Episode 10: Glamping

 

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Pansy Park BOM by Thimbleberries quilt top – started 10/1/2002 and top finished 11/24/15
  2. Yellow Rose scissor fob – EGA program
  3. Dumpling pouches (3) made out of Tula Pink Eden fabric using this tutorial
  4. Mini Sewing Basket by Old Colonial Designs – DMC on 32ct mocha linen
  5. Not shown – two ornaments and one gift

WIPs:

  1. Christmas Celebration Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – on 32ct polka dot natural/white linen from The Cottage Needle with DMC and GAST threads – started on Thanksgiving Day
  2. Not shown – Plum Street Samplers Sunday Mystery Sampler – Twelve Days of Christmas – started on 10/18/15
  3. Not shown – Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars
  4. Blocks for Glamp Stitchalot quilt

Find me on Ravelry: cozyegg

Glamp Stitchalot was hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics and featured the following teachers:

We sewed on a Janome Skyline S7 (I knew there was a 7 in there!).

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Glamp goodies
  2. Amazing swap gift from my partner using Alison Glass fabrics – Noodlehead Trail Tote and Open Wide Pouch
  3. For my Glamp quilt – Cotton + Steel Honeymoon by Sarah Watts for main fabrics, some Cotton + Steel basics to blend in, and Netorious in Cloud/Silver for my background (photo below)

  1. FQs of Katy Jones’ Priory Square fabric for Art Gallery Fabric
  2. Tula Pink Elizabeth fabric – Ship Shape in two colorways, Bats in the Belfrey in one colorway, and 16th Century Selfie in one colorway

Reading:

  1. Finished Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  2. Currently reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I am grateful for an amazing retreat full of sewing, friends, and singing to Britney Spears with Tula.

Snow Day

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Several years ago, I bought some Kate Spain Christmas fabric to make some little Christmas gifts as well as make some dessert napkins to use for our annual holiday party.  I ended up with a bit of yardage left over but no clue what to do with it.

Then, enter Rachel from P.S. I Quilt.  She shared her Synchronized Squares quilt – in Kate Spain fabrics no less – and I was smitten.  Of course by that time a new Christmas line had been released, so I ordered a couple of charm packs.

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This quilt really was a joy to make.  I can’t get enough of Kate’s Christmas fabric (well, any of her fabric, if I’m being honest) and as you can see all her lines play so well together.

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I shared the finished quilt top back in February of 2013, but it took me over a year to finally get around to quilting it.  I bought the backing fabric for it last Christmas.  I completely and utterly fell in love with these hot cocoa mug with marshmallows from her latest line.  Using this for my backing was a no-brainer!

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I decided to go ahead and quilt this one myself, on my machine.  And luckily, since I was doing just straight line quilting it wasn’t too bad to wrestle.  I finished the quilting back in July and decided to use yet another of her Christmas lines (yes, we’re up to four now) for the binding.  How could I resist those little Christmas trees?!?  You may remember that fabric from some stitching wallets I made back in 2012.

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Everything finally came together and I finished sewing on the binding in August of this year.  I like to name my quilts and I’d been calling this one the “Kate Spain quilt” forever.  When I was quilting it though, its name finally came to me.  So, may I present….

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…Snow Day!

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I am so so happy with it, I really am.  The colors and the prints and the pattern just make me smile every time I see it.

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And the red binding was a perfect choice, if I do say so myself!

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As I said, I did some straight line quilting on this one – on the diagonal.  I’d originally intended to cross-hatch it, but I thought that the diagonal quilting in one direction looked a bit like a candy cane.

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And seriously, are those cups of cocoa on that icicle grey background not the cutest?!?  It even has a label (which makes it “official” in my book), made from the snowball fabric I used on the inside of those stitching wallets.

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This one was a labor of love, and maybe a record of Christmases past and a promise of Christmases to come spent snuggling under a warm quilt.  
I am grateful for snow days, cups of cocoa, and the joy of Christmas.  Merry Christmas to all!

