I just bought my very first fleece!!!

We went to the fair and one of the sheep owners was selling the fleece that had been just sheared off of the sheep that you see in the photo.  I was so excited!!  My husband encouraged me to get it so that I can play around with it – I guess it needs to be cleaned, carded and spun into yarn.  I can’t wait to get started!

HQAL (Hand Quilt-A-Long) Update

HQAL = Hand Quilt-A-Long.  This is a group run by Kathy over at Sewing Etc.  Each member works on a project of their own and we post about it every three weeks (I have been remiss in the most recent past).  This is a super supportive and truly amazing group of stitchers, all are very talented.  Please, if you have a moment, take a look at what they have been working on:
KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon and Bella.

The project I have been trying to work on has been stalled for quite awhile.  The time to post about this has come around and around again and again and I have not been able to bring it out of time out.  img_3571

I had been working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.


The biggest problem is that after hand sewing these hexagons together, I decided I wanted some embroidery around all of the seams.  I used my sewing machine – BIG, BIG mistake!  I really, REAlly, REALLY hated the way it looked and decided to pull it all out.  That task is easier said than done.  I have probably put about 3 hours into pulling those stitches out and am not even close to having them all gone.  I am so disappointed.  I’m not sure what to do…I’m now thinking that I will just hand embroider over the machine stitching and see how that looks.

Being part of this HQAL however, made me take this project out of time out and take a look at it again.  I realize how much I like it.  I like the pattern, I like the fabrics I have chosen, and I find it truly relaxing to do a little hand stitching at the end of each day.img_3573

This is the color of the next flower that I will be working on.  Thank you to Kathy who did not give up on me and has still included me in the HQAL even though I have not posted and have not worked on my project.  I am hoping to have much to show in the next post!

I have not been sitting idle even though this project has taken a back burner.  I have gone back to teaching in my studio!!  I am running summer camps right now and have been having the time of my life.  I love teaching!!  If you get a chance, take a look at what we are up to in the studio:  Let’s Go Crafting