Monday, July 01, 2019

Relaxing and Playing

With its deadlines and general busyness, June was a pretty difficult month. I'm glad that the rush is over, but I'm sorry to see spring come to an end. I just love the cool weather and the beautiful early flowers - now it looks like the heat and humidity is back! Oh well, if I can't play in the garden, I'll just have to play indoors with my fabrics 😊

Playing with hexies and embroidery

I've finally taken a little bit of time to add to my embroidery. I'm not even keeping track of the Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) since I won't be catching up anytime soon. But who says that it needs to be done in one year? Certainly not our host, Sharon of Pintangle. I really appreciate her posts laid back attitude, and encouragement.

Page 3 - Buttonhole wheel stitch

I love how there buttonhole wheels play so well with each other. It almost looks like they belongs in the sea. This was my One Thing With Amy post  last week on Instagram. I did get it done - now I have to remember to actually post it!
Buttonhole Wheels (week 13)

Page 4 - Feather stitch (in progress)

I started this page this morning, while enjoying my coffee in the back yard. I'm going to play with variations of the Feather stitch.
Feather stitch (week 5) in progress
Page 2 - Herringbone stitch

After not knowing how to proceed with Page 1, I decided to add some hexies to break up the stitching and add a focus to the page. This page contains different sizes of herringbone stitches.
Herringbone stitches (week 6)
Page 1 - Chain stitch

The Chain stitch page may not be pretty but it sure holds many types of chain stitches. There is the Chain stitch (week 1), the Detached Chain stitch (week 7), the Cable Chain stitch (week 14), and the Butterfly Chain stitch (week 15).
All kinds of Chain stitches
Important Notice! I just found out that #100hexies100days2019 has already started on Instagram. I just love looking at everyone's very artfully arranged hexies. It's so much fun. Anyway, I'll be joining in once a week and will write a couple of posts during the event!

Summer Book Club Quilt-Along

I'm participating in the Summer Book Club QAL on Instagram with Kate Basti of Quilt with Kate. I'm only on my second book but it's a really cute foundation paper pieced pattern called Tall Tales. It's very affordable and all proceeds from this pattern benefit the Columbus Literacy Council.

I really love seeing everyone's books on Instagram. They are so lovely.

Here are my two books so far. Instead of making a quilt, I'm making minis (of course!) Most of these will be cubicle minis for my colleagues, friends and family 😊 and the bonus is that these are great to practice FMQ.

This first book was made because it was the first cute fabric that I found.
Bambi book inspired by the fabric

FMQ flowers

"The Earth is Not Flat" book for my son
This second book was made for my son, the science guy in our family. I was going to call it "The Earth is No Longer Flat", but I knew that there wouldn't be enough space on the book spine and of course my son would have argued that the Earth was never flat - and I certainly didn't have space for "The Earth is No Longer Perceived as Flat!" :-)
FMQ stars and planets

One Monthly Goal (OMG) for July

My OMG for July is to finish the quilt top from last year's Kingfisher Stitch-Along,

What I learned
  • It's good to be playing around with quilting and FMQ.
  • You may have noticed that I join a lot of quilt-alongs and such but often don't get much done. I really like love to try new things and as long as I keep my expectations small (like minis and occasional posts) then I feel that I've gotten a lot out of them. Each activity, hosted by dedicated people, has lots to offer. I appreciate all of the work that goes into organising these events.
  • For all of the events that I do participate in, there are many more that I bypass. I'm finally getting to know what I'll enjoy doing and what will end up being just one more obligation....she can learn!
Happy Canada Day!

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  1. Good for you! There are so many quiltalongs and challenges and the hostesses work really hard to do them, so I hate to disappoint them by not signing up, then to not follow through on the commitment. You are right, it is a balance and we have to choose carefully which ones to work on.

    1. These are such fun events that it's hard not to sign up for all of them :-)

  2. I always love reading your posts, and today I especially like your Canada Day beaver quilt! Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

    1. Thanks so much Becca. I actually gave my Canada Day beaver quilt to my sister-in-law who became a Canadian citizen this year. I'm so glad that I can at least put it up virtually :-)

  3. Looking forward to seeing your Kingfisher quilt. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

    1. Thanks Patty - I'm looking forward to having my Kingfisher quilt pieced, but right now, it's not looking too hopeful :-(

  4. Love those little book covers. Someday I may need to do a book cover quilt. Your embroidery is coming along nicely.

    1. Thanks Bonnie. Yes, those little book covers are so cute. I can't wait to make more!

  5. I love what you did with the buttonhole wheel stitch!

    1. Thanks Angela, I'm pretty impressed myself :-) I didn't expect it to look so good.

  6. I love your stitching. Mine has fallen completely by the wayside and you are inspiring me to pick it up again! Your books also look great. Good luck with your OMG quilt top :)

    1. Hi Janine, I know exactly how you feel. I'm glad that I inspired you because my stitching has now fallen by the wayside...actually all my stitching and quilting is pretty minimal - but oh the books that I've read :-)

  7. I love the buttonhole wheel stitch... very cool stitch samplers!

  8. There is such a lot to admire in this post - your book minis, the stitching and the cutest beaver. Thanks for bringing all your talents to the Chameleon's weekly party.

    1. Thanks Dione for your kind comments. It's always a pleasure to link up and read your posts!

  9. Hello Andrée,

    I love the dilemma you had with the title for the flat earth book, anticipating your son's objections. Mothers know what they can expect from their kids, don't they?

    Love, Muv

    1. Moms usually know how the kids will react - and he is quite the stickler for precision, so that original title would not have been appreciated :-)


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