Category Archives: Cross Stitch

To-Do Tuesday 10-11-16 | A Week of Finishes

Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s time to check our lists and plan for the next week! I am happy to say that I’ve got a couple of finishes to share, and some progress on my cross stitching.

Stitch ALL The Things | The Alpine Quilt

I was thrilled to have finished The Alpine Quilt this past week. After finishing it, I had one day to take pictures and get a Finished Friday post written before the Mister left for Oregon. Since we are in the desert and Fir trees aren’t in abundance, I actually considered taking my quilt and helper kids to some of the stores in town that had their Christmas Decorations up to take a picture. Can you even imagine walking into your local Walmart and seeing some crazy woman trying to take pictures of a quilt near the fake Christmas trees??! It was a crazy moment in my head, for sure. Then I came to my senses and remembered the tree that the town decorates every year for Christmas. As soon as the kids came home from school I shoved them, and the quilt, into the car and headed to the park to take the picture. We won’t talk about the frustration of trying to stay out of the sun, but not stay in the too shady area and then me unknowingly standing on top of a fire ant hill while trying to direct the kids. Did you know that most Arizonans wear flip-flops year round? Sigh. Let’s just end this by saying that I put on quite a frantic display in the middle of town, and that I was able to at least get one successful picture.

I also finished the reversible placemats and the napkins. I wasn’t too thrilled with the ornament side of the placemat, but I absolutely loved the cardinals side of it. And the striped napkins? LOOOOOVE!!

Easy Bind Mug Rugs | Stitch ALL The Things

In case you missed it, my friend, Theresa of The Fig Farm, also posted my guest post tutorial on Easy-Bind Mug Rugs this weekend. If you missed it, you can read the tutorial HERE. I absolutely loved these Halloween-themed mug rugs and they are super quick to make!

Stitch ALL The Things | Whacky Witches in Stitches

Lastly, I have made some progress on my Whacky Witches in Stitches cross stitching. I wanted to get a bit more done on this, but my evenings ended up being much busier than anticipated. Still, I just love this witch and I am very close to being done with this clue.

This week I am going to work on the Christmas Mug Rugs for the Oregon house and think about what project I want to do next. I may have some secret sewing in my future as well.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make Mug Rugs for Oregon House
  • Continue working on Wacky Witches WIP

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To-Do Tuesday 10-4-16 | Quilting the Alpine Quilt

Happy October! I am so excited that Fall is here! We actually don’t experience too much of a “Fall” season here. No trees full of leaves turning gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow before falling. No crisp autumn air where you can see your breath in the morning. Nope. It’s pretty much just a warm month. But this year we’re about 10 degrees cooler than usual, and so the beginning of October feels more like the end of October and I am taking that wonderful feeling of it’s-cooling-down-now weather and enjoying the heck out of it! How about you? How is the weather where you are?

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamonds quilting

As far as my to-do list goes, I did finish quilting the Flying Geese Diamond quilt and managed to get the binding sewn onto the front only an hour before writing this. I had a lot of trouble quilting this one.

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamond Block

A lot of the quilting problems seemed to come from a combination of things. The different thicknesses on the quilt from the blocks was a big issues. The weight of the quilt was another. The strain of moving the quilt would pull on the needle and that resulted in a lot of thread shredding. It took me all week to get this quilt finished simply because of my frustration with the constant breakage.

Stitch ALL The Things | Juki TL2200 QVP foot

After quilting one half of the quilt, I decided to check and see if I could raise my foot a little higher to accommodate the various fabric thicknesses. This foot needs the space of the thickness of a credit card in between the foot and the quilt sandwich. I was surprised to find that I had an extra 1/16th to lift my foot up and that made all the difference in the world! I still had a couple of shredded thread breakages, but nothing like when I quilted the first half of the quilt.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alpine Fabric Red Stripe Binding

I had to take a picture of this binding. It is absolutely, amazingly, spectacularly, and wonderfully perfect for this quilt! For ANY Christmas themed quilt, actually. I am so in love with this binding that it made all of the quilting struggles melt away.

