Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happenings at my house

Do you do hand work?  I try to stitch each night for an hour or so, whether it's hand quilting, or working on one of my many wool applique projects. I always say that it's amazing how much you can get done, when you actually WORK on it!  On the little table by my stitching chair I keep a couple of our ruler boxes.  I like this tiny one with the lid for my thimble and wax (and a couple of needles stuck in my wax!).  It's nice because then they don't roll away, get lost in the drawer, or get stolen by a cat!  I also love my pretty Dovo scissors, and my scissor fob - but I keep them safely in the drawer.

After all of that stitching I accomplished on the bus to and from Paducah, I only had some details left on a couple of the blocks on my Home for the Holidays quilt (designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings).  It didn't take too much time in my stitching chair to get them finished up...
I'm so excited to have this all put together and really owe it to the Instagram sew-along group.  I never would have gotten this started, let alone finished, without that little push. We are talking about starting Primitive Gardens next, so if you are interested, be sure to keep an eye out for that.  I want to wait until I finish Sunflower Gatherings - the block of the week from 2014 - also from Primitive Gatherings.  I've been working hard to get it closer to the finish line.  I had the blocks all stitched and even a couple of rows sewn together, so it seemed crazy not to get back to work on it.

Super excited to have the center together, but there is still a lot of work before it will be done.  There are a couple of pieced borders and more wool applique.  Hopefully the girls will wait awhile before starting the Garden quilt, because I don't think I can handle working on both of them.  I just don't have the time to devote to it, I still have tons and tons of jewelry to make to get caught up. Here are a few pieces we recently finished - they are all 1 1/2".

 These are 1 1/4"...

 Nancy's Notions ordered these, then switched to a different hexagon, so that's why I have 6 alike...

After I cut strips from all of the Songbird Gatherings fabric, Ozzie decided to lay on top of them.  Makes it difficult to get work done!  
I hated to disrupt him (seriously...can you tell who runs this place?!) so I took pictures of his cuteness!

Yesterday I was ironing some fabric (never clothes!!) and I could hear Ozzie snoring, but couldn't figure out where he was.  A little later I saw him under my ironing station!  No wonder I could hear those little snores.  
Now it's back to work - hope you have a great Sunday!


  1. Way to go on your finish!!

  2. Fun post and I love that little ruler box . . . so cute.
    Did you have to lay on the floor to get that last photo?

  3. I'm laughing at the snoring kitty! That's too funny. The quilts are gorgeous!! Will you be at market next week? I would love to visit if you will be. Oh I do hope you will be there!

  4. Great finish. I love hand work and agree with your method. It's amazing what can be achieved when you add those little snippets of time together. I also adore those little boxes and need to find one in Australia!

  5. Both quilt tops look great. I really like both of the patterns. Do you plan to hang them or put them on beds? Do you use any of your wool applique quilts on beds? Inquiring minds want to know.
    Ozzie looks so "in command" stretched out over your work. And I love the snoring story. : )

  6. Your tops are gorgeous. My favorite is Sunflower Gatherings. My Jasper (who looks like Ozzie) also snores. :-)

  7. Your applique blocks are so beautiful, with so much detail. One of these years I may get so good. Your little ruler box is adorable. And your kitty has such lovely pink paws. He looks very hugable.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,