Pincushions

As I was digging around the sewing studio looking for orphan blocks to use in making shopping bags, I found two 4.5″ Lemoyne Stars that I had hand stitched many moons ago.

I made two muslin pouches and filled them with crushed walnut shells.

Inklingo LeMoyne Star Pincushion

Then I put those pouches inside the Lemoyne Star pouches that I had sewn.

They sure make cute little pincushions!

Inklingo LeMoyne Star Pincushion

And they aren’t orphans anymore!

I made my Lemoyne Stars from the free Diamond/Triangle/Square Collection from Inklingo.  Try it!

This and That

I was blessed to have my son, and his family, visit for their spring break.  I had to work, but we managed some time together.

One of the things that we did, was to take a little walk around Old Marcus

Every year, Lake Roosevelt is drawn down, and reveals the old site.  One can see the crumbling town foundations that are normally under water.

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My granddaughter has a little sewing project going when she visits.

Alyssa's Kitty Cushion

The kitty will become a cushion, but it is slow progress since we don’t live close to each other.

The family has gone back home, and I have spent the morning making small design boards.  This small project has been on my to-do list for a long time.

Mini Design Boards

I used pieces of scrap foam core and batting to make mine.

They range from 9″ to 15″ square.

Mini Design Boards

I used the tutorial from Bee in my Bonnet.  These are useful little boards!

Slow Sunday Stitching

“SUNDAY. Take it slow and give your soul a chance to catch up with your body.”

 

“Today, whatever is good for your soul, do that.”

 

“It’s Sunday, therefore I am 100% motivated to do nothing today!”

 

“Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.” 

 

I’ve been slacking on my Slow Sunday Stitching project.

I have excuses, but I’m missing the point of Sunday…that special day of the week to slow down, relax and ‘smell the roses’.

I have finished block 8 of Aunt Bea’s Parlor.

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 8

And block 9.

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 9

Slow, and not so steady.  Little by little.  A stitch here.  A stitch there.

Onto block 10.

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 10

I am linking up with Kathy QuiltsCheck out the other slow stitchers that are linking up there!

Take time to slow down.  Enjoy the day!

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.

Bike Ride

“‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’ …
‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.’”
—Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Sunday has proven to be a glorious day…no rain…no snow!

So Hubby and I took some time out to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Old Kettle Falls

We packed up the bikes and headed over to Old Kettle for a bit of exercise.

Old Kettle Falls

This is one of our favorite recreational areas and we are blessed to live nearby.

Old Kettle Falls

There are interesting markers that describe the old town, but for today, we simply rode our bikes and enjoyed a bit of nature, rather than exploring the town history (a fun thing to do as there are remnants of the town and it is easy to imagine what life may have been like).

Old Kettle Falls

Old Kettle Falls still has residents, such as this squirrel, who was having lunch.

Old Kettle Falls

Old Kettle Falls

Old Kettle Falls

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”

John Burroughs

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.