Sunday, September 25, 2016

Slow Stitching

Slow stitching -- i.e. stitching by hand -- has had its own linky party over at Kathy's Quilts' weekly Slow Sunday Stitching post for several years. Although I won't be hand stitching until this evening I decided to participate. Since we moved 3 months ago I've been finishing some hand embroidery projects I found while everything was in chaos. (As in trying to find some place to put all of my quilting and paper craft supplies.)  I'm almost finished with this cute snowman from This and That. There's not much left to do so I may finish the handwork after tomorrow's group at the clubhouse.  He only needs a couple of polka dots, eyes, buttons and a star added.  

I'll still have to finish this as a little quilt.  It'll be ready to go by snow season.  Now to look for a cute holder as shown on the pattern.  

Once this is done I'll get to decide on what to work on next.  I have 2 quilts I'm hand quilting, a pillow that I'm doing sashimi stitching on, socks on the needles along with a UFO sweater, and winter is coming so I could knit the grands some hats.  Decisions, decisions.  I'll probably work on the sashiko because it'll only take me an hour or so to finish the handwork and then on to making a pillow cover.  

Take a look at Kathy's Quilts post today to see what type of handwork is being done today. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Meandering -- BIG News

I interrupt this quilt blog to bring the BIG news for the family.  Theodore Everet was born this morning to Aimee and Kevin.  He's a big boy - 9.7 lbs, 21" long.  Mom and Theo are doing fine.  We picked up Ellie yesterday and brought her home with us.  She's a sweetie but she has worn us out!  
Big Sister with her Little Brother -- 

Here's everyone in their first family picture. 
Hum, I need to work on my lighting skills. I took 20 or so pictures but I thought this one showed a bit more of Theo.  We'll be staying with Ellie until Mommy and Daddy come home.  And, boy this was really easy now that we live so much closer to both of our kids' families.  

In addition to all this activity yesterday and today, my quilt buddy Sharon was down this weekend for the first time since we moved.  She was tickled it only took an hour and a half to drive down. (It took me a lot longer to drive up when I went up in June!)   She pulled out these blocks that she had won at a retreat in 2013.  I had pulled out my 6 a week or so ago and decided it would take too long to get enough blocks for a decent quilt so I put them back.  I was more than willing to give her my six.  We're making a Project Linus quilt.  She took it home to decide about bordering it.  I'll quilt it and one of us will bind it.  Both of us have been able to take a UFO off of our lists.  YEA! (Well, almost completely off!) 

I haven't been doing such a great job on my goals this week, heck for the last several weeks.  Most goals had a little bit done on them, maybe not as much as I wished though.  Once we get back home I'll have to really get busy on several things. I'm down to a week and a half before fall retreat.  I'm hoping to be very organized with my projects.  We'll see if I have time to cut out a new project and organize the rest of the blocks for Christmas Traditions.  I'll be doing one of those blocks tomorrow while Ellie is at preschool. 

Sept 12, 2016
Help out with Ellie when the call comes
Hand embroider snowman
Make 2 purse blocks for FCQ Equilter√ started
Work on Christmas Favorites√ new fabrics bought to finish the last blocks 
Quilt and finish the secret quilt√ the quilting is started but more to do to finish

Sept 19, 2016
Have fun with Ellie and visit baby Theo!
Work on the secret quilt – hopefully finish it!
Do some more hand embroidery on snowman
Get several Christmas Favorites blocks prepped
Prep a few projects for the Fall Retreat next week

I'm linking up with Monday Makings and Main Crush Monday.  Take a look at what's happening around the internet this week. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday Meanderings

We're on baby watch!  Ellie is going to be a big sister -- hopefully soon.  So I spent part of yesterday afternoon pulling out the embroidery module and embroidering.  I can't remember when I last used this and it took me forever to find everything -- well except the stabilizer and the thread.  I knew I had seen the box with the unit but I had forgotten I'd taken it out and stored it on a shelf in the ironing station.  Voila -- a good look around and I found it.  And, really, it is a great place to store it as it is out of the way but easily assessable. Eventually everything was located and I was successful getting the Big Sister shirt done.  

The good part of doing the embroidery is I had time to do some straightening up and putting things away.  Sharon hopes to come down this weekend (see first paragraph!) if we are home.  Now she has a spot to put up her sewing machine.  Although, I may be working on the long arm and she could use mine.   

This is the new project I started on Saturday.  CP guild had a class on Magic Stack and Whack, an oldie but goodie. This is just pieces laid out on the fabric but what a difference that poison green made instead of the white background I had originally planned to use. (Sorry, didn't think to take a photo of it!) When I have time to work on this it shouldn't take much time.  Most of it is cut out.  No doubt you'll be seeing progress on this over the next few weeks? Months? 

