February 2019 WIPs

February has come to an end and March has already begun. 4 more weeks until our average last frost date and I’m ready for spring! I have some gardening wips and if they prove successful, I will share them in my March update.

For the first week in February, I picked up an old project. In 2016 I joined in on the Beeutiful QAL hosted by Pamela Morgan for the Moda Bakeshop. As of last year, I had completed up to block 10 out of 20. I was able to start and complete block 11 – Bee Industrious.

Here’s my finished block. I thought my fingers would be use to all the stitching, but embroidery definitely puts more work on the fingers than cross stitch and they became sore during my progress.

During the second week of the month, I picked up Where there are Bees by The Prairie Schooler. I’m working on a Prairie Schooler at least one week a month for the #averyprairieyearSAL. I’ve completed the bottom portion of the chart.

Meanwhile, on the weekends, I have been working on my king size quilt commission. I’ve been piecing together the Moving Mosaic Quilt by Amy Ellis. For the king size quilt, it takes 30 18″ blocks and I finally finished piecing the last block! I’m so excited to have these stack of blocks complete. My next tasks is the press them and sew them together.

For the last week of the month, I worked on Purple Martin Apiary by Shakespeare’s Peddler. This chart was designed exclusively for Jen’s Stitching Niche on Etsy. I’m stitching on the called for fabric using called for floss. It’s 40 count Black Forest by Lakeside Linens. The floss is all Weeks Dye Works. With such a high count, it’s very slow stitching for me. I use a clip on light with magnifier to see what I’m doing. I’ve accepted that it will be slow stitching and I still love the delicate design.

I’ve also continued progress on my lunchtime stitching project, The Ones you Love by Teresa Kogut. I’ve managed to finish stitching the hat and made a start on the snowman’s face. The fabric is 32 count Cornflower Blue by Colour and Cotton. It’s always difficult to capture the true color of this beautiful blue fabric.

My mom discovered a closing local quilt shop and told me about a great deal on a floor model serger…so I bought it! I really enjoyed using the serger at the skirt class we took back in December so I was eager to get myself one. I can’t wait to work on a garment project and put this serger to use.

Happy about another productive month! I hope you enjoyed reading about my progress. I’ll end this post with a lovely hellebore update. Until next month, happy stitching!

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2018 Finishes and 2019 Plans

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you had a joyous time entering the new year. Were you out celebrating or did you stay cozy indoors? We stayed cozy indoors and I was falling asleep by midnight! That’s okay though; I was eager to get to my 2019 plans!

My New Year’s Eve finish was my Winnie the Pooh cushion. It’s absolutely adorable! I’m so happy how it turned out. I purchased pre-cut pom-poms which only came in 2 yards. I didn’t calculate what I would need, but luckily 2 yards was just enough! I added sew on stabilizer to the back of my stitched piece after pressing the hoop wrinkles out, then basted my pom-poms on, then pinned my envelope backing on, and sewed at a 1/4″ all the way around. The cushion roughly measures 12″ H x 16″ L.

Here’s all of my 2018 Finishes!

Didn’t finish as much quilting as I had hoped. My #1 quilting goal is to finish my King size quilt commission. After that quilt is complete I hope to work on all my quilting wips until they are complete! Maybe start a new quilt, but most likely just focus on wips. I do have a rifle paper co. quilt commission that I’m excited to start on as well. I would also like to sew more garments in 2019. Mom and I took a skirt class just recently. You can see our finished skirts in the above gallery. I have a few patterns I’m eager to shop fabric for and get started!

I’m also starting a new cross stitch piece today! Where There are Bees by The Prairie Schooler. There’s another stitch along on instagram #averyprairieyearsal (a very prairie year SAL) The idea is start a new prairie schooler each month, but I’m altering it for myself. I will work on prairie schooler monthly, but not necessarily start something new. When one is complete, I can treat myself to a new prairie schooler pattern. For my SAL group here on the blog, I will be working on my Scarlet Quince Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds. So that covers two weeks out of each month. For the remaining weeks of each month, I will use my Decision Roulette app to randomly select a project from my wips!

In the garden, I’m excited to work on some flower beds along the front of the house and along the back yard shaded area. The front bed was prepped with cardboard and mulch in hopes to kill the grass and soften up the soil. In the back, mom and I planted an Oakleaf hydrangea and a hellebore plant in the fall. I want to continue this area and add a few more companion plants. There’s a lot of spring cleaning to be done in the garden and I look forward to getting my hands dirty!

That about covers my plans for 2019. I look forward to reading your plans and seeing all the creativity 2019 will bring us!

Quilt Festival Haul

Hello my crafty friends! I wanted to share with you my International Quilt Festival haul! I went into the quilt festival with a couple of projects in mind, but also some items for my stash.

I noticed a cross stitch vendor for the very first time at the show. When I asked if this was their first year there, the answer was, “No, we’ve been here for the past 10 or so years.” Whoops! The stitchy bug definitely hit me last year and so this is the first time they were on my radar. They had so many stitched models, patterns, notions, and fabric! The vendor is The Silver Needle and they are from Tulsa, OK. I picked up one pattern from them, Wonderful Life by Heart in Hand. It’s so very cute and it comes with buttons to add to the stitched piece.

I also picked up one quilt pattern from Latifah Saafir’s booth. Mom bought the ruler that goes with the pattern, so we’ll definitely be sharing and maybe starting it together!

patterns

I noticed a lot of wool applique while at the show and fell in love with it! Wool is kind of pricey though. I decided to find the smallest kit to see how I like it. If I do enjoy it, which I probably will, I can slowly build my wool stash. The pattern is from Primitive Gatherings and this picture doesn’t give the piece justice. The model was beautiful in person and the colors are more vibrant. The kit comes with all the wool scraps and the backing homespun fabric for the pincushion.

wool applique

Below are some more random goodies that I scooped up: trim, thread from Superior Threads, and a needle threader from Bohin.

threads trim and threader

There was a company from Brazil with a variety of sweet wooden buttons. I picked up a variety that I will turn into needle minders. I plan on sharing with a couple of friends ❤

buttons

Now for the fabric! I have a wall hanging pattern called Bah Humbug, which reminds me of my grumpy kitty Petey. I purchased the pattern at my local quilt show back in August and was in search for the Christmas fat quarters at the festival. Here’s the array of fat quarters I found:

fat quarters

These fabrics will make up my Grey kitty with his white feet and green eyes:

fq1

He will wear a blue and silver striped Christmas sweater:

fq2

and these will be the ornaments that hang over him:

fq3

The rest of these fabrics will go to my stash. I have a few ideas where I will use them, but for now they will sit pretty on my shelf. First of all, I could not live without the fabric of kitties hanging to dry! Cute cute cute! The bark cloth is also very beautiful and I think I will make project bags out of them.

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fabric 3

Hope you enjoyed seeing my quilt show haul and I hope to get creating soon!