Sunday, November 26, 2023

Last post of November

I hope everyone in the US had a very happy Thanksgiving celebration. Hubby and I had a small celebration with my mother-in-law. 

There was turkey....

 and pumpkin pie. 

We video chatted with each of our children and the grandkids.

I have been steadily adding stitches to "Waiting for Santa". I have finished 2 of the 4 pages of stitching with just a little bit of backstitching needed on one of them. 

I am well on my way to being halfway done with page number 3. I may be able to finish this stocking for Christmas after all. 

I have finished all of the knitting on my grandson's hooded jacket. I need to sew in all the ends, add my label and buy some buttons. 

He is 5 months old and the jacket is 18 month size so it will be a while before he can wear it.

I finished another 10 blocks on the Log Cabin Star quilt. There are now 111 out of 196 Log Cabin blocks completed. I already have a start on the next 10 blocks. I am determined to get this quilt completed next year.

A friend from my PTA days contacted me and asked if I wanted some quilt fabric, kits and patterns gratis. I said sure. Her mother is an avid quilter. This is what she dropped off in a bag on my porch. I am so grateful for their generosity.

You can bet that the top fabric is going to be used in the I-spy quilts I plan on making. There is a beautiful garden quilt kit that I want to try to expand my skills. 

These plastic fabric bolts will be perfect for storing a few smaller pieces of fabric. 

Well, that is all for now.

I will be joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Early Thanksgiving and lots of crafting progress.

Hubby and I visited our daughter and her family last weekend. We celebrated an early Thanksgiving with them and her husband's parents. It was wonderful to see our granddaughter after several weeks apart. She is learning to do so many things. What a treat!

I made tasty Praline Pumpkin Bars for dessert as they would travel well.

I have been spending a lot of time stitching "Waiting for Santa". I have finished the dog, the boy's hand and have added some of the backstitching on the boy's legs.

 The dog gave me fits as the kit has provided the same color floss for two different symbols. Obviously not correct. Thankfully I realized there was a problem after only a few stitches. The dog is really cute though. 

You may recall that I had trouble with the provided floss for the boy's face. It turns out that neither color was the close to the stated DMC floss, so I had to go back to my floss stash and figure out what color floss I could use to change one of the symbols. This is a very frustrating kit. I e-mailed the Janlynn customer service over a week ago and I haven't even gotten a reply. I will definitely hestitate to buy another kit from that company.

I am hoping to finish the two pages that make up the bottom half of the stocking by the end of the month. There is a little more rug, some gifts and the start of the Christmas tree to do. 

I have also been working on the next 10 blocks of the Log Cabin Star quilt. I just have one more log to sew on and they are done.

I spent a little time yesterday messing around with the blocks to get an idea of the whole queen sized pattern. The book doesn't provide any guidance for a queen-sized quilt, but I did find the pattern on the internet. I am not real crazy about how it looks so I will be previewing ideas when I am close to finishing the blocks. I am using my dining room table and then standing on the staircase to take the photos. This is the original pattern.

This is similar to the pattern for the wall hanging. Looks like I missed turning a block.

This is something I was playing with to add more full stars which hubby thought would be a good idea. I would have to figure out how to move on from this point with all 196 blocks. Only 48 fit on my table.

Obviously I will have my work cut out for me once all the blocks are completed. There are also a few blocks where the red diamonds are a little shy at the corner. They could not be easily sewn to other red diamonds.

I am also starting to sew the binding on the Tweety latch hook.

I have watched several videos on how to make this into a pillow, but I decided to take tips from a few of them and do my own thing. I still have to purchase the pillow form.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Stitch Along Update

The last three weeks went by waaaaay too fast. I have managed to add some stitches to October Morning. This is where it was last time.

 I have extended one of the tree trunks and filled in the leaves to the right of it.

Thank you to Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea for hosting this Stitch Along every three weeks and sending us the needed posting reminders. 

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and take some time to visit the other bloggers below who are part of this stitch-along. There is a wide variety of stitching projects. These talented stitchers are from all over the world, so please allow for the time differences and check back for each post.

Avis, ClaireGunChristinaKathyMargaret,


CathieLindaHelen, MaryMargaret

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching

I finished the toe pattern on Waiting for Santa.

 Now I want to fill in the stitching above the red edge. I have started adding some backstitching so that I can turn the scroll. 

I have attached the arms and sewn all the seams on the knitted jacket. I have started knitting the hood. I figure I have to knit around 70 rows. I am using the darker blue for the hood. 

I looked for cute buttons for the jacket at the fabric store the other day (you can read about that here), but they didn't have anything that interested me. I will go back when the jacket is completed and bring it with me.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and stop by her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 3, 2023

Quilt update and new fabric

I finally have more than half of the Log Cabin Star blocks completed (Judy Martin's Timberline quilt). I have 101 out of 196 of these blocks completed. I hadn't slept at all Tuesday night (not sure why), so I really wasn't sure I should attempt to complete the last 5 blocks of the most recent set of 10 that I have been working on. Amazingly I only had to use the seam ripper once. Almost all the seams matched on the first try. Wow! What a relief.

Now I can start on the next 10 blocks. This is where I am so far.

I bought all of these fabrics this week. What kind of quilts do you think I will be making with them? Can you guess?

These quarter yard fabrics are sitting on two different black fabrics. Here are some close-ups.

I love the glasses on that hampster above.
Lots of fun fabrics!

I also got the Tweety fabric that I ordered. 

I tried to buy a pillow form at the fabric store, but they didn't have the size I need. I found the correct size on Amazon. I will put it in my next order. 

Thanks for stopping by!