HQAL: A New Project ~ Jane’s Quilt

I have a number of options to choose from for my new project. You may remember from our last posting I had completed my Tori’s Quilt.

I just started hand quilting another panel piece from the Hoffman Collection ‘Dream Big Holiday’ and thought I might use this for my next project.

This will stitch up rather quickly and won’t be much of a challenge to complete. What I really wanted was something that would require staying power and the encouragement and accountability of our quilt along to get the job done. I have the tulip quilt top, a Goodwill find from some years back but I still haven’t gotten out to find the perfect backing material and then I remembered the gifted quilt top I received in May quite by surprise.

Quilt top by Jane Ina Rogers nee Eyers b. 27 Dec 1909 Phoenix, AZ passed 6 Dec 1996 Yucca Valley, CA. This was sent to me by her granddaughter Raeleen.

I need some help in identifying the quilt pattern. I believe this is some kind of variegated log cabin pattern. Would it have some specific pattern name?

Still not able to get out to a fabric store, I turned to my stash. I decided that I would fashion a quilt backing out of what I have on my shelves. I knew I wouldn’t have one piece large enough but my wheels were turning and I was up at 4 am on Monday and sewing together odds to make one large sheet.

Using 5 different pattered fabrics, I machine stitched the fabrics together. The lighting was not the best for the photo, the cranberries coordinate nicely and while the blues are off – I think it will be fine. My next step was into the washing machine for a gentle washing, a pressing and then to sandwich it together. This proved a bit difficult as it is quite large, between a queen/king size and I have no flat space for a project like this. As you can see from the picture above it is draped over a queen size bed. For the batting I used

So for this posting I am all put together and ready to start hand quilting this. It would be amazing if I could get her done this year but I am not setting any deadlines or expectations. As always I am excited to check in with the others in our group to see their progress or new starts. If you have a hand quilting project your working on, won’t you consider joining us?

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

SAL: Country Snowman

A new year and a new project. At our last posting I had finished my Skating Santa and was ready to start my new project only to discover the directions were not for my kit but for another. I planned on doing those cute Christmas owls and got the directions for the cute Halloween owls instead. It never occurred to me that I could solve this by simply stitching the Halloween owls instead. It took Avis to mention in a reply that I could do that, funny, that was a thought that never entered my mind. Then there was the problem with the floss which would all have to be changed if I decided to do the Halloween owls. I had already ordered a new kit and not a Joy Sunday project. (which I would not recommend)

I decided I had no desire to change out the floss after having had to do that with the other because of poor quality of the floss. So instead I will be working this adorable snowman Dimensions kit.

Directions and all prepped to start.

Not much done, just a mini start and I am ready to tackle this for the new year.

Now I am off to check in with the others in this SAL and see what everyone is up to. Won’t you join me?

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJCathieLindaHelen

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL.

HQAL: Tori’s Quilt

Our last posting was Dec 5th. I had anticipated a posting after Christmas however like most of us, Sunday came in whirlwind of activity and when I saw no postings I believed we were skipping, which was fine as it had begun snowing Christmas eve and didn’t let up all Christmas day. I was truly mesmerized by its beauty.

Having seen Kathy, our hostesses posting today, I am following suit and here is my report ~ At our last posting I had two blocks left for completing the quilting process. The next step was the binding and then I would be done. My goal was to complete this quilt.

I am happy to report I am wrapping up 2021 with the completion of Tori’s Quilt

I am in love with the backing material. These little lambs are so precious

This year I worked on two quilts and with your encouragement and support completed them both. A big thank you to you all.

It’s been a good productive year and I am excited for the start of 2022. I have an idea of what I might want to work on but the snow, and more to come is delaying a trip to the fabric store. I have a beautiful tulip quilt top that I picked up at our local Goodwill years ago that has been waiting patiently to be backed, sandwiched and quilted. If I don’t get to the fabric store and or decide this is the next project, I really need to get my head wrapped around what I will be working on. One thing for sure is that it will be a surprise for me as well as you 🙂

A healthy new year to you all. Until we meet again in 3 weeks …. enjoy!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

 KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

SAL Update: New Project

At our last check in, I had finished my Skating Santa by Joy Sunday and delivered it to my friend.

