HQAL Update-Jan and Slow Stitch Sunday

Kathy over at Sewing Etc. hosts this HQAL (Hand Quilt A-Long) and I enjoy it so much.  She has asked us to tell a little about our project.  I am working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  I chose this pattern because I have wanted to make one for a very long time.  I discovered Kathy’s HQAL and decided that this was the perfect time to start and use it as my HQAL project.  I had bookmarked several pages of ideas  This one is the one that gave me the idea to embroider all the way around the edges of the hexagons, this one I really like the layout of, and I like this idea for embroidering on the individual hexis.  I bought a book of miniature flower embroidery patterns at a garage sale to use as a reference.  Right now, though, I am just making the hexis and sewing them together.  I’m sure I’ll do something in the middle of the yellow hexi for each of the flowers – I’m not sure what I will do.  I go back and forth between something super simple (a flower outline) and something more complicated (sort of like this one – a little flower garden on each one).  I have time to figure it out!  I work on this project most nights (after dinner and clean up) while my husband and I watch our shows.   I did not work on it every night – I have been tired lately and have been going to bed a little earlier than usual.  Also, for a bit I had lost my stitching mojo for this.  I’m not sure why that happens, but I have it back for now!  Without further ado, this is the flower I worked on for this three week update.img_5216

I have a few of these flower now and some of them are even connected together with a green row of hexis.  I stopped connecting them when I started making the pieced hexis.  I am enjoying the pieced ones immensely, but I want to intersperse them with the ones that are not pieced so I am waiting to get more flowers done to see how I want to lay them out in the quilt.  Please take a look at the other stitchers participating in this HQAL, they are a very talented 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

I am also liking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sunday.  This is definitely a slow stitch project.  I really enjoy slow projects that take time to complete.  I like working on something day by day and seeing it grow.  I find it relaxing to stitch on and old “friend”.  That’s not to say I don’t like a super quick project now and then as well!

HQAL Update

I’m having so much fun with this HQAL (Hand Quilt-A-Long).  My chosen project is a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  I love the simplicity of the pattern and as it is my first EPP project, it’s perfect.  This month I finished two of the flowers.  One of them has pieced hexis:img_4847

I’m actually becoming a little addicted to these.img_4848

They are very fun to do even if they are a little fiddly.  You can see that all of my points do not match exactly.  I am hoping in time and with practice that part will improve.  I also made a flower with non-pieced hexis:img_4850

After working with all those little pieces, this one seemed like a breeze and to almost sew itself!

I’m working my way through The New Hexagon book by Katja Marek.  The link takes you to Amazon but I purchased this book along with a couple of others at a quilt show.  I’m sure I paid more, but it was so much fun to go to the show and talk with the vendors and see all the fun, cool stuff that it was worth it!  This is the second pieced hexi in the book.  It’s called Carol and I found this one to be easier to put together than the first one.  I thought it would be interesting to show the way I’m doing this (maybe there’s an easier way?).  First I copy the pattern and then, since the hexis in the book are 3″ and mine are 1.5″, I make another copy at 50%.  Whew!!  Thank goodness that math is easy!

Then I trace the pattern pieces onto pattern paper with space between them.  After that I use a sharpie and trace on each piece of the hexi through the pattern paper onto the card stock (or old manila folders.  We have boxes of used ones from my father-in-law) the desired number of times.  In this case I needed six hexis so I traced each piece six times and cut them out.  Then I chose my fabrics and away I went!img_4849

Right now I working on another non-pieced flower, but I think the next one will be the third pieced hexi from the book.  They really are so much fun!  If you’d like to join in, the details are below and please take a look at all the other talented hand quilters who are participating.

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,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

I am also linking up with Kathy over at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sundays and Kate at Life in Pieces for 15 mins a day of stitching.

I have stitched every single day this week – so 7 out of 7 days!!  It’s so funny, not that long ago I was berating myself for not finding the time to stitch.  Now that I have this goal of “only 15 mins per day”, somehow I manage to stitch.  And not just for 15 minutes – I’m getting in about 45 mins to an hour in the morning before anyone gets up and during two shows on TV (my husband likes to watch his shows at night) in the evening.  It’s really been nice!

