Sunday, June 8, 2014

Progress on Block #20

Here we are again enjoying another Sunday.  A day to relax and reflect on another week gone by.  I have spent most of the week working on my applique block.  I did find some time to do some marking on my pumpkin seed quilt.  I hope to get it in the frame later this summer so that it can be finished by the end of the year.




I am using the same feather motif around the large scrappy pumpkin seeds and then plan to fill in the background a grid.


Today, we are getting rain.  So lovely to have rain at least once a week, after three years of drought conditions.  I plan to applique down some stems on my Baltimore Garden block as I listen to the pitter patter of rain.

I have these lovely flowers to look forward to stitching this coming week. Aren't they just lovely! They take a bit of time as there are several layers but they will add so much to this block.

I hope you find some time to stitch today and reflect on the past week and plan your new week.  I will be linking to Kathy's blog to see what others are slow stitching today.

24 comments:

  1. I loved reading this post. I feel relaxed already thinking about spending time in the garden with a needle and thread. Your applique looks quite detailed and challenging.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Nothing better than stitching outdoors. We had a little break and I was able to take my dog Max for a walk. Planning on more stitching this afternoon.

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  2. we have been getting rain more than once a week here- I know we need it to make up for the dry years but right now in some areas the farmers can't get out to work! I'm really ready for a sunny week and low humidity. the flower with all the layers will look wonderful :)

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    1. I think I love this quilt because of those layered flowers. Although they take quite a while to do, but they are so worth it.

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  3. I love listening to the rain... add in hand quilting and it's a perfect day!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday!

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    1. I agree Kathy a great combination! Enjoy your stitching today!

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  4. I do believe that rain is on its way here as well today...what a relaxing post this was ! :)

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    1. Sometimes it is hard to relax, but I do my best sleeping when it rains. I love the smell of the earth after a rain and the wonderful pitter patter.

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  5. Is that fabric a pumpkin color? Looks like it on my screen. I never would have thought of that, but I really like it. What did you mark the feathers with? Hmmm. I seem to be full of questions this morning. LOL We have gotten lots of rain here in Nashville this past week.

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    1. Yes I would call it pumpkin! It is part of the line of solids by Moda called Centennial solids available at Hancocks of Paducah. The flowers in my Baltimore Garden is a red version of that same line. As for marking just my cheap papermate sharpwriter #2 disposable mechanical pencil. I have no problem with them washing out and most times the lines disappear while quilting. They are what Sue Garman uses one of the best tips I have picked up from her blog.

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  6. Best way to spend a rainy day, in my humble opinion is with needle and thread. ;-)

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  7. It started raining right as we were finishing dinner on the back patio (cement room with screening). We were all sitting out there just enjoying the rain falling down while a few thunders boomed. I almost went in a got my knitting. Enjoy your appliqué this week. I plan to attempt some while waiting on swim classes this week.

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  8. I like the thunder booms too, as long as they don't get too close. The rain is so refreshing! I really enjoyed stitching while the rain came down. I need to get some more stems pinned into place so I can add a few more tonight.

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  9. Oh wow! This looks wonderful! I need to find a quilt to do some small feathers on.:)

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    1. I have a thing for feathers! Wish it was all marked and sandwiched and in the frame.

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  10. Slow Sunday stitching on a rainy Sunday. A great way to spend the day. You have lovely projects in the works. I had hoped to do some stitching outdoors but it wasn't to be. The rain came down here too but working inside worked out fine too.

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    1. Glad you were still able to do some stitching. Looks like we are going to have a rainy week, but I am not complaining after 3 years of drought I say bring on the rain.

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  11. Your marking looks perfect...I will have to check out Sue Garman's blog. I am always on the look out for easy ways to mark a quilt and that will wash out easily.

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    1. Sue Garman usually post around the 1st of each month. I don't know how she gets so much done and her work is so inspirational. She also does a lot of explaining about how she works. I always look forward to her blog posts.

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  12. A rainy day is perfect for crafting. That is what we are experiencing today so there will be some cross-stitching and maybe some quilting on the agenda. I love your feather motif. What do you use to mark. My latest extensive marking rubbed off despite the claims of the manufacturer that it wouldn't.

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    1. If you look above I described the cheap mechanical pencil that I use most of the time. I will use the hera marker for the grid that I will do as the background.

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  13. Carla, what lovely projects - you are making good progress. I wish we had some rain. Enjoy!

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