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Monday, June 14, 2021

Let's Play Ketchup!

 So... waaaaaaay back in 2014, Temecula Quilt Co. offered a Summer Block of the week. And, while I kept up with the sewing week by week... when the piecing was complete, I then did what many quilters do... I folded up the top and put it in a closet! lol! 

It was just this past April that I finally brought it to my semi-local quilt store "Sew Jersey" for longarm quilting. This was my first time using their longarm services so I did not know what to expect. But, they helped me choose a great batting, along with the perfect thread and pantograph! Five weeks later (as promised) I am so happy to say this quilt top is finally a quilt! :-) I just may have to bring more quilt tops there..... and soon!

Next is a finish on La-D-Da's Summer Sampler. This was a pleasure to stitch! As you can see... it is just stitched... still waiting to be fully finished. Can't decide on a pillow or a small frame? I'll stash it away for a finishing day...

Another piece that is stashed away for a finishing day is this cross stitch called "Sail Away". It was a Mystery Stitch Along offered by Fat Quarter Shop. There is nothing whatsoever nautical about my home, nor do I live near the shore... I just thought the "clues" they offered were so cute and reminded me of the days that I used to go to the Jersey Shore for day trips (when I should have been at school... ooops!) lol!

So now that I have one beachy piece, I may have to stitch a couple more... just so there is something to keep each of them company, right? ;-) I already found a small "Summer" (with a crab) piece in the current issue of "Punchneedle and Primitive Stitcher" magazine...

Then there are a couple of "Dimensions Gold" cross stitch kits with lighthouses... Mmmmmmm... they are waiting in my Wish List at 123 Stitch! :-)

And now for some quilting... I've got the Fig Tree bug this year!!! I mentioned in my last post that I had signed on for the annual subscription of Little Box of Figs... and maybe I shared that I also signed on for the "Strawberry Garden Mystery Sampler" by Fig Tree Quilts? Well... here's my progress...

Month One...

Month Two...

Month Three is on the way... the Strawberries & Rhubarb fabric line is absolutely gorgeous!!! The perfect Summer stitching accessory! ;-) I also signed on for Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Quilt... just 'cuz it uses Fig Tree's Strawberries & Rhubarb fabric! lol! 

Lighter and brighter and full of flowers is what 2021 is all about here! :-)

I've got plenty more in progress... quilts and cross stitch... and gardening...

No baking to share though.... too HOT... soooo it's ice cream season!!!! Ha!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Spring Stitching

There are many projects buzzing about in my little home... some are for the home and some are stitches "just for nice"! :-) For now, I'll just share the stitchy news!

Remember that really nice project bag that was gifted to me by Kyle? Well. Here is the very first project to occupy said project bag...

It is from a freebie chart called Shamrock Basket. You can find it on Notforgotten Farm's blog by clicking HERE. With the exception of the vase, I used the charted DMC threads. The fabric I used (14ct Gold Sparkle Aida) was a bit too light.... so I had to use a darker color than the charted cream. Kinda looks lavender? But, It is actually one strand of a light grey and one strand of white. Even then, it was necessary to backstitch around the vase for even more contrast to the fabric. Anyways, it was a relaxing stitch! Thank you, Lori!

Here's a sneak peek at the next project... it's a stitch along that will begin in June...

I'm really breaking away from the darks of primitive decorating and embracing fresh whites, creams and brighter colors! As you can see from the floss, this stitch along is going to be all that and more! :-)

Another thing I discovered is that a stitcher needs to take some time to try different fabrics and threads before giving up on the art. I was having difficulty stitching on 36 count linen... too small and "floppy"... caused eye strain and slowed down the stitching because I kept loosing count of threads. So then I tried the classic 14 count aida. While easy to stitch on, I did not like the look of the aida in the background of my finished pieces. Weave/holes too big. And just when I was about to give up on cross stitch all together, I tried a piece of 32 count Jobelan evenweave that I had in stash! Love it! It's soft, but firm enough to be easy to stitch on. And, I like the look of it (in the background of the stitching). 

Here's a current project called "Little Summer Sampler" by La-D-Da. I'll be stitching more on this today.

I had kitted this up last year with the charted Weeks Dye Works threads. But, as I'm stitching on it, I'm finding I like the DMC equivalent colors more. This has been a frequent thing with me lately. The hand dyed threads are so solid (no shading) in color, and the dye lots can change dramatically. One order it's a gold, the next order (same color name) will be brown? Too expensive and very frustrating. So, I keep a good stash of DMC... so when the stitching mojo is going good.... I don't have to stop to throw a fit about color issues? lol!

The Green Star quilt is nearly finished! It started with three boxes of the "Baker's Dozen" laser cut star blocks from Laundry Basket quilts. I then used some creams/neutrals from "Secret Stash Neutral" (Laundry Basket Quilts) and "Tall Grass" (Heartspun Quilts) to add some sashing between the stars. Then I took the greens from "Tall Grass" (Heartspun Quilts) and added a good sized border. The backing is pieced with mystery fabric from Jean Horton of Country Sampler Quilt Shop... as well as the binding. The quilting (as it is in the picture) is simple "in the ditch quilting" to get it all together. But, I'm waiting for some hand quilting thread to arrive. When that gets here, I will add some hand quilting to the border and center of the starts. I'll take more pics of the quilting when it's finished.

The basket full of wool that is on top of the quilt, is a current eBay auction... along with some more cross stitch kits. If you are interested in viewing and/or bidding on the auctions, click HERE.

Which brings us to my current passion... brighter colors and flowers!!!! :-) I'm all into these Little Box of Figs! While my official subscription does not start until next month, I was able to grab up one of the "extras" that was technically the last box of last years annual subscription.

This box included the "Buttercup" quilt pattern (and the fabrics to make it), a bee themed mini notepad, some sewing themed bandaids, a brush set for cleaning your sewing machine, some sewing themed charms and a bonus charm pack of Figs & Shirtings. LOVE the "Buttercup" mini quilt pattern so much! I'll be sewing that up this weekend! :-)

As usual... there's PLENTY more to share! But, I'll let you go wander on to read some other blogs for now... just be sure to return real soon for some more quilty and cross stitchety happenings here!