Saturday, January 1, 2022

Welcome to 2022

It's that time of year to start giving you all some peeks into what is happening in 2022.  Some are starting today, and some later, I'll keep adding them as I come across them so make sure you join my email list to keep updated  ... and of course if your hosting something or know of something happening let me know.  You can also check out my Pinterest Quilt Board, and see them as I list them, in the 2022 file.

Garden Party Down Under 
BOM Starting January -
Hosted by The Quilt Show 
Click "Here" to see a quick introductory video on this awesome quilt.     

The Designer Mystery BOM
Taking reservations now over at Fat Quarter Shop.
If you love Mystery's, then this might be the one for you for 2022.
Click "Here" to read more and sign up.

Heartfelt QAL
Fat Quarters 2022 Charity Quilt
Hosted by Fat Quarter Shop
"HERE" and if you scroll down the page you will find all the block release dates with the first release scheduled for Feb. 4th.

The Beaufort Quilt
Hosted by Fabric and Flowers
This Gorgeous BOM is inspired by an English Garden.
Starts: January 2022
Click "HERE" For details and to sign up.

2022 Mystery Block of the Month
Hosted by A Quilting Life.
Who doesn't love Sherri and Chelsie's Beautiful Fabric lines and BOM projects.
Preliminary Information and Fabric Requirements are available "HERE".

The 2022 Murder Mystery Quilt
I have never participated in this one, but I bet its a fun one to join in on, especially if you like murder mysteries.  Click "HERE" to find out more and subscribe.

2022 Quiltmania Mystery Quilt
Hosted by Homestead Hearth.
The Designer of This year has been revealed -  the wonderful Irene Blanck, of Australia.  
You can read all the details "HERE".

Wunderbar Quilt-Along
Hosted by Sugar Sand Quilt Co.
Begins February 3, 2022
What a great way to showcase monochromatic color selections. 
You need to purchase the pattern to participate, so
Head on over to pick it up "HERE" to get prepared for this QAL.

Cottage Sampler Quilt-Along
Hosted by Patti's Patchwork
Begins Dec. 29th 
I love samplers, Do you?  Head on over now to sign up "HERE" if you do.

Stronger Together 2022
Hosted by Sew Hooked On Treasures
Celebrating Black History Month, this Sew Along is set for February.  The pattern is free at FQS.  All the details for participating are "HERE".    This quilt will be awesome to see in a variety of versions.

Stitchin Heaven has Numerous BOM programs starting in 2022. Oh My, so many to choose from and ALL are just wonderful patterns.  It would be hard to make up ones mind and I can't possibly list them all here. Some start in January, others in Feb, still more in March and the list goes on and on throughout the year.  You will never run out of projects that is for sure.
To see what i'm talking about click "HERE".  All I can say is how on earth did I miss this site before.

Checkerboard Sampler (2022 BOM)
Hosted by the Quilter's Planner
You'll need to pick up a copy of their planner to join in on this one, but what a great bonus.
Starts This month so hurry on over "HERE" to get started.

Chockablock BOM
Hosted by Craftapalooza
A delightful medallion sampler that begins in February 2022.  How fun this would be.
Click "HERE" to read more.

Secret Life of Color - Year long SAL
Hosted by Pat Sloan and Begins January.
This one gives you a deep insight into color and follows along with the book "Secret lives of Color" by Kassia St Clair.  Click "HERE" to find out more about Pat's SAL and for the link to the book.  
And don't forget to follow Pat on YouTube or by Email as she has ongoing monthly projects as well.  

And if you love color challenges, then here is another one...

"2022 Monthly Color Challenge"
Hosted over at Patterns by Jen.
The theme this year is "Spicy".
Beginning in January with Saffron (Orange), each month features a new color.
Blocks are free during the month and available to purchase after that for the low low price of a dollar.  Great fun - check it out "HERE"

Ruby Jubilee Mystery Quilt Along
If your addicted to scraps check out this mystery Hosted by Quilting Daily.
It Starts with the January Issue of Quiltmaker Magazine.  You can find the link to a digital issue "HERE" as well as more details about this Mystery.

Brick House Scrappy Challenge
Hosted by Fat Quarter Shop
Check it out "HERE".

Sunshine Sampler
Hosted by MS.P. Designs
Beginning January 2022
The blocks are released twice a month at a very reasonable price.
To find out more about this Fantastic sampler
click "HERE".

