Sunday Chat

This week has just been so busy, with car club events, playing pickleball, quilt meetings and lunch with friends. It is no wonder that I have little accomplished in the sewing and crafting room for the week. On Thursday, I went to a quilt area meeting then stopped by the Quilts of Valor sew day. I picked up this fabulous top, batting and backing that I’ll quilt for them. This striking eagles panel is surrounded by pieced blocks.

I did manage to get it loaded on the longarm, and I’ll show you the quilting when it is done.

I wanted to do some more rocks, this time I started with base painting them in blue, like the sky. I plan to add green grass and flowers to these.

After base painting and letting that dry, I decoupaged labels on the underside that will tell people they can keep or re-hide the rocks, along with a request to post a photo on the facebook page. It is so fun to see one that I painted show up on the page.

I found this little birdcage at a thrift store some time ago, and I wanted to paint it black. The blue was a bit shabby, and the black makes it look more like wrought iron. I like the little hearts.

A couple of coats later, and it is looking nice. I am not sure yet what I will do with it, but it will likely be an addition to my pots on the veranda.

My Sweet Babboo bought more seeds for the birds, this time getting a larger size. I nabbed the empty bag to make another bird seed bag.

I also have an idea for a wall hanging for spring/summer, to use some of my new embroidery card designs. Using a egg carton with numbers in the cells, I can keep the threads straight and know which one comes next. This keeps the threads from rolling around, too. I put two layers of iron-on stabilizer on the back, and one layer of water soluble stabilizer on the top.

When a color is repeated, I put a little scrap of paper in the second cell with the number of that thread. Here, the purple is used in slot 7 and again in slot 11, so when it is done stitching for number 7, I move the thread to cell 11 to wait for its next turn.

I worked on painting rocks while the machine stitched away. About 30 minutes later, this butterfly on a flower was complete.

I only got a little farther on the embroidery project this week. Many readers asked me about the pattern, and it is an iron-on transfer from Stitcher’s Revolution Kitchen Sayings. The design is ironed onto whatever fabric you choose. I am using an even weave fabric for embroidery. I use two strands of DMC floss with a large eye needle.

I have a pre-season football game to see today, as our local channel will show the Panther home games, so maybe I can get a bit further on the stitchery. I’ll work on the QOV this week, and maybe make some progress on the blocks for the Safelight quilts. If you’d like to sew some blocks for these quilts, I’d love to have them. Click HERE to download the instructions, themes and information.

What are your plans for today and the week?

16 thoughts on “Sunday Chat

  1. Julie

    It was a hot week here so I spent a lot of time in the cool sewing room & composed a quilt of several random heart & flower blocks I made earlier this year with no pattern in mind. Fully finished just in time for last night when the temp dipped to a wonderful 55° & cooled off the house.

  2. Donna

    I made a blue and yellow quilt in the pattern you are using for the safelight quilt. It is made using blues in the royal blue hue and medium yellows. It is full quilt size and is used on a twin bed, like a bedspread. I love it. I wish I had as much energy and ambition as you. Then I would get another quilt done that I am hand quilting. It is double bed size.

  3. Francine Fagan

    Love all your posts today, it gets the creative juices moving. May Iask what brand of embroidery machine use? Im5thinking of going creative in that direction. Thanks for what you.

  4. You have had a busy week! Hooray for pre-season football – we watched our Broncos yesterday. The beginning of a new season is always hopeful, lol! The embroidery from your embroidery machine looks pretty amazing! I’ll check out the link to your blocks for the Safelight quilts and try to make some since I didn’t get to the pouch making this year.


    Hi Carole….Just read your post, and would like a little info on the Safelight Quilt Project…if you talked about it, I must have missed it….Thanks…So enjoy reading the posts and seeing all your beautiful pictures….You do a wonderful job in keeping us inspired….Dot M.In Pa….😉

  6. Phyllis Smith

    Good morning Carole, Well, here I am another year older, my has time been flying by me. Your little bird cage is so cute. Love the eagle quilt. I bought some men’s scarfs a few years ago and put one onto a denim jacket for Byron and he has worn it out, thinking about trying to cut it off and redoing it onto another jacket for him. Either that or use the last scarf he has and make a wall hanging for his room. The scarf is one of the popular motorcycles group, my mind isn’t thinking right now. Have to see what other e-mails I have so talk later, Phyllis

  7. Bonnie Coleman

    Hey Carole! I am going to make some blocks for Perkiomen Valley quilt for SL to send you.😊 Reading the directions, is this for 2 blocks at a time? Don’t want to get it wrong. Also, do you have a first preference for Mixed (Dark or Light), Red or Blue? Thanks!! Bonnie C.

  8. Where did my comment go? I’m trying to say that I sent away for the Stitchers Revolutions transfers and have two teatowels on the go. One a kitchen design and the other a camping one for our caravan.

  9. I spent part of my Sunday quilting (again) on my Scrap Dance Pachanga. I figure I picked out about 2000 yards of thread from the previous quilting done on my frame. It only took about 3 weeks to get it all out…lol. No one will ever be allowed to look at it closely! The other half the day was with the grandkids, pool time and taco night, and a lovely walk with my daughter and her dog she is training for Guiding Eyes.

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