SAL Update 5.14

Sorry friends for the delay on today’s post! I’ve been recovering from oral surgery this week as I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed. Ouch! Because of this, I was unable to schedule my SAL Update to post this morning, even though I did get some rest-in-bed-stitching done 🙂 Today is also Mother’s Day, so my husband and I spent the afternoon with our mom’s. We went on a historical home tour and had lunch. Luckily I survived the tour in my condition. I’m doing ok, but I’m not 100% recovered. I still have some soreness in my lower jaw, eating soft foods, and taking my meds. Luckily, Sunday is still here and I’m just getting around to writing my SAL Update.

Here’s where I’m at with Winnie the Pooh and his pals. I completed filling Pooh in and continued working on Eeyore. I’m so excited seeing this from afar. Eeyore’s head is turned toward Pooh and Piglet, so the black stitches are forming his other ear, if you can imagine.

SAL Update 5.14

For the month of May, my quilt shop drew the number 6 for our UFO Challenge. #6 on my list is to complete 3 Beeutiful QAL blocks. If you remember, I joined this group working on these embroidery blocks, but had stopped to focus on Winnie the Pooh. So far I’ve completed 1 embroidery block, #8 of the series. I’m currently working on #9 and have yet to start #10.

Block 8 – Bee Simple

Beeutiful QAL Block 8

Block 9 – Bee Fruitful (In Progress)

Beeutiful QAL Block 9

Finally, I would like to show off my new project bag that my mom sewed up for me. Even though it’s Mother’s Day, mom always has a gift for me. She is so giving, so supportive, and so loving. Thank you again mom for this beautiful bag!

Project bag frontProject bag back

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Time to check out the progress from the rest of the SAL Group:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, and Timothy

Swaddle Blanket

Since I’ve been in the garden I haven’t had much time for sewing. With a co-workers approaching baby shower, I decided to make a swaddle blanket. I’ve always wanted to sew with gauze and have seen tutorials on double gauze swaddle blankets. The gauze I purchased came with self binding instructions, but this tutorial by Purl Soho gives you the same steps I followed to make my swaddle blanket.

I trimmed the edges to make the blanket even, but most tutorials will have you square the fabric for easy swaddling. Since I only trimmed, my blanket was rectangular in shape and slightly larger than most. You can easily fold it smaller and still swaddle baby or use the larger gauzy blanket as a nursing cover, stroller cover, tummy time blanket, and more! Such a perfect blanket for a summer time baby. Gauze is light, soft, and breathable. The double rolled hem was a breeze and the finished blanket was quick and simple to make.

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Rolled up and finished with a burlap bow ❤

Fabric: Hedgerow Bouquet in Cream by Riley Blake Designs

SAL Update 1.29

Hi friends! I’m excited about this post because I get to share with you my latest creation that was specifically made for my hand sewing projects. While I didn’t get much of the actual stitching done on my cross stitch, I was able to complete my Portable Portfolio by The Creative Thimble. I’ve been carrying around my project in a vanilla folder and zip lock baggie. The pattern, along with the fabric, was purchased at the International Quilt Festival last year and I’ve been eager to get this project complete so I can retire the folder 🙂

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back-zipper-storage

There’s a little more shimmer in person. I love the gold kitty faces and the matching gold ribbon I selected for the handles. As you can see, there are two main vinyl pockets and two smaller zip pockets that are sewn in down the middle. Adding the vinyl was probably my most challenging step in the pattern and I even had to modify it a little to fit properly, but you really can’t tell where 🙂 This was a day long project and now the sewing room needs some cleaning!

Looking forward to seeing how everyone in the SAL group is progressing on their projects! Join me by clicking on the member blog links below:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda, Catherine

Happy Stitching!