Sunday, April 12, 2015

Goodness...Time Flies

I've been missing in action again.  I cannot even tell you why, other than we have had a few very busy months and with everything that has happened lately I think it kind of took everything out of me.  That, and the fact that my son is headed towards high school in the fall, and with that comes a whole lot of "lasts" and a whole lot of "getting ready."  I have a hard time with the "lasts," and my son is excited for all the "getting ready."  I think I'm finally looking forward to all the new and exciting things that are headed our way.  In the meantime I did not quit sewing.

I spent NewYear's Eve and Day sewing along with the Bright Stars Sew-Along.  I had such a good start and then kind of got side tracked.  Today I finally finished piecing it.  The wonderful thing about this quilt is the way the blocks are made you would never guess the quilt would end up looking the way it did.  I have to say it has been a long time since I've made 80 blocks, but this is turning out to be a favorite.

We have 40 mph wind gusts today so getting a photo of the whole thing was impossible.  I even had two helpers and after about 20 tries we decided to wait for another day.  This was one of those quilts that no quilt stores were open when I decided to make it (3 p.m. on a holiday) so it is all from my stash.  There are tiny squares of green in the pink plaid so I thought I'd add a green border.  I'm not sure I've ever done an entire quilt this large with my stash, but I even have backing for it.  I cannot wait to get started quilting it, and I will show a photo of the entire quilt soon.

I'm participating in another quilt along that is all embroidery and applique, but the wind prohibits photos of that today.  I'm also going to be starting a quilt along with a friend that is a massive paper pieced quilt...which is a huge stretch for me, but I think it will all be good.  I will be back soon, not as long of a break as this last time as I have quite a few things to share.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Friday, February 20, 2015


Wow, it is Friday morning and I'm already posting!!  I have the day off of work, and I actually stitched last night with my friends on the other side of the world.  It is always fun to dream of a different time zone in a warm place when I'm sewing and freezing here.

I worked a little on this January Jack Frost project from Kathy Schmitz.  I just have a few snowflakes left to embroider and then I can piece my quilt.

I also found my OLD (circa 1999) hexagon project.  I'm still planning on finishing it someday. It would be lovely to have it finished so I could keep warm on these cold winter evenings (I'm VERY ready for spring).

It is off to the sewing room for a fun day of sewing.  I have some old movies chosen to watch and a lot of fabric cut to sew.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Inspire Your Heart With Art

When asked how art inspires my life, I had to take a step back and think about it for a minute.  I guess I never realized that art is and has been included in every day of my life for most of my life.

My grandfather was an artist.  He learned at a very young age that he could draw anything and people enjoyed it, especially the other children in his art class at school.  He would do everyone's drawings for them, for which they would receive an A, and he would get a C at best on his.  He was a character  (as you can tell from his photo), and I gather from stories he told he was in trouble a lot in school.

Fast forward a few years and he was teaching art class at my school.  He taught us all about vanishing points and horizon lines and how to draw bowls of fruit...well, he taught everyone in the class except me, you see, I cannot draw a straight line.  You have no idea how frustrating it was for him to have one of his grandchildren not be able to to do something that was so easy for him.  He was a great teacher, I just wasn't into art...that is until my grandmother gave me a needlepoint kit.  Now that was an art form I could understand!  I had tried embroidery at the age of 6 and loved it, but needlepoint, that was like painting with fiber and it opened up a whole new world.

Here I am 30 some years later and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't have some art form in my can be crocheted hearts or some other holiday ornament, quilt, or decoration that helps me celebrate the season.

It can be a quilt that has been made with tiny little pieces or hand stitched together to form a covering for a bed.

I can dream for hours looking at fabrics deciding what colors to use for a certain pattern or finding the perfect pattern for a favorite fabric.

But it doesn't end there.  I love all different kinds of threads and yarns.  Who would have thought I could spend hours making doilies or punching thread through a fabric to create a picture that looks like...ART.

My grandfather didn't live long enough to see me loving art, my form of art, as much as he did his.  Even though I don't use oils, acrylics, or charcoal as my art form, I use thread, fabric, yarn, or wool to create something that brings me as much pleasure as his forms brought him.

I was fun to ponder how art inspires me on a daily basis.  If you would like to see some amazing ornaments, check out Patience Brewster Ornaments, they are inspirational!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Monday, February 9, 2015

Time is Flying

Here it is a week into February and although I've been sewing plenty, I've posted nothing.  Not that I haven't thought about it, time has just gotten away from me.  I have enough for about four postings, and I keep signing up for more sew alongs, so I need to sit down and share a little.

This is a Gail Pan design from her book "Patchwork Loves Embroidery."  There is a sew along for Gail's Designs here the last Wednesday of the month if you are interested in stitching along, or just checking out what everyone else has been working on.

This is a free design from Anni Downs you can find here.  This was my January assignment for another sew along, and although it is stitched, I haven't decided how I am going to use it yet.  I am considering either making it into a quilted bag or a wall hanging.  I was very happy to have the stitching done January 31, at 11:59 p.m (just under my deadline).

I have plenty more to share (hopefully tomorrow)...but my taxes await me, and since my appointment is this week, I had better be prepared.

Okay, I had to add a sneak peak, it has something to do with this hot pink mess.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tammy 4 All Seasons

I had told myself no more blog hops for a while, and I had been good about it until I saw the Tammy Bag adorned with cross stitch. After all, I had the purse hardware just sitting around waiting to be used, so why not?!  :)

It was fun to make another Tammy bag.  Now back to some more quilting.  Thank you to Mdm Samm and Mary for another fun hop.

January 15, 2015

Amy Whitaker will post on Ipiece2-Mary

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Belated Merry Christmas

I had so many plans for this past week.  I had lists, and schedules, and I had it down to the minute.  Everything would get done and be done just in time, and then I got the call. I had no idea when I wrote the post about missing my grandma that my 90-year-old grandmother who was still here wouldn't see Christmas.  And so all my plans and schedules went out the window so we could attend her funeral.

When we returned home I did what I always do when I'm stressed or sad, I locked myself in my sewing room and worked.  I had planned on quilting "Hanging Around" from Simply Modern Christmas this week anyway, but I had more motivation to try what I had planned on doing with the quilting and not worry about how it turned out.  I now have a request to make this bed sized and quilt it exactly the same way.  We will have to see about that! ;)

We spent the Christmas holiday alone as many are ill with the influenza in our family, and for this year that was an okay change.  It kept it quiet and simple which is what we needed.  We have fresh snow and sunshine today (after not having seen the sun for weeks), so I'm ready to get back to work and enjoy this beautiful day with needle in hand.  Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Sunday, December 14, 2014

One Never Knows...

I tend to drive my family nuts with my project lists and project bags.  They often wonder what I am going to pull out and work on and where it will come from.  When my son found a forgotten "to go" bag last week and in it was this Moda embroidery project half finished, I knew it needed to be completed, and why not, it was over half stitched already.

I know my grandmother would have had a towel that looked just like this when I was a little girl, and I miss her a lot during the Christmas season. This reindeer reminds me of past Christmases spent with her and makes me smile.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen