Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Little Update!

It's been over a week and I've been  busy, busy, busy! We are still doing a lot of traveling to the hospital to sit with my mother, but keeping our fingers crossed that she will be moved closer to home later this week. Fortunately, there are several of us siblings in the area, so we have been taking turns visiting--today is my day "off".
I have a lot of cleaning to catch up on, but I have a little "show and tell" to share!
A few of my "stitching" friends have started a new hand sewing group and the first meeting was last Tuesday evening. It was fun to chitchat and do some sewing. The embroidery on the center block of Words To Live By is now complete--yay!!

The next day I had some time to go back and touch up the inking on all of the blocks.
A nice sunny morning can do wonders for writing on your quilt!

These are the  8 inch blocks that will go in the corners of Words To Live By.
I've been able to do a little of the embroidery in the car and at the hospital,
 but I still have a lot of sewing left to do on them. 

I worked on trimming the flying geese for the 2" Temecula Count Down to Christmas stars.
These are officially the smallest geese I have ever made--maybe ever WILL make!
They measure 3/4" by 1 1/2"--cute! 

Once those little geese are taken care of, the stars go together pretty quickly.
All of my components are ready for further instruction!
(24 stars, 140 four patches, 156  2.5" squares)

I love the look of this month's Country Threads Chicken Scratch blocks.
I chose a brighter red rather than the rust in hopes of cheering up my quilt.
Hopefully, I will get the November Dixie Diary blocks sewn soon.
I'm avoiding the set-in seams in the corners!

Having the Red Cross blocks from The Blue and the Gray set up by the machine makes getting a few sewn easy when I have a little time.


  1. I don't know where to start! I love your projects! I, too, am doing hand stitching while taking care of in-laws out of town some of the time. Thank God for handwork! Your group project is going to be fantastic...what are you using to write on the blocks? Pigma pen? A certain kind of ink? I am intrigued by the Temecula project...I think I am going to allow myself to get drawn in...Teresa :o)

  2. I'm working on the TQC sew-along, as well. I have 4 more star blocks to finish and I also trimmed the flying geese. You have lots of fun things here to share. I hope your mom gets moved closer soon!

  3. I just love those words to live by blocks - what a great idea. All your projects are so beautifully crafted - the brighter red in the chicken scratch piece works so well. Thanks for sharing. xCathy

  4. Karen you are amazing! Your words to live by work is spectacular and those TQC WIP is awesome! Congratulations on beautiful work.

  5. Mighty impressive display of what you've been working on. I know I'm going to regret not doing the Temecula quilt, but I just have TOO much else going on right now - sigh. Thanks for the lovely pictures!

  6. Love all of your projects but especially Words to Live By. You have done a beautiful job of writing the words - I would also like to know what pen you used.

  7. A lot of very beautiful work ! XXX