Closing Out the Year

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I appreciate you all being patient while I play post catch up here.  This post though, as you can tell from the title, is the last of things I wanted to share with you from the end of 2013.  
I was very excited when Paulette announced she would be doing a Sunday Mystery SAL back in September.  She released a part each Sunday for nine Sundays, with the promise that we’d have a finished piece before Thanksgiving.  I stitched Mary’s Sampler II, which was the more densely stitched of the two pieces.  Each week I took the opportunity to stitch the new part, while reflecting on the season ahead and what it means to me.  I chose to stitch mine on 40ct Vintage Light Examplar by Lakeside with mostly the called for GAST threads.  I had to change out the white to a brighter white so that it didn’t blend into my linen.  I also opted not to use the called for Espresso Bean, instead choosing a warmer, lighter brown.  Mary I dressed in blue, using a Limited Edition GAST called Aquamarine.  I love how my little sampler turned out and I’m looking forward to having it framed for this Christmas. 
One of the things I wanted to accomplish over the holidays was to finally do the finishing on all of my ornaments and my two guild nametags.  I figured since I had three ornaments for exchanges to finish, I might as well finish my others too. 
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I’ve already shared the finished product of the ornament I stitched for the EGA exchange and the ornament for the Tudor Rose exchange.  I also managed to finish these two. 
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I’m not over the moon about how my Penny Angel turned out, but I think the pompom trim for the Dash Away All was a perfect choice.  
And since I had them out, I took a pic of all my stitched ornaments together.  You can see my Tulip Angel and Shepherd’s Bush ornaments are still lacking their trim.  I realized later that there was one missing from this photo.  Isn’t that always the case with family reunions?  ; )
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I had one final finish for the year I wanted to share.  The year before at the Tudor Rose party, Sylvia and I decided to do an ornament exchange between the two of us in 2013.  So, it was with great anticipation that I opened up the package from and saw this beauty. 
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She stitched this Monsterbubbles ornament changing the colors and the linen.  She uses some metallic silver thread as well as adding the gorgeous beaded edge so that the whole thing sparkles in the Christmas tree lights.  And I absolutely love it on the dark blue linen.  Such a stunner in person, my photo does it no justice.  
But, here comes the funny part.  Sylvia and I didn’t discuss with each other what we were stitching and kept it a surprise until the packages were opened.  Here’s what I stitched for her.
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The little Blackbird Designs’ Souvenir stocking seemed like the perfect choice since we’d be seeing each other in Paris in the spring.  I stitched this on 40ct Vintage Light Examplar (the same fabric I used for Mary’s Sampler) with the called for threads.  I backed it with this pretty pink fabric and used Swarovski bicones for the hanger.  I think we both had fun with the exchange and will definitely be doing it again this year.  
I also had a couple of gifts I wanted to share.  Back in 2010, Gloria of Milady’s Needle was designing this piece and asked if she could use Romeo’s information to personalize it.  I had completely forgotten she’d promised the model to me in return until she sent it along.  I’ve hung it in the hallway with the memorial sampler for my dad (John Reed will also hang here once it’s framed, I’m sure).  It is a sweet reminder of my boy, and a very generous and heartfelt gift. 
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My sweet friend, Kim, also gifted me with this lovely Mary’s Best floss keep from Country Stitches (WTN&T).  Isn’t it pretty?  I’ve been lusting after one of these for a long while and now I have my very own! 
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I had really hoped to have my Kate Spain Christmas quilt finished in time for the holidays, but it didn’t quite happen.  I ordered the backing fabric for it, that you can see in my Instagram photo here.  I could not pass up those cups of hot cocoa on that Icicle grey background.  Too too perfect.  I definitely want to get this one done this year finally so that I can snuggle underneath it while sipping Mexican hot chocolate (my favorite) and watching Serendipity (one of our favorite Christmas movies). 
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My finishes for the year were not as numerous as previous years, but I did get some more sewing in and I finished my dad’s memorial sampler, which was the most important thing for me.

