Thursday, November 29, 2018

Simple stitches, part II

As promised, here are the last three of the dish towels that I have stitched up during my recuperation. I really love these patterns from BirdBrain Designs (and they don't even pay me to say that!).

Aren't these cute? I think they'll be very useful in the kitchen!

More merriment and mayhem coming soon!


Monday, November 26, 2018

Simple stitches

Just like the last time I had surgery (the other foot!) I kept quiet with stitching. I'm not good at sitting still, but having something in my hands to work on really helps!

I'm making some tea towels for a wonderful person who recently married..... both he and she love to get in the kitchen together and cook up a storm!

I went all over the interwebs looking for just the right tea towels -- I ordered some that were entirely too thin. The weave was very loose, and I was looking for some better quality.

These are the ones that I ordered next, and I give them the Lilypad Seal of Approval!

(I know, I know, I just couldn't resist!)

First, because they are really nice and tightly woven; the thread count is 130. Not what you want on your bed sheets, but this is a great set of dishtowels for machine or hand embroidery! Second, because they are so generously sized!

I actually cut each of these in quarters, so I'm getting four times as many dish towels as you might expect! They are hemmed on all sides, and measure 33 x 38, so you can do the math and see they still are a good size for kitchen work when they are cut up and hemmed again.

The embroidery designs are from I think they turned out pretty well!
Here are three of them:

More simple stitches next time!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

That's me, for sure! I choose to be grateful and to count my blessings!

Good health, a warm home, loved ones to hug!

God is good -- all the time! That's not to say there's not been some rough waters this year, or that we won't have any obstacles next year..... but we've had all that we need, and are truly thankful.

So, I'm wishing all of you, my friends and companions on this quilting journey....

Hope that your day is warm and special. 

See you real soon, back here at the Lilypad!


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sneaky peek (Vintage Christmas)

I hope that all of you are enjoying the Saturday "Vintage Christmas" posts over at the Jolly Jabber - the Fat Quarter Shop is hosting the blog hop, and all of us are busy creating blocks.

Here is the lovely book that the blocks are found in!

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Get a copy and sew along with us!

Here are some inspiring blog posts to check out:

A video with even more inspiration:

And here is a sneaky peek at my Christmas fabrics that I'm using:

I had a lot of great Christmas fabrics, but some of them were not too vintage-y. I created a new word! (Grin) Anyway, I think these will do great for my blocks!

It's all sew much fun! You can use your own fabric choices, or sign up to grab a kit from the Fat Quarter team and recreate Lori's blocks and projects in the book! There are even thread assortments to coordinate.

I especially like that the blocks are the same sizes as in her previous books, so we can mix and match to create our own one-of-a-kind masterpieces!

I sure hope that y'all will climb on board and grab a book! Sew along with us!