Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Design Wall Monday

The poor UFO project for July did not get much attention. There was just so much going on this month with other interesting sewing projects. 

It did get squared up (or down?) and one border was sewn on. There is one more border to add and then it will be ready for quilting. That will be the August UFO goal since it wasn't accomplished in July. 

To see the photos of the projects that were finished in July, hop over to One Monthly Goal.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Slow Stitching Sunday

Welcome to the weekly hand stitching party! Here we brag about our slowness, and take pride in the art of relaxing, breathing deeply, and creating projects over long periods of time. We believe in the health benefits of relaxation, so we want to slow down,  and enjoy taking a few stitches here and there.

I will be hand stitching a binding today. This is my July placemat and I'll write a blog post about it when it's finished. I love the pretty floral backing fabric. 

Some slow progress is also being made on my quilt repair project. 

After reading the slow stitching blogs last week I decided to try a back basting applique  technique and I'm loving it! I pin a large patch over the hole, turn the quilt over and from the right side of the quilt I make a line of black stitches around the outside of the hole. Then I turn the quilt over to the back side and needle turn the edge of the patch just beside the black stitches. I trim the patch as I go. It's working out great, so thank you for the ideas.

What are you hand stitching today? We hope you will link up your blog post and share your slow progress with us.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Scrappy Saturday

Saturday is my weekly Rainbow Scrap Challenge update and the colour for July has been dark blue. Many of my scrappy projects already have enough dark blue so I have added a few blocks to some newer projects.

I added some ladders to my version of Bonnie Hunter's Bitcoin pattern. This is a new project and the pattern was just released in June. It's an awesome way to use up scraps and strips in the RSC colour each month.

And of course I jumped into (or should I say dove head first into) the Fish School leader - ender challenge that was just announced in July. Here are a  half dozen bluefins on the design wall. One fish does appear to be swimming upstream!

Linking up to the RSC party at Angela's

Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Rumour has it that Google is removing the old email subscription system (Feedburner) in July, so I'm trying a new (to me) system temporarily to see how it works. The new system is called "follow.it". 

If you have subscribed to my blog in the past and enjoyed receiving the updates in your email, you will need to resubscribe. You can find this on the right sidebar where it says "Get new posts by email". Of course you can always read the posts directly on my blog. I haven't figured out how to transfer the old subscribers over to the new system. I'm sorry if you get lost in the change over! It will take some effort to make sure we continue to stay current with the blogs we have enjoyed in the past (if they have been able to keep up with all the blogging changes in the past year!)

Another thing that has changed recently is how I make face masks. I made another batch from a Riley Blake panel that I bought at Cherished Pieces. The improvements in my mask making 3.0 is 1) the polypropylene filter, 2) the nose bar, and 3) the adjustable elastics around the ears. Very comfy!

Here is Mom with her smiley face mask. The reverse side says "Be Kind". Oh, I just noticed that the wedding photo of my Mom's mom is right over her shoulder.... cool photo!

And here is Dad with his handlebar moustache mask. 

I double dog dare that Delta Covid Variant to pass through  these masks! The fit is snugger than any paper mask I've worn yet.

Are you still making and wearing masks where you live?

Monday, July 19, 2021

Design Wall Monday

We are into step #3 of the summer mystery that my local guild is running. Here is my recycled spinach container full of parts and blocks, all counted and labelled, and ready for the next step.

It has been a fun project and I have learned a few new things. For example, we learned how to magically turn the two blocks at the top into the two "birds in the air" blocks at the bottom.

I have been playing with these "combination units" on the design wall and am intrigued by what we will be making with these blocks.  Maybe they will become a border? Or maybe some kind of pinwheel units? 

Who knows? Not me! It's a mystery!

Linking up to Design Wall Monday at Judy's 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

It's Sunday... time for some relaxation and slow stitches.

This week I have been mending a 10 year old quilt. My granddog Max loves quilts to snuggle in, and to eat. He isn't allowed to be around quilts these days except under strict supervision. He chewed a few holes in some quilts and I have taken an interest recently in doing those repairs. 

I have learned quite a bit about mending quilts from reading Carole's blog posts at From my Carolina Home and felt ready to tackle the repairs.  This is a smaller rectangular patch that I am appliqueing on the backing over a hole that goes right through the quilt.

And here is a fussy cut piece that will fit over a larger sized hole.

Once the holes are patched on the backing, I'll work from the front, add small pieces of new batting and applique a new patch on top.

What are you hand stitching today? We'd love to see your projects, and hope you will link up your blog post below.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Full Stop Update

The 2021 RSC sampler quilt is called Full Stop. I am making 4 blocks in the colour of the month for each punctuation mark. Here are July's blue colon blocks. Easy peasy and quick.

Then I tackled the purple Semi-colon blocks from June that I missed. They were a little harder but cute as anything! I will border these blocks closer to the end of the year when I figure out what my layout will be.

Linking up to the weekly RSC linky party