Friday, August 20, 2021

Bee Skep Quilt

Good afternoon, my friends. It is another lovely Friday.

 The day is warm, and I am enjoying a day at the lake. 

My Bee Skep quilt has been on quite a journey. It lounged around an old dump dive chest as I spruced up my she shed porch with some sunflowers and apples.

                         

 It then took a journey out to the farm where the buckwheat is in bloom, and the bees are buzzing about - too busy to stop for a photograph . 

 

The Bee Skep got its photo made with the bee box,

                          

 and later on the fence with one of the sheds in the background. 

 

Don't you just love red sheds and barns?

 It later made its way to its home for the month which is on a wreath warmly tucked on a door. 

                                  

This little quilt is made from scraps dating back to the 90's . The skep was strip pieced from scraps and then needle turned appliqued on an 8 1/2" background piece of brown calico gifted to me by a dear friend. 


This basic shape would be great for a gourd quilt or a pear quilt for fall as well. If you would like to create your own scrappy bee skep, you can check out my pdf below or just drawn your own. 

It is a fun  way to use up some yellow scraps. 





Click here for Scrappy Bee Skep Applique Block. 

And it has been awhile since I have shared a country doodle with you. This is Cutie Pie a sweet little bee great for embroidery or whatever strikes you fancy. 

Click here for the Cutie Pie embroidery pattern. 

I am so delighted you stopped in for a Friday visit. As always...
Happy quilting, ya'll
Melisa 

I am joining these lovely ladies' link parties. I hope you check them out; they always have so many wonderful projects going on and provide the opportunity for other needleworkers to meet. 

Angela of  So Scrappy  for Scrap Happy Saturday

Alycia's of   Alycia's Quilts  for Finished of Not Friday

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop

Michelle  at From Bolt to Beauty for Beauty Pageant 141

Wendy at Wendy's Quilts for Peacock Party 


The hum of the bees is the voice of the garden. 
Hugs and Stitches!!!








 

Monday, August 16, 2021

Watermelon Stamp- A Summer Freebie

 Well good morning, dear friends. Today is going to be a very busy,  but so much fun. I have been invited to the a neighboring county fair to judge quilts.

 I have been doing this for about 10 years. I was not sure if the fair would take place this year. But Woo Hoo! it is. There is always so many fabulous quilts,  and I always come back pumped up and ready to quilt! ๐Ÿงต

 Some of the fair exhibits are in an old school building. As soon as I enter the hallway I know I will be greeted with tables upon tables of fruits and vegetables  . Judges will be busy buzzing about determining which  entries are the prize winners.  Oh, what a hard task. Well with that in mind -  I thought I would share my Watermelon Stamp  especially since I am sure I will see some big juicy ones at the fair. ๐Ÿ‰๐ŸŽก

 Do  you think mine is a prize winner? lol. Well, all that matters is that a watermelon tastes good- isn't that right?  

 I stitched this little design last year . It is a small with a design size of 35 x 35. I stitched mine on   - you guessed it-   my usual 14 count tea / coffee dyed aida. 



 I finished this little stitch on a piece of batting wrapped foam board on a little Dollar Tree chalkboard plaque. I just love those thrifty quick finishes. 

If you are interested , just click on the pdfs below .

Click here for the instruction page. 


Click here for the colored chart. 


Click here for the black and white chart.

I will soon be off to marvel at the quilts .  If I am able, I will try to get some photos to share as well. I hope you have a wonderful day . Big hugs and many blessings and as always...

Happy stitching and quilting, ya'll, 

Melisa

There is something that feels all American about a county fair. 

Hugs and Stitches!!







Sunday, August 15, 2021

Past Fall Freebies Parade


Happy happy Monday! Welcome, ya'll. It's already mid August so I thought why not do a parade of past Fall freebies. 
These are stitches that I worked on last year and shared. If a design strikes your fancy, just click on the name and "poof" you will be taken back to that post where you can read all about the design and find the pdfs.  

Soon I will be adding some more Fall Freebies. So I hope you pop in over the next couple of months. 
Enjoy the parade. 

