Monday, September 7, 2020

Not a lot to report......

There's always that point in time during the summer that I go into a sewing slump.  That time is about right now.  

Hopefully, after finally getting together with some of my quilt guild buddies this week (that is if they show up for our outdoor picnic luncheon as I am sure some are still afraid of COVID), I hope to regain some of that desire to get back into the sewing room. 

In the meantime,  I have been knitting up a storm.  There is some Christmas  knitting going on that  I can't share yet, but  the yarn that I showed in my last post has been progressing quite well. 

I find that I really love color work and this project was a little more challenging than the last one; but I am pleased at how it turned out.  I just need to finish the front of this Navelli tee and some short sleeves and this one will be done.  There's already another color work on my want-to-do list, but we will see what happens next.  

Actually, we are ripping apart a bedroom right now.  Carpet was removed  today so that we can install hardwood floors next week when the wood is supposed to come in.  Hope to get new bedding, lighting, an area rug, drapes, blinds  and we will be having it painted in a couple months (our painter has a long list of clients which has been delayed because of the quarantine).  So looking forward to seeing this all come to fruition.  

So sorry I don't have more to share this time around.  I haven't forgotten my blog, but life has been busy with a trip to PA for a wedding; a trip to Ohio to look at Amish furniture, and just daily life.  I do need to get more motivated in getting some of my projects done around here.  As you all know, it seems the minute the kids go back to school around here, the weather changes overnight and before we know it, it will be winter again.  Makes me sad to see summer leave, but then again, I won't miss 2020.  Things just have to improve for next year!

Ok, I promise to have more to show next time around.  

Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

What Else is Going On?


This pretty knitting project bag is one of many from Yarnbyrds that I have had my eye on for some time.  I just couldn't resist any longer.  It was a hard decision to make, but I love this one.  Now to fill it with one of my WIPs.  

A little side project (and a secret project) is working on these circles.  They will be added to my round  robin that was due at the June guild meeting but since we haven't met since March  (and who knows if we will be meeting in September either), I am taking my time getting this one done.  Anyways, this is for the row that is arcs.  

I mentioned in my last post that I was up North with the family enjoying some off roading.  Well, the whole family was there except for one son-in-law who was stuck working.  This is our annual get together at my friend, Dianne's, cabin.  The weather was great and we had such a good time.

While we were all together, we did some tie dying of some shirts.  

These two were Dianne's and her grandson's.


The three oldest grandsons' shirts.

This is for the youngest grandson.

Then I needed a quick fix (because if you order online, it's not quick anymore), I ran to the yarn shop and bought some yarn for a new sweater.  So, I will be busy very soon.  

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Getting things quilted.......

There's a pile of quilts that need quilting, so I have gotten myself downstairs where it is much cooler than it is outside to work on a few of them.  

The first two were customer quilts  that are now on their way back home to California.

The customer requested meandering.  Even though that is a simple stitch, it still brings a scrappy quilt to life.  

This one was sashed in teal 

This identical one in design was sashed in a brown oak leaf and acorn fabric.

This next quilt was the result of  lotto blocks won at  a retreat several years ago.  I think it was this century!  We were each given the blue floral and told to add yellow/gold and white fabrics to complete the blocks.

Anyways, I had high hopes to get the outside border which was going to be white , appliqued with stems, flowers and leaves.  As you can see, that didn't happen.  

I figured done is better than fermenting in the closet. Thankfully I still had plenty of the blue floral to make a good sized border.  I just bought the yellow to add the smaller border and to back the quilt.  

I have quilted this one using the Alouette (new to me) pantograph.  

I used Gold Glide on top and Cream Fil-tec bobbins.

Finished it. 

Since the backing was a solid color and the quilting was dense enough and pretty enough, I think this one could be reversible and used as a "whole cloth".  

I will be binding it in the yellow.

I am pretty pleased with this one and so happy that it is finally nearing the finishing stage.  

Now to get back to the slowly dwindling "to be quilted" pile.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A little home DIY project

Back when we redid our kitchen which was last year (?) or was it two Augusts ago (?).  Oh gees.  I had to look it up and it was in August of 2018!!!!    Time really does fly by.  Anyways, in doing our kitchen, you couldn't do the floors without including the hallway, the pantry, the laundry room and the small bath.  So, a lot more got done than was planned.

We finished the kitchen 100% and all the other rooms just needed paint pretty much; but I really wanted to do one wall in the small bath in shiplap.  Well, during quarantine  it seemed like a good time to get it done.

We bought ourselves eight  8" x 10 ft boards and I got them primed with Kilz.

While I was waiting for that to dry, I put a coat of paint on the wall that we were going to cover.

