Monday, March 10, 2014
This week I've spent my sewing time making half square triangles out of 5" charms. I have a bin full of charms and Pat Steph is helping me use them. She is sharing her Deli Geese Project on her blog, Nickel Quilts. She is up to block 31. I have sewn 2. But I have a plan........
This is block #2-Rhett (since seeing this picture, I have redone the center-ugh!) . Each pair of blocks have cute names. I love scrappy so my blocks will be total scrapiness. I've made a few quilts using Pat's designs. I love them all.
My plan is to make a bunch of Geese units and then kit up the rest for a May retreat project.
I have been a member of Mr. B's Preview Pack Club for quite a while. Plus I have been in numerous swaps and 5" squares are part of my Scrap User's System, so I have a lot of charms. It's time they are used! These blocks will make fun quilts. I don't know how many blocks Pat is going to share, I just keep printing them for my notebook and now that I've started making them..............will they make it to retreat?
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Friday, March 07, 2014
Greta is finished!
Except for the blocking,
which will happen today if all goes well.
The ends are even buried.
but haven't taken a picture of it or blocked it yet.
On to the next big project.
By special request, it will be Lady Kina.
in Indigo Heather.
I'm excited about it.
I also pulled out a skein of purple Opal yarn
to make Mock Croc Socks.
I saw a crochet cardigan in this week's Joann's flyer that I am excited about.
(Note to JA, when you show a knit or crochet project in your flyer,
be considerate and at least tell us the name of it.
But nice work on your part,
I searched your free projects page for a long time before I found it.)
I'll finish up another already started project or 2 before I pull stash yarn for this one.
See other great On The Needles projects at Patchwork Times.
OMG those Duck Socks are Fabulous!!!
Monday, March 03, 2014
Once in a while I get the urge to sew on my Pineapple Crazy blocks. My grand plan was to do at least 5 a month but that hasn't happened. Since finishing 2 UFO tops last week, I needed something small to work on so I pulled out the Pineapple Crazy bin and got busy. These little buggers take a long time to sew. But I love digging through the crumbs and scraps and have no problem with anything goes. I'm in the mood now, I just might start 5 more.
The 5 blocks complete and de-papered. I also took the other 50 blocks and de-papered them. That in itself is a big job. It took 2 movies to get them finished and boy oh boy did I make a mess. Even though I tried to contain it, it still looked like it snowed all over the floor. This is one of those Why didn't I think of this sooner! moments. So now as the blocks are finished, they will be de-papered.
See lots of fabulous design walls at Patchwork Times--I love Judy L's star blocks!
Friday, February 28, 2014
I am so easily influenced by others.
Mickey Depre shared a link this cowl on Facebook the other day
and the search was on.
Here is a great article about the designer, Don Waalen-Radzevicius.
Each of his designs has a family back story.
Lillian has 2 sisters that will probably be living at my house soon.
How's that progress for not going to start anything new until Greta is finished?
The good part is that the yarn came from my stash.
I'm using Felici Sport Yarn from Knit Picks.
Great progress was made on Greta.
I vowed to knit at least an inch every day and so far, so good.
I have several shows that I record,
so each morning I watch one or two and knit on Greta.
What's on your needles?
See great projects at Patchwork Times.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Grandmother's Choice Sampler is now a finished quilt top.
I love it! And so does Jessie.
And I'm quite happy to have it on top of Mt. ToBeQuilted.
The backing is cut to size,
the binding is sewn, pressed and ready!
Next step is to get the longarm table cleared off and get that baby warmed up!!
The instructions called for mitered borders and since that is the size I had precut,
mitered corners we will make.
I've done it several times before and every single time,
I sew it wrong.
And then I sew it right and its perfect.
I am so happy to have this top complete.
Next I pulled out Sanctuary.
This quilt design is from Kim Brackett's Scrap-Basket Beauties.
I haven't worked on this since I posted this picture in October.