Hello Fall 

                        

Cornstalks, Pumpkins and Chickens 

Crow Creek Saltbox 

Turkey Creek Manor 

Ophelia Manor on Punkin Holler Lane 

Fall 1869 Crock 

Rosie's Pumpkins

Blessed

                            

Prim Pumpkin House an Itty Bitty Freebie


Crow Creek Doodles 

Well that certainly was fun for me to look back at last year's stitches and decor. I hope you enjoyed it too. I will do a Halloween parade in a few weeks . As always...

Happy stitching, ya'll

Melisa

Life starts all over when it gets crisp in the fall. 

Hugs and Stitches

Slow Stitching Sunday

Good Sunday morning. May I greet you with some country clutter? Lol.

 A little area that is fixing to be cleared out and changed. These are some of my favorite things, Raggedy Anns and Andys, stitching, wooden items, toys and of course little quilts. 

School started this past week.


 Both grandsons are at the elementary school now, and they love it. 
I made this teeny rug mug on Thursday since the little one was not here to entertain me. I can not believe he is in Pre-K.  


 I finished the binding on last Sunday's little quilt, Family is Everything.


 It is hung in the hall for now.  

On this Slow Stitching Sunday, you will find me quilting on "Fair and Square " a quilt design from Kim Diehl's new book , Simple Whatnots II. 

It is in the hoop ready to be finished.




 Oh, what else can I get into? Orange plaid shirtings are being cut into 1 1/2 " strips.


 I'm thinking lots of four patches for a little quilt. Fall is on my mind. 

What a lovely pile of yellow scraps.


I am going to nose dive into these small strips and see what I can create.Scrappy striping sounds like a lot of fun .

 So my plans on the cross stitch front . Well I pulled out Little House Needleworks, Autumn ABC's this past week,  and I hope to put more stitches in it. 
 

It is going to be a relaxing day . So what do you have planned for Slow Stitching Sunday? 
Thank you so much for visiting and as always...
Happy quilting and stitching, ya'll
Melisa

I am joining these lovely ladies' link parties. I hope you check them out; they always have so many wonderful projects going on and provide the opportunity for other needle workers to meet.  


      Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday

Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap

Frederique at  Applique Patchwork Quilting for Patchwork & Quilts #65

Beth at Love Laugh Quilt  for Monday Making
Judy at Small Quilts Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday
Lynette at What a Hoot!  for BOMs Away Monday

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Summer Ewe- A Summer Freebie

Good evening, friends. How is your Saturday? It has been a busy day in my neck of the woods with  the grandbaby's 1st football scrimmage, and since I was out, I had to make a Goodwill trip.

 Many of you have met  Erin Ewe  and Betsy Ewe.

 

 I designed these cute little gals sitting in hats earlier this year.  

 I would love to introduce to you their sister, Summer Ewe. 

                        

She is like her sisters, but she sits in a  woven straw hat which also looks like a basket. Summer sports a sunflower quilt block .

                         

 Of course , you can tell she has already been sunflower picking.  This is another small quick stitch with a design size of only 40 x 37, and if you stitched it on 14 count aida like I did, it would measure about 2 7/8" x 2 5/8". See not big at all. 

I made mine in a simple pillow with some homespun . I then tied a bow from Dollar Tree twine around the seam. I hope to find a little sunflower to tuck in the twine soon. 

                       

If you would to stitch this sweet gal, please check out the pdfs below and you can have it stitched up in two shakes of a lamb's tale. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Many of you know , but I always like to leave this little disclaimer.  

I stitch my little designs for fun and to decorate my home. I feel very blessed by this community and love sharing my little charts, but I am not a professional designer. And I do not have professional software. Thank you for understanding that I  have to put each page on separate pdf downloads because of the devices I use. I apologize for that.  And I am always grateful for your kind encouragement , your visits, and stitching my little designs. 

Click here for the instruction page. 


Click here for the colored chart. 



Click here for the black and white chart. 




 Summer and Betsy both  would look so cute with Summer House which I posted earlier. 

               

Summer would also look great with the Sunflower Sampler

I am so delighted that you stopped by for a Saturday afternoon visit. Thank you so much. Have a beautiful day and as always...

Happy stitching, ya'll

Melisa


Everything good, everything magical takes place between the months of June and  August. 

Hugs and Stitches!

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