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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.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Stitching Progress

I completed a little hand work this past week or so.

The past couple of weeks at quilting bee I have worked on Bird Dance from Sue Spargo and finished stitching down a bird…



Yesterday during the Iron Bowl (War Eagle!) I started working on another bird body…



I hope to finish up this body today then get the beak added. I have a few more cut out and ready to stitch, so that is what I will probably be doing at bee the remainder of the year.

I also took a table topper to bee this past week to hand stitch the binding…



I must admit that hand stitching binding is not one of my most favorite things to do, but that one is completed and ready for the table for the holidays…



I also spent a little time working on my Calico Cats cross stitch...



I was able to finish up two “windows” and start on a cat. The pink thing is supposed to be a ball of yarn, and the cat in that window is done mostly in ecru, so it’s hard to see it…but it’s there!

I hope to spend some more time over the holidays hand stitching. I have plenty to work on and I’m really only focusing on one project that requires the sewing room, so my portable hand projects will be top priority for a while.

I will be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Head over for some wonderful projects.



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

In Progress

I’m still working on a few things around here.

I’m in the process of quilting the Kittens quilt…



I’m stabilizing the quilt at the moment, quilting around each Kitten head…



I think I have decided on a background quilting motif, so I hope to get started on that soon.

I also finished up the quilting on a table topper that I started back in the spring…



This was part of a FMQ quilt-along with Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt. She was giving us new motifs to practice, so this is in reality a practice piece. I followed along for about 5 lessons, then I set this aside for some reason. I’m sure I was trying to finish up another project. But this past weekend I pulled this out and practiced some more FMQ on it, and now I’m hand stitching down the binding. This is made of scrap holiday fabric, so it should be done just in time to put on the table for Christmas.

That’s about it from here. We have some leaves to clean up out front, then we have the whole Thanksgiving weekend to play. I hope to get some quilting in. I hope those of you in the USA have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday.


I will be linking up at Esther’s blog for WOW and at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social. Head over for some fun projects.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Little Progress

I’ve lost a little steam this week due to illness, but I have worked on a couple of things.

I spent some time quilting the pink portions of the stars on Vintage Skate…



I have 3 stars left to complete. I may try to finish those today.

I also made a block for a member of our guild Bee…



Those are little bees on the light fabric. This was quick and easy and now ready to be turned in next week.

I also spent time yesterday removing the (bad) quilting that was started on the Kittens quilt…



I had a few edge-to-edge rows quilted, but they didn’t work. Now I need to reconfigure my plan and move ahead with it.

Today is an at-home day waiting for a call from the vet. The pupster had to be dropped off this morning so they can see what’s up with her snotty nose. Dog problems…

I will be linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Head over for some fun projects.


Monday, November 13, 2017

What’s Up This Week

This week is not a very busy one outside the house, so I hope to get some things done in the sewing room.

But first, I stuffed and stitched two pillows for Christmas. They are two-sided pillows, and here is one side…



…and here is the other…



They measure about 20 inches square. These are panels that coordinate with the Merrily quilt top I finished a while ago…



I still need to piece a backing and then get Merrily quilted. It’s in the queue, I promise!

First up this week is to (hopefully) finish quilting the Vintage Skate wall hanging…



I have all the green parts of the stars quilted, and yesterday I started quilting the pink parts of the stars. I will try to finish this one up this week.

When that is done, I want to get back to the table runner I was working on last spring (!) when Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt did a Spring QAL. She demonstrated a variety of quilting motifs. I got the table runner made and quilted along for a bit, but I still have more to finish. Here is where my table runner stands…



I have the four light strips quilted, along with the center red strip. When Vintage Skate is done I will head back over to The Inbox Jaunt and look for some fun motifs to practice on the rest of this topper and hopefully finish it up for Christmas.

Once those are done, I’m going to spend my time quilting the Kittens quilt.



I had it on the long arm and started quilting it, but it just wasn’t working. So, I ended up pin basting it while it was on the frame and I will quilt it on my domestic machine. I have a couple of edge to edge rows of simple quilting to remove, then I can get it done.

I will be linking up with Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making and Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday. Head over for some wonderful projects…and have a great week!



