Sunday, July 05, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

Happy Post 4th of July everyone here in the U.S.  We have had what sounds like illegal fireworks going off all week here in my neighborhood, but this morning was a doozy.  It went off at 2:15 this morning  and really sounded like a bomb!  Hard to get back to sleep after that. 

John and I stayed home yesterday from the gathering with our family.  His asthma is too bad normally  to have him risk being exposed like that.  Granddaughter Kyleigh did pop by to pick up some of my secret ingredient for potato salad.  I say it is secret, because even I don't know what exactly is in it.  For years I have gone out to Denio's Farmer's Market and there is a booth out there that sells spices and herbs, you buy what you need.  I have bought this product called "Salad Mix".  I suspect it is something you mix with mayo or something, but I have always put it in my potato salad.   I did take the opportunity of getting a quick pic with Kyleigh. 

In my slow stitching this past week I finished up my Cassandra's Circle block for June, put it up for a picture with the other blocks and I didn't like the blue I had chosen.  I am trying to keep my blocks mostly blue, and downplay the other colors.   This was the first version.   I also changed out the blossom, and the green around the bud.  The other blues seem to pop more I thought.

This was my second version.  I am much happier with it now.   These are from Barbara Brackman's applique BOM for 2020 at Civil War Quilts.

Right now, I need to prep some more applique, so for my Slow Sunday stitching I will be working on another of the tea towels with the cute sayings from Stitcher's Revolution.  My sister is a wine drinker and this is perfect for her!

I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Pop on over and check out what everyone has been doing.  My favorite time of the week!  Many thanks to Kathy for continuing to provide this weekly gathering!

Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 03, 2020

2020 Finish-A-Long, Q2 Results

Back in April, I listed my Quarter 2 goals for the 2020 Finish-A-Long here.   This is a list of what I accomplished for my own record.  For the official results, I will be also listing my finishes on Instagram as the organizers are having us do this year.

1)  Make 5 quilts for Hands2Help Charity. This is organized by Sarah  @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  

Completed.  I actually exceeded this goal this year.  I actually exceeded this goal this time.  I made 7 quilts, and granddaughter Kyleigh made 1, for a total of 8. 

2)  Cassandra's Circle BOM for April, May and June.   This is the 2020 applique BOM by Barbara Brackman @Civil War Quilts.  This goal was accomplished.  

3)  Ella Maria Duncan BOM for April, May and June.  This is the BOM offered by Gay @ Sentimental StitchesThis goal was accomplished.  

4)  Pieces from the Past BOM-keep caught up every 3 weeks.   This is being offered by Melva @ Melva Loves Scraps.  Completed.

5)  Buhl-Bushong Quilt BOM for April, May and June.   This is being offered by the Virginia Quilt MuseumNot done.  While I completed April and May, June consisted of putting together the quilt, and I have not completed the middle blocks and have quite a bit to finish. 

6)  Make 1 Father Christmas Block.   Done.

7)  Quilt Fall Into a QAL   Not Done.  My Juki machine that I quilt in has been in the shop for a little over a month now.  

8)  3 Kathy Schmitz One Stitch at a Time Embroideries.   Done.  

9)  Make Boho Bag.  This is a CQ bag I promised a 2020 graduate, a good friend of my granddaughter Kyleigh's.  Done.  

So my overall results are 6/8 goals accomplished this quarter! 

Thanks for stopping by!

One Monthly Goal July

It's time to link up goals again for One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.  I continue to appreciate this monthly motivation, and many thanks to Patty for all she does!

I didn't make my monthly goal last month, which was to make this quilt top into a king-sized for my bed.  I think my goal was too ambitious, and I felt overwhelmed. 

So my goal this month is to put a round of Storm at Sea blocks on this current top. 

I'll be linking up to Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.  

Thursday, July 02, 2020

350 Blocks Report -June

The goal for June was 30 blocks, and I just made it.  I report my number of blocks in to Shelly @Prairie Moon Quilts and she keeps track.  She randomly picks a winner each month for a little prize, and apparently I was the winner last month!

Pieces From the Past:  3 blocks, one was a do-over.  This is the sewalong that Melva from Melva Loves Scraps is doing.  She got permission from C&T Publishing to scan and share the blocks that were originally published in Kansas City Star.

Private BOM:  1  block.

Signature Block:  1.   Shelly requested a signature block for something she was working on, and I sent one, but forgot to take a picture.

