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Friday, May 31, 2013

Get It Done--June's List

I forgot to post my May list. If I had, I would have said I wanted to stay current with the mystery, BOM and  BOW I am working on. I probably would have said to quilt something and finish a UFO.

I am current on my mystery and Rainbow scrap blocks, a bit behind on Grandmother's Choice blocks.
I turned BOMs into a quilt top.
I crossed 2 UFOs off my list and moved them to the Mt. ToBeQuilted.
I finished knitting 2 pair of socks.
WE rescued this little beauty from the Goodwill.

What to do for June?

1-Stay current with mystery and BOWs.
2-FINISH THE HUNTING CLUB QUILT---I'm yelling at myself!
3&4 Quilt those 2 finished quilt tops from last month.

See how others have done her at Patchwork Times.

On The Needles

Both pair of socks for the pooling challenge were finished in plenty of time so there was no pressure at the end to get them done. That feels good. Now I will just knit until another challenge comes along. 

I didn't make much progress on my toe up socks. I need to sit down with the book and figure out where I start the gusset so I kind of took it easy.

This is the same photo as last week, but now the 3S Shawl has several more rows on it. When I measured the width the other day, it's 60" wide.  I am going to keep knitting until I run out of yarn--I have that skein and a small ball and one other small ball reserved for the end. When I get to that, it's time to knit another row and bind off.

As soon as Miss Judy L gets her On The Needles post up, I'm going to link to that. {The Link Box is up and it's here. }   If she is too busy to post that today, I certainly understand. I only nagged her about it once.  Not like last week when I didn't nag her at all and she forgot and blamed me.   I really love Friday On the Needle posts, I have found some awesome patterns-like the 3S Shawl- and have seen some amazing and inspiring work.  Thanks for that!!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Pooling Sock Yarn Challenge Complete

I'm quite happy to be finished with my 2 pair of socks that I chose to work on for the Pooling Sock Yarn Challenge at Patchwork Times.  Sweet Georgia didn't pool at all.  Here's the post showing this yarn.

Prinz Henry has some design to it but I don't think that's pooling.  Here's the post showing this yarn.

My next pooling socks will be a happy accident. This was a fun experiment and I got 2 new pair of sock out of it.  I even get to wear them soon as our weather is still pretty cool and wet.

These socks are finishes number 9 and 10 in the Sticks 'n Strings 2013 Challenge from Justquiltin' with Denise Russart.  To see my other finishes, I have a tab at the top of this page.

Design Wall Monday

This weekend I panicked. The deer quilt is not finished. The picnic where this will be won is in 3 weeks. I knew I was going to use all the deer fabrics I've had left from the previous quilts so I got them out, measured the big chunks and started scratching my head.

Then I remembered I have EQ7 but have no clue how to draw up something with big pieces. So I did it the easy way for me, I just sized a square to 5" and colored the patches for the sizes of fabric I had. Then I started making fabric from the smaller hunks.  (I already know what I want to do with a stack of fat quarters I won at retreat. Can't wait to play with that design!)

Now both sides are sewn together, waiting for that long seam to be sewn and pressed.  Then it's cut a piece of batting, wind some bobbins and get to loading this beauty.  It's pouring rain here so today is a good day for quilting.

See other great design walls here at Patchwork Times.  

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Scrappy Saturday

I'm having so much fun with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I love the blocks for the Row Quilt. Wouldn't that make a fun super scrappy quilt? It would make a great leader/ender project, she says as the wheels are spinning in her head....

The Dresden Plate block is such a fun block to work on.  I take time to lay the blades out just right, then when I sew them into pairs, I get then all mixed up when I lay them out again.  Then when I sew them into 4s, you get the picture.  I like each layout so it worked out just fine.

See other blue projects here at SoScrappy.

Friday, May 24, 2013

On The Needles

 I'm almost to the toe decrease on Sweet Georgia for the Pooling Sock Yarn Challenge.
I have a week to get this one finished.

I'd be farther along on Sweet Georgia if I hadn't spent my knitting time on these.
I've wanted to try toe up for a while
and this time I just sat down and started.
No hesitation at all.
 I set them aside to finish Sweet Georgia.

This is another 3S Shawl using Jiffy yarn and size 10 1/2 needles.
I'm also doing a k1m1 for the center increases instead of yo.
I'm going to knit until I only have enough yarn for the edge.
Killing 2 birds here, a new shawl for me and this yarn out of the stash.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Waiting for Step 6

I'm finished with Step 5 of Back To Square One Mystery.

