Monday, December 30, 2013
I bet you thought I'm was going to tell you I did all 100 units like this one, but I'm not. I only did this one. I made my Ultimate Scrap Quilt Like Julie's with just this block so making these was easy peasy. I had lots of practice and this little unit was deep into the chain piecing.
All little blocks are finished, only 30 have been pressed and trimmed of their dog ears. I'll get the rest finished sometime today.
I've been doing some scrap management instead of sewing. I have several bins of "scraps" and decided the real estate these bins were taking up was ridiculous and it's time to see what I have. On Monday I babysat the kiddos so I brought out a bin a, iron and ironing board and Go! to the kitchen table and started in. With willing help, we cut lots of 1 1/2" strips for my Scrappy Pineapple Quilt and there are 2" and 2 1/2" strips, a pile of shiny that will go into it's own bin, the bag on the left is for string and crumb blocks and the thin fabric in front of the bag will be foundation for the string blocks. I have a pile of novelty 3" tumblers and 5" blocks for kid quilts, piano key border pieces left from the last string quilt and small block parts that will be fun to play with. There is also another 2 piles of pieces to big to cut up yet and a larger pile of pressed pieces that need to be cut. Scrap management is a never ending job but when I'm finished with this projects, I think it will be easier to keep up with.
I hope to have the remaining fabric from this bin cut today and all of it put away. It's a fabric play day around here. That is after I spend some time visiting around Blogland. I'm linking up with Patchwork Times and Quiltville.
**Note to self: Must set the timer.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
This morning I started thinking about my word for 2014. I thought about Extravaganza because I will have my 60th birthday this year. Then I though no, that's not quite right. I want to make it more about happiness all year instead of just the month of May which will be my Extravaganza month! I do love my month long birthday celebration that I started doing during my 50th year.
Celebrate! I will celebrate my accomplishments. I love simple pleasures. Silly little things that make me smile, small accomplishments, big accomplishments, feel good moments. So I will celebrate them, whatever they are.
Do you have a word for your year?
I am sooooo close to being finished with the hexi flowers! I have 1 more full flower and 2 more half flowers. Then the real fun begins! I'm going to have Mae come over and we will decide on a lay out. And then I will explain how these all have to be sewn together. And I will explain that it will still take a long time.
Remember this sweet child wants this before she turns 7 because that is a long time to wait for a quilt. She turned 6 twelve days ago. I started this quilt in August and right after was ordered to rest my knee for 6-8 weeks. I spent some quality time with the needle, thread, fabric, ice bag and recliner. I became obsessed with these hexies. I still am.
My wish for 2014 is to see Mae's Flower Garden wrapped around Mae before she turns 7. I can do it!
I am linking up to Kathy's Quilts: Last Slow Sunday Stitching for 2013. I am so looking forward to Slow Stitching 2014!!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
We love a good chuckle around here and when I suggested we put the deer antlers on top of the Christmas tree like the Kilcher Family did with the moose antlers on the TV show Alaska: The Last Frontier, Ernie jumped at the chance to show them off.
I think my favorite part of the tree is the zip tie.......my husband loves his zip ties! He said he'd cut it off if it bothered me but it doesn't, it makes me smile.
Today we will spend the day with family. I sure miss the ones that won't be here. Merry Christmas.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
After finishing all the Christmas gifts and finishing Clue 4 of Celtic Solstice, I dove into a new project. I wasn't going to do it, honest. I was going to wait until I had a couple other things wrapped up but darn it, the book has been right there in plain sight all month long!
Mickey Depre showed her pineapple blocks here so I did a search to find Gyleen X Fitzgerald's book and ruler and ordered it that day! In just a few days it was in the mailbox. Then last week, Mickey showed her progress. Since then the book has taunted me......you know that feeling, right?!?!
So this morning I decided to make 2 blocks. I got out my 1 1/2" strip bin and started to play.
I have now put everything away and will wait until after the holidays are over and I can dive in without guilt.
Until then, I will reread the book and make myself a cutting chart. I have a bunch of scrap fabrics that need to be cut into strips and then maybe do some prep work so that when the time is right, nothing will stop me.
Monday I will link up with Patchwork Times-Design Wall Monday. Until then, I have company coming in a few days and I have some things get done and none of them include starting a new quilt.
My goal is to stay current with the Quiltville Mystery Celtic Solstice. I'm glad Bonnie gave us the mighty 4 patch for this weeks clue.
I love making scrappy 4 patches and in no time at all I had 137 scrappy, happy blocks. It's easy to get carried away.