I admit holiday happenings delayed my picking up my next in line project, also a Joy Sunday kit I had bought at the same time as Santa. I opened it up on Tuesday, determined to get started for this check in.

I loved the cute owls but I wasn’t thrilled
knowing I was going to have to change all the floss since I had discovered with the prior kit that their floss is not the best. (I also knew I would never buy another Joy Sunday kit.)

But imagine my surprise when I pulled out the directions.

I must have done 3 or 4 double takes, checked inside the packaging, were my eyes deceiving me? Had I ordered wrong? Yes it was Christmas Owls on the outside package and Halloween Owl directions inside – my next project was a no go.

I have purchased another kit by Dimensions and am waiting for it to arrive. I will have a grand reveal and start next year 🙂

Wishing you all a safe and healthy coming year filled with love and lots of laughter.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all who celebrate!

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences.

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJCathieLindaHelen

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL.


HQAL: Tori’s Quilt

Three weeks posting update again and I think most of us will agree, Holiday gift projects have taken up the bulk of our time along with Christmas sneaking up rather quickly. Forget Hanukkah, I hadn’t checked the calendar for the dates this year and bam, it was here and now the end.

At our last posting I had completed 9 out of 16 blocks and showed this picture of her draped over the back of the couch (in the dark morning light)

I am actually shocked at what I got done this posting. With only 2 blocks left, I completed 5 blocks for 14 out of 16 finished. How did this happen? Here she is, pinned to my design wall – my bedroom curtains. I just have the 2 end blocks on the bottom.

Before I close this posting and move on to visiting the pages of the others in this HQAL, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to Kathy for being our Hostess for this group along with thanking you all for your encouragement through out this last year. I always look forward to visiting your pages, you never fail to inspire me when I do. Our next posting will be after the whirlwind of another Holiday season and I wanted to wish you all – no matter how and what your celebrate or not – happiness and health. What ever you are doing … make it magical!

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below

 KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

Holiday Gift Wrap Up

I have just about finished up on my holiday gifts for this year. Now to get them in the mail or delivered. I wrapped up my cross stitched cards with this adorable Santa and I have to say, I am having a hard time deciding what to do with him. I just love him! Would it be wrong to keep him for myself ?

I made two Hanukkah dish towels for 2 dear (sisters) friends. But with the holiday almost over I don’t think I’ll deliver them in time. As it turns out – not only friends but DNA revealed we are distance cousins connected abt. 5/6 generations back.

Skye (our mini schnauzer fur baby) will head for one last groom for 2021. I always give her groomer a monetary tip at the end of the year and something yummy for the staff. Her groomer, Katie will be getting married in the spring and I wanted to do something a little extra special this time. I decided on a wedding junk journal and I could tuck her tip into one of the pockets with wedding ephemera. Below Katies journal.

Here is the cover of the journal. I photographed the cover of this on a 1935 copy of the Delineator Magazine. How perfect, looks like a wedding reception party for the background. A luscious satin creme ribbon and gold sari fabric ribbon holds a gorgeous envelope in place. Perfect for tucking any gift checks/cash they receive. Below is a few of the pages that I created. I had so much fun with this project.

Below a fun Christmas Journal ~ darn word press – as hard as I tried I could not delete this grouping. I decided I just wanted to show you a few pages from a bunch of journals but for some reason I couldn’t do that. So this grouping is of 5 photo’s from 1 journal.

Below are just some random covers and pages from a few different journals I worked on. All of these were created out of 2 lunch size brown paper bags. Just like our hand quilting/quilting community, there is a huge junk journaling community that can be found on you tube and the ideas are endless…….

I hope this post sparks some new and exciting crafting ideas for you. These junk journals are a totally new art expression for me. And as I said you tube was a huge help in getting me started.

SAL Update: Christmas Greetings

Hello everyone – here is my update on my Christmas Greetings cross stitch project. At our last posting I was near completion of my the project. Santa looked like this below.

Pleased to report I actually have a finish. I finished up with the blue snow around Santa added a snowflake, the leaves and saying.

