Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 2, and My Growing Addiction

Super quick post while the baby's napping. I've been building the log cabin some more:

Love love love love LOVE this! I'm having so much fun with my little machine. It's so hard to put this down!

Also, an update on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Courage at 200 stitches. I forgot to mention this last post, but I'm stitching this on 28 count Coffee Jobelan with DMC, just like the other sheep.

Lots of love,

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 1, and More Logs on the Cabin

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I'm trying to type this while the Little One plays on the couch next to me. He's seven months old today! I honestly can't believe it. Surely I just brought him home from the hospital last week?

So adding logs to the log cabin I'm sewing is completely addictive. Like I want to ignore everything else I need to do every day and just do this, all the time. Here's my progress:

Another layer done! I don't know how big I want this to be. I'll just keep going until I run out of fabric, I guess!

I've also started the next sheep in our Little Sheep Virtues SAL, Courage!

This is the first 100 stitches. I love all the purple in this one.  I think I already know which fabric I'll use to finish it...

Happy xxx's,

Friday, July 15, 2016

The July Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Plus Sewing Machine Adventures

Somehow, I don't know how, I guess I blinked and missed it, but somehow it's the 15th of July! Which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

Last month I started working on Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts, which was technically a birthday present from my father. You can see my start here. And here's my progress for the month:

I've finished the donkey! Yay! Now I've just got the elephant. I'm stitching this with the recommended GAST floss on 28 count Bone Jobelan.

Since I finished off the latest Little Sheep Virtue of the SAL last week, I decided to take a break from the sheep and take a crack at the sewing machine that's been sitting around collecting dust. Literally all I had done since we brought it home was take it out of the box and put it on my desk. This week I told myself to stop being such a chicken and try it. Note: I have never in my life used a sewing machine. I've only ever hand sewn things.

I very quickly became very familiar with the trouble shooting section of the instruction manual. Everything I could have done wrong, I did. I wasted half an hour of my life undoing the mess I made when the bobbin winder went haywire and started winding the thread underneath the bobbin. That was fun. And then the fabric got stuck and I had to take everything apart to rescue it.

Anyway! After much trial and error I finally figured out how to sew a straight line (HUGE accomplishment at this point). A couple days of straight lines and I decided I was ready to try actually making something. So here it is:

It's the start of a log cabin mini-quilt. I've always wanted to make one, but I had to achieve that super difficult goal of sewing in a straight line.

I'm using a jelly roll of Moda's Joyeux Noel for this, which is awesome because it's the right width, I just have to worry about cutting the lengths correctly. And I seem to have fudged that up - they keep sticking out the bottom like that last piece in the picture. Maybe my seams are too small? Whatever, as long as it all holds together and looks nice. That's all I require of it!

Wish me luck,

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 17 - Finished!

Serious happy dancing over here! It took much longer than it used to PB (pre-baby), but I've managed to finish-finish my latest sheep!

This is Peace, stitched as part of the Little Sheep Virtues SAL. I finished it up as a little pillow, with twine around the edges, just as I have the rest of the sheep. I found some pretty blue fabric in my stash that I thought was perfect for the backing:

Here's my entire flock so far. Seven down, five to go!

These are Love, Faith, Simplicity, Hope, Gratitude, and Joyfulness, arranged in no particular order. I've been finishing them off with different fabrics:

I'm so happy with how they all look so far! I know it's been slow going, and thank you all for bearing with me through it. I don't know how long it'll take me to finish the entire set, but I'm looking forward to stitching on each one! I love this series, and I love seeing my little flock growing.

Lots of love,