Sew Sampler new monthly QAL

May 27th, 2023 klwade Posted in Crafts, Quilting | No Comments »

I joined the sew sampler a few months ago. They give a monthly BOM pattern that started in April. I will get patterns for 12 months. This year the quilt is called Pressed Flowers.

I missed out buying the kit from FQS but that is just fine. I ended up getting Sunwashed by Corey Yoder

This fabric collection will make the flower blocks more vibrant which I prefer.

The finishing has corner blocks and I do not care for the gingham corners. I am thinking of using Bella solids in the corners that match the prints

I got this image off the Facebook group. Sadly I won’t get the pattern until the end of the year. I still need to get the binding and the backing so I better get it soon before I cannot find the fabric anymore.

Block one completed. And I love it. I think this will be a beautiful quilt.


Amherst Block of the Month

May 27th, 2023 klwade Posted in Crafts, Quilting, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Yes I am doing another block of the month. I saw this BOM in the Connecting Threads catalog and thought that I really had to make it. I love the blue and white look of it. Reminds of my friends kitchen. Her mother had blue and white china on the wall and I always admired it.

The fabric line is called Afternoon Tea. It is just so fitting. But I won’t be drinking tea and eating crumpets on this quilt.

It is a 9 month program. I received the first month and I made the 4 blocks below.

This time I starched the fabric first to prevent shrinkage afterwards. These were pretty easy to put together so I am looking forward to next months blocks.

Thanks for looking.


A Baby Quilt

May 24th, 2023 klwade Posted in Crafts, Quilting | No Comments »

My friend Tamika was expecting her first baby. I decided to make a quilt for the little one

I thought this was a cute idea from Riley Blake.

It came with this cute panel to make a soft book. Excuse the mess on my work area.

I added a custom label using a similar print.

A close up of the cute quilting.

Just add adorable baby.

Fat Quarter Shop Annual Halloween Mystery QAL/SAL

May 23rd, 2023 klwade Posted in Crafts, Cross-Stitching, Quilting | No Comments »

It is time again for the annual halloween mystery quilt along and stitch along that Fat Quarter Shop hosts. They generously post a new part of the pattern every week in June to make a cute wall quilt and a cute cross stitch design.

I received in the mail the fabric for the quilt. This year they are using Urban Chiks Owl-O-Ween fabrics from Moda.

From what I can tell, it appears to be a castle, haunted of course.

The cross stitch seems to have a pumpkin and a bat.

I thought about using DMC but went for the fancy floss because it looks like the pumpkin is a large enough piece that the variation would look good.

I decided to make a grime guard for my QSnap in the same fabric line. It makes it all the more festive. See you in June.

Annual Lenox purchases 2022

December 11th, 2022 klwade Posted in Lenox Christmas China | No Comments »

Well I think I have purchased every single Lenox Holiday China piece out there as it is getting harder and harder to find a piece to add to my collection. But alas I did find a few pieces

Snowman Treat Dish

This cutie is a smaller plate that is perhaps 8 inches that has some depth. Perfect for a few pieces of candy or smaller food bites such as olives and pickles for the table.

Holiday Candy Dish Cocoa Mug

This is an adorable candy dish. Remove the top for some small treats. I am afraid I might break the lid so I must be very careful. A little under 6 inches it is big enough to hold plenty of treats.

2022 Snowman Figurine

This is the 2nd year getting the annual snowman. I really liked the one from last year and actually had no idea these existed. I guess since I am running out of options on collecting the Holiday pieces for my dining room I will probably focus on the figurines.

Merry Christmas to all collectors out there and may your collection grow yearly.

A Mystery for Halloween

November 20th, 2022 klwade Posted in Quilting | No Comments »

This year I did not do an autumn bucket list. No pumpkin bread, forgot the Hallmark movies and I did not add my autumn bedding. But I did do a mystery Halloween quilt designed by Primrose Cottage My sister even joined along.

The fabric is called Bad to the Bone by My Mind’s Eye. There was just a few pattern flaws but otherwise came out beautiful and was easy to sew. I sent it off to the quilters so chances are I won’t get it back until after Christmas. I pieced the back because it was not large enough. I think it will come out cute.

I am designing a cute quilt label so when I get it back and add the binding I will give you an update.

Patriotic Cross Stitch

June 25th, 2022 klwade Posted in Crafts, Cross-Stitching | No Comments »

Since 4th of July is around the corner I decided to stitch up a few small patriotic pieces. To motivate me I jumped on the Primrose Cottage Stitching challenge.

I have done of a few of their ”kisses” patterns. Not only are they cute, they are fast to stitch.

Now for the million dollar question. How do I plan to finish them? I am thinking the small decorative pillows to put in the dough bowl. But we shall see.

To see other great projects from fellow stitches on the challenge use this hashtag #starspangledstitching

Ruby Star Society Summer Quilt Sew-along

June 20th, 2022 klwade Posted in Crafts, Quilting | No Comments »

It has been quite a while since I made a full sized quilt. I have this love affair with beautiful fabric. I cannot tolerate anything made with cheap, ugly fabric. Similar to my thoughts on scrapbook paper, life is too short to make ugly things with ugly products. So beautiful fabric it is, and quilting is the game. I decided to do the Ruby Star Society summer 2022 sew-along using the Stay Gold collection from RSS. Beautiful fabric with gold accents. It is a simple quilt only using 5 inch squares but still beautiful.

Starting today we will all start to cut out the fabric. On the hashtag #rsssummersewalong I have seen a nice variety of fabric choices. It will be exciting to see what people choose as their fabrics. I will try to cut it out this week but i am struggling with a major toothache. At least I got an appointment. Hopefully it will be a dim memory soon.

Wish me luck on my quilt a long!

Adding to my Lenox collection

November 25th, 2021 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Lenox Christmas China | No Comments »

Well it is getting close to Christmas and it is almost Black Friday, so I decided to check out Lenox to see if there is anything to add to my Lenox Holiday China Collection.

I guess I must have bought it all (except the reallllllyyyyy expensive pieces) as they was NOTHING on sale that I did not already had. I really must do an inventory of what I have so I can figure out if I am missing anything. I did find a couple of nice to have items that I went ahead and bought for Christmas

I got this little bowl that has a tree that your perch on the edge. It is too small for anything much, but may be good for a dip or some candies. I got the tree and the snowman bowls.

I also got the annual snowman figurine. I really liked this one. The snowman with cocoa and cookies is very cute. I read online that they have been doing these snowman for 12 years. It is the first time I have noticed. I do have some other lenox figurines.

Most of my figurines are stored away in boxes. I wish to display them but have way too much clutter in my house. Maybe after I sell off some crap I will have more room. I have the snowman below. I also have one where all the snowman are having thanksgiving or some sort of party. I also have the monthly snowmen, each in a monthly theme I could only find a picture of the snowman, but you get the idea. These snowmen are made from Lynn Bywaters and are just adorable. They stopped making them in 2019. I prefer these textured type of snowmen versus the smooth china ones they do now. But that is why this are called collectables.

Thanks for taking a peek at my blog.

Little Women SAL – Update

August 22nd, 2021 klwade Posted in Crafts, Cross-Stitching | No Comments »

I finished part three of the Little Women SAL. I was hoping to catch up on the book but I have been kinda dragging lately.

This part has the dates and names down on the bottom. In an effort to catch up I immediately started Part Four so I can catch up.

I saw someone on Instagram who made a project bag out of the finished project. I am not sure what I want to do with this sampler. I am leaning towards frame art, but framing is so expensive. I can try to frame this myself, but I doubt I can do it justice.

What do you think? What should I do with it.