I had an entire afternoon off from the day job, so I planned to spend it working on a new project. No deadlines, not doing housework, no have to do because…; just for the fun of it.
We were in the midst of our first blizzard of the season. A cozy afternoon with a pot of tea and in my favorite space of the house would be heaven on earth.
But when I came home, the power was out.
Sew what! Light the lamps and the woodstove, and all is well!
It was out for twelve hours!
“Granddaughter, through you I see the future.
Through me, you’ll see the past.
In the present, we’ll love one another as long as these moments last.” – Unknown
This past weekend, I was blessed to have my son and his family visit. The last time that they were able to visit was back in April.
Having my 10 year old granddaughter with me, meant that we could finish her cushion project that we began the last time that she was here.
You can see the beginning of it in this blog post.
A. chose the fabrics, threads, and the applique. She also did most of the sewing (I helped a little bit with those eyes). I simply encouraged her along.
She’s a happy little camper, and I am a proud Grandma!
“A granddaughter fills her grandmother’s heart with rainbows!” -Unknown
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Then I put those pouches inside the Lemoyne Star pouches that I had sewn.
They sure make cute little pincushions!
And they aren’t orphans anymore!
I made my Lemoyne Stars from the free Diamond/Triangle/Square Collection from Inklingo. Try it!
Patchwork Times announced the UFO number for March. #5 was chosen.
My #5 UFO is an old row by row Round Robin project.
It is from 1999.
The rows have silk ribbon embroidery, various applique methods and piecing. The nine group members had plenty of freedom to be creative.
I have journal pages with the thoughts from each member.
The one below is written from my young (at the time) daughter.
I have pictures of the rows that we all created, as well as the picnic gathering to celebrate our friendship.
It is long past time to let the memories out of the box and display them in a quilt.
I‘ve given myself a couple of months to work on this project. For March, I hope to come up with a setting and get the top sewn together.
I am linking up with OMG, at Elm Street Quilts, and Patchwork Times.
Posted in Friendship Row by Row, Motivation, One Monthly Goal
Tagged Elm Street Quilts, LCsCottage, OMG, One Monthly Goal, Patchwork Times, quilting, round robin, sewing, UFO busting
Patchwork Times announced February UFO goal number 9 which happened to be a threadplay project for me:
I decided it needed some ‘spark’, so I added gold thread to the ribbon.
I am using Sulky rayon thread for the free motion embroidery.
I used a simple meandering loop (with Sulky rayon thread) for the free motion quilting.
Leftover fabric was used to piece the backing.
I am happy to have this one finished!
It has already been gifted!
I have spent the rest of the month continueing scrap control.
I feel like I’ve gotten a hold of Mary Poppins’ carpetbag; my little scrap bags seem very deep! Ha, ha!
However, I am gaining a whole lot of useable strip sizes…all neatly stored and ready to use. I feel so much better!
Just the reds, pinks, purples and browns to sort.
I am linking up with Patchwork Times and One Monthly Goal.
Posted in Embroidery, Motivation, One Monthly Goal
Tagged Elm Street Quilts, free motion, LCsCottage, machine embroidery, OMG, One Monthly Goal, Patchwork Times, quilting, scrap organization, sewing, Threadplay, UFO
Kathy, at Slow Sunday Stitching, is keeping me on a wonderful, relaxing pace.
I have finished Aunt Bea’s Parlor, block 6.
Here are the first six completed blocks:
Onto block 7.
And I am continuing to work on scrap control.
The black, gray and white scrap bags are sorted and cut into various usable strips.
I am sorting the green scrap bag.
What a tedious job.
Please don’t let me allow my scraps to take over ever again!