Monday, September 30, 2013

Guest Post

Good Morning!  I am excited to send you all over to Jane's Fabric and Quilts where she has invited me to write my first Guest Post ever.  Want to see how I used this fabric I have been coveting since it came out?
I hope you will come visit me at http://janesfabrics.blogspot.com/ and check out her series "For the Love of Hand Embroidery"
For the Love of Hnad Embroidery

Blessings from our home in the woods.

Brenda

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Do You SAL, CAL, QAL, KAL, do you?

So tell me how many Sew alongs,  crochet alongs, quilt alongs, knit alongs, you get the idea, do you sign up for or start?  I want to do them all.  When I first started blogging I was buying fabric and yarn all the time for all the different crafty goodies I wanted to make along with all of you.  I finally decided after 2 years of finding out there is just no way I could keep up with that many fun things and still finish gifts for family and friends that I would only try and keep up with one project on line at a time.  This years pick was the Girls own Stitching Club over at Red Brolly.  And I have kept up so far although the BOM that I started with a local quilt shop I have fallen behind on.  Here is this months block from the Girls Own Stitching Club.
I am loving these blocks.  I am stitching on muslin backed with a light weight fusible interfacing.  They remind me of vintage table scarves or hankies.  If you would like to join the club there is a button on my side bar. I learned two new stitches this month the Granitos stitch which I figured out pretty quickly and the Bullion stitch which I need a lot of practice at.

Since I did not have a crochet project going and was itching to do a little hook work I decided to start this project.
I found the tutorial at Sewing Daisies if you are interested.  I bought the charm squares and yarn way back when there was a CAL/SAL going around for it.  Sew, I am not doing an "along", I am doing it "alone".  But that is ok, because even though this tutorial has been around for close to two years I still wanted to try my hand at it.  I did change out the corners, I wanted them to meet when I put it together instead of the rounded ones in the tutorial.  Easy enough to change out.  I think when I have all the squares done I will trim each the same with a natural color and then use the same color to crochet them together.  What do you think?  I have this many done so far.

And I do have a finished project!  I have finished the baby blanket that I have been showing you the start of for a couple of weeks.


I have shared this tutorial with you before, but just in case you have not visited in the past you can find it at the Moda Bake shop here.


This baby blanket is winging its way across the country for my best friends new grand baby that is due to arrive this next month.  

So there you have it, a new project started, one finished and one that is a mystery.  

I hope you are having a wonderful week, blessing from our home in the woods!

Brenda

Friday, September 6, 2013

Most Things Fall

Happy Friday sweet friends!  I know you are all blogging about Fall, so I thought I should chime in.  I will start with a recipe.  More to the tune of, I will send you to the site that shares the recipe, and then just tell you to try this, it is wonderful!  I made this for hubs and myself a little over a week ago when the nights started cooling off and I decided it was time to start making some of the yummy, warm your soul, foods that we all love come Fall.
This is Touchdown Chili is out of the Susan Branch Autumn book.  You can find the recipe here on her wonderful site.  Not only are you in for a treat if you try out this recipe but you also are going to love reading the wonderful posts that Susan writes.  Better yet, you might want to pick up a copy of the book because it is full of great recipes for this time of the year.

Now that the season has changed and it is almost time to start working on those Christmas gifts, I have been trying to spend more time in my sewing room finishing off some of the projects that have been sitting while I have been gardening, canning and just having summer fun.  Today is
and I have been in the sewing room finishing up a couple of projects this evening.  I finished the August BOM and replaced May's block since I did not get June or July's made yet.  This is diffidently more seasonal.


I also finished up another project this evening but am unable to share it with you because I am taking part in a blog hop at Jane's Fabrics and Quilts.  Each Monday someone shares an embroidery project.  My turn to share  is September 30th.

For the Love of Hnad Embroidery

Since I cannot share the completed project I will just give you a peek of the material that I used to put it all together with.  I have been determined to find a project to use some of this Moda fabric in so I hope you will come back on the 30th and see the result.

I am going to work on another project through through the rest of the evening.  I shared the pieced side of the chenille baby blanket I am making for a gift a couple of weeks ago.
This evening I am backing with layers of flannel in these colors sewing the channels through all the layers that I hope to get cut and the binding on and in the washer to turn into chenille by the end of the weekend.  A soft warm blanket for a new Fall baby due next month.  

I will try and come back later tomorrow and share the fun things I have planned with my best friend tomorrow if there is time.  Have a wonderful weekend!  Blessings from our home in the woods.
Brenda

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