Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Quilt Top is Finished!

This is going to be a really quick post. I just wanted to do a little happy dance because I finished the Little One's quilt top!

You can see my last update here. I used a charm pack of Come Dive with Me, by Whistler Studios and most of a yard of Cotton Supreme Solids in Optical White. The pattern you can find here, and it's incredibly easy to follow.

That's it! Told you it would be quick. Today was the last day of Ramadan, which means tomorrow is Eid, our holy day to celebrate the end of the month of fasting. Which means I've got a lot to do to get ready!

Big hugs,

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The June Gifted Gorgeousness

Somehow, when I wasn't looking, half of the year has flown by and it's mid-June already. Which means it's time for the June Gifted Gorgeousness SAL check-in! This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. 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.

I've been working lately on SamSarah's 3D Fresh Apple - you can see my late update post here - and I've finally finished it!

This pattern was a gift from the awesome Emma at Emma's Bloglet during an exchange a couple of years ago. I've been working on this for ages! Seriously, I started it in November, but I ran out of a floss color and had to wait a while before I could order because I definitely wasn't going to pay shipping charges for one floss.

This cutie is stitched on 28 count Christmas Red Jobelan with the recommended GAST and WDW colors. The stem is an inch of Palomino felted wool twisted around and sewn shut. Here it is with my first two SamSarah fruits:

I've finished the berry, the melon, and the apple so far! Pretty good, considering how stressful it is to finish them off. Seriously, seriously stressful. Like hold-your-breath-the-whole-time-and-hope-you-don't-ruin-it stressful. Especially when you start turning it inside out to stuff it and close it up. Oh man. I did that part so, so, so slowly so nothing would rip.

I'm so happy with how it turned out! I can't wait to fill up the bowl with the rest of the fruit. It'll have to wait, though - I've got so much going on right now it's not even funny! I need to catch up on reading everyone's blogs, for sure. Sorry, you guys. I'm trying, I promise!

Lots of love,

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Picking Up an Old Favorite

I'm in-between sheep at the moment, so I thought I'd pick up a WIP that I haven't worked on in a while, Plum Street Sampler's Blackberry House. I actually had to look up how long it's been since I stitched on it at all, and I found a post from January here. It's been almost six months! That's crazy. I can't believe it's just been sitting around for that long. I've been so busy with the Little Sheep Virtues SAL, the Gifted Gorgeousness posts, and the baby quilt I'm putting together, that I just haven't had time, I guess. It's too bad, because I actually really enjoy working on this piece.

So anyway, I stitched on it a bit this week, and here's my progress:

I put in another couple of berries and that dark leaf on the bottom left. Then I went back and traced the veins of the leaves on the right side with white, though I'm not sure you can tell.

The pictures aren't really showing how lovely all the colors are in real life. They're so pretty!

All right, I have to hustle and get back into the kitchen - we've got some friends coming over for dinner tonight. I know I haven't been visiting everyone's blogs as often as I usually do, but bear with me! Ramadan's always a difficult time, but we're already halfway through.

Happy xxx's,

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Quilting and Wrinkles!

Hey, everyone! I meant to type this up days ago, but I've had a lot on my plate. My in-laws are still here, and they've kept me super busy. But I have managed to find a few moments here and there to work on one of my WIPs, the cute little baby quilt I'm making for the Little One's birthday.

You can see my last update here. Since then, I've attached the last strips of the Come Dive With Me charm pack and cut up the final border of plain white (not photographed, so you'll have to take my word for it!)

Sorry for all the wrinkles! Aside from pressing the seams, I haven't ironed the whole thing out yet. I don't have a empty surface available at the moment, so it keeps getting folded up in between sewing sessions.

This is slow going, but I'm really happy with my progress on it. I'm so close to being done with the quilt front! And then it's just a matter of binding the whole thing together, which is a little terrifying since I've done it before, but I'm prepared to do a lot of YouTube research!

