Friday, July 18, 2014


I'm thrilled, because I accomplished part of my monthly goal today! Yay!

It feels so good to feel like I have made progress on something!

I have finished cutting all patches for the rest of the blocks, for the baby's star sampler. It took me all afternoon and evening, in between being referee for the older boys, playing sports on the Wii with them, snacks, playing with the baby and feeding the baby. But it really wasn't too bad and not as much to do as I thought.

Now it is really easy to just pick up a Baggie, layout a whole block, and start sewing!

Now I'm going to relax on the sofa and work on Plumeria for a few minutes while watching one of my favorite movies.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tiny progress

July rolls on, and I'm making bits of progress.

Needle turn appliqué is slow and careful with tiny stitches. It's hard to see what I've finished so far, so I've put some markers on the piece in the picture:

One quarter is finished (by the natural-colored spool), plus halfway up one side of another stem (see the tail of thread by the beeswax), and up another stem with one flower almost finished (the scissors are pointing to the thread tail).

I just realized that this Plumeria pattern has 16 leaves, and 60 petals!

I'm not sure how I forgot to mention this, but I finally got all the feeling back in my fingers in April (3 months postpartum). So  what do I go and choose as my first project to do with hand stitching?! 

Very intensive and detailed Hawaiian appliqué!

 And I've discovered that I need to take short breaks because my fingers holding my needle get numb and fuzzy again.

Well, off to bed!

Monday, July 7, 2014

AYOLF: July Goal

Do you ever get discouraged, thinking you don't have much done so you don't have anything to share? Yeah, me too.

July goal:
Since I only partially completed my June goals, I will continue into July.

--Piece more Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks
--Cut blocks for the baby's star sampler.
--Stitch the Hawaiian appliqué block and decide how to finish it.

(Piles of fabric for the baby's sampler and a sneak peek at the back of the Hawaiian appliqué.)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sneak peek

Happy July!

Here's a sneak peek of what I'm doing tonight.

I'm getting ready to do a lot of hand-work ! It involves a lot of appliqué.

I can't tell you enough: I adore these fabrics and colors!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ALYOF--June Finish

Well, some got finished.

Got the quilt top and backing finished and the quilt basted with the bonus HST.

Did get a few more pieces cut for blocks for the baby's star sampler.

Didn't get any blocks done for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Starting a Claddagh


I decided to start some handwork. I found a lovely Claddagh stencil at (The Stencil Company).

I traced the Claddagh onto a big square of the pale yellow Fairy Frost. Then I found scraps of green blender and the gold Fairy Frost, fused them on scraps of Wonder Under, then traced the heart and  crown on the paper sides. Cut out the shapes, removed the paper, and fused the shapes into place on the tracing on the background. Then I sewed a tiny blind stitch on the machine for the appliqué stitches, but it was too raw edge for me. So I switched to a satin stitch. Much better!

Now I'm ready to outline stitch by hand. I found a nice dark green embroidery floss and away I go!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

More pins please

Yesterday, I was in the middle of pin-basting the Autism HST star quilt, and I ran out of basting safety pins!  Oops, I guess it would help if I didn't have pins still in two other quilts that need to be quilted!

I took a quick (what's quick when you're taking a baby, 7-yr-old and 5-yr-old with you?) trip to the JoAnn, to pick up more pins. I love it when I can get nearly everything cheaper with their coupons! And I stuck to my list and my self-imposed budget too!

Here is the backing:

And here is the top, without the final border (last week).

Now, after looking at the picture, I wish I'd done things just a little differently. But overall, I'm really pleased.

After JoAnn, we visited the pond with the playground. Boy, was it hot! Then we visited the local small quilt show, the Peteetneet Quilt Show. The boys weren't quite so well-behaved at this point, even after the park!  More on the quilt show later.

More basting, here I come!