Monday, November 23, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!


Fabric by Cathe Holden

I am so beyond excited to tell you I am a descendant of William Brewster who came over on the Mayflower from England! I have dabbled in genealogy but was so thrilled when I found this out the other day. It's so timely too! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and this is the cherry on top! He is my 11th great grandfather. The link is on my mom's side and most of her family lived in Massachusetts until the 1800's and then moved to the midwest.

I took a quiz and found out I am just like his wife Mary Brewster. This is what it said:

"Mary Brewster showed great courage in following her convictions and braving the hardship of the new world. With her family, she opened their home for separatist meetings in England,leading to danger and difficulties for their family. Around 1607 they fled to Holland to escape religious persecution. She and her husband, William, with their 2 youngest children boarded the Mayflower to brave the life in a new land where they could worship as they chose. Mary was one of only 5 adult women who survived the first winter, and one of only 4 to still be living the following year at the first Thanksgiving”

You can be sure I have already applied to the Mayflower Society How cool to tell my family on Thanksgiving Day! Fun fact, there are 35 million people all over the world that are descendants and only 10 million are in the United States. I am planning a trip to Massachusetts in the future to go to all the places... I will also be searching for the family members that participated in the American Revolution or as I am now finding out it was called the "American War of Independence". There is also a pin involved with the membership to the Daughters of the Revolution that I covet.

I have not done cross stitch in a very long time, like maybe the early 1990's. Imagine my happiness when I found out that there is a sampler dedicated to the 400th Anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower.

It is a very big project and the count of the linen is very small, but I am up for the challenge! A fellow blogger Kyle of Timeless Reflections just happened to post about her also being a descendant of the Mayflower and the sampler that she just finished!

The adorable pin holder was worth it too.

I have been making some Christmas gifts and could not resist this adorable Santa Claus. You can find the pattern at MMM Crafts It is so much fun to make and not too hard. It takes time to let the glue dry. Her techniques and tips are great and makes this a fun project.

Sorry for the blurry picture but the sock is too cute not to show.

I have been obsessed with these little houses. They are so much fun to make and kind of addictive.

They are small 2 1/2" wide and 3 1/4" tall. I'm not sure what they will become but I will continue to make them and see what happens.

They are paper pieced. I made my patterns on EQ8 and love to just sit and sew without any measuring.... you could do it without the paper but I enjoy paper piecing.

I also have an applique project going. They are perfect for Zoom meetings and makes me feel productive. I am just going with whatever I feel like doing with no direction at all. All I can say  is #cuzcovid!

I also made some project bags for my many projects! I love this cheater fabric and how it turned out. Do you want to know what is in the bag?

This.......I have fallen down the rabbit hole of yet another project that takes up lots of time, cross stitch. I got this before the Mayflower Sampler, that will be up next. The way I look at it is stitching is stitching, no matter what you are doing. It makes us feel good and ebbs and flows with the crazy time we live in right now. I am enjoying it right now even the 32 count linen fabric that I can barely see.....Also since the 1990's they have come out with linens and floss that are GORGEOUS!!!! That in itself is enough to make you want to dive in. The hand dyed fibers are so rich and you just want to touch them and sew with them.......

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I know this year has been more crazy than we could have ever imagined. Many people are suffering and going through difficult times. I am thankful for everyone in my life that brings me happiness and joy. I am especially thankful for my sister this year who has shown me that no matter how difficult things can be, hard work and perseverance will get you to the other side and we are never too old to try. Thank you to everyone who stops by my blog and sends me nice comments, I read and enjoy each and every one, thank you!


Monday, October 19, 2020

Long Time Gone

 I can't believe how long it has been since I posted anything on the blog....

One of the things I have been doing is making the Pincushion Collage Quilt by Laura Heine for a class at the  The Old Country Store in Intercourse PA If you are interested in taking it, the class is in February. It is such a fun project, especially for anyone who sews!

Fall is here in all its glory! I love autumn and everything is has to offer. Crisp cool days, sweaters, beautiful leaves, soup, hot tea and putting the garden to bed. While I love my gardens they take up a lot of time!

I don't decorate much for Halloween but I saw this on Instagram and loved the idea. They had pictures of their kids but I chose to use some scrapbook images that was a very low key Halloween idea.

I am also making a autumn quilt along with my friend Stephanie. This is the Fig Tree block of the month from a while ago. We both bought the kit to make it easy. I love their blocks and the instructions are very good. If you have ever wanted to try it, don't be afraid to do it!

I am also trying my hand at crochet......this was a first attempt and it's pretty wonky.

This is much better and I find it very relaxing! Repetitive motions can do that I suppose. I am hoping to make more and get better at it.

Over the weekend I made myself a project pouch with this adorable fabric from Lori Holt. It's cheater cloth and all I did was quilt along each orange peel to give it some body. So quick and so easy! My friend Cindy gave me the quilter zip charm that completes it just perfectly!

