Tuesday, January 19, 2021

To-Do Tuesday and A Sweet Photo

 Today I'm joining Roseanne at Homesewn By Us and friends for To-Do Tuesday list and update.

Finished "B" blocks for Exploding Heart QAL

Let's see how I did on last week's To-Do list:
1. Finish embroidery project bag for granddaughter - almost done, just need to hand stitch the binding
2. Cut pieces for Exploding Heart QAL - Block "B" DONE, waiting for more background fabric
3. Get busy on Meadowland quilt - still sitting in the basket
4. Continue to work on Village in the Snowfall embroidery - still stitching
5. Make RSC blocks - pieces still waiting to be sewn

Granddaughter's project bag almost finished

This week's To-Do List:
1. Work on granddaughter's project bag
2. If fabric arrives, cut more pieces for Exploding Heart QAL; still have another week to sew all the blocks
3. Sandwich Meadowland quilt
4. RSC blocks
5. Round Robin border
6. Village in the Snowfall embroidery

Beverly and her quilt

I wanted to share a sweet photo of the recipient of a quilt I made last year. Beverly is the older sister of Myrna, my best friend from childhood, and I posted about the quilt I made for her in this post last April. Beverly was recently moved from Oklahoma to a nursing home closer to Myrna, who lives in Georgia. Myrna said that quilt was a big comfort to Beverly throughout her move and relocation. That made me cry happy/sad tears, then I received the above photo and that made me tear up again!

Be sure to visit the linky party to see how other busy bloggers have been doing with their projects!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

To-Do Tuesday and SAHRR


Lynx Star Block

Today I am combining To-Do Tuesday with my Stay At Home Round Robin block. SAHRR is hosted by Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us and six of her quilting and blogging friends. I've never participated in a "normal" round robin, in which each person sends a block to a participating friend for them to add a border and that person sends it on to another person to add another border, and so on until each person's quilt is complete. COVID-19 has prompted a new kind of round robin, in which each person keeps their block and adds their own borders each week.

Christmas fabric

The block I have chosen is the Lynx Star block (pattern by Lucky Penny Quilts) that I blogged about here back in November. I had intended to use this block as part of the back of Peppermint Twist quilt, but I changed my mind. This unique block will shine with added borders, and with plenty of Christmas fabric I should end up with an early Christmas quilt.

On to To-Do Tuesday. Let's see how I did on my plans for this past week. 

1. Finish granddaughter's embroidery project bag: No finish yet, but I got the pieces cut and a zipper pull ordered.

✔2. Work on the January "eggplant" block for 2021 Color Challenge - DONE

✔3. Pull out the pink scrap bin for this month's RSC - DONE  - with pieces ready for several blocks

✔4. Prep for the SAHRR - DONE

5. Start on Guns and Roses quilt - all I did was get it out of the closet and put it in a prominent place in my sewing room!

✔6. Work on Village in the Snowfall embroidery - worked on it a few nights.

Now on to the To-Do list for this coming week:

1. Finish embroidery project bag for granddaughter.

2. Cut pieces for Exploding Heart QAL (See "I'M IN!" sidebar button).

3. Get busy on Meadowland quilt.

4. Continue to work on Village in the Snowfall embroidery.

5. Make RSC blocks.

You can find more information about the SAHRR by clicking the logo button in my sidebar, and be sure to check out others' ongoing plans at the To-Do Tuesday linkup, hosted by Home Sewn by Us. I'm also linking with the SAHRR linky at Quilting Gail.

Our sweet Buddy
12/3/06 - 01/06/21

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Project Quilting 12.1 - Sundance

This past week I was innocently reading a post on Wendy's Pieceful Thoughts when a squirrel entered my sewing room. Wendy made a pretty little mini quilt using colors assigned by this month's Project Quilting Season 12 challenge, and it reminded me of a piece of fabric I have in my stash. I read up on the challenge and decided it was doable. Yes I know I have a ridiculous list of goals in my sidebar, but "squirrel!"

Yuwa fabric by Susuko Koseki

The 12-week challenge is to complete a project from start to finish in one week using the guidelines posted on Sundays. Season 12 Challenge 1 is make a piece predominantly featuring Pantone's 2021 colors of Illuminating (yellow) and Ultimate Gray. My inspiration fabric has sunny circles against a gray background, and I named my mini quilt Sundance after one of the other fabrics I used.

I found a "one-block" pattern, Cross and Crown  by All People Quilt. This pattern is for a table top, but it will  reside with a mini quilt with similar colors on my sewing room wall. Yellow and gray are good colors together, don't you think?

