Sunday, February 18, 2018

Floral Finesse - another page finished

Whew!  I thought I'd never finish this page!  Of course, I was distracted by the quilts I've been working on.

I've never been so eager to make quilts as I have since last July.  The only down side to that is my cross stitching has suffered from neglect.  The up side is I've finished 4 quilt tops (just the tops, so far) since last Summer.

Yesterday, I sat down and concentrated on finishing my current page on Floral Finesse.  I had all the cross stitching done, I just needed to finish the backstitching.  I tend to backstitch as I go, so thankfully, there wasn't much to do.

Here it is:


I finished this in the early afternoon and then switched to...a quilt top.  See!  I don't know why, but I've definitely been bitten by the quilting bug.

I have all of the individual blocks done, all 1,260 of them.  See?


I'm going to just take them out of the basket randomly.  The only thing I will check is that I don't use identical fabrics back to back.  I've heard this quilt referred to as a zipper quilt or a cobblestone quilt.

These are simply dark (black, navy, deep purple) 2" squares sewn onto light-ish 2" x 3½" bricks.  They'll all face the same way, square/brick, as I sew them into rows.  The rows will be 20 blocks wide, or 90" finished.  When I assemble the rows into the quilt, every other row will be flipped.  In other words, row 1 will start with a brick, row 2 will start with a square, row 3 will be a brick, and so on.

Here are the first 5 rows.  Each row is complete but I haven't sewn the rows together yet.  I am going to wait until all the rows are done so that I can keep identical fabrics away from each other.


I did switch back to cross stitching on God Speed (HAED) after I'd gotten this much done but I didn't take a photo.

Happy Stitching!

Stacy

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 FIU Challenge Update

Hello!

I have progress on my list!  It's not much...yet, but it is better than nothing.

  • Stitch a design for the candlescreen that I have
  • Finish hand-quilting the Bullseye Quilt
  • Finish the log cabin star wall hanging
  • Start hand-quilting my grand aunt's grandmother's flower garden quilt top
  • Clean up the nook area in my sewing room - made a start, barely
  • Finish the mystery quilt top I've started - finished 3 February
  • Clean and re-frame my hummingbirds cross stitch
  • Post all the stuff I have waiting to be listed in my Etsy shop
  • Clean up my scrapbooking area
  • Make a start on archival scanning of all my family photographs
  • Get my printed recipes put into my recipe software (Living Cookbook)
Here's a photo of the finished quilt top:


This was Bonnie Hunter's On Ringo Lake mystery.  It's the first of her mysteries that I've done.  I used her suggested colors because they were out of my comfort zone and it was a way to expand my personal horizons...so to speak.  ;-)

As a mystery quilt, this has been retired.  However, she does have the pattern available for purchase on her website (see link above).

Happy Stitching!

Stacy

Sweatshirt

I know, it's an odd title for a blog post.  However, it is what I made for hubby for Christmas.

Hubby has this old, ratty sweatshirt that he loves.  It's hideous looking though.  It used to be black but had gotten some bleach spots on it, so I washed it with the whites to really bleach it.  That made it turn orange.  Ugh!  It also has holes in several places.  Holes that I couldn't "fix".  I know because I tried.

The problem is the company that made it, hasn't made that style for years.  Hubby had scoured the internet looking for another one with no luck.

Well, hubby got me a very thoughtful gift for Christmas:  a Christmas addict's pack from HAED.  I knew before Christmas because their packaging is very distinctive:  a shiny, red, bubble-pack mailer.  I didn't open it until Christmas Eve so I didn't know precisely what was in it but I knew what it was.  I was so touched, I tried to figure out what I could do for him that would be as thoughtful.  Cue the sweatshirt.

I quilt, which means I sew, but I rarely sew clothing.  On the occasions when I do make clothes, I have a nice, orderly paper pattern that tells me what to do and when to do it.  I have never made anything using an existing piece as my template.  Now the nerves kicked in big time!

I knew I needed sweatshirt fleece and ribbing.  When I got to the cutting counter at Joann's (I forgot the ribbing!), I had no idea how many yards I needed.  I made a guess and crossed my fingers.  Apparently, I'm a good guesser because I had enough with a little to spare.

I won't bore you with the gory details on making the patterns I needed (it wasn't pretty).  I did follow this excellent tutorial.  Due to my paranoia over getting this gift right, it took me a full day to bring myself to make the first cut into the fleece.  It took awhile to make it.  I think it was 3 days.  I'm not sure because I was in such a state!

I finally finished it and in time for Christmas Eve!  When hubby opened it, I asked him if it looked familiar.  He said, "Yes." and promptly checked the collar for the tag!  I knew I had accomplished what I'd attempted when he did that!  He's worn it pretty much every time he's left the house since Christmas.  I doubt I'll ever give him a present as meaningful again...though I will try.

