Thursday, May 14, 2020

Floss Update - AKA Cross Stitch

I hope all the Mom’s in blogland had a nice Mother’s Day last Sunday.  My daughter was home…we social distanced as best as we could.  I felt since we’ve all been isolated in our respective homes that it was worth the risk.  It was rainy most of the day but we still had a nice time.

Today’s post is all about cross stitch and I hope you enjoy it…

A Previous Finish

Pattern Name: Quilter’s Cottage
Designer: Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet Co for It’s Sew Emma Stitchery
Fabric: 10 Count Aida, Vintage Burlap
Stitch count: 99 x 140
Finished Size: 10” x 14”
Floss: 6 strands of called for Aurifloss (yes 6!) over 1 square
Start date: 2/14/19  End date: 4/4/19
Current status is “FFO” (Fully Finished Object)

This was my third cross stitch start. It was a SAL hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  I purchased the recommended frame from Amazon.  The glass was broken when the package arrived and I was given a total refund and told to keep or discard the remaining parts.  Honestly, I wasn’t planning to use the glass anyway so it ended up being free.

I put a thin piece of batting behind the stitching and mounted it all on sticky board and popped it in the frame.  It now hangs in my craft room.

FO (Finished Object - stitched but not fully finished

Pattern Name: Wee One: Quilting Bird
Designer: Heart in Hand
Fabric: 18 Count Aida, hand dyed by Fortnight Fabrics
Stitch count: 42 x 79
Finished Size: 2.3” x 4.4”
Floss: Called for Classic Colorworks and DMC (2 x 1)
Start date: 4/4/20  End date: 4/7/20

This was my 26th cross stitch start.  I want to fully finish this piece into a small pillow.  Lori Holt has a new YouTube channel and her first video is a tutorial on how to make small pillows with your cross stitch.  I just need to gather a few supplies and then I’ll be ready.


Feels Like Home

Last week’s status

 This week’s progress

Finished part one.  I’ll begin part 2 this evening, after all, part 3 releases tomorrow 😊

New Starts

Memorial Day by Hands on Design.  I’m stitching from stash on this one and will share my floss conversions once I finish it.  The fabric is 16 count white aida.
My progress so far.  It looks wonky but I promise, it isn't.

Chalk Full: Bloom – a collaboration between Hands on Design and Priscilla Blain.  Priscilla draws the designs in chalk and Cathy Haberman of HOD then turns those drawings into cross stitch charts.

This series is offered as a club kit from the Fat Quarter Shop.  The kit includes the chart, floss and fabric. Each design consists of a “jar” and a “small” chart.  We get a new release every other month.  Bloom is next to last in the series so I will share previous finishes over the next few months as the ‘seasons’ change (so to speak).  These designs are stitched using hand dyed floss on 14 count black aida.

This is my start on the ‘small’

My recent haul…

Memorial Day (chart only)

Chalk Full: Bloom kit

Coral Beach and Robin's Egg Blue

Hand dyed fabric from fionascraftcottage on Etsy.  This fabric is amazing and it was quick shipping.

This last piece of haul leads into the next category of my cross stitch posts which will be…

Flosstube Favorites

Fiona is also a new stitchy friend.  We’ve joined a virtual stitching group on Zoom that meet up on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Photo provided by Fiona

This is Fiona and her ‘real life’ stitching buddy, Marley.

Fiona and her family live in Washington state.  She homeschools her two daughters and has even convinced her husband to cross stitch a piece. You can visit Fiona on her YouTube channel Fiona’s Craft Cottage.  She is also on Instagram at fionas.craft.cottage.  She has some amazing finishes.

Photo provided by Fiona

More of Fiona’s beautiful fabric

That is my floss update this week.  Have I convinced any of my quilty friends to join me yet… down here in this rabbit hole?  Let me know if you have…I enjoy company 😊

Until next time, stay safe!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Like I Needed One More Hobby

How is your Saturday going?  Are you doing any kind of stitching today?

Hubby and I spent the day doing yardwork.  The weather was so nice, no clouds and not terribly hot.  He took a swim afterwards but the pool water is still a bit too chilly for me, especially after the recent rain.

I’m back today to tell you about one more hobby that is taking up a good portion of my crafting time.

I try to always watch the Fat Quarter Shop’s “Behind the Seams” YouTube videos and one day in the latter part of 2018, Kimberly started talking about her passion outside of quilting… cross stitch.  Then Fat Quarter Shop does what they do best…enable and sell.  I found this whole community on YouTube called Flosstube and then I went straight down the rabbit hole.  I’ve learned new acronyms like FOs and FFOs.  I’ve learned to stitch on fabrics that I never knew existed and I found out that DMC isn’t the only company that makes floss.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to drag you through every stitch I’ve taken thus far, all in one post.  I’ll break it down over time and I’ll keep my cross stitch and quilting posts separate in case my friends aren’t necessarily interested in both.

I put my first x stitch to cloth on November 5, 2018. 

Pattern Name: Farm Girl Fall
Designer: Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet Co for It’s Sew Emma Stitchery
Fabric: 10 Count Aida, white
Stitch count: 90 x 90
Finished Size: 9” x 9”
Floss: 6 strands of called for Aurifloss (yes 6!) over 1 square
Start date: 11/5/18  End date: 12/7/18
Current status is “FO” (Finished Object)

The finishing instructions included with the pattern are for a pillow.  Initially, I was afraid to cut it but I’ve since gotten over that fear so it sits in the FO basket waiting for just the right moment.

Cross stitch start number 2

Pattern Name: Bee Joyful
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks
Fabric: 14 Count Aida, country mocha
Stitch count: 74 x 103
Finished Size: 5.25” x 7.25”
Floss: 2 strands of Cosmo over 1 square
Start date: 1/3/19  End date: 5/3/19 (I was stitching other patterns during this time as well)
Current status is “FFO” (Fully Finished Object)

My finishing inspiration came from Priscilla Blain of The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch.  You can see her amazing work on her blog, Priscillas.  She also has a Flosstube with her daughter, Chelsea.  Their YouTube channel is Priscilla and Chelsea - The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch.

One of my current WIPs (we all know what that means) is Feels Like Home.  This is a mystery SAL (stitch along) sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.  They release a portion of the pattern each Friday in May.

Yesterday's Release, Part 1

I’m using the called for fabric, 25 count lugana in cloud and over-dyed floss.

This is Friday night’s start.  Doesn’t look like much but I also stitched the next release in FQS’s Bloom-Topia cross stitch pattern.

The above piece was stitched by Kimberly at FQS and Priscilla Blain did the finishing.

This is Fat Quarter Shop’s annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish.  It is typically just a quilt-along but they’ve added a cross stitch project to it this year.

There have been seven releases and I am current.

I’ve shared a project in every category except UFO (again…we all know what that means).  I think I’ll do that each update to keep the posts from getting too long.

I’m linking up with Cheryll at Gone Stitchin’ who hosted Friday Night with Friends last night.  Click here to see what everyone else was up to.

Until next time, stay well and safe!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Flimsies and Finishes

Happy Hump Day!

I’m excited to show you last weekend’s accomplishment…

Even though we had some nasty weather – I do not operate the sewing machine during lightning storms - Witch’s Night Out went from being a WIP to a Flimsy.  In last Friday’s post this was just a stack of blocks and the background fabric had not been cut yet…all gazillion pieces of it.

I’ve preordered the backing fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop and it is supposed to ship next month (fingers crossed). Fabric is All Hallow’s Eve by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics.  Once it arrives then it will be ready for the longarm quilter.

Speaking of the longarm quilter, these are also waiting their turn…

Current Quilt Flimsies:

LQS Block-of-the-Month
         This is the project I was working on two posts ago, in January 2019.  You can read more about it here.  I’m not loving the backing fabric I selected for it so there will be a bit of shopping to do before it gets quilted.

