Thursday, September 30, 2021

Monthly Placemat

For this month's Table Scraps Challenge I used up some 1.25" strips that were on the cutting table. I had fun playing with how to cut the strips sets and had no idea what I was going to end up with.

These are the 3.25" blocks I ended up with!

I had them on the design wall for a few days and every time I walked by, I moved the blocks around. This is how they were on sewing day, so that was the final layout. It's a very scientific process!

Then I had some fun with machine quilting using my walking foot and some orange thread. I stitched right down the centre of every strip, and did not do any planning or marking. 

Each line was eyeballed and "good enough" was my mantra.
Some of the lines formed diamond shapes and I was really pleased with how that looked.

This photo shows the pretty orange backing fabric and  the quilting design.
I enjoyed hand stitching the bindi
ng in the evening while the sun was setting. Maybe this is going to be a drink coaster and not a placemat!?!

NO... it's a placemat and it will join my collection that I will donate to Meals on Wheels in time for Christmas distribution.

Here's the 2021 collection:

Linking up to the Table Scraps Challenge,  the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday, and Wendy will link me up to the mini quilts challenge at Constant Quilters.

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.

Linking up to Design Wall Monday

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.

Linking up to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

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.

What are you hand stitching in the middle of September? Link up your blog post below and share your project with us.

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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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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. 

What are your slow stitching plans for today? Link up your blog post below and share your project with us.

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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! 

Linking up to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

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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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Design Wall Wednesday

It's already Wednesday and I'm just getting my Monday post done. That tells you what kind of week it has been so far!

I have been slowly sewing blocks for a baby quilt that needs to be finished. It's made with these soft and cozy Robert Kaufman flannels and 8" sawtooth star blocks.

Here is a possible layout. I'm not sure if I'm liking the dark grey stars. This is a dull photo of the blocks... the true colours are in the photo above.

I'm using a medium grey flannel for the border and maybe the dark stars will look better once that is on?

Let's see....

Here is another photo that shows the border fabric hanging beside the quilt. I think it's going to be okay. I love these flannels... especially the elephants and the giraffes. 

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