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. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

One Step Closer to DbyCS.

I am one step closer to starting Death by Cross Stitch. I ordered my black floss and it came today. Yes yes I know I am going to need a lot of black floss so I just ordered a cone of DMC 310.

Its 500 grams of DMC 310, it's approximately 2270 yards. That's going to be more than enough to do this project. The fabric should be here tomorrow since the piece I had wasn't big enough after all. What a shame I had to buy new 40 count Linen and some new needles.

Started a new quilt today for my brother in law Richard. I am using the flannel shirts he gave my when I was there in October. I deboned the shirts while I was getting over my Knee Replacement but just put them away and forgot about getting the quilt made. I am going to make a Scrappy Mountain Majesty by Bonnie K Hunter. I have 20 blocks done and was playing with layouts but have not decided which one I am using. 

 There are a few more layouts that I can try once I finish a few more blocks.

Happy Stitching Everyone. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

New Long Dog Sampler


The new Long Dog Sample, Death By Cross Stitch came out today and I am ordering the .pdf file right now. Hope this one doesn't take as long as my Pot 4 Dickie did.  This one is 363 x 447 so almost 19 by 22.5 on 40 count over 20. May do it on 25 count but I haven't decided yet, have to check my stash to see if I have a piece big enough or I have to order fabric. Have to decide if I am doing it in black or maybe navy blue or very dark green, humm more to decide. 

My latest throw is finished and ready to be gifted as so as I finish the market bag to be used as the gift bag. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cross Stitching, Embroidery and Quilting on My

Put about 20 stitches in my Mary Wigham last week. 

I am embroidering on Block 31- Blossoming

Finished a top for a carry around quilt for Brentley, he loves Kevin. 

Got my Grand Illusions back from the LAQ, now I need to make the binding and get it sewn on. 

I also made and sewed together 208 half square triangles and made this quilt top for one of my Nephew in law's birthday in July. 

Wee I think this is enough for a while. Oh wait I am also working on my Tumbler quilt in between.
Only 7 or 8 more rows to go.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Almost caught up

I am back to the pool in the mornings and back in the quilt room. I am also working on my Mary Wigham sampler. 

I have done all of the blocks for The Splendid Sampler but block 29 and it will be done tomorrow. I am finding some of the techniques use in some of the block pretty hard but I have made up my mind to do them as they come. I have done 10 blocks since I got home. I did blocks 23 to 28 and the 4 bonus blocks that I didn't do when they came out. 




       Happy Stitching Everyone.