Ella Maria Duncan  6 blocks.  I had to redo 2 blocks.  I couldn't get the top left one to lay flat.  Finally it is better than it was. 

Sunflower Blocks:  2 blocks this month,  For my Stitching Sunshine Project.

Scrappy Mystery Sewalong by Joy @ Days Filled With Joy   12 blocks.  I need to get these sewn together.

Cassandra's Circle :  1 block.  I am currently redoing this one.  But I did finish it.  I didn't like the blue I chose for the flower and am redoing it so it goes more with the other blues in my blocks.

Tea Towels:  2

Face Mask:  1.  No picture.

Father Christmas:    1 block

Stitcheries + making cushion covers:  I made the two patriotic ones for my daughters, and granddaughter Kyleigh saw my spring one, and wanted me to do one for her.  The Patriotic ones were from Kathy Schmitz's One Stitch at a Time Club from last year, the spring one was a freebie on Primitive Gatherings Blog.

So my total for June was 33 blocks. 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

HQAL, Slow Sunday Stitching

Another 3 weeks has flown by, and time again to check in again for the Hand Quilt Along.   Three weeks ago I showed this stitchery half-finished.    I did finish it up.

I also finished another one for my son-in-law.  I wrapped his BD gift card in it.

I also got this stitched up, and plan to make it into a cushion cover for my daughter, and plan to do another one for the other daughter too.  I started making them a different cushion cover for the different seasons.

Since the last Hand Quilt Along I also finished my project for the Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop.  My day was here.   

Father's Day last week was a great day, our daughters SIL, and grandchildren all came over to visit with John.    We loved seeing them, and it was a great day!

Be sure and visit the other Hand Quilt Along links below, and see some great inspiration.

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.

 I will also be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.   What I will be working on this week is  the new block from Cassandra's Circle, the BOM from Barbara Brackman @ Civil War Quilts.    I got everything prepped and ready to go.  I also plan to work on another patriotic boy stitchery. 

Be sure and check out what other's have linked up over at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Sunday is my favorite day to visit and check out all the inspiration.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!    

What I've Been Up To

I've been trying to finish up a number of items this week.  The second quarter of the 2020 Finish-A:Long is coming to an end, and I've been trying to finish up items on my list, and also a few that aren't.

Last year in the Facebook Group Quilts by Cheri Friendship Group we had a stitch along, and I stitched this piece.  I decided to make it into a patriotic cushion. 

This week, I also stitched up this piece.  I plan to make it into a cushion cover for one daughter, and plan to stitch another one for the other daughter.   I've been making them a different cover for each season.   This was one of the stitcheries last year on the Kathy Schmitz One Stitch at a Time embroidery group. 

This week I also got caught up on the Joy McDonald Scrappy Mystery @ Days Filled with Joy  I still need to sew my blocks together. 

I also caught up on the latest Pieces From the Past block from Melva Loves Scraps,  This block is called Friendship Quilt.  When this one is eventually finished in 2021, it will be grandson Jaeger's graduation quilt.  The blocks in this quilt were all originally published in the Kansas City Star, and Melva got permission from C&T Publishing for her to scan and share them with us.

Also this week, I got this month's Ella Maria Deacon blocks done, offered through Sentimental Stitches.  

This block gave me fits.  The first one I made wouldn't lie flat.  It looked more like a hat.  I pressed the seams open, but it was just too curved.  Thankfully the second one worked out better. 

These are all 4 blocks for this month.

That's it for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop. My Day

Welcome to the first day of the Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop, which happens also to be my day.  And thanks so much to the fabulous Carla @ Stitchin in the Sticks for organizing this.  I have the whole schedule listed below.  Be sure and visit the others that are on for today too. 

Right around the time that this blog hop was announced, Susie Wright @fixer_of_old_old_quilts whom I follow on Instagram announced a #sunflowersewalong.  The original 1863 inspiration block came from the collection of Cathy Erickson @quiltingcat2, who kindly gave us her permission to copy this.  Susie drafted the block to fit an 18" block.  I decided this would be the perfect project for the Stitching Sunshine blog hop.

I decided I would make this a 4 block quilt.  This is all needle-turned applique.  The blocks are  done mostly with Civil War Reproduction fabrics. 

I then had to decide what kind of border I wanted to do.  I finally decided on one I had seen in Barbara Brackman's book, Quilts From the Civil War, a dog-toothed applique border.

This is the finished top, being held by my grandson Jaeger.  

Thanks for stopping by and hope I have brought a little sunshine to your life today!