Sunday, May 22, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly celebration of hand stitching! It's the one time a week when we make sure to set aside some special moments for playing with needles and thread/yarn. We hope you will join us!

I have been doing a lot of waiting recently, and I always have my hand stitching bag close by. I got a kick out of stitching in the Tim Horton's line, while I waited 15 minutes for a coffee. It was ridiculously slow, but I enjoyed the serenity of a stitching break, and I almost finished the word "cannot". I accept that I cannot change the slowness of Tim Hortons! LOL Over the pandemic we lost 2 coffee shops in town, and now that people are out and about more, there are longer line ups.

A bit more progress has been made since the Tim Horton's visit, and more stitching will be done today. I look forward to seeing the progress you have made on your projects this week.

I thank you for participating in the Slow Sunday Stitching community!  I just love reading the blog posts on our weekly link up!  Last week I read so many interesting stories - about collection of walnut shells (for filling our pincushions), how to alter skating costumes, and how to hand quilt on a 3 roller frame. Although I don't often get to visit all the links, I do visit as many at time allows.
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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Bitcoin Quilt Top

I am so excited to share my RSC version of Bitcoin! This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern released last summer.

I started sewing the scraps together in June last year and each month I sewed more ladders together. That was so fun and I'm sure I will make another random scrappy version of this pattern.

Then came the day when all the colours I wanted in the quilt were sewn, and it was time to put the ladders together in their colour sections. That was the hard part. But I stuck with it and now it's done!

There are 1,380 scraps in this quilt top, cut and sewn a few at a time in the colour of the month. And now they have become a quilt top! This is my favourite way to make a quilt and I'm thankful to Angela for the weekly RSC linkup that has encouraged me to make scrappy quilts that I love one month/colour at a time!

Do you have any quilting suggestions for me?!

Linking up to this week's RSC party

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Mystery step #2

The next step was posted for the "Oh say can you sew" mystery quilt. We are making bazillions of quarter square triangle blocks, which some folks call hourglass blocks. 

I'm so pleased with my decision to make this project from stash scraps (and a charm pack!) because the variety of fabrics helps me to maintain my interest in making repetitive blocks.

I added in all the reproduction colours I had, including this delicious collection of purple FQs.

The challenge of this step was all the trimming of the blocks to the correct size. I do love my BlocLoc ruler for this type of job! These rulers are a bit pricey but worth every single cent!

These blocks were my leader-ender project for the first two weeks of May.
I tossed one under the needle at the end of each seam I sewed for other projects. It was easy, mindless (and seemingly endless at times) sewing. But here are my blocks ready for the next step in June. 
To get the free instructions for Step #2 before the end of the month - click here.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Easy Breezy Quilt Top

I am so thrilled to share that my Easy Breezy quilt top is on the design wall! The layout is 12 blocks by 15 blocks for a total of 180 blocks. 

Easy Breezy was the July 2020 Quiltville leader-ender challenge and I loved every minute of making these blocks through covid times. 
Click here to see Bonnie Hunter's finished version of Easy Breezy. Her layout is gorgeous with neutral sashing and scrappy cornerstones.

My blocks were cut and sewn following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour of the month and the top was built bit by scrappy bit for a total of 2,160 pieces of fabric in this quilt. 

The blocks were delightful to sew and I enjoyed every minute of piecing this project. The colour work was also fun, figuring out how many more blocks to make in each colour to make the final quilt top kind of look like a scrappy rainbow.

Now the big question... does it need a border?

Linking up to Design Wall Monday at Judy's

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly Slow Sunday Stitching party! Pull out your hand work and join us as we work on our stitching projects. Even if you don't have much time today, just put in a few stitches and enjoy the relaxation you will feel. 

Since I finished my word meditation last week, I have been 
working on my new embroidery project - the Serenity PrayerI started with the words and will save the fun butterfly and flowers for last.
The weather here turned to summer this week (spring lasted for a week) so I'm excited to be stitching outdoors today!

What are you hand stitching today? Are you able to stitch outdoors where you live? Like up your blog or instagram post below and share you project with us.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

A Quilting LIfe BOM

Have you started your blocks for the BOM by A Quilting Life? It took me a while to get started because I just couldn't decide whether to make the 6" size or the 12" size. I finally decided to go with the 12" size since I'm getting my fill of making little blocks by doing the Blockheads IIII in the 5" size. If I keep making very small blocks, I will never have enough for bed sized quilts!

I have made the first 4 blocks with a range of golds (leftover from Save The Bees quilt) and dark greys for the churn dash frames.

I am making extra churn dash blocks to be ready for the next block patterns as they are posted.

It's not too late to join in - click here to access all the free patterns for this mystery BOM.

Monday, May 09, 2022

Design Wall Monday

There are 16 hearts on the design wall today! 

It's the Cupid Box project from February!
I'm very proud of the piecing in this project. I worked with 2 fabrics at a time and enjoyed the challenge of this project. It just needs a white border and then it will be ready for quilting.
Linking up to Design Wall Monday at Judy's