“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”
– Charles M. Schulz
“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”
– Rainbow Rowell
While I enjoy these splendid Autumn days, I am slowly making progress on the Aunt Bea’s Parlor embroidery blocks.
Block 18 is finished!
Along with stitching on Block 19 today, I am going to plant a few bulbs in the garden.
That is an interesting thought to ponder…planting hope while the leaves are falling.
I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching. If you click on the link, you can check out the projects that others are working on! Maybe you’ll be inspired to relax with some slow stitching, too!
Patchwork Times drew the number 6 for the October UFO goal.
My number 6 is the Aunt Bea’s Parlor embroidery quilt project. I have already made quite a bit of progress on this one, since I decided to work on it for my Slow Sunday Stitching project.
I have completed the embroidery for 17 out of 20 blocks. Woohoo!
So my goal for October is to finish the embroidery on the last three blocks. I want to get the blocks squared up and add the corner triangles to them.
I think this may be as far as I get, since the last three months of the year are the busiest work months at my day job.
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and check out the other goals for October!
Posted in Embroidery, Motivation, One Monthly Goal
Tagged Aunt Bea's Parlor, Elm Street Quilts, embroidery, LCsCottage, OMG, One Monthly Goal, Patchwork Times, UFO busting, ufo challenge
“October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
I am a happy camper! I actually finished a block in just one week! Ha, ha!
Block 17 done!
The pattern, and my Google searches, show the embroidery being done with a running stitch, or a backstitch. I chose to embroider with a stem stitch.
I don’t know why. But there ya have it.
Onto Block 18!
Just three more blocks to go, and the embroidery portion of Aunt Bea’s Parlor will be finished! Woohoo!
I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching. Click on the link, and check out the projects that others are working on! Maybe you’ll be inspired to relax with some slow stitching, too!
My September UFO goal was to complete the borders for my friendship row by row quilt.
Lots of four patches sewn into border rows!
Four patch sashings and borders are bringing the rows together!
And I’ve got a flimsy!
I pieced the backing from fabric found in the stash instead of going shopping.
But I forgot that I had one more strip to include! So I had to re-piece the backing! Ha, ha!
I am so happy that I completed the goal of getting this project sewn into a flimsy!
I purchased a Grace frame, so this quilt will be my very first project that I have quilted on a frame.
I know…I should have loaded a practice piece (or 10), but I am just going for it. And what a learning curve it is! None of my straight line quilting is straight! Ha, ha! I don’t really mind at all. This row by row is so full of memories for me, and I am adding to the memories.
You can read about this friendship strip round robin quilt here, here, here, and here.
I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.
“In emerald tufts, flowers purple, blue and white;
Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery,
Buckled below fair knighthood’s bending knee;
Fairies use flower for their charactery.”
― William Shakespeare
“Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that – one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
I am still slowly; very, very slowly, stitching blocks from the Aunt Bea’s Parlor pattern.
I have finished block number 16.
Onto block number 17.
Progress is happening!
I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching. Click on the link, and check out the projects that others are working on!
I began my Hunter’s Star project in September, 2013. I got as far as the borders, and stalled out.
Then it became my UFO Goal for May 2017. I got the top pin-basted into a quilt sandwich and began quilting.
I am so happy to be able to announce that my Hunter’s Star version is finished!
Hunter’s Star Part One
Hunter’s Star Part 2
May OMG 2017 Update
For my Hunter’s Star project, I used the Inklingo Hunter’s Star 9 Inch collection from Linda Franz at her Inklingo website.
For September, Patchwork Times drew number 4 from the UFO list. My number 4 is the same as my number 5 goal was…the friendship round robin project. I knew I would need lots of time (I need lots of time to complete almost anything)!
You can read about this friendship strip round robin quilt here, here, and here.
I left off working on this project in March. I was sewing four patches together for borders.
My goal for September is to get the borders sewn onto the quilt top and have a completed flimsy.
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Hop on over there and check out the other goals for September!
Posted in Friendship Row by Row, Motivation, One Monthly Goal
Tagged Elm Street Quilts, friendship quilt, LCsCottage, OMG, One Monthly Goal, Patchwork Times, quilting, round robin, row by row, UFO busting