Tuesday, October 31, 2023

1 Trick and 2 Treats

Happy Halloween everyone!

I have a trick and 2 treats for you today!

The trick is... I managed to not finish my One Monthly Goal project in October! It was an "easy to finish" tablerunner, and the entire month passed without a finish. Now that is one amazing trick to accomplish! 

Boo for me! 👻

In my own defence, it was a busy month, I did accomplish many other things, and did find a backing, binding and batting for the runner. Alas, nothing else transpired. 

Treat #1 is... a sweet photo of Max the bat, going to the vet for yet another check up on his calcium levels. He had thyroid surgery at OVC this month and thankfully he is recovering well. You can see the incision on his neck still, but the stitches are out now. He is adorable!

Treat #2 is an unboxing video for the 2023 Spooky Box from Fat Quarter shop! It's been so long since I made a Youtube video, that I had to relearn the process. 

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly hand stitching party! It's such a fun party because you can stay in your pyjamas and join us from the comfort of your own home!

But on some special Sundays, I go to a real life, in-person hand stitching get-together which is co-ordinated by my friend Debby and hosted by her Mom Dorothy (who rents the party room at her apartment building). Many of the stitchers I haven't met before, so it is great fun to see what others are creating and make new friends. Here are some of the ladies from the last party. You can see a crocheted tea cozy being made for a Christmas gift, and some embroidery, cross stitch, and quilt binding was going on. 

We also have fun snacks to enjoy. Do you see the one eyed cookies?!? Some people are so just creative!

We joke that some of us do a lot of stitching, and some of us just come to make memories!

Here is a cross stitch being made by Katie. She is a really fast stitcher and made all these letters during our Sunday meeting.  She thought the project would be smaller and wasn't really liking it, so I volunteered to give is a place on the wall at my house to my house if she didn't like it when it was done!

Debby generously finished the binding on the community comfort quilt that I have been working on. She is a really fast stitcher and she finished stitching 3 sides of the quilt. It would have taken me all week! 

Because Debby was doing the binding, I was able to spend time on a cross stitch sampler, and finished "Owls and Acorns" (a free chart from Blue Ribbon Designs). I used all the called for "Gentle Arts" floss which was lovely to work with. It was stitched on a piece of old white 14 count aida cloth that I lightly tea dyed to make it a bit more fall looking. I love how this turned out! And now it joins the UFO pile! 

I also stitched a little pumpkin from Melisa's pattern called Mini Pumpkin Sampler. So cute! I will work on this project on Halloween night when the kids are coming for trick-or-treating.

Are you stitching anything for Halloween? Costumes? Decorations? 
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Monday, October 23, 2023

Design Wall Monday

Finally I am posting a design wall blog post on a Monday! 

I received a bag of blocks from my friend Dorothy who is moving and decluttering. She was done with this project and tired of her scraps (we all know how that goes!) and I accepted the challenge to make them into something.

I put them on my design wall to see what I had to work with. She had some partially constructed blocks in the bag so the first thing I did was finish those. Then I decided to add a white sashing to separate the blocks a bit. 

Because about half of the blocks had blue borders, I decided to make 4 blue rows, and the other rows would be the remaining colours which were red, pink, purple green and black. (Yes, there is a dinosaur on the right hand side of the second row - quilting studios are wild places sometimes!)

And here is the quilt top so far on the design floor.

I think it needs another white border on both sides and then maybe another scrappy squares border on top and bottom? It's still a work in progress. 

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Sunday, October 22, 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to Slow Stitching Sunday where we make efforts to slow down our lives, to breathe deeply, to pick up a needle and thread, and take some slow stitches.

I had a lovely visit with some quilting friends last weekend, and I must share a photo of our Slow Sunday Stitching friend Deanna (who blogs at "In stitches with Deanna"). 

It was so realxing to watch her hand quilting hearts on a sweet lap quilt. You can see the whole design on her blog, and the amazing centre pattern (called La Fin Du Monde) that she made in a class with Libs Elliott. 

I have slowly been continuing the cross stitching on Owls and Acorns (a free chart pattern from Blue Ribbon Designs). I started the vines and pumpkins.  Much more progress has been made on this sampler, but this seems to be the only photo I took.

I also made and sewed a binding to a scrappy community outreach quilt. Yesterday I finished hand stitching the binding on one side - only 3 more sides to go. This has to be finished to submit to the guild collection by next Saturday. I think I can do it!

Thank you to those who left comments on last week's post. I was so happy to hear from those of you that have the same challenge as I do in terms of finishing projects. You almost made it seem like I am "normal"! You truly are my tribe! LOL

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly hand stitching party! Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, or pumpkin spice latte to enjoy while visiting the blogs of stitchers around the world. It's so inspiring to see what other people are creating with their own two hands.

