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!