Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New Year of Slow Sunday Stitching



As I posted previously my Crazy Cravings lap quilt is a top now but it is far from finished. First I need to somehow embellish all the connecting seams.  Some people leave them as is but I like to have some kind of stitching on all seams and don't like to be able to tell where one block starts and ends. 


When I'm finished with that I need to add some rick rack to the brown border and I was going to do some chicken scratch embroidery on the gingham border but I'm finding the 1/8 inch squares don't show it off so well so will probably either crochet some trim or do some herringbone stitching on the gingham.  Ahhh...the best laid plans....



 And this year's Crazy Quilt Journal Project is a Crazy Farm lap quilt.  This is my second block to work on. I'm going to try very hard to do two 12 inch blocks per month.

I'm also embroidering Days of the Week fruits for another project I have in the works but have not yet revealed. 


Good thing I take pictures of my projects every once in a while. Looks like I forgot to stitch the cherry blossoms.   I have 3 out of the 4 days finished.



I finished the applique on 10 more 30s Butterflies and now they are waiting for some blanket stitches and backstitches.  These are for a quilt that I'm making like the one I inherited from my grandmother that is falling apart. 

I took the two days off after New Year's Day so got a lot of hand stitching done. Normally I try to work on my hand stitching projects at least 15 minutes each evening after work and on Sunday.  Friday night and Saturday I work on my sewing machine.

For some inspirational projects being worked on by hand visit Kathy's Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday.

11 comments:

Ellen said...

You have been busy - great projects!

sophie said...

It's going to be a gorgeous crazy quilt when you're done. What a great slow-stitch Sunday project. Maybe you could treat a 4-patch of those gingham checks as one for stitching. It would still be pretty tiny (1/4 inch) but twice as large as you have now.

Quilter Kathy said...

So many wonderful projects to enjoy! Just love your Crazy Cravings quilt! Well, I love them all! Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

Debra said...

I love the strawberries, Of course!

littleorphanskein said...

Your butterflies made me smile: Over Christmas this year, My mom and stepdad had to stay with us for a week because of the severe ice storm that hit our area. A few minutes after she went into the guest bedroom to get settled in, she came out carrying a quilt and was almost in tears.
I had pulled out the butterfly quilt that I keep in the closet and put it on the bed. I knew it was old, but I hadn't realized HOW old.
She was in tears because she thought it had been lost. Her Great-Grandma had made it. The quilt is somewhere around 100 years old.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I love all your embroidering! Do you use floss or perle cotton? I am visiting from Slow Stitching Sunday.

Sharon said...

Love all your projects! Your embroidery is gorgeous.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I have had so much fun watching Crazy Cravings! I love how you mix things together... Embroidery, patchwork in fun fabrics and your embellishments too. So creative and fun!

Cindy Nielsen said...

I live the gingham check with strawberries. Thanks for sharing.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just love your Crazy Quilt blocks and stitching. Yes, strawberries and gingham just are perfect together.

ratama said...

The embellishment of your lap quilt is so beautiful, love to see more