Category Archives: Motivation

Slow Sunday Stitching

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
― Washington Irving

Crown Imperial

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”
– Stevie Wonder

Bleeding Hearts

“I don’t know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it’s something that anyone can make – pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad – but it carries a certain taste of memory.”
― Mitch Albom

Crabapple

I am blessed to have a fabulous Mom!  She loves life and is a great example for me. 

And yes, there is a dish that is a must have when I visit her.  I must have her homemade macaroni and cheese!  It takes me back to childhood and warm memories.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!  Thank you so much!

Since this is a slow stitching Sunday, here’s what I am up to:

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 13

Block 13 of Aunt Bea’s Parlor is finished.

Onto Block 14!

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 14

I will be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Kate has sown candy-tuft, lupins and peas,
Carnations, forget-me-not and heart’s-ease;
Jack has sown cherry-pie, marigold,
Love-that-lies-bleeding and snap-dragons bold;
But who knows
What the wind sows?

-T Sturge Moore “Winds Work”

Candytuft

Why am I “Candytuft”?
That I don’t know!
Maybe the fairies
First called me so;
Maybe the children,
Just for a joke;
(I’m in the gardens
Of most little folk).

Look at my clusters!
See how they grow:
Some pink or purple,
Some white as snow;
Petals uneven,
Big ones and small;
Not very tufty 
No candy at all!

-Cicely Mary Barker 

The candytuft in my garden is showing off, and I love it!  Spring is such a glorious season of freshness and renewal!

And baseball, too. 

So I continue to work on my Slow Sunday Stitching embroidery while watching baseball.

I finished Block 11 of the Aunt Bea’s Parlor project.

Aunt Bea's Parlor Block 11

And Block 12.

Aunt Bea's Parlor Block 12

Next comes Block 13.

Aunt Bea's Parlor Block 13

Here is a slide show of 12 finished blocks.

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I am linking up with the other slow stitchers at Kathy’s Quilts.

May OMG 2017 Goal

Judy, at Patchwork Times, announced #11 as the UFO goal for May.

My number 11 is a Hunter’s Star quilt.

Hunter's Star Quilt Top

This quilt was begun as an Inklingo project in 2013.

You can see close-ups of the kaleidoscope stars in a blog post about this quilt here.

My goal for May is to get this Hunter’s Star quilt top pin-basted and quilted. But first, I have to find it somewhere in the sewing studio.

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times. While there, I will see what others are up to for May.

April OMG 2017 Update

My goal for April was to make eco-friendly shopping bags.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate some orphan blocks into the project.

Shopping Bags

I used scrap denim and some quilting blocks for the above shopping bags.  I wish I would have thought to take the time to quilt the blocks, but I like the bags anyway. 

Shopping Bag

I may have to give this bag to someone with a small child.  At least I remembered to add some quilting to the bag.  Ha, ha!

Shopping Bag

The last bag features a hand-painted orphan block.  It was a fun little sample to learn some fabric painting techniques, and I am happy to have found a way to use the block!

These bags are durable, can be washed, and used over and over.  They are eco-friendly and more fun to use than plastic grocery sacks!

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.

April OMG 2017 Goal

Judy, at Patchwork Times, announced #1 as the UFO goal for April.

I shall be working on #3 as that is the number called for in January, and I worked on #1.  Oops.

My goal for the month, then, is to make shopping bags.

One Monthly Goal - Grocery Sacks

My thought is to incorporate some orphan blocks into the project.

This should be fun and easy.

I am linking up to Elm Street Quilts at One Monthly Goal.

March OMG Update

My March goal was to come up with a plan to put together a round robin/friendship strip quilt.

You can read about this UFO project here.

I thought I would unify the strips by adding paper pieced trees to the sides of each strip.  This would make them all the same width.

You can see the post about my plan here.

Friendship Row by Row

I have completed all of the paper-pieced tree blocks.

Friendship Row by Row

And sewn them to the ends of each row.

Friendship Row by Row

I wish I had a better way to show the rows to you, but I don’t have a design wall.

Friendship Row by Row

I don’t have enough floor space either.

Friendship Row by Row

I managed to sew 190 four patch blocks this month, too!  They are pinned in groups of 10 (easier for me to count them).

My plan is to sew the four patch units into sashing/border rows to add between the friendship rows.

That may not happen for awhile, since the next number drawn for April, may be a different UFO project to work on. 

But I feel good.

I’ve made progress!

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.

Friendship Row by Row – March OMG Update

My March OMG is to work on a friendship row by row quilt from 1999.

Friendship Row by Row

Don’t have a clue why I took the pic at this angle!

Since the rows are uneven lengths, I decided to piece tree blocks to both ends of each row.

I used my EQ7 program to come up with a plan and the sizes of the tree blocks.

The rows won’t necessarily be pieced in this order; I just needed a plan to make them all the same width.

Friendship Row by Row

I’ve printed out the patterns for the tree blocks, and I’ve paper-pieced three blocks so far.

It has been a long time since I’ve paper pieced anything.  Some unsewing has happened.

This is going to take a while.  Maybe the rest of the month!

Meantime, I’ve been playing around with border ideas.  I think I am going to piece four patches. 

A lot of four patches.

Probably another month’s worth.

Friendship Row by Row

Ignore the colors in the above settings.  The colors have nothing to do with the plan. 

And I know that the trees are not symmetrical.  I don’t care.  They aren’t symmetrical in nature, either.