Gosh, it’s been so long. [Do I even remember how to do this? LOL] It seems unfathomable to me that two years have passed since I posted anything here. In the last three months I’ve been able to get back to some of the things I love.


In October 2016, I was able to spend some time with the two little darlings pictured on the left and their parents [not pictured] and my youngest son and his girlfriend on the right.


Work on my many WISPs has been sporadic at best. I have just a bit to go to finish up on the Death Star pillow and Tonopah Nevada topographical map. The topographical map is embroidered with a layer of thin cotton batting behind it to give it some depth.


At the beginning of January there was a flurry of Instagram posts about the 1 Year of Stitches project. I decided to join in. A large part of the project is the daily practice of stitching something on cloth and posting a photo of your progress on social media. There are probably as many reasons to participate as there are participants. Many are stitching a motif that has meaning for something happening during their day. Others are brand new to embroidery and are using the project to learn new stitches. Others, like me, are using their daily practice to brush up on a long-forgotten skill. I’ve decided to post a weekly photo update here on the blog.


Finally, I’ve been making steady progress on this scrappy hexagon flower quilt top. It’s made with .75 inch hexagons. I used Inklingo to print most of the hexagons long before I knew anything about fussy cutting. If I were to start another one, there would definitely be more fussy cut hexagons! Above shows the bottom third of the quilt stitched together. There are a couple rows of the middle section and I’m working on the top third now. I’ve got about 100 more flowers to stitch together so my rule is to stitch nine flowers, then stitch a half row of flowers together.


dreary-dayWhat to do when the weather outside looks like this–exactly like it looked a month ago–and you are feeling miserable because of a cold… Sew hexagons. It doesn’t require much brain power.

hexiflowers-11Jan2015-2I have about 100 more flowers to stitch but I decided it was time to start sewing rows together. I already have all my edge pieces printed and cut.

hexiflowers-11Jan2015The top left and the bottom still need to be ironed. The first 50 flowers. Only 452 more to go.

There's a mountain range in the distance completely shrouded by the fog.

There’s a mountain range in the distance completely shrouded in fog.

It’s a misty, rainy, dreary day. A rarity in the desert southwest. (I am not looking forward to trekking through the mud to the chicken coop for eggs here shortly.) This is the kind of day that makes me feel like curling up with a good book by a fire. Unfortunately I’m not sure the fireplace here has ever been used. There’s no wood either. I decided instead to sew while listening to a good book. The only choice now is sewing by hand or machine? Machine, I think.


While members of the DA fight off the Death Eaters in the Department of Mysteries, I am sewing with Aunt Flo and enjoying some hot tea. Still working on finishing up a few more long-standing projects before the end of the year. I’m hoping to get 2 more tops done before I leave here on Monday.


My focus in 2017:

Sewing in 2017

  • 1 Year of Stitches embroidery project
  • Hexiflowers (aka Grace's Garden)
  • Death Star pillow
  • Tonopah Nevada topographical map
  • 1855 Wales Center map
  • Winnie the Pooh map
  • Ethan's Quilt
  • Thea's Quilt
  • Rachelle Fae CQ block
  • Machine quilting with a walking foot

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