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Monday, March 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I've spent my sewing time working on this quilt for the hunting club using the BQ4 design. I have most of the blocks put together. I think there are 6 left to finish sewing.  I'd sure like to have the top and back finished this week.

I decided this quilt needed a flannel back and I'll do a large meander for the quilting. Binding is a dark brown.

Granddaughter Taylor was here this weekend and fell in love with it and hopes to win it. She won last year's quilt, her mother won the year before.

Check out other  great design walls today at Patchwork Times.

Friday, March 20, 2015

On The Needles

The real title of this post should be
Sock Week
(Notice that play on Shark Week???)

Saturday we went to a banquet.
The drive was almost an hour so I made some good progress on my Plain Janes.
It was pouring rain so I just put my head down and the needles were flying.

I finished my Blueberry Waffle Socks.

They are too small.
I swear I measured 7" before I started to decrease the for the toe.
I need to stop swearing!
I am going to take this out and make the foot longer.
I want to wear these without regret!
The lesson learned here is to not use a tape measure but
use the 7" knitting needle I keep in my knitting bag instead.
Then the numbers won't confuse me!!!

Remember these funky socks I started back in January?
I pulled them out and started over.
One day I'll make this pattern but I'll do a stockinette sole
and probably start from the top.
I wasn't happy with having the pattern on the sole.
Even though it probably wouldn't be a problem.
Or I was more worried about the gusset and heel turn.

I wanted to make toe up so I found Glacier Lake Toe Up Socks.
Simple pattern, good instructions. 
She has very good row by row instructions for the gusset and heel turn.
I'll use one of my good fitting socks to measure against 
for when to start the gusset.

See what others are working on this week at Patchwork Times.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I've been having a blast in the scrap bags this week. 
I finished the 5 blocks that were started last week and
finished 10 more!!!
And they have all been de-papered.
My totals now are 130 pineapple blocks and 25 border blocks.
They are now all put away because a new project must be started.

It's that time of year again when I make the hunting club a quilt as a raffle prize for our annual picnic.
These are the fabrics I am using this year.
I'm using the BQ4 pattern to show off this fabulous elk fabric.
My friends were at the Sew Expo in Puyallup and spotted the fabric for me at one of the vendors.
A quick phone call to me and an internet search and my focus fabric was secured!
I do have the best friends!!!

See what others are working on at Patchwork Times.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Design Wall Monday

With everything that has been happening around here,
sewing time has been at a minimum.
The weather has been awesome-sorry to anyone that is snow bound-
so lots of time has been spent outside.

I've been working on my Castle Wall blocks.
The bear block was the first one I cut out and
tried to sew, I wasn't happy with it so it didn't get finished.
Then I decided it belonged in the quilt as it is part of this story.
Now I'm happy with it.

These are blocks 13-17 of the 56 I need.

(Old photo alert!)
I also worked on Pineapple Crazy.
I finished the 5 blocks in this photo, 
finished 5 more and
started a new set of 5.
The bags of scraps don't seem to be getting any smaller!

See what others have on their design wall this week at Patchwork Times.
Time to grab a cuppa and spend time with my friends in Blogland.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Design Wall Monday

There is nothing on the design wall.
No sad face here.
My version of Bonnie's Sister's Choice (#1 of 2) is done!
I quilted and quilted and finally I was able to bind and wash and dry.
My favorite part of quilting is taking the quilt warm from the dryer.
It gets a big hug before inspecting.
That means another UFO marked off the list.
The next one is already for basting.
That long UFO list is getting shorter and shorter!

I love a pieced back.
The light blue and green fabrics came from friends at a retreat.
If I remember right, someone's aunt had these fabrics.
I feel bad because I can't remember who brought them.
I thanked them then, I thank them now.
I needed 2 widths of fabric so I  added some of my own fabric, 
snipped and ripped and made a fun back.
Shirley tested it.
I swear trying to lay out a quilt with her around is more work that if there were 5 toddlers!

Fun story time.

Saturday afternoon I was on the phone with daughter Crystal about our sewing.
She was working on a wallet using a Swoon pattern.
They have the best patterns!!!
That lead me to look at their page again which lead me to buy 2 new patterns.
That lead me to post on Facebook how much I enjoy talking to my daughter about sewing
and that lead me to buying patterns.
That also lead to a conversation with someone else and that lead them to buying patterns.
*snicker, snicker*

I asked Ernie if he wanted to run into town so I could go to JA's so I could get some bag making supplies and we could go out to dinner.
I wanted a cheeseburger from Carl's Jr.

I picked out fabrics and supplies for 2 bags.
I had to go to the cotton fabric section to look for lining fabrics.
As I'm walking down the isle, this bicycle fabric jumped into my basket.
A brand new bolt!

Someone posted it to the Quiltville Open Studio Facebook page 
and bicycle fabric is all the rage for the back of Grand Illusion.
How could I not buy it!

For Christmas, I received gift cards for JoAnn's.
When I was using them, the gal asked if I wanted the $2.32 left on the card
or did I want the cash.
I took the cash.
I have never used a gift card that I didn't have to add money to.

After dinner, 
I told Ernie that this was the perfect date night.
He went to the Sportsman's store and I got the perfect fabric.
And we ate dinner at our favorite hamburger place.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

On The Needles

I've made pretty good progress on my Plain Jane socks that I work on while being a passenger.
A couple trips to the beach has accomplished an almost complete sock.
I also worked on them Wednesday at my sewing group until I got to the toe decrease.
I can't pay attention enough to remember to decrease on both sides while I'm chatting and laughing.
I'll finish this and start then next one so I'm ready for when I need them.

