I am very new to stitch-a-longs but would have to say I am thoroughly enjoying stitching with you all. One less project that gets put in my 'one day' pile.
Thankyou so much to Susan for all your help getting me started with both the stitching and the posting.
Thanks also to Helen for getting us all together, wonderful idea and love that it is no fuss!
I finished another 3 blocks on the weekend and have to say I am much happier with them. I don't do many projects with embroideries in them and it has taken a few attempts to get back in the rhythm.
We have been away the last 2 weekends and I find these little stitcheries ideal to take with me. I have sewed in a showground, by a lagoon, by the ocean and even on a couple of ferries. A good little project to pick up and fill in time.
This is one of the fabrics I have chosen for some of my blocks. I have a selection of pinks, greens and a bit of blue to mix in with it. The quilt will end up going to my lovely mother-in-law and she will love these colours. I made her a lap quilt many, many years ago and she has used it so much the front started to fall apart. Time for a new one!
Like a few other ladies, my favourite block so far is the rose one.
I look forward to seeing everyone else's progress.
So lovely to see all the stitcheries coming along, everyone is doing such beautiful work!
This is where I'm currently at:
Sorry the pic is not so good... just couldn't get a clear one for some reason.
All the stitcheries are now traced & have their stabiliser on the back... & they sit in my kit-bag for this project... along with scissors, needles, thread, hoop, thread-catcher... so easy to just pick up & take it with me each Friday to patchwork group!
I have gone back to the beginning of this stitch-a-long and can only find a handful of photos that I have posted about. So I thought I had better do a catch up.... I think I may have added them on Instagram only so far. I have completed 13 blocks - These blocks are so quick and easy to do, that my stash is building faster than I thought.
Not the greatest photos but they will do..
The rose block is my favourite block.
That's all for me as this is the first time posting from my phone and i can't say I'm a fan.. lol
Catchya all later...
I thought I had said hello but scrolling back through the blog silly me didn't get to it. So here I am in sunny (too warm already) Queensland, enjoying another new project 😊 Yes I have several on the go at once so my short attention span can jump ffom one to the next. I love stitch-a-longs for their friendship, company and it helps to keep me on track although sometimes ... like now ... I have to play catchup.
September is in progress
and I have my fabrics picked out. A few years back I decided to gather black and white fat quarters and liked the idea of pairing it with black stitching.
The hardest part was finding them. Looking forward to watching everyones progress. Thank you 😊
It's been lovely having our stitch-a-long grow in numbers - welcome to all the new girls..
I have been blown away by the variety of different fabrics everyone has chosen, not to mention the assortment of threads being used too. I am persisting with the variegated dmc threads I have had sitting around for years - trying desperately not to chop them up into varying shades..
I have completed four more blocks so far - I don't mind being ahead a little so when things get busier especially as we near Christmas, I will not fall too far behind..
I will trim them down later..
Well that's all for me today.. keep up the great work girls...
I am posting this on behalf of Erica who has joined the No Fuss Stitch-a-Long. (Since she already had the book, it wasn't too hard to twist her arm...entice her to join.
Erica doesn't have a blog and is more likely to be found sewing dresses for her two granddaughters rather than patchworking - though she has made some lovely quilts. Erica joins me and my friends at our Annual August Retreat.
So here are Erica's first blocks - pretty spectacular I think - sewing white on a blue/green background - well done Erica!!!
Wonder what her fabrics will be?? - we will have to wait & see.
Thank you Helen for inviting me to join the NO FUSS Stitch-a-long group. I have started tracing out my stitcheries but am having a bit of trouble deciding if I will use one colour or a variety of colours. Will do that this week and hopefully make a start on the first three blocks. Post photos soon.
here it is,
with a normal DMC winder to show the size.
A friend gave it to me in 2012, after having it for a couple of years herself,
she felt that she wouldn't use it, and knew I did a lot of redwork stitching back then,
(and still do)...
so wonder how many more years I'll get out of it?
and I've used heaps of it already!
Block #35 is finished... I'm going to work backwards through the blocks, doing the odd-number blocks, then forwards doing the even-number blocks... if that makes sense😉
I have all the heart-eyes for the thread I've chosen😍😍.... the shades are gorgeous & it variegates beautifully every few inches. No sheen like the standard DMC threads, but that is intentional of that particular range with the DMC embroidery floss collection.
Thank you Helen & all of you other ladies for your inspiration & encouragement to join you!
Being that I already have so much on my sewing radar, it did take some genuine consideration about whether to join in or not.
I already had the book (big plus)... so my only stipulation was that I must be able to make the top entirely from my Overload, entirely! Well only a brief browse was needed the other day for me to realise that I can indeed pull enough print fabrics together... so I took out my chosen stitchery fabrics & got cutting...
I even had thread too; a very nice DMC variegated.
It's going to be my 'Fridays Project'... during the day at patchwork group & then later on back at home during the evenings. Easy to take with me & easy to work on.
Thank you the Tuesday girls for starting this and Helen for inviting me in.
and (I think) thank you to Fiona and Shez for encouraging me to start another project!
I'll be using the remnants of my treasured Paris Flea Market stash with a couple of ring-ins to fill it out. Linen from my stash to stitch on and thinking a variegated thread which I don't have yet... or maybe lots of colours which I do.
A couple of ladies are making stitcheries for the quilt that show various stitching groups they are in.... you may have noticed that "we" the Tuesday girls have one that the lovely Sandi drew for us....
I will be changing a few of the stitcheries that I don't really like or apply to me....
eg.... the sand between your toes .....
I hate sand and between my toes is yuk for me.... lol
So I have drawn one for this group that I will be using.......
if you like it and want a copy just let me know....
I'm not good at designing or drawing but it gives you an idea of what you can do to personalise your quilt.....
no pressure and you don't have to use this in your quilt.....
I won't be insulted if you don't..... honestly....
Mind you the over achievers who have drawn all the stitcheries .......
it is bad luck for you lol....
I'm being naughty now......lol
Nearly forgot to mention..... when doing a post can you add a label with your name....
How great has it been seeing everyone's keen responses to doing this stitch-a-long..
Seems quite a few of us have been in the same boat with always wanting to do this quilt but alas, life gets in the way (or should I say - other projects).. I have loved seeing the photo's of fabrics and the started stitcheries. This is going to be sooooo cool - I can't wait to see how they look when finished...
I have decided to do mine in the new tilda range (I confess - this is in my stash) and with variegated thread. I don't usually use bright fabrics but lately have been pushing my boundaries with trying new colour ranges and I definitely am one of those oddballs that don't like using variegated thread. I find when I use this type of thread, that all I want to do is chop it up into bundles of dark, medium and light colours. This, of course, defeats the purpose of having a variegated thread..lol oh well, lets see how I go..
Here are my fabrics..
On Tuesday I completed the fourth of my stitcheries (no order, just which ever I pick up next)..
Keep up the good work girls - they are all going to look great...
I have finally chosen my fabrics for Ruth's quilt,i am using my stash of French general and using Kangaroo Paw cottage garden thread to go with it,i have also started tracing out the stitcheries today,and i have also remember to soak the thread as well,lol.
Thankyou Tuesday girls for hosting this SAL ,you girls rock.