Sunday, February 19, 2017

Monday Making 2/20/17

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I've missed my sewing machine because I have been busy doing handwork.  Today I will be joining Beth for some 'making' time - I really need it!



I don't have permission to show this commission piece, but I can give a little peek.  Those elephants are about an inch tall.  Yes, I work tiny cross stitch along with my tiny quilting.  This will be blocked out today so it is ready for pick up.

Bleeker Street w/Wendy

My making will be to get to Part One of the Bleeker Street QAL with Wendy.  I don't plan on doing the big quilt, but making different sections into minis, table runners, and/or pillows.


  The white has a swirl in it - left over from one of last year's projects and needs using up.  And a tote with some left over layer cakes, FQs and pieces.  They need to find a purpose and I think this project will fit the bill.  Now to go wind some bobbins.

To our quilty friends on the West Coast - hope all are safe,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Friday, February 17, 2017

Surfacing


I had to surface for a day.  I knew it was time to take a break from the cross stitch when I was putting in three stitches and then removing two stitches.  Plus, I didn't want to fall too far behind on some QAL blocks put up this week.

The newest Solstice block was a big one and I don't like to do big.  I changed up the block to fit more my style - it is my quilt.  4.5" units!!  Heck, I make 4.5" blocks  - this gave me shivers.  Something might get added to that center because that is just too big an empty space for me.



I had just a little left to finish on the February Bag Lady - Charlotte, so I finished up her stitches.  Her jacket buttons, purse snap, and some other embellishments will get added once she goes into her mini.  She's one colorful gal for sure.


The next blocks for the PatchWork QAL with Fat Quarter Shop.  I kept wanting to turn those outer units  (another kind of block), so I even had a day of stitch removal with my sewing.  Geesh!  This is the Patrick Loose line Catherine Ann that I won from Wendy Shepard some time ago.  AND her first installment of the "Spring on Bleecker Street" QAL is up.  I hope to get to this after my cross stitch is done.


Yes, Moe - how this small tote for my Solstice fabrics was comfortable for him is beyond me, but I had the worst time convincing him to move over to the couch so I could pick up.  I needed the table for something else.  Move Moe!!


While it took some prodding with Moe - I decided to finish up this hexie basket block - only one flower needed stitching down.  I have just one more block to do now.  My goal was to try and get these blocks done this month and then the piecing units can be worked on next month.


This is why I needed Moe to move.  He did some snooping, but was too tired to get involved and went off to nap upstairs.  A huge donation of scraps and more is coming.  So I am processing a bag at a time with my 'quick' method and then when I am ready to get down and dirty with them, it will go faster.  I don't like to store fabrics in plastic bags, so I have the quick sort method for them to be put into a larger tub for later sort/usage.

I did set aside some pieces for my Temecula Quilt Co Geese units and for that plaid block project - maybe they may find their way under the needle later this month.

I am loving the photos that I am seeing on some blogs of daffs, tulips, flowering trees  - signs of spring!  I know it will take it's time coming to us, but you help me know it is coming.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day


There is no sewing going on at this time as I work a commission piece in cross stitch.  A lovely old prayer into a sampler for a baby shower gift - her first great grandchild:


Father, we thank thee for the night,
and for the pleasant morning light;
for rest and food and loving care,
and all that makes the day so fair.

Help us to do the things we should,
to be to others kind and good;
in all we do, in work or play,
to grow more loving every day.


children's bedtime prayer - Rebecca Weston - 1890

Sewingly Yours
Sharon

Friday, February 10, 2017

Snow Moon


With the wonderful ice storm and then the snow Storm Niko - we haven't seen the last of this phenom yet.  After all, a full moon (February's full moon is called the Snow Moon), lunar eclipse, and a comet all at once has to be an indicator.  It is snowing again and will be for the next 3 days - good thing I had no plans other than staying to home!



I got a little more block play in before I have to shut down the machine and concentrate on a commission (cross stitch).  Aqua is not a color found too easily in my scrap bins, but I found enough to complete my 4 piggy quota for the month for my RSC17 blocks.


Again, very little aqua to feed into these blocks.  BUT its is about trying to use up scraps and I had added a lot of small green scraps into my barrel system from all of January's green projects.  These blocks can be made with any 'math' - but in case you are wondering I used 1.5" squares for my 4-patches and 3'5" squares (cut once on the diagonal) for the corners.  AND that size because those barrels are stuffed!


Then I realized I forgot to photo the blocks I was making with Moe's help the other day.  Puss in the Corner (purrfect for sewing with the furkid) with those bits.  I don't purposely cut 1.5" squares, I just hate to throw out and they can be worked into a cute block.

You all stay safe, stay warm, and keep on stitching,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon