February was filled with starts which meant that March was set up for tons of finishes… and finish I did!
Top row: Baby quilt for a coworker, Floating Hearts quilt, charity baby quilt top made before the NJMQG March Madness event
Bottom Row: Wisteria Lane quilt for my sister, quilt I finished for Sooz, and I started and finished the book Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
I also finished three other baby quilt tops at March Madness, but didn’t get pictures of them – hopefully at the April meeting, I can grab a quick snap before they are finished and donated.
It’s been crazy with snow here, so I’ve spent my weekends bundled up in my sewing studio putting quilts together. There is no shortage of half-started projects that need to be wrapped up. Thank goodness for winter!
This beauty is a sampler of squares I received in a quilting bee on Flickr. It’s definitely one of my favorites!
And here is a stack of quilt tops and backs all bundled up and ready to go to the longarmer. Can’t wait to get them back so I can bind them and move them into the cozy rotation!
January was a productive month!
- I completed three cross stitch projects: a wedding gift for a coworker, a quote from Mary Poppins, and a heart stitch sampler.
- I bound three quilts that had been sitting in my studio for quite some time: a table runner, a quilt for my sister, and a quilt for myself.
- I read two Rainbow Rowell books: Attachments and Eleanor & Park – both I highly recommend. They are YA Fiction, but very well written and entertaining!
Lots of snow days contributed to all this productivity, so we’ll see what February brings. I definitely have plenty of projects on deck that need to be finished.
When Cathy and I went to London, we stopped by Liberty of London and I picked up a mini cross stitch sampler kit commemorating the Queen’s Jubilee. I hadn’t really cross stitched since I was a kid.
During those long, hot Florida summers, my mom would buy the small kits at Kmart or McCrory’s and I’d quickly stitch them up to pass the time. For a while, she had quite the collection of colorful plastic hoops and quirky cross stitch affirmations hanging in the kitchen. (Kind of like this:)
I quickly stitched up the Liberty sampler and went through my stash to see what other cross stitch projects I had been
hoarding saving for a rainy day. Little did I know how that tiny kit would rekindle my stitching obsession. I found an alphabet sampler kit that had been in my stash for years.
Then I found a miniature Madonna “Lucky Star” cross stitch that I had bought ages ago and never made.
I even started creating some custom cross stitch people as wedding gifts.
But what I love doing most is finding inspiration on Instagram, Flickr, and Pinterest and creating stitched pieces to hang in my home.
This is a kit that Sooz put together for me when I sent her a link to the one Abbey at Aesthetic Outburst made. She sent it to me for my birthday and I just rediscovered it this week.
And this was inspired by Emma Ruth Hughes’ embroidery. I was inspired by the movie Saving Mr. Banks and my favorite Disney movie, Mary Poppins.
Next up, I’m working on a year-long sampler called Once Upon a Time from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It’s pretty cute and should keep me busy. Each month, a new part of the pattern is emailed, so I’ll be able to take my time and stitch throughout the year.
It’s been a whirlwind first three months of 2013! I’ve either been traveleing or we’ve had company staying with us at Camp Stella. I’m definitely not complaining, it’s been a delight to be so busy with awesome stuff. But as life happens, things tend to get neglected… the kitchen floors, books I’m reading, this space here along with some future online projects that I’m working on. I did have a chance to do a little quilting when I joined a quilt square bee on Flickr. These are pretty cool groups if you are a quilter and are looking to challenge your skill-set. Some are set up where you choose a square and make the same square for the number of people in your “hive” using the color palette they’ve requested. I am in a bee like that and for the first quarter, I made granny squares for them. Here they all are right before I shipped them:
Then I made one for myself in my own color palette:
With any luck, I’ll receive 6 squares in my color palette that can be used to make a quilt. You can join as many hives as you like and each hive refreshes every three months. I think I’ll keep the same color palette for the next quarter giving me 12 of the same color-themed squares plus the two that I make.
If you are interested in joining a quilting bee, you can read about them and sign up here: Quilting Bees