August SAL Update #2

For this update I was going to have my daughter’s Christmas stocking sewn up. I have tons of fabric and have been sorting through it but have not made the final decision for the back and the lining. This month, hopefully, I’ll make a decision and completely finish!

I did decide that for this three weekly update I would make Christmas ornaments. I need to make 9 of them and the goal was to start working my way through.

The first three. I really was enjoying making these!

The second three. Boy was I on a roll. After cutting out the tree, star and trunk pieces, everything else went very quickly.

And the last three!! Each tree took approximately 40 minutes to stitch up and once started, I couldn’t stop. Now… after I sew up my daughter’s Christmas stocking, what will my next SAL project be??? I could work on something that is in the WIP pile…. or I could start something completely new… I’m not sure. I’ll have it all worked out next time!

I love this SAL! It is different from some of the others as we choose our own project and then work on it and post our progress every three weeks. Please take a look at the other stitchers taking part in this SAL.

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

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.

Pulled Thread

The embroidery guild I belong to will be starting a pulled thread sampler offered by Kathrin called the 16 square pulled thread sampler. The program will start this Tuesday so I thought I would get a head start. I printed the pattern for the sampler and the border and got started. And promptly ran into trouble.

1st attempt – 1 over 1

This is using Laguna 25ct linen. At first glance, on the pattern for the border, it appeared that everything was over one thread. I love the way the pattern looked, but was not so keen on how this was turning out. After getting to this point, I realized something was wrong. There are not enough threads in the middle of the square to complete the pulled thread portion of the pattern. I started doing some counting on the pattern and for the pulled thread patterns you need 36 threads, I have 23 threads. UGH! At this point I went terribly wrong. I assumed the pattern was incorrect and decided to draw out a new pattern with border changes to accommodate the 36 threads in the center square.

2nd attempt after drawing out a new pattern.

In this attempt, I now have 37 stitches in the middle and the border is not balanced with the pulled thread portion. Then I went to my EGA meeting (on zoom) and asked all my questions. Those women are amazing!! They are so supportive and really helped me to figure out what was going on without making me feel like an idiot.

Success!!

I now know where I went wrong. The pattern for the satin stitch and the pulled thread are indeed over one thread. Everything else is over two threads. If I had been paying close attention to the pattern I would have seen this. Oh, well. This was a good learning experience. The downside is that I don’t have enough fabric to actually make the sampler now so I have ordered new fabric and am waiting for it to arrive. It won’t be here by Tuesday, but that’s ok. An upside is that I now have this doodle cloth and will practice the pulled thread patterns on it until I get them right! Sometimes I feel as if I learn way more from my mistakes!

Today I am linking up with Kathy 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.

Embroidery

I am continuing to take classes at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. Their classes are amazing and their teachers are wonderful. Somehow they have managed to seamlessly move to teaching on zoom.

This is the most recent class that I am taking. I have finished the first of two classes and am enjoying it immensely. This is on needle painting and we are using the long and short stitch. I really struggle with this stitch and am looking forward to more practice and direction.

This is my progress after the first class. Homework is to finish all the stems and that one leaf before the next class. We are working on silk fabric which is really nice. At our next class we will work on one of the flowers. I can’t wait!!

Linking up with Kathy 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

New SAL Choice

Finishing my son’s Christmas stocking in time for Christmas was such a great feeling. He loves it and I still haven’t put the stockings away because I like looking at them. The next stocking to make is for another daughter but I am really not feeling like starting that right now. I spent quite a bit of time going through my WIPs (there are MANY of them). It was so fun and kind of felt like I was visiting old friends. This past summer the embroidery guild I belong to started a project to work on together (virtually). Several of us chose the same one.

Heirloom Family Sampler

I’m in love with this one. One of our members is quite close to finishing and another one chose to do the top part only and she is done. This was my choice because not only do I find it beautiful and have never done a sampler, but there are so many elements I have never tried before.

1/17/2021 SAL update

First, I am working on linen. I have been afraid to do that. Aida cloth has been my “go to”. This pattern calls for linen. I could have done it in Aida, but decided to go all out with the new experiences. My kids actually roll their eyes when I use the words “new experiences” to describe embroidery! Hahaha!

Birds over 1 thread.

The top part of this pattern is done over two threads (this is a first for me) for the most part. Some elements, like the birds, are done over one thread. The contrast between stitching over two threads and then stitching over one thread is so fun!! I love the added texture and dimension. The floss I am using is not the recommended thread. This has been a stash busting project (except for the fabric).

More birds and bunnies over 1 thread.

This is going to be a very challenging project for me. It has pulled thread elements, hardanger and more, but I am excited to make this my SAL project!! This will hold me accountable to keep going and not to put it aside when things get tough.

Please take a look at the others who are joining along in this SAL. They are super talented stitchers and are working on all kinds of fantastic projects.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

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.

Last SAL Update for 2020

i am thrilled to share my big happy dance! If it wasn’t for this SAL and my embroidery guild, I’m not sure this would have been completed this year!

Where I was at the last update:

And as of the day before Christmas:

Finished 12/23/2020
Closeup of the patch. I used a velour ribbon thread to hide the overlap piece.
My son chose the fabric for the back as well as the lining. The back is quilted in a simple hatch line 1.5 inches apart.
Two of the three that are complete now. The third is waiting to be opened until she gets home.

I was really happy to finally finish this project. I have a few more stockings to do but I am going to take a break from those for a little bit and choose something smaller. I haven’t decided what my next project will be but will be ready next time.

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

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

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.