I wanted to make sure none of the taupe paint showed through the spaces between the boards.

Then there is a coat of Magnolia paint by Kilz in the Shiplap colorway. 

Did some leveling for the first boards and starting from the top down, I got DH to start nailing the boards up.   I think I surprised DH when I found all the studs first time out, too.  

Using nickels inbetween the boards for spacing, the rest of the boards went up easily.  

Then I taped the edges of the walls and the ceiling because rather than trim out the edges, I caulked.  The tape protected my previous paint jobs.

After the tape was removed.

The caulking went much smoother than I expected and the taping really helped.   Then I used drywall mud to fill in all the nail holes and did a little touch up paint.  

Before I could call my bathroom complete, I waited for a sign to come in that I ordered from 

What with the sloooow postal service we are all enduring right now because of social distancing, I had to wait nearly three weeks.  Anyways, my sign arrived and we got it up on the wall and I love it.  

I looked for a long time for something appropriate for a bathroom.  I, also, didn't want  something that may have been funny but was somewhat offensive.  I have to say that I am really happy with this one and QueenB's owner, Emily, does quality work.

One more project finished during quarantine.  Sure hope I don't run out of projects to do.  Then again, that might not be a bad thing either.  

Monday, July 20, 2020


My friend Sharon, who is always tempting our little group with ideas for quilting showed us this block last year.

It is the Zinnia block from The Sewing Loft.  They offer so many blocks on this site and if you are following them, sometimes they come up free.  

Anyways, I thought I would make up "one" block just to surprise her.   I had no intention of making more.

Then we went on our little shop hop last summer and I came across this floral fabric.

It's not something that I usually buy, but it was so bright and fun.  When I saw it, I immediately thought of the block that I had sitting at home and thought if I make a couple more, I could make a cute baby quilt.  

Well, jump ahead a year and I decided I needed to start using up some of that fabric that I bought on our shop hop.  I still loved this fabric and the idea of making a quilt with it, but here's why you need to write your ideas down.  I had bought enough of the focal fabric to put on the front and then use on the back of a "baby" quilt.  For some reason that whole idea went out of my head and I was wondering why I had so much of this fabric.  So I ended up working it out to make a quilt around 60 x 71" just to use up the focus fabric.  So I had to make a total of five of  the zinnia blocks.

I put it on the long arm last night and got it quilted with a new-to-me pantograph called "Heather".  I am happy how this turned out and just love it.  

I used white Glide thread on top and white Fil-Tec prewound bobbins.  

It will be bound in the focus fabric.

This quilt just makes me smile.  

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Jeweled Cowl

This is another really oooolddd UFO in the knitting department.  So old that I don't even remember buying the yarn for it.  I am guessing I started this cowl back in 2012 as that is when I added the free pattern into my Ravelry account.  What I do remember about this pattern is that I bought a raspberry yarn with a multitude of beads  in varying colors, but I never started it because I didn't buy "lace" yarn which was required and it wouldn't fit into my beads.  So I have finally taken it off my "to-do" list where knitting is concerned.  Maybe someday I will find another raspberry/fuchsia yarn that will fit the bill.

Anyways, I think I started this is in 2012, ripped it out in 2016 when I picked it up again (was having problems understanding the pattern where the lacy section was introduced).  It still wasn't going well, so set it back down.

I've been knitting for awhile now and here in 2020 while I am trying to get a lot of my old projects finished (especially during quarantine), I figured I knew enough to pick it up again and NOT put it down again until it was done.

Ripped it out again and started fresh.

There are nearly 300 beads added to the lacy section.  

I have to admit that it still isn't perfect.  Working with lace weight yarn  was like working with water .....the yarn just seemed to slip from my fingers and/or needles and to have to rip back on the lace pattern was nearly impossible to figure out where I was; but I was not going to give up this time around 

I wove in all my loose threads and "fixed' a couple holes that should NOT have been there.  This time around, it is a good enough.   Done is better than letting it linger in a box any longer.  

It is being blocked.

As soon as I get it off the blocking boards, I will consider trying it on, but in 90* plus weather, it is going to be hard to put on a wool (even though it is lace and light as a feather) cowl .....even for pictures.  

Well, darn.......lost electricity while I was writing this post.  With the "new" blogger, I am no longer able to edit and save for a later date, so you will have to wait until tomorrow (or when it is cooler to see me model the finished project).  

It's tomorrow morning and before the temperatures got into the 90s again, got DH to take a pic.  Then I had to finagle around Blogger to get the latest picture on an already saved post.  They sure don't make things easier when they do their upgrades.  

Anyways, here is the cowl double wrapped.  It is very lightweight.