I've been knitting a few rows each night on my Blueberry Waffle Socks.  I am really excited to be back in knitting mode. I really do think it's because of all the inspiration I see each day on the Facebook group called Addicted to Sock Knitting. It's a large group-over 10,000 members-and I see so many fabulous, jaw dropping socks every day! They share links to lots of different patterns and I want to make them all!  I'll try to finish these first.

See what others have on their needles at Patchwork Times.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday

While at the beach last week, I set myself up a sewing station.
I brought along 2 bags of fabric pieces and Pineapple Crazy papers.
I completed 5 blocks and started 5 more.

Here is my sewing station.
The table is too high, the chair is too tall.
I am not complaining. 
I sewed at the beach. 
All was right in my vacation world.

While out thrifting one day, Ernie spots this gem.
She is a New Home 443 single stitch.
Made in Japan by Janome.
I'm guessing early 60's.
She needs a spring for the pressure foot lifter bar but
other than that, after drinking up oil,
she sews a great stitch.

A few days before we left I had basted and started quilting this quilt.
My version on Bonnie Hunter's Sister's Choice
Pattern found on her free patterns page.
With Ernie on his 2nd week of vacation,
I'm doubting much will get done here,
but with a few minutes here and I should make a bit of progress.

See what others have on their design wall at Patchwork Times.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

This week we took a much needed vacation to the beach. I don't know how much resting we did because it was razor clam digging time. I cannot stand the smell of those creatures but I love to dig them. Ernie loves to eat them. So to earn good wife points, I dig, help clean and cook them. I cashed in a few of those good wife points at a thrift store and brought home a new to me machine. (More on that in a different post.)  We didn't spend much time in the hotel, it was a beautiful week at the Washington coast. Sunshine and warm with very little wind. We drove around looking at property, went in to several thrift and antique stores where I only bought a few men shirts and the machine. I found lots of pretty glass that I wanted to bring home and several old quilts that were priced way too high.  We went into Boardwalk Quilts and looked around. I bought a few fat quarters to add to my neutral stash and drooled over all the pretties.

At one antique store, I asked the man if he had any old sewing machines and he told me a story of taking treadle machines apart, throwing the machine away and making tables. I almost cried. He asked me why in the world I would want those old relics. Mean, mean man!!! So we bought nothing from him! I doubt I ever go back there.

I took my old relic of a featherweight with me to do some hotel sewing. I spent the drive to and from knitting on a sock. Not one hand stitch was sewn until Saturday evening at home. It was time to finish this Castle Wall block. I believe it is number 14.  Number 15 has been started and is the last block kitted up.

Today I will take my slow stitching time to finish round one-the squares onto the octagon-and then I need to kit up some more blocks.  It takes me a while to decide which fabrics to put together but once that is accomplished, the tracing of the templates and cutting happen pretty fast. This is a good project to work on during the Daytona 500.

I'm excited to see what everyone is working on at Kathy's Quilts today.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Design Wall Monday on Sunday Evening

There is nothing on the design wall this week.  I've basted one of the Scrappy Sister's Choice tops and have started quilting it. But I'm taking a few days off and headed to the beach for a few days.

I've packed the suitcases, the clam digging stuff is loaded and the sewing stuff is packed and ready to go.

In this bag is my leopard print ironing board, a bag of reds, a bag of neutrals, a bag of colored scraps and papers for Pineapple Crazy.  If I tire of those, I have phone book pages cut to size for neutral string blocks for another project.

In my rolling tote, the top bin contains all the sewing supplies I might need.  I had a lot of doubles in my sewing room so I filled up my cart with the seconds and bought the extras. It's nice not having to remember if I packed this or that.  I haven't needed anything that wasn't in my bin. Let's hope that continues.

The bottom holds my featherweight with foot control and power cord, small iron, power strip and an Ott light.  Everything I need. I hope. One good thing, there is a fabulous quilt shop right close by. Just in case.....

I'm pretty excited for this little vacation. I even said maybe I didn't need to take my machine and hubby laughed and asked why I wouldn't. He knows me pretty well.

Friday, February 13, 2015

On The Needles

I used to be a better blogger. I did an On The Needles post every Friday forever. Then the Mojo left me so I had nothing to share. It shows up sometimes and this time (cross your fingers for me) it might be here for a while.  I joined a group on Facebook called Addicted To Sock Knitting with over 10,000 members. There are lots of sock pictures that will knock your own socks off!  I am in awe of these knitters. Joining that group brought the Mojo home.

Last Friday I had good intentions to post my progress on the purple socks I was working on from the January 2nd post but Ernie decided he wanted to drive to the beach so who was I to say no. I can't work on anything with a pattern so I grabbed a skein of sock yarn from the stash and some dpns and we were on our way.  This is how far I got on Plain Jane socks using Knit Picks Felici in the Coney Island colorway.

I was using the Tadpoles pattern but messed it up something awful. I don't know what I did to mess up such an easy pattern, so I frogged it all and started over. I was part way through the ribbing when someone on that FB group posted socks using the Blueberry Waffles Socks pattern. This is an easy peasy pattern with not much thinking or counting involved so I decided to make the most of my Mojo's return and use this pattern. I love the texture it gives this Opal sock yarn.

To see what other knitters are working on, check out Patchwork Times. While you are there, you will see Judy L's super cute granddaughter as a hat model.