Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Snow on Easter Eggs

We have all heard the term, "Frost on the Pumpkins."  Here we have "Snow on the Easter Eggs."

Daffodils were blooming in my backyard and I did not see them until it was too late :-(

Good news is that the pansies may be okay and our weather is warming to 58 degrees.  Springtime in Michigan.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Slow Knit

For today's Slow Sunday Stitching, I will be knitting an ever-so-cute bunny rabbit.

You may have seen this hand-stitched project on a previous post.  However, it was set aside while I worked on Rhett & Scarlett in order to meet several quilt show deadlines.

So here I am again stitching with yet another time-sensitive (Easter) project.  Lol!  I should be fine as I have refreshed my knitting skills this past week while viewing Knitting Help free videos.  The ears are completed.

Later this afternoon I shall be knitting while watching the Masters golf tournament.  Spring feels so good!

If you are a fast knitter and are interested in making a knitted bunny rabbit this upcoming Easter week, the pattern is readily available for a quick download on Ravelery.  The designer's website is Little Cotton Rabbits.  So so cute!

P.S.  New blog name (Happy 2 Stitch) is forthcoming. Please note all above links and referrals are totally unsolicited as I enjoy sharing what I learn in blogland.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sleeve Stitching

My 1800s repro fabric quilt named Rhett & Scarlett is finished. Yay! Cable stitching and binding was completed this past week due to all the encouragement from dear fellow quilt bloggers!

During bits and pieces of free time today on Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, I will begin to blind stitch the sleeve on quilt back which is required for hanging purposes at the shows.  I learned how to make and add a proper sleeve by watching an AQS video by Bobbie Browning.

Two fabrics were auditioned for the binding.

The matching fabric that was leftover from borders and alternate blocks was chosen.  I had barely enough to make a straight narrow binding.  Phew!  I like how it blends in and due to the print, the binding basically disappears thus creating a clean smooth edge.

Later this week, I hope to do a more detailed posting of binding along with a full photo/reveal of quilt.  R&S will hang better after full sleeve is added.  AQS quilt submissions require a full front view photograph.

There are several reasons why I personally choose to enter quilt shows.  It is not for competitive reasons as I am an average quilter.
  • It movitates me.
  • It gives me incentive to finish.
  • It challenges me.
  • It is a way to share.  I love to attend quilt shows and if no one enters their quilts, there wouldn't be be any quilt shows.
  • It is fun and rewarding to have a quilt displayed amongst award-winning quilts even though my quilt is a few aisles over. 
  • It gives me an excuse opportunity to attend and maybe travel to a quilt show.
Should you have a finished quilt or an almost-finished quilt, please consider showing your quilt.  Online applications take just a few minutes (once the quilt is photographed).

R&S has been accepted at the National Quilters Association 45th Annual Show held May 23-25, 2014.  The NQA has just extended the entry deadline to April 8, 2014.  It is a wonderful show with quality vendors.

It was also accepted at the Sauder Village Quilt Show held April 29 - May 4, 2014.  Only a month away.  I can hardly wait to attend this popular show.

Next, I look forward to working on other sewing and needlework projects that have been put on hold while I focused on completing Rhett & Scarlett.

Also, in a couple of weeks, my blog will be getting a new name.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Off the Frame

Finished all quilting including redo blocks on Tuesday.

After with diagonal rows in alternate blocks all going in the same direction.

Before with opposite slants:

I think it is more cohesive with double rows angling in the same direction. 

Quilt came out of the frame

and it was nice to see an empty frame.

Binding on Rhett & Scarlett is almost complete.  Will post those photos within a few days.