It's time to find a bigger container for my parts. This one is full.
Now that these are finished, I probably should get to making my house ready for Christmas.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Getting little boys to be hat models is a tough job! I made Elliot's Bun Hat using Bernet Softee Chunky yarn. Look how nice it covers his neck. I bought this same yarn in green to make this hat for Ernie-he likes how it covers the neck. And then I probably won't ever make another one using this pattern. 4 is enough for me.
I bought 2 skeins of this yarn and needed to use part of the second one for Elliot's hat which is the smaller size on the pattern. With the remaining yarn, I down sized the pattern to make another hat for Corbin. It fits and will probably only fit this winter.
I'm working on an Easy Lacy Headband in pink for sister Mae. I need to sit down and get that finished. She will model it proudly for me.
See other fabulous On The Needles projects at Patchwork Times.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
This morning I was cruising around Blogland and came upon sarah did it: HeLP for Hexie-aholics. Of course I had to visit immediately! As soon as I read a few of her posts, I quickly added her to my Bloglovin list so I don't miss anything. Then I hurried into the sewing room to grab my Pieced Hexi box.
It's been a while since I've stitched any Pieced Hexies together. I have 3 more to finish--see them in their kits?--and then these will be appliqued to a yet to be determined background. Alternate blocks will be a very scrappy batik 9-patch. I think they need a black background to make the Fairy Frost sparkle!
I absolutely love this book and cannot wait until the new book is released in January! You can see all the details here at Mickey Depre's website. So many projects I want to do. I'm looking forward to the New Year and lots of stitching time.
I'm linking up to sarah did it! today and then I'm going visiting.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Gramma's Quilting Room has become Gramma's Christmas Workshop. The doors on the Workshop are about to close as the work for this year is almost complete. I'm having to take my time with Celtic Solstice Clue 3. I've been setting my timer to work on this clue so I don't get behind. A half hour here, 15 minutes there. It always amazes me how much I can do in a few minutes. I'm happy this is an easy step and that I haven't made any big blunders like I did on Clue 2.
I divided my HSTs into 2 groups when I cut them. Half went in one bin, the other half in another. That way I could have a somewhat even distribution. I'll have this clue finished soon and all the Christmas sewing will be done too. And hopefully all the shopping and wrapping.
Today is another fun day in Blogland. I'm linking up with Patchwork Times and Quiltville. Ohhh the pretties I will see this morning. I'd better fill my cup and set the timer.
Friday, December 13, 2013
On the needles is still the Rival Cardigan that has been put on hold while I work on hats.
These little socks were the ornaments I made for our ornament exchange last Saturday.
They were so much fun to make but
even more fun was the reaction of my friends when they each received their very own hand made sock.
I thought about doing pairs but
I think it's more fun to make single socks instead of trying to make matching ones.
This Bun Hat is for Leland.
I knew I had seen the pattern on someone's On The Needles post but couldn't remember who.
It was Howdy's post here!!!
I like the yarn she used and may just pick up a skein or 5 when I go shopping today
for the other hats that were requested.
So much easier than joining new colors and making jogless stripes.
See other On the Needles projects at Patchwork Times.
Part 2 of Celtic Solstice from Quiltville is Chevrons.
Easy enough, follow directions, you'll do just fine.
Key words are follow directions.
I did not.
Instead of making the units on the left in the photo go up hill,
I made mine go down hill like the right side units.
I didn't shed many tears,
instead I vented to my Facebook friends knowing I could save someone.
I was surprised others did the same as I.
Only most didn't make all 90 remaining units wrong like I did.
These are now set aside,
waiting for me to make a decision on whether or not to complete the units for the back
or to create an additional border for this quilt (depending on what the final results are)
or save them for something else.
NO BIG DEAL!
I cut more units.
I carefully followed directions.
I started a new audio book to keep me company.
I use One Click Digital through my library
to listen to books for free.
My friend Pam B told me about this and I'm so glad she did.
Thanks Pam B.
I used these units to constantly check myself.
Then it was time to sew them into pairs,
finger press the seam open,
give them a light press with the iron,
turn them over,
give them a shot of starch
and press them flat.
WhooHoo, all 100 units are complete with a few extras,
just in case...
And some half units waiting for something to happen.
Ready for Clue 2
Monday, December 09, 2013
I've been working on Celtic Solstice in between other things.
Other things being these cute little mug rugs I gave to my friends.
And a few other things that I can't talk about right now.
'Tis the season to keep a few secrets.
I did my 10 test blocks before continuing on with the down and dirty-not really-
task of chain piecing 90 units at a time.