I continue to take a few things out of the boxes in the unfinished basement and find places to put them.  And here's what I found this week! 
I have a collection of those little ducks given to me by a student and there are the elusive Gingher scissors!  Yea!  

Boy was this a horrible week for getting things done on my goals list.  It's pitiful! 
Sept 5, 2016
Make 2 purse blocks for FCQ Equilter Didn’t happen
Work on Christmas Favorites nope, nothing
Prep for and attend Stack N Whack class
Finish RWB to flimsy stage nada, either
Embroider snowman block nothing, nope, nah!

So, I'm repeating most of the items except adding the finishing the secret project. 
Sept 12, 2016
Help out with Ellie when the call comes
Hand embroider snowman
Make 2 purse blocks for FCQ Equilter
Work on Christmas Favorites
Quilt and finish the secret quilt

That's it from me.  We are awaiting the phone call to take care of Ellie but no word as of this writing Monday, late afternoon.  I'll keep you posted.

Stop by Monday Making and Main Crush Monday.  Both sites are up and running -- well why not I'm particularly late getting my act together!  Some time this week I'll sit down and enjoy seeing all the great inspiration.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Monday Meandering AND Shadow Box Mini Quilt Along

It's time to share my entry in the Shadow Box Mini Quilt Along.  Here's my version of the Shadow Box:
Um, Mr. Bunny you were suppose to show the whole quilt not just the back!  Let's see if I can get a better quilt holder!
Sophie does a much better job showing off a quilt.  She was happy to hold it and put a smile on her face while doing it!  

We had a change of plans for Sunday when it turned out Jenny, Brian and the girls could come down for a visit. So Saturday night I stayed up working on my Halloween inspired Shadow Box Mini for the Quilt Along.  
Here's one of the layouts I tried.  I'm not sure why I didn't use this one but I did make changes to it.  One reason this was easy for me to do is I used an old Charm Pack I had. Some of the fussy cut blocks wiped out the entire square but most of the squares I was able to also cut some smaller blocks out of for the stash. 

Once I picked out my charm pack (and a couple of other fabrics that happened to go with the charm pack) it was on to cutting and sewing.  It went surprisingly fast.  Then I sashed the blocks and added matching borders and on to batting it up.  I found an orange backing fabric and a small, fairly flat piece of batting which I used.  Because it was getting later and later, I decided to just quilt lines down and across the quilt.  I even got the first side of the binding on before I gave up and went to bed!  But, I was up early and was able to finish the binding. 

With the kids and grands here right after we got back from church and leaving after dinner, I forgot to take pictures.  The sun was sinking in the west when I took these pictures.  Hum, does that light tan fabric look yellowish to you?  Well, it shouldn't!  

If you want to make your own Shadow Box Mini quilt go to Studio Dragonfly for the directions. And, you can spend a bit of time checking out the other Shadow Box minis made for this event.  Here's a list of participating quilters.  I'm looking forward to seeing what folks did with their minis. 

Jen Rosin at A Dream and a Stitch 
Janice Holton at Color, Creating and Quilting
Debora Exum at Studio Dragonfly
Amanda Everest at Quiltologie
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Bonnie Stapleton at Institches with Bonnie (You are here!) 
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Joanne Harris at Quilts by Joanne
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Mary Schuberg at Needled Mom

Now for my regular Monday blog info -- my goals!  Eee, not such a great job getting these things done. 
August 29, 2016
Continue sewing rows of RWB together
Put books away on shelves√ some done, more to do
Begin sewing another block for Christmas Favorites NADA—hoping this week will see some more action
Work on Mini Quilt Along√ done
Work on Alaska Blocks nothing done on this one either

Sept 5, 2016
Make 2 purse blocks for FCQ Equilter
Work on Christmas Favorites
Prep for and attend Stack N Whack class
Finish RWB to flimsy stage
Embroider snowman block

I am so close to finishing the RWB.  I think I have 2 very short rows to finish.  I've sewn the top half together and the bottom half until the missing rows.  So this should be very doable.  I had to take it off the design wall today because something else was put up.  I'll be sharing it with you in a couple of weeks. 

That's it for me now.  If you still want to spend some quality time being inspired by other quilters check out these linky parties! Monday Making should be back this week and Main Crush Monday always has a lot of great inspiration.  (Neither of these are posted because I am, gasp!, a head of schedule.  I'll come back in the morning and create links to these two linky party. Linked up and ready to party!) 

