Saturday, June 12, 2021

Progress in June

 I’m having fun working on small projects and getting things done. 

First, I made myself this patriotic mini quilt entirely from the scrap basket. 

The fun thing about scrappy quilts is remembering the projects  where you used those particular fabrics before. There is a scrap from my first grandson’s baby quilt, a piece from the last quilt I made for my Mama, and scraps from other quilts I’ve made. 

I just realized that everything in the above photo came from thrift stores, except for the cross on the wall. I love it all.

A better photo of the shelves with my favorite Amish girl, purchased over 25 years ago from a local crafter. I have cookbooks on the bottom two shelves.

A close up view before the little quilt was finished.

Remember the scrap gingham rag ball I made? 🀣 Here it is again! I also cross stitched this little patriotic piece and made a little pillow. 

I only did the top part of this free pattern from Plum Street Samplers. The fabric I used was horrible to work with and I used the wrong color for the shirt. So I went back and stitched over instead of removing the wrong thread. I did not enjoy it, so I got to a stopping point and called it a day. I do want to attempt this pattern again—it’s called Happy Birthday, Mr.President — in honor of George Washington’s Birthday.

I promised not to show this again until it was framed.

I studied up on how to frame it.

And I did it!! Is it perfect? No! But I love it and saved a lot of $ by framing it myself. I ordered a custom sized frame from USArt online. The 1978 stamped kit was a vintage find on EBay and I enjoyed every minute of stitching this piece. My grandson, Chandler, stitched the “h” in “The Lord...”

Ok this part is cheesy, but thought I’d share in case you have something like this in your closet. I like the skirt part of this dress, but the top was too big and

So I cut off the top above the drawstring waist. Knit doesn’t fray, so no sewing needed.

I think I created my favorite summer skirt. Have you ever cut an outfit in half before? Maybe you have something in your closet you can reinvent. πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ

Linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching. Jump over here if you want to see some wonderful hand stitching projects.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Goodbye to May

 Even though I’ve been busy, I don’t have much sewing to show this week.

I used an online tutorial to make a pillowcase dress for Annabelle. Her mom bought her one recently that has become one of her favorite dresses. I hemmed it last night and will wait for a photo to see if it’s anywhere close to fitting her. The good thing about these dresses is that they are totally adjustable. 

We hung curtains in the dining room! We’ve been in our house for five years and it was about time. I love the way they look in here. I saw these particular curtains on an Instagram friend’s post and she told me they were from Target. I quickly found them online and they were here within 3-4 days. I love online shopping!

Hubby and I have really enjoyed the birds, squirrels, and neighborhood cats this year. There’s a lot that goes on outside, even when we aren’t looking! We are making an effort to watch them more. Notice the butterfly reflector decals on my glass door. The hummingbirds kept flying and bumping into the door, so these were added for their safety. I hope they work!

I started picking through my fabric scraps last night to make something red white and blue. I’ve seen so many cute Americana displays online that include mini patriotic quilts. I’m hoping to try out one of my “new to me” sewing machines this week with that project. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 

Have a safe Memorial Day and always remember those who died so that we can live free!!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

May 2021

 I started blogging again as a way to keep a record of my sewing projects. I didn’t want to bore everyone with my ongoing cross stitch sampler, so I dropped out for a few weeks. ☺️

Here it is... one more time... finished! I won’t make you look at it again until it’s framed. I’m a tightwad and want to frame it myself to save money, but also for the experience. If that doesn’t work out, I guess I’ll splurge on professional framing. Stay tuned.

I played around with a quilted pillow sham and made these little bowl fillers. Now that I have them, I don’t quite know what to do with them. I enjoy making little things, but then the clutter gets on my nerves. πŸ˜‚

Speaking of hoarding....I mean, clutter.... I bought this old quilt from a thrift store last week. I think it’s gorgeous. I have it folded on the back of a rocking chair, where it brings me a lot of joy.

I’ve been trimming more dishcloths. The crochet edge makes them just a bit cute, I think. 

Our daily entertainment these days, is this guy. It is a stray cat that we’ve been feeding out by our barn. We haven’t petted it yet, but we are getting closer and closer to it. In this picture, it had climbed the fence into our backyard, and was drinking from the bird bath. It’s just another simple joy in my life.

This is just one of our many beautiful sunsets that we have enjoyed lately. With all the craziness in this world, these sunsets remind me that God is still good and He is still in control. May you feel His peace in your life, too.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Slow Stitching

 I really am getting close to the end.

I’m not working on this piece as much as I was in the beginning , as I keep finding other things to do! But I WILL finish it soon.

I did make this no sew rag wreath this past week. I went through my scrap basket and tied strips onto a wire wreath frame. Easy peasey, but barely touched my scrap basket. πŸ˜† There are instructions all over Pinterest if you want to make your own.

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching . Take a peek to see what others are hand stitching today.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sunday Update

 I skipped last week because I didn’t have a lot of progress to show.

I have completed the words on my Psalm 23 piece and it seems to be moving along pretty quickly. I still recite the Psalm daily to make sure I can remember it.  I plan to hang this in my bedroom where I can see it from my side of the bed.

Next is the Noah quilt. I sewed the binding on, but still have a few areas that need quilting.

If I were to never get back to it, at least it’s usable. 🀣 I do plan to finish hand quilting it. This is going to be my lap quilt, made for me. 

I’m sharing one of our favorite recipes from a Taste of Home cookbook. It’s a freezer recipe cookbook and the instructions tell you how to make one meatloaf and freeze one. I make one big meatloaf and we always have leftovers which are delicious. This is on our menu for today.

I’m showing off my new tulips that I planted this past fall. Aren’t they gorgeous?

I hope your  Spring is beautiful and pray that things are looking up for all of us!

