May HQAL Update

I find hand work of any kind right now to be such a relaxing balm to my soul.  I have been distracted from my HQAL project, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, by some knitting, crochet, cross stitch and of course gardening.  Yesterday I knew I was going to need to update on the progress for my HQAL, so I put a little time into it and realize again how much I enjoy it.img_9490

Before SIP, I was at a Walmart in Santa Barbara (we were visiting my daughter).  Both my younger daughters were with me and they fell in love with this fabric.  Both of them said it was perfect for my garden quilt.img_9491

They also found these two.  I know I have been making this quilt out of scraps, but since the girls picked these fabrics and were so excited, I decided to use them.  They have been cut but not made into flowers yet.img_9505-1

I have been adding the green hexis around and between all the flowers.  I really like the scrappy way all the different greens look.

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,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy, Monica and Sherrie

Also sharing with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sunday.

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:

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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!