Sunday, January 25, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday....

In between cleaning up the house (playroom and sewing rooms are atrocious!) I plan to take a few breaks today and relax with some slow stitching. I have a feeling the boy will want to snuggle up with a movie at some point as he is a little off today when his medicine runs out. He started feeling poorly last night as Dad picked him up from Grandma's around 5. Chills and achey with a fever and sore throat. :( He woke me at 6 AM for some vicks for his chest so he could breathe, a dose of medicine and a cover him up .... he slept until 8! Unheard of for him.

I have 15 blocks quilted out of 49 on my Hugs and Kisses quilt. I started block 16 this morning.

I also hope to finish the appliqué on my ruffled heart today. I have the inner part done. I just need to stitch the outer heart.  I am using back basting based on this tutorial over at sentimental stitches.

Hop on over and check out the other slow stitchers at Kathy's Quilts today.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

RSC Saturday in blue.....

I've been playing with my scraps .....
I showed this trip around the world block earlier this week. It is hand pieced 2.5 inch squares and this block should finish around 30 inches square.

I also used my 2.5 inch squares to make these 16 patch blocks...... and I'm working on some X blocks to make a scrappy Goodnight Irene Quilt! I have a slew of 4.5 inch neutral blocks cut and ready for more X blocks. I think this will be 5x7 for a block set.

Thank goodness there is one more Saturday this month! I still need to make my card trick block and  cut out the alternate blocks for the Sampler.

Head on over and see what others are working on today. I'm off to work on a rainy Saturday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blue TATW block is completed!

If my calculations are correct this will be a finished 30 inch block. This is completely hand pieced with 2.5 inch squares and I think it might be hand quilted in a quilt as you go method. Should I continue on with more blue blocks or go with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and add some other colors for each block(orange, yellow, red, green, purple)? I still have a week or so to decide =)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tiny Tuesday....

Third week and I am behind! Oh well, it has been a wee bit busy and I did not prep anything in advance. I selected the Ruffle Heart to do today. I traced the pattern onto the back of my appliqué block. I then stitched those lines so I have it shown on the front.

The next step is to trim down to 1/4 inch around those lines so I can lift a few of those stitches and turn that under to appliqué it down.

 I decided this might be easier than standard turning as it is a wee bit of a wonky line. Hopefully this will get finished at some point later today but I did want to have a post.

Sunset Friday night from the cruise ship off the Florida coast.
Time to get the kids to do their homework and review their spelling words. Then I need to think about dinner. I seem to have collected a few (4!) unwanted pounds over the last week with the food at the conference and on the cruise. To combat that it is lots of walking (all the way to 103rd street Mom!) and smaller portion sizes and hopefully they will fall away as quick as they went on? A girl can dream =).

Friday, January 16, 2015


I have been away all week but I did manage to get a few stitches into my Trip Around the World block. Unfortunately...... I counted WRONG! I am missing those four blocks on the bottom and do not have any that are the same shade. So ...... I'll work the three sides with the rest that I have cut out and will have to go back next week and find that fabric and cut four more squares to finish him off. Now the next hurdle is to hopefully not loose them overboard this weekend as I am sitting on the balcony on a ship headed to the Bahamas for a couple of days =)

Trip Around the World - VTQuilter.
I did snap a few pictures this week. We are at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando for a conference and took the kids out of school for the first two days this week before our conference started. We hit Animal Kingdom before it rained and then headed to the hotel where Grandma was waiting. It was  little chilly in the high 60's and low 70's on Tuesday but the kids enjoyed the heated family pool and the unheated water park which they had to themselves. Yes Mom - we all went into the heated pool.

This was the view of the atrium from our balcony. Note to self - a little noisy in the morning as they had one conference eating breakfast there before their sessions started. It was beautiful though.

This is the carpet in our room - makes me wish I had my Hugs and Kisses quilt to work on!

Time to check out shortly and head over to the coast to board our ship. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

I'm not sure if I can link up or not but don't forget RSC challenge in Blue at Angela's blog on Saturday and Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's blog on Sunday.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tiny Tuesday - Four Hearts

Well one week in and I have decided to go out of order. Something about those tiny 12 leaves on the second one has me intimidated but.... I will do it! I needed something easy last Thursday and had about 10 minutes prep time so I prepped the four purple hearts with freezer paper on top. I used needle turn appliqué to attach them during the car line Thursday and waiting on the oil change on Friday morning.
Easy Peasy. This one is called Four Hearts. I need to tuck that little bit of purple under with a stitch.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday.....

I pulled out the Hugs and Kisses quilt and gave it some lovin' this week. I have learned how to quilt around two cats who think they need to be on the quilt I am quilting!

I have 13 blocks completed and I'm half way through block 14! Only 36 to go =)

Oh - progress on the TATW quilt as well this week - I'm finally working my way down to the edges after getting the white round on - the first light blue round is on and it will go to medium and darks to the edge. I think the white in each block there will make it look really neat in the final quilt. Fingers Crossed.

After a little prep work today of some black hexagons to work around my hexie flowers I will be putting some slow stitches into my Hugs and Kisses Quilt. It will be well deserved after cleaning the house to make it MIL acceptable while she stays with the kids this week.

Head on over to Kathy's Quilts and see what other slow stitching is taking place today.

DH turned 49 today! One more year before he is an old man! =)
My niece is also celebrating the wonderful 22 today as well in Boston. So proud of the young lady she has become.