Sunday, June 16, 2019

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching

It's hard to  believe another 3 weeks has flown by, time to report in for the Hand Quilt Along.

This week I finished up June's segment of the Sweet Land of Liberty designed by Cheri Payne.  Lori of Humble Quilts is guiding us along and giving us dimensions.  We are doing this on the Facebook group Quilts by Cheri Friendship Group.  Lori did this same quilt-along last year on her blog, and she is referring us to those directions each month.  Can't really see my hand stitching on the sawtooth star, but it is all hand-applique.  The

The other thing I have been working on this week is my Father Christmas blocks.   I started one in 1997, came across the blocks again, and want to finish 3 this month.  Just laying his belt/sash across his coat, I'm thinking i need to go with more contrast on the belt/sash.

                                  These are the first two guys.  I love this so much.  

One of my favorite activities is to visit everyone's blog and see what they have been doing.  You can see the other participants in the Hand Quilt Along below.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen and Kathi

I'll also be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  If you have a chance, be sure and head over there and check out those links for more inspiration.  

I'm having a Father's Day Lunch today, so I need to get the pulled pork on.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This Squirrel Has Me Running in Multiple Directions

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Well it all started out several days ago when I was trying to work on my One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  My goal for June is to get 3 of the Father Christmas blocks done.  

I had made all my freezer paper templates and was ready to apply them to fabric.  I needed black, and black is all the way in the back of the closet.  It is in a section that is not visible, and I just reach in and start pulling fabric out until I find what I am looking for.

The closet my fabric is in has 24 inch tall shelves, 24 inches deep. I used to have a bunch of large plastic drawers and things were separated by color but I never knew what I had. They were stacked 2 tall.   I got the brilliant idea several years ago to get rid of the plastic drawers several years ago, and just stack things on the shelves.  I had to do it 2 rows deep, so in order to get to the back row, I have to take the front row out.  

So as I was taking the black, and black and white fabric out, I noticed I had a bunch of interesting things, and maybe I should make a black and white quilt with these fabrics.

Several months ago I had one the bicycle fabric and music fabric and the plain black from Danice @ Homespun Hannah's blog.  I thought I was sticking some plain black in the stack and I unwadded it, and found apparently a long lost applique project.  

I also had wanted to gather some blues and greens together for a baby quilt for my next door neighbor.  She is having a 5th boy in a month or two, and I was looking for blues and greens.

The squirrel got ahold of me today and sent me in a new direction, to totally redo my fabric stacks in the closet.  First I was going to try to get all my Christmas fabric in this empty plastic container which I got empty by consolidating some of my blues and yellows.  I had way too much Christmas fabric.  This was one of those 6" tall containers.    I decided to put the black and white in there instead, and it fits in the bottom of the closet.  

I put the Christmas back in the closet but rearranged the stacks better.  

The problem I have with the stacks, besides being 2 piles deep, is that they start tumbling over after awhile and that annoys me.  My husband in his heyday would have made me dividers, but he is no longer able to work in his workshop.  He made most of the bookshelves and furniture in our house.  So I am left with the slumping piles.  I have been cutting cardboard and putting them between the sections.  

Today I dealt with the Christmas, the blues, greens and reds. 

I put the pinks and purples back that hard to see corner, as I don't use them that often.  My Civil War Pinks and Purples are in a separate drawer and can get to them easily,

I still have a place on that shelf, am sort of saving it for my embroidery unit of my Bernina, but we will see.

As I'm going through, I am pulling my homespuns and flannels, stripes and plaids out of these sections, I want them in a centralized location.  Most of my flannels and homespuns are in two places.  I have a dry sink cabinet that DH built that is completely filled up.

I can't smoosh anything else in there.  I also have a drawer of a chest that DH built and I stenciled, I can't smoosh anything else in there either.  I'm going to toss everything on the floor tomorrow from these two locations, along with the pile I made today and reorganize everything.  I have limited room available and I'm trying not to go into another room!  Trying really hard.  

This is the remaining closet I still need to do the lights and golds and I think my browns are somewhere in the back.  I need those so I can get to them.  

And I need to finish this up by tomorrow, as the grandkids will be here again on Thursday,  Of course I have found piles more of scraps to cut up.  That's what I was doing Monday part of the time they were occupied with games, was cutting up scraps.  And now I have added more to my pile today.  

Thanks for stopping by.   I did find blues and greens to cut out a baby quilt though.  And the black and white quilt.  Hopefully that squirrel won;t come up with another brilliant idea tomorrow!

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching, Sweet Land of Liberty

Time again for the Slow Sunday Stitching linky party at Kathy's Quilts.  I so much enjoy this weekly event, seeing what everyone has been doing.

The first part of the week  I finished up my pineapple block, the Civil War Quilts BOM by Barbara Brackman.  I think this is one of my favorite blocks so far.

