Monday, May 16, 2016

Stitching and All

First of all, the winner of my Crafted Applique giveaway is Linda at Chirp.  Congratulations, Linda.  You will enjoy this book.

This week has been a week of bits and pieces of everything.  I've been doing cross stitching on my never ending Nativity project in the evenings.  I did a lot of it while we were on vacation so have continued to work on it in the hopes of finishing it this year.  I need to finish the second shepherd and then onto the last one.  I am feeling like it is getting close now.


You can see the slow progress since the last time I showed it.  I'd hate to think of how many hours I have in this already. lol



Carla is the queen for our Mid Century Modern Bee this month.  Her request is for churn dash blocks.



Months ago Ida had asked me if I would join in a Round Robin with her, two of her sisters and her niece.  It was so much fun to work on a different quilt each month and send it on to the next person.  I sent off  a center bear paw block.  I forgot to photograph it before I sent it, but I cropped the picture.



This is the way it returned to me.  I love how fancy my lonely little block became a 64" square flimsy.  I hope Ida will show you some of the others as they were wonderful.  Now....to get it quilted.




My words are almost ready to be made into a quilt.  I have so many ideas about how to finish it off.



These are the words that I made for Susan for the month of May.



As well as sewing, I have been refinishing an oak trestle table and benches.  Again, I did not get a picture of it before (darn), but will post the finish when it is done.  We've had this table since our children were young and we are passing it on to our daughter's family.  It is great for little ones.

We've had a busy month already with five birthdays, wedding anniversaries, First Communion, Confirmations and bridal showers.  The college grandchildren are home for the summer so life is great and keeping us busy, but I'm still taking time to smell the flowers.








26 comments:

Nat Palaskas said...

Hi Mary, sorry I have been away from blogging lately. I don't even visited mine blog! I love love your word blocks. It will be a great quilt. Have a look at Tanya's blog, she is a queen of word quilt - Big hugs Nat

Quilting Babcia said...

I absolutely love how your round-robin quilt top turned out. Perfect choice for each border. I've alays been too nervous about ruining someone else's quilt top to take part in a round robin but our quilt ministry has several donated orphan blocks that we could each choose one and do something like this as a fun donation project. Your Nativity is progressing beautifully, and will be so worth the hours it took when it's finished.

sewyouquilt2 said...

love your words quilt

Barb said...

Wow, your stitching is amazing and to know how much work you put into it is equally amazing. Love your words.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I know how many hours those cross stitch pictures take. Your nativity scene is beautiful.

Maria said...

I'm sure you will finish the Nativity cross stitch for Christmas this year... Looks lovely.
Your Bears Paw block sure did turn into a fabulous top, do hope Ida shows the others on her blog...
WOW the Words are looking sew good together , looking forward to seeing the finish...
The sweet peas are sew pretty. Have just popped some seeds in here...

KimM said...

The nativity design is really coming along. Your words quilt is awesome....as are all your quilt blocks.
xxx

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Wow....lots of work there, Mary. Very nice pieces, and the Round Robin looks wonderful

krislovesfabric said...

Love your words, what a great quilt this will make!

Carol S. said...

Your cross stitching is so beautiful! Love the churn dash block...and all the other ones, too!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I agree the words are great, but your round robin quilt is fabulous too. Your churn dash is neat also.

Jean said...

Love the sewing words for your quilt, what a great idea!

Lara B. said...

The sewing words are so cool and the way your Bear Paw block grew in the round robin is wonderful! Mary, I don't know how you do it all, but you do everything so well! Refinishing and cross stitching are now added to the list. The nativity scene is beautiful!
May you enjoy every moment of all these great family activities!
Congratulations to Linda - I hope to be able to mail her book off soon. :)

lindaroo said...

Yippee! I'm so excited to be the winner of the applique book!
All your work is exceptional. The cross stitch is truly impressive, and your churn dash block fro the bee is darling!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Congratulations to Linda!

I love your words and cannot wait to see them turn into a quilt. ;-)

And that round robin quilt - wow! I can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Rhonda said...

Wow Mary, you are into some wonderful projects. Love the round robin quilt and the handwork scene.

Ramona said...

You have so many wonderful blocks and projects here today! Your stitching is gorgeous. The detail in your piece is just beautiful. What a treasure that will be when you are finished. I love your churn dash block!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Love the churn dash for Carla. I looked up her request at the beginning of the month and then got busy and it completely slipped my mind until today. At least there's still time in the month. Wish you luck with the cross stitch project and the word quilt is going to be really fun. You have lots happening.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

I am always amazed by you patience whenever you show the cross-stitch project! The blocks from different quilts are wonderful! I look forward to seeing how you put them together and quilt them.

-Soma

Live a Colorful Life said...

Your cross stitch is amazing!! And your word quilt is very fun. Sweet peas are my favorite (oh, and lilacs, but they are hard to find around here...)

Mdm Samm said...

i remember that cross stitching, you will get it done by christmas, i just know it lol.
and your word blocks..I do like those....perfect for all ages...

Wacky Woman said...

You get so much done! And, it's all wonderful!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Your "never ending" Nativity project sounds like my "never ending" Oz project! Lol......thanks so much for participating in the Round Robin with us....I am so pleased with how mine turned out and when I got over worrying about messing up somebody else's center I enjoyed working on every one! Your words are looking good!

Stephanie said...

Busy hands, happy heart...that applies both to crafting and family I imagine. :o) The intricate nativity is truly beautiful. Love your words so much. What a happy and fun quilt that will be.

OPQuilt said...

I just want you to know that because of your cross-stitch inspiration, I took my bag of my old sampler with me to Utah...and didn't even get it out of my suitcase. But you have inspired me to keep it handy and out on TV nights. I admire your progress on that, as well as your words quilt.
Love the llowers, and I did some snipping myself last night when my sister came for dinner--my bouquet is less traditional with our arid gardening, but I did love your vase of beautiful flowers.
Elizabeth

em's scrapbag said...

Your round robin turned out great! I'm loving your word quilt!