Not a Christmas Bucket List

December 10th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Crafts, Holidays No Comments »

I do not really do anything for Christmas and even more so as I have gotten older. Decorating the house is just too much for me. But I do like the feeling of Christmas so I do little things that don’t require a huge effort on my behalf.

I wrote up this “non bucket list”. Basically meaning maybe I will, maybe I won’t. But it does help me celebrate the season.

I probably spent more time trying to get my old computer to rev up so I could use some of my Christmas pngs to create the art work on this document. Please excuse any misspellings on the document. It fought me tooth and nail that old pile of electronic junk and I ran out of patience trying to get the programs to open and work, more or less typing them out. But I think you get the idea of the things I do during the Christmas season.

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Autumn Bucket List – Autumn Themed Cross Stitch – I Finished!

December 2nd, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cross-Stitching No Comments »

It is my final post on the Autumn Bucket List 2023. Although I finished this project before the deadline I did not get a chance to photograph it.

Again, this is another Primrose Cottage design called Autumn Rules. My sister also did this design as well as the Christmas Rules design. She even managed to mount them on long boards with ribbons and Autumn picks. She did a wonderful job. Ahh to be retired and have some extra time.

It is a little hard to see the design so here are some closeups. I used a Lugana fabric which is so easy to stitch on.

I just need to finish this project. I have the board but I need to choose a background fabric and use some autumn picks and ribbon. But no rush since Autumn is officially over. Hopefully I can do the Christmas Rules next year. So much to stitch, so little time. But now I am all about Christmas activities now so I closing out my Autumn Bucket list for 2023.

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Halloween Bucket List – Halloween Cross Stitch

December 2nd, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cross-Stitching No Comments »

Halloween is my favorite holiday, all the pumpkins and bats are exciting to me. So it comes as no surprise that I cross stitch Halloween designs.

I decided to do a couple of Primrose cottage designs. The first is the Salem Sisters Apothecary on linen. I was hoping to get the frame from Etsy but it sells out before I even have a chance to see it on sale.

Then I decided to do a bunch of smalls from Primrose Cottage book called 13 Halloween Smalls. I just did 6 of them. Not sure if I am going to make ornaments, small pillows for a dough bowl or frame them.

These were quick and easy to stitch up. Maybe next year I can do the other ones in the book.

Now I am off stitching up Christmas designs.

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Bucket List -Fancy Floss

October 23rd, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cross-Stitching No Comments »

I enjoy cross stitching. I remember doing kits (like dimensions) with my Mom way back when when most cross stitch kits and patterns were kinda ugly. Aida came only in white or beige and your only option was to just stitch it up and hang on the wall. Now people are making project bags, cute decorative pieces, and tiered tray pieces or even a dough bowl filled with little stitched pillows. To be honest I do not remember actually finishing anything back then or maybe I just blocked it out. But cross-stitch has come a long way since then. The patterns are really cute with something for every season or occasion in many different sizes. Aida comes in beautiful colors and most are hand dyed to get the beautiful shades. The options are endless.

I rarely buy kits anymore instead I get patterns and my own floss and fabric. I am still a fan of DMC which is classic and very reasonable in cost. But now there is hand dyed floss which comes in beautiful rich tones. Now there are so many vendors who sell on Etsy that sell their custom colors. The choices are endless. I bought some that are Halloween and Autumn tones.

I am not sure what I will make with these floss colors but I am thinking a simple shaker design that will bring out the colors of the floss.

The Halloween ones have fun names like Werewolf, Sweater Weather and Moonlight. I thought this simple pattern would look good in one of these flossesj

The autumn colors are just luscious, so rich in golds, browns and oranges.

With names like Embers, Autumn Harvest and Golden Rule I can pictures leaves and pumpkins. Maybe I can do this pattern.

Or maybe some fall leaves 🍁

Or maybe I will hold onto them until the perfect pattern comes along.

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Bucket List – Halloween Mystery Quilt

October 15th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Crafts, Quilting No Comments »

I finally finished the Halloween Mystery Quilt from Primrose Cottages. At least the top was pieced together. I still need to send it off to the quilter and then do the binding. Speaking of binding. I need to finish the quilt from last year (which was sent to the quilter ) but I still need to sew on the binding. Sewing on a binding is my least favorite part of doing a quilt, so I tend to procrastinate.

I really like the fabric which is called Spellbound by Sweetfire Road. It is a nice collection of oranges and blacks

The kit had a charm pack so there was some leftover charm squares. I think I will make a few coasters to use them up. There maybe a enough to make a nice gift to a deserving friend.

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Haunted Halloween Stitch Along Finished

August 7th, 2023 klwade Posted in Crafts, Cross-Stitching No Comments »

I finished finished the Fat Quarter Shop Halloween Mystery Stitch Along. I am definitely behind the curve so I struggle to keep up with other stitchers. I can only stitch after work and on the weekends and time does not always permit. But I do enjoy this stitch alongs and applaud all who participate.

That moon took quite a while to stitch but was enjoyable because I could stitch without counting. There are a few mistakes (I won’t point them out) but overall I am pleased. I need to find a backing I like or a frame.

Now onto the Christmas Mystery Stitch Along!


#hauntedhalloweensal

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.

#PressedFlowersQuiltAlong

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.

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#AmherstBOM

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.