Sunday, March 26, 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

Last week was another busy week.  I had my usual choir practice on Monday. Tuesday morning I went to a local quilt shop and attended their wool club for the first time.   I stayed about 3 hours, and left early.   Traffic coming back from that town in the afternoon is atrocious so I wanted to beat that.  

I almost finished one of my Wooly Christmas Gnomes blocks.  These were offered late last year on Facebook by various shops.  I thought if attended these meetings once a month I might be able to finish this before Christmas, maybe next Christmas.  This is the whole quilt.

I've almost finished the first block.  This guy needs his mustache, and he is supposed to be stringing some lights.  I didn't have the proper thread at the shop to do that.

And I started on the second block.

Tuesday evening was Begonia meeting which is always fun, but makes for a late night.  

Wednesday was quilt guild community service workday at my house, which meant I had to clean up my usual work area of the kitchen and dining room on Monday as Tuesday was chock full of activities.  We usually have about 6-7 people attend, but there were only four of us this week.  We did get quite a bit done anyway.  What we do is cut batting for the quilt tops and backs people have donated, and also cut out the binding.  We will pin baste these at the first of the month, unless they are going to a longarmer.   We had no longarm quilts prepared so we worked on a bunch of those.  

Wednesday was also my day on the Green Apples Blog Hop hosted by Carol @Just Let Me Quilt.  I finished up probably one of my oldest UFO's (unfinished objects).  Once quilted it will be a BD gift for my SIL Jeff.  I remembered this as being really intimidating 20+ years ago, but I was able to finish a lap-sized quilt.  

This week I finished up my little Valentine stitchery.  I was trying to make it the same size as the one I did last year, because I wanted to hang it on this hanger.   But it is slightly smaller.  

Several years ago I made a spring cushion.  When daughter Kristen was over last week she said "I don't have a spring pillow".  So I am making one for her, daughter Katie wants a wall hanging, and am making one for a friend.   This top is finished, I need to assemble the cushion now.

I have also worked on the Winter Blues wedding quilt.  This is a pattern by Bonnie Hunter.  I am actually 2 seams away from the main top being done.  I had hoped to have the whole thing to show, but as I was pinning the sashing on one of the seams, I must have cut one of the pieces slight bigger, so I need to take out two short seams and then I can sew the sashing on both sides of the quilt.  This is one half done.  Next will be the braided border.

It continued to rain throughout the week last.  The reservoirs are the best they have been in years.  I have heard we are going to be off drought restrictions.  More rain is expected next week.

I have these peonies coming up.

As I was pressing Winter Blues Saturday afternoon, I looked out the French Doors onto the patio and saw this lizard enjoying the sunshine on the doormat.  Next time I looked out they were to the side of the mat and had their arm propped up.  It looked like an awfully fat lizard.  I think it is pregnant and was trying to get comfortable.

This next week promises to be another busy one.  Wednesday is 5th Wednesday in the month.  On 5th Wednesdays our guild community service gets together at a local church and we bring the quilts that are ready to be quilted, or assembled, or need binding and we work for about 4-1/2 hours.  We are  also going to have a potluck.  

Right after that, I am going to head on over to the first day of Day Camp.  It will have started at 9 am, but I am going to go for 1/2 day.  Day Camp is Wednesday-Saturday.  We will have a potluck the first night, and the rest of the nights will be served lunch and dinner.

I have been rounding up projects to take with me, and getting things cut out.  One of our guild members donated a bunch of jar blocks, and I am going to put them together.  Another guild member passed away, and there are some unfinished Sunbonnet Sue blocks, all cut out and attached to freezer paper.  I will assemble those also, and then will eventually quilt both of those for community service.  I also have several of my projects I am taking with me.  

For Slow Sunday Stitching I will be working on the hand embroidery on the 2 remaining Think Spring Bunnies.  I'll be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I wonder, Karrin, do you ever have time to sleep?? =) Goodness, you always achieve so much! Your blocks for the Christmas Gnome quilt are beautiful. I love that they are in wool. Your apple core quilt looks fabulous, too. Have an enjoyable time at your day camp. It sounds like fun.

  2. You have so much energy! Amazing. Peonies don't bloom until June around here. Have a great week.

  3. Your gnome blocks are adorable. You sure have been busy. Cute little lizard.

  4. the peonies are so pretty I never have luck with them and haven't planted them in years. The wool pieces for Christmas look so nice

  5. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Several bloggers have rabbits in their projects this time of year! You make me tired just reading everything you are involved with! Gail

  6. It's always fun to see what you've been up to each week! The wooly Christmas gnomes are adorable, and I bet it was fun to go and stitch with a group like that. It looks like maybe you'll have some baby lizards running around on your patio sometime soon, lol!

  7. Anonymous11:38 AM

    Goodness you are so busy! I love those gnome blocks especially. The lizard on the door mat was really well camouflaged!

  8. Wow, Karrin, what a lot you accomplished, and have planned. I like your plan for the wooly gnomes finishes. Sometimes just setting aside time is the biggest issue. Best of luck with all your plans for the coming week.

  9. I love your peonies! Your Wooly Gnomes are so cute. Your daughter sounds like mine - when she needs some seasonal decor, I am elected. ;)

  10. My goodness, you are always so busy, going here, rushing there! But a nice kind of busy, it seems. Its wonderful that your daughter wants you to make her a Srping cushion, and you know it will be well received, just what she wanted.

  11. You are sew busy and accomplished. I love the spring bunny embroidery for the pillow gift. That fat little lizard certainly picked good camouflage for sunning herself. Thanks for sharing in Slow Sunday Stitching ... :) Pat

  12. You are so busy, and all of your activities sound really enjoyable too!