Sunday, November 15, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday!

It is hard to write new blog posts these days as the two projects I am currently focusing on are slow long term projects.  The progress is slow and pictures could get pretty boring. I haven't made a lot of progress but they are moving along. The fall weather has been calling to me daily but it won't be long and the cooler temps will keep me inside.  That should help with my progress.  I am still
working on panel #3 on my version of Trailing Vines.  I ran out of prepped leaves about a week ago and finally got more prepped, so hopefully a few more will be added.

The hand quilting continues on Baltimore Garden.  I have the middle five blocks completed and started number six on Thursday.  I hope to finish it up to day and move on.  It is such a good feeling that what I have done so far is working out as I had envisioned it in my head.  So many more stitches to do, but this is my favorite part of making a quilt.

I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sundays.  Like Kathy I love to take a break from stitching on Sundays and enjoy seeing what others are stitching. Hope you can enjoy some slow stitches today and join us.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Online Trunk Show

Hey did you know there was an online trunk show going on this month.  How exciting to look back at your favorite quilts!  Come join the fun! There is a button on the right hand side of the blog that will explain it all!

I will start with my favorite quilt. I had so much fun making this tradtional red and green quilt.  It comes out every Christmas to help put us celebrate the holidays.

 I made this pickle dish last year. It's my cuddle on the couch quilt. It's such a whimsical pattern and the colors just make you happy every time you look at it.

cable border

My pyramid quilt was made from favorite fabrics in my stash.  I used a solid black to border it.  I had a lot of fun big stitching this quilt and used the large cable on the border.

I love to garden so quilts that feature flowers always call to me.  This peony quilts was made to remember the beautiful peonies that we had in our yard in a previous home.

 This red and white and blue kaleidoscope quilt was made for  my brother in law.  He works with a  funeral detail that honors our veterans as they are laid to rest. Such important work and these former veterans are out in all kinds of weather honoring those veterans for the last time.
Amish Ice Cream Social was my first attempt at a string quilt. Again I added a lot of wonderful hand quilting and a wonderful cable feather border.

I added trapunto to the feathered wreaths.
And finally Simple  But Not came about  because of my need to own a cheddar quilt.  Made out of bits of scraps sewn into pumpkin seed shapes and appliqued to the solid background and accented with feather quilting backed by some crosshatching.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Slow Stitching Weekend!

I was woke up early Saturday morning when my husband decided to cook his breakfast at 4am. He rises early everyday for work so I can't blame him. I looked out the window and it had started raining.  Very gloomy and dark I made my way to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee.   I need about three cups before I can start my day, and then I headed to the quilt frame. Two blocks are completed and I am quilting the second half of the third block.

 I put in several hours of wonderful stitching and finished up block number 3  I am always amazed at how much quilting changes each block.  It's almost magical!

I noticed this week with the cooler temps I have been opting for the quilt frame rather than my applique leaves.  I am not going to fret if my progress on trailing vines slows down, as I stitch for pleasure. I did get the third panel prepped and started adding a few leaves.   I just wish there more hours in the day!

But November has arrived, and I really need to spend some time today making progress on my second wool mitten.  I grew up wearing mittens my mom would knit and they are definitely one of my favorite things.  There is nothing worse than having cold hands so I need to add a few knitting stitchs today.  Not quite cold enough yet to wear them but it won't be long.

I am linky up with Slow Stitching Sunday and I hope you will join in and share your slow stitches today!