Sunday, February 21, 2021

A new project, some yellow scraps, and slow stitching

     I am so excited about this new project! Yesterday I took a class hosted by                                                           CraftyMonkies.                                                        BTW: I love that I can take a class in Great Britain thanks to Zoom! This is the 2nd class that I've                                  taken through Craftymonkies and they do not disappoint!                               The class was called Mindful Stitches by GaryMillsDesigns. Gary taught us how to create a fabric journal that you can store your keepsakes, pieces of art, stitching, even photographs! It really is up to you! Here is my journal!
I stamped the words Mindful Stitches on a piece of scrap linen and hand stitched it to the front. 
The cover is made of red/cream ticking fabric and the inside cover is some cream linen. Both I had in my stash. I used perle cotton thread to hand stitch around the journal. The pages are made in set of 4 that are folded to make 8 double sided pages. We made 2 set in class. I used some light colored calicos, some muslin and a piece left from a baby quilt I made. 
On my 1st page I put a scrap from a quilted jacket I made back in 1997. (Yes, I still have scraps from that far back! I also made quilted Christmas stocking ornaments from these scraps. 
On the backside of that page I put a candlewicking piece made by my mother. Over the years the piece got soiled/yellowed around the edges. I needed a way to preserve it. I cut it to fit and hand stitched it to the page. I added the lace flowers and  beads. I blanket stitched around the page edges. Here is a close up.
Other ideas I have to add in are my zentangle squares I made back in 2014 and some small orphaned quilt squares made as trial pieces. 
This is an ongoing project. Many more pages will be added before this journal is finished! I'm linking to Linky Party @Patchwork & Quilts. 
I worked on some additional yellow scraps for my EPP ~ tumblers project. 
I will link up to Scrap Happy Saturday @SoScrappy. 
I haven't given an update on my Slow Stitching hoop embroidery in a while. Slowly I've been stitching more flowers. Here is where it is today!
I'm almost finished with on half!
I'm linking to Slow Sunday Stitching @Kathy's Quilts.

I hope you have found some time to sew or stitch! If your interested in taking a class, go check out Craftymonkies!


  1. This is a lovely journal for keeping sweet memories, I love the candlewicking piece your mother made. Pretty yellow tumblers too!
    Thank you for linking up with Patchwork & Quilts today ;)

  2. Your journal is beautiful! I love that you have included the pretty candlewick piece that your mother made all those years ago. I love that your journal is going to be filled with many precious memories.

  3. Love your yellow pieces! Beautiful journal and stitchery!

  4. Sweet YELLOW Tumblers for the RSC and a neat stitch journal, too!!

  5. This journal for keepsakes is a fabulous idea! A great way to pull out some memories and preserve them. And not to just preserve them but to enjoy them whenever you choose to pick up the book and flip through it. OMGosh, I’ve done candlewicking waaayy back when. I haven’t thought of it in ages! I SO love your slow stitching flower design! It’s a work in progress that I will never tire of seeing it.

  6. I'm sure you'll have fun working on your keepsakes journal. That's a great idea and will make a lovely remembrance to pass down. Love your yellow tumblers!!!!

  7. Slow stitching.....that is me! Looks like you have a lot in the works like I do.

  8. Nice stitching journal! The embroidery project is so pretty!


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