Big hugs,

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 8

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been keeping up with everyone's blogs. My to-be-read list is so long! My husband's entire family is staying with us for a few weeks because of Ramadan, which starts on Saturday. They've already been here six days, and taking care of them (his parents plus two younger sisters) on top of everything I already have to do for myself and the Little One is running me a little ragged already. But complaints are definitely not welcome, so we've just got to soldier on!

I found a little pocket of time this week to finish up the last 100 stitches on Kindness for the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

So this, finally, is about 1400 stitches. All I did this week was sew on the little bird buttons and stitch the two sheep in Wisper thread. I decided to go with white because of how dark the border already is. Thanks for all your suggestions! They were really helpful.

I unfortunately haven't had time to swing by my LNS to pick up backing fabric (see above insanity), so this cutie is just going to have to wait in the unfinished drawer until I do.

Lots of love,

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The May Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Well, I'm three days late, but I've shown up at last! It's time for the May Gifted Gorgeousness SAL check-in! This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. 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.

A few months ago I was stitching up SamSarah's 3D Fresh Apple to add to my fruit bowl. You can see my last progress post here. I had to put it aside for awhile because I ran out of the GAST Oatmeal floss, but it arrived a couple of weeks ago (hurray!) and so I picked the Apple up again and finished it off!

You can tell where I had stopped and started again, because there's a very slight change of hue. It's the risk you run with variegated floss, I guess, especially when you don't buy the skeins at the same time from the same dye lot. Oh well!

Next comes the exciting part! I say exciting - the last couple of times it was absolutely nerve-wracking. Just the process of sewing the whole 3D piece together is very stressful. At least it is for me! I'm sure there are plenty of people who find this sort of thing easy-peasy. Stay tuned! Hopefully I'll be able to finish it by next month's GG check-in.

Happy xxx's,

Friday, May 12, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 7

Oh my goodness, it has taken me literally all week to get my act together. And now it's 11:40 pm on Friday night, and I'm finally getting around to typing this blog post! Oh well, better late than never, I guess?

So here's my progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL. I've been working on the Kindness sheep, and here it was last week at 1200 stitches:

And this week's progress, at nearly 1300 stitches:

So since my last update I've finished the border (hallelujah!) and stitched the sheep's heads. I'm saying nearly 1300 stitches because I had 16 stitches left but didn't want to pull out the Wisper thread to stitch the bodies - I still haven't decided what colors to use. Everyone gave me great advice on my last update post though, thank you so much!

I'm also going to need to pop into my LNS to try to find some coordinating fabric for the backing. Wallet, prepare yourself!

Big hugs,

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Some Addictive Quilting and Some Yummy Stashing

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the great feedback on my last post. I've got a couple of new followers! Welcome, you guys, and I would love to reply to your comments, but you're showing up as no-reply commenters. Thanks for your support anyway!

Well, I've been back at the sewing machine again. This little baby quilt is addictive and the pattern is so easy. I'm pretty sure if I could, I would have been able to finish this whole thing up in a few hours. But with a little boy running around and only giving me a few minutes of peace at a time, I can only do this in fits and starts.

You can see my last progress update here, and this is my latest progress:

I've sewed together the final strips for the sides, top and bottom. It took a while to position them in a way that made sense (trying to distribute the colors and patterns evenly). What I really like about this quilt pattern is that it uses up every single piece of this charm pack. No scraps left over! Very satisfying to my OCD brain.

Now I need to sew those strips to the inner piece, and then I need to measure out one last round of white borders. So much fun!

I also got some really yummy mail recently:

I bought some fabric - the Plum Street Samplers patterns I've had for a year now. I couldn't decide what color would suit better, so I bought two each of 32 count of Belfast linen in Flax and Light Mocha. But it's a decision for another day! I've got so many WIPs right now, but it's nice to know that these babies are kitted up and ready to go if I ever get the urge to start them!

I got some GAST floss in Oatmeal to finish off one of my WIPs, and I really couldn't resist because I've been coveting this chart for ages - Lizze Kate's Promise Me! So lovely, and I think it's such a great message for little ones.

All right, that's enough blabbing from me! Off to bed, I think.

