Saturday, April 04, 2020

HQAL, Slow Sunday Stitching

It's time to check in again for the Hand Quilt Along, and Slow Sunday Stitching.  I have done a lot of slow stitching this week.   I only left the house once this week, for supplies, so I had a lot of time for stitching.

First up, I was trying to get one of my goals done for the first quarter of the 2020 Finish Along done.  I'll be posting my results for the first quarter in a few days.  But I was able to stitch another Father Christmas, and then put a few more blocks together.  There are just 3 more blocks to do, and they will go along the left side.    This was a Laurene Sinema pattern,  and back in 1998 or so, I did one block, the top right hand corner guy, and it sat lonely until last year when I started doing a block every once in awhile.  But I can see the end in sight now.  I hope to have this quilted by Christmas. 




A couple of weeks ago I got the Primitive Gatherings newsletter and there was a freebie pattern in it.  I stitched it up, and assembled it into a pillow for the season.  This was one I couldn't stop thinking about until I finished. 




What I will be working on this Sunday is April's project for the Kathy Schmitz's One Stitch at a Time Club.   I just love this bunny, and I used a variegated Valdani thread for the flowers.  I did this much just sitting watching TV tonight. 



Be sure and visit the other's in the Hand Quilt Along too.

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.  Be sure and check out those that have linked up too.  

Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate each and every comment.  Please stay safe!

Thursday, April 02, 2020

March 350 Blocks Report

I got quite a bit done this month as follows:

Ella Maria Duncan:  8 blocks.   February's blocks were included here too because I did them in March.




A private BOM I am in with some quilting friends:  19 blocks.  This is one of them.



Frolic Mystery Quilt:  22 blocks




Pieces From the Past:  A BOM that is being offered every 3 weeks @ Melva Loves Scraps.

3 blocks.



Cassandra's Circle:  2 blocks:



Sweet Land of Liberty:  10 blocks:


Buhl-Bushong:  4 blocks/flowers on this border


Stitchery:  1 block:   This was offered Free here at Bird Brain Designs.



So my total blocks for March was 80!

Thanks for stopping by!

One Monthly Goal-April




I'ts time to link up goals for One Monthly Goal for April at Elm Street Quilts.    I really appreciate this monthly motivation and can't think Patty enough for continuing to do this.

My One Monthly Goal for April is to finish my Frolic Mystery from Bonnie Hunter's Mystery from last year.  It is now available as a digital pattern.  I want to get this into at least a flimsy.

I have almost all my components made.  I still need to make the 4 corners and sashings and I can start putting it together.




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

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

What I've Been Up To

Well as of this morning, we have heat again.  We are thinking we may have to replace our heat pump, but are due to have a second opinion tomorrow.  We will see.  We have had 8 service calls since September of 2018, paying $1050 in service calls.  The heat pump is almost 10 years old.  But anyway we have heat, I can stitch in the kitchen this afternoon.

I will be working on my Frolic Mystery by Bonnie Hunter.   I have to make some more connecting pieces.  I need to make 3 more of these pieces, 4 corners and 64 sashing pieces and I can start assembling it the top.



While I waited for my heater to be fixed, and it was too cold to sew in the unheated portion of the house, I was able to hand-sew.

I did this month's Cassandra's Circle block, the free BOM by Barbara Brackman on Civil War Quilts.
I was able to applique this one night.  I plan to use mostly blues in this one.



I did last week's block in Pieces from the Past sew along by Melva Loves Scraps.  This will eventually be grandson Jaeger's graduation quilt in 2021.  I paper pieced this, and I liked it so much, I was almost talking myself into starting a new project, with just these blocks.


At one point, I discovered I had sewn a piece on the wrong way!




Then yesterday I traced out this freebie design by Bird Brain Designs,  If you go  there on the front page is access to the freebie design.  I stitched this out in one evening.  My husband wanted to stay up and watch the Voice, so I had plenty of time!



I loved this from the first time I saw it, and my fingers were itching to do some redwork, even though I have a crack in my pointer finger from washing my hands so much!

Guess I'd better get to work- stay safe everyone, and thanks for stopping by!




Saturday, March 28, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching









I can't believe that Sunday is coming around again.  This week has flown by, for no reason in particular.  I spent 5 days this week working on the Ella Maria Deacon quilt blocks.  I finally got the star block done, by EPP it.  I was really glad to get that done!  I don't think I will use a glue stick next time.  I had a heck of a time getting the papers loose.  All except the broderie perse one were done by hand.






While I stayed in this week, and didn't have the shopping hassles, we had other issues.  I was finally able to get 2 weeks of my lupus medication.  Apparently this is one of the ones they are trying on Coronavirus patients so my supply has been limited from my standard 3 month supply to 2 weeks.

Thursday night my heat pump went off again.  I woke up at 3 am on Friday with a migraine, and was cold and noticed it was off again.  The repairman came out promptly and replaced the fuse again, about the 5th time in two months.  It is a low voltage fuse apparently.    So we had heat for most of the day yesterday.  But I had the migraine all day, so wasn't able to sew.  

Then this morning, woke up at 3 am again and it was off again.  I talked to my husband and we are going to get an electrician out here on Monday or so and see if he can figure out why this keeps blowing fuses.  There is obviously a problem.  That last fuse didn't even last 24 hours.  So Saturday I was not able to sew on my machine either, we are heating the room with a space heater my husband stays in and the rest of the house is cold, too cold for my arthritis to handle.  

We did get a visit from our younger daughter this afternoon.  She has been working from home and trying to get her children 9 and 6 to do their assignments.  Next week is Spring Break so she won't have to worry about it.  But she praised me on being able to work from home (I was a medical transcriptionist for 35 years) when her and her sister were young!

