Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hootie and Slow Stitching :)

With so little time at home this month, I haven't had much time to play in my AQUA scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  But I did want to be sure to get my Hootie owl block fused down and ready for stitching ....

Ain't he cute????

And here he is with his two siblings so far....

Hootie - Designed by Shayla Wolf
in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 7

I'm having fun positioning the eyes for each to be looking in different directions :*) These are just such fun, quick little blocks!

And since it's been a month since I showed it, here is my AQUA Soul Searching block once again ....

I'll be sorry to see my favorite color AQUA go, but it's always fun getting a new color from Angela on the first of each month.... wonder what our color will be for April???

One thing I did get to do a lot of while traveling was hand stitching!

I really got behind this month, so I took my Bertie's Year BOM blocks for March and April with me to retreat and sttiched on them while we watched Downton Abbey in the evenings.  Can you think of a better way to spend an evening?  Me neither!!!!  The March block got very little love early in the month, so the poor thing won't get to be displayed at all this year because it will be April before it is completely done.  But I did finally get it all stitched with the hand-stitching embellishments, and it is ready to be layered & quilted.

As always, I'm in love with the whimsical nature of these blocks!  Here Bertie is up to her curious ways again, making friends with her fellow creatures :*)  I wonder if she realizes that cute little bee is not as sweet and harmless as it looks LOL!!!

And I finished the stitching on April's Bertie block too!

Working the embellishments on these eggs was a lot of fun :*)  
And I love the bunny ears on Miss Bertie!!!

Each month, the blocks have a "border" stitch that frames the stitchery in the center.  This block called for a really fun stitch and I just love the playful look of it in the block - perfect mood for Spring!!!

I also finished up the latest Winter Wonderland stitchery block, but taking pictures of that at night is a lost cause.  I'll try to get one tomorrow if the sun comes out :*)

I'm linking up with SoScrappy's Rainbow Scrap Challenge 
and Kathy's Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday 
Come on over and see what all the fuss is about :*)

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. The Bertie blocks are just delightful!

  2. TERESA! I am LOVING your Hootie and Blowfish blocks! I mean your X the Owl blocks? OHHHHHHH! I just love them! You have them looking so real! Especially their wings! And your hand stitching is just..........NUTS! And, I mean that in the highest of terms!

  3. Lovely works in progress! ... :) Pat

  4. I am loving the expressions of the Hootie blocks--and the wings on your aqua one are gorgeous!
    Too bad your favorite color was a month that you weren't able to stitch too much. You'll have to make it up on a slow month. : )
    Your Bertie blocks are beautiful--your stitching looks flawless! I am so glad I get to watch you make them and get it out of my system. The only bad part is that they don't live at my house. : (

  5. Welcome back Teresa. I missed you and your wonderful show of projects. You amaze me with all that you accomplished while you were gone. Your red socks are my favorites of course (I'm so envious) and those owl blocks are just too cute. I am so enjoying watching what comes next with Ms. Bertie. Your beautiful hand stitching on each one is a work of art.

  6. You have the prettiest owls I have ever seen! Love your Bertie, and your teal block is so pretty!

  7. I just saw those blocks (Bertie) last night while looking at my Keepsake Quilters catalog! Too cute. Love how you added the specialty stitches.
    Your Owl's just make me smile. I do wonder what color sibling they will get next month.

  8. I love your Hooties! And I love how you plan to have their eyes looking in different directions. What a neat idea!

    And your Berties are simply adorable!! I don't remember seeing April's Bertie before ... I love her bunny ears! And those eggs are precious!

    I'm looking forward to seeing your Winter Wonderland block.

  9. Hootie and Bertie are just TOO cute!

    BTW, have I fixed the problem?

  10. Your Bertie is so cute and your stitching is lovely. Cute owl and love the soul searching block.

  11. Love Hootie in all the challenge colours but I must say the teal Hootie fabrics are special. Those eyes say so much. The Bertie blocks are beautiful and the hand stitching adds to each and every block.

  12. Aqua Hootie is ADORABLE! The fabrics you chose are perfect, especially the wing fabric!

    Thanks for sharing your Bertie blocks! I was soooo tempted to do the BOM, but I just couldn't justify a new project. It's been great fun enjoying your blocks come to life!

  13. Your hand stitching projects are gorgeous and I love the aquas. What great owls!

  14. Teresa those owls are darling! I love how each one has such a different expression with the eye placement.

  15. I love your owl blocks. Too cute! Also your little bird stitcher use are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  16. The owls are cute but oh I just love Bertie! :)

  17. I am working on my Bertie quilts too. For some reason my brain just could not grasp the border stitching. I stitched a design but I am still not sure if it is right. So weird.

  18. Your Bertie blocks are wonderful - great workmanship! Are you machine buttonhole stitching them? Also love the owls - so much fun!

  19. Those owls just keep getting cuter and cuter. Can't wait see what outfit Bertie will come up with next. Love you hand sttitching.

  20. Hootie and his siblings are adorable. I envy your ablilty to stitch at night, I can't see well enough once it is dark to do any stitching. I love your March and April blocks.

  21. Your owl blocks are sooooo cute!
    And there's another beautiful soul searching blocks.
    Looking forward to another color : )

  22. Wow! Your owl is a Hoot alright. I love it, them I mean. Owl be checking this blog again for sure. I want to know where Bertie will end up next. She's ADOOOOOORRRABLE. Great work! Thanks for sharing. ;^)

  23. Looks like you're ahead on the Birdie blocks and so cute they are! I love Hootie, too. I'd say you accomplished a lot, not being home~

  24. I just love these cutie pie Bertie blocks!
    So sweet!
    Enjoy your stitching!

  25. I *adore* these two Bertie blocks!! That seam treatment is pretty nifty -- I may have to employ that on a CQ block sometime soon!!! Your owls are just precious -- what a fun finish that will be! :)


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