HQAL & Slow Stitch Sunday

I belong to a group called the Hand Quilt-A-Long run by Kathy.   We are to pick a project that we want to make progress and then update every three weeks.  This is my three week check-in on the Grandmother’s Flower Garden.img_9282

I finished the bee one from last week.  This still makes me so happy to look at!  As I sit here typing this up, it’s raining outside and our area is still practicing social distancing.  The flower above makes me think of spring, walking outside with friends, gathering for coffee and seeing my knitting and embroidery groups in person.  The thing I’m missing most right now… seeing my oldest daughter.  She lives in an apartment in another city.  We talk frequently, but don’t get to see each other (except on FaceTime)… I miss physically seeing her – and hugging her.  Hopefully soon!


I sewed up another one.  This one still needs the white hexis attached.img_9284

And started this little cutie!  I had started out making these only with flower fabrics, but seem to have branched out a little bit!

Please take some time to see what the other stitchers in our group are stitching:

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy

I’m also linking up with Slow Stitch Sunday.

SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

It’s time for an update on my son’s Christmas Stocking.  This is where I was last time:


2/16/20 SAL Update-closeup

And this is where I am now:


3/29/20 – SAL close up Update

I’m kind of shocked that I got so much done.  I’ve been really busy since we’ve been sheltering in place.  I’ve got four kids home again (so nice!), which means tons of cooking, baking, games, puzzles and walks and talks.  I’m loving being with everyone although sometimes we get on each other’s nerves!

I also started a YouTube channel of fun sewing/crafting activities for kids or kids and their parents to do to help with being home so long.  If you are interested, you can find my youtube channel here.  It’s also on my business website, Let’s Go Crafting in the blog section.

I’m sure others participating in this SAL have gotten so much more done.  If you’d like to join our group of stitchers, please contact Avis at the link below. Take a look at all the progress the wonderful stitchers in our group have done.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLinda

I’m also linking up with Slow Stitch Sunday.

HQAL, Slow Stitch Sunday, and Scrap Happy

It’s time for my Hand Quilt A Long update.  I have been working on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden and have made quite a bit of progress.


Left Section

It no longer fits on the table and also keeps me warm in the evenings as I work on it.


Right section

The purple one in the upper left corner is the overlap flower in this picture.


Last part that is growing

There are also some overlap flowers in this photo.  All in all, I’m very happy how this is progressing.  I have to prepare some more of the green hexis as I’ve run out.


Latest flower

Here is my latest flower.  I am enjoying this SOOO much.  The bee fabric was used for dresses I made my older daughters when they were 3 and almost 1.  They are 24 and 22 now.  I still have them in a box in the attic.  I hope to have some grand daughters one day that will also wear those dresses.  The flower fabric was used for a pair of pillow cases I made for my mom no too long ago, it’s one of my most recent scraps.img_9018

Isn’t it so sweet?

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy

I’m also sharing over at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.  This is all hand stitched and I am planning on hand embroidering and hand quilting it.  I work on this in the evening after dinner and clean up.  My husband and I sit on the couch and watch one of our shows, right now we are enjoying Alone on Prime, but you can watch it on Hulu or somewhere else.  We are only on season 2 and love it!  I find that ending my day with some hand stitching really relaxes me.

This time I’m also sharing with Tales from Chiconia for Scrap Happy Day.  We share things on the 15th of every month that are made from scraps.  This project really hits the mark!

Off I go, today I’m building 5 bookshelves and I’m excited to be organizing all my craft and cooking books.  The craft books are in cabinets in my studio and freeing up those is going to enable me to organize the studio better!  I LOVE organizing – not as much as stitching, but it comes in at a close second.

The Mermaid Blanket!

I have a finish!  Actually it was done on February 7th, but I couldn’t blog or post about it anywhere because it was gift for DD#2 and she reads my blog and follows me on social media.  I find that so sweet, but sometimes I have to be super careful not to spill the beans!  Anyway, here it is in all it’s glory:


She loves it!

It came out the perfect length.  I was a bit worried since she is at college and I am here, but I used one of my other daughters who is about the same size to get it right.  Boy am I relieved!


She’s so happy!

She had requested this a while back and we bought the yarn together.  She knew I had started it, but not that I had finished.  Well, she has a birthday in February.  We all went to visit her and this was one of her gifts.  She was sooooo happy!


Her little fur baby.

Even her cat loves the blanket.

All the details can be found on my ravelry page:  https://www.ravelry.com/projects/stitchingirl/mermaid-tail-afghan

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Slow Stitch Sundays.

February HQAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

I have been having great fun with my hexis in these last three weeks!  I have done lots and lots of cutting:

Hexis for flowers andimg_8796

For the green leaves/vines.  There has been lots of prep:


Still loving this little tin for my sewing supplies!