So for my Slow Sunday Stitching, I will be working on my Father Christmas.   The last two days, with my migraine, and today I read all day, I haven't gotten much to show.   


I got the big tree stitched down, now I can start working on Santa.  I will be linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.  Head on over and see what everyone is working on.  

Thanks so much for stopping by, and Stay Safe!  




Thursday, March 26, 2020

The New Normal, Ella Maria Deacon Quilt,

Last night I received a call from Kaiser Pharmacy, a computer call.   As I had ordered 2 of my prescriptions for home delivery, I was expecting them to say they had been shipped.  The call directed me to call another Kaiser pharmacy number, where your orders had been held up.  I called, and was on hold for 45 minutes.  As I am out, and almost out of these two meds, I stayed on the line.  After speaking with the pharmacist, he said one of my medications, hydroxychloroquine was in short supply, and they were only filling it for two diagnoses.  He asked what I was receiving it for, I told him lupus, and he said that was one of the approved diagnoses, the other being the coronavirus.  He explained instead of receiving a 3 month supply, I could only get 2 weeks at a time, so I asked him to go ahead and put it through for refill and I would pick it up.

So this morning, I made my way up to the pharmacy.  I have to said Kaiser is taking very strict precautions.  People were stopped at the door and asked if they had any symptoms.  If not, they got a sticker that said they were thriving, and you got in the door.  I went to the pharmacy, and all the sofas in there were marked every other one "DO NOT SIT", keeping a 6' distance from others.  Then when you get up in line to speak to a counter person, they have tape on the floor so you can't step over the tape to talk to them.  Anyway, thankfully, after all of that I was able to get my 2 weeks of medication!

The past week I have been working on the Ella Maria Deacon blocks for March.  The star gave me a fit.  This is the third version, which was EPP'd.



These are the blocks for January, February and March, which was my goal #2 on my 2020 Finish Along, Quarter 1.  



I've been busy working on my Frolic Mystery quilt too.  That is one of my goals I am trying to finish up before the end of the month. 

With this social distancing, I haven't seen my grandchildren for at least three weeks.  My daughter sent me a picture of granddaughter Klara wearing a hat I crocheted for her several years ago. 




Bird Brain Designs who has lovely embroidery designs, sent this free stitchery the other day, Stitcher Strong-Love to Stitch-Love to Quilt.   I love her designs, and have done quite a few of them.  The link is below.  You might want to sign up for her newsletter so you can see new designs when they come up.



https://www.birdbraindesigns.net/stitcher-strong-mini-hand-embroidery-download

Stay safe-  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching


Time to report in again at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.   I really appreciate this weekly check in and motivation in seeing others' works.

This week has been a crazy one.  Multiple appointments were cancelled due to the mandate for shelter in place for the whole state of California now.  I did venture out daily in the mornings for needed supplies, most of which were gone from the shelves.  I can now say I did score some TP yesterday at Target, and was finally able to find some distilled water for my husband's CPAP machine at Sprouts, after looking for almost 2 weeks for those items.

My chest freezer and refrigerator are now filled to the brim for now, so we can rest easy.  I do miss our family, children and grandchildren immensely.  Granddaughter Kyleigh on her way home with her Dad as of Sunday driving cross-country from Boston.  They will drop off her roommate in Arizona along the way.

So what little sewing time I did this week, I finished up the Buhl-Bushong quilt border assignment for March.


Those blue flowers I ended up changing the fabric below.  I didn't think it offered enough contrast against the green, so I took it out and substituted the above fabric.



This week, I have been working on the Ella Maria Deacon quilt blocks too.  There were 2 applique, 1 broderie perse, which I have all prepped, and I will be slow stitching on Sunday. 

The fourth block was a lone star type pieced block.  I spent 4 afternoons working on this one.

The first one came out like this, almost looks like a cap.  I was really trying to force it to go together.

There is no way this one is going to lay down at all.  I didn't even bother putting three of the corners on.  This took me 2 afternoons to do this much.  I had a hard time figuring out where those parallelograms were supposed to match up.  I kept being off one way or the other.  I took some of those seams out 2-3 times.



Then yesterday I got this far before figuring this wasn't going to work either.  It was like a sliver was missing.



So today I read on Facebook someone from the group had theirs done, and had a hard time too, and did EPP.  So I decided that was what I would do.    I have never done EPP before and it was relaxing to me.  This is the first section.  I still need to prep the other 3 sections so I can do the hand work on these too.    But I think this will be better.  I did figure out when I made the templates to which we were to add the seam allowance, it was larger than it should have been.  That was probably what caused all my difficulties.  



And if I don't have enough to do above, I still have my Father Christmas block waiting to be put together!




I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and see what everyone has been doing. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching

Hard to believe another 3 weeks has flown by, and time to check in for the Hand Quilt Along, and also Slow Sunday Stitching.

Earlier this week I did a pretty extensive shopping expedition, but never found toilet paper.  Still can't find toilet paper.  I still have 5 rolls, but I was going to at least buy another package!  Then we found out yesterday our grandchildren are out of school until the 13th of April.  I was scheduled to watch the two youngest for at least 5 days during that time, but now our daughters have decided not to put my husband at risk, especially due to his asthma.  So my older grandsons are going to watch the two youngest.  I will miss seeing everybody for sure!  I also cancelled my husband's appointment on Monday, and rescheduled to the end of April.  

What I have been working on for slow stitching this week is my Buhl-Bushong assignment for March.  I have two of the flowers done, and have two more to go.  This is where I am now.



Next up, I prepared the next Father Christmas block.  My goal is to have this one done this month.  It was one of my 2020 Finish-Along goals.



The links for the other's in this Hand Quilt along are 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.

I will also be linking  up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Be sure and head over there to check out those links too.  

I really appreciate both of these weekly, or every three week motivations!  Thanks to both Kathys!