Friday, July 15, 2016


My little hexagons are framed and hanging on my sewing room wall!
It's hung where I can see and enjoy it everyday.
This is certain to be one of my favorites for many years to come! 
The old 16"x20" frame glued back together nicely and painted up well.
I matched the paint to the neutral 'path' fabric.
Now another UFO has come out to play. Last year I was in Houston for Quilt Festival and took a class from Melinda Bula.
I never finished the quilt when I got home so that is the next UFO on my list. A couple of solid days is all I need for the highlights on the flowers and then the leaves. I have no idea how long it will take to do all the thread painting - that will be the true challenge!
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Old UFO's

I've been slowly making progress on some old UFO's I've had hanging around.
These kitchen hanging towels have been in the works for years. I have no idea why it took me so long to get at them because they took less than a day in my sewing room to finish them off. Not long ago I dug them out from the bottom of a box and finished cutting the tops and gathered the bottoms. I had enough kitchen towels for 14 of them!
 Thanks to the pattern from Kleio's Belly  it was fast and easy to get them finished.
I did a few things differently. I gathered my top edge and it worked great for the thin towels but I had a couple thicker towels. They would have worked better if they had been pleated - not so bulky and wanting to slip under the sewing machine foot.
Also I stitched 1/4" away from all the edges of the top.
Then I used my favorite Velcro instead of a button and buttonhole - Fabric Fusion -a fusible Velcro that works great!
Then I finally finished the mittens I started last winter!
This is Cruiser - a pattern from The Daily Skein (and also Ravelry)
I wasn't reading the pattern very well - not the patterns fault I like to read ahead and sometimes make assumptions so I tore them out several times before vowing to read the pattern as it was written!

This was a beautifully soft wool  - Reverie from Knit Picks! Now I can't wait until winter.
And then a bit more work on a recent UFO - my mini hexagon stars!
Here they are taped front and back to the "borders" and getting ready to stitch them down. I am just using invisible thread with a very small zigzag stitch to sew them together. On the back they are overlapped about 1/2" so there is room for a bit of mishap if needed.

It is turning out great. I can't wait for the reveal!
Happy Stitching!