2013 Finishes
2013 Finishes
Return to the Sea with Jane Austen
Kate Spain Christmas quilt top
 Hexy pincushion
Swoon mini quilt
Pinwheels mini quilt
John Reed 1844
Nightshade pillowcase
Sally Halloween costume
Kiss Kiss mini quilt
December ornament 
View From Above ornament
Souvenir of Paris ornament
Mary’s Sampler II
It’s nice to finally feel like I have some closure on 2013, although much delayed.  I can’t wait to share what I’ve been up to in 2014 so far and my brain is zinging with new ideas all the time.  
I am grateful for weekends spent marathon-watching Game of Thrones.

Joyous

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Way back when, around two Thanksgivings ago, I had some charm packs and yardage of Kate Spain’s Flurry and 12 Days of Christmas fabrics.  After seeing the Synchronized Squares Quilt Along on P.S. I Quilt, I knew exactly what I wanted to use my fabric for.  I had to modify the pattern a bit, since I was using charm packs rather than layer cakes.  I also made mine with 30 blocks rather than 36 due to the amount of fabric I had on hand.  I used Kona white for the sashing.  What I fell in love with about the pattern was that it was a simple layout that allowed the fabrics to shine and I loved the use of white to give it a bright, cheery look.  
I started the quilt, like I said, two Thanksgivings ago.  I set it aside after getting all the blocks made.  This past Thanksgiving I got it back out to work on and managed to get the rows sewn together with their sashing strips.  And finally, yesterday I decided that it was time to get this one back out and finish it.  After a few hours sewing, I had a finished quilt top. 
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I absolutely love the way it turned out and I’m excited to have it quilted so that I can enjoy it when the holiday season comes this year. 
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I could hardly wait to take my quilt top outside this morning to get some proper photos of it.  And it is so pretty.  The colors and the fabrics just make me smile every time I look at it.  There is something so rewarding about seeing a quilt come together row by row.  Every time I moved from the ironing board to the sewing machine it was a little bit bigger.  
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And I think that the two fabric lines easily coordinate with each other, so you have a cohesive look, but with a little bit of variation.  I actually have some of her recent Joy line of fabrics, which I may incorporate into the back or the binding.  
One of my goals this year is to focus on my quilting projects.  Several of them have been hanging around in various stages of progress.  I’m so happy to have one completed!  Next up, I’ll be working on my Kiss Kiss quilt.  I’m anxious to finish cutting my fabric and get started on the sewing on that one.  
I am grateful for make up vacation days.

‘Twas the Night Before…

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Thanks for taking a moment during the holidays to stop by and see what I’m up to.  On Thanksgiving Day I decided to start something new.  Above you can see my little bitty bit of stitching that evening.  It’s Jenny Bean’s Christmas Sampler.  I so enjoyed sitting with my guys, watching a tv special on Saint Nicholas and stitching this little tree.  Such a blessing of a peaceful evening.  
Below, you can see how my little sampler is coming along.  I’ve also been stitching on a gift, so it’s really only been in the last week that this has gotten much attention.  I love how the colors are coming together. 
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And you may have spied in that first photo my new Christmas scissor case.  It was made by a sweet friend to go with some stitching wallets I decided to make for some friends.  I have to say that my first try on the stitching bags went pretty well!  By the fifth one, I think I got the knack of it!  The fabric is Kate Spain’s new Christmas line, Joy.  I just loved the little snowballs on the turquoise background. 

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And speaking of Kate Spain…you may be wondering how that Christmas quilt of mine is coming along?  


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You may remember that I started this quilt last year around Thanksgiving.  It’s made from two different Kate Spain lines, 12 Days of Christmas and Flurry.  All my blocks are put together, they just need sashing between the blocks.  I started work on that, and have all my rows sewn together. 
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Maybe one of these days I can get the rest of the quilt top put together.  I’d so love to have this quilted and out to snuggle up under next year!  
I’ve also been starting to plan for my New Year’s Day start.  I’m missing one thread, but other than that I’m ready to go!
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I hope the holidays are a magical time for you and your families.  Take a moment to find a bit of peace for yourself amidst all the hustle and bustle.  Thanks for visiting my blog and for the continued inspiration I get from all of you!

Merry Christmas!

I am grateful for Christmas carols on the stereo, an applesauce cake in the oven, twinkling lights on the tree, and my family around me.