I love the quirkiness of bees and antique pistols together, along with yummy Grunge fabric!

Here are the details:

Cross and Crown by All People Quilt

Finished size
17" x 17"

Yuwa fabric by Susuko Koseki
Classic Remington by Quilting Treasures
Sundance Dots and Swirls by Exclusively Quilters
Everyday Favorites Bees by Robert Kaufman
Yellow/white check from stash

Border and binding
Grunge in Metallic Lead by Basic Grey

Thread by Superior Threads
So Fine #50 in Genoa Gray for piecing
Rainbows #860 (variegated) for quilting

You can find the challenge projects of other participants right here and information about Project Quilting challenge in the button in my sidebar. You can also find posted projects on Instagram using hashtags  #projectquiltingseason12 or #projectquilting

Thanks to Wendy (and all the friends whose blogs I follow!) for continuous squirrels inspiration.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

To-Do Tuesday January 5, 2021

A recent early morning sunrise - glorious!

This is my first time joining Roseanne and friends in a linky party for To-Do Tuesday, where we review what we accomplished from the previous week and list goals for the next week. I did not have a post for last Tuesday, but I can tell you I accomplished a few things, such as taking down all the Christmas decorations and recovering from coronavirus. I am happy to report that I had a mild case, I am almost symptom free, and I have resumed most normal activity. 

Here is my To-Do  list for January 5-January 12:

1. Finish the embroidery project bag for my oldest granddaughter. I drew her name for Christmas, and she wanted basic supplies for embroidery and for me to teach her how to embroider. She wants to learn to embellish items to sell in an Etsy shop. I had intended to make her a vinyl pouch to hold her supplies on the Friday before everyone was to come on Monday to celebrate an early Christmas. But that is the day I started displaying symptoms of coronavirus, so we had to postpone our celebration until February, I'll be using a pattern I've used before, so it should go together quickly.

2. Work on the January block for 2021 Monthly Color Challenge. The challenge this year involves colors of vegetables and fruits and this month is is eggplant.

3. Pull out the pink scrap bin to work on this month's RSC color of pink.

4. Prep for the 2021 Stay At Home Round Robin (SAHRR) hosted by the lovely Roseanne.

5. Start working on my Guns and Roses quilt, which needs to be sandwiched, quilted, and bound this month. I am participating in All People Quilt 2021 UFO Challenge to help me with my goals. You make a list of 12 UFOs, and each month APQ will announce a random number between 1-12,. The corresponding number on your list is the one you try to complete. The number for January is #7, and that is Guns and Roses on my list. 

6. Work on Village in the Snowfall cross stitch.

We will see how far I get! You may find information about each of the challenges by clicking on the buttons in my sidebar.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Unfinished Cross Stitch and Hand Embroidery Projects

Much like my last post about unfinished quilts, this one is about cross stitch and embroidery projects that are either in the works or still in the plastic bag they came in.

I keep several projects in a vinyl bag next to my TV-watching recliner. Most of these are Christmas-themed, because buying Christmas needlework is one of my weaknesses. Those in particular I would love to finish before next Christmas - so I can buy more!

Here is a list of my current needlework projects, and these are also on my 2021 goals list. (Don't even think about the crochet projects waiting patiently in my closet!) You may click on the links to see how they will eventually look:

Village in the Snowfall by Herrschners - cross stitch table topper purchased 2020. This is my current project, and I am really enjoying it. Instead of the white floss provided with the kit, I am using DMC's Etoile Mouline in Blanc to provide a little sparkle. I have made some progress on this and have about 1/3 of it completed.

Snowflakes: 12 Winter Designs for Hand Embroidery by Mary Corbet - I first saw this on Barbara's Cat Patches blog. I was enamored with her work on it and purchased the pattern at the end of 2019 to make as ornaments for our 2020 Christmas tree. I enjoyed choosing beads and threads so those are ready to stitch!

Farmhouse Christmas Cross Stitch by Little House Needleworks - purchased November 2019 to make ornaments for our 2020 Christmas tree, so maybe next year!

The Drawn Thread Cross Stitch Panels - purchased 2018. Here are the links to the ones I have: The Garden Gate, Welcome Autumn and Welcome Winter,  and Welcome Christmas. I guess I need one that says Welcome 2021!

Quilter's Cottage Cross Stitch Pattern by Lori Holt - purchased 2019. I have already made her Farm Girl Fall and Vintage Christmas cross stitch patterns. I really enjoy her patterns - they are easy to stitch and cute.