With each step I love this mystery more and more. 

I am anxious for the next step.

I'm not even going to try to guess what's next.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Design Wall Monday

After doing a bunch of necessary things around the house yesterday and unpacking retreat projects, I sat down for a few minutes to sew some of my units into blocks.

This is called Sanctuary from Kim Brackett's Scrap-Basket Beauties.  I'm using flannel 2 1/2" strips that we have swapped at previous retreats.  It's already looking so soft and cuddly.  I can't wait to make more blocks and start moving them around.  If you are a collector/user of strips, this is a fabulous book to have in your library.

But first I'm going to tour Blogland to see some fabulous Design Walls that are linked up to Patchwork Times.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Retreat Round Up

The shenanigans began Wednesday morning.  
I didn't realize just how much I needed this retreat. I had a blast!  
I am happy to say that my pre-retreat list of projects is pretty much completed. 

Project 1 is done and ready for quilting.

These blocks were projects 2 and 3. 
Step 5 blocks for Judy L's mystery are ready to sew to step 4 blocks.
Of the 9 Grandmother's Choice blocks I took, 6 are finished (and 
I see in this picture I forgot to fix that little booboo on that top block).
The other 3 blocks are started but and I got tired of working on them 
or they needed something more.
So I put them away.

Project 4 is my Carol Doak mystery that is now ready to have the paper removed.

Project 5 makes me very happy. 
Instead of starting the new quilt, I grabbed this box 
when I came home.  I figured I should work on one more UFO 
before starting the new quilt.  I'm so glad I did!!

Finally I started this new flannel quilt.
I'll show it off on my Design Wall Monday post.
Only because I want to put some of these blocks on the wall to see how they will look.

Now it's time to catch up on some laundry and dance around with the vacuum.

Retreats are awesome!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

On The Needles

I'm working the gusset on Sweet Georgia sock 2.  What I thought would be good pooling yarn-maybe it is but not for my size needles and stitch count.  It's OK, I love this pair of socks just as it is.  I'm going to work hard to get them finished before the deadline.

The end is in sight.

See other great needle projects here at Patchwork Times.

Wednesday UFO Report on Friday

I am happy to report this is no longer a UFO.  It is now a complete quilt top and will be quilted this summer. Yeah for some serious sit down and sew retreat time.  This was my first project.  I started on it immediately Wednesday and when it was time to sew on the top already cut to size border, it was too short.  Tears..... not really but almost.  When I came home that night, first thing I did was get the chunk of border that was cut off and put it in my purse.

Batik Beauty was finished first thing Thursday morning.  I'm also happy to say I like it now.  What really makes me happy is that it is no longer a UFO.

The next UFO (Go! Stars) on the list is sitting with my purse just in case I have time to work on it this weekend and with the way I'm crossing things off my list, it just might get started.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Retreat Day, Yeah!

Thank you Bonnie Hunter, this is the perfect.  Today I will surround myself with quilters at our annual spring retreat!  Let the Shenanigans begin!!!

My bag and rolling cart are packed.  I have all my tools in the green handled bin, under the frogs is my beloved featherweight with the foot/cord, iron,power strip and my much needed lamp. And some other very important things.  In the bag is my ironing pad and towel, can't live without Kleenex, strips for the swap, cutting mat, greedy gift and Chinese auction item.

I've spent time organizing my projects so I don't pack everything I own. On the left is project 1, the Batik UFO I have been working on-today it will become a finished top!!!  In the pink box is my Carol Doak BOM ready to make into a top.  In the green, a new project with all the flannel cut (strips from previous retreat swaps) and ready to sew. and the blue box holds step 5 of Judy L's mystery, along with 9-- yes 9!, cut and ready to sew Grandmother's Choice blocks (these are projects 2 and 3).

If I run out of things to do, I can always grab something more when I come home to check on things during the day.  I have 2 more projects ready just in case. I love retreating so close to home and being able to sleep in my own bed.  I will miss the shenanigans of the cabin life but I will not miss those Army bunks-I have a hard enough time sleeping in my own bed.  And I must check on my babies.

Don't worry about me, I'll be having fun.

