Friday, December 9, 2016

A Little Sewing Therapy

I'm thrilled to report that I am recovering quite nicely from that silly hip surgery.  Thanks for all your healing messages and thoughts!

I've even managed to squeeze in some therapeutic sewing time.  Of course, it is the time of year of secret sewing projects, but there are a couple of ones I can share with you.  First is a little table runner that I started in a class with my local quilt guild.  Cute wonky Christmas trees.

This has been shipped off to Chicago to be part of my son's holiday decor.

I also snuck a little tree ornament into the Chicago package.

I made yet another of Svetlana's two in one pouch.  It's an easy to follow pattern with a very neat finish.  One of these days I will have to make one that I actually keep!

Love all the Cotton and Steel black and white fabric.

 I've fallen a bit behind on the Splendid Sampler project...and I am perfectly fine with that.  I have enjoyed making each interesting block (OK, enjoyed MOST blocks) and its kind of a treat to set aside some time to work on one.

#76 - Little Things

#77 - Prism.  It took longer to pick out the fabric than to sew this one!

#78 - Jersey

#80 - Heartstring Star

#81 - With Love From

Winter has started here by the lake.  If I have to sit around and look outside, well at least the snow is lovely.

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Recovery Sewing Strategy

It is important to stay busy.  A few weeks ago I was told I needed surgery to replace the seven year old hip replacement that had failed.  So, that's what I was doing last week!  I'm told the procedure went well and in a few months I should be better than ever.  I'm very excited about the prospect of no more limping, no leg lock ups when walking and the elimination of leg pain!
Due to the nature of the procedure, I have to stay off the leg for 3 months forcing me to adapt to alternative modes of getting around.  With a little help I was still able to get some fresh air this week on a spectacular day.

I had a little notice that this adventure was coming so I was able to think about some hand sewing projects to keep me entertained.

One of the most recent Splendid Sampler blocks has already been embroidered this week.

I've been carrying this cross stitch project around for quite some time.  It's colorful and easy (not too many 1/2 stitches) pattern that I am stitching on a larger thread count aida to minimize the stress.

One of my scrap management strategies is to cut scraps down to useful sizes.  I have a nice little package of 2.5 inch squares and I've started to hand piece them together.  This is really slow work but hand piecing is a technique I would like to develop some proficiency with and this project should help.

Then I have some crafty books that I have set aside for bed time reading.

You can imagine my excitement when the physical therapist said I could be machine sewing (for short periods of time) soon!  The day we returned from the hospital my son had already extracted my sewing machine from the sewing suite downstairs and set it up on the dining room table.  My kids know me well!  I hadn't planned on being able to use the sewing machine, so I don't have any projects ready to go but that just gives me something to ponder in these first few days.

My family and friends have been wonderfully supportive through this and I'm even getting some napping time with the Grand-dog!
I'm also looking at this as an opportunity to catch up on my blog reading (sorry!) and maybe even do a little long overdue maintenance to this blog!  Thank you all for continuing to generate so many beautiful things for me to look at!

Whether hand sewing or machine sewing, it looks like I will have lots to fill my time as I work at healing over the next three months!

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Splendid Sampler Update - #60 - 74

The scrappiness continues!  Here's the latest batch of Splendid blocks!  I love projects where I am stretched a little and learning new things.  This project certainly qualifies!

#60 - Hearts and Flowers.  This project has rejuvenated my love of embroidery.
 #61 - Traveler
#62 - Hen and Chicks

#63 - The Icing on the Cake.  More hand work, this time needle turn appliqué.

#64 - Rising Star

#65 - Stripes and Flowers.  Yikes.  This was a surprisingly tricky block for me but I am pleased with the outcome!

#66 - Happy Thoughts.  This block reminds me that I need to focus on color value and saturation more.

#67 - Bobbin Chase

#68 - Wild Roses

#69 - Full Circle.  From this block I learned that I need to practice curved piecing!

#70 - Bows.  Now, I am a big fan of paper piecing but this little block was really a challenge.  My lesson on this one is to really, really lower your stitch (2.0 was not small enough) to ensure the stitches stay intact when removing the paper.  Oops.  Lots of repair work needed!
#71 - First Stitch

#72 - Full Circle Star

#73 - +Love

#74 - Button Basket

And this is what these 74 Splendid blocks look like together:

Have a great day everyone!  And to my American friends, if you haven't already, please do vote next week!  It is important that whatever the result is, that it reflects the voice of the people.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt Top Complete!

The top is assembled!  With all the beautiful Tula City Sampler blocks appearing on Instagram daily, I decided it was time to woman-up and assemble MY beautiful blocks into a quilt top.  In case you want to see each one, here are the previous blog posts starting in February 2014 (!!):

Yes, it really was time to move this project forward!  I fell in love with Tula's fabric making these blocks.  Selecting the right setting was critical and I decided to go with one right from the book.  It was very slow going with lots of pieces and pinning but I couldn't be happier.

It was a lovely autumn day for quilt photographs.

I played with the block placement for a very long time!  The blocks lived on my design wall for months.  As noted in the blog posts, I built the blocks without a specific color plan in mind.  Each block was lovingly constructed as I allowed her artwork to inspire the fabric choices.  This meant a layout with a defined color scheme was not going to happen.

Next I have to baste this very large quilt! Then onto quilting! Just think how many pictures will be in the post when I finish this quilt! Apologies in advance!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Finished - My New Hampshire Visit Quilts

These two little quilts are off to two sweet kids who visited us at the lake this summer.  Fabric markers, scrap muslim and a quick trip to Joann Fabric for fabric and voila!

 I've started to assemble my 100 Tula City Sampler Blocks using one of the suggested quilt designs from the book. Each row takes a lot of time to assemble so please be patient!

Meanwhile, I am trying to keep up with the Splendid Sampler blocks.

But it is very hard to stay focused on sewing!  We are dog-sitting my brother's dog Millie for a few weeks while he and his wife go on a trip of a lifetime.  She is so much fun!

Happy Friday!  Linking up with Amanda Jean's finish it up Friday party!

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