Sunday, February 05, 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

Last Sunday ended up with no slow stitching being done at all, but an adventure instead.  Daughter Kristen called around lunchtime and asked if she could borrow my car, or have me drive up to Lake Tahoe.  Grandson Keaton had been snowboarding with his buddies for the first time and ended up falling and breaking his collarbone.  She didn't have a 4-wheel drive,  so I drove us up to Lake Tahoe.  We left about 11:30 a.m. or so.  I have never driven in snow but my car did just fine.  There were multiple stops to make sure you had chains or 4-wheel drive, and parts of the trip were 30 miles an hour.  We stopped for lunch before we headed back home. 


He was supposed to have an orthopedic consult on Friday.  Apparently he is just supposed to wear the sling, and it should heal fine.   On getting back on the freeway, traffic was at a halt for about 45 minutes or so.  We would move 2 inches up every couple of minutes.  Eventually a couple of police headed down the road and traffic picked up.  We ended up getting home about 7:45 p.m.

Otherwise this week besides Monday choir practice was relatively free of social activities.  I have worked on things this week which I can't show yet.

I worked on my quilt guild challenge which I need to have done by the February meeting on the 15th.  The challenge was to make something that makes your heart sing.   What makes my heart sing is the ocean, mermaids, whales, anything to do with the ocean.  Several years ago my hearing aid practitioner's husband drew me a mermaid.  I have been wanting to do a collage quilt, so I have worked this week on putting this project together.   I have everything fused down, and it is ready to quilt now.  The tail doesn't show up right now, I am going to have to do a lot of thread painting on the tail to get it to show up better.

I have also been doing some machine embroidery.   My grandson Jaeger got me a sweatshirt for Christmas, and I decided I wanted to have an embroidered mermaid on it.  I used dissolvable stabilizer on this one.  I still need to attach it to the sweatshirt.  The color of the sweatshirt is mint green not gray.  

While the embroidery machine is working, I ended up cutting out a graduation quilt for granddaughter Kyleigh's boyfriend.    This will also be my project for the Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop coming up in March.  I ended up doing this, which I ended up taking out.  

What I will be working on for Slow Sunday Stitching this week, are hand-quilting the sunflower quilt, and also this redwork.  It is a Birdbrain Designs Pattern.  

I'll be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.    Head on over and check out what everyone is working on.  

There are some blog hops coming up that I am involved in.  

Sew It-Show It:  Sweet On You hosted by Moosestash Quilting.  My day is February 20th.

Dust Off a Quilt Book hosted by Beaquilter.  My day is March 10th.  

Sew It-Show It:  Little Green Apples, hosted by Just Let Me Quilt.  My day is March 21st.  


  1. Anonymous11:01 AM

    I’m sorry your grandson has been in the wars but hopefully he is on the mend! You always have lovely projects on the go! Sarah quilting by the sea

  2. Anonymous11:08 AM

    Glad Keaton is going to be fine. Grandma to the rescue! You have lots of irons in the fire! Gail at the Cozy Quilter

  3. So glad to hear Keaton is doing okay! Your projects are so fun to see as always, Karrin. The mermaids are just beautiful! What a fun way to personalize your sweatshirt. Enjoy your stitching today that's a sweet little design!

  4. A bit scary driving in all that snow if you haven't driven in it before. That was quite an adventure for you and your daughter, and grandson. Good news that Keaton doesn't require surgery. Your mermaid collage is going to be beautiful and cute little mermaid embroidery on your sweatshirt. Fingers crossed this week is drama-free for you, Karrin. =)

  5. That sounds like a scary journey, I hope that your grandson heals well at least he has a lovely smile on his face. You are so talented your mermaid quilt is beautiful as is your mermaid embroidery. The red work is so cute. Have a great week 🙂

  6. Such lovely projects you are working on. Your sweatshirt looks awesome.

  7. What a long slow day you had colle going your grandson after his injury I do hope it heals well. You have some great stit hing going on.

  8. I am so sorry that Keaton was hurt, but I am glad he is on the mend. All of those projects look so pretty. I like the mermaids.

  9. grandma to the rescue! a good reason to not spend the day sewing

  10. Anonymous6:51 PM

    You have so many fabulous projects in the works and luckily Keaton is safe and on the mend.

  11. So good that your grandson Keaton is doing so well - how scary! Glad you made it fine, if not in a short time. ;) Love your mermaid sweatshirt.

  12. Glad you were able to help our your daughter and grandson. Broken anything is no fun...but a sling is not so bad. I love your mermaids. I hope to show an embroidery piece soon, just got to figure out if I want to do the full borders...which are pretty but will take at least 2 or 3 days of embroidery.

  13. Kathi Clower11:23 AM

    Glad your grandson is ok after the skiing accident… nice to live near Lake Tahoe too! Glad your car has 4 wheel drive or you woulda missed out on the adventure! You are looking great in the pic of you and Keaton :)
    I love your mermaid for the guild challenge!
    Have a great week! Kathi

  14. Oh my! I hope Keaton is doing well! A broken collarbone sounds very painful!
    I love your mermaid quilt! Certainly reminiscent of the ocean!
    The mermaid on the sweatshirt is so pretty!
    Love your red work project. Red work is on my bucket list.
    Happy stitching!

  15. That drawing makes a beautiful mermaid! I look forward to seeing the tail stitched out. The embroidered one for your sweatshirt is beautiful, too, and that gnome! What fun projects those all are, so I imagine the ones you can't show are just as good or better. Like the green plaid stars.