2020: Starting the New Year

An invite to a birthday dinner party for a special friend called for something special.

After some thought, I decided on making a small pillow, using a recycled a vintage linen and a scrap from ‘Wishing You Goodwill’ the double wedding ring quilt I have been refurbishing (for years). It’s about 5″ x 8″

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I used two different lace accents, layering one on the other for the edging.

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Gift wrapped and ready to go

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And to start the year off, some new tea towel transfers ordered off of eBay …. I love them all and can hardly wait to get started. Each motif has a specific person in mind.

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Delight in the Desert

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Who doesn’t love a chicken in kitchen and the chance to honor Native Americans for their cultural contribution to the world of arts and crafts

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I love the little mouse and I was thinking an adorable felted holiday mouse ornament with him repeated as a border on it would be perfect!  The ideas are endless!

Wishing you all a year of fun, exciting crafting ahead.

 

 

 

SAL Update: Ornamental Pumpkin 1

2019 wrapped up with the completion of the Cactus and Owl cross-stitch for my daughter in Okinawa, Japan. While I missed my Christmas gift deadline, she’s been boxed and mailed to welcome the new year. With light shadows and a bit crooked, here she is framed…..

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2020 welcomed the new year with a decision on what I would start for my next project. In our last posting, I needed to make a decision on what to tackle next. I had two choices .

After some thought, I decided on the Ornamental Pumpkin. With quite a few other projects on the table I wanted something a little easier, mindless so to speak, to tackle.

The kit called for this to be stitched on 28 count ‘Goldspinner’ Luguana from Silkweaver. Finished this will measure 4 1/2″ x 5 5/8″, its not large and one of the reasons for my choice –

I looked into ordering the fabric but while at our local Joann’s, I picked a Charles Craft 11 count Aida cross stitch fabric in beige. I wafted between 11 and 14 but decided I wanted a really airy look. (I haven’t tackled a 28 count ever 🙂 

I was able to find all the recommended DMC threads that were recommended with the exception of 3 out of 10. It will be my color choice with those.

Here is my start 🙂

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I began with the middle column, a little less than half way down.

 

A big welcome AJ to the group 🙂

Please also enjoy the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 26th January 2020. If you would like to join with us, please contact Avis at the link below and she will walk you through.

HQAL: T Quilt & Baby Blanket Update

In my last post I shared I had finally and joyously finished all of the blocks for the T Quilt

Beginning to piece it together I ran into some problems with the block sizes. They are not all uniform. I tried adding and removing borders on some of them. Using my design wall curtain, (the only work space available in my home if you can believe that other than on the bed) you can see I had run into some serious construction problems.

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Initially I decided to not use sashing, thinking maybe a patchwork kind of feel would work because of the 4 different T patterns along with my lack of uniformity in the size of the blocks. But it was simply a mess. In looking back at when I began this project it is evident now that the basic 2 color choice was called for: red & white, blue & white ~ something traditional

This T block quilt has been a claw in my side since I began but a true skill stretcher for me. Wanting to get her done, I have told myself – no rush, take your time, get her right, as right as you can and then get her done.

Starting over I squared up the blocks and went with a maroon 2″ wide sashing.

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This just may work.

Baby Quilt

I have also been working on the baby quilt and I may have it completed in time for the baby shower in mid January. I have finished piecing it together.

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All three layers are together and I have begun the hand quilting process.  I am stitching  around the inside square of each block with the plan to then stitch around the inside of each larger square by the sashing. I’m using a light gray thread. All the inside squares are done and I have begun the outside squares last night.

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Wishing everyone health and happiness in the coming new year and a big thank you to Kathy for hosting this Hand Quilt Along. Thank you to every one for your encouragement over this last year.

Holiday Greetings

 

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.

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie

SAL: Project Choice

 

Last posting of 2019 ~ I can hardly believe how quickly the year has passed. At my last posting I had finished ‘The Owl and Cactus’. Sadly it is still in the shop being framed. I had hoped to have this done and in the mail to my daughter, living in Okinawa (Military) for Christmas. That didn’t happen but something else did. My daughter surprised me the other day and I learned she is actually following the blog. I had no idea! In fact I said “you never comment and say nice job mom” lol ~ her surprise became my surprise.

I’ll be sure to post the framed finish before I send it off.

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Before moving on to my next project for this SAL, I finished up a few gift giving projects I had started. A cross stitched greetings card for my favorite uncle and a bunch of lavender infused 3.5 sachet pillows. Bagged in baggies to let their fragrance steep 🙂

 

Now to decide on my next project for the SAL

I thought I should get a jump on projects for next fall because considering how fast this year went by ….

The first is this Pumpkin cross stitch.

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The second choice is this absolutely adorable “Trick or Treat” Victoria Sampler

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Notice the bottom section ~ Hardanger, I knew I should joined in when Kathy (below) hosted her Hardanger stitch along ~ darn it ~ this just might determine my choice.

