SAL Update 4.3.22 | Scarlet Quince

Time to pick another project for my SAL Update! I decided to go to my oldest WIP, which is my full coverage piece by Scarlet Quince, Passion Flower and Hummingbirds. I haven’t touched this piece since 2019 and its around 10 years old. Ugh, just saying that out loud! I debated retiring this piece fully, but decided to give it one more round before making my decision. Might be wasted stitches, but I guess we’ll see if I can make some decent progress and keep this one going. I decided to move the project onto a Q-Snap vs the scroll frame to see if that would entice me to stitch more on it. Here’s where I was in 2019:

This round I put in 478 stitches and am at 26.1% complete.

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, Constanze, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, and Helen

We will miss seeing Carmela’s stitches and her sweet comments. Our hearts go out to her family.

Strawberry Pincushion | Wool Applique

I’ve been very eager to try wool applique and back in 2018, while at the International Quilt Show, I bought my very first kit. Wool can be a bit pricey and this small kit was very reasonably priced. I figured it would be the perfect way for me to give it a try before investing in more. Unfortunately it sat in a bin for far too long. This year while at the Dallas Quilt Show, I saw many wool applique quilts and multiple vendors with patterns and kits, which inspired me to take the plunge!

Here’s the Strawberry Pincushion by Primitive Gatherings and all the little wool pieces that I found inside. I had an old scrap of Soft Fuse and started tracing the shapes. Aren’t the wool pieces beautiful?!

I don’t know why I was so intimidated by the process before. As soon as I got started it was a pretty fast moving project. Of course I watched a few youtube videos to help me get started. I’m big on research first and not one to jump in blindly. Here’s the pieces fused on and a snapshot of all the pretty threads I bought from my local shop for the applique and embellishments. A good mixture of Valdani, which I’m familiar with, and Sue Spargo, which is new to me.

I used the blanket stitch around the strawberries and around the strawberry leaves, a whip stitch around the flowers, and a stem stitch for the stems to the flowers. I think the little yellow seed stitches brought the strawberries to life!

It’s backed with a very cute black and red homespun fabric and filled with ground walnut shells.

I love how it turned out and it fits perfectly in my applique bin. Eager to start another one!

SAL Update 3.13.22 | Beeutiful QAL Block 20

Sorry friends for the late post, but today we were at the Dallas Quilt Show where my mom entered her quilt and received a third place ribbon!

Portage Lake by Minick and Simpson

But now for the stitching and I’m excited to announce that we finally have a happy dance! I have finished block 20 and that concludes the embroidery for the Beeutiful Quilt Along hosted by the Moda Bakeshop, which you can find all the free pdfs on their blog. Here’s where I was on block 20 last time:

And here it is all complete! It was bittersweet stitching up that last bee:

Here’s the slideshow of all previous blocks 🙂

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, Constanze, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, and Helen

Happy Stitching!