Thursday, September 1, 2016

Diary Quilt and Selfish Stitching

The Princess is in the closet and the Macabre Medallion has been on the design wall in her place. I've added a bit more to the MM but still haven't settled on how to incorporate stars. It will be interesting to find out what the next prompt is and whether I can use it with stars for a border, thus fulfilling both challenges. ;- )

In the meantime, it's time to check in with my version of Quilty 365, my Diary Quilt. I can no longer get the whole thing on the design wall for a photo shoot so I'll only show the most recent rows/columns:

I'm at day 290 in this year-long adventure. Rather than the circles others are appliqueing for each day I'm cutting 2.5" x 6.5" strips representative of my daily experiences. In the end there will be 13 rows or columns of strips. I have ten complete and have just begun number eleven.

I believe I began this mid-November last year so it will be the middle of November this year when I'll stop adding new strips and sew these columns together. There's a link party over at Quilty Folk today for those of us still slogging along.

It's also time to check in with my selfish stitching efforts. I haven't touched any needlepoint since my SAL post in the middle of August. Instead I've been embellishing a bit of intuitive piecing I did some time ago (probably more than two years ago in fact!). I don't think I have a picture of the piecing alone. This is what it looks like now:

It all started with some random scraps that I just sewed together as they came to hand. Very soon I was seeing the little house image so I purposefully used the yellow batik to create a frame for the house. Then I decided to set it on a strip of land at the edge of a body of water. I've seed stitched most of the background areas with either cotton or rayon floss. The fluffy yarn is couched down with an occasional delica bead. The rick rack is hand sewn in place. This is one of a pair of 4" x 6" creations. The other is next in line for embellishing.

On Sunday (4 September) I'll be linking up with these ladies who are cheering each other on with their individual needlework projects: Kathy, Susan, Kate, Avis, Claire, DebbieRose, Gun, Carole, Wendy, Lucy, Jess, Christina, and Constanze. If you'd like to join us every three weeks just leave a comment when you visit Avis. :- )


  1. Wow! That year of strips is huge! I like how the Sundays in white help to form a regular pattern. See you at the SAL...

  2. Your Diary Quilt is really impressive! Good for you for keeping it up!
    I'm looking forward to your Macabre Medallion. With all the stars you usually have going, I'll bet it won't be too hard to lay hands on the perfect twinkle twinkles! The real trick is always finding the time, right?
    In the meantime, enjoy your handwork! I envy your talent for embellishing!

  3. Your Diary Quilt is looking great, and it's interesting to see the regular rectangles in a quilt. Your little house is wonderful too. I love the way the stitching embellishes it.

  4. A nice idea using strips instead of circles. Scrap quilts are always full of memories and yours is a lovely reminder not only of the projects the fabric came from, but also of this year.

  5. I did a similar coin quilt a few years ago. It was fun trying to find meaningful fabrics to represent each day, but by this time of the year I was just adding anything from my stash--lol! I love your little quilt---the stitching is so great!

  6. It's fun seeing all of the various interpretations to Quilty 365. You have a lot of interesting projects here ! I was looking at the medallion earlier over at Humble Quilts :)

  7. Lovely to see your coin quilt! The fabrics are fun.:)

  8. Your strip quilt is looking amazing!

  9. You are very creative and the strips came out so well


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