A Sign of Hospitality

I searched and searched this house for a pineapple (other than the can in the pantry). An Instagram daily photo prompt is the source of this distress. I knew I wouldn’t be venturing out on the town today so it was up to me to get creative. And since the last Sunday Sampler was in March before the April AtoZ Blog Challenge, it’s definitely past time for a new one!

Grabbed the tools, the fabric and a little inspiration from Pinterest — not necessarily in that order.

Cut enough squares to make 3 of these quilt squares. I don’t think they’ll be used together but you never know?

After a few minor adjustments – like increasing the size of the squares that were to become 1/2 square triangle blocks – I think I accomplished what I set out to do.

A little batting, backing ,basting and it’ll be quilting time! My plan? A wall hanger will be the final outcome of this symbol of hospitality. Thanks for visiting!

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Crochet Notes

It’s been awhile since I posted a crochet post. However, I’ve not been neglecting my creative duties. I finished the 2018 A to Z Challenge with a quilt top,  began the Season of Yardwork and Gardening, did plenty of mending, got contacted to do some custom items, and finished the following little number for my Etsy shop. There’s never a dull moment at my house.

Just going to make one more of these in Pink and white before I dive into some other projects.

 What’s next? With the heat of summer, I will most likely stick with small projects that won’t raise my temperature in Missouri’s humid months. Here are some Pinterest ideas I find enticing.

I highly encourage these motif centered ideas for my crochet friends along with a tall glass of lemonade while sitting on  your porch. Don’t forget the fan!

 

 

 

Indulging/Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

So it was rainy today and I was able to ignore the gardening/mowing and simply ‘indulge’ in sewing. Pinterest got me hooked again and I found a lil tutorial. I decided to try to ammend a personal attempt from earlier and ended up with basically a hot mess.                                       (See largest photo in this collage)earbudpouch

The leftover fabric from Rachel’s t-shirt quilt came in handy for my second attempt. It’s not perfect either, but it’ll help a certain someone keep track of their ear buds better. ahem!! Inserting momma-attention-please throat clearing.

Stockings in June

This collage is the beginning of the stocking creations for the upcoming Christmas season. Using up trim and various fabrics before I hit the upholstery section in the stores. In case you wondered, these are said fabrics. I highly recommend checking out these gorgeous options. They give your mantle a more posh appearance than calico or even silk stockings.

Someone on Facebook reminded us this is the 6 month mark til Christmas.

Now aren’t you glad you read my blog today??

Sorry.

 

 

 

 

I Say Love, It Is a Flower/Sunday Sampler

thread colors

With so many colors to choose from, the possibilities are pretty endless for the project mother brought by this week.

Mothers Rose

Here is the framed view of her table runner she’d like me to add a crocheted border to. I only have to decide on the thread size and color and the pattern choice. No pressure. I’ll probably stick with white though. Be on the lookout for it in completed form in a future Sunday Sampler.

Autumn leaves

And speaking of thread color, I’m lovin’ this cotton thread the hubby was unswayable about in his preference on the shelf. I’m so glad he influenced my purchase.

I invite you to link here with your handmade creations. I’d love to see what you’ve made!

The Blanket Stitch (as seen on Pinterest)

I recently made a few of these……IMG_3707 (2) IMG_3809 (2) IMG_3804 (2)

And this one is on Etsy as of this morning….

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So I thought I’d share just how useful via Pinterest the Blanket stitch is to sewing items across the board.

There’s Edges for Felt items(wool penny rugs)f5165e5b5a740b06ff60cf98a8c3c8a6

For applique

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Garment edging…

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And of course if you’re crocheting on the edge, it’s a critical foundation stitch.

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William Penn once said :”Time is what we want most but what we use worst.”

I guess what those of us on Etsy do is

sell you the time you don’t have 🙂

Sugar

Grandma

This is the person inspiring my next quilt. She’s my grandmother and I am positively certain the quilt block would have had her approval. She nicknamed everyone and mine was “Sugar”. I don’t hear many people call me that anymore. I’m now Steph, Stephie, Stuff, Teffie, Nini, and any other way a young child can pronounce my 9 Letter name. Thanks mom 🙂

But here are a few options for that sugar bowl pattern from Pinterest.

image of sugar bowlThis one would be too obvious.

from pinterestThis one just doesn’t do it for me.

shelsbrokensugarbowlTitled ‘shellsbrokensugarbowl’ respectively but not into much broken things right now. Currently listening to a dripping faucet that may become more “broken” (with a sledge hammer) in the very near future.

broken sugar bowlAnother broken one.

Sugar bowl

And finally we come to the one I feel fits the bill. (from Judy Hopkins 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks).

So now we wait on the dryer to finish with the chosen fabrics……..