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WIP Wednesday & ALYofF July Goal

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on July 1st, 2015

This quilt top is my oldest unfinished quilt and will be my July goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (ALYofF.)

Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt top

I started it back in February 2011 and finished it in March 2011. You can read my progress posts here, here, here and here.

Here are a couple more views taken from different angles:

Disappearing Nine Patch from a different angle

Orange DP9 patch taken from overhead

At the time I finished it, I didn’t have the confidence to even attempt to quilt something that large.  It measures 68 inches by 96 inches.  It was folded up and put away (and then after that spent three years in storage until our big move in November 2014.)

From the distance needed to get the whole quilt in the photos, it’s difficult to see the fabrics I used so here is a close-up of one of the blocks:

Close-up of one of the blocks in my Disappearing Nine Patch quilt

That floral print was the inspiration for the quilt and for choosing the Disappearing Nine Patch method to construct the blocks.  I wanted a block that would showcase that beautiful fabric which reminds me so much of Hawaii.

On a recent trip to Port Huron, MI, I stopped into Joann’s with a 60% off one item coupon and was lucky enough to find a great fabric for the backing.

Backing fabric for my DP9 quilt.

I would love to have this quilt finished before July 23rd so that I can show it off to our oldest daughter when she and her partner are here visiting from China.

 

To all my Canadian readers:

Happy Canada Day!

 

 

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Forest Friends Quilt Finished

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 30th, 2015

My Forest Friends quilt was my May and then my June “A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal” and there were times in the last week that I wondered if it would end up being my July goal as well.

Before starting to do the free motion quilting on it, I tested the tension and stitch setting on a practice sandwich.   There followed several very frustrating hours trying to figure out why the machine would sew perfectly for a while and then start skipping stitches.

I re-threaded the top thread and reinserted the bobbin.  I changed the needle twice.  I would switch back to my regular presser foot or walking foot and my usual settings and it would sew fine but the moment I dropped the feed dogs and put the darning foot on, it would skip stitches.

I adjusted the tension both up and down.  I tried using a different thread.   Finally after taking a long break, I tried one more thing.  I dialed the upper thread tension down as low as it would go… something I’d never had to do with previous free motion quilting projects.  That worked!

But the troubles didn’t end there.  I think because I so wanted this quilt to turn out well, I wasn’t able to really relax and let the free motion quilting flow the way I did on my other practice projects that I didn’t care as much about.

There was a lot of unpicking that took place and that not only slowed me down but made it even harder to relax and get into the flow and ease of motion.

It wasn’t until late Saturday evening that the last section of free motion quilted leaves was finished.  Sunday morning, I buried all the threads and then it was time for the binding.  By that time, I was determined to finish it, if I had to stay up all Sunday night to do it.  2 am Monday morning I completed hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt.

And here it is:

Forest Friends quilt finished

Quilt stats:

Finished size: 40″ X 46″

Pattern: One Big Cabin by Row House Creations

Fabric for the quilt came in a kit I purchased when we stopped at Heritage Designs at the Amana Colonies in Iowa during our trip to Grand Island, Nebraska in the spring of 2014.

To quilt the half log cabin blocks and the bottom border, I used the same beautiful Sulky Blendable (#4106) that I used on my Flying Zebra Quilt and my Love Struck Purse.

For the free motion quilting I used another Sulky Blendable… #4001.

That pretty rainbow fabric I used for the binding is Noah’s Ark by Jim Shore for Red Rooster Fabrics.

And now for some close-ups…

The Squirrel:

The appliqued squirrel on my Forest Friends Quilt

The Owl:

The appliqued owl on my Forest Friends quilt.

The Raccoon:

The appliqued raccoon on my Forest Friends Quilt.

A close-up of the free motion quilting:

Close up of the fmqing and the binding of the Forest Friends quilt

More free motion quilted leaves:

More free motiong quilted leaves

I love this backing fabric.  I’m so glad I have some leftover to use in another project.

The beautiful leaf backing fabric that I used for my Forest Friends quilt.

I can check this project off my 2015 Finish Along Q2 list as well.

Forest Friends is now draped over the reading chair in our master bedroom, ready to snuggle up with on cooler days.

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

ALYofF June Finishes Party

2015 Finish Along Q2 Finishes Party

Finish It Up Friday             Fabric Frenzy Friday

CreativeGoodness Linky Party

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!

