Saturday, May 23, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

This week has whipped by at lightening speed, but not my projects.  I got my SS check so went grocery shopping.  John and I both had dental hygiene appointments, John's a little eventful, as he slipped out down in his wheelchair as I was pushing him over the cobblestone-like sidewalk into the dental office.  We had to have firemen come and put him back in his chair.  He wasn't hurt, and he wanted to proceed with his x-rays and appointment.  Needless to say, after that event, I didn't feel like sewing.    I have 3 more Hands 2 Help quilts to quilt, but luckily baby sized, as my Juki machine I use on my quilting frame has a problem, the hand wheel is somewhat frozen.  I need to take it in to be looked at, as I have only had it not even 5 months, and it is still under warranty. 

I did get my One Stitch at a Time project by Kathy Schmitz done.  


I've been working on the Crazy Quilt boho purse front for a graduation present for my granddaughter's good friend.  This is my One Monthly Goal for this month, and I will be sliding in under the wire if I can pull this off.   It is an under the sea theme.  The mermaid and seaweed were laces my friend Nicki dyed.  Her shop on Etsy is called Raviolee Dreams.  I cut off the tail that came with the mermaid and used that fan-shaped piece of lace my friend Cathy's Crazy by Design sent me for this project.  I embellished over the mermaid body and added hair.


I still have a lot more to do on the left hand side.  I intend to have more stitching, seaweed, fishes, and some pearls tumbling out of that clamshell, which is just lying there right now, not stitched down yet.    

So for my Slow Sunday Stitching this week, I will be working on the crazy quilting above, plus I have binding to sew down on this Hands2Help quilt for Mercyful Quilts.  



My granddaughter Klara is spending time with her other grandmother this week in Arizona this week, and lost her first tooth!


I'll be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.   Head on over there and check out what other's have been stitching!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

HQAL, Slow Sunday Stitching

The past 3 weeks has not found me working on the Buhl-Bushong quilt at all.    I have been quite busy with comfort quilts for the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge coordinated by Confessions of a Fabric Addict.   

In the evenings I have been working on my project for the Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop hosted by Carla @ Creatin in the Sticks.   I can't share that project right now.  My day is June 22nd.  Hopefully I will have my project done by then.  Not sure if I will have time to quilt it, but I will at least have the top done.

What I can show is my Kathy Schmitz One Stitch Club embroidery for the month of May.  I really didn't like that shade of variegated red I used to outline the heart, but decided not to pick it out.  I'm using another shade of red for the letters.  I think it will be all right.



The other project I will be working on by hand for the next few weeks is the Boho Bag I'm making for a friend of granddaughter Kyleigh who is graduating.  

I haven't started it yet, and I need to get a move on because it is my One Monthly Goal!

I did get fabrics out and on my cutting table.



Also my friend Cathy Kizerian of Cathy's Crazy by Design kindly send me a care package of crazy quilting fabrics and trims after I explained I didn't have much purple in my CQ fabrics and trims.  I actually met Cathy many years ago on a Crazy Quilting list and we were in many round robins together.  


So this will keep me busy for while.  I wanted to share a bit of my world.  My hydrangeas are about ready to spring into color.  They will be pink when they turn.  I have never had this many blossoms on the two bushes!  Maybe tomorrow they will turn!  Of course I had to mow the lawn and weed the garden by the foxgloves before I took my picture.  



The Hand Quilt Along links are below.   Welcome to Sherrie for joining our group.  Head on over and see what everyone has been up to!

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 at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head over there too for more eye candy!  

I really appreciate both of these groups for the weekly and every three week motivation!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hands 2 Help Update

Time for an update on the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge, coordinated by the fabulous Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


I had already shown the 3 completed I will be sending to Little Lambs Foundation.




I got another pictures of the one going to Mercyful Quilts outside today.  I still need to quilt this one.


This week my granddaughter Kyleigh and I sewed on comfort quilts and she  made her first top.  She did a really good job.  I spent the previous day and a half cutting up scraps in a bag I had with novelty prints in it.  I'm still not through that one but it has sort of made a dent.  I just cut 6.5 inch squares as her first quilt project.   I made one at the same time along with her.  Kyleigh's had the purple trim.






These two will be going to the Quilts for the Cure .  Still need to quilt these two.



While cutting up scraps,  I cut up numerous scraps of frog fabric, and decided to do one just with frogs.  These fabrics go back to the late 90's when I was making items for daughter Katie who loves frogs.


These two will go to Happy Hugs for Happy Chemo.  The folk art one was from leftover folk art swap years ago.




So I have 5 quilts to quilt in the next few weeks, making a total of 8 quilts.  I did 7 last year and I really wanted to beat my record. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I will be linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict when the link comes up. 

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching, What I've Been Up To

Happy Mother's Day



Wishing any mothers out there a blessed day!  I look forward to seeing my daughters and grandchildren in the driveway tomorrow.  My oldest daughter Kristen and granddaughter Kyleigh came over Saturday afternoon with some yummy cupcakes and a beautiful foxglove plant, one of my favorites!  They plan to bring the boys over tomorrow.



Most of my week has been spent trying to get another H2H comfort quilt done, this one for Mercyful Quilts here in Sacramento.  This one consisted of a bunch of swap blocks I had leftover.  I used the Star Kissed QuiltAlong from Wedding Dress Blue to make the center block.  That link should provide all the steps.  I really liked this block and will probably do many more.  This quilt has many sized blocks and it took some doing to get it together.  Then after I got the  main quilt done I realized that I had put two vertical rows on wrong.  So I ended up unstitching those yesterday and finally was able to assemble it properly, and add the borders.  I would like to make 1 more quilt top before I quilt these three tops.  



