Friday, June 29, 2012

Catchin' Up!

Gosh...I don't even know where to start! 
First of all, if you are reading this I just want to say "Thank you!" for not giving up on me.

Things have changed so much since I started this blog a year ago.  I'm not terribly comfortable going into all the details, but I will say we are currently living with my parents due to recent struggles.  My sewing space is a little sewing cabinate tucked in a corner.  I guess I should be happy I have any space at all.  It's just harder when I can't just go sit down and start sewing or just walk over my cutting table to cut something.  I don't know how you kitchen table sewers do it!

But anyway, I have been doing some sewing and quite a bit of handstitching.  I'm taking Handstitching Class and I'm plugging away at my Ruby Bird Baby Quilt.  I really need to get this quilt finished since this little cutie...

My Newest Niece

...was born just a few days ago and we leave for Colorado in less then 3 weeks! 

This quilt is for her, B, and I can't wait to finish it and get to meet my little brother's first baby!  I didn't expect to be so emotional about this, but I have been.  This is the first baby in the family that I haven't been able to meet with in hours of their birth and it has been really hard.  She will be a whole 3 1/2 weeks old be for I get to hold her!  It's killing me!

Ruby Bird Baby Quilt


Ruby Bird Baby Quilt


Ruby Bird Baby Quilt


Ruby Bird Baby Quilt


I'm currently working on the July block and should be finished tonight or tomorrow.  When I focus on working on them I can knock them out pretty quick.  Now that B is here I'm really feeling the pressure to get this quilt finished up which equals a lot of hand stitching!

Probably not the best time to take a handstitching class then, right?  Well I did anyway!  I'm gonna have quite a bit of catching up to do and I can't wait to do it!  I'm taking Rachel's Handstitched Class and I can't wait to finish the quilt that goes along with it.  It includes reverse applique, embroidery, english paper piecing, applique and hand quilting.  Now obviously I've done a couple of these, but learning the ones I haven't and having step by step instructions to make the Modern Medalion Quilt are so worth it!

Dogwood Blossom

So far I've done the center medalion which was done with reverse applique.

Medallion Quilt Center

And I have it prepped to start the embroidery.  I'm having a hard time putting this aside.  I wanted to start on it right away and was plannin to, but I really need to get B's quilt done so this will have to wait.  The perk is that I will have plenty to keep me busy on the 17 hour trip out to Colorado and then another 17 hours home!  Just need to make sure I take some Dramamine...

I'm loving my choice to use Aunt Edna by Denyse Schmidt.  I've been picking up fat quarters and yardage evrey chance I get.  I LOVE this line and plan on using it for all of my Handstitched Class projects.

So there ya have it.  That's most of what I have been working on lately.  I have been keeping my Flickr up to date and post quite a bit on Instagram (christink35) so add me to your contacts or follow me if you would like.