Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Happenings

It’s been a while since I’ve been here on the blog, but I have been busy. We spent last weekend camping in the beautiful Cumberland Mountain State Park, and then it seems like this week has just been busy, busy, busy. I have gotten a few things accomplished since last time.

I finished the first block in the I Wish You a Merry QAL

I like this snowflake block so much, I think I will use it to make a table runner for the dining room for this winter. The second block is out for the QAL and I’m working on that now.

I also spent yesterday morning at a quilting workshop at my new quilt guild (yes, Ms. Anti-Social now belongs to TWO quilt guilds!) This guild is about a 45-minute drive away, so that’s a point against it. However, it meets one morning a month and has lots of workshops taught by members, programs with nationally known instructors (Rob Appell will be at the September meeting), and classes by those instructors. That’s about 20 points for this guild.

I really had a good time at the workshop and I came away with a new technique in my quilting arsenal. We did fusible collage, which is something that I have seen on quilts in shows and thought, “That might be fun to do,” yet never ended up trying it. The instructor takes her inspiration from Susan Carlson’s quilts, and her sample quilt from the workshop is headed to Paducah for the AQS show next month. Yesterday, I tried this technique and came away with this pumpkin…

I think I will add some more fabric in a couple of spots that need to be cleaned up a bit, but overall it turned out fine. I have LOTS of fused orange fabric left over, so I think I will put together some more pumpkins. I am also taking another collage class in October at a local quilt shop, so this has given me a little confidence boost going into that class.

And finally, I stitched the binding onto the neutral Gypsy Wife quilt, and I’m in the process of hand stitching it down. I have most of two sides done, so I’m well on my way…

That’s about all the sewing stuff that’s been happening around here. Today I have a couple of errands, then I plan on canning these lovelies…

As they are processing, I will work on the Gypsy Wife binding. If I have time to get down to the sewing room, I have a couple of quick things I want to take care of, then I think it will be time for some clean-up in there!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and be careful of your eyes Monday during the eclipse. We are near the path of totality…I think on the news they said we will have a 99.69% total eclipse. Traffic is starting to get heavy in this area from everyone coming to see it, so we will probably spend the weekend at home working on projects. When the eclipse hits Monday, I will probably be downstairs in the sewing room. I might notice that it gets dark outside, but you never know!

I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Head over for some wonderful projects.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Work in Progress

I have been working on the Wonky 9-Patch Halloween quilt blocks for a while now, and haven’t spent much time on it recently. I have mostly been working on some blocks for some charity quilts for our guild this month. So, I took a break from those blocks and yesterday I started putting the Wonky 9-Patch top together.

First, I put all 42 blocks up on the Design Wall and moved things around a bit, then I got the first row stitched together with black 2-1/2-inch strips…

Sorry for the slanted photo – it’s hard taking a photo in cramped spaces!

Here are (most of) the remaining blocks on my Design Wall…

The Design Wall has been moved to the end of my quilting frame, so it’s a bit hard to see it or get a good photo…but you get the idea.

My goal is to have this one completed and shipped off to my daughter by the end of September. I may try to put a second row together today, but I also need to get some quilting done on the Gypsy Wife, so we’ll see what happens. Lots of laundry to do today, along with a few chores, so hopefully I can squeeze in some sewing time.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Linking up with:
WOW! WiPs on Wednesday at Esther’s Blog

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Saturday, August 5, 2017

To the Max

I have been piecing blocks for this Kittens pattern for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge…

I wanted to be sure to include blocks representing the cats that I have had IRL…unlike the green and blue Kittens blocks! So, I was excited that this month’s color is light, creams/neutrals. I’m including white in this color scheme, so I can pay homage to my wonderful white kitty Max Cat…

I got Max Cat back in 1985 when I graduated from college and moved into my own place (please don’t do the math!!) Max had a buddy back then, Alexis…

…and I will make a black Kitten block for her later on.

Max Cat had the sweetest temperament of any cat I’ve had, and he was such a lovey guy. I’m happy I was able to make a block for him…

I know the eyes are a little…off. I colored in the pupil with a gel fabric pen that I use for signing quilts to see how it would look. I have to live with it for a bit, but I may end up fusing a fabric pupil on the eyes.

