Hello Friends, Happy Monday and Happy Week to you! I hope you are all well! I will try to cover a few items today. :)
#1. This is of utmost importance — I want to know who amongst you still has her Christmas tree up! :) I found out over the weekend on Instagram there are quite a few still who are keeping their Christmas trees up to enjoy them longer. With that, I will no longer feel self-conscious about keeping ours up for two weeks at least after Christmas!!! Truth be known, Miss Baby is still blasting Christmas carols and music at home. And I sewed up these charm squares over the weekend. So, Christmas is here to stay, I think!
#2. Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along! If you have expressed an interest in following with the sew-along, you will have received an email from me with a bit of logistics on how we will be doing things – all in an informal way! Please know that you are able to join in the fun anytime! It will be great if you just shoot me an email expressing your intention to join in the fun! :0)
You may download the pattern instructions and templates here.
I will be using the Bleecker Street fabrics from Quilting Treasures for this project! I am totally in love with these fabrics!!!! You may use fabrics of your choice for the project. However, if you want to replicate the original quilt, I know of places listed below that are selling the kits/fabrics. For the embroidery, I will be using colors from my Aurifil’s Marmalade Meadows collection. Click here to read about the collection if you haven’t known about it. I would imagine any Aurifil dealer will be able to order the floss for you. Please know that I will be showcasing more ways to use up the floss in a couple of months.
* The quilt and floss kits are available from http://thimblemouseandspouse.com. I think Lynn is still waiting for the fabrics and floss to arrive.
* Quilt kits from http://www.northerncomfortquilts.com/sales-and-specials
* Fabrics from Quiltropolis.
* Quilt kits from Hancocks of Paducah.
Tentatively, I will be posting my first section on Feb 15th. And then you will have a month between Feb 15th and March 15th to complete your section. :)
#3. SCRAPPY MYSTERY Quilt-Along! I asked, and you responded. So, scrappy it is! This will start in June or July 2017. I am still working out the details, and will have more to share when I have more solid information.
#4. Miss Baby’s Stitching Progress. Some of you have written to ask about Miss Baby’s stitching progress. Here is the last progress picture I took of her work. Pattern is by Jardin Prive. You may purchase the chart here. The latest completed house is the one right next to the letter “m”. She actually messed up on counting her squares. Instead of correcting her mistake, she “improvise” to make her house work! I am not quite sure how I feel about that yet… on one hand, I want her to follow the rules because I am pretty much a “dot my i’s, and cross my t’s kind of person. But on the other hand, I thought she did a great job improvising! Hahaha. The original house has 3 windows, and Miss Baby’s version has 2 windows. And of course, Miss Baby has totally ignored all the “suggested colors”, and picked out all her colors.
I have to say Miss Baby has made great strides in the last 6 months in that she has learned to thread her own needles, and finish her stitches etc. She is now a totally independent stitcher. For a while there, I had to cut the threads, thread the needle, show here where to stitch, and then help her bury her thread tails etc. Now, she asks if I could get her a gold needle! Well, I didn’t… I told her she would have to earn her own money to buy that as regular needles do just fine. :-)
I say all that to encourage mothers and grandmothers out there who are teaching their young ones in the art of needle and thread that it is possible to start them really young! I started Miss Baby when she was about 5. And it’s been really gratifying to see her progress and develop in her skills.
That’s all for now, Dear Friends! It’s past 10pm, and I still have a quilt to bind that needs to be shipped in the morning. :) There goes my life whirling around again! Hugs to you all, and I do hope you have a lovely week.