I was never very domestic when I was younger.
I avoided Home Ec, I didn't sew or cook and,
to tell the truth, I still struggle with measurements
when having to increase a recipe. I typically give
up and just measure twice if I have to double it.
The reason this blog exists is that I realized I missed a lot
so I selected some skills that I would learn, enough to get by
but by no means being an expert.
I think I succeeded! I am by no means an expert!
But I try.
I found this cute quilt along on Facebook.
I love cats and I love bees so this was perfect.
It also helped me with embroidery and applique
which will end up as a quilt with a bee theme.
hosted by Pamela Morgan of Sweet Little Stitches.
I have been able to experiment with fabric crayons
(disregard any blue lines, this is a marking pen that
will wash out easily)
Different embroidery stitches.
I also found a nice quilted interfacing that
you steam onto the back of your fabric. It
keeps it nice and stiff plus fluffy!
More cute artwork to stitch.
I changed up the tractor color
to Ford 8N colors.
This was In-Progress.
I had to applique the top hat and learned
a good lesson. Wash black fabric first.
It didn't fade when I dipped it in water,
a good sign, but it did run ever so slightly
so I'm looking for a color remover.
I am on the cupcake now.
Notice that each square has a bee somewhere.
See the Moda link for instructions
There is also a Row by Row quilt experience across
not only Missouri or the US but Canada too.
You visit a quilt shop and get either a free pattern
or a kit which you make and combine to make
a quilt. There are prizes but I don't enter those
contests. Good thing too because I really messed
up and made a dumb mistake.
Remember the cooking and measuring.
Well, it's no different in quilting.
Why do I read 18 1/2 and cut at 18?
I pieced it together but will probably go back
and re-do it or applique something over my mistake.
This is the Arch in St Louis of course and my
first real attempt at machine applique other
than an earlier six inch block where I didn't have
to be as careful. It was fun and I have several
more to make. There is a Facebook group too
under Missouri so I can see some of the local quilts.
So, between pickling, sewing and gardening plus work
I have been very busy!
If you are interested in the bee or row by row group,
follow the links.