And he wasn’t always Max Cat. He started out as plain old Max, but then after I was married we took in a sweet Dalmatian when his original owners divorced…

…and his name was Max also, so the kitty quickly became Max Cat.

I now have 17 Kitten blocks for the RSC for 2017…

That’s a pretty good looking litter and I really enjoy making these blocks. They go together fast and it’s instant gratification for me! This will be a busy month, but if I have time I will look through more of my neutral/light scraps and see if I can put together another Kitten or two.

That’s it from here today. I hope you have a great weekend and I will be linking up with Angela for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy. Head over for some wonderful projects.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Goals

A new month…time to make some plans for the sewing room.

For my One Monthly Goal for August, I want to finish up my neutral Gypsy Wife. That means I need to finish the quilting, get the binding attached and hand stitched down, hanging sleeves attached, and hang it on the wall. I have decided to only do “in the ditch” quilting on this. I think any additional quilting will detract from the fabric motifs that were fussy cut for some of the blocks. I also think it will look great just with the ditch quilting. I don’t have a lot of quilting left, but it will probably still take me two or three weeks to complete it. Here is just the top…

I will also continue working on some of my Finish-A-Long projects: Merrily, the Wonky Halloween 9-Patch, and maybe even begin quilting the Vintage Skate. Lots to do, so I better get to it.

I hope you all have lots of fun in August, and stop by Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal August Goal Setting Party.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Good-bye July

School has already started back here for some local cities and counties, and by next week I think all but one local school district will be back in session. The past few days have been absolutely gorgeous, with low humidity and temperatures, so it was a great weekend for the back to school crowd to get out and enjoy beautiful East Tennessee! It’s hard to believe we are having such great weather at the end of July.

Not a lot has been happening around here in the sewing room, as you can see by the lack of posting here at The Pieceful Kingdom. I have been working on the same Gypsy Wife quilt and the crochet sunflower afghan, so nothing too exciting to post. 

Yesterday was a guild Sit & Sew for Ronald McDonald House quilts. We are busy putting together some Bingo card blocks for tomorrow night’s guild meeting, and we are putting the Bingo blocks into quilt tops at our Quilter’s Roadshow in the fall. I made my own Bingo card for the guild meeting tomorrow night…

My job today is to get more 2-1/2” squares together to hand out tomorrow for other guild members to take home and sew into rows.  We still have a few months until we need completed blocks, plus we will have two more Sit & Sew meetings, so we should have lots of blocks to make into quilt tops.

This week I will probably continue quilting the Gypsy Wife. It is just slow going, but I’m plugging along and it will get done. Tomorrow is Tuesday Bee for our guild, so I will work on crochet there. The only other things I might work on this week are making more Kittens for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, once the August color announcement is made.

That’s about it. Quiet, but quiet is good in my book! I hope you have had a great July and are looking forward to August. The best thing about August is that autumn is just around the corner!

Have a wonderful week, and check out Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making. There are some great projects posted there, so take a look!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

One Monthly Goal for July

Complete! My OMG for July was to piece the Merrily top. I started the month with the tree and house blocks all pieced, so I only needed to arrange them into rows and add borders. It was easy enough, but I was dragging my feet on it for some reason. But, it’s done!

This really was a fun top to make and it is now in the “to quilt” pile. I bought this as a kit, and I also bought coordinating panels for pillows, as well as some yardage that I was originally planning to use on the pillows, but didn’t. There was quite a bit of fabric left over from the kit, along with some cut-off triangles from the roofs and trees. So…

…all that leftover fabric, plus the red yardage at the top of the photo will be pieced into the backing fabric. I’ll start with the half-square triangles and build from there. I occasionally piece backings, but this will be the most piecing I have ever done for a backing. It will almost be like making another quilt top with all the small pieces that will need to be built into blocks of some kind. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

For today, I will be linking up with the Finishes Party at Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal for July. I hope you stop by to see what everyone has done this month, and have a great Wednesday!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bleary Eyed Monday

It was a bit crazy last night – the dog met a skunk at 10 PM, so I de-skunked and bathed her, then took a shower. We were in bed by about 10:30, so not too bad. Then about 11:30 PM the thunder and lightning hit, and we had a wonderfully loud storm for a couple of hours; but the rain was welcome in our garden, and to wash away the skunk spray in the backyard. So, today’s agenda may include a nap!

