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.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Getting Organized

I thought I would do a quick post about some organization.  For some reason, Labor Day is the time I usually pick to reorganize.  I've had the X-Stitch App for some time, but never did anything with it.  A couple of my friends are using the Plus version which is subscription based and love it.  I thought i would give it a whirl.  

Overall I'm pretty organized with my inventory.  I keep my charts and kits in Rubbermaid hanging file bins in alphabetical order my designer (or if I don't have enough of a designer, by genre).  Since I ran out of space in those, I also have some of the paper covered storage boxes you get at Joann's and Michaels with charts and kits as well.  This makes it pretty easy to gather things up to inventory.  So far I am on the letter "L" which is 1/2 way through the 3rd bin.    


The nice thing about the plus version is that you can input photos which is a nice option to give a nice visual.  


Even as organized as I thought I was, I still have a few duplicates.  Hopefully using this app will stop duplicates from happening.  

Happy Stitching (...and organizing),

Friday, September 6, 2019

It's Been a Busy Summer

This summer has moved past so quickly I can't believe it's September already!  Since my last post I've been focusing mainly on wool applique' and quilting.  I finished my Moon Garden Quilt and sent it off to the quilter.  Here are the last couple of blocks plus a (somewhat) full view.  

I went to a wool retreat in August in Shipshwana, and started working on Buttermilk Basin's summer block of the week from last summer.  It's called Thimble Blossoms.  I have all 12 blocks fused and ready to stitch.  Two are actually all stitched with 10 more to go.  

I finished my Thimbleberries quilt "3's Company" and am ready to send it off to the quilter...

...and I started working on Primitive Gathering's summer block of the week.  I have all 9 blocks done and am waiting on the finishing kit.  Here are some of the blocks.  

As you can see there hasn't been much time for needlework.  Hopefully the next time I post I will have some to show.  

Happy stitching!

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,