it, but what is left to do on the block all fits within the embroidery hoop, so I really hope to get that finished today as well. Once that’s done, I can spend a little time working on the Vintage Skate embroidery.

That’s about it from here. This weekend will be a big clean-up. We’ll be bringing out the carpet cleaner tomorrow and hopefully by the end of the weekend the carpets will look better. I’ve been wanting to clean them since we had to put one of our dogs to sleep the last week in April. We just haven’t had the opportunity, but we’re doing it tomorrow. Fingers crossed that nothing comes up between now and 8 am Saturday! I hope you’ve had a good week and have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Vintage Embroidery Stitchery Link Party

I’ve got plenty of stitching going on around here, but today I’ll focus on the embroidery.

I was able to complete the June block for the Vintage Kitchen Block of the Month from Jenny of Elefantz. This is a free BOM and I think there are three more blocks to embroider, then I can put the wall hanging together. I switched up the block a little bit, but you can see the original pattern here. This is a photo of my finished block…

These are cute little (3-4 inches) projects that don’t take a lot of time, and I’ve enjoyed working on them. The instant gratification of finishing the blocks quickly is nice since I’m also working on larger projects. And speaking of larger projects…

This is where I’m at on the sixth block of HocusPocusVille. This is actually Block 12 in the series, I believe, but the sixth one I’ve worked on. I hope to get this one done in the next week or so and start on the next one. I’m getting anxious to put the quilt together.

That’s all the embroidery I did this week. I didn’t even pick up the Vintage Skate project. I think when I get the HPV block done I’ll take some time to just work on this.

I will be linking up with Super Mom – No Cape for the Stitchery Link Party. Head over for some lovely projects.

This morning after I hit the treadmill, I will try to make some headway on the HocusPocusVille block. After that I have to finish quilting a quilt for Ronald McDonald House, then I'll probably get some reading and genealogy done. Oh, and housework...yes, lots of housework! Have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

This Week in Stitches

I’ve done a bit of stitching this first week in June. I finished the June block for the Vintage Kitchen BOM…

I changed my version a bit from the original pattern at Jenny of Elefantz. I just really wanted to see that flour canister J

I also did a little work on HocusPocusVille…

I do love HocusPocusVille! I hope to make some headway on this block this weekend.

For some quilting stitches, I brought my grandmother’s 9-Patch quilt out of the sewing room so I can work on it in the evenings…

This is the only hand quilting project I have going on right now. I have been doing mostly machine quilting for the past several years, so it’s been nice to have a slower paced hand quilting project to work on.

I also have my hexies. I have four ready to put together, and these big guys on the design wall…

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with these. They are very large – something like three inches on each side. These are just pieces from (mostly) old fabrics I’ve had on the shelves and I just wanted to use them in something. I think I might start putting them together into flowers, then finding a striking color to surround them with. I have a stack of these that I’m marking for hand piecing, so I’ll get to that soon.

I will be linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching. Head over for some wonderful “handy”-work.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Blues…

I don’t really have “the blues”, but I have plenty of blue fabric for this month’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge…

I am going to be busy working on some kits for Ronald McDonald House sew-ins for the next couple of months, so I don’t know how many of my RSC projects I will get to this month. I do intend to complete the Sampler Blocks that Angela posts, and I spent some time yesterday getting some hexie flower pieces ready to stitch…

That may be all I plan for myself to do for the month of June. Any other RSC projects I complete can just be bonus points!

 I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the first June Rainbow Scrap Challenge linky party. Head over for some lovely projects.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes

My goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes for June is to get these blocks made into a quilt top…

These are Disappearing 9-Patch blocks, and this top is for a Ronald McDonald House quilt. The RMH Chair of our guild gave me a stack of 9-Patches yesterday at our RMH sew-in, and asked me to put them together into a Disappearing 9-Patch. So, there you go. I think this is a totally do-able goal for me for June. I already started on it today by slicing up the 9-Patches and sewing them into “two-sies”. There is not a lot of contrast, so it’s a bit hard to see in the photo, but in person the quilt will be just fine for its purpose. Just looking at the photo now, I think I sewed some of the two-sies wrong! Oh no! I'll have to go check and see where I made the mistakes!

I’ve spent some more time today cutting pieces for kits for RMH quilts for the guild, and starting the quilting on an RMH quilt. This may just be a big RMH month for me…we’ll have to see what I can accomplish for them this month.

I will be linking up with the June Goal Setting Party at ALYOF with Sew BitterSweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts.