January 2021

Last year I started the year strong by posting monthly updates on my works in progress through July…and then I fell off the wagon. Let’s try this again, shall we!? We’re already done with January and I’m not sure how that happened! It’s been a very mild winter this year and I think an early Spring is on the way.

Cross Stitch

I started 2021 with a fun a quirky New Year’s start called Funky Menagerie by Lindy Stitches. This is a monthly Mystery SAL that is being released in 4 parts. This design was so much fun to stitch that I couldn’t put it down. I finished part 1 in less than a week. I am stitching this design on a 32 count hand dyed linen by Colour and Cotton called Monster Mash. I also started a Buffy the Vampire Slayer binge on New Year’s eve and so I decided to use my Buffy needleminder that I purchased awhile back from Mad for Minders on Etsy. As you will see, this design is full of fun creatures, both real and imaginary!

So cute! Google Sparkle Muffin Spider to spot one of these critters!

I was also super excited to join in on the WIPGO fun this year. It was started last year by a Flosstuber named Jessie Marie and this year she decided to extend it out to anyone who wanted to play along. You can learn more about WIPGO here, but basically you create a Bingo Board listing WIPS that you want to focus on for the year with a goal in mind. She calls 2 numbers every month and you work towards completing that goal! If you get a “WIPGO” you reward yourself with something of your own choosing. Here’s my Wipgo board as of 2/1, so you can see which squares have been called and which goals I have completed:

Let’s take a closer look at the before and after results of Jan Wipgo calls! I decided to start with Rabbit Run by The Prairie Schooler, my goal was to complete the Horizontal Midsection of the design:

Before
After – Goal Complete!

Afterwards, I worked on Black Cat by Madame Chantilly, goal was to complete the Cat and the Witch:

Before
After – Goal completed!

Quilting

My current quilting focus is a Frozen quilt for my little niece. My dad had been asking me to make one for her since last year and I finally got around to getting that started. I went with a simple design with a focus print block alternating with a 4 patch block. Since the fabrics were very busy and with similar colors, I added in 1″ sashing strips to help break apart the blocks. I love how it turned out!

I started quilting it last weekend and managed to get half the quilt complete. I backed it in minky and I love the tie dye fabric which pulls those beautiful blues, purples, and pinks. As you can see, I’m just doing a simple free motion meandering pattern for the quilting.

Gardening

Not too much happening in the garden, but as I mentioned our winter has been mild and weeds are popping up like crazy. I’ll have my work cut out for me. But on a happy note, the one plant I have that offers a burst of winter color is my hellebore. Look how gorgeous! I definitely need more o these tucked into this only shade spot I have.

My mom gifted me some garden clogs called Sloggers and I love them! They are waterproof and perfect for my small garden. A friend of mine also shared some leftover onion slips that I halved with my mom. I was able to get 21 onion slips planted!

I hope you all also had a very productive January. Take care friends!

Rifle Paper Co. Quilt

I’ve been meaning to play catch up on my blog posts and share some quilts that I made last year. This was a quilt I was commissioned to make for a co-worker, who’s also a great friend of mine. Her exact words to me were, “I want a quilt that looks like Rifle Paper Co. threw up all over it.” In other words, all the prints please! In order to achieve this, she wanted a simple patchwork quilt where we could use a variety of fabrics, but that would still allow us to see them.

I added a triple border and spotted binding. I backed the quilt in a coral fabric and quilted on either side of all the seams. In the largest border, I free motion quilted some flying butterflies upon request. Here’s the end result:

What a trooper for this photo shoot! This was August 2019 and the temps were probably in the mid 90s! She loved it this much 🙂

Here’s some additional detailed images of the quilt. Enjoy!

SAL Update 10.13

Happy Fall everyone! We finally had our first weekend of fall weather here in Texas and hoping it’s here to stay. I had a busy weekend and was not able to work on my full coverage piece. In fact, the stitching I was able to work on was Into the Jungle by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. This SAL started January 2018 and I have not completed it yet. I’m very close though and I’ve decided to make this my new SAL project until it’s finished!

First, I’d like to share with you what I did on Friday. Mom and I attended a workshop through our quilt guild and it was so much fun! The workshop was called Fabulous Fusible Flowers, designed and taught to us by Melinda Bula. She teaches a collage approach to quilting and has a variety of flowers in her line of Fabulous Fusible Flowers. We purchased the fabric kit from Melinda. They came in a pink, purple, and orange option. I went with purple and mom went with orange.

The process was easy to follow and I’m looking forward to using the techniques I learned with my own photography to make an artistic quilt in the future. Here’s how far we made it on our coneflowers. There are still layers to add on top of the petals that will give them more depth. I selected the background fabric from my local batik shop and was so worried it wasn’t going to work out, but to my surprise it worked out perfectly! I’m a little worried about thread painting to quilt this once complete, but that won’t happen for a while.

Here’s a photo of me and my mom with Melinda Bula. It was interesting to learn that Melinda also loves to cross stitch! We chatted briefly over our love of cross stitch and Flosstube watching 😀

On Saturday, my friend Becky and I visited a local-ish needlwork shop. It was about an hour drive for each of us, but made for a great middle-ground place for my friend and I to visit with each other. She usually makes the almost 2 hour trip to visit me. The shop is called The Stitch Niche in Arlington, Texas. They have multiple sit and stitch sessions in their shop during the week and occasionally on Saturdays. So as soon as one became available, we signed up. There was probably 10 stitchers while we were there, including us, and I loved being able to have a cross stitch discussion with other passionate stitchers. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a group photo, but here’s the progress I made and the items I purchased from the shop.

As you can see, I’m working on the last animal block and then have the top and bottom border left to go as well. I think working on this piece monthly for our update will help me achieve my goal in finishing this for 2019!

If you are interested in joining our SAL group, click on Avis’s link below for more details! We post an update on our own project every three weeks and encourage each other to make more progress and stay motivated. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the SAL group has progressed with their projects this time around. Read along with me by clicking the blog links below:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, and Anne