Adding Borders…and a New Website!!

I am happy to announce that my new (and improved!) website is now up and running.  We still have to add some more products and the free patterns (Peggy’s Puzzle and Circle of Tulips). Thank you for your patience.  I wish time would stand still, just until I catch my breath!

In the meantime, I have been busy stitching the borders on “To Everything There Is A Season” a BOM I launched last April.  I am so close to being finished I can hardly believe it!

After some consideration, I decided to miter the corners of the light blue border and then applique the dark blue curvy piece on to it.

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I made a freezer paper template of the long blue sections and prepped them in the usual way.

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Instead of cutting 4 very long pieces of dark blue fabric for these borders, I cut 8 shorter ones and pieced them together.  I placed the join right in the middle, where no one will notice it!

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Next, I prepped the pieces with my “big girl” iron.

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Once I removed the template I stitched the pieces onto the light blue borders.

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Voila!!  Well, I would like to say the quilt is now complete, but no…there is still more applique!

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The corners each have a spray of seasonal flowers.  I decided to start with the spring corner.  I used an applique pressing sheet to “build” my flowers on it. This is a great way to construct flowers (or any other shape) with many pieces.

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Simply lift the flower off the pressing sheet and place it on the background and stitch away!

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And here is the Spring Border!

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And the Summer Border!  (Yes, I have been busy!!)

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And a sneak peek of the Winter Border.  Yes. Really busy!

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Til next time…

Kerry

Stippling and other fun stuff!

I really wish I had more to show!  I have been working away on my hexie quilt and loving every moment of it.  The top left corner is almost complete, then I will continue the dark brown border and then…well who knows?  This quilt seems to be designing itself!  My only goal was to use up all 5 meters of the beige background, which I have had in my stash for 8 years…8 years!   Seriously, it’s time to let go!!

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I have finished all of the background stippling on the eagle block of my “Friends of Baltimore”.  Turns out stippling is very relaxing, soothing and almost hypnotic.  Time stands still when I work on this block.  Still not sure what I am going to do with those triangles…..

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Because the background is so heavily quilted, everything pops out, like the flowers and leaves, which I love because it almost looks dimensional!  The eagle is a little baggy and needs some quilting.  So, this is the “before” picture and in my next post you will see the “after” picture.

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Life is short and we are not supposed to sweat the “small stuff”.  So, I am not going to worry about the cat hair anymore.  I just purchased a bulk package of lint rollers and I am making really good use of them!

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My new and improved website is still under construction and hopefully will be ready to launch the end of next week.  You have probably figured out by now that I am a huge fan of Sue Garman and her wonderful applique patterns.  So, I will be selling some of her patterns on my website.  And, I will be doing one of her patterns, Bed of Roses, as a Quilt-Along, complete with fabric kits!  Last night I prewashed the fabrics so I could get started on the first block.  So exciting!

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Til next time….

Kerry

Slow progress, but still progress!

The definition of “progress” is: the development, advancement, or improvement, as toward a goal.  If that is the case, then I guess I am making progress on my next journey…handquilting Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”.  I am  echo quilting and I must say, I love how it looks.  Although, I also must say that I start hyper-ventilating every time I start to think about how long this is going to take!  I am not doing any marking on the background, just eye-balling it.  On some of the blocks, which have a bit more space, I will add some motifs, maybe some feathers, my initials and the date.  Who knows?

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Thanks goodness I have someone to keep me company.  That just makes the time go so much quicker!  I started out using a hoop, but I am experimenting with quilting without a hoop and it seems to be working….for now.  I will keep you posted on the slow, but steady, progress!

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Last night I finished stitching the top half of my hexie quilt, because what kind of quilter would I be if I didn’t have more that a few intense projects on the go?  Every time I sit and stitch these hexies, I am amazed at how quickly they are going together.  And how easily!  I am using Inklingo to print my shapes.  I have already started printing the next set of shapes for my next hand-piecing project, but I have vowed (definition of vow: to promise solemnly; pledge) to myself that I will only have one hand-piecing project on the go at any given time!!

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Til next time….

Kerry

Stitching the blocks together!

Yesterday, I cleared off the dining room table, set up the ironing board and dusted off my sewing machine. Excitement was in the air….I was ready to start to stitch together “To Everything There Is A Season”!  First I stitched a couple of blocks together…

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Next, I added those blocks to the top of the wreath.

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Then, I added the next two blocks together and added them to the bottom of the wreath.  So far, so good!

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I stitched another four blocks together…

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….and added those blocks to the side.  I can’t wait to see the finished quilt…but now, dinner is ready and we need a place to eat.

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I am working away on my hexie quilt I started not that long ago.  I am using Inklingo to print the hexies and then stitching together by hand with a simple running stitch.  So easy and so relaxing!  I stitch my hexies for an hour or so every evening, which is usually when I handquilt and that explains why I am making very slow progress on my Friends of Baltimore.  But that’s OK.  After all, there are only so many hours in the day!

I am linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday and WIPs  Be Gone.  Check out both sites and see what stitchers are up to!

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Til next time….

Kerry

To Everything There Is A Season – Centre Wreath

Yesterday, I finally(!) finished stitching the Centre Wreath of “To Everything There Is A Season”, a BOM I launched last April.  You can see all 12 blocks and the Centre Wreath on my website Simple Bird Studio. The Centre Wreath is 36″ x 36″, so it will only be available as a paper pattern, which I will mail out.  The cost will be $18.00, and will include shipping to Canada and the US.

Once the stitching was completed,  I washed the block to remove all the glue and starch.

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After the block was completely dry, I trimmed it to the correct size (I always cut my background much larger than necessary to account for shrinkage).

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And, here we go!!  Hope you like it!

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Speaking of websites….I am in the process of setting up a new website, which will be so much more user friendly than my current one.  Anyone who has set up a website knows how much time it takes to get up and running, time that I would rather spend stitching…trust me!!

Til next time….

Kerry

Slow Stitching Sunday, Indeed!

Yes, indeed, it has been a Slow Stitching Sunday!  I am finally recovering from a nasty case of strep throat that left me feeling so drained that all I could do was sleep for the last 3 days, so I didn’t get much stitching done this past week.  However, I thought a lot about stitching!  I thought about how I wanted to quilt FOB.  Sometimes it’s easier to figure out what you don’t want to do, rather than what you want to do.  A process of elimination, of sorts.  I knew I didn’t want to cross-hatch this quilt.  Yes, it would be lovely, for sure, but I cross-hatched the last 2 quilts and I am desperate for a change.

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I have decided to do a combination of echo quilting and stippling in the background and just some simple quilting on the applique sections.  On some of the blocks, where space permits, I would like to quilt some small motifs, like a feather or a heart.  For the quilting on the applique sections, I will match the color of quilting thread to the fabric (red thread on a red rose etc).

I am not sure what I will do when I come to all of those navy blue triangles… I might quilt small circles in them like I did for my Bouquet For A New Day.

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Hmmm….I will figure it our when I get there!  So here is what I have done so far.

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It took me a while to find the perfect needle for this quilt (Clover Gold Eye #10).  Again…process of elimination!!

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I am still loving my Inklingo experience!  Here is my hexie quilt that I started not that long ago using hexies that I printed on fabric and I am hand-stitching.    This quilt just seems to grow bit by bit every day.  I am not sure how large it will end up.  As soon as the beige background runs out, I will be finished!! (I have 4 meters so I am not worried….yet!)

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I am linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday and, also, Wips Be Gone.  Check them both out and see what everyone is up to!

Til next time….

Kerry

 

To Everything There Is A Season…Block 12

Here is the final block of a block-of-the-month I launched last April.  This block has everything I love about Spring…butterflies and baby chicks!  You can order this block (and the previous blocks) on my website Simple Bird Studio.for blog

Next month, I will have the center medallion  completed.  Here is another sneak peak.

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Til next time…

Kerry