This and That

Yes, I have been procrastinating.  I don’t know why, but I haven’t felt like sewing for a while.  I guess basting quilts is not all that exciting.

There has been some overtime at work.

And I did make a gooseberry pie.


Gooseberry Pie

Hubby will be picking cherries today, so a cherry pie will be made.

Getting outside and practicing my photography has been lots of fun.

And I have totally finished every stinking seam; that is, stitched in the ditch and removed all of the basting safety pins from this quilt:

Lets Sew Quilt Along

I could actually call it done, but I am not.  The fun part begins.  There will be some free motion quilting happening.

I also started a new project. 

I saved alphabet pincushion embroidery patterns that Jenny of Elefantz so generously posted on her blog in 2018.  I haven’t worked embroidery in quite a long time, and I’d really like to get back to it.  This is an easy way to do that.

I took a white tea towel and divided it into sections for each letter.

Jenny of Elefantz Alphabet Pincushions

Then I traced each letter with a blue washout marker.  The first marker that I tried had too heavy of a tip, so thank goodness that it will wash out!

Jenny of Elefantz Alphabet Pincushions

My tracing set up is a clear plexiglass table that Hubby made for me, and an Ott light that I have slid underneath.

Jenny of Elefantz Alphabet Pincushions

All the letters of the alphabet are traced; one in each square.

Jenny of Elefantz Alphabet Pincushions

The letter A is embroidered.

Jenny of Elefantz Alphabet Pincushions

I intend to stitch the letter B today.  

And bake a cherry pie.

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching!  Lots of fun projects by like minded stitchers to see!

25 responses to “This and That

  1. Beautiful stitching. I still have to quilt that one with the sewing machine myself, but my machine has been in the shop for about a month.


  2. That looks like a fun project! Something about quilting in the summer just doesn’t get it. Maybe it’s the warm weather and the focus on outside?


  3. Oh what cute little alphabets! Those quilts take a long time and sometimes they keep telling us they need more!


    • The letters are sweet…I ‘have’ to stitch them! I do take a considerably long time to finish my quilts…that is for sure, Carla! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


  4. I’m looking forward to seeing your alphabet develop! And your pie looks delicious.


  5. The alphabet letters will be wonderful, Jenny E is such a talented designer. And I almost drooled over the gooseberries, we hardly ever see them in the gredngrocers, I expect they have a rather short season.


    • Jenny, I am blessed to have two gooseberry bushes. My challenge is getting to them before the critters do. LOL! I agree…Jenny is talented. I love reading her blog…she shares freely, and I so want the homemaker lifestyle! 🙂


  6. Enjoy your stitching and baking. Cherry pie is one of my favorites.


  7. You have set yourself a long list of jobs for the day … don’t forget a coffee break, and put your feet up at the end of the day.
    My day has been spent with unexpected visitors at lunch time, and digging up weeds.Tomorrow some planting will happen.


  8. Handwork has been my big draw all summer long, I think because it is so peaceful. I have been picking cherries this week, from our dwarf tree, and have gotten enough for three pies, but it has been very hot so I put them in the freezer for later. I do love Jenny’s blog, God uses her words in a big way. Your quilt is going to be magnificent, getting all the stitch in the ditch finished is a big step forward. There are so many little sections you can take your time and wait for inspiration!


    • Yes, Kathy…I feel good about the quilt. I can wait until rainy days or until cooler weather happens…it is ready when I am. 🙂

      We do have a lot more cherries to pick, and they will end up in the same place as your’s…the freezer. The freezer is a magnificent invention!

      Jenny is grounded, sweet and encouraging…exactly what I need!

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  9. OH pretty pretty – and it good to do the small embroidery blocks this way! I still have her Itty Bitty blocks all ready to embroidery, but think life got in my way! LOL. Great work Laura


  10. Never tasted gooseberry pie before – but cherry pie is my favorite tied with peach…
    Getting back into embroidery sounds like the perfect respite from the demands of life for you right now!
    Stay strong, my ‘other’ Laura!


  11. Your Gooseberry pie looks tasty, and love the alphabet embroidery


    • Thanks for visiting and commenting, Deb! I think I picked my gooseberries too early, but it was still very good! I am enjoying the embroidery, too! 🙂


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