Nightshade

At the end of February I had the glorious opportunity to attend a weekend quilting retreat with my quilt guild (Dallas Modern Quilt Guild).  Most of the time retreats are out of my reach financially, but this one was going to be an in town retreat at a newly opened retreat space, Best Little Retreat Center in Texas.  I had been so looking forward to this retreat because I pretty much have done no sewing or quilting since the in town retreats the Dallas Quilt Guild put on ended.  And sadly, I haven’t even posted about the last couple I went to, but at the first one I finished my Tula’s Squirrels quilt top.  But, I think the last retreat we had was like in June of 2016, so yeah, it’s been THAT LONG since I sewed.  So, you understand when I tell you how excited I was to be able to sew all weekend long!

I started out the weekend by working on my Pixel Heart mini that I started with my Tula Pink Elizabeth fabric that a friend gifted me.

 

I had been inspired by Diana, itiskismet_stitches, to start this mini.  She had been encouraging me to sew a little bit, even if I could only do ten or fifteen minutes at a time, it would add up.  So in November of 2017, I started sewing my squares together.  And then I managed to get a few rows sewn.  But, in true to me fashion I ended up sewing a row upside down and then it sat there from November until the end of February with no movement.

 

 

So the first thing I did when I got my table set up was rip out that row and resew it the right way round.  I managed to get the whole thing sewn up relatively quickly.

I was a bit undecided on how to quilt it but I did a bit of searching around on IG for some inspo and also consulted the expert (Diana).  In the end, we decided that cross-hatching on the diagonal was the way to go.  And I’m pretty thrilled with it.  I also got the opportunity to try a hera marker for the first time.  And when I used it my lines were so much straighter and more even!  I got the binding sewn on and now it just needs to be hand sewn to the back.  Not a bad start to a sewing weekend!

Next project on my list was to get started on my Nightshade quilt.  I had started cutting this out at one of the other in town retreats, so I was able to keep going and get all the smaller pieces cut, including my background fabric which is the black & white moons and stars.

Then I started on the hard part.  Cutting out the cameos from the Coven fabric.  It is no joke cutting into precious fabric that you have no way of replacing if you screw up!

But I managed to get it done.  It is a pain the ass fussy cutting those though (as I learned with my Parisville quilt).

And one of the best things about the retreat center is that you also get your own design wall!  This is how mine was shaping up on day 1.

It’s always fun seeing what everyone else is working on too.  My friend Karen was busy making these fabric baskets for friends.  This is the one she made for me.  Isn’t it perfect?!

A little peek around the room…

And let’s just take a closer look at that Tula quilt in progress.

I so enjoyed being able to watch this one come together.  It is so so pretty and vibrant in person!

On day 2, Sunday, I continued on with my Nightshade quilt.  Now that I had all those lovely ladies cut out I could start making my blocks.  I added the corners to each of the blocks to start making “snowballs”.

And you may notice a slight issue with the block second from the bottom on the right side.  Yeah, I don’t have any of the blue storm cloud fabric.  Like none, except for that small scrap my friend Lee was willing to spare.  Not sure what I’m going to do, but I’m guessing I’m going to beg the Tula Troops to take pity on me and trade some storm clouds for cameos.  But, I soldiered on with my other blocks.  I added the borders around each block.

And then I started adding the background fabric on the corners of each.  Yeah, that one block is looking pretty darn sad now.  But OMG I am so freaking in love with this already.  It’s going to be SO GOOD when it’s done.  I can’t wait.

And here’s what the whole thing will look like more or less…

So, my next step will be to finish adding the background corners to the rest of the blocks and then start on the sashing strips and cornerstones.  Can’t wait!

 

So, all in all it was an awesome weekend.  I got to visit with friends, I got to sew and reinvigorate my creativity, I got to see inspiration from others, and I even got to witness a finished quilt top.  How amazing is that?!

I am grateful for finally finally getting to sew again!

Episode 51: Nevermore

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a finish for the #eapmacabre SAL and some WIP progress.
The #eapmacabre SAL is hosted by Amy and Jenn in the Bewitched Stitches group on Facebook and Instagram.
Finish:
  • Quote the Raven (which bugs me every time I type it) by Cross-Eyed Cricket from the Two Familiars leaflet.  Stitched with DMC on a 32ct linen I dyed myself.

