Sunday, November 1, 2020

Slow Stitching

 So Hallowe'en is done for another year....Covid-style this time.

I'm not a big Hallowe'en-ie, and where I live, out in a rural setting, I never get trick-or-treaters...except this year...I had a few grandchildren stop by for their modified Hallowe'en...

We were also treated to a rare Hallowe'en Hunters' Blue Micro Moon...

I have finished my Snowflake quilt top, which was half of my monthly goal for October...I did not finish the other project, which was the handquilting on my Shimmer quilt. I did not put a single stitch into Shimmer at all!

I know there is an error in the quilt top....and I have rectified it as you'll see when I post the quilt once it's quilted. Sometimes I'll leave things as is, but in this case it was easy to fix it right then and there. 

I'll get this quilted at some point soon....originally thinking that I wanted to use it in my living space in December, but now a son of mine has expressed a liking for this one, so that's him done for Christmas! I love that my family appreciates my hobby!!

On to Sunday Stitching!...

I've been working on my A Curious Journey BOM, designed by Susan Smith. I really don't want this one to become a UFO!

It's a mystery quilt, I get monthly instructions as to what to do next.

We were told that we would need over 50 QSTs, and were advised to work on them as we go along so as to spread out the work-load. 

Well....I've attached one border of QSTs to my centre applique blocks to see how they were looking (because I had my doubts about my fabric choices)....

Hmmm...not a very clear picture, but I'm sure you can tell that my QST border is a hot mess! I figure that I'm doing so much work with the applique on this quilt that I can't just leave this pieced border as it is. Dammit!!

In the top left of the picture you can see two practice QST blocks using patterned fabric and background fabric...I think that's what I'll go with. Or a soft yellow instead of the background fabric?...what do you think???

I am loving the use of Tilda fabrics for this quilt...I think it's going to be a very pretty quilt.

For this quilt we also need 24 Windswept blocks. I've been working on these in between the regular blocks and my Christmas knitting.

Here are my Windswept blocks, so far...

Getting there!! I'll poke away at these a bit more today for my Slow Sunday Stitching.

And to leave you with an idea of a soup to warm you up now that we are experiencing cool, blustery Autumn days, here is a soup we made in the Instant Pot this week...

It's Oxtail Soup, and just took 45 minutes in the Instant Pot, plus 15 minutes to simmer the veggies in IP once the meat was cooked. This worked to not having the veggies turn to mush by cooking them with the meat.

 I have to say...I've never bought oxtails, but every time I see them in the grocery store I remember how much I liked them as a young girl. We will definitely be making this soup again...and again!

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.


  1. Your soup looks yummy! I need to make some more soup this week...perhaps borscht, or leek and potato, maybe both! I think I like the new hourglass blocks better too. Good to know this sooner than later. Those windswept blocks are so pretty!
    We had less than half the usual number of trick or treaters last night...mostly little ones from the neighbourhood.

  2. That is a lot of applique! Looks great!

  3. Just beautiful blocks in your monthly mystery quilt . Those fabrics are so soft and lovely...
    I just love your snowflake quilt...I've been wanting to make one of those for a while now...just lovely works hugs, Julierose

  4. The change to the quarter triangles looks you described the hot mess is a bit busy for such pretty applique blocks. Love those windswept blocks. I am working on applique as well with lots of feel for all those points you have to do!

  5. The Journey quilt is so wonderful... those windswept blocks look like great fun to stitch! The QST border does look "heavy" with all the light blocks around it, but maybe you want a strong dividing border there? Enjoy your stitching!

  6. Oh! What a fun post. Your Journey quilt is going to be so very lovely! I do like the idea of the yellow for the quarter blocks - something like the yellow that all those berries are made from? It looks like yellow instead of the background will make the border be more cohesive with the applique blocks being set off nicer than the quarter triangles that would be floating if you use the background fabric on those.

  7. I really like both of those quilts. I would stick with the same background fabric for those border blocks.

  8. Your A Curious Journey BOM is beautiful and the Snowflake quilt top is fun. Love those trick-or-treaters, there. That is a fabulous photo of the Halloween night sky. Perfect really.