Sunday, February 14, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching and Ohio Star Blocks

 Kathy's Quilts' Slow Sunday Stitching comes around again.  My current cross-stitch project gets picked up at odd times so progress is slow. 

So far its just a pale yellow blob, of which the top right portion had to be redone as I drifted too far from center.  The bottom row has some problems too but counting stitches late at night is really unproductive in poor light and needs attention during daytime.  

Next stitching project I want to do is from a thrift store find a few years back.  Less than a dollar!

I love the sentiment and the soft colors but not the X next to Friends.  Not sure why that was necessary. 

Meanwhile, in the sewing room a relatively young WIP is getting worked on.  I'm tired of tripping over the box I purposely pulled out!  I started Laundry Basket Quilts' Mystery last year when the pandemic shutdown first started, but only got a few blocks in. 

I got as far as the first three block sets but downloaded each step through block 15--there are 100 blocks total in the quilt.  My version is very scrappy and not blue and pink like Edyta's, but I like it.  For the 4th block, an Ohio Star, I decided to pull in green, my favorite color.

I used Bonnie Hunter's Essential triangle to cut the tiny hourglass block quarter square triangles from 1.5" strips, as I was using 10" squares for the neutral and it was easier.  However, I ran short of fabric and had to search for a match to the neutral.  

The top two blocks have the close match fabric in the hourglass blocks, Kitchen Twine, which I used for my Twilight Hopscotch quilt.  Pretty good, right?  Those need to be sewn up and and trimmed but I'm happy with them.  I also want to add a little black somewhere in the quilt, as well as different greens, and will look at the next few blocks to see where that might be appropriate.


CathieJ said...

Your sunflower cross-stitch piece is looking good despite the mistakes. I really love that thrift store find. I agree that the X next to Friends is a little weird. I like all of you quilt blocks. You've been busy!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Pretty star blocks. I like the addition of green to your quilt. Keep going!

Janet O. said...

Maybe in place of the x after friends (I thought it was a 9-patch), you could stitch a ~ of some sort. I like the look of that sampler
That is a nice start as an outer border for your quilt, and the star blocks you are adding will be a great touch. I love the make-it-up-as-you-go-along method of design. :)

Tanya said...

I think I have a couple of those crosstitch kits. That might be a fun activity when I get the quilting finished that I'm working on now... Always have to have something by the TV chair!

Kate said...

Your new stitchery should be fun to get started on. Your Laundry Basket quilt is coming along. Looking forward to seeing the next batch of blocks.