I have several interests to share through this blog including my love of needlework, quilting, cooking, and my pets, Molly and Butterscotch. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with adding to most of these areas over time. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

I Learned a New Stitch

I just st finished Block 8 of Moon Garden.  The center of the flower is surrounded by a double layer of chain stitches which frames them very nicely.  The leaves are embellished with a stitch that is new to me - the Feathered Chain Stitch.  I love how that stitch turned out.  If you’ve never done it, Google it to see how it’s done.  This won’t be the last time I use this one. 

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, March 10, 2019

More Quilting

Last weekend I spent a day in the sewing room working on a couple of quilts.  Each month Kathleen Tracy is releasing a block for the mystery quilt I’m working on.  Here is month 3, plus all the blocks together.

Since I finished the Quilter’s Garden quilt from Thimbleberries, I’ve been planning to work on another quilt from the club that I had most of the blocks pieced.  I started this one in 2008.  Each month there were three 6 1/2” blocks and one 12 1/2” block. I had 10 months worth of blocks finished, plus the small blocks for month 12.  After 8 years, I finished the large block for month 12, plus all blocks for month 11.  

Block 12

Block 11
This weekend I started putting it all together.  It's going to take at least a 3 more days to get it all put together as I have to piece together the 5 rows in the bottom right photo, add 3 rows of border strips, and then a pieced outer border.  

Starting to put it together

Happy stitching,

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

One More to Go

So far I’ve competed 2 rows of the bullion knots surrounding 3 flowers.  They take awhile.  So far it’s taken me 2 evenings to do 3 flowers.  One more to go.

Happy Stitching,

Monday, February 25, 2019

Mystery Quilt Project

In January I started a mystery quilt by Kathleen Tracy - Aunt Addie’s Blue Ribbon Quilt.  Each block measures 4” finished.  I chose a very scrappy look for mine.  So far I’m up to date with this challenge.  I can’t wait to see what this is going to turn out being.  

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Bullion Knots

Last night I worked on bullion knots surrounding the flower centers of my Old Glory Tablemat.  While it was slow going, I love the impact they make on these flowers!  I have 2 1/2 more flowers to go.  

Happy Stitching, 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Another Snowy Day

It’s another snowy day here in Indiana.  It always seems to happen the day our sampler guild meets.  Today’s weather shouldn’t keep us from meeting this afternoon though.  This winter has been more bipolar that usual.  One day the wind chill is -30 degrees and a couple of days later the temperature is over 60.  I'll be glad to see Spring arrive.  

Today our sampler guild will be making needle  books doing wool applique’.  We received our kits in December and today Martha Dietz will go over the process.  I went ahead and made one of them yesterday so I could be available to help others today if needed.  The circles for the front and back covers are pre-cut so you get a nice perfect circle.

The needle books measure almost 5 1/2" in diameter and are easy to put together.  Kits are from Denise Snavely of Village Wool.  Here is the link to her eBay store:  Village Wool eBay Store

Happy Stitching,

Friday, February 15, 2019

One More Finish

Last November a good friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer.  The whole diagnosis and process were very emotionally taxing on her.  I don’t often stitch projects for gifts, but this one called sto me.

I’m happy to report that my friend’s cancer was caught early enough that no chemotherapy or radiation treatments were needed.

Many thanks to my friend Karen Young for finishing this for me!

Happy Stitching,