I kept the lining on the vintage side too. I think my crochet will fit in their perfectly!

I can't say my focus is totally back to normal so I am always doing something here and there. My stuff was all over the house and I was always looking for scissors, or my needle threader, you get it.....So I got this organizer at Michael's and it is so nice! This is the bottom part......

this is the top part. I really am happy with it and might need to get another one....

This is my new bed quilt. It is going to be king size! At first I was going to do the blocks in a straight set. I showed it on Instagram and the overwhelming majority said no put it on point. So I tried it out and yes I like it much better this way. I think I have enough fabric but I won't let that bother me. I will take a page out the book of our pioneer quilters and use something else if I don't have enough!

I have made myself some design boards to keep track of all the pieces and it is a life saver. I don't mix up the pieces that are almost the same size and it is nice to have them all in 1 spot. I will be making more. Do you use a design board?

I have read lots of books this summer. This was really good but will not be for everyone. I loved all the details and the story behind this disastrous group and all the bad decisions they made and people they trusted. I was also surprised that there are people that never heard about the Donner party. Yes cannibalism is involved but like all things in the world it was sensationalized over time. Once it is put into context I think you will have a different opinion about it.I gave it 4 stars.

This started out very slow but I stuck with it because I bought it. It is very difficult to get a GOOD book at the library these days....I liked it in the end but would only give it 3.5 stars.

I read all of the Lonesome Dove series this year and loved every single book. Larry McMurty is such a good writer and really paints a picture for me. I will be reading more of his books. Any recommendations out there?

This book I could not put down! It was very good and I think based on true events. This one got 4.5 stars.

While this one started out slow, it really picked up and makes you wonder what lengths you would go to keeping a secret that you know is hurting others and altering their lives. The injustice of this book is sad but the twist at the end makes it worth reading and I didn't see it coming! I gave it 4 stars.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Lots of Stuff Going On

I'm a Cover Girl! 😊😊😊

Last year I was contacted by 50 Plus Life magazine asking if they could do a story about my quilting. Mary from my guild gave them my name and I thank her for doing it. It is something I never would have thought about doing on my own and truthfully it was a bit daunting.

You can read it using this link Quilting Made Modern  I think Megan did a great job asking questions as a non-quilter and interpreting them into an article. How fun is the cover! They made a quilt using quilts, there's even stitching along the edges!

Some of you may remember the swap Barb Vedder organized I think in 2018. I love these blocks and wanted to get them in to a quilt. I am almost there. I also stretched and used a dark blue background instead of my usual low volume, light and airy fabrics I tend to use for the setting squares. I am so glad I did! It will be perfect for watching football (hopefully) this winter.

I have made quite a few tops the past few months. I am actually quilting one (albeit slowly) myself. I need to get some backs made to get the others finished. 

I am doing the Alison Glass Slow stitching along. I really like this but it took me forever to get to it. My stitches are needing some work but it went fast and I like my color choices.

I am doing a Sew Along for my guild and all the members made these pretty blocks for me! I am so touched that they took the time. It means a lot to me. Thank you all!

I have been painting too. I am taking an online class and you get to use an old fashioned Little Women ink pen! They are fun. This is another skill that I am learning and loving!

Some of you may have heard about a new product called Applipops. I was curious and decided to try them out. It's a way to get some pretty perfect circles for applique.
Sorry for the dark pictures, thank you Hurricane Isaias! Can you hear my generator humming through the computer?

I made a big one so now I am going try a small one. Cover the larger ring with a scrap of fabric.

Push the smaller ring into the back. It will look like this.

When you turn it over, the larger ring should look like this.

Trim your seam allowance. The directions say 1/4" or less. If you have done applique you know the smaller the seam allowance the better it looks and the easier it is to sew down flat. Go as small as you are comfortable.

I used the iron to start pushing the edges towards the center.

Take a paint brush (or a Qtip!) and put liquid starch all along the edge.

Use your iron tip to push all the edges towards the middle making sure the edges don't have any dents.
This was definitely harder with the smaller size but not that hard.
This is what it should look like.

Flip it over and it should look like this. I ironed both sides well to get a good crisp edge.

LET IT COOL! This is so important. If you don't let it cool you will lose your circle and it will be wonky.
After it is cool, pop out the smaller circle and it should look like this.

Pop out the smaller circle and there you have it, nice smooth edges and ready to sew down.

Here is the larger one with the smaller one. After you take the metal rings out, press it well and leave it until cool. Your edges will stay down better.

They come in 2 sizes. I bought both. If you are interested in them you can find them here...Applipops
Just so you know I bought these myself and am giving you my own honest opinion. I like to share what I find!

Lastly, I bought myself a book holder. While working I always am losing my papers or book. This makes it so much easier! This block might be the start of a new quilt!