Sunday, March 13, 2016

Splendid Sampler

Well we are on block 9 as of today. I have just finished block 8 and will tackle # 9 on Monday.
Here are the last few that I have finished. Cute little blocks that should make up a nice quilt with many different techniques.

Here is a little grouping of the blocks sew far. I do have doubles of some but I only put one of each in the picture.
Other than working on these little guys I have done some quilting for a friend. This is a lovely quilt with some great maple leaves on it. I chose to quilt the red leaves and centers with read thread as I did not want to take away from the showiness of  the quilt. I used a ruler technique to quilt stars in the red centers.

the back side of the quilt show off the leaves
 done in red on the cream
Sew there's what I have been up to this past week. I am sew happy to be able to get back to my stitching.
Have a great week and stay 
in stitches

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WIP's and a few finishes

I see that there has been a lot of stitching going on when I checked out The Needle and Thread Network....... great job ladies.
I have a few things to show as well. My Splendid Sampler blocks to date ( sorry lots of photos this week)

I played with a second block and
did yo yo flowers

a couple of runners/toppers finished
E quilt class from a couple a
 summers ago
not your grandmothers log cabin

Trying my hand at ruler work quilting
as well as a pair of socks..... cozy toes here
knit along on Craftsy with Lucy
and a pair of booties

and now that it is delivered my Under the Sea minion baby quilt
Well you can tell I have not posted in a week or sew and I have gotten a few stitches in here and there ..... thanks for stopping by .I will be linking up with  stop over and see what the ladies have been up to this week.
in stitches

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Splendid Sampler and some auction finds

This looks like a fun project that will last a year with 2 blocks a week until we hit 100 blocks.
Pat Sloan and friends ( I think about 80 designers have helped out to make is happen )
Pop by her site to get started. There will be bonus projects as well.
We started off with this cute little pressing/design tote. There is even a pocket for your 6 - 61/2 " ruler.

I think I will do a little more quilting on the little guy

Here is the first block ( I did post it yesterday but here it is again )

I plan on using up a lot of my bits and pieces as some of them are quite large. And this year that has been my plan to use up some of my own goodies before shopping. I know I will still get some shopping in but I will try to stick with my plan.

This past weekend we went to an auction and I found a couple of goodies
a set of sock dryers and some great wool.....

 Prairie Wool from Custom Woolen Mills ltd in Alberta 8 balls in all, should be enough for a sweater or poncho.

well that's it in a stitch for today
in stitches

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A few more stitches

Well the last couple of weeks we have been battling colds here..... now just a lingering cough, that's driving a little crazy. My elbow is healing nicely. I am still being careful what I do with it
I did get a pair of socks finished and started another that is a knit along on Craftsy, with Lucy Neatby. It's a fun pattern that knits up rather nice. I am behind as this month there is a toe up sock with cables. I am looking forward to giving that one a try too.
the sock on the right is the one from Lucy's class
it fits perfect and feels nice and cozy on

I have also been sewing along with the 2016 BOM with Lynette on craftsy.
round 2 on and star blocks for March and May complete
And another sew along just started this weekend. Pat Sloan is hosting  the Splendid sampler, which will have blocks released twice a week. There will be 100 - 6 inch blocks over the year.
February 14th block #1 
Another fun project has been a baby quilt. I did use a fish from a magazine as well as a few cut from fabric, other than that I have designed this one. It has taken longer than I had planned with limited use of my one arm.
just a peak until it is delivered 
I did get a little mail last week.... from the December quilt /pillow challenge. Some lovely lotions to try out. Thank you to Darlene aka SewCalGal for hosting the FMQ Challenge last year.( She has another on the go for this year check it out )
udderly smooth

Sew that's what I have been up to the last little while...... what have you been doing?

In stitches
 PS I am linking up with The Needle and Thread Network , it is always great to see what the other ladies have been up to.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

a little bit here and a little bit there

A few more stitches today ......
center panel complete

A start of a BOM that is on the Craftsy site hosted by Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries.
I am taking this as a great way to use up a few of the fabrics that I have left over from other projects and those that were just waiting for a project.
great little travel pouch for my tools 

On another site I came across this cut little scissor, etc. holder. I think it will make nice little gifts for some of my sewing friends .

Next I want to get a start on a gift quilt, I am trying not to do to much to fast sew it has only been a little time here and a little time  there in my sewing area. Slowly but surely I will be back to my quilty self.

Thanks for stopping by
in stitches

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

a stitch at a time

Well I have looked at the calendar and see that we are almost half way through the first month of the year..... it has been a blur but now starting to come in focus.

My sewing area is a mess and is wanting some attention, Class samples have to get finished off and some written up. Sew as I slowly get my arm back into the swing of things  I will just do a little at a time.It is a good feeling to get the movement back in my arm and elbow.

 I also have a baby quilt to create...... this one is going to be such fun for a little one due next month. The sketch is done and now to get at it..... maybe next week but soon.
 Sew this afternoon I can say that I have the supply list sent off and the machine sample finished to go with the hand work sample of the Dresden Plate block.
machine and hand applique
 Dresden Plates

The weather is starting to warm a bit at the moment it is -9 c outside and cloudy, the birds are enjoying the feeders...... empty again I see.

I also hope to put some of the craftsy classes to use shortly, I will re watch them as I go this time and do the homework along the way.

I have been studying the class list for this years Stitches Conference in Munster hosted by Haus of Stitches  check it out at I am looking at about 4 different days.

I was talking with the local area Arts Council this morning and we are going to host another quilt show at the gallery in June...... Run Away with Quilts. They will be running an ad in the paper to let the local quilters know sew that they have time to do a little sewing or find that treasure they want to share. I am hoping that we will get a nice selection of Runners for the table or your bed as well as larger quilted items and wall hangings.

Well that's bee my day ..... Have a good one and stitch a little just for fun
in stitches

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Getting the itch to stitch

Well I have been watching some of the craftsy classes, and I'm just itching to stitch something. I have watched ruler work quilting, some technique classes and working my way through quilt con 2013 . I even signed in for the BOM class 2016..... check it out they are offering it as a free class, while there check out the vast array of classes offered in many different fields.

I have been grateful to have something to keep my mind busy. We had an awful start to this year.... we lost some wonderful people in our lives. A family of 4 lost to a terrible accident, I'm still having a hard time believing this has happened. My heart goes out to my friend who has lost so much,hugs to you my dear friend.

Sew let's remember to Live ,Love and Laugh
with those around you and close to your heart.

In stitches