Sunday, 29 May 2016

Hand Stitching

It's hot here in my part of the world. It's humid and hot and feels more like July than the end of May.

I don't like this weather much, so I spend a lot of time inside - stitching.

Working on this makes me feel a little cooler.

Slowly but surely I'm getting this large panel finished. I'm glad to be finished all the music lines - they were tedious. At this end of the panel are a few singing snowmen and a tree. Then I'll go back and do all the snowflakes along the top. I've rolled the finished part now to help protect it and keep it clean. It's working, but making it really wrinkly.

I'm connecting with Kathy

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Basted and Quilting Started

I'm making progress. I finished piecing on Monday night and Tuesday night I used batting tape to attach some pieces of batting together to fit this quilt.
Today I basted the layers and started quilting.

All the fabric is Ann Kelle and I'm super pleased.
I'm linking to Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social

Monday, 9 May 2016

Hand Stitching

Thanks everyone for the kind comments from last week. And Lynn - there is a slight odour left from the vinegar, then I rinsed in cold water and it disappeared. And my thread isn't shredding so I'm very happy about that.

On the hand stitching front, I joined a campaign to make quilt blocks to send to people in Fort McMurray who have lost their homes. This one is sponsored by the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild and you can learn more about it here and here. They are asking for 12.5" unfinished maple leaf blocks. I've enlisted the help of Buttons and the Perfectionist as well and we'll pool our blocks to send them together.
I started with these two blocks
I used the freezer paper method and hand appliqued these leaves down. I'm very happy with them. I'll make a total of 4 more blocks, in 2 different styles.

My Winter Wonderland is coming along, slowly but surely. It's getting quite wrinkly - the creases will iron out. The fabric is so big that I roll the stitched portion both to protect it and keep it out of my way.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Just Start Already

I got stalled. I signed up for the Finish Along 2016. That's it. I've made very little progress since then.
I don't know why.

I read a blog post a while ago about just start. Just cut the fabric and turn on the machine.
So, I'm working on that.

This quilt is all cut out and just needs to be pieced. I've made this pattern before and it's pretty simple. This is a gift - for a student at school who is expecting a baby and in great need of supplies for the baby. I know it will be appreciated.

Here's what I've got so far. Next week I'll have more to report.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching

I haven't blogged for awhile - I didn't realize how long until I checked my last date.

I have been sewing - a bit - though. I wasn't in the mood or busy for a bit, but I'm back at it again.

Here's the progress on my Winter Wonderland

Sorry it's rotated - it looks fine on my computer, but rotates in the blog.

I'm making progress, just slower than I was. I'm still enjoying it so I keep plugging away.

I looked for something a little more seasonal when I was at the Creative Festival last weekend but I was sadly disappointed. My next hand project will be a La Passacaglia and I'm determined to finish this one first.

I had to buy more embroidery floss. This time I pre-washed it with vinegar, instead of the chemical (retayne) I used before. The thread was bearding a bit and I wondered if it was the chemical. There didn't seem to be any running with the vinegar, so all is well.

I'm linking up with Kathy.