Sewing and Stamping

What fun we had yesterday, sewing and chatting on Zoom. Thank you to all who were able to come. I really needed some quilty fun and I enjoyed the day a lot. I got a fair amount done, too. I removed sleeves from two quilts, and made a permanent sleeve for my Twinkle Twinkle Pumpkin Star quilt. This is the one that was published in Quilts and More Magazine under the name of Evening Harvest. I want to show it at our guild’s show in May, so it needs a good sleeve. I made the sleeve from the same fabric as the backing, and pinned it on. This will be my handwork project for Super Bowl Sunday.

I made progress on my challenge quilt, getting the assembly done and the flying geese borders on.

It was loaded on the longarm for quilting. I hope to get that finished by Sunday, so I can bind it and turn it in next Thursday.

Next up, binding on the offset diamond quilt in red and white for Safelight. My friend Linda quilted it for me, and she cut the leftover backing into strips for binding. All I had to do was sew the strips together, press in the crease and sew to the backside of the quilt. Then I turned it to the top and machine stitched it to finish. All that remains is the label, and it will be delivered on Thursday at the guild meeting. Since I provided the backing, this will be five yards out for me for February’s Stashbuster Challenge.

While I sewed, Bourbon Chicken was simmering in the slow cooker.

I removed the chicken from the bone, shredding it and thickening the sauce.

Yum! I served it on jasmine rice with steamed broccoli. I add salt and pepper at the table, that is what the black specks are. My Sweet Babboo went back for seconds, then thirds. And he usually isn’t a fan of chicken meals!

I did a bit of stamping this week too, and there is still time to do a bit more and get my cards in the mail in time for Valentine’s Day. These were sent to friends and family, just to let them know they are appreciated.

These ‘berry sweet’ cards were stamped with Impression Obsession strawberry theme stamps.

These were done with older stamps from my collection. I thought they were perfect for friends who quilt.

It was nice to be able to just stay home and get some fun things done. Making progress on my projects, and sending fun cards to friends is a joyful thing. Are you doing creative projects this week or sending any Valentine cards?

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23 thoughts on “Sewing and Stamping

    1. Pat Semeraro

      I admire those who make beautiful cards. I tried stamping, but I like embroidering designs and gluing them onto card stock instead. All of your projects in today’s post are beautiful.


    Made your Bourbon Chicken BUT made in INSTANT POT and used 2 large pork chops with bones instead of the chicken. Browned the chops. 10 minutes high pressure then 10 minutes natural release. So yummy. Thanks!

  2. Rita C.

    Your week looked to be much more fun than recent ones! Pretty quilts, and that recipe looks delish (I went back to read it in detail). Happy weekend, Carole.

  3. Julie

    Sorry I missed the Zoom sew, already had 2 commitments, darn. I was admiring your Pumpkin Stars yesterday while sorting magazines. I used to circulate my magazines amongst friends & they’ve piled up now that we haven’t been getting together weekly. I finished quilting & binding 2 quilts this week, starting #3 today. I hope they help me break even on the stashbuster challenge. No fabric bought in January, but I ordered some widebacks from Backside Fabrics so a lot came in for February.

  4. Debbie Skinner

    I’m so glad that I was able to join the ZOOM sew day yesterday. It was fun meeting new people and seeing what they were working on. I was able to make twenty 1/2″ circles for the Bird and Berries workshop that my guild is doing on Saturday.

  5. Glad you had fun at your Zoom Sew Along! I missed joining in but have a standing Thursday Stitching with friends. We all took a quilting class at our LQS & had so much fun together we just continued meeting. We are a great support group. It’s great to have a dedicated day to sew & so much fun with friends either Zoom or in person. Happy Stitching!

  6. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Sounds like a week with a variety of f un!! I love your stamps. Too bad they don’t still make that quilted heart stamp. I checked their website but, unfortunately, not there! Have a great weekend, Carole!

  7. The Zoom Retreat was great! I got so much done and am very happy with my progress (even though my to do list is LOOOONG!) getting the red and white quilt nearly finished was a big win for my motivation on all front. I really enjoyed meeting new and old friends. 😁

  8. Joan Sheppard

    Off to the store right now to get a pork loin and the chicken and not to forget the bourbon! Turned in 2 quilts to Sewing for the Kids, about 6 yds., one twin size, one baby size, new baby born on Sunday and got that mailed off too! about 2 yards? So about 8 total out the door. I keep a bag next to the machine and put the scrappy scraps in there. The school called and asked if I had any scraps! WIN! Enjoy the game! Thanks!

  9. My, my you sure have been s a busy bee. Love how the challenge quilt turned out. And the red/white safelight quilt is gorgeous. Plus, your Twinkle Twinkle Pumpkin Star is FABULOUS. Definitely a blue ribbon winner. Definitely want to try my hand at making the Pumpkin Star quilt. Again, thank you for your posts and sharing such creativity. I really look forward to your posts.

  10. Alexandria

    Love your challenge quilt. I’m disappointed I missed the zoom, I think I missed out on time with new friends and fun. Happy you had a good time.

  11. Thanks Carole for hosting the zoom sewing day! I got lots done and it was fun to chat with everyone. Nice to see what everyone is working on too!

  12. You’ve been super busy with all your cooking and quilting! Good luck getting things done by your deadline. All are pretty., but I’m really partial to the red one…….it’s truly gorgeous!!

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