(Pardon the upside down block-it is after all, 5 am!)
Here are the completed 90 units
with the other half at the machine with the neutral squares sewn on half.
I'm pretty sure these will be completed today or tomorrow.
Monday in Blogland will be a busy place today.
As will the grocery store since I have to go there!
Check out Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
I'm going to need coffee.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Saturday was our Christmas Ornament Exchange Brunch. (I'll write up a post on that after I take pictures of the fabulous ornaments I received.)
I knitted a cute little sock for everyone and then decided this week to make these hexagon mug rugs to include with the ornament. Friday night I was still stitching down binding! There was no Slow Stitching at all. I was on a mission and I had a deadline! I have 2 larger ones that need the binding stitched down on them so they will become my Slow Stitching project for later today.
See what everyone is stitching at Kathy's Quilts: Slow Stitching Sunday.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Celtic Solstice Part 2 was released yesterday.
Me, being the procrastinator that I am,
had to finish up some things for today so I couldn't start cutting.
Last night at 10, I finished.
Why do today what you can put off until the last minute!!
This morning at 0 dark 30, I wake up bright eyed and ready to start.
Only problem--there is a man in my house that will not leave to go hunting.
Come on, it's going to be daylight soon (in a couple hours), she says.
Finally, he's out the door and the cutting begins.
Browns are up first.
I love brown.
I love using up what I have and only having slivers left over.
Guess these won't be going into the scrap basket.
I read a Facebook post yesterday about using the June Taylor strip cutter.
Duh! I have one of those,
quick and easy work of those browns that I cut into 3 1/2" strips,
then zip, zip, zip,
they were cut to size.
The browns are now stacked into 2 nice, neat piles of hopefully equal amounts.
I'm going to do one side of this block at a time.
After I do a test block or 10.
Probably 10 since I bundle in units of 10.
Next up are the neutrals.
I have oodles of 2 1/2" strips but not many 2" strips.
My dilemma this morning was to cut the strips or cut yardage.
(Isn't it wonderful that this decision is my big dilemma of the day!!)
I cut yardage.
I'll use those 2 1/2" strips in something that calls for them
and I have lots of neutral yardage.
There is always the neutral scrap box that I could get out and go through.
But gosh, yardage is so neat and tidy.
Later today will be my pinks...
I can't wait.
I love pink.
I can't wait to do Celtic Solstice Part 2 sewing!!
But first I must party with quilting friends.
Have a fun day.
Friday, December 06, 2013
I apologize to the knitter that posted in her On The Needles post about the Bun Hat. I wanted to give her credit for sharing this quick, easy pattern, but I lost my note. I knit this one up before Thanksgiving to try on the boys and to see if they would like it. Elliot liked it but it's green and not blue so I should give it to Jonah and make him a blue one. I love that boy!!! So I will. When I see Jonah, I will give him this hat. I will make Elliot a blue one and Leland wants one that is green with black and blue like his coat. With them telling me the colors they want, I can't go wrong!
I'll have to do some size adjusting for Leland. This one was made with 2 worsted weight yarns together on a size 10 needle. I followed the pattern for the small size. It fits Elliot who is 7 but covered 4 year old Leland's eyes. Some adjusting will be done.
Still on the needles is the lovely Rival Cardigan. A few stitches here and there but not a whole lot of progress.
I'm fighting with myself to not start the Swing Cowl that Denise showed the other day. I am going to take my Dreambird apart and use that yarn for the Swing Cowl......I don't like it and there are too many mistakes that I can see. Maybe another time I will make it but not for a while.
See other great On The Needles projects at Patchwork Times.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Here it is the 5th of December and I wonder how the days zoom by. In a blink of an eye it will be 2014. Wow!
So here's the down and dirty of November's list:
November Getting It Done Challenge List
- Get caught up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge--I think this will be a great retreat project.
- 10 more Pineapple Crazy Blocks
- Work on Reach For The Stars
- Work on Hexi Wall hanging
The list seemed so doable....but too many other things happened. The only thing I worked on was this Hexi Wall Hanging. The quilting is mostly finished. I want to go back and stitch in the flowers toward the bottom. Then I will add the buttons and binding. So I'll add that to my new list. The rest of my things were not even thought about.
I'll try to do better this month.
December Getting It Done Challenge List
- Finish the Hexi Wallhanging
- Finish the Christmas gifts
- Keep up with Celtic Solstice
- Finish the borders on Back To Square One Mystery
See how others are doing with their lists at Patchwork Times. It's about time to be thinking of next year's goals....Oh My!
