It's time for another season change as we officially approach fall this week in North America. With that being said, I better hurry to have this quilt top made into a quilt (throw size). The top has been done awhile, yet as with most summers, September arrived quickly. Today, while linking with other slow stitchers at Kathy's Quilts, I'll continue hand basting the three layers using the board basting method which seems to work best personally.
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Sunday, July 10, 2022
July Summer Day
Enjoyable weather to sit outside and slow stitch. Progress is being made on Augusta and hope to finish this week. Admittedly, I'm ready to be done and begin something new. Have you every felt that the same?
American patriotic pillow is completed. Due to its narrow shape, the blue star is not as visible as it wraps around the form it loses some effect. I should not be surprised as the star is only 6 x 6 inches. Finishing the back was quick and easy - it's called the envelope style. Opps! I did not allow enough fabric for it to wrap around properly. For a seasonal pillow, it's good enough.
After I return from a local lavender farm (last year's photo), I shall be stitching along with talented stitchers at Kathy's! Have a good week, Jill
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Red White and Blue
When summer comes to Michigan, things happen fast! My lavender bloomed a bit early of which I quickly picked for drying.
🍓Local strawberries were in season. If one blinks, they ripen and are gone. They are the sweetest and juiciest berries. So much so they are not available in a grocery store as they are too delicate for shipping. For a few short couple of weeks, they can be found at farmer’s stands - if they haven’t sold out for the day. Lucky for me there is an orchard nearby that has a strawberry patch for U-Pick which is what we did. Eat while you pick is perfectly acceptable ~ in fact almost required.
While proceeding at my normal slow stitching pace a few stitches get added to the Augusta needlepoint round.
For today’s Slow Sunday Stitching by Kathy, I’ll be hand stitching a homemade pillow form closed. Take care!
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Summer Stitching & Travel
Now that summer is officially getting closer, the weather is turning warm to hot. Personally, that means working on smaller projects that are portable and light to hold in the lap. Another needlepoint round / ornament is in the works. Since it's golf season I've chosen a golf-theme canvas. It represents Augusta National where the Masters Tournament is held each spring. It's a beautiful course blooming with azaleas. The green background done. Truth be told, I was going to start this in the spring when the Masters Tournament was television, however, it was quilt retreat weekend. Therefore, I'm switching to a different tournament to watch.
|Photo taken from internet|
|Fountain in Forsyth Park|
|These oval-shaped pools are from the sea turtles|
who swim ashore in the night to lay their eggs.
The beach is closely monitored for their protection.
|Sunrise at approx 6:15 a.m.|
While watching the Canadian Open on Sunday and sewing with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitchers, I'll continue filling in the letters of Augusta.
If you are able to travel this year, be careful as we returned home with the sniffles despite taking precautions.
Sunday, May 15, 2022
A Spring Finish and More
May is one of my favorite months and its going by too quickly. Spring has been busy, therefore, this post is a photo overview. The needlepoint skate ornament was finished and gifted. My first attempt at finishing included making the cord and backing then putting it all together. Luckily, there was a the perfect shade of blue moire in the stash. It was difficult to take a clear picture.
|Having fun at retreat ~ sewing for two days and no cooking :-)|
|Photo from Pinterest|
|Baltimore Oriole with a quick stop on his way north.|
Saturday, April 2, 2022
The needlepoint ornament is nearing completion ~ so slow stitching (geesh). The fancy blue thread and red beads are last to be sewn. Today I'll decide which sparkly blue fiber to use for the light colored dots against the dark blue. I'm leaning toward the one on the right (on a spool). Red glass beads will be the holly berries.
Next I'll try my hand at finishing the ornament ~ adding cording, fabric backing, etc. Several you tube videos have been quite helpful. Stay tuned on outcome (fingers crossed).
Looking forward to a spring quilt retreat next weekend. Speaking of Spring, despite have a bit of ice, sleet and snow this past week, the crocuses have emerged. Note to self, plant more bulbs for next year. Love that purple!