Friday, August 18, 2017

Pretty Handmades

I can't believe another month has flown by.  I guess the beautiful weather, changing jobs, and trying new things have kept me more than busy.  My son had schedule pickup today for school which made me realize summer is fading fast and soon we will be missing the longer hours of daylight and hot and humid weather.  It also shows me just how much I love the change in seasons.

I had promised to show you some of the secret sewing I had done for Lauren Wright's new book "Pretty Handmades: Felt and Fabric Sewing Projects to Warm Your Heart."  Lauren has such a talent for making beautiful things with felt and fabric, and each completed pattern is a project I know will be loved.  


This is the Bloom Cushion Cover.  Lauren loves to combine embroidery and English Paper Piecing, which of course is right up my alley.  :)


The Flower Friends Pincushions have to be my favorites of all the wonderful patterns in the book.  They are so adorable, and seriously, I think I could make a hundred of them just to have around my house.  As you can see, they look so cute sitting with the flowers too!  I have more to show, but will save that for another day.  Thank you Lauren for allowing me to participate in this project, I enjoyed it immensely!

On a personal note, I've been making a pincushion a day for the month of August and have been sharing them on Instagram.  If you would like to see them daily you can follow me at @kkmeadowbrook.  If you aren't on Instagram, not a problem, I will be sharing them here also.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rush Hour

Hi everyone!  It has been a while again since I've posted.  I've been sewing 20 minutes a day for the last two months, and I wanted to show you what I finished...



The pattern is Rush Hour from V and Co.  I used two V and Co. Ombre jelly rolls and a lot of white fabric, cut them with my Accuquilt Go! and sewed away.  It was no thought sewing, and I realized how much I needed to work on my fine motor skills after these surgeries.  As you can see it is big (72 x 96), and will be wonderful to use once it is quilted.  Now I am trying to decide what project to work on next.  One option is the Long Time Gone Quilt by Jen Kingwell which has been on my to do list for quilt some time, another is Tula Pink's Butterfly quilt.

I will be back soon as I have some secret sewing to share that I did awhile back for a book that will be published soon (it is so exciting!).  I hope you are enjoying your summer (or winter depending on where you are).  It is hot here, and the perfect time to be in the sewing room.  Happy Stitching!!!  --Kristen

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Finally, At Last, It Is Done!

You know how when you can see the finish line it is all you can do to contain yourself?  You can see how wonderful it will be when you get there, it's just the getting there that is the problem.

Cracked Pots has been a great physical therapy tool for me.  I had smaller, easier blocks to put together.  The excitement of the bright and colorful fabrics kept me going and interested.  Then seeing it all come together was almost overwhelming, because for the first time in a long time I was seeing some progress.  Because for a long time it was all I could do to just sew a few pieces together before my hands were so worn out I'd have to quit.  I'd keep trying, but sometimes it was just easier to quit than to push through.



The lighting was not the best today, but I couldn't wait any longer to share.  As soon as I got that final border on all I wanted to do was get some photos, which doesn't always work after dark and in a rain storm like we had last night.  Today was better, but I was a little late.  I'll have another chance once it is quilted.  To finish something this big, with this many pieces, and so many pieced borders that had better be sewn together well or they wouldn't fit is almost unbelievable that my hands could actually finish.  There is hope for me, I can see it.  This will be one that will be treasured for years to come simply because these hands worked through it.  Thanks so much for letting me share, and thanks Thelma for sewing along with me!!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Person Would Think...

That for as long as it took me to sew these four stars they were super difficult, but they aren't.  It was just a week of physical therapy appointments, doctor appointments, my son's spring sports, and some travel.


And if you can believe this...I actually got in trouble for NOT sewing enough!  After all, it is my "therapy" for my hands, working on my fine motor skills, grasp, pinch, and grip strength.


Monday, April 3, 2017

The Houses are Finished!

This is the last house I finished, but I think it has to be my favorite!  :)


Monday, March 27, 2017

Building Houses

Its Monday, which means Friday I did not spend sewing, I spent it finishing our taxes.  But I did find time on Sunday to do some piecing.  These houses are time consuming, but so fun to make.  The best idea was to cut everything, label all the pieces, and start chain sewing.


And in no time it seems I had some finished houses.

Friday, March 17, 2017

SO Ready To Be Back!

It has almost been a year since my last posting.  As I sit here and think about all that has happened, I'm sad thinking about all that has been, but so excited to think about what is to come.  I've experienced two surgeries, tests too numerous to even mention, and now I'm dealing with things that are going to take too much time to heal to try to guess when that is going to happen, and others that are just going to be the way they are forever.  I decided along with my physical therapist it is time to start quilting again.  Usually quilting is my way to deal with troubles, this time there was none of that since my hands were the trouble.   It takes me a little longer and I've had to find new ways to do things, but I'm excited to see the progress I'm making.  It is a little like riding a bike, once you get back on and start pedaling, you are just fine!