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Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: July

I’m working on another yearlong cross stitch project (see last year’s Once Upon a Time sampler here) but this one is a bit more laid back since it’s an older pattern and I don’t have to wait for the mystery blocks to be revealed each month. I love Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s Woodland Creatures sampler, it is so super cute!
July was such a fun block – such an adorable fox amid the dandelions! Perfect summer stitching. I’m really loving this low key project, since I can pick it up or down easily and it’s not too time consuming to stay on track each month.
Below are a few progress pics:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Here are the finished months so far:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Seven months down, five to go… it’s really hard to believe we’re past the halfway mark of 2015!
 
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIP… only one this week! All that shopping wore me out, so I haven’t had time for much crafting. But I worked a bit on the Impossible cross stitch, so here’s an update:

It Always Seems Impossible Until is is Done 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

The deadline for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge is the end of July… so I finally cut into the fat eighth bundle last weekend. But I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while! I’ve been gathering Pin-spiration since May. I decided not to buy any additional fabric, so my project was pretty small and I was able to finish it in a weekend.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

Before I get ahead of myself, here are the rules!
  • Make something fantastic that is quilted.
  • Make something you’ve never done before.
  • Challenge yourself to learn something new.
  • Use only Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.
  • Tag all your photos on Facebook and Instagram with #mqgfabricchallenge
  • The challenge runs from March until July 2015.

I knew I wanted to focus on the birds in the fabric, and at first I was looking at paper pieced feathers and birds, but then I started to think about nests. I remembered this tutorial for a Bloomin’ QAYG panel from Hey Let’s Make Stuff, and it seemed like a good time to try it. I’ve done a lot of QAYG lately, but I’ve never tried it in an improv fashion and I’ve never made a pillow before… so that was my “something new”!

The tutorial is great for step-by-step instructions, and it’s pretty easy to get the hang of it quickly. I did a couple things differently – I didn’t use a backing fabric since the back of the batting would be hidden inside the pillow, and I didn’t press each fabric as it was added. I set aside one fat eighth for the backing, and kept adding to the panel until it was big enough. Then I trimmed off the excess, sewed right sides together, and turned the pillow right side out. I had a nearly-full bag of stuffing left over from another project, so I used all 12 oz. and it filled out the pillow pretty nicely.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

Here are a few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

Ta da! I’m really pleased with the finished pillow.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

Here’s the back:

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs!

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

I’m making progress on the July block… love the dandelions!

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

Low Volume Plus Quilt

Last weekend, I worked a bit more with the low volume plus swap blocks… I can’t wait to get this one done and hung in the living room! I usually work with fabrics on the cool side, so I deliberately requested swap blocks that were outside my comfort zone – I love the summery reds, oranges, and yellows that I received!

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Quilt

I quilted all the blocks, decided on a layout, and sewed all the rows together. Next, I need to press open all the seams and attach the rows together. Then I’ll be ready to attach the backing and binding.

Mostly, though, I worked on the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge… nothing like a deadline to inspire some sewing! I actually finished the challenge, so I’ll share that tomorrow. Here’s a sneak peek until then!

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs!

I very much wanted to work on the Low Volume Plus swap blocks over the weekend, but I ran out of batting.. literally every scrap of batting was all used up! I even sewed strips of scrap batting together into 14″ QAYG squares until it all ran out. So I placed an order online (even with shipping, it’s usually cheaper to order online with a coupon) and had to wait.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

 

In the meantime… I worked a bit on the Impossible cross stitch, and picked up Woodland Creatures again to work on the July block.

Impossible Cross Stitch

After a little slump, this one has started to go more quickly.

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

Tali joined me!

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs!

 

Low Volume Plus Swap

Remember the low volume plus blocks I made a couple months ago?

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

Lindsay of Lindsay Sews put the swap together, and she brought my swap blocks to the June Music City MQG meeting. I requested warm colors, and over the weekend I finally got to play around with layouts. It’s so much fun to see all the fun fabrics that went into each block, and to be almost finished already!

