Friday, November 4, 2011

Quilting Times Two

Winter was always my least favorite of the seasons, but over the years, I have grown to like it more and more and now even look forward to the cold, snowy days. Not only is it beautiful with all of the snow and frost, but work outdoors comes to an end for a time (other than caring for the animals that is), and it is so cozy inside and perfect for all of the projects that are put on hold during the busy summer months. Things like the quilt I have been working on for a couple of fall and winters now . . .

A flower in progress - I was able to finish it last night so now it is on to the next

Maybe this winter will see this quilt completed! I am probably a little over halfway finished with the machine quilting and a third finished with the hand-quilting. (I am using the machine to quilt the entire quilt "in the ditch", and then am hand-quilting a design inside each of the triangle squares.) So now evenings are including not only a bit of reading, but quilting as well. And when I don't feel like hand quilting, I work on a different 'quilt' :) . . . .

A cross-stitched one that is. This is another of Paula Vaughan's patterns, and it has been enjoyable to work on so far. Once it is finished, it might end up being one of my favorite cross-stitches as it has many of my favorite things in it! A quilt (and a blue and white one at that), an old barn through the window, old-fashioned curtains, a sewing workbasket . . . the whole scene is so warm and homey . . .

What the finished cross-stitch should look like

Mom and Leah have also been working on cross-stitches so evenings often find us ladies in the living room working on our prospective projects. It makes for pleasant times together! Leah is just about finished with hers, and it is simply beautiful . . . .

Hasn't she done a wonderful job with it?! All she has left is a bit of backstitching. (And yes, this is another of Paula Vaughan's patterns as well.)

And last evening Mom finished one that she had been working on . . .

It's perfect for a country kitchen! My Mom really has a sweet and giving heart, and the past few cross-stitches that she has made, she has given to Leah and I for our own future homes (if that be the Lord's will) . . . but even if they grace only our walls here, they are treasured keepsakes!

Do any of you have winter projects that you are working on or would like to do?


  1. I like what you're doing with the quilt. Very nice. I have to say that I'm glad to hear you have been working on this for a couple of falls and winters. :-) I thought I was the only one who did this! I won't say how long I've been working on mine, but I WILL finish it. :-) I can usually only work on it during the day; I can see better then.:-) It's a queen size, and I'm hand quilting it all.

    The cross-stitches are beautiful. Yes, Leah has done a wonderful job. I love the different browns on the wagon. They are all just lovely, and I know the ones your mom has given to you both will be treasured for years to come. :-)

    God bless and enjoy your weekend!

  2. Sarah--the quilt is going to be lovely! Is the handwork especially difficult? The Med. center here in town has quilts displayed all through the halls, some from the 1800's. The handwork is amazing.
    I took a peek online at the cross stitch patterns you mentioned..I LOVE her books! The blossoms patterns pretty and just my style. I'm so glad you posted about your current projects...I'm inspired to complete my cross stitch that has been waiting patiently to be completed.♥

  3. What beautiful work as usual Sarah ~ I too love the fact that when winter comes it's the perfect time to work on quilts etc but I am really snowed under with knitting projects at the minute so my quilt & cross stitch have had to be put aside. I as yet haven't had the time to start my Paula Vaughan cross stitch but hope to very soon her patterns are just gorgeous. Happy crafting & a blessed week-end to you all Marie x

  4. Your quilt is going to be so lovely Sarah. Quilting is something that seems to fit in with Winter evenings, I think.

    I am going to have a look at Paula Vaughan's site as your designs look so attractive, especially the one with the blue and white quilt.Thank you for giving her name.

  5. These are all beautiful projects! I enjoy seeing the quilting and cross-stitching.

  6. Thank you, Mrs. Anne! And no, you’re certainly not the only one who works on a project for a couple of falls and winters. :) In addition to the quilt, I have several more that were started last winter and still not finished! I am sure your quilt is beautiful . . . I would really like to see a photo of it sometime. I can’t imagine hand quilting an entire queen sized quilt! The one I am working on is queen sized as well, and even just the small amount of hand quilting that I am doing seems to take so long. What a treasured keepsake yours will be once it is finished!

    Thank you for your kind words about the cross-stitches. :) And I hope that you have a blessed Sunday!

  7. Thank you, Ellen! No the handwork isn’t really difficult, though it does take me a long time to do it. I am a slow hand quilter! How neat about all of the quilts in the Med. Center! I would love visiting a place like that and seeing all of them . . . especially the antique ones. As you shared, the handwork on them is amazing. So intricate!

    I am glad that you found and like Paula Vaughan’s patterns! We really like them, too, as the patterns are lovely and so homey. If you should try one of them sometime, I hope that you enjoy them. And have fun working on completing your cross-stitch!