Holiday Main Street Cross Stitch Pattern by Imaginating - purchased 2018. I still intend to make this for my son, to go with the Christmas village collection he displays every year.

I have a few other little patterns that I have had for years and will get around to "someday", but these are the main ones I want to work on in 2021.

A health update: my last day of quarantine was Monday, and we went to several stores yesterday. Although I tire easily, I am feeling much better. The only lingering effect is no taste and very little sense of smell. Thank you for reading my crazy posts and for encouraging me with your comments. Wishing you a very happy 2021!

Monday, December 28, 2020

Crock Pot Quilts and 2021 Goals


We all have them - quilts that start off as projects and become one of the following: UFOs (Unfinished Objects), PHDs (Projects Half Done), PIGS, (Projects in Grocery Sacks), WIPs (Works in Progress), WISP (Works in Slow Progress), or the worst of fates: WOMBAT (Waste of Money, Batting, and Time). All these terms give me a chuckle when I read about them.

My storage area has a few, and I've decided to coin my own term for them: CPQs or Crock Pot Quilts. These are quilts that are on "slow-cook" and will be "done" at some point in time. Working on these projects will be my goal for 2021. I'm sure I will succumb to the siren call of a rogue quilt-along, but I really want to finish at least a quilt or two from this group of UFOs.

Bear with me as I document them on this post to serve as my reference point. Feel free to click on the links I've included, which are either previous posts about them or links to the patterns. They are in random order, and my oldest Crock Pot Quilt is from 2014!

Crochet Quilt - started in 2019, pattern by Joanna Figueroa; all pieces cut, four blocks completed

Lost Stars Quilt - started in 2020 as a quilt my husband quickly claimed, inspired by blocks made by @pamalamajodesigns on Instagram; 25 6-inch blocks completed; final size TBD

Butterfly Garden Quilt - started in 2019 as my entry in the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year Quilt Challenge; pattern Home Awaits by Busy Hands Quilts; flimsy completed.

Guns and Roses -  started in 2019 in an Instagram QAL; pattern Meadowland by Then Came June; flimsy completed. Intended as a quilt for our living room.

Math Class Quilt - started in 2014 (!) intended as a Christmas gift for my daughter; pattern Math Class by Sweetwater; pieces cut, a few blocks completed

Elizabeth's Dowry Quilt - started in 2018, originally intended as a quilt for our bed; pattern Elizabeth's Dowry by Marcus Fabrics; fabrics are vintage-y and not in line with our current bedroom style, but I still might use it on the bed.

Quilty Stars - started in 2019, pattern Quilty Stars by Emily Dennis; HSTs cut and waiting to be trimmed.

Antique Quilt Revival - purchased an older quilt in antique store for $25.00 in 2018; plan to restore it.

Craftsman - started in 2018 as a quilt for my DIY husband; fabrics feature tools; I would very much like to finish this one and present it to him!

Farm Girl Vintage - started in 2015 as a QAL; blocks are from Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt; blocks are complete and need sashing. My daughter wants this one.

Lone Star Flag Quilt - started in 2017 as a surprise for my husband; pattern Lone Star Flag purchased from Lisa at Aspen Tree Shop, which is no longer online but I found her on Instagram as @thingsherelately; all pieces cut, and I had them all laid out to begin piecing and have no idea why I put them away.

This list is by no means complete, but it is a good start for me! What are your goals for 2021?

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Christmas Gift!

My husband and I enjoyed a quiet Christmas, our 58th together since we started dating on December 17, 1962.

Christmas was a bit different for us this year, as it was for most folks. Our son and family were supposed to come Monday and stay until Wednesday, and our daughter and family were to come on Tuesday for us all to celebrate early this year. Last Friday I started having a dry cough and by Saturday was having more symptoms of coronavirus. I had an oral swab on Monday and by Wednesday evening had my test result, which was positive. In the meantime we informed the kids, and we decided to celebrate on a 3-day weekend in January or February. This was pretty depressing to me for a couple days, but now I am at peace with it. I always believe that God is in my life and that things turn out for the best in His perfect plans.

I did finish all the stockings! Each fabric was chosen specially for the recipient from my Christmas stash, and the names were cross-stitched. We bought stocking stuffers on the Friday I started coughing. Hopefully all the candy inside will stay fresh until we celebrate!

In spite of the circumstances, I am so grateful to be in our new home with the promise of a new year just around the corner. I hope all of you are finding peace and happiness this Christmas season!