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

 

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

I think this is the layout I’m going with, but flipped around so the yellows are in the top right corner, progressing into orange and red in the bottom left corner. I’m going to do QAYG blocks again so hopefully I can have this one hanging over the couch by the end of the summer.

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

 

Impossible Cross Stitch

Picked this up again and made some progress! It’s about time to put it down so I can get back to the Woodland Creatures cross stitch, but I’m having fun seeing this come together.

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch


The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

Love Patchwork & Quilting mini project

My favorite quilting magazine comes with a free gift each month – sometimes notions or supplies and sometimes mini projects. I started this adorable hoop applique and have been working on it when I have some free time. I haven’t done any embroidery in quite a while, so it’s been fun to practice that again on a no-pressure project.

The Amateur Librarian // Applique Hoop

 

The Amateur Librarian // Applique Hoop

 

The Amateur Librarian // Applique Hoop

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday

Another quick update on my current quilting WIPs!

Modern Maples Quilt

The layout has come together and the quilt top is done. The top is already quilted since I did QAYG for each block. I made the backing and pin pasted, now I just have to attach the backing to the front/batting sandwich. I’m about halfway through… hopefully I can finish up the quilting and binding next weekend.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: June

I’m working on another yearlong cross stitch project (see last year’s Once Upon a Time sampler here) but this one is a bit more laid back since it’s an older pattern and I don’t have to wait for the mystery blocks to be revealed each month. I love Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s Woodland Creatures sampler, it is so super cute!
I’m loving the quick blocks, and June was another small box. I love the little firefly, and sure enough they are starting to pop up at night in our neighborhood. Even though I finish these blocks pretty quickly, I try to save each block for the month it represents, since it’s fun to follow along throughout the year.
Below are a few progress pics:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Here are the finished months so far:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Six months down, six to go… I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year already!
 
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!

WIP Wednesday

More progress to share on my current quilting & stitching WIPs…

Modern Maples Quilt

Since last week, I assembled all the maple leaf blocks, decided on a layout, and quilted each block using my favorite QAYG method. I also added some improv details to personalize the quilt… but I’m not ready to share that yet until the quilt has been gifted, so I’m only sharing a sneak peek of that!

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

Next weekend, I hope to finish putting the QAYG blocks together and attaching the backing and binding.

Cross Stitch

After finishing the June block of the Woodland Creatures cross stitch (pics to come tomorrow), I couldn’t resist starting a new project. I have quite a collection of digital patterns, so the hardest part was deciding what to start next… after much deliberation, I went with this adorable sampler from Satsuma Street… love it! The finished saying will be “It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done” (Nelson Mandela).

I’ve only just started, but it’s a nice project to work on during TV time on the couch.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday

I bet you were starting to think that all I can do is PIN my crafty progress these days… but after a weekend at home, I finally had some time to actually do something with all my pent-up crafty energy!

With my Friday afternoon off (thank you, office summer hours!), I spent some time at JoAnn’s to buy fabric for a Modern Maples quilt. (I’m using this pattern but with this layout, via Pinterest.) I picked out shades of blue, trying to stay in the navy family with but still enough value variation. At first I thought I would go scrappy with the low-volume background, but decided to go with one fabric in the end. I chose a low-volume text print with a vintage vibe that I think suits the recipient.

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

Once home, I spent the weekend listening to podcasts and cutting. I’ve missed my sewing time so much over the past few months! I haven’t even touched my machine since the April MCMQG meeting… too long!

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

Next up is putting the blocks together, then the layout. I’m also contemplating how I want to quilt it… I would love to send it off to a longarm quilter to have a professional finish, but it’s probably not a good idea since we’re officially in money-saving mode.

I’ve also been cross stitching a bit… the Woodland Sampler is going by quickly and I’m trying not to get too far ahead since I enjoy stitching each block as the months of the year go by.

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

I might just have to find another cross stitch project, it’s so relaxing during after-dinner TV time.

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

 

 

 

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