Lots of love,

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 6

Hey there! I hope you're all having a wonderful week. Weather here's getting hot and humid already - summer is officially here! That's unfortunately the weather in Dubai: we get a tiny, pathetic winter (which is honestly more like everyone else's spring) and then it's straight back into the belly of the beast.

I suppose you could say I'm used to it, but I'm upset for my son. No more afternoon walks, no more weekends at the park. Soon it'll be too humid to go to the beach! I'm trying to find some indoor activities and baby groups to join so that at least he'll move around and socialize with other babies. Hopefully we can find a good one!

All right, well, I've been stitching away on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL, working on the Kindness sheep. Here was my progress last week, at 1000 stitches:

And this week, at 1100 stitches:

Since my last update post, I've finished stitching the pumpkins and just focused on getting as much done on the border as I could. I question the color choice on this border - the addition of the dark brown in the middle overwhelms the orange and green, I think, but I'm going with it anyway. I don't have the brain space right now to change it!

I'm trying to decide what color to use for the sheep, cause I'll be stitching them pretty soon. Should I go for two white? Two black? Two brown? One white and one black? One white and one brown? What do you guys think?

Happy xxx's!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Water Baby Quilt is Growing!

Super, super, super quick update here! The Little One is going through a very annoying sleep regression, which means I'm not getting much sleep and it takes me forever to get anything done during the day.

I've gotten a little more done on his baby quilt (my last update is here). The deadline I've set myself is his 2nd birthday in December, so I've given myself plenty of time.

I've sewn the next layer of the Come Dive with Me charm pack and another round of the white inner border. This is so much fun to work on! The fabric is so perfect for the Little One too - he's such a water baby and he absolutely loves swimming.

That's it! Told you it was a quick update. It's already 10:45 pm and I'm completely exhausted. I'll try to have more to share next week.

Big hugs,

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The April Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Hey folks! I hope you're all doing wonderfully! Life has been pretty busy around here, but it's been a good busy. And now it's time for the April Gifted Gorgeousness SAL check-in! This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. 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.

A couple of months ago I started Let it Snow, from Hands On Design. This was a gift from Emma of Emma's Bloglet during our last exchange. Here's my progress this month:

It's finished! Well, not final-finished, but stitching-finished. I actually have no idea how I'm going to final-finish it, so it goes in the drawer with the rest of the UFOs, I guess!

I don't know if I've finally managed to get a decent picture of the color variations in that floss, but I've basically given up. No matter what kind of light I take pictures in, they always look the same on screen. Oh well!

Lots of love,

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 5

Hi everyone! Just a quick update post today. I've been keeping up with the Little Sheep Virtues SAL, and I've got a little progress to share on Kindness. Here was last week's stitching:

And this week's:

I've gotten a lot done on the border since my last update, finished the trio of orange hearts, and nearly finished the pumpkins. Pretty good, right? I see the light at the tunnel, folks!

Lots of love,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Come Dive with Me!

A while ago I shared that I was planning on quilting my baby boy a blanket this year. Well, after quite a bit of online window-shopping, I finally made some decisions, placed the order, and waited (very impatiently) for the mail to arrive. And I'm happy to announce that the package full of beautiful goodies arrived safe and sound. This is the fabric I settled on:

I got a charm pack of Come Dive with Me, a seriously adorable fabric range. I also got a yard of plain white fabric to coordinate, some batting, and a lovely navy blue minky fabric for the backing. I had found a great pattern that sounds super easy here. Armed with all my goodies, I dusted off my sewing machine and started:

Like I said, super easy pattern. No weird cutting. It uses every single one of the 42 squares in the charm pack, and all I have to do is cut up the white fabric into different lengths. So I've sewed the center bits together with the inner border, and then I pieced the next few strips together. The second stage will be to sew that all together.

It's looking so cute already! I'm so happy with it. I've still got a long way to go - the finished quilt will have three layers: patterned, white, patterned, white, patterned, and then one more white border. But I've given myself a realistic goal: the end of the year. I'm hoping to get this quilt ready for the Little One's birthday in December. I can get this done by then, right?