Sunday, June 18, 2017

Welcome Summer!

The season of Summer is in full swing
here in Utah. Hot days...cooler nights...
gardening...Husband home fulltime
(he's a teacher)

I finished a quilt top for my local guild
comfort quilt donation. I had planned to
donate 4 quilts this year, so I am a bit
behind.


Sorry the photo is not of great quality. It is made
of scraps, scraps and more scraps. I have
another 30 blocks made, so a similar quilt
will be my next donation. Our quilts go to
Safe Harbor (women-children shelter) and
the local Police department.

Last week, my Husband and I
attended the Panguitch (Utah) Quilt Walk.
It is a weekend festival about quilts
and how they saved a town.
Google it...it's an amazing story.

All throughout the town of Panguitch,
they have quilts displayed....
probably about 30 quilts.



They also have a statue in a
little park to commemorate the
sacrifice of the 7 men who saved
the town with their quilts.


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Today, for my Sunday Slow stitch, I am
hoping to finish the binding on a quilt
that will be a Christmas gift.

What are you stitching?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Back to real life!

I just returned home after attending
Women's Conference, put on by my
Church at Brigham Young University
(in Provo, Utah)

It was 2 days of wonderful classes,
visiting with family and friends and
doing Service for others.

The Conference always has
Take-Make-Return service projects
available during the two days of classes.
You take a kit, make it while there,
then return it by the 2nd day.

This year they had 3 hand sewing
and one crochet project. I choose
the crochet project, just because it
was the first table I came too.


I crocheted around the edges of a baby
bib. The kit was in a plastic bag with
instructions, the bib all prepped with
holes, the yarn and a crochet hook. It
took me about half and hour to finish..

My niece did two of the hand sewing
projects. The first was sewing the
side of a wheel chair bag (blanket stitch)
and adding a yoyo flower to a pocket of
the bag. The second was sewing on an
appliqued star (with a running stitch)
onto a child's courage cape,

The last  sewing project was called
Monster tags. The ladies sewed on crazy
eyes and mouths to the circular faces
of little monster heads.

Today, my slow stitch Sunday
project will be work on an
embroidery quilt block for a
year long quilt I am finishing from 2009.

What are you working on?


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Another label

In my quest to make sure all my
quilts have labels, I have been
asking my family to let me
borrow quilts I have made to document
then with a photo and label.

This is a quilt I made when my
daughter had her first child.


The photo is not too clear....

There is some bright yellow
fabric in the design, but it
did not photograph well.

For my slow stitch Sunday,
I am adding a quilt label, as well
as, beginning the embroidery
on a monthly quilt block
project. It's an UFO. from 2009.

What are you working on?


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Completeing all the steps to make a quilt

I have been creating quilts for more than
half my lifetime. I started out sewing
useful traditional block quilts for my
family to sleep beneath. Years later,
I create landscape and art quilts to make
the World a little bit more beautiful.

I have not always been very good at
adding labels to any of my quilts.

Today, I am going back and hand
sewing labels onto past quilts I have
given to family members.

First quilt up....


My daughters frog quilt. I made
this many moons ago when she was a
young girl...she is married with
children of her own now.


This daughter always brought home
stray animals to love. I didn't mind
the kittens she rescued and hide in
her bedroom ("Dear, do you hear a
meow sound coming from inside your
room? "No, Mom.........")

I did put my foot down to things like
snakes and frogs and other creepy
crawlies.....

So, she got a quilt full of fabric frogs!

What are you working on this
Slow Stitching Sunday?


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week one of 2017 project

I mentioned in last Sundays post
that I was beginning a new year
long quilt project...and I did....

I am making a 5 inch block each
day for a village...houses, trees, cars, etc.

Here is my first week photo.


The quilt is themed around the
four seasons of the year. Top to
bottom in the photo is Spring,
Summer, Fall and Winter.

I began with very simple paper
pieced blocks for the first week. I
will be adding some hand
embroidery to some of the blocks
during the year.

Today, for my Slow Sunday Stitching
I will be adding some leaves to
the tree blocks.

What are you working on today?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A new project-a new adventure!

I celebrated a birthday this past week,

As a gift to myself,
I decided to start a one year project....
a block a day for a year.

The blocks will be 5 inch (finished)
The theme will be a village of
houses and trees and constructed
around the four seasons.

I went to the library and printed
off a few paper piecing patterns for
a house and trees. I will also be
appliqueing houses (and cars and trees)

Old photo, but I completed
row 42 of my hand-stitching
Trip Around the World quilt.

It is almost queen  sized. I
need to decide if I am going to
go larger, or start hand quilting
it now.

What are you working on?


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Long weekend for sewing

Presidents Day weekend is always
a long weekend of sewing for me.

The next break-vacation time will
be in the Spring, which means
working in the yard and garden.

Today, for my
I will be attaching the two
flowers and adding
embroidery green stems to
my Be My Neighbor quilt top.


I will also be removing the outside
white border....too much white! I think
a border with bright colors will
work much better.



Sorry for the poor photo...My studio
is under construction, so I could
not use my design wall.

If I have time, I may use the
left over fabric for a service
quilt for our local Police Department.

What are you working on?


Sunday, February 5, 2017

February...another busy month

Goodness...January just flew by
in the blink of an eye!

February...already picking up speed.

I had a grandchild born this week.
I was babysitting her older sister
for a few days,
which meant no sewing or creating
happened at my house.

This week, I am headed to my daughters
home to babysit her kids while she is
out of town. I am going to pack
up some hand sewing and knitting
projects to keep me busy.

I  am still undecided if I want to
continue adding rows to my
Trip around the World quilt.


The plan is to finish row 42 and then
re-evaluate the quilt size.

Here is an article I saw on Facebook
that I thought I would share. Enjoy!


What are you working on?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

You fail when you keep trying....

As usual, I always start off the new year
with many goals and plans to
improve and accomplish and progress.

And some of those goals and plans
fall to the side of the road...some I do
finish.

I had plans to finish so many UFO'S
this year, but the first month is nearly
over and that goal has not been reached.

And....that's okay. I have been creating
in other ways...and working on my
health issues...and relationship challenges...

I was going to finish out my
Trip Around the World quilt I am
hand sewing at row 42, but now...

I am not sure. I laid it out on the bed, and it hangs
just to the bottom of the mattress. I will
not ever be making this quilt pattern
again and we may be getting a larger
size bed. I need to think about this....

I started crocheting an altar cloth
for my Temple. I have never done it
before...it is quite relaxing and enjoyable.

The next couple of weeks are going to
be busy with a grandchild
schedule to be born, plus
babysitting of other grandchildren. I
think I am going to be doing some
hand stitching for a while.

What are you creating?