Winter Games
Hosted by Nestlings by Robin
This QAL will run during the 2 weeks of the winter Olympics.  For updates you need to head on over to her site "HERE" and sign up for her newsletter.
What a great quilt for the winter sports enthusiast.

A Life With Quilts 2022 Quilt Along
Hosted over at Southern Charm Quilts.
You have to go "HERE" to read all about this wonderful year of quilt alongs.  
Mariposa begins January 5th. So hurry as you need to get the book to start.

Martha's Garden Block of the Week
Hosted by Piecing the Past Quilts
This beautiful pattern is absolutely Free and starts in Early January.
Read all about it "HERE".

Sweet Dreams
Hosted by Pat Sloan of I Love to Make Quilts.
Begins Jan. 5th.
Getting you ready for Spring, Pat is always a joy to follow along with.  
For Details Click "HERE"

I don't have a photo to share, but if your wanting to build on your skills as a quilter then you might want to join in on the Skill Building BOM hosted by The Quilt Patch by Tori.
Click "HERE" to learn more.

Blooming Willflowers QAL
Hosted by Christa Quilts
Begins Jan. 3rd.
She does have a few kits left, but thy are optional for joining in on this project.
To learn more click "HERE" and scroll down the page to see her finished versions of this quilt.  It's Lovely.

Little Blocks 365 2022
Hosted by Sentimental Stitches
Starts 1st Friday in January
So to follow along with this little 3" paper pc. challenge you need to go on over and register "HERE".  

Rose In  Bloom BOM
Hosted by Quilt Chic
Starts January.
Read more about this lovely BOM "HERE".

Liberty Belle  BOM
Hosted by Coras Quilts
Beginning January 2022
This is a 8 month BOM program
Details "HERE".

Planview Quilt Along
Hosted by Quilting Jet Girl
This QAL actually began in Nov. with sign ups, but the actual cutting instruction's have not been released yet, so you still have time.
Check it out "HERE"

Quilting UFO Challenge
hosted by American Patchwork & Quilting.
We all need this from time to time (well most of us)... Click "HERE" to find out more.

The following lists have no photo but I had to let you know about them so you can check them out.

Road to California has THREE Challenges this year posted "HERE"  
*  Conspiracy Theory Quilt Challenge
*  Twins Challenge
*  Road to California Souvenir Fabric Challenge

Modern Quilt Guild has THREE Challenges as well this year... Click "HERE"
* QuiltCon 2022 Community Outreach quilt Challenge
* QuiltCon 2022 Hexagon Quilting Challenge 
* QuiltCon 2022 Artisan Cotton Fabric Challenge

Quilting Patch has a list of more Quilt Challenges for 2022 and it is written in both French and English. Pate #1#2 , and those that started in 2021 but continue into 2022 "HERE"

A reminder again to Visit my Pinterest boards for more QAL, Mystery's, Challenges, and BOM for this year, "HERE" . Plus find files on tutorials, supply sources, inspiration and much much more....  Enjoy Pinterest

Sharing is careing and The more the merrier.... If you are hosting a 2022 QAL,BOM, Challenge or ??? or know of one that is not listed ... Please leave a comment below with the link.  Thank you so very much.

*Disclosure: Here at the Grateful Stitcher I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are our own. This site may contain affiliate links that are of no additional cost to you, but that I may earn a small commission from.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Stitch Along 2022 (Knit, Crochet, Cross Stitch, Embroidery, Ribbon Work)

Getting Ready for Stitch alongs for 2022?  Trying to find some free and/or paid for stitch along's to join?  (Knit, Crochet, Cross Stitch, Embroidery, Ribbon Work) Then I have some links to share for you today that might help you start off the new year with some great projects. 

Great Big List of Cross Stitch 
I can't recommend this site more highly...Her list is HUGE and ongoing.  So check her out first and I'm sure you'll find something if your a Cross Stitcher.

If you love hand embroidery like I do, then check out Kathy Seaman Shaw's site " Shawkl Embroidery".
Her 2022 Class lists has been posted and her classes are Free of charge.  
I highly recommend her classes, her books and her templates.
Read her Home Page for updates on how she is running her classes this year.

If your looking for a CAL (Crochet A-Long)
The Gathered has a short list "HERE"

Fiber and Fiction has Three clubs you can join for a monthly CAL "HERE"
The Mystery Crochet Club combines mystery books and crochet into a monthly subscription.  How fun is that!  

