Sunday, March 24, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching & Unstitching.

I'm working on my Linen And Threads - Mystery Sampler SAL.  This is a group that I found on Facebook.  The pattern is FREE!!!  I'm back to working on the January clue.  I wasn't quite happy with my colors and stitches for the peacock.  I spent some time ripping them out.  Luckily I didn't have that many done.

All the stitching to the right of the peacock is gone now and I'm going to work feather by feather.

It was easy to remove stitches while watching bowling.  It did, however, take longer than I expected.  I was being careful not to cut the cloth.  It was still relaxing and I enjoyed the process.  It will be worth it in the end.  We pre-bowled two weeks in one day.  Bowling season is now done.  Let the baseball begin. :)  Bring on spring.

I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, March 23, 2019

More Green Blocks

This week I played with green scraps and made some green box kite blocks.  Box Kite is a Bonnie Hunter pattern in her book Addicted to Scraps.

This week I also played with some hourglass blocks from previous RSC years and made this little 36" square quilt top.  It will be one of my H2H quilts for donation this year.  I had just enough blocks with four left over.  It must have been meant to be for the Jack's Basket charity!

Those four extra hourglass blocks have already found their place in ANOTHER 36" kitchen sink quilt for Jack's Basket!  Woohoo.  Use 'em up!

I'm linking up today at Angela's blog, So Scrappy, for the RSC19.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Hourglass Quilt for H2H

I am using my hourglass blocks to make a 36" square quilt for Jack's Basket.  This will be ONE of a few quilts that I will be donating to the H2H Quilt Drive at Confessions of a Fabric Addict this year.

Oops!  I deleted the picture I wanted to share before this post.  Oh well... You get the idea.

I sewed the little blocks I started a few years back as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) and added a bright border.  It makes an adorable 36" square quilt.  I only had four hourglass blocks left over.  It must have been meant to be for this quilt!  Hopefully I'll get some quilting time at the end of the month for spring break.

This charity is near and dear to me because our 11 year old son just happens to have Down Syndrome (DS).  Jack's Basket is given to children born with DS.  When our child was born some of the people at the hospital told us all the things he would not do.  We were devastated.  Fortunately we have proven many of them wrong!  Examples are that our son would not be able to jump or skip until later in life.  Heck, he met his milestone and could jump by age three.  He could skip by age 5.  Someone told me he would not be able to write his name with a pencil until 4th grade because he would only have the muscle tone developed to hold a pencil but wouldn't be able to press down hard enough on the paper.  We proved that theory wrong in pre-school.

When he was born doctors told us within the first week of his life that we needed to grieve the son that we thought we were having before we could celebrate the son we had.  They gave us a book that told us about several negative and the worst things to expect.  But look at us now!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching March Clue Complete!

I finished the March clue of the Linen And Threads - Mystery Sampler SAL.  This is a group that I found on Facebook.  The pattern is FREE!!!

My stitches are not perfect.  Some of them are in the wrong place.  Some of them I made a big goof design choice and put them elsewhere.  I did learn that I need to count several times and put the big things in first.  I got all happy working with the green floss and thought I was stitching in the right spot to find out it wasn't.  When I went to put the big things in they didn't fit right and I had to rip out a few stitches.  Some of them I left to show my "learning talents".

Now I'll go back and start working on the January clue.  I'm not that thrilled with my peacock feathers.  The colors just don't look right to me and some of them aren't in the right place.  I'm ripping out the feathers (not all the blue body of the bird) and starting over with what I have learned.

On a happy note, BETTY returned this week!  She has been gone for over a month -- maybe close to two months.  I think she was being fed in one of the neighbor's barns, but I'm not sure.  I'm not really a cat person, but I love having Betty around as long as she doesn't try to get into the house when we are trying to catch the school bus.  Silly Betty!

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for  Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, March 16, 2019

More Green Sand Castle Blocks

Last week I was busy cutting (Accuquilt style) fun, green scraps.  This week I made seven more Sand Castle blocks (pattern by Bonnie Hunter).  Since this is such a scrappy quilt.  It doesn't matter to me if the greens clash or not.  What a great place to use up these little bits of fabric.

I also added to my 4-patch bin by using up the little green 1.5" square leftovers.  (I keep the bin in the background handy.  It's great for leader/ender pieces.)  I have another bin of just 1.5" squares that I cut when I'm done with other scraps.  Sometimes I sort by color; sometimes I don't.

I'm linking up today at Angela's blog, So Scrappy, for the RSC19.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Orange You Glad It's Tuesday?

Puns.  I love puns!  I also love orange in quilts.  I've been working on Sand Castle blocks (a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her last book, String Frenzy.  It's time I replenish some of my 4-patches with colors I need.  Here's what I got up early and worked on before going to work:

Orange is one of my FAVORITE colors in a quilt.  After working on the 2018 Bonnie Hunter Mystery, Good Fortune, my orange scraps are getting a little sparce.  Hopefully I'll hit a garage sale jackpot this summer and replenish them. :)  Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Temperature QA 2019

I've been keeping up with my Temperature Quilt Along for 2019.  Seriously, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with those blank spots at the end of the month... applique?  Month names?  Snowflakes?  Who knows...  At least the days are in line and I don't have a bunch of pins and labels on them.  Here's where I left off last on 3/8/19:

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I'm linking up at Em's Scrapbag for Moving It Forward Monday.