My cutting table is a mess.  I have left stuff on there, as I want to cut these scraps up and sort them out in my Scrapsaver's system.   I might just stuff them in a bag again.  Or might wait until I finish the next quilt.  Right now I am too tired to think about it.


So what I will be working on for Slow Sunday Stitching this week is something I can't really show right now, but it is my yellow project for the Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop hosted by Carla @ Creatin in the Sticks in June. Here is a tidbit.

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I also have Kathy Schmitz's design from the One Stitch At a Time for May traced out to work on.  I haven't start yet.  I love this one!  



I'll be linking up for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.  Head on over and see what everyone has been up to!   One of my favorite things to do on Sunday!

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop



A new blog hop is coming up June 22-25th, hosted by Carla @ Creatin In the Sticks.  It is celebrating sunshine and the color yellow.  If you might be interested in joining contact Carla at the link above.  I'm already working on my project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

350 Blocks, April Report

The goal for this month was 30 blocks.  Here is how I did. 

Frolic Mystery Quilt:  8 blocks  I actually finished the top.


Hands 2 Help Comfort Quilt Drive:   34 blocks/3 baby quilts.


Cassandra's Circle:  1 block



Ella Maria Deacon:  4 blocks


Pieces from the Past:  2 blocks



Private BOM being done with friends:  2 blocks



Buhl-Bushong:  8 blocks    I counted each flower group as a block,  hand appliqued.  There were 4 flowers and 4 of the center blocks.



Stitchery by Kathy Schmitz :  1 block



So my total was 58 blocks.  I will be reporting my total to Prairie Moon Quilts.  

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching


Time to report in again for Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy's Quilts.  My favorite day of the week to visit blogs and find out what everyone has been up to. 

I have been quite busy, working on Hands2Help comfort quilts during the day.  At night this week I worked on my Ella Maria Deacon blocks.  Not sure I am happy with the broderie perse, I might redo that one.  Still deciding.


Today I prepped the block for Cassandra's Circle.  This one should be pretty easy to do.



Next up, I am prepping a new applique project (like I really needed another), I came across on Instagram.  It is a Sunflower Sew Along, @fixer_of_old_quilts.  The original block was from a quilt dated 1863 in the collection of Cathy Erickson @quiltingcat2, which is being used with her permission.  If you might be interested, check out the post @fixer_of_old_quilts.   I might do 4 blocks instead of 1.  

A few pictures of blooms in my yard.  I still need to do some weeding, but the flowers are pretty.  The foxgloves apparently reseeded themselves because I have more coming up along the fence.  


And the irises are blooming.  


Hope everyone is staying safe and is well!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

I will be linking up at Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy's Quilts.    Pop on over there and see what everyone has been up to.  

One Monthly Goal




Time to state your goal for May for One Monthly Goal @ Elm Street Quilts.   I continue to appreciate this method of keeping myself on goal, and many thanks go to Patty for all she does to keep this going,  getting sponsors and sending out prizes.  I  was informed this morning I won one of the prizes for an Aurifil thread pack from last month!  Thanks so much Patty! 

My One Monthly Goal for May is to make a boho purse for one of my granddaughter Kyleigh's friends who is graduating this year.  I have known Isabella since she was a toddler, and Kyleigh is 2 years older.  I made her sister Madilyn a quilt, but Isabella expressed an interest in a boho purse.  She requested an ocean theme,  in purples.    This will be a crazy quilted bag with extensive embroidery. 

I haven't even gone through my stash, but I have a feeling I don't have much purple or lavender.  I have made about 7 of these bags and they are time consuming, and it will really be a challenge to start from scratch.

These are two of mine I have made in the past.  Ocean theme is a favorite of mine so that shouldn't be a problem.   I know I'm going to need to search for the trims online, as I have none in purple. 





So that is my One Monthly Goal, to make and finish a boho bag!    Linking up with
One Monthly Goal @ Elm Street Quilts.

Hands 2 Help Comfort Quilt Challenge





I've finished a couple of the quilts I am going to donate for the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge coordinated by Sarah @Confessions of a Fabric Addict.     I have the first 3 quilted.  These are going to the Little Lambs Foundation, who provide a backpack with comfort and hygiene items for children being placed in foster care.   They asked for baby sized quilts.





These were all made from scraps from granddaughter Kyleigh's graduation quilt which used a Laurel Burch line called Jungle Songs.  Believe it or not, I still have scraps left!  That oddball first one, uses blocks leftover from Kyleigh's quilt too.



I moved on and have another top made, this is from a long ago (1997-1998) Folk Art block swap coordinated by Susan Nixon @ Desertsky Quilting!     I used 12 of those blocks, and then surrounded them by Maverick Stars,  one of Bonnie Hunter's free patterns which I was making as leader-enders.  I had just enough to border this one.  This quilt will go to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo for patients undergoing chemotherapy.



I have more orphan blocks, and swap blocks I hope to get made into quilts before this drive is over.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching

I don't know where this year is going, nevertheless the past 3 weeks.  Time to check in again for the Hand Quilt Along.  

This past week I worked on finishing up the border on my Buhl Bushong Quilt.   This did finish off the fourth border.







I started working again on the centers of the quilt.  I got one of these blocks done this week.  This one I still need to applique the blossoms around the edges.  This will be my Slow Stitching for Sunday.


I will also be working on this towel, the embroidery from Stitcher's Revolution .   




I also wanted to share one of my pretty indoor orchids.  It never fails to bring a smile to my face. There is a begonia beneath it.  I think I need to stake that one up better, it is leaning a lot, but the blossoms are so gorgeous!





Please visit the links below and see what everyone is up to.  I'd also like to welcome Monica 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.


I will also be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching, another great source of inspiration.  Head over there and see what everyone has been up to over there!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and Stay Safe!