 2018 Temperature Quilt
         I participated in Needled Mom’s temperature quilt sew-along in 2018.  It was a fun project, keeping track of the daily temps and paper piecing the blocks on my husband’s great grandmother’s Singer 99.  

But South Florida doesn’t lend itself to pretty colors in this sort of quilt.  

Still need to piece a backing that includes a legend for the temperatures and I’m at a loss on how to quilt it.

Star Island
         This pattern is by HollyAnne Knight of String and Story.  She hosted a QAL last year close to Christmas so I decided to use fabrics in the holiday’s traditional colors.  This also needs backing fabric.

Pat Sloan’s Let’s Go Camping
         I shared some of the progress on this quilt during the sew-along. 
Y’all…this is a tad embarrassing…all it needs is binding…and the strips are cut!

I had outdoorsy motifs quilted on it

Besides Lincoln’s baby quilt I shared about last Friday, I did have a few other finishes.

Quilt Finishes:

Lanterns of Hope
         Another HollyAnne Knight pattern made with fabrics from my stash. 

I had bubbles quilted on this one to soften the hard lines of the squares...hope it worked.

Harli’s Quilt
         Harli is my ‘grand’ dog.  My daughter lived in Denver from June 2018 until May 2019 and her dog needed her own quilt to stay warm.  I think this pattern was one of Bonnie Hunter’s freebies from a long time ago and the fabric was all from my stash.

(I didn't fib Julierose...I actually forgot about this pieced backing!)

Patriotic Table Topper and Pillow
         My husband found a small bench at a local antique store and thought it would fit nicely just inside our front doors.  I had made a log cabin table topper earlier and used one leftover block to make a pillow for the bench.

Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Sampler Box Basket Quilt
This pattern was from SS boxes in 2017 – 2018 and the fabric is from my scrap bins.

Fruit motifs were used for the quilting on this one.

Sewing Room Wall Hanging
         My friend and I found this pattern at our local quilt show a few years ago.  It was wool applique’ but we used quilting cotton, a few pieces of felt…and made a few design changes as well.  I’m sure the original did not include a glass of wine 😊

Many thanks to Mr. Slammin' the Screen Door for standing in as a quilt holder...you are the best!

If you’ve read to the end…thank you.  In the next post I’ll share about my new(ish) hobby.

Until then, stay well!

Friday, April 24, 2020

It's Been A Minute

…or two since my last post.  Well, maybe a bit longer than that so I thought I would dust off Slammin’ the Screen Door and make one more attempt at blogging.

My lack of posting here is not indicative of my crafting activity at all.  I first created a post that listed all of my WIPS, Flimsies and Finishes since January of 2019 but it quickly became way too big.  Honestly, the number of photos that need editing is more than I have the bandwidth for at the moment. 😊

I’ll start tonight with my current quilt WIPs and one finish.  Over the course of the next week or so I will give you an update on the rest, which also includes my new(ish) hobby.

Current Quilt WIPs:

WIP: Bloom-Topia
         This is Fat Quarter Shop’s fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas.  They release patterns on the 1st and 15th of each month (February thru July).  You can read more about it on their website here.

Fabric is Summer Sweet by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics

These are my blocks for releases 1 through 6

WIP: Witch’s Night Out
         This was another Fat Quarter Shop quilt-along from last year.  I was keeping up just fine until we needed to evacuate for Hurricane Dorian.  Everything was packed away and it took me a while (forever!) to find the interest to work on it again. 

Red Thread Studio is currently hosting a UFO Challenge on their Facebook page so hopefully, this will be a flimsy when the challenge ends at end of the month.  The backing fabric doesn’t ship until May, as soon as I get it – and our Shelter in Place order is lifted – I’ll be heading to the longarm quilter.

Fabric is All Hallow’s Eve by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics.

A Quilt Finish:

Lincoln’s Baby Quilt
A family member became a grandmother for the first time last September.  I made the baby’s first quilt…

As a treat for sticking with me, here is a new recipe I recently found. 

Lemon Brownies…they were amazing.  You can find the recipe at Jenny Can Cook.  Let me know if you bake them and what you think.

See you soon 😊