To everyone ~ I wish you lots of great projects, good health and lots of laughter in the coming year.

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, we post our progress on our chosen project every three weeks, please follow the links to see what every one else is stitching.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnie

 

 

Lavender Christmas Dessert Plate

Holiday dinner out with friends called for something a little extra special to say how much their friendship meant to me. 3.5 x 3.5 these tiny sachet pillows are stuffed with lavender infused stuffing along with lavender grown in my garden this summer. I edged with a string of pearl beads to capture that winter falling snow feel.

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I wanted material that said ‘you light up my life’

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I kept it simple and wrapped in a plastic sandwich baggy to both catch falling lavender buds and help the infused lavender scent steep.

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Christmas Card Cross Stitch

 

In a world with virtual cards for every occasion, I still send out Christmas Cards, do you? I picked up this sweet kit at the Goodwill for $1.99

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Setting out straight a way to get it started, it took me some time, extra strong reading glasses, and good lighting.

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Recipient is my one and only Uncle who is extra special to me

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What is really funny about this card is he loves virtual cards, and I mean LOVES them. In fact, starting Dec. 1, have been sending him a virtual card every morning almost like an advent calendar of sorts. He may love virtual cards but I think he may like this one better.

HQAL: T Block Update

Time once again to post our progress. Looking back, it appears I started working on this  in November, 2018. Wow – I can hardly believe a full year has flown by since beginning this.

I have completed all 16 blocks for my “T” block quilt. Below are the last 5. (Actually I miss counted and I have 17 blocks in all, 2 of the same one)

 

 

All the blocks

 

 

Now to begin to think about putting her together

Please take a moment to blog hop and check out the amazing hand work of the others in the group ~ enjoy!

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharon,
Karrin, Gretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate each another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you would like to join along please contact Kathy above.

 

SAL: OWL & CACTUS Finish

I am thrilled to report I have a finish with my Owl and Cactus cross-stitch.

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At our last check in I was here

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Finish

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I decided not to backstitch around the flowers. Attempting it a few times, I just could not get a smooth soft curved feel. One to take things quite literally, including directions and not working outside the box, I threw caution to the wind and left the flowers alone. I think it looks ok. Now to have it blocked and framed and it will be ready for gift giving.

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving I wanted to wish you a wonderful day next week filled with lots of love and laughter and for those of you who aren’t, my wish for you is the same  🙂 Ours will be a quiet day as all the children are scattered into the cosmos of life outside of Washington state with their children. We have decided on 2 cornish game hens in an orange marmalade glaze, wild rice and a favorite shredded carrot soufflé.
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Please take a moment or two to stop by the others in this SAL. There’s a lot of great projects in works. And if you would like to join along ~ please contact Avis at the link below and she will be happy to give you the details. It’s easy and fun!

 

HQAL: T Block Update And More

It’s that time again – the 3 week update on our hand quilting project. I have been working steady on the ‘T’ quilt for some time. With so many other projects on the table ~ I am so thankful for the accountability to update and post on this project. You keep me on target and moving forward. So before I show you what I have done I just wanted to say……..

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Welcome to Bella, Daisy and Connie

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I completed 6 more blocks.

 

Last check in I had completed these 5. I was so happy I had taken the advice of the group and framed in the squares. I love the look of the blocks now.

I have 11 blocks completed of the 16 needed. With 5 left and everything cut out, I know I can have a big end of the year finish and move on to piecing her together.

A quick update on the pink and green baby quilt ~ baby was born on Oct 30th, arriving on Grandpa’s birthday; what a gift 🙂 No name yet – parents have 30 days to decide. I haven’t had the chance to see ‘baby girl’ for myself and gift is still waiting to be given. Soon though!

It’s must be the year of baby quilts because I have another one started. Not in the HQAL but being hand quilted just the same. The pink above was for a nephew, the grey, yellow, turquoise for a granddaughter and her first, Wyatt, born in June and this one below is for another granddaughter expecting her first. I thought I would give you a sneak peak at what I am working on.

I haven’t decided  how I am going to put them together but I am leaning towards a very narrow white binding. ‘Mommy’ picked her color choices. Grey and turquoise seem to be very popular right now.

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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.

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb,Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharon,
Karrin, Gretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie

 

 

SAL: Cactus and Owl Update

Halloween down, Thanksgiving inching its way into our hearts and another chance to post an update on my project.

Last posting the cactus and owl looked like this.

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Progress was made and it felt good to put in the last stitches of the third cactus. Just a few more stitches to finish him up, the thorns, backstitching, then flower with its stem and I’m done 🙂

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Welcome Back Connie 🙂 I am excited to hop on over to your page and see what you’ve got in the works.

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Not part of the SAL but in these past 3 weeks I made these two sweet little ornaments to go on top of a special gift. Both ornaments are backed the same. The quilt they are on is one I made many years ago, well over 20. It’s my Christmas quilt, all hand pieced and quilted.

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Please enjoy the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 24th November 2019.