I cannot believe that it is almost August. I feel like the year just started!!
Things have been busy here. I have been working a little each evening on the wedding stuff. I have the Ring Pillow done. The bunting is about halfway there, and the quilt squares are about halfway. That stuff, on top of tailoring some of Mr. SewpatchedUp’s wedding clothes, means that I have a busy few weeks ahead of me.
Changing the subject now…in the evenings I love to sit down and relax for a few before turning in for the night. Instead of spending the time on my iPad (throughly addicted!) I decided to dip my toes into some Cross Stitching. I love handwork (is that a word??), so I figured this may be fun to try out. Floss and needles are so cheap thats its not a big deal if I ended up hating it.
Turns out, I LOVE it! I started with a very small Raccoon Mario that I found on Etsy. (Mr. SewPatchedUp’s request)
This was a picture at the beginning.
These stitches are not great because I figured out too late how many strands of floss to use. You know, in all of the internet tutorials about how to Cross Stitch no one tells you that number. Well friends, its 2-3 depending on how full you want your stitching to look. (There are 6 strands to a bundle, i just wrap the rest back up for next time) So, once I got that down pat, I was flying along.
Being that it is my first one, I am actually really happy with this. So is Mr. SewPatchedUp.
I cut it to size and stuck it in a frame. It now resides in the gaming room/office. I already have the pattern and the floss for a second project. Its another Mario, but this one will actually be a scene from one of the games. I think it will end up being about 20″ wide and 9″ high. I can’t wait to get started.
Do any other quilters/sewers sometimes feel the pull to try something new? I think it is ingrained in you to always be moving towards something new. New projects, new techniques, new ideas. And if you end up not loving it, thats ok too. For me, it’s so much about the process. Yes, seeing the finished product is amazing, but I love the process of getting there. Thats where all the fun is!
Here is the pattern that i am currently starting:
You can purchase this and the Mario Raccoon here!
And they’re gonna get married! (Now you’re totally going to be singing that song the whole rest of the day…haha)
So, one of my 5 sisters is getting married in Aug…Yay!!!! It’s a big to-do and I am so excited that I get to make a wonderful keepsake for her and her love.
After making the signature quilt for Grayson, way back when, I have been itching to make another. I love this idea of permanently putting down memories on something that someone snuggles with or sleeps with. It’s like all those people are always there with you, no matter how far away they really are physically.
She decided that she wanted Chevrons and purple and grey. So I sat down with the colored pencils and drew out some chicken scratch:
We picked out these fabulous purple fabrics from One of Joel Dewberry’s lines, Aviary 2. The only ones we didnt end up using are the green and the green/white.
We added in a stack of grey mixed fabrics:
I also ended up leaving out the 2 fabrics in this pile with the white backgrounds. It was too much white when mixed with the solid.
(Full disclosure: both of the above photos were taken from the Etsy shops in which I bought the fabrics)
I spent Sat cutting the purple’s, the grey’s and almost 3 yards of Kona Snow:
And chain piecing half-square triangles:
It was a busy day! I made it halfway thru the piecing. Still have to turn them all around and sew down the other side. Than I can cut them apart and start ironing them to the wax paper.
That’s to be followed by some bunting and a ring pillow.
Lots to do!!
Had a fun day yesterday! After walking down the street to our community’s parade and 4th of July program, we headed home to get out of the heat. I pulled out the good luck quilt so that I could get the border on.
This turned out to be a really large quilt. 79″ x 79″.
Close up shot of the border and a couple of the blocks. The border is a navy blue with pink, blue, and green on it. I think it contains all the brightness and ties it all together. Can’t wait to start quilting this one!!
Been working this week on my Good Luck Quilt that I started at the Expo. Got all my blocks finished and the sashing put together.
The white actually has white dots on it so it isn’t actually a solid. I like that and think it gives it a ton of texture.
It still needs a border on it which I am going to try to do today. Than it will get added into the “to be quilted” pile while I work on getting some other things done.
Happy 4th everyone! Hope you have a fun and safe holiday!