Monday, December 02, 2013
Like oodles of quilters out there, I am working on Quiltville's newest mystery called Celtic Solstice.
Also like oodles of quilters out there, I am working on Christmas gifts.
That is why I only have 30 triangle in a square units complete.
Am I worried about that?
Friday morning I had 4 littles here while their mom went shopping.
It was a good morning to cut while the olders watched a Cat In The Hat Christmas.
See the green bin in the background with the little cars?
That kept Little Mr. busy while I cut.
And it kept him away from my side of the table.
For a few minutes.
I wasn't sure if I'd like my substitute choices of Bonnie's colors.
I like them alot!
I'll have all of these sewn together before Friday rolls around.
Or maybe even Tuesday.
Today is a a busy day in Blogland.
I think I need another cup of coffee before I start to wander.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
I'm still working on Mae's Flower Garden. It's getting closer and closer to the big layout. I have the last few flowers and the half flowers all kitted up in snack baggies. There are some that still need to be basted but not many.
The first half flower is complete. I will have to add green to 3 of them but I'll wait until I have them laid out to decide which ones to do. I'm kind of excited now to get the remaining flowers completed.
Check out what others are stitching at Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts.
After being behind for 3 months and finally catching up last month, I decided that wasn't going to happen again with the Back To Square One Mystery.
I cut it pretty close this month. Today I sat down and sewed this month's clue. Just in the knick of time!
I spread the top out on my bed and it is just gorgeous. There isn't enough room in my bedroom for me to get a good shot of the top so here's a dark shot of it laid out on the couch. I wish I would have charged the battery in my good camera but I didn't.
Friday, November 29, 2013
I'm still not in full blown knitting mode but I did add several more rows to Hitchhiker this week. I think I'll add 2 more sections and call it good. Doing so will give me a nice finish and maybe put that knitting mojo back to full strength.
See some great On The Needle projects at Patchwork Times.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The new Quiltville Mystery, Celtic Solstice, is ready to launch Friday.
I am so excited.
This is the first time I have strayed from Bonnie's color choices.
Only because I don't want to buy fabric right now.
I know, weird! But I am in use it up mode.
I think I'll dig for some more purples.
Here are my past mysteries.
This one lives with my Sister Sue.
All the others are mine.
For some reason, I didn't do it.
It is in Scraps and Shirttales II .
I do plan to make it at some point in my life.
Finally finished last month.
Waiting to be quilted.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Last Monday I showed 2 small UFOs that I was quilting and trying to finish. The New York Beauty is done and is now being used as a table topper. Next on Mt. UFO is this Quilt As You Go string quilt that I started in February 2011. Whoa! Time to get it done. It will be nice to kick this one out of the UFO Parade!
I have to write notes to myself with my intentions-quite often I forget the note and the intentions! I see that I am not the only one that writes herself notes. See Kathy's post here.
Ohhh, there's some great things happening over at Patchwork Times on the DWM links.......I'm headed there now. I love Monday in Blogland!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Still on the needles are the fronts for the Rivel Cardigan!
I have lost my knitting mojo.
I don't know where to start looking...
maybe I'll try finding it in the knitting bag.
I'll pick up the bag,
open it up,
take out the needles full of fronts
and the yarn
and just hold it.
Maybe I'll put a needle in each hand
and make a few moves to see if I can create some stitches.
This is a sad, sad way to feel.
Maybe I need to do something about this.
This morning I will knit and
catch up on 2 episodes of Parenthood.
Yes, that is what I will do!
But first, I'm headed over to Patchwork Times to see other fabulous needle projects.
Monday, November 18, 2013
...November Retreat #2 Project Round Up.
Retreat was a blast!
I always have such a great time and come home so inspired.
I spent most of the time quilting my hexie wall hanging.
This poor thing has been ignored since August.
After watching my friend Neta free motion quilt at last retreat,
I was inspired to quilt at this retreat.
The quilting is by no means perfect but
I sure had fun doing it and watching the progress.
I also pin basted this New York Beauty table topper.
Looking back in the blog, I see it was a UFO that I worked on in the fall of 2011.
So it has now been properly aged and needs be seen and used.
I'm not sure what I'm going to quilt in the border or the curved centers.
So far it's just stitch in the ditch and echo quilting.
Something is happening with my brand new camera,
I don't know if it needs charged or if I did something to it so
I had to used the old standby that doesn't take the best pictures.
I had to use these pictures, I can't miss Design Wall Monday!
Go to Patchwork Times to see all the fabulous walls!