Here's the finished sweatshirt:


Sorry the picture isn't the best quality.  The sweatshirt has a double color and a kangaroo pocket.  If I get a chance to get a better photo, I will post it.

Happy Stitching!

Stacy

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Finish It Up Challenge



Well, this has helped me the last couple of years, so I'm going to do this again!

Here's my list for 2018:
  • Stitch a design for the candlescreen that I have
  • Finish hand-quilting the Bullseye Quilt
  • Finish the log cabin star wall hanging
  • Start hand-quilting my grand aunt's grandmother's flower garden quilt top
  • Clean up the nook area in my sewing room
  • Finish the mystery quilt top I've started (all clues haven't been posted yet)
  • Clean and re-frame my hummingbirds cross stitch
  • Post all the stuff I have waiting to be listed in my Etsy shop
  • Clean up my scrapbooking area
  • Make a start on archival scanning of all my family photographs
  • Get my printed recipes put into my recipe software (Living Cookbook)

I might "find" a few more items to put on this list but I think I'll leave it here for now.

Happy Stitching!

Stacy

2017 FIU final progress report



Ok, here is what my final FIU list for 2017 looks like:

Here's my list for 2017:
  • Put all my loose floss on bobbins
  • Stitch a design for the candlescreen that I have
  • Assemble my Happy Blocks quilt top
  • Assemble my Crumbs quilt top
  • Finish hand-quilting the Bullseye Quilt - made it just past the 50% mark
  • Finish the Log Cabin Star wallhanging - need to add borders
  • Hand-quilt at least 10 blocks on my Christmas Strings quilt
  • Finish my Through the Storm cross stitch as a free-standing block
  • Finish my green Temari ball
  • Finish 1 of my Santa kits (not cross stitch)
  • Make bookcases for my sewing room
  • Decorate wooden "S" for my sewing room

I didn't finish as much as I'd like on last year's list but at least some of it did get completed and others saw progress.  I am going to do this again for 2018 but I'll list that in a separate post.

Happy Stitching!

Stacy

Monday, November 27, 2017

Great Ornament Idea!

Here's an idea for a meaningful but non-traditional ornament:  medals!

I'm certain that you or your kids have a few medals around.  Simply take the medal off the neck ribbon (or keyring), put it on an ornament hook, and hang it on your tree!


Here's a year-round option:  buy an ornament "tree" to showcase your medals.  The ornament holders come in many shapes and sizes and don't have to be a "tree". This would work for kids or adults.  I picture it particularly on a desk or a shelf.  Something like these:



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Happy Decorating!

Stacy

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Progress Report (including Finish It Up!)

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I know, I know.  I haven't shared anything lately.  (hangs head in shame)

I have been working on "stuff" though!  First up, my progress on Little Bee Eater (retired) by Malcolm Bowling and HAED.  I really only work on this little guy when it's slow in my trophy shop and I'm too lazy to do anything else.


















This is a few hours worth of progress over the course of a week.  I'm looking forward to hopefully more progress on him soon.  He's stitched on 28ct. hand-dyed fabric, 1x1, full crosses.

Next up, I've just finished another quilt top!  That makes the 3rd top I've completed since late this Summer!  The quilt is actually sideways on my design wall.  I only have 7' ceilings in my sewing room so my wall is wider than it is tall.  Sideways was the only way the finished top would fit on the wall.


The pattern is Carolina Chain from the book Addicted to Scraps by Bonnie Hunter.  This is the first pattern in the book.



On one of my FIU projects, I have made progress!  I'm getting close to 50% finished on hand-quilting my bulls eye quilt!

Here's a close-up of some of the quilting.  In this photo, you can see the 3 different patterns I'm doing:  oak leaf stippling in the black border, a simple twist in the white border and rose stippling in the body of the quilt.


The top of the pink/green/yellow/black square on the left is the middle of the quilt.  I'm working left to right as I quilt and the borders plus the first two blocks are nearly done.

Here's a fuller picture of the quilt:


Another of my FIU projects is finally seeing the light of day:  my Log Cabin Star wallhanging.  I haven't done anything apart from digging it out and searching for the directions.  It's a quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) project which is part of the reason I haven't finished it.  I don't like this way of doing it.  It works just fine, I just don't enjoy it.  Thankfully, it is only a wallhanging.


It's made of Christmas prints.  I am going to finish this...soon.  I want to give it to my mother for Christmas (yes, Christmas of 2017).  It will have a border added to it and I'll put a hanging sleeve on it.  I'll be glad to get this one done!

Happy Stitching!

Stacy