Monday, June 28, 2010

This weekend I needed to help Lem with a few things so I did not get all three blocks prepped as I had hoped. I did get them all traced onto interfacing.
Since I had the pattern enlarged I had to tape all the pieces together.

Some of them required being traced on the wrong side so that I could turn it over.

Then put the interfacing on the design and trace it.

Pin the interfacing to the fabric.

Baste it in place along the top.

Color selection is the next step.

Then using post it notes mark each stack and put it to one side till I am ready to cut it.

Using bias bars I made my stems.

Then traced each piece of the design onto freezer paper.

For the circles I selected the template from my Perfect Circles. Then you can run a basting thread around the outside, draw it up around the Perfect Circle and press.
Iron the freezer paper onto the correct fabric.

Mark around each piece with an Ultra Fine Sharpie.

Here it is........One block ready to stitch.

I even managed to get the May Thangles blocks done.
Maybe during the week I can find an hour or two to get upstairs to finish the June blocks and prep the other two Country Cousin blocks.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A week has passed since I prepped things for the basket. I finally finished block nine of Country Cousins.

I finished the two pear tree wallhangings.

And finally sewed together the last pillowcase. The embroidery design is from Kaaren at the Painted Quilt. I decided to make the pillowcases and use the scallop rulers that I purchased from Katie Lane. They turned out well and I will be making more.

I did not get the doll quilt quilted or the embroidery done on the other tea towel. Today I want to finish the Thangles BOM for May and June and get the last three blocks prepped for Country Cousins. We shall see.
Today I have a few finished to share. I had finished the embroidery last week but I did not consider it complete till I added the Rick Rack trim. It is a piece left over from my basket set. I think it adds just the right touch.

Peg introduced me to a dishcloth Knit a Long.................. This is my first one.

I hope to have something else finished by tomorrow or Saturday.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Some progress is being made. I did get my doll quilt basted and back into the basket.

And a few more elements are attached to block 9 of Country Cousins. This block had many small pieces to attach. I am so glad I did not try to do this any smaller. I am not sure I could have made those leaves any smaller. Nine more elements to stitch and the embroidery to be done. I will be glad to get on to the next block.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The basket that sits beside my chair with my hand work was getting empty. Only one project left. I can't always get upstairs to prep a piece of applique or trace an embroidery design during the week. No one was looking at the house today so it was the perfect time to get a few things ready to stitch.

First I got the binding sewn on one of the wallhangings.

And the binding sewn onto the second one. Now both are ready to have them stitched in place.

I got my mini quilt all ready to baste and then hand quilt.

It is now in the basket with the tools needed to mark it.

I need 11 circles to applique on the current Country Cousin block. The fabric is cut and I can now baste it around my Perfect Circles to get them ready to stitch.

Looks like I have enough for the upcoming week. It will be interesting to see just how much gets done.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I finally finished my basket set using the embroidery design from Kaaren at The Painted Quilt or you can use the First Friday Freebie button on the right side. I got a little behind with my embroidery but I am beginning to catch up.

And here it is in the basket. I can put my sewing projects in there and with the cover in place it looks so nice on the stool beside my chair.

Kaaren also introduced me to a Small Quilt Group. This was the recent challenge quilt. I think it looks lovely on the table.

While our guest were here we went to Fort Hill. This is the view over Orleans Cove and on out to the ocean. There is a brown spot about the center of the picture. If you enlarge the picture you can just see the deer that was running across the meadow.

We stopped to see what was left of Nauset Beach. It sure has gotten smaller the last few years. Several storms have washed away quite a bit of the beach. Someone was kind enough to take a picture of all of us together.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Well, our guest have arrived. It was wonderful to see some family again. Left to right is Lem (spouse), his sister Teresa, his brother Becton, and Becton's wife, Jane. They drove all the way up here from North Carolina just to visit us.

It has been delightful.............

I took the girls upstairs to show them the studio and some of my quilt tops. I pulled out one bag and after they were viewed I just dropped them where they were. The girls wanted to help fold them but I am going to make a list of what is in that bag for future reference first. I can so that after they are gone. Right now I just want to enjoy every minute I can with them.

The Thread and I

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Do it with thy might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10