  8. Thank you, Marie! It sounds like your hands will be staying very busy for awhile! It’s fun having plenty of projects to work on, though. I hope that your knitting goes well for you and that you are able to squeeze in some quilting and cross-stitching as well! Which Paula Vaughan pattern are you doing? Her designs are so lovely.

    I hope that you have a blessed rest of the weekend as well!

  9. Thank you, Elizabeth! And I would agree with you, quilting and winter evenings just seem to go together.

    You’re welcome for sharing her name. :) And enjoy looking at her patterns . . . she has so many beautiful ones!

  10. Thank you, Elizabeth! And I am glad that you enjoyed seeing them. :)

  11. Oh how beautiful!! I absolutely love all of the embroidery's. I haven't ever really learned *how* to embroider but I try my hand at free hand and it was fun. I might should do a post on it ;o) I can't wait to see your whole quilt finished. Are you using your quilting frame that you had found? I have been asked to paint some pictures for a friend to sell so I guess that's going to be my winter projects! ;o)

  12. Thank you, Nabila! I would enjoy seeing a post about your handwork projects! Especially now that I know where to find the comment box on your blog. :)

    No, I am not using the quilting frame this time as this quilt was already basted for quilting in a hoop and it still needs some machine quilting as well. I hope to use the frame on the next quilt, though.

    That's great about painting the pictures! I hope that goes well for you . . . enjoy!

  13. What beautiful projects, Sarah! I love your hand quilting on the quilt--that is going to be so beautiful.

    Your cross stitch projects (and also your Mom's and Leah's) are all so nice. I love Paula Vaughan's patterns, too. I haven't used one of them, but I used to have a Leisure Arts book with some of her patterns. I love the one she has of a bride in her wedding dress in front of a mirror (I think that's what the design was). Or maybe it was just the dress on a dress form? Anyway, it was so beautiful.

    I have soooooo many projects that I just know I will never get to them all. I have the denim quilt I started cutting out squares for 3 or so years ago (for Ian) that I'd love to finish. I also have a cross stitch project that I'm half-way finished with (and I only work on it in the van while we drive, so it may be a while before I finish it!). And there are so many other sewing projects and making soap (I have all the supplies for this, I'm just waiting for a day when my Mom can watch the children so I can concentrate on what I'm doing!), etc.

    I recently decided to put all my crafting and sewing on hold so that I could concentrate on some cleaning and de-cluttering that needed to happen. :) So, I'm going to do that first.

    Can't wait to see your finished quilt!

  14. Hi Sarah,

    Your mom's, Leah's and your cross-stitch projects are beautiful. My sweet sister also does beautiful cross-stitch work & has blessed me with a beautiful 4 season collage. I absolutely cherrish them.
    As it is a fading art, I know you girls, and others who are blessed by you, will enjoy and cherrish your handwork for many years to come.


  15. Thank you, Joy! I think I know what Paula Vaughan pattern you are referring too, and it is indeed beautiful. Do you think that you would ever try to make it? It looks like it would take a long time!

    I enjoyed hearing what projects you have been working on! The denim quilt is going to be so nice once you finish it. Ian will really like it, I know, plus it will be a treasured keepsake once he is older. That must be so nice to be able to cross-stitch in your van while traveling! With making use of those little moments, it’s amazing how much one can get done. I look forward to seeing the finished cross-stitch. :)

    I wish I could come join you for your soap making day! I would really like to learn how to do that . . . I am hoping that once we start milking Dixie that I’ll be able to make goat-milk soaps. Whenever you do have the opportunity to try soap making, I hope it goes very well for you.

    Have fun with your cleaning and de-cluttering! With these chilly fall days, it really makes one feel like organizing/cleaning (and baking, too!)

    Thank you again for your comment, Joy, and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

  16. It is always so nice to hear from you, Mrs. B! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. The cross-stitch that your sister made for you sounds like it is beautiful. Gifts like that are not only appreciated because of the beauty, but they are so special because they were made by ones we love, and with love, for us. They are indeed treasured keepsakes!

    Thank you for kind words!

  17. I'd love to make that Paula Vaughan pattern I was mentioning, but I don't think it's likely that I ever will. There are so many projects I want to do that I'm having to choose the ones most important to me. Right now making soap is really what I'm longing to do! :) That would be so nice if you get to make goat-milk soap!

    I think I mentioned to you before about a friend (who is also your age) who makes goat-milk soap and also uses honey from her bees in her soap (oatmeal honey). I sure wish I could get you two together! I don't think she spends time on the Internet or I'd send her your blog address. Maybe I should just give her your address or something. I just feel so sure you two would have so much in common!

  18. I can understand that, Joy! There’s never enough time to do all of the projects that one would like to do, is there? :) But at least there is time for some!

    Yes, you have mentioned to me about your friend before . . . she sounds like a sweet girl! And one with whom I share many similar interests. Please feel free to share my blog address or snail mail address with her. :)


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