Have a fun day least I hope those of you who are still working get the day off to enjoy more quilting or family and friends time. Heck, maybe you can squeeze in both activities!  We're headed to a block party in the evening. I still need to figure out what I want to bring to the pot luck.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

OMG Success

YeeHaw!  I was able to finish the two blocks I had planned for the OMG.  And, surprisingly, I finished them really early -- maybe in the first week.  I don't remember.  I actually looked at doing more blocks but as usual I was overcome with indecisiveness.  It takes me longer to pick the fabric for each block then to make the blocks.  Sigh.
This block was already cut out, ready to iron down.  Because it is small it didn't take much time to finish, even sewing down the ribbons.  (If that dark blue looks familiar it can be seen as the background on this piece. I noticed I also was mentioning my upcoming goal and there was a picture of this block before I started on it in August.)

Much of this block was already done -- letters were cut out and some of the backgrounds were already chosen.  The majority of the time was spent stitching down the letters and making the tree.  Excellent.  Now if I could just get going on some more blocks.  

Which comes to my September goal:  I'm going to get two more blocks done from the Christmas Favorites book. Yes, really.  I'll pick the colors and get two more done. I may work on pieced blocks instead of appliqué but it's picking the fabrics that always gets to me.  I was thinking of using a block kit I bought in Alaska in the mid '90s but I'm not that in love with it and its mate.  (What was I thinking when I bought an Alaskan version of Sun Bonnet Sue?) I have it on the goals for this week so maybe I will spend time sewing it down but we'll see.   

I'm linking up with Red Letter Quilts and Let's Be Social.  Take some time to see what others are up to in their studios.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday Meanderings 8 - 29 - 2016

I have a finish.  Ok, it's a small finish but it is done!  It's not a UFO anymore.  Now I need to decide how I can hang my little quilts.  The only sad part of this finish is it wasn't on my UFO list so I can't cross it off.  This design is #595 from Bloomin' Minds.  They have a lot of very clever little quilts.  It won't make much of a dent in my stash but at least I can enjoy seeing it on my wall.  (well, soon...) 
No more pictures of quilty stuff today.  I did get much of my fabric loaded onto my new shelves.  Some of my books are now on a shelf but I need to move them around a bit.  At this point I'm just stashing them on the shelf. I've still got a lot to do to get the shelves filled up. 

I've made more progress on the RWB quilt and hope to have it off the design wall by the end of the week. (Note to self, quit goofing off and head to the studio earlier each day!) 

August 22, 2016
Quilt Jenny’s Heart Quilt for Pulse
Finish the “Online Friends” piece
Begin Shadow Box Mini Quilt for quilt along 
Start filling my new shelves
Enjoy Sophia and Natalie visiting us

And I hope to continue to get everything done on my list this week! 

August 29, 2016
Finish sewing rows of RWB together
Put books away on shelves
Begin sewing another block for Christmas Favorites
Work on Shadow Box Mini Quilt for quilt along
Work on Alaska Blocks (pulling out a new UFO!) 

Do you enjoy making mini quilts?  Take a look at the Shadow Box Mini Quilt Along.  It is really easy to make and should be a great leader/ender project.  I've made a sample block and am ready to cut the whole quilt and get it sewn.  Sign up at Color, Creating and Quilting to see what it is all about. You won't have much time but it really is a fast little quilt. 

That's it for me today.  I'm linking up with Monday Makings at Love, Laugh, Quilt and Main Crush Monday at A Place to Create and Share. (Oops, Monday Makings isn't up yet.  I'll add the link later. She's camping and the linky party isn't coming up. Check next Monday.)  When I'm finished posting this I plan to spend a bit of time cruising the internet to see what's new today.  
Sophie enjoying new markers and sporting her new NEON shorts and shirts. She starts first grade today.
Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Heart Quilt√

It has been a very busy week up until Friday afternoon when I flaked out napping and reading! 

First, I got Jenny's quilt for Pulse quilted -- in one day.  I tend to take a couple of days for most quilts bigger than baby size.  But I was focused so I finished it up Tuesday night.  A lot of Jenny's quilting buddies sent her hearts to incorporate into the quilt.  Some hearts were on the front, others on the back.  I chose a very loose pattern called Mermaid Fingers to quilt.  This is my go to pattern for a fast, easy to do design.  I probably should have tightened it up a bit but it definitely did not distract from the great hearts. (Hum, I'm pretty sure the two I made her did not make it in the quilt. Sigh.  They probably were both grayed fabrics instead of bright.) 
You can see the quilting a bit in this closeup taken before I took it off the frame. 

We picked up the Grands on Wednesday evening.  Rush hour around the DC/Northern Virginia area is never fun.  We met for dinner and then took the girls home with us.  I won't go into details but the first 12 hours were not fun but after that we had a great time.  Our pool time Thursday was great fun except I forgot to put sun screen on me even though I did both girls.  Sigh.  I still have a slight burn.  Hopefully I won't have peeling skin later! 

I've filled the shelves with fabrics, UFOS, scraps.Next up -- Books! 

The Grands enjoying cookies at the pool.

I'm linking up with Can I have a Whoop, Whoop? That's it for me today.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie