Monday, September 27, 2021

Design Wall Monday

I have been working on my 
summer mystery project that my local quilt guild hosted. Here it is before the last border.

Somehow I made 40 extra (wrongly cut) HST blocks and wanted to use them up in the last border.

And here is the finished quilt top, with the extra blocks in the outside border. Because of my error in a previous step, I just have enough fabric left for the binding.

The pattern is designed by Judy Eckhardt. Her pattern has a proper 4" border around instead of a 2" border that includes all of my mistake blocks!

Now I am thinking about how to machine quilt this project.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly hand stitching party!

I am definitely looking forward to some slow stitching today. How about you? I hope you will take some time today to relax and to put a few stitches into your project. 

We have had a lot of rain lately, and the forecast for tomorrow is sun, so I plan to enjoy some outdoor stitching. As you can see in the photo, I have finished stitching the words on this tea towel, and have also done the martini glass. Today I'll work on the shaker and see how much I accomplish. You can also see the plethora of tomatoes from my little garden. I wish some of the other plants had done as well as the tomatoes did! I have already canned salsa and pasta sauce, and I'm getting tired of toasted tomato sandwiches. 

What will you be hand stitching today? We love to be inspired by your projects and hope you will link up your blog post below.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Scrappy Saturday

This is the last Orange week at the RSC. This month went by really fast and I don't think I made enough blocks for my RSC projects, so today I will do an inventory and keep working on orange to fill in the gaps.

This week I reevaluated the Waffle Project. There is one more  column of red blocks that I didn't have enough room for on the design wall. I made some decisions about a possible layout, size and blocks needed to finish this quilt by the end of the year. It's such a great scrap buster using up 1.5" squares. And it definitely has a shortage of juicy orange, so I'll work on that today.

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Design Wall Monday

I have been enjoying the Bats and Boos mystery quiltalong. I have 2 friends who have already finished their version, so I was inspired to get sewing on mine. I wanted more orange in the centre so I used the pumpkins in a night sky print for the centre star.

I finished the centre block today and love how it turned out. It used up several scraps of black and it was a very fun block to sew. 

Here are all the blocks on the design wall. I am ready to sew the 9 blocks together and start auditioning border fabrics.

And in a rare episode of quilting self restraint, I am not starting the new Fat Quarter Christmas mystery because I haven't finished this Halloween one AND I haven't finished my Christmas UFO of the month yet. So look at me being all self disciplined!

Must. Stay. Focused.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly celebration of all hand stitched crafts! We hope you will join us in setting aside a few moments each Sunday for some relaxing stitching on your favourite project. Pick up a needle and thread, breathe deeply, and enjoy a little vacation from the responsibilities of your life.

I did a bit of hand embroidery on my current tea towel project this week.

But mostly I had some real progress on knitting a new face/dish cloth. I went to knit at a park, which is a beside by a river that goes through town... hence the name Riverside Park! I'm about 1/3 of the way done and am happy with my progress so far. I love hand stitching outdoors, watching the river go by, listening to folks playing baseball nearby, and just relaxing. It looks like a lovely fall day ahead today, so I'll enjoy some blog reading and then more outdoor hand stitching.

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Scrappy Saturday

This week flew by and the only sewing I did was focused on the orange bitcoin ladders. I had a lot of fun digging through the scraps, cutting and sewing strips and rectangles, and creating ladders. I have enough for the columns needed for orange, but I'm not going to assemble them until I have the green and yellow ladders done. They will join the blue, purple, aqua ladders that are already assembled for the left part of the quilt. Getting the seams lined up in the right direction is crucial to this pattern, so I'll wait for green and yellow ladders to be completed, and then join the orange.

Today I'll be sewing some orange mini arrowhead blocks and joining a Saturday guild sewin via zoom. Linking up to the RSC party at Angela's

Monday, September 13, 2021

Design Wall Monday

On the design wall today is my unfinished Bats and Boos project. I am still working on the centre star block.

In the meantime, I  have been snooping around blogland and found these Bats and Boos quilts to inspire me to finish mine:

Pretty Piney

The Tattooed Quilter

Pat Sloan (scroll down to see her cool border)

Scrapatches (added ghosts and witch hats)

Sara at My Sewing Room

Buffalo Flatts Quilt Co (made the quilt and the cross stitch!)

Dream Quilt Create (with a cute fussy cut centre square)

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