HQAL Update

I’m so glad to be back for the HQAL (Hand Quilt A-Long)! I took a break for a bit and am grateful that I was allowed to rejoin. I had been working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden, but for many reasons that project is residing in the time out pile.

I took a class through Stitches On Line to learn how to do a Clamshell Quilt. It was really fun so that’s what I’m working on now.

HQAL Update 1/8/2023

I’ve decided to do mine with a row of white and a row of some rainbow colored fabric (I had fun picking out skads of rainbow fabrics!). Each stack represents 10 clamshells – so there are 20 white clamshells and 10 each of the other two fabrics.

I haven’t decided if the colorful rows will be all one design or if I will mix them up randomly. I also had the idea of making “squares” where each square had only one design so even that looked like patchwork. I guess when I have more clamshells cut out and prepared I can play around with placement.

The pattern

This is the pattern I am using. I bought it from the designer because I liked her as a teacher and wanted to support her and it came with the plastic template.

So far I am enjoying tracing, cutting and prepping the clamshells. It’s very soothing to sit and do this in the evenings.

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisyConnie, and  Cathie 

March HQAL Update

My Hand Quilt-A-Long project is The Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The plan was to make it into a quilt for my bed, but that was vetoed by the hubby as he really likes the knit one I made ages ago. Now the plan is for this quilt to be a table cloth. I’m actually quite happy with this as it will be seen much more often! This is where I was at the last update:

2/14/2021-Grandmother’s Flower Garden update.

This is where I am now:

3/7/2021 – Update

Three rows almost complete.

I just have this little bit of green to add and then I’m ready for the next row.

This is the way it will sit on the table. I think I only have two or three more rows to go before the piecing is finished. I’ll be picking the next flowers in a day or two.

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

February HQAL Update

I spent a fair amount of time with Grandmother’s Flower Garden this time. This is where I was last time.

11/1/2020-Grandmother’s Flower Garden

I needed to attach that row of 3 flowers to the row above and then add the green hexis around the edges.

2/14/2021-Grandmother’s Flower Garden update.
2/13/2021 – Grandmother’s Flower Garden Update.

The two rows are attached and all the green hexis are in place.

2/13/2021 – Grandmother’s Flower Garden – next four flowers.

These are the next four flowers that are going to be attached. I can’t wait to see how they will look 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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

Also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

HQAL January Update

Lots of stitching is happening here, but not on Grandmother’s Flower Garden. She looks exactly the same as our last update.

I’m going to have to buckle down and get working on it!!

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

Jan 2021 HQAL Update

Wow!! It’s finally 2021! Let’s hope for some improvements on all fronts this year! Today it is time for the first HQAL update of the year.

I have worked on this VERY little as of late. Life and Christmas got in the way, but now I am back at it. I am working on finishing with the green hexis on this row and then can add the next row of flowers for this table cloth.

Yesterday I was working on getting the last of them added. Only a few more to go!

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyMonica and Sherrie

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

December HQAL Update

The last month or so has been focused primarily on gifts for the holidays. My poor HQAL, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, is sitting gathering dust patiently awaiting my attention. Here is where I was the last time I posted:

11/1/2020

I think that I will have progress to show for the next update!!

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

I’m also sharing over at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

November HQAL Update

It’s time to update on the Grandmother’s Garden Quilt for the hand-quilt-a-long. This time I did spend some time with her:

11/1/2020-Grandmother’s Flower Garden

This is the new layout. I’m almost done with the green “vines” for the first strip and have the second one ready to attach.

11/1/2020

This is how it will lie on the table. Thank you everyone who has been so encouraging as I’ve been working through what to do with this. Taking it apart and putting it back together was definitely the right decision.

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

I’m also sharing at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. It’s so funny because Sunday is not generally a day I can stitch. The hubby has no work and the kids have no school so we can usually be found out and about hiking or playing games or something else like that. My stitching is usually during the week.

HQAL Update for October

I’ve done a fair amount of stitching on the Grandmother’s Flower Garden:

4 flowers completed!

One of these flowers was almost done, the rest were completed for this three week update.

This one is in process. I’m in love with those cute little owls!

This is my favorite from this batch of flowers.

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

I’m also sharing with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.

September HQAL Update

This HQAL (Hand Quilt-A-Long) update is not going to be about the project I chose for the HQAL – The Grandmother’s Garden. Grandmother’s Garden is laying dormant on the table behind the couch and although it has been calling to me, I have been ignoring it. She is in the same state as she was at the last update:

Still in this stacked form.

I have been working on the plan for the embroidery for each flower and will show that on a later update. I have seriously gotten the embroidery bug:

Heirloom Family Sampler for our summer EGA project.
Embroidery class project – San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (online classes)
Stitches learned – Raised Stem, Coral Knot, Wheat.
Embroidery class project – San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (online classes)
This is the wing for the bird above. The class was on stumpwork. I learned the Long and Short stitch
Pulled thread class at my EGA. This coming week we will be learning different kinds of hem stitching to do over the pulled thread part.
Something I saw on FB and wanted to recreate. It was a video showing different fun stitches – I will be putting rosebuds on the stems of the vine.
3-D hair. My grand uncle used to bring my sister and I postcards with 3-D images on them. This is nothing like those, but it reminded me of them.

So this is what I have been working on. I will get to my Grandmother’s Flower Garden soon, I have just been floating to whatever project, media and skill that calls me at any given moment. It just seems to be what I need to do right now.

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.

KathyMargaretTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

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

August HQAL Update

I have been busy this month!!  Deconstructing the Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

These flowers were previously attached to green hexi “leaves” and then attached to each other.  There are 18 separate flowers now.img_0209

These are all the green hexis that were used for the leaves and vines.  I did not count them, but there are lots!

I am so glad I finally made the decision to take this apart.  I was not feeling good about the project and now I’m feeling great.  I can’t wait to lay them out and organize them and start putting them together again.

I did finish a new flower and get part of the way done with another

I just love the little monsters!

Once again, I am excited to work on this project now that I can see a new path with it.

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.

KathyMargaretTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyMonica and Sherrie

I am also sharing over at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.