Pet Project Show #27

 

 

 

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #12

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 29th, 2015

Last week, on June 21st, the 2015 Row by Row Experience kicked off with hundreds of quilt shops across the US and Canada taking part.  The event runs from June 21st to September 8th. Each participating shop offers a free pattern for their row that they’ve designed to go with this year’s H2O theme.

Most of the shops are also offering kits for purchase to make their row.   (I know of at least one local shop that has already sold out of their kits and have a waiting list.)

The aim is to collect 8 rows from 8 different shops, sew them into a completed quilt then be the first to return with the quilt to a participating shop to win 25 fat quarters.  Deadline for finished quilts is October 31st though there are shops who’ve already had their winning quilt.  Me thinks some quilters spent some nights quilting instead of sleeping.  :)

I’ve got too much on the go right now to travel to 8 different shops to collect patterns but I have stopped in and picked up two of the patterns when I was over in those areas of town.

This week, I thought I’d share a vintage Workbasket pattern that fits perfectly with the H20 theme.

Vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern - Large Fish from Page 65

I’ve seen several rows (each state and province has their own facebook page) where this cute embroidery would be a sweet addition to the row or perhaps as a separate block added to the quilt.

This pattern can be downloaded as a pdf here.

 

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Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #12!

For those visiting for the first time, you’ll want to check out not only this week’s party but previous ones as well.  Parties #1 through #11 can be accessed by clicking on Stitchery Link Party in the categories section of the left hand tool bar.

Without fail each week, I learn something new or find projects to inspire me… quite often both.

For those of you who like to plan ahead, I try to make sure to have this post scheduled to go live each Monday at 7 am EDT (11 am UTC.)

The rules for linking up are simple:

1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. I would, of course, love it if you decide to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you do decide to follow me, you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. You will then be sent an activation e-mail.  Once you click on the link in that e-mail, you will begin receiving updates each time I post.  Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.)

Oh and don’t worry if you’ve never linked up to a link party before, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

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WIP Wednesday – Turtle Finished, Sea Star Added

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 24th, 2015

There’s been a new addition to my Under the Sea crazy quilt block since I last shared a photo of it.

Embroidered Sea Star

The sea star was inspired by a sneak peek Cori over at Creativity Amongst Chaos had given of the design she and Mdm Samm are working on for their July Paper Lady  (scroll down to see her sea star.)  In that same post she introduces their beautiful new pattern called Bonjour Papillon (Hello Butterfly).  It’s gone on my list of future projects!

When I was trying to draw the sea star on the sea bottom I couldn’t get it looking the way I wanted, so our middle daughter drew it for me so that the arms look like it’s crawling over the sand.   Before embroidering it, I checked out photos of sea stars that can be found in Hawaii and then chose a variegated floss in those colors to stitch it with.

When you last saw the Hawaiian green sea turtle, I had only stitched the gold outline.   She is now finished.

Embroidered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle

If you want to know how I know my sea turtle is a she, it’s because she has a small, skinny tale.  Male sea turtles have long, thick tales.

Here’s a photo of the scene as it stands now:

My Under the Sea scene as of Jun 24th

There are still lots more fun details to be added.  I plan to include a different variety of sea star below and a little to the left of the fire coral.  There will be other varieties of coral as well.  And of course, I’ll need some fish!

This project has become one of my happy projects where I stitch and dream of when we lived in Maui and went scuba diving every chance we could.  I’m even thinking ahead to a much larger Under the Sea scene because I am so enjoying figuring out how to translate the under water world in stitches.

I’ve also made progress on my Forest Friends quilt.

Quilting on the Half Log Cabin Blocks on Forest Friends quilt

The multi-colored half log cabin blocks have been straight-line quilted in a diamond pattern that I created by drawing two large Vs on each block; one the inverse of the other.   Once they were all drawn on, I was able to quilt and turn, quilt and turn, without having a lot of stops and starts.   This had the added advantage of not having as many threads to bury, which I’m sure I’ve mentioned before is my least favorite part of making a quilt.

Today, I’ll be burying those threads before moving on to free motion quilting leaves in the cream colored sections of the quilt.

To update Dave’s WIP from last week, he’s finished the sanding and has moved on to spray painting each of the chair parts.

Dave spray painting the lawn chair parts.

The DIY spray paint booth you can see in the background was constructed from parts of a gazebo that we found put out on garbage day.  After they’ve served their purpose as a spray booth, Dave is going to paint those as well and turn them into trellises for our tomato and zucchini that we’ve got growing in pots in the back yard.

What are you working on today?

