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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!



  1. Here I thought we were going to be talking hotdogs LOL.... Great finishes Sharon...but I am partial to the La-D-Da sampler I think. She has some fun designs. I have recently (well in the past year or so) been drawn to nautical/coastal designs myself. The lake house obviously isn't "coastal" or seaside, but I have fun decorating it as though it were. And I didn't realize how (relatively) scarce designs of that theme are...both in cross stitch and in hooking. Perhaps I am just not looking hard enough or going deep enough down the Pinterest rabbit hole. (Scary place that is.) Looking forward to seeing what you decide on. ~Robin~

  2. Congrats on the finish! It's a beauty, and doesn't it feel great?
    I like your nautical cross-stitch. I haven't heard of cross-stitch mysteries. I have a hard enough time when I know what I am making. I think I could mess up a mystery royally!
    The lighthouse piece is beautiful. Makes me think of some visits to lighthouses along the coast of Maine.
    That is a very fresh looking fabric line. I can see how it would be fun to work with it.
    I am all in favor of ice cream season!!

  3. It is beautiful job work. Good color. Choice. I am so happy.

  4. Wow, so much progress!! I love that quilt. I am doing some finishing this week as well. I am off to the framer today with a piece that I cant wait to see all framed up! Us needleworkers are surely addicted.:)

  5. You did well bringing out that beautiful quilt from the closet and getting it finished. It must feel great to have it done. Your cross stitched pieced are all beautiful. It's been years since I've cross stitched. Your quilt blocks are so beautiful and precise. My first star block was a bit wonky so I set the project aside years ago and waited for my retirement to finish it and since my retirement, life has gotten so much busier.

    Enjoy working (playing) with your stitching. It's all beautiful.

    Hugs, Julia

  6. Oh my that quilt is so pretty. I love the colors. I remember the days of going to the beach instead of school. I wish I were more carefree sometimes now and just chucked my chores and did a whole beach day. It is supposed to rain the rest of the week, but I may just have to do that next week. Thanks for the motivation. Summer is here and time to enjoy it. Ice cream sounds good too. Both stitches are lovely too.

  7. Wow I bet you are so happy you had that quilt finished! It is a beauty. you are always so busy creating lovely pieces

  8. You always finish the best stuff and that quilt is just "WOW!". I am sure you are happy to cross that off your WIP list.
    Your new quilt blocks are so sweet and your cross stitch pieces are just perfection!
    Stitch and sew on!!!

  9. Fantastic finishes despite the heat and the tucked away situation. The quilt is lovely and must feel good to have it finally done. Fig Tree always has beautiful fabrics and sweet colors. It's going to be cute put together. Great stitching. Love the alphabet sampler.

  10. Gosh that first quilt looks stunning Sharon -you must be so pleased you pulled it out of the closet. I love those Fig Tree blocks - I have a couple of friends doing those & your colours are beautiful!!

  11. Sharon your stitching is beautiful! And the quilting....WOW. Those blocks are gorgeous. I love beach stitches as well, and need to do more!

  12. So glad to see that beautiful quilt finally finished, Sharon! I'm not a quilter, but truly admire those of you who are--such precision in cutting and sewing are involved. Not sure I would be very good at it.

    I know just what you mean about the seaside finishes--I love your Sail Away piece! I don't live near a beach either, but always thought a shelf full of beachy themed smalls would be a lovely summer display. Just need to find the time :) And your summer alphabet piece is so fresh and pretty, too.

    Your new blocks are so very lovely--the colors look like they would be wonderful to work with! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead--happy Summer!