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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Slow Stitching on Sunday

On Sundays, I look forward to taking a break from the hustle and bustle and doing some slow stitching with Kathy and friends at Kathy's Quilts.


Slow Sunday Stitching

I'm excited to have all the hand stitching done on the May Bertie's Year BOM!


That simple border stitch was a nice break from some of the more intense stitch patterns
of previous months.  Not that I'm complaining - I love learning new stitches!!!

This is one of my favorite months - Bertie is so happy to help Spring come to her neck of the woods!  She's even willing to help it along by carting in some of those lovely, colorful Spring flowers :)  That's a look of determination on her face my friends!  I don't think she'd let too much get in her way, do you?  And wouldn't you just LOVE to have a Spring hat like that one?  Bertie is such a fashionista!!!




These flowers turned out really bright and colorful after I substituted some of the flannels in the kit :)



I also plan to work on the Tree Vase block for The Blue Collection this afternoon ...

Progress so far......

Since it won't be very long before I have the vase finished, I'll also spend some time this afternoon preparing these leaves for applique next....



There are quite a few of these, but they are fun and fairly quick to prepare, and will be just as fun to stitch down too.  I will take this project to my sit-n-sew tomorrow morning and enjoy stitching and chatting with friends - Life is Good!!!

One cute little hand repair project that took WAAAAYYYYY too long to get around to....


I love my little Diva Chickie pin cushion!!!  I bought her at a retreat about 5 years ago from a girl who had made up about a dozen of them to sell for $4 each.  Doesn't she look like something I would fall in love with immediately?  Of course I picked out the brightest and most colorful one *VBG* 

But it didn't take me long to realize that a pincushion filled with this...



                            ...  will not sit still while you pull pins out or poke them back in!  

After several attempts at trying to pull out a large pin without the pin cushion flying across the room, I gave up and just kept it as a decoration on my shelf in the sewing studio.  I kept thinking "someday" I would take that worthless stuffing out and fill it with something heavier like crushed walnut shells.  

Well, this week "someday" finally arrived!!!!  Diva Chickie was wheeled into the operating room and went under the needle - no anesthesia either, my friends!  This is one tough chick now that she is made of sterner stuff :*)  Here she is in the post-op room, almost stitched up and resting comfortably on her side after her brave ordeal.  



I'm happy to announce that the surgery was a huge success and she is back at work, thrilled to be doing what Diva Chickies do best :*)  Just look at her proudly sporting pins and needles with a big ole smile on her face!!!



As for larger projects on my Design Wall this week, my biggest goal is to finish the sashing on Fantasia.  I pieced quite a few sashing pieces at my Divas Club meeting last week, but I still have a lot to do.....

Sorry this is a little dark - we've had storms this afternoon!

And I've cut pieces for 4 more Happy Dance blocks!  


Ooooooo I just love this quilt so far!!!!



You can see more Design Wall lovelies at Judy's Patchwork Times every Monday!
Also linking up with Connie's fun Tuesday Linky Party!

Wishing everyone a wonderfully fruitful week!!!

Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
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32 comments:

  1. Teresa, it's obvious to me that you were one of those kids who could entertain themselves. LOL Your stories about Bertie and Diva Chick are a hoot. Glad the Chick is now a little more grounded and able to stand on her own. You are a skilled surgeon, no doubt. Loving all your projects.

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  2. Did you see the Blue Collection quilt in the show? Yours is going to be so much prettier!

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  3. Great post! Your Happy Dance is just beautiful!

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  4. Love Bertie's hat! Your Fantasia is coming along just great. How ambitiously wonderful that sashing is! You are amazingly productive! Have a happy sewing day.

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  5. You are having way too much fun over there! No anesthetic?! That's a little harsh! LOL
    Love the new Bertie... wish she'd haul some flowers up here!! I'm feeling a little desperate for spring to arrive!

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  6. I love Bertie! She's too cute. I especially love her hat, and her basket of flowers is lovely.

