Friday, April 22, 2016

Stitching Turtle

I subscribe to many blogs through Bloglovin and I read many many others that I have bookmarked. When the authors of those blogs don't post frequently it sort of ruins my morning cup of tea with my laptop. That's when I lose myself in the creativity and art of others. I have an extensive list of creative interests on blogs. Watercolor, baking, knitting, crochet, and most of all quilting. I can't get enough of hand applique and hand quilting, although hand quilting seems to be going the way of the dinosaurs. 

It takes me a long time to complete a quilt, since most of my work is done by hand, not machine. My progress seems as if I don't spend time on my projects, when the exact opposite is true. I stitch about six to eight hours a day on my applique and quilting. At the moment I'm working on three quilts. Sarah Morrell, a Feather and Flower, and Gypsy Kisses. I am working on collecting fabric for two others. Harrison Rose and The Rowdy Flat Library quilt. I would like to hold off starting those last two for a bit. At least until I complete Gypsy Kisses. I'm quilting it, but still have weeks of work on it. Some of the bloggers that I especially adore seem to make much more progress than I do, and I'm not sure how. Maybe they don't sleep at night?

I am posting some "in progress" photos with this post. It doesn't look like much I know, but I love every minute I have spent with a needle in my hand.  I am limiting my computer time especially Facebook. Holy moly, I can waste half the day there...

So, as you can see, I have plenty of beautiful fabric and patterns to work with. Maybe I just need to skip sleeping. If I stitch twenty-four hours a day, I'm sure I would show more progress. Oh and I think I need to blog more frequently. Even if it looks like I'm not moving forward...

Monday, April 4, 2016

Embroider This

My Mother was a wonderful counted cross-stitcher. I was the lucky recipient of her beautifully framed works of colorful art. Some of them have handwritten love notes to me on the back. She has been gone for ten years, and yet I can not read these without crying. Do we ever get over the loss of our Mother? I sure haven't. I also received all of her boxes of carefully spooled thread. Five large boxes. In a way, I don't want to use it. It just doesn't feel right sometimes, but I know that she would want me to. 

I've so many projects that I've started and haven't finished. Last night was one of those nights when I was awake for most of it. Don't you just hate that? Aaargh.... Anyway, I decided to take advantage of the gift of time, and pulled out a project to stitch. My quilts all require a little thought, and embroidery really doesn't, so my groggy state didn't effect my stitching.

I'm almost finished with this cute pillow.

I have two quilts that are partially done. One of them is for Halloween, and I love it. I need to finish it, especially because it will take me time to quilt it. 

I think that all or almost all of my patterns are from Crabapple Hill . Such cute patterns. I have many of them in line to stitch. Many. 

I adore these next two patterns, and I've had them for years. Maybe now you understand why I use the word obsessed in my blog title.

Oh, yes, this is the other quilt I started years ago, and it's still sitting in its little project bag waiting. 

Lots of thread and lots of projects, so I better get to work.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sarah Morrell Block 5 Progress

Did you notice that I haven't given an update on Sarah in quite a while? It's because my first attempt at the center block was very poorly done. It had puckers. It was all my fault, of course. I didn't cut the fabric on the bias. There was no way to curve those two opposing pieces together. So, I threw it away. The photo below is from the old block. The one which I discarded. See those puckers?

Here is the center block-Round Two. It's so much better. Everything fits the way it is supposed to. Thank goodness I had enough fabric to start over. It was still challenging to get that center point done with all those pieces. 

Now, I did do a little changing of things. Instead of fitting pieces between the points as instructed, I cut a circle and appliqued the whole thing onto it. I cut the center of the circle out and discarded it in order to have one less layer to hand quilt through. I next appliqued the entire circle onto my background fabric. Next, I'm going to begin the pieced border, and then finally the appliqued flowers for the corners.

It may look slightly puckered, but it isn't. A really good press and some hand quilting will take care of what looks like a problem, but trust me, it isn't.