On to a new week…

I finished up the top for Merrily last week…

…so that is on the “to quilt” list now. I may try to get the backing pieced for it later this week. I have lots of fabric scraps leftover from the kit, so I am planning on piecing them, then adding a larger piece of coordinating fabric that I bought to make the back big enough.

This week I will continue to “stitch in the ditch” on the neutral Gypsy Wife…

As you can see, there are A LOT of seams and this is taking quite some time to accomplish. The more I do of the ditch stitching, the more I think I may just leave it at that. I have some variegated thread that I was going to use to do decorative quilting, but after thinking about it, I think more quilting would take away from some of the fabric motifs that I fussy cut to put in some of the blocks. I really think I am leaning towards just the ditch quilting. This is to hang on the wall in the living room, so it will lay nice and flat with all the ditching, and we will actually be able to see the blocks and fabrics. Can you tell that I’m trying to talk myself into this! Regardless of what I eventually decide, this week the Gypsy Wife is my top priority in the sewing room.

I will probably also get some fabric ready for some quilt blocks for our guild’s charity quilts, and I am continuing to make sunflowers for the crochet afghan…

I am down to only having to make 20 more sunflowers (I have 31 done!) I have guild Bee tomorrow, so I will take my crochet and hopefully finish up a couple of more sunflowers.

That’s busy enough for this last full week in July. Hard to believe, but some schools are going back today, and many more will start back next week. Summer activities are waning here, and we are even supposed to have some cooler temperatures by the weekend (good-bye 90s!)

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Finishes

I had an interruption again…but this was of my own doing.

I had been working away at Merrily and even got all four rows completed over the weekend. I guess I was getting antsy or bored, so I looked at my project basket on my sewing table…

This is where I keep patterns and notes and ideas of things I really want to work on “next”. I know I can’t work on all these projects “next”, but they are handy when I want to start something different. I picked out a little pattern that I bought last year during the summer Shop Hop and worked on that Sunday and Monday, then got the binding stitched down on Tuesday. Here is what I ended up with…

It’s a cute little Halloween skinny wall hanging of witches’ hats and a pumpkin. These are paper pieced blocks and the whole thing went together quickly. I fudged the pumpkin, which is pieced with some triangles in it, and I just used one piece of fabric. It finishes at just under 6 by 20 inches. I also had some cute fabric with kittens playing in a pumpkin patch, so I put that on the back…

And I used this fabric for the binding…

This was a nice break and a quick finish, which I needed right now!

So, Wednesday I got back to Merrily. I pieced together the four rows, then added the borders, and ta-da!

I finished the top! Yay!

I was so jazzed from finishing the top on Wednesday, that I even pulled out the large animal panel fabric that coordinates with the Merrily fabrics and put together two pillows with all four animals (an animal on each side). Here is one side of each pillow…

And here are the other sides…

Originally, I was going to put some piping around the edges, but I just decided to go with the plain pillows. These finished up at about 18 inches square. I will wait until about November to stuff them and stitch them closed since they will store much easier flat and unstuffed! I plan to hang Merrily on the wall in the living room during the holidays and winter, and these pillows will work great on the couch.

So, that’s it. I made some progress and I’m excited about what I did this week. I even pulled out the neutral Gypsy Wife quilt and continued with the stitching-in-the-ditch on it. I will try to not get sidetracked until all the ditch stitching is done on it.

I will be linking up at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursdays. Head over for some great projects and have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Two More Kittens

It seems the only thing I’m keeping up with this year is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. That must be because I am enjoying making this great Kittens blocks! Thursday, I put together two blue blocks…

I like how they turned out! I had a third blue fabric to make another block, but I think for now I will stick with just these two. At the end of the year I will see if I need to add some more blocks, and which colors to use. If I think I need another blue, then I’ll have my fabric ready. For now, I’m happy with them.