Tunisian Blanket CAL 2022
Hosted by Knitter Knotter
This is a mystery CAL which will feature 24 FREE Tunisian crochet square patterns.  Wow, how awesome is that!  Check it out "HERE"

Fourth Annual 2022 Knit & Crochet Along
Hosted by Project Linus
You can make something beautiful to share with this CAL (or KAL).  Read all the details and sign up "HERE"

2022 Rose City Yarn Crawl MCAL
This is a Knit or Crochet Mystery.
Check it out on Ravelry "HERE" and "HERE".

Crocheter's Dream Mystery CAL
Hosted by: Nick Is Homemade Crafts
This is a 3 part mystery to be given over 3 days and has a giveaway at the end.
All three parts are available now so if you want to do this one you better get started.  Click "HERE"

The Country Garden Crochet Along
The Cool Crochet Society is proud to present their 2022 crochet along.
It all starts in Feb. 2022.  Watch the introduction video to this adorable project "HERE" and don't forget to subscribe.

Quarterly CAL
Hosted by: Crochet Guild of America
Yes, this one has already started but you can still join in... check out details "HERE"
Also, while your there, go on over to their Calendar page "HERE" and scroll on down to see what's coming this month and for the months ahead.

Attic 24 Harbour CAL

This CAL beings January 7th, 2022 and run for 8 weeks.
It is hosted by Attic24.
The introduction is  "HERE

And for a WHOLE LOT MORE...
head on over to The Crochet A Long
Calendar.  "HERE"

If you know of more needlework, stitch alongs for 2022, please comment and share the link.  We'd all love to know. : ) 

*Disclosure: Here at the Gratefull Stitcher I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are our own. This site may contain affiliate links that are of no additional cost to you, but that I may earn a small commission from.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Preparing for 2022

With only a few days to go to a whole new year of projects, it's time to start the new year right by getting my craft space in order.  When you live in an RV, or even if you are working in a small space at home, I find I need to reclaim as much space as I can periodically in order to work effectively and "Excess STUFF" takes up valuable space.
This year I am going to try to follow along with Karen Brown over at "Just Get it Done Quilts".  Beginning January First Karen is putting on a Declutter Challenge. 

Go on over and check it out, sign up and Get your boxes and bags ready
 to jump in and declutter with us, won't you!  

*Disclosure: Here at the Gratefull Stitcher I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are our own. This site may contain affiliate links that are of no additional cost to you, but that I may earn a small commission from.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Let The Mystery Begin....

If you have ever followed along with Bonnie Hunter in one of her mystery's... you know just how awesome her mystery's are.  I became hooked on her annual mystery's back in 2012.   If you haven't ever followed along, then I urge you to give it a  try.  Pick your own colors or use her's, or just mix them up.. You will be pleasantly surprised every time.  For Introduction Go to Quiltville

Thursday, October 21, 2021

What I've Been Up To This Week.

Between packing and stacking two cords of firewood this week this is what I have gotten accomplished on the side.

Happy Everything.
.. Blocks 1-3 done.  This is a Sampler SAL hosted by Pat Sloan.  Pat released her Holiday Celebration Book this past year.  All the blocks in this sew along will be found within it's pages.  I love these blocks so far...  There is still time to join and follow along if you'd like.  To see the layout for this beautiful quilt, and more  details on how you can follow along,  go Here:

Old School BOM:  I am way behind on this project, but was able to get two blocks done this week.  Below shows blocks 1-3.  I hated the first block, and I think that is why I just couldn't motivate myself to continue this project.  But the other day I decided to just get a few more blocks done and then decide if I wanted to quit or not.... I"m so glad I decided to give it a second chance.... I"m loving the county look of this quilt with the other two blocks added.  You can find this Block of the Month project also on Pat Sloans web site Here.  If you want to expand your quilting skills, then this project might be just for you.  I personally wanted to and that is why I joined in.  And even though I'm a few months behind, that's ok.  the blocks are online, the video's are on youtube, and you can join in and follow along anytime you want.  They are fairly easy, and fun too.

Paper Piecing with Alex Anderson: This technique is another skill I wanted to learn this year.  I had tried paper piecing many years ago, but just could not wrap my head around reversing the pcs.  Seems much easier now that I'm getting older... maybe since my mind get's things backwards much more frequent on it's own. LOL  Anyway, I have complete two classes so far.  How wonderfully accurate paper piecing is.  If you want to learn and follow along with this sampler, we are starting out with the more simpler block, and will be increasing difficulty week by week.  Intro to this project is HERE.  I'm making mine out of tropical print.