And Then There Were Two

Yesterday afternoon we fixed up the new pen for Henny Penny and her new family.  I took her and Ernie was going to get the baby and the eggs.  A new chick had just hatched out.  She is from Miss Blue who liked to lay her eggs next Henny Penny.  I was quite sad when he said there were 2 that didn't make it.  So now we are waiting on the 3 remaining eggs.  I know there is at least one more from Miss Blue.  I'm wondering if any will look like Henny Penny.

I don't want the turkeys to feel left out.  Today is their 2 month birthday.  They are so fun to watch.  We let them out of their pen sometimes and they follow us right over to the big pen to hang out with the chickens.  Then at night, I go out and call them and they come right to me and follow me back to their home.  It's never dull around here!

If you enlarge this picture, you can see Proud Pappa Fred in the back.  I'm hoping at least one of the chicks looks like their father.  I never thought I would feel this way about chickens.  They just make me happy!

Today is retreat day one.  I'm so glad I live close so I can come home and check the babies.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Our New Baby

I really wish I had a better photo but...
I don't.

I'm really writing this post to document our first hatched chick.  Last night I went down to tuck the chickens in for the night and I heard teeny tiny peeps.  My heart started racing.  I gave Henny Penny a nice little pet then gently lifted her off the eggs she's been sitting on for-ever!  There it was, a teeny tiny chick.  My heart was racing!!!

I reluctantly left them alone until this morning.

When Ernie got home I told him and he said something about what to baby chicks eat........ I told him Momma would take care of her baby.  I woke up at 3 am worried about what baby chicks eat!!!  So after an hour of tossing and turning, I got up to find out. I headed to my favorite site--Google and punch in chick just hatched which led me to chick just hatched now what.  Basically I found out that they need some baby chick food and water, just like I thought.  And Momma will take care of the rest.

Now I will move Momma and baby and the remaining eggs to the new corner pen so baby has room to play while Momma works on the rest of the family.

Can you tell I'm a bit excited!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Today my design wall is bare.  I'm getting ready for retreat this week.  Yeah!!!  So yesterday after dinner and family all went home and a short nap, I got out my fabrics and began cutting my strips for the strip swap.  I love these swaps. This year we are swapping batiks, neutrals and black/white 2 1/2" strips.  This is the last prep work I need to do before it's time to leave.  I am in need of serious retreat shenanigans.  

I'm using last week's picture of the UFO project. The sashings and cornerstones are now complete and borders are cut and sewn to size. Taylor was here yesterday and arranged the blocks the way she wanted them. I now have it all pinned in rows and ready to sew at retreat. This will be project number 1. 

Check out other fabulous design walls at Patchwork Times.  I love Monday in Blogland!

Friday, May 10, 2013

My Sock Yarn Stash

While blog hopping this morning, I saw this post by Nancy at Wyoming Breezes.  Nancy is showing her sock yarn stash.  Then I remembered someone else (Judy L) sorting and  organizing her yarn stash. Just for the record, I am envious of both of these ladies yarn stashes.  

This is my sock yarn stash.  When I cleared out my sewing room last year, I sorted my yarn, separating sock yarn from everything else. I still only have 2 bins of yarn.  Over the past year, I have used some of what I already had, added a few here and there but not too much. 

As of this morning, I have 27 skeins of sock yarn, enough for 17 pair of socks.  On the left side of this photo, the yarns in the baggies are the leftovers and will go into a different project or two.

Everything still fits in the bin.  There is not much room left unless I scrunch and squeeze but I'm on a mission to use up what I have.  I'm sure there is a stray here and there, when I round up the strays, they will go into the bin.  I even know which yarn I'm going to use next.  It's the Lion Brand Magic Stripes that Sue Hecker sent to me.

So here you go Nancy, this is my sock yarn stash.

On The Needles

I'm still working on this pair of socks. They are matching up pretty good.  I'm ready to start the toe decrease. I'll do another measure to be sure.

This week I think I've spent more time holding this sock than knitting.  I sit down at night exhausted and achy, ready to just watch mindless tv and knit.  Anyhow that is always the plan, then the eyelids get heavy and I either fall asleep in the chair or give up and go to bed.

What's on your needles?  See other great projects here at Patchwork Times.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Happy Mail

The other day I hurried to finish my Back To Square One Mystery step so I could link up to Patchwork Times for a chance to win a fabulous stack pack from Vicki Welsh.

