Sunday, March 30, 2014
Taylor's Pieced Hexi quilt is growing! All the hexies are appliqued to the black blocks but still need the centers cut out. All the Framed 9 Patches are done. All the corner units are done. Only 14 more triangle units to finish. They are all cut and clipped together, ready to lay out on the little design board for easy piecing.
I have had so much fun making this quilt. I can't wait to spread it all out and move blocks around. What I really need is a big design wall instead of a design bed. One of these days......
It's official! The slow stitching has been completed on Mae's Flower Garden. We are both so excited! When she saw it folded up, she asked if it was done. Well part of it is, now I'm ready to start the next part.
"Will it be done tomorrow?"
Sadly, I said "No but we it will be soon."
"The next day??? Cuz you know I am SO excited!!!!"
Well, Gramma messed up and has to buy some more white. That is on the top of my list for Monday. Since I didn't have any large pieces, I ordered the border/back/binding (and several other pieces!) from Thousands Of Bolts. So as soon as the borders are on, a quilting we will go. I will quilt this with an edge to edge pattern on the longarm. Will a 6 year old mind? No, she is to excited to have her new quilt that her Gramma made just for her.
Hopefully next week I will show you the completed quilt.
See other fabulous Slow Stitching projects here at Kathy's Quilts.
Friday, March 28, 2014
I am half finished with Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf. I love it and will make one for myself only it will be longer and not as wide for my fluffy figure.
I'm using 2 skeins of Red Heart Boutique Midnight. I like the way this pattern uses all the yarn. Crochet until you run out. That works for me.
The button look may have to be remade. I tried it out and it's pretty tight. I think it's turning out very pretty and youngest daughter loves it and really, that's all that counts.
See other great Needle/Hook projects at Patchwork Times.
Monday, March 24, 2014
I decided to spend some time with the Pieced Hexies quilt. I knew I wanted to do alternate blocks, I knew I didn't want to do any complicated piecing and I knew I wanted to use 2 1/2" strips from batik swaps. Taking inspiration from Bonnie and Mickey's book, Ring Around The Hexies-order here or here-I decided on framed 9 patches. So far I think it works.
The hexies them selves are a combination of machine and hand pieced, then I am machine appliqueing them the block. There will be pieced setting triangles and a simple black border. I added 6 more hexie blocks last night. This top is taking shape.
Since last week, the Pineapple Crazy was put away, lots of time was spent on Mae's Flower Garden, the stuff piled on long arm table is almost all put away, the back for a quilt has been made. I have a feeling there might actually be quilting this week.
See what's on other design walls this week at Patchwork Times.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
I can't believe how long it's been since I blogged about Mae's Grandmother's Flower Garden--way back in January when we laid it out on the floor. (I'm not counting when I admitted to my big whoopsie the other day. That has been fixed and forgotten about.)
Row 5 was sewn on last night and blocks for rows 6 and 7 are ready attention. She asked me the other day if her flower quilt was ready for her to cuddle up in. I had to admit that I hadn't been working on it much. She tells me in her super sweet voice that I need to forget all this other stuff--imagine a cute little toe head waving her hand over my knitting and crochet projects--and only work on her flowers. She is in such a hurry for her quilt. It makes me smile every time I remember out conversation......I told that story here.
Since that conversation, this Gramma has been stitching away every evening. It takes one good evening to stitch the blocks into a row. Then a night or 2 to sew the row on. So there has been a lot of Slow Stitching here at Gramma's Quilting (Living)Room.
Read Kathy's inspirational post today at Kathy's Quilts: Slow Stitching Sunday and then visit others as the Slow Stitch on Sunday.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Oh Boy! I made a big Whoopsie! I am happily stitching away last night joining blocks to form row 5 for Mae's Grandmother's Flower Garden. I think I'll be attaching the row when I pick it up again.
This morning I wanted to measure the row to figure out how much backing to order...I picked up the row and see it's crooked! I will be spending time with the Ott light that has a great magnifying glass attached to it and some super sharp pointy scissors. Those stitches are tiny and very hard to see.
On a brighter note, I am going to be ready to attach row 5 soon. Only 2 more rows to stitch together and attach to the main quilt. Then it will be time to fill in the bottom and top edges (the newest plan), applique it to a narrow inner border then add the outer border. I think I'm on a good pace to have this finished before she is (gasp!!) 7 in December. If you remember, that is a very, very, VERY long time to wait.
Time to get picking!
I am about an inch longer on the Lady Kina Cardigan.
Every time I work on it,
I tell myself I need one of these for me!
One day while cruising around somewhere,
I came across Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf.
The videos for this pattern are wonderful
and make the scarf super easy to crochet.
Daughter DeeDee is a scarf wearing woman!
Since tomorrow is her birthday,
Happy Birthday Baby Girl!
This will be another scarf for her,
it might (meaning will) be late but
she won't care.
The button is fabulous!
It changes colors depending what it's up against.
I have 2 finished scarves for her already,
this will be a bonus gift.
See what others are working on by visiting Patchwork Times.
Every time I see Judy L's cardigan,
I have to control my urge to start it!
You know what I mean, I know you do.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Last week's sewing time was spent making 8 more Pineapple Crazy blocks. When I was getting ready to put them in the bin, I decided to de-paper the 5 triangle blocks that were in there. That lead to pulling out new triangle block papers which lead to sewing one more triangle block which lead to starting 5 more. LOL One of the 5 is finished, the others are waiting their turn.
I cleaned up all the scraps and crumbs and put all the Pineapple Crazy-ness away for a while. With the 5 that were finished at the other day and these 8, I am up to 60 pineapple and 7 triangle blocks complete. I can actually say my bin that holds these scraps and crumbs is starting to shrink. I'm even thinking about mixing in some more scraps next time I work on these.
And I just realized I am over 1/4th done with the pineapple blocks. Yeah me!
Now it's time to concentrate on the quilt for hunting club and to get a couple quilt tops quilted.
See what everyone is working on at Patchwork Times.
Friday, March 14, 2014
This is Lady Kina.
It's a cute little cardigan-
even though it doesn't look like much right now.
Perfect for summer evenings or cool days.
I think I would like one too,
this one is for Daughter Crystal-
special request for this year's birthday gift.
It starts at the top, complete with one buttonhole.
I like that the ribbing is garter stitch instead of
picking up stitches for ribbing.
It's so much less stressful!
What's on your needles?
See great things at Patchwork Times.
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?
Check other Design Walls at Patchwork Times.
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!