Sunday 28 June 2020

A Bit More Stitching

I've managed to get a little bit more stitching done in the last few days.

Firstly, I made the latest Blockheads 3 block on the day it was released.  That is the first time I've done that for a little while.

The end of the month is fast approaching and I still had quite a few of my self imposed goals to finish off.

I had made the pineapple block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but those pesky drunkard path blocks weren't going to make themselves, so I bit the bullet to make a start.  However, it was cold in the sewing room.......

Why not take them outside into the back yard to pin them?  

The weather was absolutely glorious on Friday.  Quite a welcome change after the previous few days, which had been bleak, cold and damp, with unbroken thick cloud.  

That didn't take long at all, so why not take my WOOFA stitching out as well.  The seat in our vege patch is a real little sun trap.

A bit more progress.

Yesterday I put my big girl pants on and stitched the drunkard path blocks together.  Six months down, four to go.  I'm sure when I stitch them together into a project they will be fine.  

Another of my little goals is to make something Christmassy each month.  I didn't really have anything in mind, and knew I wouldn't have the chance to make anything substantial, so looked for an idea to make a simple ornament.

I found one using scraps to make a Christmas tree.

You simply fuse scraps onto backing fabric and stitch down with decorative stitches on your machine.  Too easy.  I dug into the scrap bags and found some little scraps that any sane person would have chucked in the bin. Next, to find some felt for a backing.  I found some felt with an adhesive side.  Now, that made things really easy - just lay the fabric on without any need for fusible webbing.  It worked like a treat.  At this rate I thought I may make a few.

You know when things are coming together so well, that it seems to be too good to be true. Well, everything was going swimmingly until I started to do my decorative stitching.  I'd only stitched a bit over an inch and stitches were being missed.  The machine was threaded correctly.  Everything looked right. But.....the adhesive was gumming up the needle.  Blast!  Fortunately, I was able to get the short runs done without it playing up.  At the end of each run I'd wipe down the needle.  For the longer runs I'd stitch till it started to miss, cut the thread, unpick the few stitches, wipe down the needle and go again.  What a pain!

Finally, I got it finished and it is rather cute.  If I make any more I will use normal felt and a fusible.  This also counts for my one tiny finish for OPAM hosted by Kris.

I've made a bit more progress on my UFO for the WOOFA Challenge hosted by Cheryll.  I didn't set myself any goal for how far I would progress my table runner this month.  In the end I'd hoped to have the stitchery completed this month and hopefully work out a design and actually make the runner next month.  I'm still stitching away on my cupcakes, but the month isn't at an end just yet.  There is a chance I will get that final cupcake stitched.

I haven't made any progress on my crochet shawlette since the Chookshed Party,  but, once again, the month isn't over yet.  I may make a little more progress.

Now I'm off to link up with all my challenges.  Click on the links and see what others are up to.


loulee said...

You may have left it later in the month, but you have made progress.
No lamp means no Christmas Ornament, un finished I stitch and little progress on Spring Queen for me. I'll have a lot of catching up to do when the new tube arrives.
Your Drunkards path blocks look great and your tree is sew cute. Have fun finishing your cup cake today.
I think your dreich weather has reached NZ, we're told it's here for a week.

The Joyful Quilter said...

That Christmas Tree ornament is SEW cute!! Sorry to hear that it gave you a terrible time in the making of it.

Karen's Korner said...

Cute Christmas tree. How annoying about the sticking needle. Love your drunkards path blocks - I need to get my template out and start making some.

Maria said...

You've done well with your challenges this month, cute Houses and the Drunkard's Path blocks look great..
The wee christmas tree is cute..

Jenny said...

It's always nice to sit outside and stitch, isn't it. Pretty little house blocks, they look cute. I've noticed that there seems to be something about those curved blocks which seem to get you each month? At least you are persevering with them instead of throwing them in the corner.

Fiona said...

lovely to get a bit of outside stitching.....looks a great spot.... love the little tree and your blocks are coming together so well....

Cheryll said...

A lovely spot to sit and sew... & your Chrissy Tree looks wonderful.
Congrats on tackling the drunkards path blocks & also progressing your WOOFA challenge project. Well done...xox

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

What a lovely little tree ornament! And it looks like you have quite a bit that you are progressing on. I am enjoying my backyard this summer. I live in SW Texas and it is hot here. Mornings are nice and I have some nice shade in the afternoon to keep me cool in the 90+ degree weather!

dq said...

Your Drunkards Path blocs are gorgeous! Beautiful fabric and perfect seams!

Those houses are so cute! I have been wanting to do a 2020 Covid quilt with houses. They look like ones that could make up fast.

jude's page said...

Love the little house blocks, and that spot in the garden looks like a good place to spend some time.

Susie H said...

What a fabulous Christmas Tree ornament! Sorry it was a pain to add the dec stitches but it all worked out and you know better for the next one(s)! The Drunkard's Path blocks turned out wonderful too. Certainly will make a lovely quilt when finished!