Guess what?  I won!!!  I was shocked!!!  If you haven't looked at Vicki's fabrics, you must.  They are gorgeous!  It took a long time to choose but I finally did. This is called Woodlands.  I have a project already in mind for this pack.

Thank you Judy L for the mystery and Vicki Welsh for sponsoring the mystery.  I'm thrilled!

Wednesday UFO Report...

...on Thursday...........

Not much has happened to the UFO this week.  It's been such gorgeous weather here finally that most of my time has been spent outside rediscovering those long lost/under used muscles.  I decided this morning to sit down and sew and finish watching The Magic of Belle Isle on Netflix.  Great movie!

I made the final block and then did more sashing strips and 9 patches.  I had forgotten how many more I needed to make so I just made up what I had the fabric cut for already.  Now I know how many more to make. :0)  I can't wait to see how Taylor is going to arrange these blocks.  I'm hoping she will be here this weekend so I can take this to retreat next week and get it all put together.

That's right, retreat!~!~!  I am sooo ready to just hang out and laugh and sew and laugh some more!  Maybe I'll even get a UFO or 2 completed.  No promises.

So now the washer if done, the sheets are going to be hung outside with the quilts that are already out there.  Then I am headed to the garden with seeds.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Design Wall Monday

It's been about a month since I've worked on my hexagon wall hanging.  I'm taking it out of the UFO stage and putting it in the WIP stage.  I cut the borders, carefully measured and pinned, machine blind stitch appliqued the sides, then with some mad skills, added the top and bottom border without a hitch.

I need to make a few more flowers.  I am about ready to layer and baste the quilt, then make the final decision on placement and get to quilting and appliqueing.

Check out all the fabulous design walls linked up at Patchwork Times today.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

I've Got The Blues

I don't really have the blues.  I have blue fabric. The merry month of May finds us playing in our blue scraps.

According to EQ7, I chose Road to California as the block for my Row Quilt.  I'm spending some time today kitting up my blocks and cutting the plates for the Dresden block.

Of course I had to make a block just to be sure I'd like it.  Only 6 more blocks to cut and I'll have my new leader/enders right by my sewing machine, ready and waiting.

See who else has the blues at SoScrappy today.

Friday, May 03, 2013

April CatchUp Part 2

Green blocks for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Row Quilt and Dresden Plate quilt are finally finished!  When I got the bin down to put my blocks away, imagine my surprise when I spotted a stack of pink churn dash blocks.  I swear my memory is shot!!!  I made those blocks in January.  Good thing this block is my favorite.

I'll be linking up with the final green over at the SoScrappy blog.  I'm quite excited to pick a block for my Row Quilt that will use up some of my blue scraps.

April CatchUp

My Gramma Maple used to say "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get."
I say that too.
I was a little behind on my April step for Judy L's


Now I'm caught up and ready to start steps for May.

I'm linking this post to the April Progress post at Patchwork Times.

On The Needles

The other morning I spent some time with my Kitchener stitch notes and some quiet concentration and stitched the toes closed to both completed sock 1s.  Saturday night, Prince Henry sock 2 came along to the Safari Club International Banquet.  I have such a hard time just sitting that I knew I could work on this while the speeches and auctions were happening.  I made pretty good progress, starting at the marker.

I had to cast on this sock 2 because I just had to know how it would behave.  I think I did pretty good getting my stripes to sort of match up but honestly it didn't matter to me if they did or didn't. I just wanted to try. I only had to wind off part of the dark section and all of the white.  When I'm done, I'll just wind all the leftover yarn onto this little ball.  I need to hurry, both pair need to be done by the end of May.

Last week Gail showed this shawl on her post using her leftover sock yarn, so you know I now have another project on my list!

So my yarn for the Pooling Sock Yarn Challenge is mostly a bust but I sure had fun hoping to get some results. I guess I only succeed at pooling when I'm not trying.

See other fabulous On The Needle projects at Patchwork Times.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Wednesday UFO Report

I made a little UFO progress this week.  Maybe I'm starting to like this now.  Cool sashing makes a difference.  I had it on the wall when Taylor was here the other day and she loved it so I guess it has found a home already.  I'll make that last block, finish up the sashings and 9 patches then I'll have her come out and arrange the blocks the way she wants it to be.  Then I think it will be time for her to learn to use the longarm.

See others that have linked up up to Patchwork Times UFO Report.