Monday, February 27, 2023

Missed FNSI and Progress

Happy Monday!

I fully intended to participate in Wendy’s Friday Night Sew-In on February 17th but something came up, something good. I’ll share more on that later.


I did make good progress on my cross stitch and sewing projects, though.


Here is where I am currently on Red Bird Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread.  You can see where I left off here.


Since I finished my oldest cross stitch WIP Irony, I picked up the next oldest which is Sew She Did by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet.  

I forgot to take a beginning photo but here is where I am now…


I am current on Sewcialites 2


Block #16 Christmas Star designed by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts


And #17 Simplicity designed by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

I am also current on the Scrappiness is Happiness quilt-along. 


Week 17’s block is Blossom

Today’s block, week 18, is Large Checkerboard block.

Fat Quarter Shop had a giveaway on Instagram a few weeks ago. You just needed to post your most current Scrappiness is Happiness block and tag them. Well, I played and won. I received three Lori Holt binders, her office bundle and a signed copy of the Scrappiness is Happiness book.  The photo isn’t great

Today’s plan is to finish a big project for work and see what I've missed in blogland.


Hope you have a great week!



Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Quilt Blocks and Cross Stitch

Happy Hump Day!

Today I’m sharing my crafty progress for the last 10 days. It has been fairly even between quilting and cross stitch.


First, these are the Scrappiness Is Happiness blocks for weeks 15 and 16.

Twinkle Twinkle Scrappy Star – unfinished size is 8 ½” x 8 ½”

Apple Block – unfinished size is 11 ½” x 11 ½”


Since I was on a roll with Lori Holt blocks, I thought I would throw in a couple more baskets for the Flea Market quilt.  I was able to finish only one because….

Errr, so I unsewed…

And then sewed again…

Much better.  This is basket #9 of 12.


Then I moved onto Sewcialites 2, week #15, the Brighten Block designed by Minki Kim.

Next, A Patriotic Christmas Eve.

This cross stitch is designed by Twin Peak Primitives. I first showed this piece here and mentioned that I am stitching it with a friend.  We are stitching a specific section each month. February’s section was the Christmas tree and its planter.


And last week I told you am working my way through older projects and had picked up my oldest WIP.  I’m happy to report it is a finish….not fully finished but the stitching is complete.

Pattern Name: Irony
Designer: Hands on Design
Fabric: 14 count Aida, Whitewashed Board by Fabric Flair
Stitch Count: 63w x 91h
Finished Size: 4.5” x 6.5”
Floss: My own conversion, using Aurifloss
Start date: 6/11/19 End date: 2/9/23 (no shame in my cross stitch game!)
Current status is “FO” (Finished Object)


Thank you for your visit. I hope my next update will be equally as productive, if not better. I have a couple of secret projects in the works which I can't share for a while.


Hope the remainder of the week is enjoyable for you.




Sunday, February 5, 2023

FNwF, Slow Sunday Stitching, Sew Along Updates and Cross Stitch

Hello, Friends!

Here we are in February. It seems to me that the days are flying by.

Here is a quick update on this past week’s sewing and stitching.


I completed Lori Holt’s Scrappiness Is Happiness block #14 which is named Spare Squares Block.  It was super easy and all of the pieces were leftover bits from previous blocks, hence the name.

I then finished the Sewcialites 2 Block #14 named Enchant. This was another easy block, which was a nice break after last week’s challenge. It was designed by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns.

As a reminder, I am stitching the 9” blocks using Cinnamon & Cream fabrics by Fig Tree & Co.


I took an inventory of my cross stitch projects and a status of each…maybe I’ll share those numbers with you soon, but let’s just say it was very humbling! I’ve put a little plan in place to try to finish up all the cross stitch projects I’ve started.  My idea is to have one focus piece which gets the majority of my stitching time and then a WIP/UFO which I will stitch on about one hour each day.

I took the opportunity to work on my oldest WIP Friday night when Cheryll hosted Friday Night with Friends.  I spent the evening Zoom stitching with friends and working on Irony by Hands on Design.

I forgot to take a before photo but I can tell you that I had only stitched from the top down to the words ‘opposite of.’

Then Sunday I Zoom stitched with another group and made some really good progress on my focus piece which is the Red Bird Sampler by With Thy Needle & Thread. 

This was my Slow Sunday Stitching piece so I’m linking up with
Kathy’s Quilts.

It sure feels good to have a plan in place for all of my crafting. I feel I am more productive when I set goals and plan my time.


Did you have any time to be creative this weekend? Tell me what you got up to.


Have a great week!