Sunday, January 13, 2019

Channeling my inner Sue Spargo

All of a sudden we are nearing the middle of January....and, hoping I don't jinx it, we haven't lifted a snow shovel yet. I'm good with that!

Today I'm dreaming a bit of my perennial garden. Last summer it got zero attention so by the end of the season I wondered if I should just give up on the idea. Nope, this year my focus will be the garden and rejuvenating it. Now I just have to be patient for a few months!

Lately my slow stitching may be considered somewhat boring, but, funny enough, I don't mind it at all. I've been prepping pieces for my English Paper Piecing project, Tula Nova.




Here are the pieces so far....


When I began this quilt I was doing a bit of prep, then a bit of sewing. I soon realised that it made more sense to me to take the time to do all the prep-work before joining the pieces....I can't explain my thought process, but I'm happy with how this is going.

I'll be going to my monthly applique afternoon this week. I think I'll dive in to the prepped pieces and actually get going on it.

On Friday I attended the first class at Quilt Junction on embroidery stitches for wool applique. 

We each got a little Sue Spargo kit and instructions for our first four stitches.

I've only tried the Bullion Stitch once in my life. This one is a challenge, but will be worth mastering.

Here is my block after the first lesson. The red bumpy stitches are supposed to be the Bullion stitches....not bad for my first attempt, but not pretty either, lol....



This morning, I tore out the stitches and started over, determined to "get it"...



Oh my!!!, such  pretty little stitch.....my excitement was short-lived as I realised that I "only" had to repeat this another fifty times or so!!!

So I carried on for a bit. I will pick it up again later, but these stitches were enough for one sitting...


Hopefully by the time I get to the other side of the ladybug I will be a bit more even in my stitches....but I'm happy with this so far. I can't wait to see what we learn next month :)

I hope to do a bit of sewing today. I have two days to add to my Temperature quilt. I think that's how this quilt will progress, keeping track of the temperatures on my calendar daily, then doing the actual block construction twice a week or so.

You can see how it looks so far in this post.

It's Sunday, and you know what that means!....we get to visit Kathy to see what others are doing for Slow Sunday Stitching. I think I'll have an extra cup of coffee and visit the slow-stitchers to see what they are working on today.


Friday, January 11, 2019

First "new start" of the year

I was finally able to begin my Temperature Quilt this past week!

Each morning I will check the forecast for the day. 

For the high temperature I will cut a rectangle that measures 2.5" x 5.5". For the low temperature of the day I will cut a 2.5" square and use it to snowball the first fabric.

Here are the blocks representing January 1 -10....




I like it, so far!!!

I am using my Simple Folded Corners ruler....



....then I am sewing the cut-off piece to make a bonus HST, something I normally don't bother doing. I will save these little HST's to hopefully use in a border treatment when the quilt is done.

I will say...the design for my Temperature quilt is not my own...I was inspired by another quilter on Instagram who did this for her 2018 Temperature Quilt.

To get inspiration for your own Temperature quilt have a look around on Instagram and Pinterest....lots of great ideas!

Not much else to share today, except that I hope to get started on a little organisation in the sewing room. I'm also looking forward to the first class today at Quilt Junction demonstrating Sue Spargo embroidery stitches!

It's quite a cold start to the day....but sunny! Hmmm, I wonder what colours will be added to the Temperature Quilt today??

Today I am linking with Sarah at Confessions of A Fabric Addict for Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, and with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Fridays

I am also linking for the first time with Anina of Twiddletails for the Temperature Quilt Along.




Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday stitching.....

It sure does feel like the perfect day for some slow stitching!

I haven't slept well this week....today I've been up since 3:00. I'm not sure what's going on, but I do know that it makes for extra stitching time!

The last couple of days I've been working on the next block of my wool applique...


The instructions for this pattern ask that you secure the pieces with a whip stitch using a single strand of matching floss, which is what I've done here. It's an extra step, but for some strange reason I'm liking it.

I think I'll hold off on the contrasting blanket stitch until after the next week.

I've signed up for a class at Quilt Junction that will teach different kinds of stitches for wool applique to get the Sue Spargo look.  The first class is next Friday and I hope to learn a couple of fancy stitches that I can incorporate into this current project.

I'll also have to remember to go shopping for some tiny beads for the birds' eyeballs!

Hopefully in my next post I'll show my progress on my temperature quilt. All I've done so far is take note of the daily high/low temps since January 1st since I've totally changed my mind on fabrics and am waiting now for something in the mail. 

Is anyone else making a temperature quilt this year? If you are on Instagram you can do some various searches and see all the ideas that are out there.

Have a nice day doing some stitching. I think I'll do a little prep-work for some applique before I go this afternoon to see Mary Poppins!!

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching




Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year !

I had a difficult time figuring out what my goal will be for January.

I've chosen to work on my Farm Girl Vintage quilt...




I have completed a couple more blocks lately. This will be a UFO that definitely needs moving along this year!

This will be a completed quilt in 2019!!!!

