HQAL and Slow Stitch Sundays

For the Hand Quilt A-Long run by Kathy, I am still working slowly on the flowers for the Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  At the last update, I was putting together the pieced hexis for some of the petals

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5 complete pieced hexis and my messy work space!

All those pieced hexis are finished and the flower is complete!!

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12/1/2019 – HQAL update.

I really like the way these pieced hexis look; however, they were super, duper fiddly and I can’t say that I enjoyed putting them together.  Some of them are a little wonky – the pieces didn’t always fit together smoothly so I had to “force” some of them.  I’m hoping that once I press the life out of it and then hand quilt, it won’t be so noticeable.

Hand Quilt Along Links

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 joining up with a different Kathy for Slow Stitching Sundays!

SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

I am quite excited.  No, I didn’t finish. But I did make progress.  Last check-in I was here:

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11/3/19 SAL Update – Gingerbread House #5.

And this week I am here:

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11/24/2019 SAL Update – Gingerbread House #5

BUT…that is not what I am truly excited about.  I had been working on a Christmas Stocking for one of my sons and then made a pretty big counting error which resulted in being off by quite a bit.  All those little stitches needed to be ripped out – UGH!!  So the piece went into time out.  Because I’ve rejoined this SAL, it gave me the courage to bring the piece back out and rip all the stitches.  It is back now to where it was before and is ready to be worked on.img_8083

Please take a look at all the other talented stitchers taking part in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnne

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending Avis an email.

I am also linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.  Unfortunately, today I will not get to my stitching :o(, but tomorrow I will have some good time to put in.

HQAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

I have to say it again, it’s so good to pick up my needle and sew by hand on personal projects!  Right now for this Hand Quilt-A-Long (HQAL), I am working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt.  I had decided to do a combination of full hexis and pieced hexis.  This time I am working on pieced ones.

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11/10/19 HQAL Update – Block #3: Sarah – from The New Hexagon Book by Katja Marek

I managed to get 5 of them done and a little bit of the 6th one.  They are very fiddly – the more pieces there are, the longer they take.

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5 complete pieced hexis and my messy work space!

The pieces don’t get lost if I have them on this felt covered board.  I am very excited to be participating in Kathy’s HQAL once again!  Please check out the other stitchers also participating in the HQAL.

Hand Quilt Along Links

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 am also linking up to Kathy’s Quilts (different Kathy!) for Slow Stitch Sundays.

SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

I’m so excited to once again be participating in the SAL over at Avis’!  It has been a long time since I have worked on my own projects and I’m really enjoying the time spent with non-studio things.  Of course there are plenty of things going on in the studio, I’m just making space for a little bit of “me” time.  Last time for the SAL I was working on a big Christmas stocking for my oldest son.  That project is on time out!!  I made a pretty big counting error and I have to rip A LOT.  There are a few other smaller things that have been languishing in a “will do eventually” pile that have been pulled out.  This:img_7954

was purchased quite awhile ago.  It has been so nice to work on cross stitch again!  This is what is looks like right now:

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11/3/19 SAL Update – Gingerbread House #5.

I think this will be a very quick project as there is no backstitching.  I love this SAL and am so happy to be back in the midst of this group of talented, welcoming and supportive stitchers.  Please take a look a what everyone else is up to:

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyLindaHeidiJackie SunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnne

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending Avis an email. The address is on the right of her page. She wil send you a few simple rules to agree.

I’m also linking up with Slow Stitch Sunday and One Monthly Goal.  My goal for this month is to finish the stitching on this piece.  It feels like such a quick stitch!

HQAL Update-March & Slow Stitch Sunday

I haven’t been working on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden all that much lately.  It sits in it’s box near the couch, but I have not been bringing her out.  I did finish one flower – it is the same as another one that I made.img_5536

I had found lots of this orange fabric in my stash when I originally started this project.  I was planning on only doing a few different colors and had cut and prepped a few flowers that were the same.  Now I have change my mind and want to do lots of colors and have more of a scrappy quilt, but I decided to sew these together as they were ready to go. img_5537

This is the baggie for my next pieced hexagon.  This one has pieces that are much smaller than I have previously worked with so it should be a bit more challenging.

These are the details about the Hand Quilt A-Long in case you would like to join us!  And I am also joining up with the Slow Stitching Sunday Group.

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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

SAL Update-February #2 & Slow Stitch Sunday

I feel like I always start these updates the same way!  Here I was last time we updated,

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2/3/2019 Update

And this is where I am now,

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2/24/19 Update

There is a lot more backstitching, but as I am comparing the two photos I really can’t see that much of a difference.  Yes, things are a little more defined, but it’s hard to see any actual work.  There is also a little bit more stitching done between the window panes.

About the SAL (copied from Avis’ blog)

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL.  If you would like to join us, please visit Avis’ blog and either comment on one of the SAL posts or email her.

Welcome our newest member, Sharon, to our group of stitchers!  If you have a chance please click on the links below, they will take you to some wonderful stitchy goodness!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelen,StephLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherineDeborahConnieClare, Mary MargaretReneeJenny,CarmelaJocelynSharon

HQAL Update – February & Slow Stitch Sunday

Every time the  update for our HQAL comes around it really doesn’t seem that three weeks have passed since the last update.  Time feels like it’s speeding by!  And yet, right after I post this today, I will feel like I have oodles of time before the next update.  I’m still working on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  I’m really enjoying every bit of it:  choosing fabrics, the prep and the slow hand sewing.  My stitches have gotten more even and I am a little quicker than when I first started this project.

 

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Flower #10

This flower is complete.  I really like the two greens together.  Originally I had a different green intended for the darker area and had glued the cardboard to the fabric and cut it out.  I had even sewn some of them; however, something you don’t know happened to them… our dog LOVES glue.  I have to be very careful and keep this project in a plastic box and place it up high somewhere when I’m not working on it.  I accidentally left the little pieces out when I went to bed and when I got up there were bits of fabric everywhere and the cardboard was gone!  Whoops!  The dog is fine.  She had no idea she did anything wrong and she’s so cute I couldn’t chastise her!  I just chose different fabric and started those pieces over again.  I am MUCH more careful with this project though.

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Flower #11

I started this one.  My next flower will be pieced and I’m looking forward to that.  At the last update I was asked to show all the flower together.  I took a couple of pictures and that’s how I know how many I have done.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I seem to be just focusing on which fabrics and whether I want to do a pieced flower piece instead of how many I have done.

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Flower #s 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

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Flowers 1, 2 and 3 with the border

Originally, the plan was to attach the flowers together as I went adding the green border as needed.  Once I decided to make the pieced hexis for the flowers, I stopped adding them because I think I want the flexibility to place them where I want them once I’m done.  Please see below for detail on this HQAL and information if you would like to join us.

Hand Quilt Along Links

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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

I am also joining up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.