I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head over to see the great projects everyone is working on.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Merrily Times Two

I finished up the second row on Merrily yesterday. I’m really happy with both rows. I can’t wait to finish this top!

Today I have some errands to run (yarn buying – yay!), then maybe when I get home I will work on the third row of Merrily.

Tomorrow morning, I am going to a new-to-me quilt guild meeting. They are doing a presentation on Amish quilts, so it should be interesting. Once I get home I should have the house to myself for a bit, so I may head back to the sewing room and work some more on Merrily.

I will be linking up at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sunflower Afghan Progress

I have 24 sunflowers done for the crochet afghan! That leaves 27 more to go. I have to run out tomorrow to pick up some more yellow yarn, then I should have enough to finish up the flowers. I'm getting anxious to put it all together. These have been a lot of fun to make! 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

It’s been a while since I’ve linked up with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts. Most of the non-machine work I have been doing lately has been a crochet project, but I found this cute little cross stitch pattern from Mill Hill…

After we remodeled our laundry room last fall (after the big flood!) and removed the wall paper, I ended up with this long empty wall…

I have wanted to fill it up with laundry themed wall hangings, etc. I made the little quilt on the left (with the boxer shorts on the clothes line) earlier this year in a Project Quilting Challenge, but I’ve been looking around for some cute little projects to add to the wall. I found this little Mill Hill kit, and since cross stitch was my first love before quilting ever entered my life, I decided to make this next. I have spent some time on it over the last week or so, and I have a little bit to show for it…

It's hard to see because the perforated paper color is so close to the floss colors, but I’m working on the washer in the middle of the design. The thing about cross stitch is that it takes soooo long to make progress. I think that’s why quilting has taken over most of my time – quick rewards! But, I just decided I was going to work on this and enjoy it. I am working on some quilting projects in the meantime, but I am trying to spend a little time each day with this project. Hubby is gone for a while today, so this will be on my agenda. It has been nice getting back to cross stitch, and I plan to make an effort to not let it fall by the wayside again. Like quilting projects, I have more than plenty of cross stitch UFOs!

So that’s the plan for today. It’s a lovely day here, so I will open the curtains and do some slow stitching in the sunshine. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and check out the great projects at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

3rd Quarter Goals for the 2017 FAL

It’s time to list Third Quarter Goals for the 2017 Finish-A-Long. I have completed several projects with the FAL so far this year, and I hope to continue that trend!

I will carry over a few projects from the 2nd Quarter of the FAL that didn’t get completed yet. They include…

The Neutral Gypsy Wife

The Wonky 9-Patch Halloween quilt

And the Vintage Skate wall hanging

I’m going to add a new project to my FAL goals list, and that is Merrily

I have the house and tree blocks done and I have put one row together. Completing this quilt top is my One Monthly Goal for July, so I’m confident I can get it quilted and completed by the end of September for the FAL.

That’s about it from here. I need to get a move on if I want to complete these projects in time! Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July Goals

I took off June from the One Monthly Goal party, so I’m going to join in again for July. This month, I want to complete the top for Merrily.

I have the tree blocks and house blocks done…

Now I’m putting everything into rows. Yesterday I finished Row One…

I think I can get this one completed by the end of the month.

I have a few other things I would like to complete during July…

First, I want to finish a block for the Snowman Collector embroidery project…

I haven’t worked on this for probably at least a month, so I want to spend some time with it this month. Here is the block I’m working on now…

I also want to complete the “in the ditch” quilting on the neutral Gypsy Wife quilt.

I don’t have too much more stitching on it, so I should be able to finish it this month. Then I can start the “real” quilting on it.

I also want to complete the last 40 flowers for the crochet sunflower afghan.

Once they are done, I can start the green background and they are attached to one another as you do the background. I’m hoping that will go quickly.

I will also work on a few other little things throughout July – the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and some charity quilt projects. I’m sure I will come up with other fun things to do too!

