It’s been a hot summer and living in a house with no air conditioning is not always good for sewing. Thank goodness I have a cool basement. With that, you’d think that I’d be sewing my little heart out, but no. It’s been a busy summer so simple projects are perfect.
I so excited to be done with block 1! Honestly, I don’t make pieced blocks often. In the past I’ve tried and I just couldn’t get it right. For that reason, when I do pieced block I choose paper piecing. It’s just less frustrating. But….I must have done enough of those (paper pieced) that now my piecing is getting better. Cause this block turned out so close to good. My points are not all perfect but they are so close that I don’t really care.
A few weeks back we were getting a lot a rain and hail. This is normal for the time of year. During this time my Irises were in bloom and they took a beating.
I spent most of the night cutting the pieces for the block of the Honey Bee Lane BOM that I’m getting behind on. It’s a sweet BOM that my local quilt shop is doing.
I wanted to share with you one of my favorite designers, Becky Goldsmith. She has a great tutorial breaking down the confusion as to what kind of threads work best with wool. This is something I have struggled with in my process of learning wool applique. There are a variety of threads available and knowing which ones to try first can be overwhelming. Reading about her experience and seeing her examples was very helpful.
Last Friday night I spent some time continuing work on Winter Queen. Although I haven’t blogged in a while, I have stitched, mostly on Winter Queen. I’ve made some progress and can now begin to see the end in sight.
The blue in the pics always looks different each time I photograph. It’s just as hard to get right as all white. Sorry about that.
FNSI was to be a weekend of sewing. I instead spent it sick. My husband even had to cook Easter dinner. I think it turned out great. I couldn’t taste it sadly due to the rotten cold I had. It didn’t help that I was also suffering from the nausea that comes with having a migraine. Aside from all that it was a beautiful Easter Sunday, weather wise. Not sure what the temps were but it didn’t feel cold having the windows open. It was sunny with a very light breeze. Just beautiful!
I’m responsible for the door prizes for my quilt guild this year. The prizes didn’t have to be extravagant. They are supposed to be something simple and nice. Most times the prizes are placed in a paper bag so are a surprise. This isn’t the rule just how it’s mostly done.
Well, I’m shaking things up. I am keeping it simple and cheap, that’s what I was told to do. I’ve put together five door prizes monthly for $10, meaning $2.50 each. That’s my average. The shake up is that I don’t always place them in a bag and I don’t make all of them same. I like fun and I like pretty. Can’t help it. I just think getting a door prize should exciting.
I got started a little late Friday but was still able to get a little stitching done. Sorry about the dark photos. I was having trouble getting the light just right. The circled area is what I got done for FNSI.
There are lots of things I’m nuts about. Goofy, Hello Kitty, gardening, star blocks, just to name a few. When deciding on a project for this hop I went back and forth, then back again. I almost couldn’t do it. I was trying to make a quilt project but I couldn’t do it. The problem was….when it comes to sewing projects, I’m a doll maker. I absolutely love-making dolls, prim ones to be exact. Now, I don’t do the scary ones. Trust me, there some scary primitive dolls. You may know what I’m talking about. I can’t make those. I like pretty, cute dolls.
Last month I enrolled to take part in a 6 month BOM at my local quilt shop. It’s a really cute quilt called Honeybee Lane designed by The Quilt Company. I just love this pattern! It is the cutest!! It’s like it was made for me!
We have to opportunity to work on our block at the shop or take it home. I worked on mine last Sunday at home after picking it up the day before. I’m not much of a piece’r but I found this block to be easy. Even with that, I still didn’t get it finished, so I decided would work on it some more for FNSI.
So here is the block after last Sunday night…..
I spent Friday night working on the Mirabilia Winter Queen. I’m slowly making progress. I plan on spending today and tomorrow stitching more on this. I had some time to work since my last post about this but not much. The holidays and other projects got in the way. Getting back to stitching is the goal now.
I need to get my gingerbread people done and I’m a little closer than I was before Friday. I got the arms and legs sewn on the second doll. Then I realized in my rush to get done the Christmas in My Heart hop I didn’t so the arms and legs correctly on the first doll. So I seam ripped them (something I’m awesome at) and resown them back on. I also got the pants and bloomers made. I just need to do the gathers now and put the pants on the dolls. Then I can get the rest of the clothes made.