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Monday, August 27, 2012

A Passion for Plums

I figure I'm about 1/3 finished with this pillow design so far. I love, love, love the colors.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Upside down Pineapple Blossom quilt

The quilt top is finally finished (it was really close, I just needed to piece together a few rows, then add the borders)!!! I noticed after I had downloaded the photo that I took a picture of it upside down - it's hardly noticeable, but I knew it (the top and bottom borders clued me in).

Now to assemble the backing and then it's off to the quilter's! :)

And I leave you with my trusty companions from today - in seemingly kitty bunk beds.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Thread catcher and more

I've been wanting to make something like this for a while now, and came across a tutorial this morning that was really quick and easy (important, since I'm still recovering and didn't want to get into anything huge and complicated, especially since I also made my SSS 2012 BOM for August, see below).

Now I have my very own, and think I might make another one or two for carrying along to Sit-n-Sews or just hanging around the house wherever I stitch and sew. The first photo is before I put the buttons on.

And here is my August Block of the Month, Chocolate Toffee Squares:

Okay, I'm going back to sit down and rest while I sew a few hexagons together. Yes, I am working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt again - it has been too long! I found a really cool way of finishing it that I want to use. Of course, that means that I have to finish the quilt top first, then quilt it, and THEN finish-finish it. But I really like this method described in the video below!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Recovery progress

Well, I am just over a week post-surgery, and my recovery is progressing normally. What's normal? Well, it differs for everyone, but I am up and moving around, albeit, slowly. I'm taking doctor's orders seriously, giving my body the time it needs to heal. Since I am not up and about a lot, I have had a little time to stitch, so I thought I'd share my progress on a few projects.

Here is part 5 of Papillon Creations ATW80 - some very pretty stitches, in very pretty colors if I might be so bold. The pic is just a little fuzzy, but I think you can see the stitches fairly well nonetheless. I really liked the off-centered eyelet! I haven't done one of those, though I've seen them on embroidery pieces. Very pretty, and with the little hold pulled open, give a nice artistic flair to the piece. Once again, a closeup, then the full design so far.

One thing I will note - I didn't pay as close attention to the design instructions, so instead of having Croation stitches and Montenegrin stitches alternating around each of the flowers, they are all Croation stitches. By the time I noticed my mistake, I decided I was not going to unpick everything and re-stitch it. Call it a personalization. :)

Before my surgery, I managed to start the Pumpkin and Plums pillows. Since my surgery, I have focused solely on the Plums, because the colors are so bright and cheerful. Here are my starts to both.

Pumpkin Patch Pillow

Passion for Plums Pillow

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

One more side to bind

So, I'm not going to be able to get this finished before surgery, but I have gotten 3 sides bound now, and Roughy posed for a photo with the quilt.

I still have plenty of time before Christmas, thank goodness! :)

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Like I need any sort of justification

I kitted two new projects today - entirely from my stash, so it's totally okay, right? Well, I am missing ONE color of floss that I'll have to pick up at some point. But otherwise, I pulled charts, floss, and fabric from stash. My justification? I'm having surgery soon, and I wanted something new and fairly easy to play with during my recovery. I remember how much I enjoyed stitching the Grapes pillow, and I have a ton of these designs (some from the JCS magazines, some just the single charts).

Here are A Passion for Plums, which will not be done on navy or black - I chose, rather appropriately I think, plum blossom jobelan instead - and Pumpkin Patch, which will be stitched on potato lugana. They use enough of the same colors, that I decided to go ahead and kit them together.

Now, do I start one or both of them before the surgery, or wait until after? Oh, who am I kidding? :)

Thursday, August 02, 2012

RIP Chloe

My good friend Melanie's kitty passed away today. I will miss her - she was so sweet, and friendly to everyone. Rest in peace, little Chloe-bug.