Monday, September 15, 2014

See You In September Blog Hop

It is the final day of the See You in September Blog Hop and I'm still fighting with Windows 8.  It seems when I try to leave comments on blogs my computer does not like that...and then I get messages in my email saying that I was unable to leave a comment.  Progress right?  I beg to differ at times.

I've been busy all summer stitching things up and sharing them.  I couldn't wait to show my work, but I decided I would save a few for now, and I'm so glad I did.  As the weather cools down I'm looking forward to the holidays more than I was back in June when I was sewing away in the heat.

This punch needle snowman was made from a pattern by The Talking Crow.  It was such a fun pattern to make, and of course I chose the hottest day of the summer to do it.  I'm so excited to put him on display for the winter season.

This embroidery pattern is by Once Upon a Vine.  I added french knots to the sheep and the star and I decided to finish it so it accented the stable outline.  My husband LOVED the idea, especially when he was cutting the matte board for it.  Seven or eight tries later we had it.  I think it will make a lovely addition to our Christmas tree this year.

Finally, is there anything more fun than using the many colors of Riley Blake gingham?  I think not!  I added a little Riley Blake pink (which matches the large gingham on the back) and I have a happy summery pillow.  I know it will bring a smile to my face when it finds its way to my couch next spring.

Thank you once again Madame Samm for the wonderfully fun and creative blog hop.  I have enjoyed seeing what everyone has been working on, even though I am unable to leave a comment.  Here are today's participants:

Tuesday, September 16

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Sewing

If you have been following along with the Moda Love Blog Hop you have seen this pattern used by a variety of different designers.  The free pattern was offered and I took them up on it, using a Layer Cake, a couple of fat quarters, and a background fabric.

It took me an hour of cutting and sewing half square triangles last evening and a couple of hours this afternoon to piece this.  I added a 3-1/2 inch border to make it bed sized.

I thought it would be fun to use to a "fall" background, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.  The fabrics are from the One for You, One For Me fabric line by Pat Sloan.  Now to figure out which fabric to use for the backing and binding.  I'd love to have this finished by the end of this week, the weather has gotten chilly and perfect for a new warm quilt!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Metro Lattice Is Finished!!

Life got hectic and I was not planning on being gone this long.  My son turned 14 and a new school year has started.  I set up our new computer, which has Windows 8 and is something fun, exciting, and frustrating all in and of itself.  I have a new insulin pump which I am getting used to for my type I diabetes, and with all the new technology, I think I just needed a break.  With the time away I realized just how much I missed my quilting, and today I finished my Metro Lattice!!!

I quilted it in a 1-1/2 inch grid which was fun and taught me a few things about quilting straight lines. This quilt took me to the outer limits of my quilting experience, it tested me beyond testing, and it made me realize that if I put my mind to it, I can do it!  I needed a little break away from it, but I am so excited to use it to take a well deserved nap.  I am linking up to the Sew Kind of Wonderful Link Up AND I am going to participate in their Curve It Up Challenge.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I've Been Missing in Action

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I will be back soon with some fun projects to share with you!!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


My Metro Lattice is finally all in one piece.  It needs a major pressing and then to be quilted.  Wow am I glad I am this far!!

This quilt exhausted me.  I have always wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt, and this one is close, although the arcs aren't pieced, the centers are.  There is a lot of bulk at the corners when you sew the rows together which makes them hard to sew and even more difficult to press.  I think a restful evening will give new excitement tomorrow for the finishing.  I have my backing and batting, and I am really ready to start quilting.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

FNSI--Metro Lattice

Another Friday night of sewing fun!  

More Metro Lattice progress!  The connectors on the bottom, they still need to be trimmed.  

I realized that if I trimmed them after sewing them rather than trimming them before, I could get my points to match up!  Sometimes we have to make adjustments to patterns to make them work for us.  This, of course, may also be the reason I cannot sew clothing. :)  

Here is how they looked when I trimmed them before sewing them together.  As you can see, the middle, top, and bottom points were way off, and this is after taking it apart numerous times.  There are only a few left to sew, and I'm thinking it is time to start taking all these pieces and putting them together.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen
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