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Friday, December 8, 2017

Some Kittens Quilting

I was able to finish the quilting on the background of the Kittens quilt this week…



I used the walking foot on my machine, with one of the serpentine decorative stitches. I like how it turned out. The great thing about the serpentine stitch vs. a straight stitch is that my lines don’t have to be exactly straight, nor do they have to be equidistant apart. With the squiggly serpentine, that goes away. 😉

Now I can start working on the individual Kittens blocks. I will do a combination of FMQ and walking foot quilting in each block. I’m not planning anything fancy…mostly swirls and such. I am looking for fun and a fast finish.

That’s about it around here in the sewing room. We’re in full-winter and holiday mode around here. It’s even snowing right now.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with:
Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday Mystery All Caught Up

Yes! I am “caught up” on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery, On Ringo Lake. Here are my Part 2 units…



Of course I had some kitty fabric scraps to add, and one of my units ended up like this…



I can’t decide if that is cute or a little bit creepy 😉. I think I will go with cute.

I wasn’t certain I would be able to keep up this year with the mystery, but I had time this weekend to get piecing and cutting and pressing in. I went to bed last night just needing to press the second “wings” on the geese units, so I did that this morning.

Now that that is out of the way, I can spend time this week quilting the Kittens quilt…



I am using a serpentine stitch to quilt the background. I have two more columns of Kittens blocks to go, then I will do one serpentine stitch down between the columns, and then stitch down the side borders. I should get that all done this week, then move on to the Kittens themselves.

It looks like winter is going to arrive here in a couple of days, with our highs in the 30s and 40s for a while (a far cry from the 60s we have been enjoying!) We even have some snow in the forecast for the weekend, so it should be a good time for quilting. I have a couple of guild meetings, quilting bee, and a vet appointment (for the dog) this week, otherwise I should be able to spend plenty of time quilting.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

I will be linking up at:
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Recap of November

Sometimes as I go along I feel like I’m not accomplishing much. But once I look back and list everything out, I realize that I actually got some stuff done! So, I think I will do the same for November in the sewing room.

I actually started five different projects in November, and finished three of them!

First, I needed a mini quilt for Thanksgiving. Thanks to some panel fabric from the free table at a quilt guild meeting, I now have a new turkey to add to my table top quilt stand…



I also made some new Christmas napkins…



And I made a block for a quilt for a fellow quilting Bee member…



The other two projects I have started are both Bonnie Hunter scrap quilts, so these will take me a while. I have started a green and cream version of her Blue Skies quilt from String Fling, and I also started her 2017 Mystery “On Ringo Lake” and yesterday I finished up Step 1…



I even had a quilt top finish this month. My Kittens quilt for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is now a completed top…



It is under my needle for quilting right now. I would like this one done before the end of December.

I also finished up quilting a FMQ QAL from Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt that was started last spring. It now has the binding and is setting on the table for the holidays…



The final finishes of November are the two Christmas pillows that match my Merrily quilt top (which is not done yet!) I got these stuffed and stitched up, and they are in the living room…



The final machine work I have done this month is quilting on Vintage Skate…



I have most of the border quilted. I doubt I will work on this in December, but it will be at the top of my list to finish in 2018.

Finally, I did some hand stitching throughout the month. I pulled Bird Dance out of moth balls and have done some work on stitching the bird bodies to the background squares…




And I have worked on my embroidery and an old cross stitch project, both cat themed…




It’s nice to see what was done all in one place.  Now I have to start thinking about what I will work on in December. It will be a quiet holiday for us, so I should have a little time to work in my sewing room.

Linking up with:
My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday



Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday Making and Mysteries

I have decided to play along this year with Bonnie Hunter and her mystery, On Ringo Lake. I have pulled all of my fabrics to use, and I got started on Step 1…



Yes, I only started. I didn’t say I finished it! I have a new (to me, plus it was free!) sewing machine sitting on my cutting table to use for piecing the Step 1 units, so I will do those when I need a break from quilting.
My other sewing machine (the one I use all the time) is set up for quilting the Kittens quilt…


I have stitched around each Kitten head and now I am using a serpentine stitch to quilt the background. I have come to love my serpentine stitch for quilting.

Those two items will be on my sewing list for this week. I will also continue hand stitching the birds onto the background for Bird Dance…



This is a perfect project to take to quilting bee on Tuesdays.

The only other item on the agenda this week is to make a second mitten. The pair is a gift, so I would like to have it done soon.

This will be a vet week with both pets, and getting ready for the holidays. I’m looking forward to daughter coming home in a few weeks and having some time with her before she heads back to school. We will see what we pack in to her 3 ½ weeks here.

Today I will be linking up with Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making and at Quiltville for Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Step 1. Head over for some great projects.