 

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WIP Wednesday          WIP Wednesday @ TN&TN

 

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #11

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 22nd, 2015

Sometimes on the way back from the farm where we buy our eggs, we’ll stop and pick some wildflowers that are growing in the ditch beside the road.  In keeping with their rustic origins, when I get them home, I like to arrange them in mason jar vases.

Wild flowers arranged in mason jar vases

Today’s Vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern would look lovely done up as white Ox-Eyed Daises and purple Dame’s Rockets.

Vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern for a Flower Basket - Left half from page 77Vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern for a Flower Basket - Right half from page 77The pdf pattern for the left half can be downloaded here.

The pdf pattern for the right half can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

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Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #11!

For those visiting for the first time, you are in for a real treat.  Every week, I’m amazed and delighted to discover all the beautiful projects everyone is working on.

If you have a bit of time, be sure to check back through previous link parties as well.  Parties #1 through #10 can be accessed by clicking on Stitchery Link Party in the categories section of the left hand tool bar.

For those of you who like to plan ahead, I try to make sure to have this post scheduled to go live each Monday at 7 am EDT (11 am UTC.)

The rules for linking up are simple:

1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. I would, of course, love it if you decide to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you do decide to follow me, you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. You will then be sent an activation e-mail.  Once you click on the link in that e-mail, you will begin receiving updates each time I post.  Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.)

Oh and don’t worry if you’ve never linked up to a link party before, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

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Zippered Pouch Stocking

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 19th, 2015

I didn’t have a lot of time to sew this week because we spent more time over at the garden than we’d originally planned.  (I hope to have a garden update ready to post over the weekend.)

But I did get some sewing in last night and can happily check another item off my 2015 Finish Along Q2 Goals list.

This little zippered pouch Christmas stocking turned out even cuter than I had pictured in my mind.

Zippered Pouch Christmas Stocking with Bluework snowman embroidery in the center

I got the basic idea for it from here, but needed to create a stocking pattern big enough to fit the Bluework snowman embroidery.   The stocking finishes at approximately 8.5″ tall by 6.5″ wide.

Two silver jingle bells attached with cording braided from the same embroidery floss I used for the snowman make a sweet, musical zipper pull.  This can now go into the gift box ready to fill if I need a last minute gift come Christmas time.

I have four more of the small embroideries that I’m hoping to turn into something before the end of the month so I don’t have to roll them over into my 2015 Finish Along Q3 Goals.   Can you believe we’re almost half way through the year?!!

 

Edited to add:  The pattern for the snowman is a free pattern offered by Stitching Cow and is available here.

 

 

This post has be added to the following link parties:

Finish It Up Friday        Fabric Frenzy Friday        CreativeGoodness Linky Party

Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew

2015 Finish Along Q2 Finishes Party

 

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WIP Wednesday – Hand Quilting Finished

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 17th, 2015

This morning, I finished hand quilting around the last of the Forest Friends.  I really like how quilting with #8 perle cotton makes whatever you’re quilting around stand out.

The owl took the longest and was the most challenging as it’s in the center of the quilt.

Appliqued Owl with Hand Quilting with #8 perle cotton

Here’s the squirrel:

Hand quilting around the appliqued squirrel.

And here’s the raccoon:

Hand quilting done around the appliqued raccoon.

Both the raccoon and squirrel have some embroidery left to do on them.  I realize now that I should have completed that before sandwiching the quilt, but I’d misread the directions.

I should be able to complete those small areas this evening and then tomorrow I can start the machine quilting.

I’m not the only one trying to get WIPs finished.  We purchased our lawn chairs way back in 2000.   Paint was flaking off in spots and they had started to rust badly in other places.

So Dave has been sanding them down by hand to get them ready to be spray painted.

In this photo, he’s sanding all the little pieces.

Dave sanding the little round pieces for the lawn chairs.He’s mentioned quite a few times today that there were 30 of those little round things.  30 I tell you!  lol

The backs are all sanded.

Backs of the lawn chairs Dave is refinishing

He finished sanding the seats while I was at the dentist having my teeth cleaned so I didn’t get a photo of those.  Now he just needs to finish the side pieces.

But before I can get back to the Forest Friends quilt and Dave can get back to work on the chairs, we have to make a run over to the garden to do some work there while the sun is shining as they are predicting showers for the next two days.

I hope you’re having a great week!

