Sunday, July 28, 2019

July Finish

It's a top!
Even though this was a crazy month (leaking washer, electrical range fire), I managed to get my Stonefield's blocks sewn together (my July One Monthly Goal) and, I actually made a decision on the border and finished that as well! 

You may have noticed that there are a LOT of circles in the Stonefields blocks. It made sense to me to repeat that motif with half circles in my much smaller border from the original design.
I also noticed on Instagram that Susan Smith had been using gray stripes in her latest design Fleur, and that inspired me to dig though my stash to come up with this Judie Rothermel Party of Twelve print. Not exactly the same as a gray and white stripe, but it's about time I use this stuff for something! 

In an effort to add more blue to this quilt (an ongoing struggle!), I used my favorite Kansas Troubles Wildflower Serenade print for the stop sashing. The sashing is a bit wider than I prefer, but needed for the outer border math to work out--and it did perfectly--whew! I had to relocate a few blocks (yes, reverse sewing--ack!) to prevent some of the blue blocks from "bleeding" into the sashing--not the most fun thing to do, but it had to be done!

The half circles were all made from block scraps. After making those,  I spent two days sorting though all the leftovers, cutting them into squares and strips.
 My cutting table is cleared--well, sort of--lol! 

Stonefield's was such a fun project--I loved every minute of making it.
 My pattern is now residing in Texas and I hope the new owner gets as much enjoyment from her Stonefield's experience as I did.  There are a couple other Susan Smith quilts on my to-do list (Sweet William and the Rowdy Flat Library quilt) and I think both will be just as much fun!

See more July One Monthly Goals HERE

 July OMG finish link-up is open!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Summer Sewing

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have finally managed to start sewing my Stonefield's blocks together. 

I am changing up the border.
Not only because I am too lazy to make 176 flying geese and 168 hexagon flowers, but because I don't want to make the quilt so much larger. It took a bit of brainstorming, but I think I've come up with an alternate border that may win the approval of Susan Smith and use up some of the leftover fabrics. I hope it works out how I envision it! 

My July Hospital Sketches block is complete--I couldn't  get by without something to hand stitch. 

This month's Cheddarback blocks were a nice mix of super easy and very challenging--good for the brain cells--lol! I redrafted the house block so it could be pieced. Appliqueing the windows never works out for me--they seem to always end up out of line.

Back to my border plotting.....

Monday, July 1, 2019

July Goals

I'm not going to have any lofty goal this month--too much yard work hanging over my head!
I really want to get my Stonefield's blocks sewn together,though. 
I am planning to change up the borders a bit, but for July, I would be very pleased with myself it I could get the blocks made into a top--that's my One Monthly Goal.

In the meantime, my tote of small wool projects seems to be bottomless.....
Here are some closeups of the Primitive Gatherings designs:

If you are familiar with these Primitive Gatherings designs, you probably noticed that I have changed some details (or words). 
These two pincushions are from Cottonwood Creations.
Again, a few minor changes.

The Echinacea flower pin-keep is from the above book by The Cottage at Cardiff Farms.
I have a couple more earmarked--like the sunflower on the cover-- that I would like to make.
(Maybe I have enough already though?)

I love this little mat from Buttermilk Basin--so fun to make.
I have two more Buttermilk Basin Autumn projects that are set up but still need stitching...

This stitchery was designed to be displayed on a wire table top frame.
I'm thinking of adding some embellishing stitches to this one and the next one...

This one has so many layers that I couldn't get some of the wool to fuse together, hence the pins. I recycled the background from a Primitive Gatherings kit that I decided I no longer wanted to make. It's a bit light, so I may be doing a little tea dying later.

I guess all of this should keep me busy in July!
See more July goals HERE

July OMG link-up is open!