Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tiny Blocks!!

Hello! Is anyone there? It's been forever since I've blogged!  The last half of our summer seemed to drop several things on us at once.  (More on that later..)  I've still been trying to get in some sewing time, though.  It's been great therapy actually for these trying few weeks.  When so many heavy things are on my heart and mind, it feels good to just sit and listen to the hum of the machine.  So out of it all, has come this quilt project. 

It's going to be epic for me, b/c I'm not a matchy points type of person, so it's great practice. The 4" blocks are also the smallest I've ever made. And surprisingly addictive and cute. 

I've been having lots of fun making them, and could not be doing all of the HSTs without my trusty Triangles on a Roll

And chain piecing. I love to chain piece.

It's going to be all Oval Elements. The happiest dot fabric ever. :) I need lots of colorful happiness right now.

OH!  And I just realized I forgot to blog about this. A few weeks ago, my MIL gifted me with the most special treasure.

It's an antique, cast iron toy Singer.  With its original clamp that clamped it to a table.  She played with it as a girl, and her mother played with it as a girl. And she told me that when she was little, she remembers her granny borrowing it back sometimes b/c it makes a pretty chain stitch underneath since there is no bobbin.

I would love it regardless, but the fact that my MIL, and her mother both played with it as children is the coolest thing ever.  We were able to research online a little bit, and from the number of spokes in the hand crank, it has to have been made between 1916 and 1922.  So the fact that my hub's great grandmother bought it new for his grandmother when she was a little girl kind of blows my mind. :)

In other news.. someone started second grade!  I can't believe it! And he lost one of his top front teeth.  So that's it.. he's officially a big boy. So bittersweet. :/  I just love him.

And there he went, out into the wide world.

OH, and something very exciting on the horizon.. be sure to check out the Nov/Dec of GenQ Magazine. You may or may not see this project in there.  I couldn't show you or blog about it for sooo long, but it's coming soon. 

I had more to blog about but .. no words right now.  Someday, I'm sure the experiences of the last few weeks (what I now jokingly but not really refer to as "the flock of bean eating pigeons flying directly over our heads for the last half of summer") will pour out onto the page, but right now, I need to just say a prayer and go sew, as I am prone to dissolving into tears at any given moment these days.

Hug your loved ones tight, cling to your faith, and sew on.



I'm so sorry that you have had such a hard time this summer. Take care of yourself.

Your little blocks are so cute! Sorry to hear you've been having such a tough time, take care xxx

I am glad you are back and sewing. Sorry about the tears it has been a rough summer and tears also.

Claire said...

Hi Kelli - not sure what you've got going on in your life but it sounds like a lot. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Just know there are people here who are willing to listen, when you are ready. Take care of yourself and know that time is the most wonderful of healers. Hugs.

Barbara said...

Love the tiny blocks - they're so cute. I like to make small blocks but I haven't done any yet with as many pieces as yours.

Stash Overflow

Quiltlady said...

I enjoyed seeing your tiny blocks. Sending up a prayer for you - hope things are better soon.

LA Paylor said...

I call it medicinal sewing
LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Cute little blocks. I'm making 2.5" 9 patch blocks. Hope everything is ok.

ruthsplace said...

So sorry to hear that things have been rough for you.

Your little blocks are just adorable, as is your little one heading off to school.

sunny said...

I'm so sorry you've been having a tough time! I hope your sewing will continue to give you some peace of mind. If you ever need to 'talk' you know where to find me! Hugs and prayers.

I had been wondering where you were this summer. I'm so very sorry you are having such a hard summer. (((((((hugs))))))) and prayers.

Vicki said...

Tough times are NEVER easy...but you are not alone. Your work is beautiful, and keep on sewing on!

Melody said...

Those little blocks are so cute. Take care of yourself too.

That tiny sewing machine is AWESOME! What a wonderful gift. I hope you are able to pull out what whatever is plaguing you right now. Take care.

Barbietee said...

Hi kelli...love your tiny blocks....i started doing schnibbles two years ago and am totally addicted to tiny. Cant wait to see your finished product...and it sounds like you need a big cyber hug and prayer. Hope you can feel this.....

Hugs barb

Unknown said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you're going through hard times...
Quilting has kept me sane when life is rough and I'm glad you have it to help you through whatever is happening too.
Love your baby blocks!

KathyinMN said...

Just found your blog and was reading this post. I hope you are doing better and that quilting was your therapy.

Triangle paper is the bomb and your blocks are adorable. I'm now following your blog because of all the quilty goodness here-can't wait to see what these triangles turn into.

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