My Summer Soiree, which I discussed last time I posted, has come a long way... until... I ran out of black.  Do you think it's easy to just go down and pick up more black?  Not in my area.  I was in Wal mart so I thought I'd just take a quick peek to see if they had any... nope, no black what so ever.   A few day's later I was in another small town near me which has a quilt/craft store, so I ran in and they had one black.  One, Only One... What's the odds it would be the exact depth of black I was using.. not so good, as it was much darker.  I bought a yard anyway as I may have to make it work.  I have one more quilt shop near me that I will try to hit next week.  If they don't have the right shade of black then I'll use what I have... Here is what I have so far.  This is just a basic layout.. I will be making more changes to this layout as I want the black to come down lower on the quilt by one more row. I love the black/pink checks at the top, and will incorp. that into my border.  I think I'll use my new DARK black. LOL.    This SAL is over, but the information and blocks are still on Pat's site Here.  I put mine on point.  Visit Pat's Facebook group and see some of the WONDERFUL quilts others have made with this pattern... 

Blessings of Summer:  This new BOM was just released this month, and I received my first block earlier this week. I couldn't wait to put it together.  Applique is my heart tech. in quilting.  I was able to finish assembling the block in one evening and finished up the stitching today.  It's gorgeous.  I can't wait for next months to arrive.  You can shop Shabby Fabrics wonderful selection of kits HERE

Cross stitch Projects : I finish my Hot Chocolate Cross stitch.  This is the first cross stitch I have ever done.  I think I tried it many years ago in my youth, but this is the first time I really have done anything with this craft.  I learned that you need to lay your floss on the background your using or it can get lost... like my white did.  A darker background would have made all the difference.  But I still like it.

After the hot coco project I decided to do another small project called "Gratitude"
It's so cute.  I am following along with lessons for beginners at Cross Stitch University (Kimberly Jolly is our instructor).  Her lessons include a free downloadable pattern found at the Fat quarter shop.  I'm just practing some of the tech. on my current project, but  I think I will down load the free one used in the classes and use it for my next project and go through these lessons again.  Practice, Practice, Practice.  : )

I'll be adding in a crochet project in November.  This time every year I get the crochet bug.  I don't know if its the cool weather or what, but it's like I crave it... Kind of like one craves pumpkin pie around Thanksgiving.  I crave crochet...  So here is a peek at my 2021 project of the year.  " Casablanca."  

This is a kit club offered by Annie's... and you can find other crochet kit clubs on the site, along with knitting, quilting, sewing, and more..
I ordered Casablanca five months ago, so just received kit no. 5.  I wanted to get a head start on the order, so I"d be ready to go when that crochet urge hits this year.  I have been crocheting since I was a teen, but have never done anything like this.  Can't wait to give this tech. a try. : )

Well, I guess that about wraps it up for my week so far.  Have a great weekend everyone and keep Makin....!!!

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Friday, August 6, 2021

A bit of Progress

I finally have a little progress on two projects to share this week.
First I got my Summer Soiree Block One done.  Ill be working on block 2 and three today and will share them next time I post. (click to enlarge).

The one on the left is with the lights on, and the one on the right is with lights off to show how it glows in the dark. It wasn't fully charged, but you can kind of see some glow, especially on the center mushroom.  I am thinking I might want to put my blocks on point instead of the original layout but we'll see once i get to that point in time.
Then I worked on my red/wh/blue checkerboard scap quilt.  I Love working on this quilt for some reason.. Could be it's because of all the pcs and I am a puzzle nut and love putting all the little pcs. together.  
But here is the first row.
After I had the first row almost done I noticed that some of the top red/blue pcs looked like little flags.  (due to the prints), so after contemplating it for awhile I decided that if I didn't rip out the top row and make them all look like flags then it would drive me crazy with regret from here after... so I ripped out the top row and replaced all the red/blu pcs. so that I now have three flags blowing one direction from center on one side and three flags blowing the opp. direction from the other side of center.  I'm at peace now with continuing on with my second row... but I fI see little flags emerging down the sides I think I'll make sure they all cont. BEFORE I sew the pcs. together this time. LOL

I wanted to make note, that I used my accuquilt cutter to cut my red/wh/blue strips for this project.  I'm In LOVE with the Accuquilt strip cutter.  Six layers all at once is to good and the cut is so accurate.  I then did a lot of blocks by just sewing the strips together and cross cutting the 2.5" squares (example would be sewing a red strip to a white strip).  And Accuquilt has introduced some new products the past few weeks, like the cubes dies, which I can't wait to get my hands on a couple.  They are also having some fun upcoming events where you can win fun prizes... so

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