Monday, July 15, 2019

Strike While the Temperatures are Still Cool and Monday Goals

The forecast for this week is hot and humid, so if I'm going to get anything done outside it has to be early morning. This garden is going through a transformation and the easiest work comes first thing. I had my weeding done by 7:30 a.m. Next step, the boards framing the garden will be removed and the fence painted.

I finished stitching the first block of Vintage Kitchen.

I need to trim and frame the block. That won't take very long.

And more pink to cut into doll gowns and quilts.

Beyond that, it will be a stitchy kind of day.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1 NIVUK

What a Wonderfully, Productive Weekend

It was a gorgeous, weekend. Sunshine, low to no humidity. No real requirements on my part. Laundry was done, meals were simple and leftovers. That meant I had lots of time to sew !!! My most favorite pastime :)


I made a pink baby quilt to go along with the blue car baby quilt last week. I am again in love with it. All the fabric except the brown and flannel back were donated/gifted to me. No purchases were made for this one. Everything else came from my stash including the batting.


And the leftover bits from the baby quilt made a doll quilt. How cute is this? Can you tell I was having a fun time in the sewing room?

Another finish . . . Block 1 of Betsy's Closet. The linen was a little challenging to stitch, but I managed. I added the sweet floral button to the pocket to add some interest and dimension.
This pattern is still available if you are interested.

And I finished block 1 of Vintage Kitchen. This one is a free one from Jenny.
Follow the link to get yours, if you haven't already.

And we've reached a milestone !!!


August, 2018
This sweet little ball of fluff is a year old !!!

July, 2019

And they do get along, occasionally :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Psalms 119:11 NIVUK

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

And The Goals Keep Coming

I have not been this motivated or productive in a long time. Some months I really struggle. July is proving the exception of that rule :)

I worked this quilt top, Vintage Farm Girl, over the weekend as a leader/ender with the baby quilt I finished. I put the red borders on it and I am over the moon. I really did not expect to get this one done this early in the month !!! It's put away now until I can sandwich it. I even got the backing pieced !!

Another goal :) I have so much fun making these little doll gowns and quilts.

On the stitching front, I've received the Girls' Getaway block. It wasn't the one I was expecting, but here it is. All drawn off, tinted and ready to stitch.

On the "Happy Mail" front, I received an unexpected box in the mail. I had begun a crazy quilt stitch along with my friend Susan. She's doing a really good job keeping up, me not so much. But that hasn't kept us from making plans to do more. 

We are planning on doing CQ in wool. I don't have a lot and wool is expensive so I had planned on just picking it up whenever I came across it. There is a local shop that carries it and I planned to stop whenever I went to visit my sister - the shop is right down the street from her home :) Lucky me !!

Then this box arrived . . . 

How blessed am I ??
This is from a sweet lady -Deanna. I've had contact with her in the past and we chat off and on, but not frequently. She's not using it any more and volunteered to share . . . with me !!!!

She wrote the sweetest note. Shared some very sweet testimony that touched my heart.

It centered around "Hope".

Isn't this just the sweetest?

Again, I am feeling so very blessed. God has a special place in Heaven, just for quilters. They are the sweetest, most generous people I know.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Luke 6:36 NIVUK

Monday, July 8, 2019

July 4th - and a long weekend

July 4th fell on Thursday this year and ended up being a long, four day weekend for Honey Do. It was a much needed stress reliever and long over-due.

To that end, I was busy too. My time sewing always gets interrupted so even some of the most simple projects can take all day to accomplish.

I was going to cut sashing for Vintage Farm Girl (my UFO Challenge) - never got to it.

I worked on block 10 of JoAnn's 1997.

There are two more left to do. If July is generous with time, I'll try to get those done too.

I moved on to this month's  baby quilt goal.

I had the applique pieces cut and ironed on to the background. Originally, this was going to be a gift pillow for a friend who had a VW Beetle in this color. It got totalled a couple of years ago, so is no longer relevant. I had it  laying on the table for several days and decided it would make an adorable baby quilt.

I shopped my stash and found some cute coordinates. I cut the blocks to frame and before you knew it . . . 

The top was finished.

I did get to the Vintage Farm Girl. 


I assessed what I had finished and layed out the order I wanted to sew things together.

I used it and the baby quilt to leader/ender each other. As a result of the chain sewing method I got three sets of two rows and one set of three rows all together.

Next step is to sew all these sets of rows together and border.

That was my Friday sewing.

(image from Yahoo)

Saturday was another productive day and I can't even tell you how happy that makes me.

I had the top of the baby quilt done. Next step, sandwich and quilt. I have more than enough flannel for backing and still have a couple of crib size batts in stock. So why not finish it.


BOOM !!!

DONE !!!

This is one of my absolute favorites !!
I did the binding while watching Honey Do flip channels on TV.

Saturday sewing is a wrap :)

And so was the weekend.

I spent Sunday in church and then getting ready for this week.

It will be another busy, hopefully productive one, but there are other things that need my attention . . . like laundry.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23 NIVUK

HQAL July 7, 2019

It's time again to report our progress. I missed the chance last time around, so this may be a longer report than it might have been.

Make sure to check in with the other lovely ladies participating as well:

Progress on my Spring Row Along. This one is several years old and was my UFO for the month of June. I didn't make tons of progress, but every little bit will help toward finishing this row.

Another goal that has finally gotten some attention and progress is Sweet Land of Liberty. This is a Facebook group I belong to as well as being encouraged by the sweet Susan (yes the same one listed above). 

The eagle's head is really hard to see.

With a single thread of light brown I outlined it with a back stitch. Shows up a little better without being over powering.

Another block to make progress on Sweet Land of Liberty is this basket. The letter is hand stitched.

The binding on this baby quilt was hand sewn. You'll be seeing more of these as they are also a monthly goal.

As are these doll quilts. Again, just the binding.


A bonus project appeared. I found this mini charm pack in one of my boxes and decided it would make a cute mini wall hanging. It was quick to sew up and sewing the binding on my hand didn't take long either. My hands were pretty sore for a few days though :)

My goal for May was to finish my Holly Cottage quilt top.  I did. I did have some detail work - embellishments to add and got those done during the end process. All the other embroidery had been done when I worked on the project initially a couple (or is it a few?) years ago.

I  added the "fur" trim to the stocking.

The red heart button on top of the Plum Pudding.

Those are just a few. I sprinkled buttons and beads throughout the quilt.

A new Christmas block of the month is on month #6. Added a face to this sweet little gingerbread man.


A Facebook Group invite initiated a new project. I've been wanting to do this one for a while and now is the perfect time to get started. It's called Betsy's Closet.


I found the vintage hankies at a thrift store several years ago and were the inspiration for thread and coordinating fabrics.


I spent an afternoon drawing off the six of the nine designs, since I only have six hankies. Then I stabilized them. Ready for stitching.

These are the fabrics I chose for sashing and nine patches.

So it's been a really busy few weeks. I hope you were able to get some things checked off your list.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Romans 8:26 NIVUK