Sunday, August 18, 2013

Walking With Feathers

Lillian's Stitches is now CLOSED. For all future updates, please visit Walking With Feathers. Thanks!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Migration - A Giveaway!

It's the announcement I have been waiting to make since April...

I am moving to England!

In preparation for this move, I've reevaluated my blogging needs and decided to close down Lillian's Stitches. This blog has been absolutely wonderful, life-enhancing, and enriching in so many ways! I've stretched and grown so much since beginning in 2009, and I've met many lovely people along the way! I hope to be able to keep up with you, but from now on, the best way to do that is through my new blog, Walking with Feathers.

To celebrate this transition, I'm having a giveaway!

Go check it out, and I'll see you there!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cat-Sitting Quilt-A-Thon

When last we left our heroine, she was flabbergasted to find her queen-sized batting and backing were, indeed, not the size she required for her ginormous Scrappy Trip quilt!

At least someone was amused.

Benedict Cumberbatch via BBC America's "Top Gear" kept me company as the quilting drama unfolded

My solution was to piece a backing using the best thing I've ever found at Goodwill (no hyperbole, folks!)

I groaned as I sliced the elastic off the fitted sheet, thinking how soft and wonderful they'd be to sleep on, but it's the sacrifice we make for art, no?

Besides, this quilt is worthy of Amy Butler organic cotton backing!

Kitty-approved, of course.

And a JoAnn's coupon and package of KING-sized batting later, finally I could proceed with the quilting!

Even creatively piecing all that Amy Butler goodness wasn't enough for a full backing, so I added in a few chunks from my stash that were worthy of such a monumental honor (or at least blended well, as seen above). Kitty-approved, of course.

I must confess, I lost some of my quilting mojo and did not get the entire thing done, but I made significant progress doing "organic" straight lines on the diagonal. This is definitely a quilt in which "done is better than perfect". I've never made something this big, and doing it all on my home machine is quite the undertaking, especially for a gal without access to a large dining room table.

I moved it to my parents for the time being. I'll commandeer their table some weekend soon and finish her up.

Meanwhile, I also had the chance to work on my Himalayan Salt quilt! Just a bit of binding to finish and this puppy's good to go! It's a birthday present due in October, but I was extremely motivated to go full-throttle on it.

I didn't get as much accomplished as I hoped, but I did get a lot done, and the rest will, I suppose, come in time. I am so thankful for the opportunity to use the space and the time to sew!

And, annoying as they were at times, I am thankful for my little "helpers"!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Scrappy Trip: More Progress

It's all about the floor space, really.

It's why I agreed to house/cat-sit. As soon as I could, I pushed back the furniture and laid out all 72 Scrappy Trip blocks.

The downside of cat-sitting, however, was my "helper".

Oh, that look of entitlement as if she belongs on that top! But despite interference, I finished piecing it before the guild meeting this past Saturday. I was hoping to sandwich it on Sunday. However...

... Sometimes packaged batting and backing lies.

Too short! Too small! Ack! What to do... I can whip on extra batting scraps to extend my "queen sized" chunk, but Plan B backing requires a trip back home. Le sigh.

Thankfully I brought several other tops and backs I could sandwich, piece, and quilt in the meantime!

And I'm sure I'll have "help" for those, too!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Cowgirl Castle - Complete!


I love the exhilaration of a finished quilt...

Especially when it goes to a friend for a birthday!

Backed in vintage sheet scraps, a chunk of Sunkissed by Sweetwater, and some leftover jelly roll strips.

Perfectly at home in its new digs, I think, and the birthday girl (not pictured) was thrilled!

And I'm thrilled to have my goal met for this month's Lovely Year of Finishes!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LYOF Mid-Month Update

First of all, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Melissa and Shanna for hosting this year-long event! I've enjoyed watching everyone's projects come together, and I've gotten more "finishes" under my belt than I imagined!

Every month, those who complete their goals are entered into a drawing, and this time, I won!

What did I win?

The entire Spring House (by Stephanie Ryan for Moda) line in fat quarters! This was especially exciting because I've thoroughly fasted from buying fabric this year - only indulging once, and then the majority of those purchases were sent to a friend abroad.

I already have an idea of what to do with them. But I can't move on that yet because I have to finish this:

I just need to stitch the binding and label it, and then this baby is ready for its recipient - whose birthday party is Saturday, right after my guild meeting!

I am so happy to have this puppy mostly done. I have several others I'd like to complete, and I have a few days blocked off as "sewing days" coming up, and lots of adventures in between... It's as if life decided to go into hyperdrive all of a sudden! If I think about it, I get overwhelmed, so it's best to take 5 minutes at a time.

Thankfully, my roommate has the good sense to keep me stocked on Cadbury's. Five minutes' peace is made perfect with a cuppa, I think. Nothing soothes the mind like chocolate from the motherland!

Happy stitching!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Scrappy Trip Blocks - Done!

Behold, my laziest blog post ever!

But who cares! I had a sewing marathon yesterday and finished all 73 of my Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks!

Photos taken with my phone from my bed - didn't bother to clean it up and make it pretty! Ha! 
I decided on a layout, then set out blocks in groups of 4 to begin to stitch together, which I will begin... later.

Lord of the Rings DVDs are excellent accompaniments to long sewing sessions!
Now it's time for a bit of rest! (I think I earned it.)