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Here Kitty, Kitty


I finished up the last four Kittens blocks for November. Of course, I’ve had black cats…


  
…and we’ve had tuxedo cats, like my kitty Mitzi here from my teenage years (with our poodle)…





And of course, I could never go without making a block of my late, great sewing buddy…





And the final block for November was using some fabric I found on the free table at a guild meeting, and I knew it would be great for this block…



…cuz all cats think they are actually tigers 😉

It was great to see all the Kittens up on the Design Wall…



With those done, I was antsy to get this one finished, so on Thursday and Friday I sashed the blocks and added borders, and ta-da!



I am soooo happy with this. The quilt top measures 58 inches wide by 70 inches long. It will be just right to sit under on the couch.

Now I need to piece a backing for it. I thought I had enough background fabric to use, but after I finished up the top and cut strips for the binding, I have very little left. No problems, though. I’ve pulled some fabrics and I will make a backing. I think I also have some batting in the closet, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this one is on the quilting frame sometime this weekend. YAY!


I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I hope you check out all the great projects everyone is working on.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Needle and Thread Thursday

This week I finished up 15 new Christmas napkins…



I top stitched these around the edges, then ran a top stitch line diagonally in both directions to hold them together. These should get us through the holidays. And if you are thinking 15 is an odd number for a set of cloth napkins, you are right. But that’s how many squares I was able to cut out of the cream-colored fabric (on the back), so that’s how many I made.

I also started a new project. Yup, I did. I’ve recently finished up a few projects and I’m making progress on some old UFOs, so I figured I could start something else. After all, I can't have too many empty project boxes laying around here! I have pulled out my cream-ish and green strips and scraps and I am starting on a quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling. I am making the “Blue Skies” quilt, but with greens, so maybe it should be called “Green Grass” instead 😉 So, I’m in the process of prepping those scraps and doing some cutting. I have some of the bazillion half square triangles cut and ready to go, and I have started on the green string blocks…



The greens really don’t show up well in this photo. Anyway, I have lots of greens to work with, so this should be fun. This is a project that will take me far into 2018, I’m sure.  I think I can get the quilt completed just from my bits of scraps and strips, so I’m not looking at it as starting a new project; I see it as clearing out the scraps.

That’s about it from here. I have still been sorting photos and doing house stuff. I even ordered a book from Shutterfly using some old photos I found (I had a coupon for a free book!) The book is due to arrive later next week, so I am anxiously awaiting its arrival. If it turns out OK, I may use Shutterfly more in the future. We’ll wait and see.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. I plan on heading over to the quilt guild meeting tomorrow morning, depending on the weather. It’s a 45-minute drive, so I really don’t want to do it in bad weather. I’ll make a game-time decision in the morning.


That’s it from here.  I will be linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation. Head over for some wonderful projects.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Stitchin’ Stuff

I have a couple of stitching projects I am currently working on…

I took my blue work Cat on Quilts embroidery to quilting Bee this week and was able to finish up the bottom quilt, plus a little more.



This one may get finished soon, so I will need to find another easily portable hand work project to take when I head back to Bee in a couple of weeks.

I have also spent some time on my Calico Cats cross stitch, working on this gold gingham cat…



Today I will get moving on to the outline stitching on this cat.

I will be linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. Head over to see what everyone is working on this week.



Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Finishes for November 3

I put away the Halloween decorations yesterday and put out what little Thanksgiving decorations we have. I really don’t have a Thanksgiving mini quilt for my table top quilt stand; I only have this Fall mini…



So, I decided to make a quick Thanksgiving mini. I have a lot of Thanksgiving/Harvest-themed fabric panels that I picked up a while back off the free table at the quilt guild, so I started looking through that. I found a turkey the perfect size! So, I quickly fused him onto some background fabric, quilted it, attached the binding, and machine stitched it down (which I rarely do), and ta-da!



I even used a different part of the fabric panel for the backing…



Some sections of these fabric panels are just really not very useable, so putting them on the back gives them a purpose in life!

Now, I have a nice little Thanksgiving display in my dining room on top of my grandmother’s cabinet…



That was fun…and done by noon!

I also sewed together some Christmas napkins yesterday afternoon. I got six put together and turned right-side-out and pressed…



I still need to do top stitching on them. I have fabric prepped to make a total of 15 for right now, so I will continue working on these this month.

That’s about it for this week. Tomorrow is anniversary #28 for hubby and me, so we will go out for a nice little lunch and do some running around. Other than that, I think it will be a nice quiet weekend.

I hope you all have a wonderful first weekend in November! I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Check out all of the great Friday Finishes!