Sunday, July 5, 2015

Slow stitching Sunday.....

Another weekend is at the end. Time to sit back and relax with some slow stitching. I plan to pull out the Hugs and Kisses quilt in a few minutes and work on quilting the last two blocks in the center. Then I'll have to decide on the border pattern!

I also prepped a midget block for tomorrow morning. Another two weeks of swim lessons for the kids but just one session for each this time. I should be able to get a good start on this one tomorrow for a Tuesday post.

Head on over to Kathy's Quilts and see what other slow progress is being made this week. I got my green trip around the world block completed this week and I am much happier with this block now.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

It has been a lovely morning with my hubby. Sleeping in with no kids in the house is wonderful! Thanks Grandma. I cut this out yesterday and have not made any more progress with it. Maybe tonight. These are from 5 inch strips for the tumblers.

I got to play with the lawn mower today since Greg was here to get it out of the shed. It took a bit to get used to but I mowed the back - got caught on the fence once and then got the hang of the zero turn mower. By the time I got to the front I have it down! It was kinda fun. Greg trimmed up the front bushes while I did the front and then we had some relaxing pool time with no kids. Time to head to Grandma's for the BBQ and to collect the two rascals. Hope you are having a fun and safe 4th of July.

Friday, July 3, 2015

RSC Saturday in red.....

I pulled out my red fabrics and sorted them into red and maroon. I cut strips of 2.5 inches off some stacks of fabric on the shelf and had enough to make my 16 patch, twinkle stars and cut some 2.5x4.5 wedges for the dresden plates. I got a lot done on Wednesday so all the resting on Monday and Tuesday paid off! The kids even cooperated and let me have some sewing time in the afternoon.

I also cut some forest green while I was in there and made a 16 patch and a twinkle star of that shade as well. Yes... it looks like Christmas in July on my cutting mat!

Halfway through the year and this is the results of one a month with the RSC Challenge.......

16 patches with 2.5 inch squares.

Twinkle stars with 2.5 inch squares

The dresden plates and trip around the world will be next week.

Not too shabby. Thanks so much to Angela for hosting the RSC Challenge again this year. Head on over Saturday morning to see what other half year reports are in. I checked back and it looks like I have joined in since January of 2011!

In fact - here is a finish this week from some blocks made a few years ago! I did the snails trail block in light/dark for the color chosen each month. I quilted it this week and made and added the blue binding. This finishes at 48x72 and just needs a spin through the washer and dryer.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Bonnie announced this years Leader and Enders Challenge.... Tumblers! I've been intrigued by these quilts for a while now and have even printed off a template for a tumbler in the past year. So, do I join in? I did a bit of research on creating templates since the 3 inch one I printed off.....I really don't have strips of fabric in that size! I've been thinking.... I have a kaleidoscope ruler or a 60 degree one. How about if I position that on the strip and then use tape to mark a top and bottom line on that and then use that to cut out the shapes? I think I am on to something with this thinking process. Thank goodness the 'thought' for the day came so early!

Are you joining in the Leader and Ender challenge? I've been searching some Pininterest boards and decided I really like the ones with deep colors and alternating with a 'light'. I think I need to trim up some cream scraps into 2.5 inch strips and get cutting! This quilt by Jo at Jo's Country Junction is my inspiration.
From Jo's Country Junction
I also love this little flag tumbler quilt found at Roguequilter. I even have some blue fabrics from Kathi C that would be great in this quilt! She has made a beautiful one too! Maybe I'll whip up a quick little flag quilt tomorrow while the kids are at Grandmas! Hmmmm I was planning to steam clean the carpets.... decisions, decisions....

On tap today is a play date at a friends new house for some pizza for lunch and swimming. Lets hope the thunder storms don't start until later this afternoon today.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to my northern Friends.

In the spirit of red for the July RSC Challenge I was cutting some red and maroon 2.5 inch strips this morning. They will be turned into 16 patch blocks, twinkle stars and then some dresden plates =). Now if the kids will let me sew a bit today......

I also got the snails trail quilted - not quilted how I envisioned it but it is quilted and the binding is machine stitched on. Just need to hand stitch it to the back and then I can show it. Hopefully in the next day or two.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tiny Tuesday....

I sewed up this heart block on Monday. I was too lazy to get up and find some yellow for the circle flower centers so I just did a few french knots with the yellow embroidery thread. I'm calling this one done.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday evening....

I am oh so close to enjoying some relaxing slow stitching. The kids are in their night time bath and shower right now. They got a little smoky from burning the brush in the fire pit this afternoon.

I had been unhappy with my green trip around the world block and finally decided to dig and see if I could find some other fabrics to finish it off better. I found some so those were cut on Monday, the existing 30 inch block was unpicked on Wednesday night up to the white round and now I plan to add more of these new green squares on. I only had the first round of 28 marked for hand piecing so I finished adding my lines at work today in between customers so I am all set to complete this block! It is already making me much happier with the new fabric choices.

Original block I made
Mock up with 'new' fabrics.

After working I got home and grabbed a nice salad for my very late lunch. Then played some games with the kids (fishing, connect four and Zingo) while Greg made dinner. I did pick up and clean the kitchen tonight (with some help from Aidan!) and while Aidan was washing a few of the dishes I was busy separating the coconut meat from the shell. They went shopping yesterday and picked up a coconut and a papaya. Aidan did not like the coconut juice but Em and Greg did. I finished getting the coconut out and peeled and then let the food processor shred it. I see some Magic Cookie Bars being made tomorrow to use it up.... or... I could just add some into the granola bars I want to make. Hmmmmmmm

Head on over to Kathy's Quilts and see what other slow stitching is happening all over the world.