So, my goal this month will be to get eight more blocks done. I was going to say six, but nope, eight it will be!


I finished my little bit of colour that I started on the weekend. I needed a quick colour "fix" and this was quick and easy. Love it!



It's back to work for me today after a nice two weeks off. 

I had intended on doing some organising and straightening-up in the sewing room. What got accomplished?....nothing :(

It will actually just be a half-day on the longarm as I'll be on an outing to Niagara Falls this afternoon to run an errand. 



I did get my run in on Sunday....wasn't sure how it would be with the bit of snow we'd gotten overnight, but it just made for a beautiful run on the trail. 

Here is my running buddy, enjoying the moment ....



That's it for now....Happy New Year everyone!


I am linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social (I'm looking forward to her Harry Potter Quiltalong!), Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers, and with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal - January.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

This Winter's day needs a bit of colour!

It's so true that the holidays makes you lose track of the days. All day yesterday it felt like Sunday to me. Now that it's actually Sunday, I feel like I have a bonus day to the weekend :)

....and I needed the extra day....to complete my One Monthly Goal.

I dragged my feet on this one, it seems. I don't know that I'm terribly happy with my fabric choices....but I'm happy that it's done!

My goal was to finish Block #4 in my Queen's Garden....



It seems to be a bit dark and boring to me...but it looks fine hidden amongst the rest of the flowers in the garden, I think...



Yesterday, as I was getting caught up on my Border Creek Mystery, I realised that I was just aching to work with some COLOUR!!!

This was as I was doing the tedious job of trimming-up. (Which I usually avoid by utilizing other methods, but this quilt is a mystery so I followed directions.)



....a lovely, messy pile of colour!

This had me digging into a box containing a project destined for the future....but I had to play with just one block to get my colour-fix in!



There's always something so special about the very beginning of a quilt, don't you think???

I was able to get a few stitches into the colourful fabrics and it made me feel much better. Funny, isn't it, how that works?




I'm supposed to meet my friend for a nice, long run in Port Dover this morning.....but I did not expect to wake up to a snowy morning! Oh well, I'll get ready and see how it is in a bit.

Sometimes it's difficult to push myself out on these grey Winter days but one thing I do know....once I get out and do it, I never regret it!

I am linking up with Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching, and with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal - December finish.

My goals for today....get a run in, do a bit more stitching, watch last night's episode of Outlander (which should be amazing!!!).

Friday, December 28, 2018

Mulling things over a bit....

I hadn't planned on a post this morning, but it's turned into a lazy one so I may as well share some quilty-stuff while I sit with an extra cup of coffee :)

I have been stitching away at block 4 for my Queen's Garden quilt. I have to say, it's not my favourite and will be glad to get on with the next one.


Ha!....couldn't even seem to take a decent picture of it! I decided to get all the blocks up to see if this one will "fit" in...


I guess it'll blend in. I'm finding it challenging working with the neutrals, but I think it will result in a pretty quilt.

With the end of the year comes the thoughts of which quilt projects will be undertaken in 2019. I know I have too many on my mind so I think I'd better cull the herd right from the get-go. 



I'm still looking forward to doing my temperature quilt....I can hardly wait to get started! You can read about it in my post HERE.

Anina from Twiddletails is heading up the Temperature Quilt sewalong and has a good post today on getting organised. You can see her post HERE.



I've been wavering on taking part in Lorna's Harry Potter Quilt-along over at Sew Fresh Quilts. I had kinda talked myself out of it, but I'm in! You can read about it HERE.

I just have to do the Harry Potter quilt.....In our family of six, the Harry Potter novels were something that we all enjoyed...which is something, in my books! (pun intended!) I have such fond memories of all of us waiting our turn in the family line-up to read each book. 

Lorna is offering this in two sizes...10" blocks and 20" blocks. I will do the smaller version. I've taken advantage of Boxing Week sales and ordered a background fabric, but will try to do the rest of it from stash.



I wonder if it helps to write a list of projects that will take priority in 2019? Anyone have an opinion on this? Then the other UFO's could just take a back seat and be out of mind for the time being?



I do think I will participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again. I hadn't even thought about it until just now, so I don't even have an idea in mind for it. I'll think on that one for the next couple of days and come up with something.


Today I am linking up with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday, and with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?.



Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday Stitching

My goodness, December is just racing by!

Hopefully you can take some time during this hectic season to have some down-time and enjoy the moments that are special.

I didn't have too much stitching to do this morning as I need to take time to get some serious prep-work done, but I did have a couple of leaves to stitch to my Queen's Garden applique...



I hope to prep the next block this afternoon, as it is my monthly goal to complete said block!

As of this past Friday I am officially on Christmas break, which means I finally got the tree decorated. For some reason, Minnie thinks the new tree skirt was made as a new bed for her...she loves it...



Today I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. I am also inviting you to read my post from the other day so I can tempt you with the idea of joining me in doing a temperature quilt in 2019. You can read about it HERE.

Have a great day!