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

WIP Wednesday         WIP Wednesday #198 @ TN&TN

 

 

 

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #10

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 15th, 2015

I’ve been noticing a bit of a baby boom across some of the blogs I’ve been following.   There are lots of new parents and grandparents out there, so this week I thought I’d share this sweet cross stitch from vintage Workbasket pattern page #70.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern from page #70This pattern could quite easily be completed by someone who has never embroidered before because as you can see, the picture is made up entirely of little x’s.  Simply trace the pattern onto a piece of fabric and then make a straight stitch in one direction, then a straight stitch in the other direction to complete the x.

Please note:  This is not a counted cross stitch pattern.  I’m not even sure it if could be converted to counted cross stitch as that is one form of embroidery that I haven’t attempted in several years.

The pattern can be downloaded as a pdf here.

 

Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #10!

 

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I’ll start off by announcing the winner of this small counted cross stitch kit.

Stitchery Link Party Cross Stitch Kit GiveawayAll the links for weeks #1 to #9 of the Stitchery Link Party were compiled into a numbered list.  Then I used True Random Number Generator to pick a number:

Winner of the Stitchery Link Party Counted Cross Stitch Kit Giveaway

38. http://sewingafterseven.blogspot.com.es/2014/03/smalls-sal-march-jewellery-pouch.html

39. http://karensquilting.com/blog/2015/05/garden-and-a-tutorial/

40. http://wisdomwithneedleandthread.blogspot.com/

 

Congratulations Karen!  I’ll be sending you an e-mail asking for your mailing address so I can get your prize into the mail to you.

 

Now it’s time for this week’s party!

For those visiting for the first time, please be sure to check back through previous link parties.  You are sure to be inspired!

For those of you who like to plan ahead, I try to make sure to have this post scheduled to go live each Monday at 7 am EDT (11 am UTC.)

The rules for linking up are simple:

1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. I would, of course, love it if you decide to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you do decide to follow me, you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. You will then be sent an activation e-mail.  Once you click on the link in that e-mail, you will begin receiving updates each time I post.  Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.)

Oh and don’t worry if you’ve never linked up to a link party before, I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to this party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

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One Checked off the List

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 12th, 2015

When I looked at the calendar this morning and realized there were only 18 days left in June, I decided that if I wanted to get some things checked off my 2015 Finish Along Q2 Goals List, I’d better get a move on it.

I chose one of the embroidered pieces that was in need of turning into something and I sewed up this drawstring gift bag to add to our collection of Christmas gift bags.  (We are trying to replace paper gift wrap with items such as boxes, bags and tins that are reusable year after year.)   The finished bag measures approximately 14″X19″.

Embroidered Snowman Drawstring Gift Bag

I only had a fat quarter of that blue Christmas tree print so for the back and drawstring casing, I used some blue gingham check fabric that I acquired when I bought a big bag of fabric scraps for $4 at Value Village.

Snowman Gift Bag with blue gingham back

To give the bag some extra body and durability, I lined it with fabric from a white thrifted sheet.

The embroidered snowman is a free pattern designed by Barbara Parrish on Redwork.info and is available here.

Close up of embroidered snowman

One down and several more to go!

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

Finish it Up Friday               Fabric Frenzy Friday

Creative Goodness Linky Party

Sew Darn Crafty Link-Up Party

Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew

2015 Finish Along Q2 Finishes Party

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Winners of the Spring Bloom Thimble Pips

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 11th, 2015

Yesterday I drew the numbers for the Spring Bloom Thimble Pip Giveaway.   For anyone new, here’s what I was giving away with the first one drawn to be given their color choice.

Pink Spring Bloom Thimble Pip

 

Blue Spring Bloom Thimble Pip

 

The first comment selected was:

Random Number Generator shows #31 as the first winner of the Spring Bloom Thimble Pip

Congratulations Ellee!   #31 was Ellee’s second entry (she follows by e-mail) but in her comment just before that she mentioned that she preferred the pink one.  I’ve sent Ellee an e-mail and the pink Spring Bloom Thimble Pip will be on it’s way to her once I’ve received her mailing address.

The second comment drawn was:

Second winner of the Spring Bloom Thimble Pip giveaway

 

Congratulations Brenda Husley!   Brenda’s comment said that she loved both colors and would take either one.  I’m so happy I didn’t have to disappoint someone by offering them a Thimble Pip that wasn’t their first choice.  The blue Spring Bloom Thimble Pip will be on it’s way to Brenda when I’ve received her mailing address.

 

Thanks so much to everyone who entered!  Watch for another Thimble Pip giveaway later on this summer.  But in the meantime, you can always make a Thimble Pip for yourself or to give as a gift by following my Thimble Pip Tutorial.

Oh and I’ve also got some other giveaways in the planning stages as well because I have such fun doing them.

 

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