Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Friday Sewing

I am getting used to these odd hours, kind of, and although the working into the evening isn't my favorite part of the week, Fridays are slowly becoming something to look forward to.  I am finding my way back into my sewing room on a regular basis, and I'm loving it.

This week I decided a little Christmas in July was in order.  This is a Nancy Halvorsen tablerunner and there is another nativity scene on the other end.  While it is close to being finished, Joseph still needs his mustache, and I need to quilt it.  The hay in the manger is perle cotton and was a lot of fun to add.  I watched White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life while sewing, and thankfully the sewing room was cool because it was HOT and humid outside.  And to think, Christmas is only five months away.  I have my "to go" sewing bag packed for this Friday...I'm taking some handwork with me.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Life...and new adventures

It's been a while again since I've posted, and it hasn't been for lack of working on things, or maybe it has.  My paying job has been in a bit of an upset lately with hours changed from working early mornings to late afternoons/evenings and now working nights on the weekends which is not something I relish at all.  I'm not quite sure how all this happened, but it has, and my husband tells me I don't do well with change.

While I was on vacation (over a month ago) I started working with my 9-patches.  I found a fun pattern called Bubble and Squeak by Emma Jean Jansen.  I made it bigger and resized it for my sized 9-patches.  I love the way it is turning out, and am hoping to finish piecing and quilting it soon.

I've also been making some very small (1/2-inch) hexie flowers with Kaffe fabrics.  I guess I like to see what I can do with all the bright colors, stripes, shapes, and patterns in these fabrics.  It is a challenge without being something I really have to think about.

I've also been working with different English paper piecing shapes.  Once again, the challenge of working with the different shapes not only stitching them, but basting them is intriguing to me while also being kind of mindless.

With my new work hours I will have every Friday off and I'm going to plan to spend Fridays sewing/piecing/quilting/blogging.  My project today was this embroidery from Nydia Kehnle.  I used Sampler Threads Tutti Fruitti and Kiwi.  It was such a fun stitch I may have to go back and order a few more states after this one is finished.

Here is to new adventures in sewing, new work hours, accepting change, and making it great for me (did I mention I really don't do well with change?).  Happy stitching!!  --Kristen