Embroidery

It’s been a very long time since the last post but a lot of embroidery has been completed during my travels. I’ve been 4 weeks in the UK and then at a conference in the US for a week – and happy to be home and back with my sewing machine!

In the meantime, here is what’s been completed:

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This cute pattern is the Vintage Candy Cane Snowman pillow from Crabapple Hill Studio. I’ve had the pattern for at least two years and never seem to get around to completing it before Christmas, and then it goes on the lower priority list for the rest of the year. I plan to get the pillow finished up in lots of time for Christmas 2018 now that the embroidery part is done.

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This little embroidery project and the ones that follow are a block of the month project from Jenny of Elephanz. Each design is free for the month in which it’s released and then available for a small fee after that. (Apologies for the wrinkles – the little stitchery blocks had not yet been pressed when the photos were taken.)

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So far I’ve completed January, February and March, with April and May now waiting for attention.

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The blocks will be put together to create a quilt at the end of the year – appropriately named “A Year in the Garden.”

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And Mother’s Day was spent happily in the woods (hiking the Bruce Trail) with Daughter E. and grandchildren G. and L. – I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a lovely day.

Happy Monday!

L

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The Dog and Other Interruptions

I believe you’ve met The Dog before ….

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We have a love/tolerate relationship; she loves me and I tolerate some of her bad behaviour. Right after the last post, she managed to pull me over on some ice. Nothing broken but the wrist has been slowly recovering from this experience (dominant hand, of course). So as a result, not much sewing over the last few weeks.

Fortunately, I’ve now caught up with some of the blocks from the Block of the Month over at A Quilting Life. Here’s the block from March (sorry these photos are a little dark – hopefully with the nice spring weather arriving, I will start to get better pictures again!):

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I also did finally decide to follow Sherri’s lead and create Christmas versions of each of the blocks so far. Christmas versions of January, February and March follow in order.

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So six lovely blocks ready to build on with April’s block when available – but due to extensive travel for work, you won’t likely see April’s block until May when I get some time back in the sewing room.

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In the interim, I’m trying to get some embroidery/EPP done and will hopefully be sharing those projects with you over the next few weeks.

Happy Saturday!

L

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Block Week

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, so I decided that finishing up some of the 2017 July Shop Hop blocks might be a good way to ease myself back into my sewing routine.

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This one is from Sew Etc in Burlington, Ontario. 2017 was the first year this shop participated – it’s always great to find a new shop :).

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This one is from Sew Creative in Mount Brydges, Ontario.

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This one went together like a dream – one of my favourites so far – and is called the Snowy Owl Block from The Quilt Place in Shakespeare, Ontario (also a favourite shop :)).

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And this one, also easy to put together, is from Quilt Junction in Waterford, Ontario – a shop we look forward to visiting every summer during the Shop Hop. I think there are only a couple more of these blocks to complete – the appliqué ones of course :).

And since I was sewing blocks anyway and I’ve been admiring the Quilting Life 2018 BOMs over at A Quilting Life, I decided to sew a couple of more blocks.

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The January Block.

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And the February Block.

I’ve followed Sherri’s illustrated colour scheme pretty closely since the finished result is a mystery. So far I’ve not had an issue with this plan, but I may eventually have to deviate depending on how the stash holds out. Sherri has also created Christmas versions of each of her blocks and since I’m always intending to create quilts and pillows and tree skirts for Christmas season decor but never seen to actually get around to it in time for Christmas each year, I may have to follow her lead on this plan as well!

The March Block was posted just this week and I haven’t yet had a chance to sew it up, but hopefully by this time next week I will have my version of the March Block to share as well. There might not be too much else since there is some travel coming up this week, but I’m trying to at least commit to one block :).

Happy Spring Friday!

L

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A Little Vest

It’s been several weeks since the last post – there hasn’t been a whole lot of sewing going on around here. I have read with interest some other bloggers posts about organizing sewing spaces and making a list of projects to keep on track and I do think I will have to get on board.

In the meantime, this little pink vest is a finish (and a very happy little girl – who selected the buttons – has a vest to match Gran’s :)).

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A little bit of rug hooking has been going on as well – a very little bit, but it’s still progress on an older WIP.

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And technically Saturday but still linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuitls.

Happy Friday! And I’m hoping to get back on track for some more regular progress on things around here!

L

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Baby…

… again.

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And the back.

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Some day I will have to give up making little quilts for office babies – but for now some stats: since January 2013 as near as I can tell, I have created this quilt 20 times (including this one).

And another finish, so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts – two weeks in a row!

Happy winter Friday!

L

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New Year, New Finishes

Happy New Year!The New Year may be old news, but around here (as always) it’s been busy so I’m catching up.

With a little extra sewing time, there have been several finishes over the holidays. First up, another Christmas stocking:

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Here it is with it’s partner and a wee stocking from long ago, all ready to receive a visit from Santa :).

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I also made a few of these buckets for 4 of the 5 grandchildren as “wrapping” for their gifts (the 5th grandchild was given a second-hand sewing machine – another potential quilter in the family!). The buckets are intended to contain the small pieces of lego/duplo that were tucked inside – hopefully the parents appreciate the containment efforts :). The pattern is from the book Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden and was supper easy to make – I will probably be making a few more!

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This next one is not technically mine, but since it’s been sitting in my sewing room waiting for a binding for months and I completed it, I’m counting it as a finish. Daughter E. created this quilt as a class project with her grade 2/3 class so the credit really goes to them 🙂 – and now it can go home!

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And last but not least, two more blocks completed for the 2017 July Shop Hop quilt.

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I’m hoping to track down the finishing kit at one of our LQSs in the next month or two and get this one done and out of the sewing room before too long as well.

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And that’s what I’ve been up to over the holidays so linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts (although technically Saturday at this point :)).

Happy New Year!

L

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Hello Finish

The folks at the office continue to have babies.

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We will have to give this up at some point, but for now a co-worker and myself continue to provide baby quilts as part of the baby gift basket from the office.

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Yes, that is Hello Kitty on the back – and I think I’ve finally managed to use up the last of this fabric!

I don’t know how many times I’ve made the Stacked Coins Baby Quilt, but here it is again. I’ve started tagging it and I will do some work over the holidays to see if I can provide a count. You’ll notice that some of the fabrics in this version and the last one are similar to the colours in the Aromatic Rings quilt from last week – and there’s at least one more on deck. There was a great opportunity to use up leftover strips from the Aromatic Rings quilt by cutting them into strips for the baby quilts.

Never-the-less, another finish so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts (two weeks in a row!).

Happy Friday!

L

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