I admitted to myself this week that I may have a tiny problem! Apparently I love to start new projects, but don't enjoy finishing them! Here is a photo of my design wall today with several embroidery and cross stitch projects that I have worked on this year.

I loved stitching each one of them and yet there they are - still unfinished. I likely will finish them some day, but for now, I will put them on the design wall and enjoy looking at them. Does anyone else have this problem?!? 

In keeping with my bad habit, I am working on a new cross stitch called "Owls and Acorns" which is a free pattern from Blue Ribbon Designs. I have finished the top border of acorns and leaves, the 2 owls, and much of the alphabet. SO FUN! 

I'd like to announce that the winner of the draw for the Strawberry Faire pattern that I posted 2 weeks ago is Carol C. Email me your address Carol and I can get the pattern in the mail to you (you are listed as a "no reply blogger") Congratulations on the win and I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I did!

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Sunday, October 08, 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

It's Sunday and you know what that means... it's time for the weekly hand stitching party! We hope you will pick up your needles and thread or yarn and start making some stitches. 

In Canada we are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend. I know it seems early for those who celebrate in November, but we really enjoy having a 3 day weekend to spend time outdoors with family and friends while the weather is still good. I will be seeing all the members of my immediate family this weekend and am so happy!

I am also happy because I have finished stitching the *squirrel*!

Squirrels can be so annoying in the sewing room - they take over everything and make a mess! I was digging through the floss stash to find autumn colours for the letters which was so fun, but floss packets are everywhere. Hopefully the cleaning lady comes soon! 

PS - I am the cleaning lady but I'm so busy stitching that I have no interest in cleaning up! But that's always my excuse - creativity trumps cleaning!

This delightful squirrel sampler is a free pattern from Melisa - click here to get one for yourself. She also has a mini apple sampler and a mini pumpkin sampler. I need more hours in the day for stitching!

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Wednesday, October 04, 2023

One Monthly Goal

Patty has resigned from hosting the One Monthly Goal link up, but luckily Anne-Marie who blogs at Stories from the sewing room is taking over. I find that the motivation to finish something each month is helpful. Even when I don't reach my goal, I do work on my goal projects and at least move them forward to completion.

I have two projects to finish for Christmas, and this month I'm going to focus on finishing the Bargello tablerunner I made at a Cherished Pieces class in the summer. This is a very grainy photo of me taken from the store's facebook photos. It was a fun class that I took with my sister and I want my project to be ready for Christmas. The fabrics used were in a kit that was made for the class, so if you'd like to make one like it, contact Cherished Pieces and see if they still have kits left to purchase.

My next steps are to find a backing, some batting scraps to sew together, and a binding.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2023

Design Wall - Teamwork

My local quilt guild hosted a mystery project to encourage us to keep sewing during the summer. The project was called 'Teamwork', and I got a kit of coordinated fabric from the Community Outreach committee. I changed out the brown as I didn't have enough of it, but used all the other fabrics (except not the backing and binding... yet!)

Here is my quilt top on the design wall.

I love the effect that having 2 background fabrics created (the white and the pink). This was fun to stitch, and due to the pressing instructions, the seams met perfectly when sewing the rows together. Thanks to all involved in this wonderful project!

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Sunday, October 01, 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to October at Slow Sunday Stitching here at Kathy's Quilts! Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee (or maybe a pumpkin spice latte) and join us to celebrate the experience of slowly stitching your way through life!

I have a finished stitchery to share this week. This is the beginning kit that I ordered from Cobweb Corner to make the Strawberry Faire project. This was a big deal on flosstube and Helen D did a stitch-a-long (SAL) for this pattern last winter. 

And here is the finished piece!

Finished size: 6.25" x 4.25"

It is stitched on a 14 count piece of old aida cloth that I tea dyed. I love it so much! I loved stitching the bird and completed it first in August. Although the strawberry was intense stitching (I would call it "full coverage") I really love how it turned out! So now I don't know what to do with this. Should I make it into a mini quilt, or a stuffed pillow, or a framed stitchery? You can see Helen D's finish on this flosstube episode at about the 3 minute mark.

There are similar patterns from October House Fibre Arts called Honey Faire which is a bee hive, and a new pattern called Pumpkin Faire was just released. Anyway, I am done with Strawberry Faire, so if you would like to be in a draw to win my gently used pattern, please let me know in the comments today and I'll draw the winner's name next Sunday.

I also finished a knitted washcloth for a new great nephew coming at Christmas. This cloth has a seed stitch heart pattern and was knitted with 100 % cotton Sudz yarn. Many young people prefer gender neutral colours these days so I made a grey cloth. I would like to knit a yellow one next

My new start for October will be a freebie from Blue Ribbon Designs called Acorns and Owls. (Click on "charts, patterns, designs" and when the drop down menu appears, click on "free charts") But first I will try to finish the squirrel sampler I showed last week.

What are you creating by hand this week? 

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