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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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly hand stitching party! Pull up a comfy chair, make yourself a cup of your favourite drink (it's pumpkin spice time!) and join us while we add a few stitches to our multiyear projects!

I'm enjoying the hand embroidery of another tea towel (design by Stitcher's Revolution). Today is forecast to be a rainy day here, so I'll be slowly stitching the remaining letters and listening to the rain. 

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Scrappy Saturday

September is orange month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and I have dumped some of the orange scraps on the cutting table. I tossed my snack in the middle because it made me smile... an orange in the orange! I  determined which of my projects need more orange. 

And then I started cutting and sorting and planning... and using up another cone of Aurifil thread!

Here are some blocks coming together on the design wall... 4 orange fish for this year's leader-ender challenge, and 2 easy breezy blocks for last year's leader-ender challenge project.

Linking up to the weekly scrappy party at Angela's

Today I hope to watch some TV coverage of the 20th anniversary of 911 if I can summon the courage, and will distract myself with some soothing sewing.

Monday, September 06, 2021

Design Wall Monday

My Bitcoin project took a hold of my interest this weekend and I sewed together the left side of the project. This is not a good (late night) photo, but you can get the idea. These are the navy, purple and aqua columns for my rainbow bitcoin. Still to sew over the next few months are green, yellow, orange and red scraps. I'm hoping that placement order will make a pretty scrappy rainbow.

I really love 💜 sewing the ladders of scraps, but find the column joins to be hard work. I think I am cutting and sewing accurately, but when it comes to sewing these columns together, apparently I'm not 100%!

Pressing is particularly time consuming, but I've got a system now and I know the remaining joins will be less frustrating.

Linking up to Design Wall Monday at Judy's

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the regular weekly practice of relaxing with some hand stitching! We encourage you to join us... all you have to do is take a deep breath, find your hand stitching project and put in some stitches. 

I have another tea towel embroidery in the hoop today. This is another fun  pattern from the Stitcher's Revolution series. I am enjoying some outdoor stitching time by the river, soaking up all the last vestiges of summer. 

What are you hand stitching today? 
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Saturday, September 04, 2021

Scrappy Saturday

August was the month for sewing teal/aqua scraps at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and this week I have been sewing ladders for my Bitcoin project. Some of these scraps are 10 and 15 years old and they are so happy to be part of a quilt in the making. It is sometimes a challenge to keep the ladders even and straight. 

This project is a great scrap/strip eater!

And here are all the coloured ladders made so far - navy, purple and aqua.

I think I'm starting to understand the direction this quilt is taking and the next step is to decide on the size parameters of the project. Then I can start organizing these partial ladders and start sewing them together into columns. 

And also... only because it was aqua month, I enjoyed a couple of these pretty margaritas! 

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Friday, September 03, 2021

Start something new or finish something old?

I had a great time with the Fat Quarter Shop's Halloween mystery quilt last month (although it's not finished yet) so I know that the new September Christmas mystery row project called All the Trimmings will be great fun. It starts on September 7th.

But I really want to finish the Kim Diehl Christmas quilt I finished last year first. Maybe I should make a deal with myself that I can start a new Christmas project once last year's is finished. 

What do you think the odds are of a finish?

This is my goal for September - to finish my Christmas quilt. The cause for delay was I couldn't decide on whether this should be a table topper or a tree skirt. I have been hesitant to cut a hole in the middle and slice across one side.  What do you think - should this be a tree skirt or table topper?

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