The sizing was just perfect for a 8 x 10 frame, a bit snug. I framed it myself and in the photo it looks a bit lumpy but in person it is not so noticeable. I had a lovely day date with my friend to give her the picture and she was thrilled with it. She in turn will be giving it as a gift. The original design called for more leaves and snowflakes – on the sides and bottom. I debated on whether to continue but I knew I would not be done in time. In light of having to frame it myself, I usually have our local Joann’s (not framing now), I called him done 🙂

Now I am off to check in with the others in the SAL. If you’re not participating in the SAL, won’t you join me by clicking on the links below. There are so many amazing projects in the works. See you all at our next posting on the 19th December 2021.

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJCathieLindaHelen

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL.

HQAL: Tori’s Quilt

Photo

Continuing to work on my quilt for my granddaughter Tori aka Torance 🙂 I am ready to update for our three week posting.

In my last post I had completed 5 out of 16 blocks and for this posting I have added 4 more blocks making a total of 9 blocks – more than half way there 🙂 With all the blocks basically the same there isn’t much visual change. I’ll just add the 9 block picture of now.

Last time I shared my new passion – junk journals. I have been fiddling around with some ideas, working on a Christmas jj for a friend. I made a simple quilted cover for this one. It’s funny how when you look at your work in pictures you can really begin to critique and see what you could have done. I quilted around the bird and the single leaf under the bird button. Wow – what if I had quilted all the green leaves – that would have been better. It’s already glued in place and no changing it now. What I am going to do is create an entire quilted cover for my next try 🙂

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

SAL UPDATE: Christmas Greetings

SAL update with our three week posting. If you live somewhere with the time change don’t forget – I certainly have before. Here is where I was at our last posting. I was dreading all the backstitching. I just have such a tough time with it.

As you can see I have made a lot of progress. I have just a smidge to complete on the snow/ice surrounding Santa. Then I will go back around and fix some bare spots or spots that don’t look aesthetically pleasing to me. I didn’t follow the chart in working around Santa. It was just to difficult. If you remember I had to replace the floss and unfortunately I ran out of the blue I was using and tried my best to match it. The shade difference was almost impossible to see in my lighting and there’s a small subtle change. Perhaps you didn’t even notice it. I sure do, but I am ok with it. It’s a bit lighter and looks icy-er, if thats a word.

There is more to add – some holly leaves and some words. I’ll be giving this as a gift and I would like to have it done by our next posting. I love his skates. They remind me of the pair my father had, racing skates as opposed to figure skating skates. Growing up in New York we did a lot of skating in the winter. I wish I had my dad’s skates now to drape over the vintage sled I prop up on my porch in winter.

It’s time to scoot off and check in with the others in this SAL. I always look forward to visiting their pages. Sometimes I am unable to post a reply but please know if I haven’t left a note I have tried 🙂

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJCathieLindaHelen

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL.

HQAL: Tori’s Quilt

Hi ~ At our last posting I reported on completing the Log Cabin I had been working on and introduced you to my new project which was to complete a children’s quilt I had already begun. Thats it below, in the pinwheel pattern ~ one of my favorites. I am calling this one Tori’s Quilts because it will be for my granddaughter named Torance (Tori).

Pinwheel

I had already had the top sandwiched and had started with one block. For this posting, I have now completed 5 blocks of 16. ( btw I have tried 3 times to get the pictures to load front then back – no can do 🙂

I am only showing the 2 squares as they all look the same and there’s not much visual appeal however, I am so in love with the backing of fabric. Those little lambs are just so darn cute.

I think I could have gotten a bit further with this but a new hobby has caught my interest. Junk Journals. I was watching an episode of The Chateau Diaries on YouTube and someone had gifted the hostess a junk journal. I was enthralled with the detail in this gift as ‘Stephanie’ – the hostess shared some of the intricate pages that had been crafted. This led to a search on junk journals – which you might already be aware of – I was not – and decided to give it a go. What I love about this form of art is the use of fabric, even quilted pieces, to create. The possibilities are endless. I have even started experimenting with fabric covers. If you’ll indulge me this diversion from my quilting project, I will post a few photo’s of one I have created as a birthday gift for a daughter.

I am excited to do something with hand pieced quilt squares to create a cover and the pockets for stashing goodies.

Now it’s time to hop on over to catch up with the others in this quilt along and see what they have been up to.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy