Saturday, November 16, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching

It's time to check in again for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.  I have gotten quite a bit of slow stitching done this week, even though I had a migraine 2 days, and have had company in the form of my brother-in-law coming to visit for 2 weeks here since early Friday morning.  We spent the afternoon today with me stitching, while he did cross stitch and watched football while DH napped.  Today was also our 44th wedding anniversary!  This was  a picture of us shortly after we got married in 1975.  I was actually 25 but looked a lot younger.  When DH first met me in 1972, I was 22 and he thought I was jail bait and wouldn't talk to me.  

This week I finished the Redwork Nativity scene, I still need to finish it off.  I think I am going to keep this one, and have it with my Nativity Scene at Christmas.

I also finished an other of Jenny of Elefantz's stitcheries.  This will be for a needlebook for granddaughter Kyleigh for Christmas.  Still need to get this together too.

The next couple of days I will be working on this applique.  I am incorporating it into my One Stitch at a Time stitcheries by Kathy Schmitz I have stitched out with birds on them.  This will be a wallhanging for daughter Kristen for Christmas.  I have six stitcheries, and I am going to do this applique piece.  I found this section in a book by Barb Adams and Alma Allen called Birds of a Feather .

These are the stitcheries.  Hard to get a good picture of these.  

And this is the section I am appliquing.  There are birds on the first, third and fifth pear.

Today I also got a couple of other sewing projects done.  On the Stitch it and Gift It Blog Hop I just participated in, Nancy at Patchwork Breeze gave instructions here on how to  make a Pocket Pillow Book Tote.  My youngest granddchildren John and Klara and parents will be traveling to Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with their other grandparents this year.  So I thought this would be good for their 14-hour car ride.  

Also today I was able to make a couple of pillow covers for daughters Katie and Kristen.  When I made the covers at Halloween, I told them I would have new ones for the holiday season.  In searching through my Christmas stash I came across these two panels, so I made them up into pillow covers with envelope backs for easy changing.  

I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  I appreciate this weekly inspiration.  Pop on over and have a look at what others are working on.    Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Stitch it and Gift It Blog Hop Begins, My Day

I'm so excited for this Stitch it and Gift It Blog Hop to begin.  Big thanks go out to Carla @ Creatin in the Sticks for hosting this.  It has certainly given my gift list a jump-start.

Today is my day to share and this is what I came up with.  First off I started making soup bowl cozies.  My DH and I tend to eat dinner in front of the TV and instead of having a towel to hold a hot bowl, these  soup bowl cozies are just the thing.  There are all sorts of patterns out there, but  I used this free pattern here by Happy Hour Stitches.   I had made one for DH and I several months ago, but messed up on mine, so I also made myself another.  I made some last year for my sons-in-law, so this year I made some for my daughters, brother and sister-in-law and sister.  Plus made some for granddaughter Kyleigh and her roommate.  For these bowl cozies you should use 100% cotton batting, 100% cotton thread.  I bought some Wrap and Zap by Pellon.  

There are also instructions here at The Birch Cottage, which also gives you a sheet of instructions which I am going to include with each bowl cozy.

Next up I made Microwavable Potato Bags.   A number of years ago, I bought a kit when I was on vacation in Northern California.  It never got made.  But I got the idea to make up a bunch of these also.  The kit was made with something called Warm Tater batting by the Warm Company.  I made up the kit for myself.  Again for these you should use 100% cotton batting, 100% cotton thread.   The instructions for the Potato Zapper are here on Pellon

This was mine made from the kit.  I love the potatoes.  The lining has tiny potatoes!

I didn't have anymore of that fabric though so the others I used different fabrics.

I found instructions for the potato bags too here.  There are all sorts of places that have directions for use, but I used this one here.  It also has a different way to make the potato bag

Next up, I promised granddaughter Kyleigh I would make a new pillow cover for her pillow I had made her for Halloween.  They are all removable with envelope openings in the back.  So this is the one that should last her till spring.  

Next up, I had a couple of Christmas panels I had bought a number of years ago for my daughters.   I really liked them with the 3D effects.  Basically certain parts of the panel were duplicated like the birds on the snowman one, the snowman's hat, and the letters for the word "PEACE".  The instructions said to iron the cutouts to some fusible fleece and just glue-gun them on.  I had my doubts about this, but did it anyway.  Well the fleece started coming undone from the cutouts.  I finally attached them to the quilt with a zigzag stitch.  Really had a difficult time where the glue had touched.  I kept having to clean off my needle!  But I finished them.  These were actually on my Quarter 4 Finish-A-Long list!

The snowman panel was called "PEACE and JOY" and right next to the instructions was a large piece of fabric with Peace and Joy.  I think I will be making another pillow cover with this.

Next up, I made 2 of Jenny of Elefantz's Sew with a Merry Heart bags.  I also made one of the needle cases as a gift.  I purchased the needle case instructions from Jenny.  

The straps of the bag call for twill tape, and I have had a hard time finding it recently.  I looked in my miscellaneous bin, and found some twill-like Moda ribbon that tied together FQs, so I used that.  

This is the second bag I just finished.  

Lastly, I was recently working on this redwork piece.

I made it into a mug rug.  The half-square triangles were left over from some other project, and matched the project pretty well.  

I also found some mug rug poems here at Resliced by Jordan

Hope I have given you some inspiration for holiday gifts.  Be sure and check out the others that are posting today.  I have included the whole schedule for the hop.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop Schedule

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching

It's time again to see what I have been doing in the hand stitching department.  I have been doing a lot of hand stitching the past 3 weeks, most of which I can't share until Monday 11/11, the start of the Stitch it and Gift it Blog Hop.

I did finish this Redwork Christmas piece.  I also completed assembling it, which I will share on Monday.  This was from Robin Kingsley's  book Just Be Claus.

I'm working right now on the Nativity scene.     I just put in a Google search for free nativity coloring page.

I also made 2 more of Jenny of Elefantz's Merry Heart Sewing Bags for gifts for friends.  I love these bags, I still need to make one for myself.  

Next up I need to prepare my Buhl-Bushong border for this month, and get going on Sweet Land of Liberty. 

Be sure and check out the others participating in the Hand Quilt Along below.  Welcome Bella, Daisy and Connie to our group!

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,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi, BellaDaisy and Connie

I will also be linking up at  Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Pop over there and check out what others have been doing too!


Monday is the start of  the Stitch it and Gift It Blog Hop hosted by Carla @ Creatin in the Sticks.  My day is on Monday.  

Monday, November 11th

Tuesday, November 12th

Wednesday, November 13th

Thursday, November 14th

Friday, November 15th

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Upcoming Stitch it and Gift It Blog Hop, Virtual Cookie Exchange

There are a couple of blog hops coming up which I am involved in.


The first one is the Stitch it and Gift It Blog Hop hosted by Carla @ Creatin in the Sticks.  This is actually less than one week away now, and my day as you can see, is on Monday, November 11th.  I have been sewing like crazy items I plan to gift.

Monday, November 11th

Tuesday, November 12th

Wednesday, November 13th

Thursday, November 14th

Friday, November 15th

The Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop starts December 2nd.   This is hosted by Carol @ Just Ler Me Quilt.  My day for that one is December 6th.  I'll post a schedule for that one closer to that time when the schedule is more finalized.

Thanks for stopping by!