WIPs:

  • Hex on the Beach – EPP (English Paper Piecing) quilt with Tula Pink’s Saltwater fabric line
  • Pixel Heart mini quilt with Tula Pink Elizabeth fabric
  • Snowglobe quilt pattern by Tula Pink with Tula Pink Nightshade fabric
  • Hallow Eden by Plum Street Samplers on 32ct hand dyed linen with the called for Classic Colorworks and Weeks threads

Gifts:

  • Fabric basket with Paris fabric

Shout Outs:

Nail Polish: Sinful Colors San Francisco

Flosstube Episode 50: And Now For Something Completely Different

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a finish and some quilting plans.

Finishes:

  • Tree from Trick or Treat by Praiseworthy Stitches from JCS Halloween 2012 issue.  Added to my Halloween neighborhood piece.  Here’s what the original piece looks like.

Quilting:

  • Marcelle Medallion
  • Pixel Heart mini quilt
  • Nightshade Snowglobe quilt
  • Hex on the Beach EPP quilt

I Just Want Your Extra Time…

Kiss Kiss blocks
Remember that time, a million years ago, when I shared my almost-finished Kiss Kiss quilt top?  You know, the one I worked on at a weekend retreat?  At the end of that weekend, I only needed to sew my borders on for the top to be finished.  So, a couple weeks after that retreat I settled in at my brand new work surface/desk top to get those borders on.

New Sewing Space
 

It really took no time at all to have my quilt top finished but I’m glad I didn’t try to rush it at the retreat and just waited until I had more time to focus on it.

Kiss Kiss Blocks Close
I cannot wait to get this one quilted.  It is going out for custom quilting for sure.  In the meantime, I just had to share full photos of my (very wrinkly) top.

Kiss Kiss Finished
Isn’t she beautiful?!  I love how the Eye Drops border looks!

Kiss Kiss Finished Instagram
Details on this quilt:

Pattern is Kiss Kiss by Tula Pink; I made the Large version 82″ x 82″

Fabric is Parisville by Tula Pink in the Pomegranate colorway and Free Spirit Solids for the background

Started in 2012 and top finished in 2014.

Kiss Kiss Finished
 

And just in case you’re wondering what the title of this post is all about.
I am grateful for finally getting around to sharing pics of this quilt!

Flosstube Episode 21: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a few ornament finishes, Thanksgiving Day stitching, and progress on my shawl knitting.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Finishing on El Dia del los Muertos ornament by Monsterbubbles – from the JCS September/October 2010 issue; stitched on 28ct Rainforest by Crossed Wing with GAST
  2. Beaded skull scissor fob
  3. Noel ornament by Catherine Theron (freebie) – stitched on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey with Weeks and GAST.  I used Lancaster Red and Antique Rose with the called for Dried Thyme.
  4. Peace ornament by The Marking Sampler – stitched on 36ct Flagstone by Lakeside Linens with DMC
  5. Yuletide ornament by Hands on Design – from JCS Nov/Dec 2016 issue; stitched on 32ct Buttercream by Silkweaver with DMC and Weeks

WIPs:

  1. Christmas Celebration Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – stitched on 32ct raw polka dot linen with DMC and Weeks
  2. Ghoulies & Ghosties house by Brightneedle (from the Ghoulies & Ghosties Etui class piece) – stitched as a block on my Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin on 35ct Brandy by Country Stitch with DMC, Weeks, and SNC; started for November’s #dark13stitching
  3. Knitting – started Weigh It Shawl #2 by Susan B. Anderson with Miss Babs Yowza in the Joan of Arc colorway. A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.  Link to my Ravelry project page.

Stash:

  1. Tula Pink Elizabeth bag by Marie Celeste Stitches
  2. Merry Stitchmas limited edition ornament kit from my LNS The Stitch Niche
  3. Model stitching of Plum Street Samplers Fraktur Mermaid

 

Shout Outs:

  1. Suburban Stitcher podcast

Reading:

  1. Finished A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Currently Reading The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  3. Next up is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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