Thursday, August 27, 2020

I Like Thursday # 63 ~ Seeking Sense and Sensibility

This is one of the last roses in my summer garden.

It has been such a long hot summer
that most of my summer blooms are spent for the season
even though we are just now experiencing the beginning of the season's change.

Today is has, at last, been cool enough to turn on the oven.
So I made Mr Scrapatch one of his favorite breakfast treats this morning ...

Blueberry Custard Bread Pudding
from my own recipe, Here.
It is blueberry season here and it is nice to be baking again.

My Quilty Kitties and I have been continuing to sort and reorganize
my stash and sewing area.
Katniss is helping me to fill my new baskets. 

I have been spending a lot of time with my books,
re-reading old favorites, including Jane Austen.

Are you  a Jane Austen fan?

You might enjoy the quizzes on this this site ... 

The Jane Austen Quiz - Facts Within Fiction

"Your score: 10 / 10

Congratulations! You know your Regency history!"

Most quilters and readers have heard of ...

 Jane Austen's Quilt on display in Chawton, England.

Many have made their own version of this diamond quilt.

Now many more will make it with this new collection ... 

There is a "cheater" type panel.
It is similar but not an authentic reproduction
as the original quilt had 64 different fabrics in the diamonds. 
It is a lovely collection for Jane Austen enthusiasts, though.

I have had a Jane Austen Quilt on my list for some time
but never have collected enough fabrics to make my version.
I am undecided as to whether I will sew the panel version.
If I really want to get the quilt done,
this might be the best opportunity to do so.

Are you a Jane Austen Quilt Fan?
Have you made your own version of this quilt?

It is Thursday so I shall enjoy a visit with my friends
I Like Thursday @ Not Afraid of Color

who once a week choose to find and share happiness.

May you and yours have a Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Looking Forward to a Fabulous Fall

Fabrics for a new Fabulous Fall Project.
Only the pumpkin fabric is new.

The others are "Last Bloom" from a project started Here

I love fall fabrics and Sandy Gervais designs and colors
so I had to buy a bit of her new one ...

 I found my fabric at 

I really want to get a panel, too, before they are all gone.

I bought the following pattern directly from the designer ... 

I loved this pattern when I saw it somewhere online.
I plan to make this for next year, a block at a time, 
using mostly fabrics from my stash.

I also want to use my stash to make the following quilt...

This wonderful quilt is a Free Tutorial!
Click on the Link to go to 

Are you planning to sew something for fall this year?

Would love to see you projects.

Today is is cooler and for the first time, I feel that fall may be on the way.

Looking Forward to a Thankful and Fabulous Fall.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sewcialites QAL ~ Coming in September

My Preliminary Fabric Selection 
for a new free quilt along coming in September:


This is the design and setting.

I am planning to sew the largest size.

Also, I may use my scraps to make the smallest blocks and a matching pillow.

The black and white print is my planned background fabric.
I will be adding solid white fabric in some blocks, as I think needed.

Or you may sew from your stash, as I am planning

There is a fun group gathering at 

... and another sharing place on Instagram:

Hope to see you sewing along! 

I have been working in my sewing and quilting place to reorganize.
I have bought these nice plastic bins to store my projects
I bought these at Target and replacing my old fabric bins,
which my quilty kitties have shredded as scratching posts.
My kittes have plenty of real scratching posts and such
but cats will be cats ... and I love my kitties.

Happy sewing!  

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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The winner of the

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I have emailed the winner.

I wish I had a gift for all of you.
I really appreciate all of the kind, supportive comments
on my sewing and stitching efforts.

Thank You!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Embroidered Autumn Leaves ~ My Method

One more free form embroidered leaf on my  

The weather has turned a bit cooler and I have been sitting and stitching 
on our covered deck in the backyard.

The oaks have been dropping their leaves early and green this year.
I gathered some to inspire my free form stitching.

It has been so very dry and hot this summer that even these big trees
cannot get enough water to support their big canopies.
It is concerning when the deepest rooted trees in our area 
cannot find enough water deep in the ground 
and have to shed their leaves.
I cannot recall seeing a summer so dry here.
I am hoping for nourishing rains to feed the trees and bushes
and grasses and crops.
Our water comes from the city taken by the big river that flows on to the sea
so we have plenty of water for the small plants and bushes 
and have been moving the hoses from place to place
but the big trees need water to fall from above.

There is a wide variety of embroidery and pearl cotton threads
in these leaves, but for the last few I have done have 
I have used these lovely variegated 

which I purchased at Fat Quarter Shop

I have had these threads for two years and love stitching with them.

For these quilted leaves, I use a double strand and a chunky large eye needle.

I start my stitch with a loop method borrowed from my cross stitch methods.
I cut a length about 36" and thread both ends through the eye.

I start by bringing my needle up from the back and insert it down to the back 
about 1/4" away.  I do not pull it tight yet.

On the back, I insert the needle through the loop that is formed by folding
the thread in half.

Then I pull the first stitch secure but not too tight.
This locks my stitches without a big knot. 

Then I insert my needle from the back up into the first stitch 
to start my next stitch.

I like to embroider these leaves in a chain stitch.

Here is the back of the stem and main vein of my leaf.
I end my stitching by inserting my needle through the 
last stitch in the back and pulling it secure.
I slip my needle though the batting to hide my tail and snip my thread.

I usually start each side at the bottom stem and stitch upward to close at the top.

Sometimes I add small veins branching off from the center
like the one you can see in the bottom right of the photo.

Sometimes I do the outside of the leaf first and add the center veins afterwards.

Every one of these organic embroidered leaves is different, 
as real leaves are in nature.

I am making good progress on this project this year.

I am finding it relaxing to sit and stitch.

Linking up today with

Slow Sunday Stitching

I hope you are enjoying a happy and safe weekend.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

I Like Thursday # 62 ~ Bee Totally Happy

Words of the Week:
Bee Happy!

I have been happily cleaning my messy sewing corner and quilting room.
No photos ... too messy.
That is why I am cleaning and reorganizing... ;) 

This is a Quilt Puzzle by Lori Holt @ Bee in My Bonnet

I bought it for myself when I saw it as an early birthday present for me
and I am making plans to open it and put it together on my day,
which is in September ... just for fun!

Just for fun, how about a
Riddle of the Week:

If Maureen McCormick the actress who played

Marcia of the The Brady Bunch
designed a fabric collection what would it be named?


a Blooming Bunch!

@ Moda Fabrics

Coming in October ~ Look Book Here

My favorite find for a pattern for this is from

Want It, Need It, Quilt It @ Quilt Jane

Totally Groovy

which it is!

I just may have to make this one.

Totally Yummy 
are the recipes I am finding at

Quilting Time in Dixie

This one is for Plain Cake in a Skillet.
Recipe Here
There is one for pineapple Upside Down Cake in a Skillet, too.

My homemade latte, extra foam, is empty
so I am going to make a refill and visit my friends
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and if you have not entered my giveaway for

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Have a Totally Happy Thursday!