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Town Stitching

In other stitchy news, I completed the Halloween Town cross stitch pattern. I will make this into a throw pillow as soon as I’m done with the Christmas quilt. I also started working on my Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP again. This is going to be really cute when it’s finished!

Stitch ALL The Things | Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP

This week I will be focused on stitching down the binding on the Flying Geese Diamonds quilt. I also have to come up with a name for it. The Mister is leaving this coming Saturday to go to the Oregon house, so I also want to get the Christmas placemats, napkins, and coasters done this week and send those up with him.

What is on your list this week? Do you have any Fall sewing or Holiday sewing in your plans?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Binding Flying Geese Diamonds Quilt
  • Make Placemats, Napkins & Coasters
  • Continue working on Wacky Witches WIP

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To-Do Tuesday 9-27-16 | Stitching ALL The Things

Happy Tuesday, my friends! It’s time to do our weekly check up on our to-do lists. This past week I rocked my list! I made the two replacement blocks needed for the Flying Geese Diamonds quilt, sewed the quilt top together, made the quilt backing, and basted it all together. BOOM! So happy to have accomplished all of that! Now I’m all set to get to quilting. Although I noticed when taking this picture that my quilting gloves are filthy. Time to put those babies on, squirt some Dawn dish washing liquid on them, and wash my “hands”. That’s the best way I know to get these gloves nice and clean!

Flying Geese Diamonds in Alpine fabric by Wilmington Prints

Part of the “ALL” in ‘Stitching ALL The Things’ happen to be cross stitching projects. I was really into cross stitching about two years ago. I was working on a couple of Halloween Stitch-Alongs, and ended up putting both aside at the same time. The first was Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It started as a mystery Stitch-Along and I loved it until they released the third clue… Which happened to be a bakery. And almost the whole cross-stitchy community on Instagram went, “What the…??!!” I modified the third clue and created a cemetary instead. Then they released the fourth clue, the banner, and I was so underwhelmed by that time that I just stopped stitching. ALL of my cross stitching. Over the weekend I decided to find this WIP and get it finished. It’ll be done in time for Halloween… and only two years late! The other stitching project was Wacky Witches in Stitches by Clouds Factory. I absolutely loved that stitch-along, and I stopped because I messed up on the border. Not a bad mess-up, but enough to set it aside and “fix it later”. Later is now. As soon as I get Halloween Town finished, I will be getting back to work on Wacky Witches.

Halloween Town Cross Stitching WIP

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Quilt Flying Geese Diamonds Quilt
  • Bind Quilt
  • Finish Halloween Town cross stitching WIP
  • Get back to work on Wacky Witches cross stitching
What’s on your To-Do List this week?

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To Do Tuesday | 9-23-14

To Do Tuesday Button 200 x 200 How did you do with your To-Do list last week?  I was able to cross off all items except for one. You can see my current F Word blocks and last weeks Sugar Block Club on THIS post. I changed my mind and chose not to start the Rosalie quilt pattern using Indelible fabrics.  I really wanted to get all of my scraps cut and put away so they were no longer taking up space.  I’ve also decided that I’d like to get the Eerie Halloween quilt done before starting the Rosalie quilt.  I just might be able to have a Halloween quilt ready to snuggle under by Halloween! As far as the Christmas gift sewing that was on my list, I am testing out the Sew Together Bag pattern.  I was inspired by a print from Valori Wells’ Cocoon line and so I chose purple, teal, black, grey and cream squares out of my freshly cut scraps to make a patchwork piece for the outside of the bag.  I’ve not gotten very far with it, I’m hoping to finish it this coming weekend.

Sew Together Bag WIP

Sew Together Bag WIP

I also managed to finish the second block in the Clouds Factory Whacky Witches in Stitches stitch-along.  I am loving this Halloween sampler a little more than before with every block that is released.

Whacky Witches Stitch-Along WIP

Whacky Witches Stitch-Along WIP

Here is this weeks To-Do list:

  • Make two F-Word blocks. Completed 9/24
  • Sugar Block Club – June Block “Teach”
  • Start Eerie Halloween Quilt. Started 9/25, completed 6 blocks
  • Continue working on Christmas gifts. Completed all fabric pulls; Partially sewed 2 of 10 gifts and cut out 4 more pattern sets

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