Not Much Done In The Sewing Room Kind of Day

gardening, Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, Stitchery

Thanks for the help yesterday on thread suggestions for big stitch quilting on the Postage Stamp.  My favorite place to order threads from is Red Rock Threads – no affiliation but a satisfied customer of 5 + years.  Very fast service and decent shipping charges.  I ordered Aurifil #12 in a green variegated color.  I have some needles here that might work and I will try them first – if they do not work I will check Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart before I order any (our two stores with craft items LOL).

My batting for the Postage Stamp quilt arrived nice and fast from the Fat Quarter Shop – they had a sale and I got my Quilters Dream mid-loft batting that I like in king size.   (again no affiliation but have been happy with their fast service for years and years now) I am all set now for the Postage Stamp quilt – but it will be about a week before it is on the frame – but it is nice to know I am ready for it.


I am working on this area of the Final Frontier – I try to quilt two rows up  from where the roller is so I will need to roll it down one more time.  I was going to try to finish this length last night before rolling it down one more time – did I do it? we will see.  It is taking me about 4 or 5 days to quilt all the way across – I have had sore fingertips so it is moving a little slower than it does sometimes.  But I want to get it done!!  I am determined to take at least a week off of quilting at the frame thought after I get the new quilt on it and let the fingertips do some healing – they heal quickly.  I had hoped to finish this stretch of The Final Frontier last night but not quite I am linking to Red Letter Quilts today.


I think the 3 little hexies at the bottom are new since I last showed them – little by little and the stack will grow.  I did not get around to Williamsburg Beauty yesterday – I was just busy with outside stuff maybe today?  I am linking up to Sew She Can: Show Off Saturday today.


4 – 16 patch blocks now finished from the scrap bin of 2 inch pieces.  These go so quickly when you are not color coordinating and just doing scrappy.


Melanie’s newest Cat Stitchery that she was working on the other night – it is from the same site that I posted a link to last week – well I thought I posted a link – I just found the post but couldn’t find a link – if you are interested in the pattern I will get the link from her. She needs to finish the sun at the top and I believe it is then done – so colorful and cute.


Finally got the flower bed dug up of all the bulbs, a few stray pieces of ground cover to get out before I dig it all up again to make sure everything is out and then re-plant.


All the big Crinum bulbs dug out – multiplied and I have twice what I started with 10 years ago or so whenever they were divided last.


the biggest one yet!


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12 comments… add one
  • Marianne Oct 29, 2016

    Melanie’s embroidery is so cute – it almost makes me want to take up embroidery! (not!) I can’t wait to see the big stitch quilting on your postage stamp quilt. I wonder if you will find it difficult to make the bigger stitches considering how small and regular your “regular” quilting stitches are.

    • Karen Oct 29, 2016

      I doubt my stitches will be big – most likely still will be small – I would have a hard time to make myself take big stitches they do not look as neat in my opinion – I don’t want it to look real rustic but I want the thread to stand out.

  • Kaholly Oct 29, 2016

    Mm, haven’t done cross stitch in years! It’s beautiful! And your projects are moving right along nicely, too. No brick and mortar stores nearby for your purchases? None here, that’s for sure! But we have an Aurifil dealer in the province. The trick is to purchase when someone is passing through to avoid exorbitant postage! Enjoy your weekend. It’s pretty stormy here! XO
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    • Karen Oct 29, 2016

      No stores here Karen for quilting/stitching. All we have is Hobby Lobby for 85 miles radius around us and I don’t feel like driving it often.

  • Kathi Oct 29, 2016

    Love Melanie’s cat stitcher!
    Glad you have ordered all you need for your postage stamp quilt.. fat quarter shop is fast too!!!
    Love your progress in this garden spot and what a big bulb!!!
    I have a 1/2″ hexi punch I found and when I do hexies will use this to make card stock hexies to baste the fabric on… I have a couple larger sizes too but unsure if these punches will handle fabric correctly.
    Have a great weekend! I hope to blog tomorrow and finally get in some nice slow stitches too! Kathi
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    • Karen Oct 29, 2016

      I would say just try a piece of fabric on your hexie punch and find out – I haven’t a clue as I have never used one.

  • Deb Oct 29, 2016

    you will never last a full week off of the frame, ha ha! I give you 3-4 days 🙂

    Love that blue cat !!
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    • Karen Oct 29, 2016

      well I hope a full week – but yes you know me it will be hard – these fingertips need a little relief though 🙂

  • maxine lesline Oct 29, 2016

    Your hand quilting is wonderful to see… I quit going to quilt shows because nearly all quilts are machine quilted.. look like mattress pads to me. I have been using perle cotton to do big stitching on little projects.. certainly shows up the stitching.. and am looking forward to see yours.

    • Karen Oct 29, 2016

      thanks Maxine – it does seem like hand quilting is a dying art – but with newbies and some old quilters showing what can be done with the heavier threads and bigger stitches some are beginning to realize that it is ok to take big stitches – they do not have to be tiny unless you want them that way – I haven’t gone to a show in about 4 years I think – time to go to one this coming spring again i think!

  • Sandra B Oct 29, 2016

    Sounds like you are going to be ready to go, on quilting the a Postage Stamp quilt, whenever you are ready to start on it!
    Melanie’s stitching is beautiful! Love all the colors….and all those tiny stitches! I used to do counted cross stitch many years ago, and I know how much work is involved….thank you for sharing her projects….
    That is a mess of bulbs you have dug up!!
    Hope you are having good weather….here in Virginia, we have had some beautiful days, and the forecast for tomorrow is a high in lower 80’s….I think we had better enjoy it, because I have a feeling this will be the last of our warm days for quite a while!!
    On Monday, we go back to normal fall weather, but that is okay with me…I am ready for cooler weather!

    • Karen Oct 29, 2016

      we have warm weather until Thursday or so in upcoming week! well be glad for more fall like weather.

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