I also was able to finish my section of blocks for the Blessings Quilt and attached it to what I had already done.   Can't really see the stitching very well

Right now I am working to get this month's Sweet Land of Liberty blocks, designed by Cheri Payne.  I am working on this as a quilt-a-Long over on Facebook with the Quilts by Cheri Friendship Group.  Lori from Humble Quilts is guiding us in this, as she did last year on her blog.    I've still got 2 more stars to add to my pineapple and need to applique my girl holding a flag, but haven't started that.

What I will also be working on this week, is to get 3 Father Christmas' prepped to applique.  I cut all the templates out last week, I just need to choose my fabric and iron my templates to the freezer paper and trace them.

Starting tomorrow I will have 3 grandchildren for the summer twice a week, so I guess I need to go pick up my stuff in the kitchen and put it back in my sewing room.  My sewing room is so dark and the kitchen so bright, that I like to sew in the kitchen better. But I guessat least until August, I need to change my habits, so they have a place to play board games and Play Doh.

I'll be linking up to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.   If you have a chance stop by and look at other's projects!

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Hands2Help Surprise

I had another great mail day today.  I got a goodie bag for contributing to the Hands2Help quilts this year.  

I received a twin-sized Warm and Natural batting, and a Moda Quilt Sketch Book,and a nifty Moda coaster.  

Thanks go out to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  for all she does in the organization of this event, recruiting the sponsors, and the sending out of goodie bags!  

Monday, June 03, 2019

Blessings Quilt, Nutcracker Suite

I've been making progress on the Blessings Quilt.  This was from the Blessings Quilt Series by Jennifer Lokey and Karen Rosien.  This was something I started in 1999 with a group of online quilting friends.  I finished section 1 and 2, and put it in a bag along with the fabrics I had pulled.  I'm currently working on section 3.   I lost sections 4,5 and 6 instructions and am awaiting my order to come in. I have the instructions for the remaining 7-12 sections.  I had this on my list for quarter 2 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long, but not sure I will get it to flimsy stage.  I have a bunch of embroidery to do on the other sections and then a lot of piecing.  

This piece was what I started out with when I pulled it out of the closet.  

    I got this block finished

Am working on this one.  At least I put most of my instructions in the notebook!  Have no clue where the other ones are, but I have too much to accomplish this month to look for them.


Still need to do more piecing on this one.  Those flowers gave me a hard time.  Probably because I have black and white insructions, and there would be 4 f sections, all of different colors and I kept putting the wrong thngs together.  

So all three of those make up section 3.  I will go on to section 7, at least prepare the embroidery, waiting for sections 4-6. 

On the quarter 2 Finish-A-Long goals was to have 3 of the nutcracker blocks done. I got all 5 of the nutcracker blocks done.   I'm getting this Nutcracker Suite BOM from Shabby Fabrics.  These were laser cut and already had the fusible on them so I machine-stitched them down, and embroidered the details by hand.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching

I've been doing a lot of slow stitching this week.  I've been working on this month's block for Hospital Sketches, Barbara Brackman's applique QAL.   I was able to get this far last night.  Should be able to finish it up tonight.  

I pulled out this UFO to finish up.  This was from the Blessings Quilt Series by Jennifer Lokey and Karen Roosien.   It came in 4 different books.  Each section could be a quilt in itself, or put all four together.  I was working on this with an on-line quilt group back in 1999.  This was as far as I got at the time. 

Right now I am working on the section that goes on the left side of this that incorporates these three pieces in with some pieced blocks.

I was having a difficult time yesterday with the black and white instructions I have getting the pieces right.  These are all stitched to the wrong fabric.  

I have the instructions for sections 3 and 4, so have ordered the book for section 2.

The other thing I finished this week was the nursery rhyme Yankee Doodle block which I am sending to my sister-in-law to complete.  She is a teacher, and school ends next week and maybe have more time to put the quilt together.  But I'm finished on my end.

I'll be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.   I'm heading over there to see what everyone else has been up to this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 01, 2019

350 Blocks, May Report

4- patches for Hands2Help quilt:     16 blocks

Hospital Sketches:  Civil War block by Barbara Brackman:   1 hand applique

Redwork Nursery Rhyme:  Yankee Doodle :  1 block

Sew Lets QAL: 2 blocks

Flourishes setting triangles:   12 blocks

Nutcracker Suite:  5 machine applique blocks

Sweet Land of Liberty:  I did the block that has the basket going on it with berries, and the stitching "Sweet Land of Liberty"  1 block

I also did my Scrap Dance Minuet components, but I am not counting those as they are not complete blocks. 

Block total for May:  37  

I will be submitting my numbers at Prairie Moon Quilts.  

Thanks for stopping by!

One Monthly Goal

It's goal-setting time for One Monthly Goal with Patty @ Elm Street Quilts.  

This month, I would like to get three of my Father Christmas blocks done.  I have not started yet.  I need to figure out what fabrics I am using.  These are the next three blocks I would like to get done.  I really would like this done in time for Christmas!

I'll be linking up with Patty for One Monthly Goal @ Elm Street Quilts.

Thanks for stopping by!