When I join a blog hop I like it to do something that challenges me. That hasn’t always been how it’s worked out, but for the most part I like to do things I haven’t done before or try new techniques that interest me.
For as long as I can remember I have had a love for Sashiko. Back in the ’90s at a quilt show, I saw this absolutely gorgeous quilt that I just fell in love with. While I’m not a blue person, her quilt was dark blue and used a white thread. I’d never seen it before, they’d placed it in the embroidery category, but to me, it was a whole cloth quilt thus I had no knowledge back then of what Sashiko was. Suffice it to say I bought every Sashiko book I could get my hands on at the time. I have loved the beautiful work in Sashiko ever since.
Sashiko is very much like a hand quilting stitches with the exception that the stitches are traditionally a little larger than hand quilting stitches are. Sashiko is a series of lines or curves that are supposed to run in a continuous fashion.
My project today contains Sashiko if you haven’t guessed yet. I didn’t go crazy and make a full quilt, I am not quite up to that as yet with my feet, but I’m getting better at least.
Each year I bring you this list of events that have been planned out for the new year. Each of these bloggers has created an event that they will feature monthly sometimes weekly on their blog.
Today I have what is the start of those previously announced for 2020 that I have found or been sent an email about.
The requirements to make this list are simple… KIF… keep it free. Your event must be free… no book purchases, no magazines to be purchased, no pattern purchases. The pattern for the block of the event must be free for a long enough period of time to allow people to download it.. This time period is normally a month’s time.
And here is the list… Continue reading
It would be perfect if it were snowing outside today, making my project perfect for the weather. As many of you know I LOVE snow. Winter is my favorite season of the year and I look forward to it from the moment Summer hits every year. 🙂 I’m cool with Fall and Spring because these are not traditionally warm/hot seasons, but Summer… no matter where I’ve lived it’s always too hot.
My project today is not quite finished, but I want to share it with you either way. It’s turning out so beautiful I can’t believe I didn’t think of doing something sooner. I really have wanted a Winter theme in my living room since I have to spend a few hours downstairs each day elevating my legs and feet. The doctors say it is really good to elevate during the day that it doesn’t work so well at night. Why they waited so long to tell me this I have no idea, but for the last 4 weeks, I’ve been up and down the stairs several times a day elevating my legs in the recliner for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Well, here we are on the last day of Nifty Novelties and our last three blogs will be featured today. I’ve enjoyed your comments over the last few days and am glad you stopped by to visit not only my blog but the other participating blogs.
Please keep in mind that the giveaways will not start expiring until Oct 31, and the final one will expire on November 3, 2019. I will post a list of the winners either November 4 or 5th.
Thank you to our visitors and our participating bloggers. Without any of you, we couldn’t offer special events on our blogs.
Today’s Featured Bloggers
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Please remember to comment on there blogs to enter the giveaways.
I am so dumb, last night I finished my post, and went to bed… leaving it on “draft” .. not published, but thinking I had published it for this morning. So here I am, all my dorkiness in tow…
I’ve made for this hop a simple project, nothing big or fancy, but something I haven’t done before.
I absolutely love novelty prints tho. Next to blenders they are my favorite print to work with. Even tho I don’t do it that often. Normally when I work with novelty prints, I either fussy cut the area I want or I create an entire project out of the fabric something like a bag or placemat. Back in the 90s, when novelty prints started becoming more popular in quilt shops, I went crazy buying as many as I could. Prior to that time, novelty prints carried little interest for me as I didn’t just want to see a pumpkin on a low-quality print and most of the novelty prints I remember back then were sold in fabric shops and were low enough quality that you could see right thru the fabric.
In the quilt below, which I’ve shown several times on this blog It is entirely created with novelty prints. Only the black square is repeated. Every single novelty print in this quilt was an individual piece I purchased.
It’s not even an oops, I forgot… I blundered and put the wrong bags on the living room couch for my hubby to take to work. I have to tell you the whole story for you to understand why I goofed up so badly. You see, when we lived in Italy, and I learned about the row by row experience, I was lucky enough to have several people send me some row patterns back in 2015. By that time, I was teaching Sarah how to sew, and had created a group of moms who also lived on and around the base who liked to sew. We’d meet at various houses once a week. It was one of the few times that I actually got out and about. It was an experience I’ve always treasured. With those rows, those moms and I would create table runners and then give them to the gift shop on the base. It was pretty cool as people who made crafty type items could sell there stuff in the shop and the shop took a small commission. We had decided as a group that the table runners money would go to the school library because it was continuously low on supplies for the kids. I learned this when I wanted to get rid of some glue sticks I ordered on Amazon and they were the wrong ones, so I offered them to anyone who wanted them for free, and the school librarian contacted me. Thus… when I left, I left the patterns with the woman so they could continue to carry on the tradition we had already created. To this day, I still send row by row patterns that I collect.
I’m so crazy, what in the heck was I thinking… right in the middle of a row along I signed up for this hop, knowing full well how busy I’d be. I did not create a project for this hop, I just didn’t have the time. I had an idea, but it just never came about. So, I decided to take this post in a different direction. It still fits in with the theme of this blog hop so that I can properly post, but I am sorry there is no finished project to show you other than past projects I’ve made.