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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

It’s a glorious Resurrection Sunday morning. It’s warm out, and the doors and windows are open, letting in the breezes and sounds of spring. It seems like it’s been such a long winter. But that makes the first warm days of spring even more precious. It’s a perfect time to, as Kathy said in her post today, “just be”.  Not feeling like I have to be doing, but rather to sit and be still, to enjoy the thought of what Resurrection Sunday means to me, and to enjoy the beauty of our Lord’s creation. There are cardinals out there, singing their songs to each other..... what a wonderful sound.
I’m making progress on Orion’s Belt. All of the stars are finished, and I’m starting to put it together.
I’m trying to do it in a logical manner, taking photos as I go, so that I can write it up as a pattern later.
So for the rest of today, after I link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, I’m going to sit here by the door, or maybe even venture outside, and enjoy the breezes and sounds of a perfect spring day, while taking many slow stitches.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I left a comment on somebody’s blog this morning, after reading that they were sitting outside stitching. The comment was something to the effect that it wasn’t warm enough here yet for outside stitching. Well, this afternoon proved me wrong. It was gorgeous, and allowed for a blissful hour sitting in the sun and stitching. It felt so good!!
I’m still working with my kites and diamonds. I’ve got a few of them surrounded by the Kona Pepper now, and am liking the way that they look, sparkling against the night sky. This one will be called Orion’s Belt. I’m trying to diversify the fabric selection a bit, and not just stick to the batiks, as much as I love them.
I’m probably going to make four of the blocks and then call it finished. I’m making these more as samples for patterns, rather than full size quilts. I have at least three more designs, based on the kite shape, to make up. As long as I’m having fun with these, I’ll keep going.
It’s time to link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and get some supper.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

More stars from Kites

After finishing Castor and Pollux I had a bunch of kite shapes left over. So, what's a quilter to do but start something else with them. I’m doing sets of fours with them this time, two lights and two darks, and they’ll be part of another new pattern. However, There is going to come a point when I’ll have to stop sewing in order to actually write up the patterns. But for the moment, I’m having fun. There seems to be an over abundance of orange in this mix, so it just might be time to drag out my bins of scrap strips and get a greater variety of colours going. I might throw some prints into the mix, too in order to break up the preponderance of batiks and tone on tones. The background is going to be a Kona solid, probably the pepper colour, which is as close to black as it can get without actually being black, if that makes sense. I’m hoping it will be easier on the eyes to sew than black. The idea is for it to look like stars in the night sky. I seem to be on a roll when it comes to these kites, and blocks that look like stars. I just might start a series of quilts named after constellations. This one is going to be named Orion’s Belt.
I’m going to link up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social. Then it will be time to get some lunch and head up to the quilting studio to get some more work done. I’m having a three way race up there to see what will happen first.... the quilt gets finished..... I run out of the bobbin colour I’m using..... the new thread order with more of the bobbin thread arrives. Stay tuned for the results of this exciting race. (grin)

Edit: running out of bobbin thread won. Now, I wait for the delivery of more thread. And maybe, make some more stars.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’ve managed to finish Castor and Pollux. By doing no other hand stitching, other than this project, it’s been finished in record time, for me at least. According to the blog, I started this somewhere around the first week of March, which means this was finished in under a month. I have enough left over kites to start something else, too.  So, with no further delay, I’m going to dig out those leftovers, find other stuff to go with them, and start the next project. I’m having so much fun!!!
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching. Stay tuned for what comes next!