Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Death by Cross Stitch and Flying Geese

Still on page 4 but I am working on DBCS. I have found that when I switched from a 28 Petite needle to a normal 28 needle my fingers didn't hurt as much. It's great that I hurt less but it feels like I'm stitching with a pencil.

I am also working on my Flying Geese quilt top. Most of the rows are sewn together, now to sew all the rows together. Many of these Flying Geese blocks were done while I was visiting my sister Janet in Virginia this fall. I started it because I don't like making FG and many many quilts use them and I needed to put on my big girl panties and get over my dislike. Still not my favorite but I am better at them.

The Dark Oriental quilt is ready to be quilt but I wanted to get this top finished first.

Happy Stitching

Monday, January 6, 2020

Dark Oriental Quilt Top

The Dark Oriental Quilt top is done. Now to put it away for a few days to decide on the way to quilt it and which back and binding to use.
Happy Stitching

Sunday, January 5, 2020

2020 Wow

OMG, I have not posted in years. Had to find my login and password to be able to log in.
I just picked up my cross stitch again after almost 2 years and it made me think of all my cross stitch friends that I have lost touch with since I retired and learned new hobbies. Once I learned to quilt and fell in love with it my stitching slowed down. Then when my carpel tunnel really started to bother me when I was stitching I pretty my pushed the stitching table to the side and left it to gather dust beside my chair. I never put it away but it did get push to the side.
I had CT surgery and found that the stitching still bothers me but darn it I want to stitch again, but will do it in short sessions not hours at a time. So I am back working on Death By Cross Stitch page 4. I am not stitch fast but I try to stitch a little bit each evening, when it starts hurting my hand I stop. I haven don't much in the few evening I have been stitching but I have done enough to make me feel good.

 Here is where I left off many many months ago.

Here is where I stopped on Friday night, not much but you can sure see that I am getting some stitching done.

I am also working on a quilt top during the day. I will be putting on the borders this week. I want to work on keep up my blog. It would be great to get back in touch with the ones I have lost over these few years. This quilt top sure looked better in my head when I was planning it but I hope when the borders are done I will like it a lot better. Stay tuned to see how it ends up.
Happy Stitching no matter what kind you do. 
March Ann

Friday, December 8, 2017

Oh My Goodness It's been a while

OMG I haven't posted on here since July and I a not going to post all the sewing I have been doing since then. I am just going to post a few things and try to do better. 
My sister Janet is on GrandBaby watch as I type this. Anna Grace will be here sometime in the next week. At least that's what the Midwife told my niece Ashlea today. Of course Virginia is going to have snow over the next few days. So we are standing by waiting to hear any news. 

I have been seeing many many quilt patterns I want to try, so many that I can't decide what I want to do. I have seen one call either DNA tree or Twisty Pole that I wanted to try but I am not willing to pay $10 or $12 for a pattern. So I decided to figure it out on my own. It came out pretty good and I will make it a long table runner. I'm going to put green borders on it and call it done. I like how it turned out and it was much easier then I thought.

I also wanted to make a Freaky Frenzy table runner but didn't want to buy the pattern or take a class and only make one of them. I searched the Internet, found free instructions and picked so fabric I was given but would never use. Or at least I didn't think I would ever use it but now I love it. Here is my Freaky Frenzy table runner. I will finish this one and it will go on my table after the holidays.

For now my table is dressed for the holidays with a set of place-mats I designed and made and a small table topper. I am really enjoying making all these different projects. 

I also made a round table topper for one of my sisters. She never told me what size or color so she is getting black and white.

Happy Holidays Everyone and Happy Stitching. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

July In Florida

As some of you know I got my villa here in Ocala at a rock bottom price of $24000, I just saw two on a Realtor's paper, one sold for $83000 and one for $79000. I would say my equity is going up and up. I have been here since 2012 an am very glad I picked On Top Of The World. There is a lot to do but I am happy to stay in my villa working on my hobbies. 

We are still trying to find the right strength for my new medicine. Now the doctor things the last one was to strong and that's why I don't feel right. First to weak now to strong so hope the new one is just right. 

Over the last few weeks I have finished the I Spy quilt for my great nephew Brentley with a bag to match. I also made cards with the picture of each square, laminated them and made a small draw string bag to hold the cards. I think it will grow with him. I also made a monda bag, a very large market bag, a table runner and cut out another market bag. All these goodie will make a trip to Virginia very soon. 

Yesterday I watched a Sew Very Easy video on YouTube for a dimensional pinwheel table topper. Laura said you can make it in under 2 hours. Well it took me longer, at least this time, so I'll time myself the next time I make one. 

Happy Stitching Everyone.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Boo Hoo but hand work done

My sewing machine went in to be cleaned last week and because it was skipping stitched when I was sewing over more than 2 pieces of fabric. Long story short I had to take it back since it was still doing the same thing when I got it back home. That was Thursday and today is Tuesday and I still don't have my machine. But I am being patient until tomorrow since I know they have 3 stores and the repairman most likely goes to all of them. 
So I have gotten 3 bag projects ready to sew, I have finished embroidering 2 blocks for The Splendid Sampler quilt and almost finished page 3 on Death By Cross Stitch. 

Oh yes I have been watching  a lot of video's by Donna Jordan of Jordan Fabric's and also some video's by Quilt Monkey. 
Today I was frogging out a two inch section of Death since I was off by 2 stitches to have the bottom of the page meet up with the top area. Pulling out my stitches so I can restitch the 3 flower pots. 

I am still not sure my Thyroid medicine is the right dosage for me yet still I just don't feel right. My joints aches, my pulse races, my fingers are tingling again and my skin is dry. I don't feel like going to the pool but I am getting out of the house. But this all will pass I am sure it just takes time to get it right. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Death by Cross Stitch update and others.

I have been working one DBCS in the evening and playing in the quilt room in the mornings. 
I have been working on a quilt called Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell and I ordered a few books of her books. I had to try one or two of the blocks before putting them all away didn't I. 
I have a few other things I need to work on over the next few weeks. But DBCS will still be my evening stitching. Page 3 my 10th session of stitching on this page. 

So here are the last blocks for LTG, I only have the 13 pineapple blocks and the checkerboard squares used to put it all together left to do. 

Here is my test Steam Punk block only need 40 more.

 This is my first Glitter block it is way off so if I do a quilt with them this one will not be in the quilt.

I worked on putting a binding on a small quilt yesterday and I am working on a few patriotic

table runners for my family.

Sorry this has so many picture I will try to post more often. I am having sew much fun in my retirement. :-)