I’m linking to Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Click to see what others are working on this week.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Making slow stitch progress

 I have accumulated several new  hand stitching projects (how does that happen?) so I’m trying to steadily work on this one. I refuse to start a new project until I can finish this Psalm 23 piece and the Noah quilt. 

I’ve been aiming for at least one hour a day, usually in the evenings while watching tv, to work on this piece. I really enjoy these vintage stamped embroideries. 

I didn’t do a lot to the Noah quilt this past week, but I’m moving it to the top of the list for this week.

I almost took this tired little wreath down this week. It was dusty and lifeless and just plain ole “blah” to me.  

I cleaned it up and added some apples, and have now decided I like it again.  A friend made this for me several years ago and I think I’ll enjoy it a few more years.

Do you decorate for Easter? I really don’t, but my sister in law sent pictures of her cute decor throughout her house. It sparked me to find my rabbit and put this little arrangement on my dining room table. 

After I took the first picture, I put the white egg inside this little crochet chicken egg cover. I didn’t make the chicken, but would if I knew how. ☺️ I found it at a thrift store this past week.

I just love all the granny crafts! 

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Click on the link to visit others and see what their busy hands are working on today.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Slow Stitching

 I’ve enjoyed slow stitching all week and only sat at the sewing machine once.

And that was just to stitch the seams for this little pillow. I enjoyed this little cross stitch and hope to make something larger next time.

I’m treating myself to easy stitching on this stamped sampler I found on eBay. It’s The 23rd Psalm. Recently, I was trying to recite Psalms 23 to myself and found that I no longer knew it very well. 

I spent all last week “re” memorizing it, and thought this sampler will be a good reminder. How about you? Can you still quote it? 

I’m still hand quilting in the evenings on the Noah quilt. I enjoy seeing the progress on the back side of the quilt.  If you zoom in, you can see the Lion pretty well in this photo.

I’m heading into the kitchen to put this crockpot dish together for our lunch. My daddy eats with us on Sundays and lately, I’ve been looking for easier dishes, so that my Sunday mornings aren’t so rushed. I hope this will be yummy with oven fried onion rings.

Easy or prepare ahead recipes are welcome. Do you have a favorite?

Linking up with Kathy at Slow Sunday Stitching. It’s always fun to see what others are sewing too.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Cross stitch finish

 The stitches are in, but I need to decide what to do with the empty space. The original design (shown in last week’s post) has a vintage safety pin and a fabric scrap in that area. I’ve ordered a Christmas tree charm, but not sure if it’ll look ok or not. 

I moved my Noah quilt to my Barnett hoop. I have better control of my stitches in the lap hoop than I do on the frame. I can turn the hoop in my lap, whereas I can only stitch from right to left in the frame. 

I think I’m making better stitching time this way, plus I can sit on the couch to stitch.

***off topic: I’m a nurse and I’ve donated blood numerous times in my life. However, I had not donated in over 15 years until yesterday. My favorite thrift store was having a blood drive and I promised. πŸ€ͺ when I was younger, my coworkers and I would give blood during our working shift and go right back to work. Y’all, I almost fainted! I came home and could hardly make it through the door. I drank water and rested for a couple of hours. And then I had another episode last night! 😱 I’m better this morning, but I think my blood donation days are over. Do you give blood? 🩸 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Slow Stitch Sunday

 This has been a busy week for me, but I was able to get some sewing things done.

I hand stitched all 420 inches of binding onto the Quilt of Many Colors . 

This is the best photo I could get of the pieced backing. 

This picture shows a little more of the frugal red gingham binding mentioned in my previous post. I had quite a bit left over, too.

It was too cold to go outside today and I didn’t have an assistant, so here’s the completed quilt on a queen sized bed. I hope to get a better photo with my daughter when she visits and takes the quilt home with her in April.

I started a new cross stitch project, something I didn’t think I would ever do again. But this little primitive pattern makes me think of my Mama, who used to sing this little song to us. 

This is a small project that shouldn’t take too long to complete. The picture of my beginning project shows approximately two hours of stitching.  Does anybody else remember this little Christmas song?

Check out my new bluebird couple. I received the bluebird box for Christmas from our daughter and am excited that we already have a family moving in! 

One more thing: I read this book last week. It was a great unraveling of several families, who were all connected somehow, through a Singer Sewing Factory a long time ago. A really good read if you haven’t read it before.

Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday. Click on the link to see what others are sewing this week.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Frugal Slow Stitching

 It’s a quilt top! Ready to bind!

I spent all week tying knots. A true labor of love. Really, I enjoyed it! I definitely will do this again for my larger size quilts.

Now for the frugal part. I had figured I needed approximately 1.5 yards fabric for my binding strips. My plan was to go to Hobby Lobby yesterday to buy fabric , but it rained all day and was too cold!

I had purchased this cotton twin sized bed skirt for $1 from a thrift store sometime back, knowing I could use the cotton fabric for something else. And who doesn’t love red gingham?

After cutting it apart,  and if I did my math correctly, I have approximately 2 yards of usable fabric!

Not bad for $1. 

Not my idea, but I had read somewhere to save the thin white part of the bed skirt to use as foundation fabric for string blocks. So, back into the closet that part goes. (My kids will have fun going through my things when I’m gone 🀣🀣🀣)

Surely I could do something with those thin strips! How do you like my new rag ball?  

I’d say I got my dollar’s worth. 

This is all I threw away! The tag!!

So if you like to be frugal (cheap) like me, look for bed skirts with pretty usable fabric. They are cheap and easy to take apart.

Hopefully I’ll get the binding cut and sewn this week, so I’ll be able to share a finished quilt by next Sunday.

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts and Slow Stitching Sunday. Click on the link to see what others are slow stitching this week. Thanks for stopping by!