This has been full, empty, and full again over the three weeks. And lots and lots of sewing

It is now so big that I can’t fit it all on the table for a photo!!  Remember the last update?  There were only three flowers attached to each other.  Now there are seven total and I’m working my way around with the green.   It is really fun to see this grow!  There has also been another whole flower done:img_8793

And a close up of those cats:img_8794

I know I’ve only been doing flowers for this quilt, but I couldn’t resist these cute little kittens.  I’ve been following a few hexi quilters on instagram and they do fussy cutting.  I thought I’d try my hand – not perfect, but good enough and I love them.  However, this was a slippery slope, I now have earmarked several other animal fabrics to cut for this quilt!  Then I managed to get another flower started:img_8797

I’m loving the bee pattern.  I made dresses for my girls when they were younger out of fabric very similar to this.

This Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt has been inspired by Kathy.  She started this HQAL (Hand Quilt-A-Long) and I am finding that I love to see what each of us who participates has done over the last three weeks.  A little more about the HQAL below.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy

As usual, I’m also linking up to Slow Stitch Sunday.  A little bit of slow stitching everyday soothes the soul!


February SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

Three weeks have flown by!!  I’m slowly working on the Christmas stocking for my oldest son.  This is where I was three weeks ago:


1/26/2020 SAL Update

I had been working on the separations between the panes of the window.  This is where I’m at now:


2/16/20 SAL Update

I’ve finished most of the bars and have moved to another section of the stocking.  Here is a close up:


2/16/20 SAL Update-closeup

I should be able to make some quick progress for next time as there is quite a bit of the same color.  Please take a look at what some of the others are doing and if you’d like to join us please contact Avis (she’s the first one on the list below)

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJenny

I’m also linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.

HQAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

Since I accomplished very little on the Grandmother’s Flower Garden, I decided to pull everything out and see what is there.img_8638

I have these three that are attached with the green “leaves” between.img_8641

Three flowers ready for attaching and more of the green.img_8639

Another threeimg_8640

And another three …  that is 12 total flowers complete.img_8643

This is the next green I have chosen for leaves.  This is truly a scrappy quilt.  Some of the fabric was purchased to match what I had on hand (the white), but the rest is all fabric that has been lying around.img_8642

The only actual sewing progress this month.  All the rest of the pink are sewn together as well as two of the outer color.  However, the rest of the hexis for this flower are prepared.  Hopefully by next time, this flower will be done and a whole gob of the greens will also be done.  Who knows, maybe they will all be attached!!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy and Connie

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sundays.  Today will definitely be a Slow Stitch Sunday as we will be watching the Super Bowl with cousins.  I’ll be working either on this project or the new pair of socks that were started earlier this week.

Camel Stitch Cloth

The third block of the 50 stitches CAL is complete.  This time we learned the camel stitch.


Camel Stitch – 3rd block for the 50 stitches CAL.

Making the stitch itself is a little bit fiddly – you have to go into the “third stitch” – I had to watch several youtube videos to figure out what that is!


Camel Stitch Close-up

I do like the texture of the cloth.  The cloth itself is very flexible and not stiff at all and the stitch pattern give it texture and interest.  It took quite a while though!

January #2 SAL Update

I’ve been plugging along slowly on this project, letting other things work their way into my stitching time, but I do have a bit of progress to show.  This is progress from last time:


1/5/20 Update: After the backstitching

I had just finished that square including the backstitching.  This is where I am today:


1/26/2020 SAL Update

I’ve been working on the stitching between the panes of glass in the window.  I’m enjoying the rhythm of the half stitches and also the texture given by the different number of strands of floss used.

Please take a look at the work made by the other member of this SAL – lots of talent shown on their sites!!  If you’d like to join us, please click on “Avis” below, she keeps us all organized!

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sundays.

Crochet Bobbles

I’m finishes with block 2 of the 50 stitches CAL – the Bobble/Puff Stitch.


Bobble/Puff Stitch – 2nd block for the 50 stitches CAL.

Observations of this stitch:

*I found making the bobbles in crochet to be much easier than in knit as I didn’t have to keep turning the piece front to back and visa versa.

*I did not care for carrying the yarn from bobble to bobble as I could see the carried thread through the other stitches.


Carrying thread visible

*One of the other member of the 50 stitches FB group recommended cutting the yarn for every bobble.  This appealed to me as there were no visible threads and I thought it looked much better from the front.


Ends galore!

*However … that left a boat load of ends to weave in.  Definitely NOT fun.


Stack of yarn ends.

I know this doesn’t look like very much, but it took about 2 hours to weave in all the ends.


Back after ends woven in.

Ahhh … much better.  All in all this was a fun experiment and I love learning new to me stitches especially in crochet where I am not as fluent as in knitting.  I LOVE the look of the different color bobbles against the solid background.  I’m not sure I’ll do this again.  Maybe if I had committed to weaving the ends in as I went, it would have been better!

EDITTED TO ADD:  I’m sharing this on Moogly Hookin Up On Hump Day