Borders are now on and this too has found a spot on Mt. ToBeQuilted.
It was a great sewing week.
See other great design walls today at Patchwork Times.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Off The Needles
I think I have a major front band shortage.
She hasn't tried it on yet but I think the front is going to pull way up when it's on the body.
Have you ever ripped back after you have blocked something?
Is it going to be a night mare?
I thought I followed the pattern of pick up 3 stitched within 4 rows.
Maybe I didn't.
How do you really know when you have enough stitches to make the band fit correctly?
I do love the elbow length sleeves.
Greta Vest got quite a bit of attention this week.
I knitted a few rows each night.
After Denise showed off her vest,
I am really anxious to finish mine.
We have an event March 8th,
See other fabulous On The Needle Projects
at Patchwork Times.
Monday, February 17, 2014
I'm embarrassed to say it's been one year ago today since I joined anything to my Grandmother's Choice Sampler. After finishing some BOMs last week, I needed to pull something to work on. This is what I chose, I needed to make 12 more blocks. I'm really glad I added sashing to the rows and sewed the rows together. Otherwise I would have a big box of blocks and possibly I would have found it too overwhelming to think about.
I also stated right in the beginning that I would not make all of the chosen blocks. If it was something I didn't want to make, I would choose something different. After all, it is called Grandmother's Choice and I am a Grandmother and I choose not to be frustrated with my quilting. :-) So I sat down at EQ7 and found my substitutions and printed out my blocks, pulled fabric and have these final 3 blocks to make. A good rainy day project for today.
I'm getting down to the last of my fabrics. The borders and binding are all cut and the backing is cut to size. Hmm, is there possibly a finished quilt in my near future???
Check out other fabulous design walls at Patchwork Times. I see Kathy is working on her sampler also. This makes me happy.....and maybe a little competitive but I like the idea of sewing with a friend.
Friday, February 14, 2014
I started teaching Jessie to lay in my lap while I knit.
He did pretty good.
Only a couple times he tried to paw the Greta Vest.
Several more rows were knit during his training.
We'll try again today.
After he got bored with his training,
he went to his blanket to sleep some more.
I picked up the Rivel Cardigan and finally started seaming it together.
Sleeves go in today.
Then the "fun" part, the front/neck band.
See other fabulous On The Needles projects at Patchwork Times.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I played in the sewing room today.
I finished my The HEXIE Blog February BOM .
I made the Wishes Quilt Along February BOM.
I'm all caught up on the 3 BOMs I'm doing this year.
While at the beach the a couple weeks ago, we visited Boardwalk Quilts.
Right away we spotted this cute little panel for a soft book.
Grandson Corbin is Monkey crazy so we had to get it.
I can't wait to give it to him.
It feels good to get these projects marked off the list.
It feels better to have my blocks caught up before the middle of the month.
You know what I mean, don't you.
Monday, February 10, 2014
I had a FAB-U-LOUS!sewing week.
Yesterday I finished my Celtic Solstice top.
Now to make the backing!
All week I've been stitching on Pieced Hexies.
I have the last 4 basted, ready to stitch together.
Then it's time for a quilt top.
Or another re-design because I love stitching these together!
I finally started my Tell It To The Stars BOM from Patchwork Times.
Wednesday I made these 2 blocks.
They weren't hard at all but
I spent more time with my seam ripper than I did at the machine!
Just another of THAT kind of day.
Thursday I did the blocks for February.
I did 2 for each month because that's what the instructions say to do.
You know Judy L designs the most fabulous quilts so I will not question.
If it says make 2, I will make 2. LOL
Today I will sew a Monkey Counting Book for 2 year old Corbin.
The boy loves monkeys and while shopping last weekend,
I found a soft book that was made just for him.
I will spend time watching all the Olympic coverage I can find.
Someone in my house doesn't enjoy it.
Find other great design walls at Patchwork Times.
I love Monday in Blogland!