Sunday, November 29, 2015

Do small things with great love.

Last week I showed a small embroidery that I will put in the center of a dresden block and fashion into a pillow. The pillow will be a gift for my daughter.I have gotten a little of the stitching done. Plan to do some more slow stitching on it today. 
My daughter lives up to the essence of the saying. She has donated her time and love to many causes over the years. She has volunteered to assist veterans and active service men and women for quite a few years through various organizations. She and her children have sorted canned goods at a food bank. They have assisted in cleaning up a beach. 

Her newest contributions are to Teeny Tears and Angel Outfitters. They make tiny clothing for preemies who do not survive. Please read about their missions at the above links.

My daughter is an avid crocheter. Sewing has not really been her thing. But, look at these tiny diapers she sewed this week! Beautiful top-stitching on these. I'm a proud Mama.
Last week-end she made these little knit hats for the preemies.They are made from medical stockinette and ribbons, then embellished. There are 48 sets of 2.
She also spent her Black Friday making these tiny buntings.
And, yes, she also cooked Thanksgiving dinner for 2 of her children and her 6 grandchildren. Plus, she works full time. I am so proud of the woman she has become. 
And, as you can see, she is beautiful on the outside, too. Love you, Dana.

I am linking to Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching-Nov. 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. We have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for my stitching friends, both local and online. What a wonderful community!

Today I will be sewing with Sharon for our usual Sunday Sewcial. I am first going to make a set of pillowcases to replace some my granddaughter had stolen from her car this past summer. She was in the process of moving. The pillowcases match her graduation quilt.

For some slow stitching, I am going to embroider this little saying and put in the middle of a pillow. I got the pattern here at Nana Company.
I had one block left from my Dresden plate quilt. I am going to remove the yellow center and replace it with this embroidered piece. It will be a gift.

See what others are slow stitching today at Kathy's Quilts and then, relax and slow down yourself.

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gardening in November

At this time of the year it can be difficult to find something to blog about. It's the time of homemade gifts and secrets. Today I am working on some  presents that I cannot post here.

So, I will show you some things I have purchased recently. At the guild retreat I bought this cute little  platform  that has a spindle for a spool of thread and space to glue your needle threader onto. A member's husband makes them. Very handy.
Last Thursday we went to an estate sale for a former quilter who has gone into assisted living. We were the first to arrive, but did not see a lot I wanted. I did buy 3 yds. of solid flannels. The purchase I am most excited about was some Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks in two sizes. I got 44 blocks that are 3/4" hexagons including an outer round of muslin, plus 13 more without the muslin round. Nine of the complete ones were set together with a green fabric that I will never be able to match. I am sure I can replace them with a similar green fabric.
3/4 inch hexies
I am unsure, but I believe the prints are 1930's reproductions. But, I have never seen these prints before. I also got 72 of the 1" hexie blocks, complete with the muslin round. I paid $10 for the entire lot Flower Garden blocks.
1 inch hexies
These blocks are hand-pieced. They were not English paper pieced. The quilter did excellent stitching on them. Here is the back of one of the blocks.
I am looking forward to making these into a quilt sometime in the future.

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Finish and some Frogging

Been busy this morning. I wanted to put the newly finished Dresden Plate quilt on my guest/sewing room bed. Well that required a new bed skirt (white eyelet) and new sheets, too. You know how it is. *wink*  Then, of course you may as well dust under the bed, etc. Now, I will have the old bedding to wash. My photo is a little fuzzy, but I love how this very large quilt looks on this bed because of the 16" drop.
Sharon and I have not sewed together on the last 2 Sunday afternoons. Today we are getting back into our routine. Except, I will be un-sewing. Remember the 4-patch star quilt I started? Rebecca in Alaska who blogs at Quilting Everyday is making it in lucious browns and creams. I just might have to make another one like hers. Here is mine.
Anyway, back to the un-sewing part. I have already sewn all the 16" blocks into a top and have plans for the borders. But, during the Craftsy deal in October, Sharon and I took a class by Marti Michell to learn to Quilt-As-You-Go. Sharon suggested that these would be the perfect blocks to do that with. I could finally learn to free-motion quilt on these blocks. So, today, I will sit and chat with Sharon while she sews and I use that famous frogging it, rip it.

A lot of quilters will be slow sewing today while I un-sew. Check them out at Kathy's Quilts.

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching- Binding

Within the next day or so, I should be finally finished with my 1930's reproduction dresden plate quilt. I looked back through my blog and realized that I started this quilt in Sept. 2012. No rush. LOL You can see the beginning stages here. In my last blog post I was working on the binding. When I was stitching on it last night I realized that, apparently, when you are chit-chatting with friends you don't stitch as fast. Imagine that! But, the retreat was so much fun! We hope to make it an annual event!

The quilt has a lot of yellow and red and I hoped to tone it down with the lavender binding. I love a polka dot binding and this Aunt Grace floral gives the feel of dots. I love it.
Why don't you join me and others at Kathy's Quilts as we do some slow stitching today. 

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Quilt Guild Fun

Today I was at my guild's first day of a 2 day retreat. This was a first for us. We had a fantastic turn out! There are a lot of people that don't feel they can go to an over-night retreat. We have one every Spring. When your guild is large it is hard to get to know everyone. But, I was able to touch base with some more of our great members. Fun, fun, fun!

A few months ago I was very disappointed because Kim Diehl was originally to be our National teacher for this year. But, due to health problems, she cancelled. That's  when someone came up with an alternate teacher (Betty Cummings) and the day retreat. It was a winner! I go back tomorrow, too.
I rarely send a quilt to a longarmer, but I have had my dresden plate top finished for months. It is so large I finally decided to have it quilted. I picked it up yesterday and worked on the binding at the retreat. Quilts, good friends (new and old), and great food. What's not to love?

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Gloomy Week-end

We have had rain and cooler weather all week-end. Sometimes, when the days are like this, I really just want to curl up with a good book and read. But, I spent a lot of time reading last month.I read 4 books and ,surprisingly, I enjoyed them all. 

I also spent a lot of time watching Craftsy videos. I got in on their deal to pay less than $10 in October and watch all the videos for free. Did any of you do this? I not only watched quilting videos, but cooking videos as well. I want to start cooking more. It can a challenge because my hubby is a somewhat picky eater. 
My yummy breakfast. Bananas and Pecan Pie Granola.
Last night I made Pecan Pie Granola from a recipe on the Barbara Bakes blog. So east and delicious. Will be great on oatmeal, ice cream, or yogurt. I am making yogurt for the first time in my new Instant Pot. This pot pressure cooks, steams, sautes, slow cooks, makes rice, and yogurt. I just bought it this week. Barbara also has a blog called Pressure Cooking Today.

Later today I plan to do some slow stitching, but I really can't share it. I am making something for the Santa Sack Swap. Time is running out. Here is a teaser.

What are you slow stitching today? I am linking to Kathy Quilts.

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.