Creating a home by hand.


This week I’m working on a couple of quilty projects. I’m slowly working on completing the blanket stitch on the animal appliques for my One Big Cabin quilt that I posted about last week.

I’m also working on a 4th of July table topper. The day before yesterday I got it hand basted.

Old Glory Table Topper from a pattern by Creek Side Stitches

In the photo is looks like there are bubbles in the basted top but that’s just due of the “lumpiness” of the hotel room bedding. (There’s a duvet underneath the bedspread.)

I’m hoping to get the quilting finished this week so that I can sew the binding on and hand stitch it down next week.

The pattern is called Old Glory by Creek Side Stitches. This was another kit purchased from the Heritage Designs Quilting and Needlework shop when we visited Amana Colonies in Iowa.

I want this finished so I can use it to decorate our new apartment for the 4th.  They are still giving us a move in date of July 1st at the latest though they are hoping to have it completed before then so we can move in early.

So those are my Works in Progress this week. Now if you’re wondering what my SIP is… perhaps even wondering what on earth SIP means, well today it means Supper In Progress.

Baked potatoes, corn and pork chops in the slow cooker

I try to cook as many of our meals as possible even while staying in hotel. I’ve got pork chops with mushrooms and onions, corn on the cob and potatoes in the slow cooker (<-affiliate link). I came across this idea while browsing Pinterest. I thought I had pinned it but apparently not. If it turns out well, I’ll post my recipe.

It should be ready not too long after Dave gets back from work. I love knowing that supper is already taken care of and cooking away while I go about the rest of my day!

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  • Candice Smith
    June 18, 2014 3:28 pm

    I really like the pattern that you used for this. What a great topper to use while celebrating the Fourth.

  • Anne
    June 18, 2014 2:42 pm

    Wow, I’d never thought to bring a crock pot and cook in the hotel. That’s genius! I really need to get my crock pot out and use it more.
    Your old glory block is quite beautiful! It will be perfect for 4th of July. 🙂

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    June 19, 2014 3:52 pm

    I will keep my fingers crossed that you are all in and settled by July 4th, your table topper deserves to be centre stage in a new apartment.

    Using the crock pot is a brilliant idea!

  • Laura @ Prairie Sewn Studios
    June 27, 2014 1:35 am

    SIPs! I love that! And the table topper is cute too!

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