For today, will be linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal goal setting party. Head over to see what everyone has planned for July – and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Finishes

It’s Friday Finishes time again, and I really didn’t have finishes for this week…or this month. What I did accomplish this week was to complete the 16 houses for Merrily…

Along with the eight tree blocks…

…the Merrily top is ready to be pieced. I have started on the first row (of four) and hope to complete at least that one today. I have a trip to make to the library and then I plan on spending a bit of time on Merrily.

I hope you had a productive week, and a great weekend ahead. 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!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ready for the Last Week of June

It’s been busy, busy, busy around here, and that will continue this week! But I’ll get to that later. Since last we spoke, I was able to put together two of the houses for Merrily…

There are 14 more to go. They go together rather quickly, so I am hoping to make some progress on them today. I have to make some decisions about these houses though. Per the instructions, I was to cut some light fabrics for the inside of the houses (where the critters are in these two blocks). I made those cuts and have those at the ready. I think there were four of the 16 houses that were supposed to have the light fabrics, then 12 of the houses have the critters inside. When I was cutting apart the critter panel, it worked out best that I cut out 16 critters – it leaves me with a nice rectangular piece of the critter panel for part of the pieced backing. So, I have 4 extra critters. I think I will just put critters in all the houses and use those four light pieces of fabric for something else – or make a four-patch for the pieced backing. I already have the 8 tree blocks done, so once the houses are completed I can start piecing the rows. Once it’s all together, it should look something like this…

As busy as this week is, I should still be able to get some houses completed.

I also finished up some more crochet sunflowers for the afghan I’m making for my sister…

I have the first one completed with the green background, plus 10 more flowers completed. Forty more flowers to go! This is my current project for our quilt guild Tuesday Bee, so I should be able to make some progress tomorrow.

I have spent most of my time the past week and half working on some family history. I’ve gotten some things organized (which I desperately needed!) and I found a few papers I haven’t seen for a while, but have been looking for. I need a big organizing party! I think I will just do some more organizing this week, and less research, so I can get some work done on Merrily.

This week is a busy week. Today I get to stay home all day. Yay! I have to unpack my sewing bag this morning. We had our first Ronald McDonald House Quilts Sit & Sew of 2017 for our guild yesterday afternoon. My machine is still in its travel bag. We are making fabric Bingo cards (from Fons & Porter) for our guild meeting in August, then all the Bingo cards will come to us for quilts for Ronald McDonald House. Then in November, we will have a Quilters Roadshow up in Townsend, TN, where people can come and sew the Bingo cards into quilt tops. It’s a fun way to spend a fall day up in the Smoky Mountains.

Tuesday is filled up with Bee and then I need to take my m-i-l to an appointment. I will get to work on my crochet project at Bee, but I won’t get any sewing done.

Wednesday, I should be able to spend time working on Merrily. Then in the evening I am heading out to a Quilt Class Reunion at one of our local quilt shops. I took a Gypsy Wife quilt class there last year, and the teacher has a couple of reunions each year. We will have door prizes and food, and 30% off! I will be bringing my (unfinished) neutral Gypsy Wife…

I also completed a batik version which I gave to my niece, so I won’t be taking that one to share at the reunion…

Thursday is my birthday – woo hoo! So, it should be busy. Hubby will probably be home most of the day and my daughter is home from school now. They both have appointments in the morning, but we are headed out for a birthday lunch, then we’ll figure out what to do in the afternoon.

Finally, on Friday I plan on sewing all day. Yup, all day long. Let’s see if it works out that way!

For today, I have linked up three finishes for the Second Quarter of the 2017 Finish-A-Long. I’m excited that I was able to get three items completed. My three finishes are:

And Jol:

It’s nice to have some good finishes.

I think that’s about it from here. It’s time to get a move on. I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead. It’s lovely here today…low humidity and a high of about 80 today. Tomorrow should be a couple of degrees cooler. This is VERY unusual for East TN in late June. But we’ll take it!

I will be linking up with Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt and Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts. I hope you head over to see what everyone is up to! Have a great Monday!