Pieceful Monday

I’m remembering my dad today, along with his brothers and countless others who have, and those who are, so faithfully serving our country. All through his life, my dad never failed to pray for our country and its leaders. I wish he was still with me, so I could thank him and love him up.

Here’s a little show of a patriotic quilt I made a few years ago. I usually hang it for the 4th, but I think of post of it today is appropriate.  It is a Kaye England pattern from a kit I purchased years ago.

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Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

Wendy

 

Pieceful Monday

No quilting will be happening today or tomorrow, other than maybe a little stitching on the woolie I posted yesterday. I’ll be gone for most of the week, but I will be home over the weekend, so I’m hoping to get some time in my quilt cave then. Maybe in all my wandering this week I’ll be able to find some quilt shops to explore.

My latest project is getting the wedding quilt done. The wedding is in July, so I need to get this done and off to be quilted. Hopefully I’ll have some pictures soon; for now all I have are big 17-1/2 inch half square triangles. I’m excited to see this one come together.

Happy Stitching, friends!

Wendy

Slow Stitch Sunday

Here’s my little project I’m hoping to work on a bit today. We have friends coming over tonight, so that will take priority over stitching. That, and possibly a nap.

I snapped this quick photo before I left for church, so  apologize for the quality. The flowers and leaves are free floating for now; I’ll stitch a vine to connect them soon. This is the April block from the free BOM from River’s Edge Antiques & Quilt Loft. (You can find them under the “Our Friends” tab.) Each month they post a block on their Facebook page. The block is only free during the month. They are fun blocks to stitch.

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I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts today.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

 

Friday Finish

Friday is here! It’s been a beautiful, quiet week with a bit more time in my quilt cave. I’ve finished my snowman mini (see my last post for a photo), and I finished this little Kim Diehl mini. I have had the top done for awhile; it’s been sitting off to the side because I’m not happy with the way it turned out. I like it much better now that it’s done, but it’s not my best work. I’m trying to remember what was going on when I was piecing it, since I clearly was having some issues. Yep, it’s been that long. Ah well, it will add a nice touch to a display.

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I took a little break from piecing quilts and made this little zipper pouch for a friend’s birthday. It’s an easy tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making a few more of these. It’s a great way to use up scraps, and makes a fun gift to have on hand.

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I’m linking up today with Crazy Mom Quilts, since these two projects are finished. Woohoo!

WIP Wednesday

Well I’m happy to report I finished the little snowman mini. The binding was a bit of a bear, using 1-1/2″ strips, but I do like the narrow little border. I’m not sure where this mini is headed, whether it will stay with me or be gifted.

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My task for the day is to get these fabrics washed and prepped for a wedding quilt. Normally I don’t wash my quilt fabrics, but the blue batik mixed with the lighter colors is making me just a little nervous. I want to make sure the batik won’t run, so washing it is!

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The wedding quilt will be large HSTs using the Vast pattern from Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle by Jeni Baker. The bride wanted the above colors based on a quilt of that pattern she saw on Pinterest. Admittedly I really wouldn’t have needed the pattern. For some reason, I thought the Pinterest picture was from the book and might have some info on the fabric line. It wasn’t the same; however, I think I managed to follow the color line with the fabrics I chose. The book would be a great addition to the library of a beginning quilter, so I may gift it at some point.

I hope to pull another UFO out of my stash and work on that today too. We’ll see how much I get done.

I’m linking up today with Katy Quilts and

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Pieceful Monday

My quilting took a back seat last week to quite a bit of family activity. Our youngest graduated from college, which involved moving her home, packing her up for her summer work, going to the graduation ceremony, and celebrating. Here’s a look at her mortarboard that she gussied up with a blue heron and the initials of her major (Fisheries and Wildlife). She will be conducting field research on different birds as she begins her new career.

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At the beginning of last week, I did get some work done on this little quilt. I’ve had the top done for awhile, I just needed to quilt and bind it. While I like the big stitch look, I’m not really happy with the outcome of the quilt. The snowman faces are a little puffy, which bugs me. However, it doesn’t bug me enough to rip it up.

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I also started work on the Sugar quilt, a Frivols quilt kit, using the Cookie Exchange fabric from Sweetwater. This will be a WIP as I work on it from time to time. I’ve started early enough that I might have it done by the holiday season.

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So I’m off to do more stitching. Hope you have a good week!

Wendy

 

Pieceful Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating your mom, or the memory of your mom. Without them, we wouldn’t be having this conversation, right?

This is a photo of my grandmother. Together with my mother, she cultivated a life of creativity in me. She was a seamstress and made many clothes for people in my hometown and the surrounding area. I believe this is the only picture we have of her sewing (and a poor quality one at that). While she didn’t teach me to sew, I learned much from her just by being with her. IMG_3968

I had a lovely, busy past week. It involved far more coffee than usual, and quite a bit of good conversation.

I did manage to finish my little tumbler quilt. I decided to do a semi-wavy quilt design that follows the tumblers. It’s not great, but it satisfies me. Here it is, all bound and ready to be tucked into a display. It’s 7 x 9 inches, so it will be fun to find a nook just waiting for it.  IMG_7149

This week I’ll be doing some shopping for some white and cream fabrics for a wedding quilt. Here’s a few of the fabrics I’m auditioning that I think have made the cut, except for the brighter orange piece. It will be a quick, easy HST quilt once I have all the fabric. The wedding is in July, so I need to get to work!

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I might have some fun with this little project. I decided to try a Frivols from Moda using The Cookie Exchange fabrics by Sweetwater.

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My quilt cave could use a bit of a touch up, so I’ll need to do a little organizing too.

Happy quilting, friends!

Wendy