    Your Happy Dance is so pretty. I love the blacks and whites with the bright colors.

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  7. everything is just lovely, and great idea for those clips, I bought the for binding and don't like them, so may use the for this!

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  8. All you projects are coming along so beautifully!! I am so glad the Diva Chickie survived!

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  9. I do enjoy seeing how Bertie comes along and I just had a good laugh after that about the Diva Chickie/ FUN POST! :)

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  10. That Happy Dance quilt top is super bright & am loving it!! I am glad Diva is doing her proper job now---you are a hoot to read about!! Thanks for giving me a chuckle on this rainy Sunday.

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  11. Bertie turned out great and love the substitutions you made. Thanks for the smiles this morning.

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  12. ALL of your projects are looking GREAT! I am so happy Diva Chick came through her surgery and is better because of it. :) Love seeing the progress on your Fantasia quilt. The sashing is wonderful!

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  13. For some reason I wanted to do the chicken dance!!

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  14. Wow, you've been busy! I was just going to comment on how appealing the Bertie-and-cart piece is. (It caught my eye as the blog header.) But I *love* the Fantasia blocks and layout. And the Happy Dance is -- just happy!!

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  15. Always love to see what you are up to.
    I just noticed that you are stitching your Bertie on the sewing machine. Some parts anyway. I think I might do some of that too. Then I would be able to keep up. Why didn't I think of that!!! So used to doing applique by hand.

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  16. There is nothing like a well weighted pincushion!!!! She is adorable too.

    Your applique is so stunning and I love the progress on Fantasia. I also like the newest Happy Dance block. The + is great fabric.

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  17. Love the bumble bee in Berties block as well. The happy dance blocks are probably my favourites though - they look so vibrant and fun. That hot pink really works in the blocks beautifully!

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  18. busy busy! Your applique looks lovely, the pincushion surgery was a big success - and what a pretty pincushion to begin with - nice that she now actually can pull her own weight! Love that sashing on the Fantasia quilt, and your Happy Dance has put a big smile on my face this morning - what a bright and cheery quilt!

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  19. What bright and colorful quilts you are making! Love them all and that Diva Chickie is darling - I'll have to make one. I've made pincushions similar, but they didn't have a tail.

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  20. Beautiful projects! Love your revamped pin cushion too.

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  21. lovely stitching and I love the bird with the wagon, so sweet. I also love the spicy Happy dance, gotta make that one!!!!

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  22. Changing to more springlike colors for this month's Bertie was perfect! And so glad that your Diva Chickie works better now. ;-)

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  23. Wow Teresa - you've been busy! I love your sweet wool piece and had to smile at your Diva Chicken makeover. :) blessings, marlene

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  24. Teresa, you always have so many beautiful projects going on! Love all your hand piecing and your little chick.....too cute! Hope all the terrible storms didn't affect you. Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  25. Teresa -- WOW!! Lovin' your little Bertie AND all the other projects are amazing too. Besides all that you're a surgeon to boot!! Sweet little pin cushion fix-up my dear. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful projects -- how inspirational. Karen

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  26. Love the colors in your Happy Dance Quilt. And your applique project is gorgeous. DROOL!

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  27. I love all the bright colors I'm seeing here. Scary weather going on in your part of the world. Glad to know you're still alive and kicking.

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  28. Stay safe and keep stitching! Love Bertie and the bright flowers!

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  29. Oh my, each of your projects is prettier than the next! I absolutely love the vase/leaves and your Bertie is adorable. And Happy Dance - I think our eyes do a happy dance just looking at those fabulous fabric choices!

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  30. Look at all of the beautiful projects you having going! I cannot wait to see them all come to life. :)

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  31. So bright and Cheery. Love all your WIPS!

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  32. Fantasia is wonderful! I love the bright, cheerful colors. And, I am so pleased Diva Chickie survived her recent surgery. lol!

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