SAL Update and Slow Stitch Sunday

It’s that time!  It has been three weeks since our last update on this project…I seem to be having trouble with wordpress – I can’t seem to go back very far in my images to grab a photo to post. I went back to my last post and copied the photo from there.img_4584

This is where I was last time.   I have been more regular on working on this project and this is where I am now.img_4815

I worked a little on the panel on the right because it used the same color as what I was going to use near Santa.  img_4816

I focused most of my effort on Santa’s beard and it is almost done!  This project uses both the half cross stitch and the whole cross stitch.  I find it interesting that I really enjoy the whole cross stitch more.  It somehow feels finished and I like the look much better.

These are the other talented stitchers who are participating in this SAL.  Please take a look at their beautiful work if you have time:

About the SAL in case you’d like to join us

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 contacting Avis fromSewing Beside the Sea.

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

I am also linking up to Kate’s 15 minutes a day.  I am hoping that this will keep me held accountable to my goal of stitching everyday for at least that amount.
This week:  7/7 days stitched!!!  Both on my cross stitch project and on my EPP project.  Some knitting was thrown in there as well :o)

HQAL Update and Slow Stitch Sunday

It is time for the HQAL (Hand Quilt A Long) update for the past three weeks.

I was able to finish this flower with the pieced hexis and I am completely loving how it turned out!img_4744

I wasn’t sure I liked those pieced hexis – I wasn’t sure I liked the fabric selection and it just looked a little too busy for my taste, but now that it’s all put together, I really like it!  The pieced hexis were really fiddly, but I actually liked making them once I got the hang of those little pieces.  I see more in my future!

HQAL details:
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.  Please take a look at all the other fun HQAL project that are going on!

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

Also linking up to Slow Stitch Sunday at Kathy’s Quilts.

 

I am also linking up to Kate’s 15 minutes a day.  I am hoping that this will keep me held accountable to my goal of stitching everyday for at least that amount.
This week:  7/7 days stitched!!!  Both on my cross stitch project and on my EPP project.  Some knitting was thrown in there as well :o)
And, since this is a scrappy project, I’m linking up with Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, which is absolutely true!

HQAL Update and Slow Stitch Sunday

Finally, the first of the pieced hexis are done!  Last time I was here:img_4447

I had three pieced with three more to do.  Now all three are pieced and …img_4615

And I think I’m going to do this dark blue as the back ground.  It will be fun to see how these look when they are incorporated into the quilt.  I love this Hand-Quilt-A-Long because it keeps me working on this project.  Without it, I might have already set it aside for something else and I’d really like to finish!  Details below if you’d like to join our great group of stitchers!

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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDeb,  Susan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

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

SAL Update and Slow Stitch Sunday

I’m still working on the Santa Christmas Stocking.  I was playing with other things in the studio and did not work on it as much this month as I did last month.  Here is where I was last time:img_4376

And this is where I am now:img_4584

Well, this is why I like to look at before and after photos!  Even though I didn’t get as much done as I wanted, I realize I did manage to get more done than I thought!  I really have to buckle down on this one if I want to finish by Christmas!

About the SAL in case you would like to join us

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 contacting Avis fromSewing Beside the Sea.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyTonyMeganCatherineDeborahClare

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

Slow Stitch Sunday

Every Friday I get together with a great group of friends and we knit.  I have been slowly chipping away at this blanket…img_4503

It is called the Might Rainbow Blanket and it was only supposed to be a throw.  Daughter #3 asked for this blanket, but wanted it to cover her whole bed (twin size) .  We decided to double the rainbow to make it the right size.  She also wanted both ends to be in red, so I started with red – reached the midpoint of purple – and now am doing the blues so that I will end with red again. img_4504

I am so happy that I have reached and passed the halfway point!!  Maybe this is another Wip that will be completed soon.

I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sunday.  This project is proceeding S.L.O.W.L.Y so I thought it really fit!