Thursday, January 19, 2017

Death by Cross Stitch and other goodies.

I have been able to stitch on my Death by Cross Stitch the last two week. Since I switched back to a q-snap frame. I am almost done the upper left corner. 


My Jewel box quilt top is completed, I like how it turned out. I used greens and neutrals from my scraps/stash. I only had to purchase the dark green for the second border. This make 2 quilt tops finished for 2017 so far. My tumbler quilt top was a UFO but the jewel box I just started in December.


Wednesday our Sew Much Fun sewing group made little business card holders. So easy I made 2 in a very short time. I am going to make a bunch from my scraps.



Today I was making a place for my Accuquilt Cutting Dies and got a little sidetracked after getting them in place. I had gotten the Snail Trail die during the December sale but had not played with it so today I did. I cut enough blues and neutrals to make 6 blocks. I ended up making 3 before my side really started to bother me. They turned out pretty good and I am thinking about mixing them with some Ohio Stars. I'll keep you posted. 


Happy Stitching Everyone

Friday, January 13, 2017

I'm blogging again.

I am working on a Jewel Block quilt top. I learned this block from a Craftsy Class called  Quick Techniques for Classic Blocks: Wrenches, Stars & Twists

with Anita Grossman Solomon. 

It's made with a paper template that you sew then cut apart. I like how this one is turning out. In fact I like were short cut methods for doing a few different blocks and will we doing other things with them later in the year. 
I am using many different greens and neutral from my stash and scrap boxes for this quilt. Some of the neutrals are a little dark but I like how they are are coming together. I will decide on the borders once I have all the blocks sewn together this weekend. 


I am working on Death By Cross Stitch in the evenings and it is moving right along. Here it is after I worked on it tonight, my 8th day of stitching on it.

  
Happy Stitching everyone. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

It's Been A While

Goodness, it has been over two months since I have posted on my blog, I just didn't realize that. Well I am posting tonight since I have some Cross Stitch to post. I know, I know but I am really stitching again. Yes I am still quilting but I have picked up my petite needles again and am stitching away. I still have numbness in my right hand but well I am just living with it for now. 

Death by Cross Stitch has been moved to 17" by 14" Q-Snaps and the big ass stitching frame is apart and put away. I am able to stitch with the Q-Snaps resting against my lap desk. 

I AM STITCHING AGAIN. 


I am making 2017 my year of finishing my quilting UFO's and  using my scraps instead of running to the Quilting Store. I have only been quilting since 2013 but I have tubs and tubs of wonderful scraps that I have been given or bought from ladies getting out of sewing.
My first UFO is now a finished top, I will work on the quilting later in the year. I am going to get the tops done first then worry about the quilting. 
Tumbler Throw finished 1/7/2017

My First Crazy Quilt Blocks from Scraps Strings.


Here is the start of my green Jewel block quilt top. I decided it needed to be bigger so I am going to make 15 more


green blocks before I sew them together. Have not decided if I am going with the X's or O's block layout.
There more to post but I am going to stop for now and will try to get back to my blogging.
Happy Stitching Everyone.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Table Runner for Fall and other goodies

Steady piecing and still loving it. I am going to PT for therapy but my fingers are still having numbness so I am not cross stitching again and poor old Death by Cross Stitch is just sitting near my recliner waiting for me. I also have had to put the two embroidery blocks from the Splendid Sampler in a box by my chair until I can do them too.
I am still able to piece and quilt so that is what I have been doing. 

Our sewing group has gotten back together and over the last few weeks we have made a few things. I have made a purse, two hum bug bags, a pot holder and a charging station 

I have a new table runner that still needs a little more quilting but it is ready for my dinner group on the 11th. I am going to try to make 6 place mats to use than too. 

I finished my Garlic Knot quilt for my Grand Daughter and have done the top of my new Great Grandson's quilt. Hope to get that finished tomorrow and Friday. 






 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

9/10/2016 uodate.

I have been sewing a few smaller things to keep me sewing, over the last few weeks. I also repainted a end table and hung new drapes. I did two Snap Bags for my friend Pamela, I did my friendship start blocks for a summer challenge and I made a table runner for my new coffee table. 
Today I started making 3 round table toppers for the fall. These will be for my sisters and me. I am using rich batiks in fall colors. The colors just don't look a good in the picture I took. 
8 Friendship star blocks
Two snap bags for Pamela

From of my coffee table runner made with my pineapple trim tool

The backing material I used
Three round table toppers
new curtains and I painted the table

Lanai with its new painted wall and the two new envelope pillow covers I made.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's been a while

Goodness its been just shy of 2 months since I posted to my blog. Almost 4 weeks of that was spent helping out at my sister Janet's in Virginia. She broke her tibia and tore 3 ligaments in her ankle. She had surgery for a plate and screws put in her ankle and will be off her feet for 6 to 8 weeks. I hated to leave her but she and her hubby Richard had it under control. 
I didn't do hardly any sewing while I was there and seem to have lost my quilting mojo when I got back home. I have slowly been getting my mojo back thank goodness. In the last two weeks I have finished two throws and am working my way through the Splendid Sampler blocks that I missed. 
JD's Birthday Throw

Brentley's Kevin Throw, just because Brentley is my buddy.
Here are a few of the TSS blocks that I have done since I got home. I just have a few more and I will be caught up. 
 9 of these are regular blocks and 2 are bonus blocks. There are many different styles of needlework in this quilt, as these block show. These block cover piecing, paper foundation piecing, raw edge applique and embroidery. I am not crazy about some of the styles but I am doing each block as it comes. Some of the styles I may never do again but at least I am giving each of the a try. 

 

 

 


And tonight I worked on Death by Cross Stitch for a couple of hours. It's so big it is very awkward to hold onto and my arms get pretty tired while I am stitching.




Happy Stitching everyone and I will try to post more often. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Death by Cross Stitch and quilting update

July 1st and Death by Cross Stitch is on the frame and its first 225 stitches done on the 40 count Antique White  New Castel linen. I am using 1 strand of black floss over 2 threads. Didn't get very far last night but I did get it started.


Finished Richard's quilt and will get it in the mail Tuesday. It turned out great and twice as great since I used his shirts for the plaids with an unbleached muslin. The backing is extra cool since Richard's newest thing is cutting wood with a sawmill. When I saw this cut log fabric I knew it was just right. I also used the flange binding and a border of extra pieces of the shirts I cut for the blocks. 



My Villa exterior was painted this week and I choose this Autumn Spice for my front door. When the painter took the numbers off the door they didn't scrap off all the old paint that was left. They just painted over it. So I quilted this orphan block and it now lives on my front door.