Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stitches for Me

I am keeping to my goal of putting some stitching time in every day. This piece is going slowly as I am working around some 'missing' color - floss is on order. Once that is here, I think I will work a full day on it to get all the missing pieces filled in.

I just love this bear! I chose to use real little buttons for his joints instead of stitching them. And I am working on the snowman. Then just the tree is left to do. Remember today she posts the final finishing for this mantel banner here.

The fourth block of the Fat Quarter Stars Quilt Along. This is not an easy block - beginners, don't skip it. Use it as a learning tool - just cut carefully and sew slowly. Use the pressing directions provided and you will be successful.

I have to tell you, I went two full days without touching my machines! Then one night I just had to sew. This is my block for the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler. The designer has a 4 present block, but I didn't want a lot of seams and wanted a balance with the other blocks. So I did one of the blocks from 'Gift Boxes' - I want a BIG present!

The next 12 Days of Christmas block is a snowflake done with selvedge and raw applique. I don't have any selvedge nor do I like the look of raw applique. So I went hunting for a similiar paper pieced block - I love to paper piece. I found this one here, check out the home page - lots of lovelies and some freebies! The light blue cone of thread in the photo - just to show you how much thread I go thru. If you have followed me for some time you may remember a post on this cone thread and how many I use. The cone is from Connecting Threads and holds 5000 yrds. This is my 4th cone for the year. That's not counting how many spools of other threads I have used either. I have another order in, but I do have a box, two cases and some specialty threads in a tin - so I can work while I wait.

I am linking this post up with Marcia's Minutes For Me.


Hope you are popping into Sew We Quilt as all November is a Block Party. Lots of block tutorials with tips, techniques and inspiration to assist with your quilting.

The Raspberry Rabbits 12 of Hearts block comes out on Saturday 12th

The Christmas Quilt Along over at Quilt Times is this Saturday 12th. Join in getting some of your gifts done and maybe some inspiration, too.

Haven't heard of the Traveling Stash being ready to move on, but will update when I do.


New button added to the side bar for the Henry Glass Blog Hop. This was one of the fabric sites I posted a long time ago. They have updated the look of their site. Introducing some new things as well as sharing and give aways.


"From the manner in which a woman draws her thread at every stitch of her needlework, any other woman can surmise her thoughts." ~Honore de Balzac

Sewingly Yours,


  1. boy Sharon you have been busy,love the all your projects,well done

  2. I think stitching every day is an excellent thing to do! I love that star block. I'm drafting a star quilt that I hope to make for my bed next year.
    Have a fun weekend my friend!

  3. You are getting loads done with your time. The blocks look great and so does the stitching. Love the idea of the buttons on the teddy.

  4. That is an interesting block--sewing slowly does help on those kind. You've got lots going on. I like that snowflake block you chose. Can't wait to see your finish. I just ordered from Connecting Threads and my current quilt out to the quilter, I gave her a spool to try on it. So far I've loved their thread and the price is great too!

  5. Your cross stitch is lovely, and oh, that star block!! What a great design!! That one's going on the bucket list....

  6. Great blocks and your stitching is do such nice detail

  7. Oh you did a great job with your FQSQA block! And again -- I *so* appreciate the reminders!! Happy Friday! :)

  8. Two days without touching your had to have missed you!!

    I have been watching the fq stars from afar. I wish I could have joined as I certainly need practice in traditional piecing. All the blocks have been fantastic!

  9. Seeing your beautiful counted cross stitch makes we want to start up again but that will have to wait until after the holidays.
    I think one of the Traveling Stash's will be ready to travel on Monday over at Staci's blog.
    Your redwork is precious and your block is gorgeous.

  10. I am so impressed..the points of your star are so precise and crisp. I admire your work.

  11. I really admire your cross-stitching talents! I LUV cross-stitch...but, I always seem to get lost in the count somehow and it all goes awry. =(

    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful projects!


  12. happy to hear you are sticking you your plan to do more stitching :) Everything looks great!

  13. Wow,love your projects,wonderful!!

  14. Oh so many pretty things. The bear is adorable and made me smile. Love the star my goodness that is a beauty and can't wait to see your snowflake. The quilt that you and Sarah worked is a really beauty and certain to warm someones heart, great job!

  15. Sharon you are a busy girl. Love your stitchery it is beautiful.

  16. Your stitching is beautiful! whoop whoop on all your progress & making your quilt unique!

  17. Thanks for linking up to the Minutes for Me party! I love you cross stitching. Really like the present block also.