Tuesday, March 30, 2021

One Monthly Goal, March


My One Monthly Goal for March, as stated on this post was to make a project for the Salt and Sand Blog Hop, which happened last week.  My day was here.  I hadn't started anything yet.  In fact my first thought was to make a collage mermaid, but I am still gathering supplies.  

My plan B was to cut a bunch of 30's fabrics showing little children at the beach with my Accuquilt tumbler die, I also used some of the nautical applique dies I have.  

This is the finished quilt.  I also quilted some little waves on the top and bottom.  

I will be linking up to Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.  Many thanks to Patty for her continued motivation, it really helps me keep on track.    I had gotten the quilt top made for the blog hop but it wasn't quilted.  All of a sudden on Sunday I reread my blog post about what my goal was for this month, and I said I was going to have a project done, not top, so I hurriedly got this on the frame to finish it up so I would meet my One Month Goal.  

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching

Hard to believe another three weeks has flown by since reporting in for the Hand Quilt Along. The past three weeks, I have been working on two main projects. I did finish up my Ella Blocks for last month. I need to get started on my blocks for this month though.

My slow stitching the past month has continued to be working on the  #100hexies100days2021, a challenge on Instagram.   I have already made more than 100, the challenge started the first of March.  I have already gone through a package of #125 hexie templates.  Each week there is a new theme.  This week it has been party or celebrations, and has been a little challenging for me to think up holidays or parties.  These are some of the hexies for the past few weeks.  

I called these three beach party.

              I called these two Bon Voyage.

These were for last week, rainbow week.  I didn't have much rainbow fabric, but just made a different color every day.  

Be sure and check out the links below for the others participating in the Hand Quilt Along.  

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.  Head on over and check out those links too.  

The other thing I have been doing this week is stitching out motifs on my samplers for the Free Motion Quilting Academy class by HollyAnne Knight from String and Story  I started the class last Fall and got about 1/2 way through the videos and doodling designs, but never stitched on my sampler.  I am determined to graduate with the spring cohort, and graduation is the first part of May.  Your sampler has to have 30 blocks.  I now have 20 stitched out.  I need to learn the graffiti, feathers, and an additional 8 motifs.  I also need to stitch out a whole cloth piece, so I have been trying to get caught up in preparation for graduation.  These are some of the ones I have stitched out this week.  

We are trying to get some people lined up to paint our house and fix some dry rot.  I orginally contacted a few guys last week, but the painter thought more needed to replaced than just the dry rot.  So we will see how this next week goes.  

I am due to get my last Covid shot next week, so look forward to that being done.  Hope you all have a great week, and thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, March 22, 2021

Salt and Sand Blog Hop, My Day


Welcome to the second day, and my day of the Salt and Sea Blog Hop!  When Carol @Just Let Me Quilt first suggested this hop, I knew I had to join in.  The beach and ocean are my special place, I dream of visiting them again.  Many thanks to Carol for once again coming up with a wonderful hop.  The full list of participants is below, be sure and visit and see what everyone has come up with!

I had a brilliant plan to begin with that didn't come to fruition yet.  I had planned to make a collage mermaid, something I have never done before, but unfortunately I just received my materials last week.  I had a graphic artist, the husband of my hearing aid technician, draw me a beautiful mermaid some years ago, and I plan to make a collage of it, this is not something you attempt a week before the hop.  So on to Plan B.

I used some of my Christmas money to purchase some new dies for my Accuquilt cutter, and had not had a chance to use yet.    I had gotten a tumbler die, and I also purchased some nautical dies.    I used some of my 30's fabrics that have little children on the seashore, and also used some of my nautical fabric.  

I put nautical borders on.  On the bottom it says "Ahoy, my friend, come sail with me.. Let's Make believe we're at sea"

This is the whole top.  I haven't had a chance to quilt it yet.  This top will end up being one of my contributions to the Hands 2 Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2021 organized by Sarah @Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

My daughter came over on when I was working on this top and told me my granddaughter would love one like this for her baby doll Beatrice.  I had some leftover tumblers cut out, so I will sew Beatrice a quilt for Easter!

Be sure and visit the others participating in this hop, and thanks again Carol for another wonderful hop!  

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 Most of my slow stitching this week has been working on my hexies at night for the #100hexies100days2021 being hosted by @sewfoxymama on Instagram.  This week the theme was  rainbows.  I only had 1 tiny piece of rainbow fabric, so each night I am working on a different color.  Next week the theme is party or celebration, I have no clue what I am going to do then.  

So for my Slow Sunday Stitching I will be working on more hexies.  I plan to link up to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and see what everyone has been up to! 

It's been another busy week otherwise.   I have been trying to get 2 hours done on my free motion quilting each day, sewing on my sampler, which is part of the requirement for the Free Motion Quilting Academy graduation by HollyAnne Knight @String and Story.  There are 30 motifs, 30 squares in my sampler, and I need to stitch each motif on one of the squares.  I have 8 done so far.  This semester will be graduating the first part of May, so I am trying to get motifs stitched out.  Some I am a bit better at than others, none are perfect.

I was stitching the other day, and and was almost finished with this continuous curves block, and I ran out of bobbin thread here.  

Here are samples of some of my work.  

I made us a pineapple upside down cake this week.  It has been yummy!  

My grandson Jaeger is graduating this year, and my daughter posted his picture.  Hard to believe it is time for this already, the years pass so fast!

As a reminder, the Salt and Sand blog Hop, hosted by Carol @Just Let me Quilt starts next week.  The list of participants is below.  Can't wait to see everyone's creations.  My day is on Tuesday the 23rd.  

March 22
Creatin' in the Sticks
Selina Quilts
That Fabric Feeling
Days Filled With Joy
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Karen's Korner
Homespun Hannah's Blog
Crafts and Math
March 23
Life in the Scrapatch
Food for Thought
For The Love Of Geese
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
Karrin’s Crazy World
Sew Many Yarns
Kathy's Kwilts and More
March 24
Ms P Designs USA
DayBrook Designs
Vroomans Quilts
Kathleen McMusing
Quilt Schmilt
The Darling Dogwood
Daughters of Dorinda
Annie’s Musings
March 25
Stitchin At Home
The Joyful Quilter
Freckled Fox Quiltery
Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales
Words & Stitches
March 26
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilting Gail
Samelia's Mum
Quilt Fabrication
Little Penguin Quilts
Just Sew Quilter

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

Another week has flown by.  I have done quite a  bit of hand stitching.  I got my Ella Maria Deacon blocks done for February, so I am all caught up till the new blocks come out on Monday.

I'm participating in the #100hexiesin100 days challenge on Instagram with @sewfoxyma.  Each week is a different theme, and this week was things we treasure, or collections.  I have a large collection of nautical/lighthouse, sailboat fabric, so that was my theme this week.  Next week is rainbow.  I only have 1 rainbow fabric so don't know what I will do next week.  

For my Slow Sunday Stitching this week, I will be working on more of the nautical hexies.  I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  

A new Hands All Around:  Alcott block came out this week.  I had made block one in a 12 inch size, and block two in the eight inch size.  When block 3 came out, I decided to make both sizes in all blocks.

The last thing I have done this week was make a new cushion for John's chair.  We had 1-1/2 cushions sitting on his chair.  These are cushions that have 2 pieces of foam around a gel pack thing, and sheepskin top.  He is a big guy, but doesn't have much of a bottom, and he is constantly shifting around so it doesn't hurt.   We had one of those Roho cushions but that tends to start going flat.  I found I had a piece of sheepskin upstairs from one of my daughter's twin beds when they were teenagers, so I cut that up.  My sister had given me some nautical decorator fabric, so used that for the bottom.  I even put in a zipper!



We have  had a good week.  I needed my car smogged.  My SIL owns a used car lot right next to a smog place, and I had asked him if he could take my car to work with him one day and have it smogged.  He sent our grandson over the next day to pick up my car and get it smogged, and brought it back.  I asked my SIL what I owed him, and asked that I make some  chicken enchiladas, so I did, plus I gave him some French Dip sandwich material which they had tonight.  He was in 7th heaven for both!  

Also this week John and I had our first shots done.  

Don't know if John will be going to get the second shot done.  He is saying right now "no".  He is basically home-bound.  We got him into the car, which is a big deal.  I had thought the vaccine center was drive-through, but it wasn't.  Had to get him into the wheelchair, and get him inside.  Luckily they were fairly quick.  That's when he started saying he wasn't coming back for the second one.  The doctor came over to talk to him and stated they would make the appointment anyway, the one shot was 80% effective.  He also stated I could drive him up next time, come in and tell someone and they would come out to the car and they would give us the shots there.  We'll see if I can talk him into it in the next three weeks or not.  Once he has made his mind up, he doesn't usually change though.  

The only thing I haven't gotten to this week, which I need to start working on, is my free motion quilting sampler.  I signed up for HollyAnne Knight's Free Motion Quilting Academy last fall, and I had to drop out of my classes because of John's problems.  The new semester started in February, and I still haven't been working on it.  I would really like to graduate in May with the Spring group, but I need to start doing my different motifs on my sampler quilt.   I need to set aside time each day to do this.  Days seem to get away from me.  Like the day we got shots I had gone grocery shopping in the morning, so that day was gone.  My evenings are usually for hand work and spending with John.  Just need to get better organized.  

We had a nice visit with both daughters today and 3/5 grandchildren, so a good day all around!  I watched the two youngest while Katie went to the hairdresser, and then she bought us a nice Mexican lunch back.  Then later on Kristen and Keaton came over and visited for several hours.  I provided them with the Unstuffed Cabbage Soup with Meatball Soup by Paula Dean.    I sent Kristen and Keaton home with our leftovers which was quite a bit.   My chest freezer is full to the brim, so I have been sending my girls home with the leftovers I don't want to be eating all week!  

Thanks for stopping by!