Sunday, January 31, 2016

Slow Sunday and Another block completed and inside the gold box answered.

The weather has been cold and rainy this week in central Florida so I have been busily hand stitching. With this being the last Slow Sunday Stitching for the month and the last day of the month, where does time go, there are only 11 months left to 2016. Happily I have kept to my new year's goal of using fabrics from my stash for a new project. Isn't it fun when you rummage among your stash and find new old fabrics you forgot you purchased and some of those what was I thinking fabrics too. I am working on some UFO's I confess I don't have very many started projects but I have too many to count planned quilts I really want to start making this year after all I have more years behind me than ahead of me and I would love to see what I can do.

I have completed the hand embroidery on block number four of the Hocuspocusville Quilt. I bought the pattern in 2012 but didn't start tracing the blocks until last year.
block four

Block number 5 is waiting to be stitched. I'm so glad I decided to trace all the blocks before I began stitching it makes to easier to just grab the next block and start stitching, a friend of mine is making the quilt too and she was tracing one block at a time when she finished the third block she sat down and traced the rest of them now she doesn't have to make time between walking her dog, and playing with the grandkids.
block five

What was inside that gold box I planned to reveal on the first of January then forgot all about 

well better late than never inside the golden box is my treasure of 1.5” squares for a Postage Stamp quilt I planned to make over 30 years ago.

I began snipping scraps from all sorts of fabric, friends unloaded some of their scraps on me, attendees in classes gave me a few scraps too. But many of these fabric treasure go back decades. I even have the cardboard template I use for cutting the squares. To get an idea of how small these pieces are I added a quarter coin for comparison, to my youthful eyes 30 odd years ago these weren't so small, not so much now as I view them with my eyes at sixty.

The fabrics all askew are relatively newer fabrics than the original yet somehow they work well together, You can bet this quilt is being hand pieced I actually have several rows sewn together in my stash bin but I am too lazy to pull them out.  

A few weeks ago a friend of mine sent me a stack of 1930's reproduction fabric along with these 11 packs of  fabric squares I am trying to come up with an idea or two for them.  My first thought was 
to randomly stitch them together for a patch work quilt top, I'm sure I will come up with something but right now I am going to head on over to Kathy's Quilts and link up to Slow Sunday Stitching


  1. What a wonderful treasure you have in that gold box!!
    You are so right about having the next block pattern all ready to start stitching as soon as you finish one!

  2. What beautiful fabrics you've got! And smart gal you are, to have pre-inked all your blocks from the get-go!! :)

  3. I do love your hocus pocus project. 1.5" sooooo tiny!

  4. I love your gold box treasure. Where do those years go? I have projects that are 30+ years also. Wow. Hocuspocusville is looking great. When I get my patterns (as a birthday gift I hope) I think I will mark them all at once also or else they will never be finished.