Sunday, January 22, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching -- More Vine...

I got a few more pieces of vine done on my Slow Stitching project that is in my to-go bag right now.

But a really fun thing happened while I was stitching one Thursday... I had an adorable admirer in one of the 5th grade classes.  She watched as I made some of my star blocks from my Stars Stripes & Other Things quilt.  She was amazed with the strip pieces in the Homestead Harvest quilt...and the green vines.  She likes to quilt too!  She told me how she loves to cut fabric squares with scissors using a cardboard template and then sew them together.  Be still my heart!  A little later she came back to my desk with this picture that she drew.  I LOVE IT!  I'm framing it and hanging it in my sewing room! (I blocked out her last name...just in case.)  Look how she got the detail of my denim jacket and the green vines!  Sooooo sweet!
I started this project in December, 2016.  Here's a picture of the quilt I'm making.  Should be some fun learning applique for me.
Here's the cover of the book:
Isn't the quilt on the cover spectacular?
I also had time to stitch this little basket and handle for the Pat Sloan Solstice Challenge.
AND exciting news... I FINISHED another WIP.  This started out as a Sunday Slow Stitching project that I threw in my to-go bag (modeled by my helper that is always excited to help cook dinner):

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  You can see all the other wonderful projects participants are linking here.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

RSC17 and FNSI Results

I had time to play along last night for the FNSI.  I played with my purple scraps and made a few plus blocks and just a few more hourglass blocks:

Linking up at Angela's Blog, SoScrappy, for the RSC17.  Come join the linky party here.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Candy Cane Mini -- A Friday Finish #3 for 2017

Today I finished the binding on this Candy Cane Mini.   It measures 10" x 13".  But it also counts as another one of my WIPS finished!  Yep, dust in the wind.

I did some stitch in the ditch quilting on my sewing machine.
It is being modeled by my "chef".  He's patiently waiting another 90 minutes before we can start cooking dinner.  He's such an awesome helper!
For the back I just reached into my "Christmas fabric bin".  You know everybody has one of those...

My neighbor, Karen, gave both of these little projects to me.  They are from By Thy Hands at

Linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Linking up with Joining Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

This is also one of my 2017 Q1 FAL projects. 

WIP #3 done for 2017 (out of 91...)


FNSI 1.20.17

FNSI is here.  I will be playing with my purple scraps for the RSC17 (Rainbow Scrap Challenge, 2017).  Each month we play with a different color of scrap and then link up on Saturdays at Angela's blog,

I will most likely be making plus blocks in purple.

USA, Happy Inauguration Day.  Welcome, President Donald Trump!  Let's make America great again! 

Linking up with Wendy at Sugarlane Designs.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pat Sloan Solstice Challenge Block 5

Here's block 5/25 of Pat Sloan's 182 Day Solstice Challenge.  It is called Gramma Anna's Basket.  I used to cringe when I saw something with applique.  Now that I'm part of the Slow Sunday Stitching group at Kathy's Quilts, I enjoy little projects like this to put in my to-go bag.  Here's block #5:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WIP Wednesday 1.18.17

Here's what was accomplished this week:

I still haven't started any new projects this year.  I know... I'm shocked myself!  Lorna's QA is tempting me and calling my name.  I'm holding back (for now...) even though I printed the cute stocking pattern and put it in a binder...

I finished Stars Stripes & Other Things quilt.  You can read about it here.

I completed the block for the week (4/25) for Pat Sloan's Winter Solstice QA.

Some of my sewing never gets a photo.  But it happens a lot.  Here's a picture of three things that needed repaired/hemmed/altered in some way...bottoms:

I finished all the hand stitching on my Candy Cane mini.  Now for some simple machine quilting.

After making a purple Soul Searching block that I can't show because Julianne from Quilting with Calicos and I are swapping QUILT TOPS soon! I made some plus blocks with left over 2.5" strips for the RSC17.

I finished this little top.  My neighbor gave me a kit:

On Monday I started Moving It Forward Monday --moving things forward on this project and made a building... no roof, no sides, no chimney...

But my moving it forward I just kept going on Tuesday.  You see, the building above was keeping me from putting all these blocks together.  Now about 1/3 of the quilt top is done!

2017 Finishes (listed by date)! 
1.  01.07.17  Country Roads, Humble Quilts Mystery 2015 here.
2.  01.13.17  Stars Stripes & Other Things quilt here.

2017 New Projects...

Current WIPS -- 89
WIPS Completed 2017:  2
WIPS Remaining:          89

Linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Be Social Speaking of Lorna... Holy Cow -- Her quilt along starting next week looks amazing.  Add a couple of WIPS to my list.  I'm not going to be able to pass up her beautiful FREE patterns for the sew along!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Welcome Home Sampler Fiber Tuesday with Mel

Yesterday's post might not have seemed like much.  It was just the picture of a building block.  No chimney, no sides, no roof.  I posted about it here.  I am working on The Welcome Home Sampler from the book Welcome Home by Cheryl Wall.

But look what that little block plus the roof, chimney, side, a double churn dash, and some flying geese became:

This project started out as one of my Sunday Slow Stitching projects because of the applique.  All of the applique is complete.  Now I have moved on to piecing other blocks and putting all of it together.  This is about 1/3 of the quilt.  I LOVE all the scraps and homespuns and shirtings!

I'm linking up in The Quilting Room with Mel for Fiber Tuesday.

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