Tuesday, July 17, 2018

I said I wouldn't......

I meant it when I said it.
But I failed and ended up doing it.

I picked up the knitting needles instead of getting back to my pile of quilting.

My momentum was disrupted and I got a little burned out quilting 7 quilts in less than 7 days and then getting 5 of them bound in no time at all.  So glad two of those quilts went back home with the customer.

I then found myself staring at "not so good" TV  for a couple of nights and decided "what would it hurt to pick up a small, mindless project just to keep my hands busy".

So.....I now have my first Christmas present made.

That can't be all bad, right?

Of course, while I was knitting that, I am thinking about this yarn that I had bought a few years ago when I was on a retreat in St. Louis. It's by Koigu.

It's been so long since I bought it, I don't remember what I bought it for and the fact that I don't want a bunch of yarn stacking up unless I have a project in mind (let me rephrase that, I don't want too many projects piling up), I decided to go on a hunt for a pattern.  

I found this.

It's called Therapy.  

Well, I had enough of the main yarn for this project, but now I needed two contrasting colors to go with it.  So I went over to Ewe-nique Knits (my favorite yarn show in the area) and the owner graciously pulled about 20 skeins that would go with what I had. I highly recommend this knit shop.   I chose these two.

I think they go well together.

I am on a roll with this shawl.  Here's where I am at right now.

I am ready to add the third color yarn.  These two yarns so far tend to "fade" together.  I started with the "lipstick" in a solid, then there is a stripe, lace, stripe and then the variegated is worked in a large area.  I will be adding the "sweetcorn" color next in a stripe effect.  I am thinking this will be done in no time at all since it's been going pretty fast so far.  

I have plenty of other knitting projects waiting in the wings, but they require quite a bit of concentration, so I foresee putting the needles down once this shawl is done and getting back to my quilting; but for now, I will have some things completed for the cooler weather when it comes again here in Michigan.  

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Feeling like Christmas

Back in January I did something I have never done.  I pre-ordered a fabric line that hadn't come out yet.  I love Fig Tree Quilts and all their fabrics and if I remember correctly we did get a sneak peak at their new Christmas line, Christmas Figs.  They said if we ordered it then, we could order a pattern free of charge.

Well, today my package was delivered.

Picking a free pattern wasn't easy though......they were all so pretty.  

Anyways, I could not pass this up.  I do NOT need fabric, but these were just the perfect shades of reds (cherry) and greens that I would like to make something for Christmas.  In fact, I think I have about three projects in mind  that I would like to make with this line.  Thus, the reason for ordering the whole line so that I knew exactly what was in it  as each store doesn't always carry them all.  

I have to say that this delivery put a smile on my face today.  

I was slaving at the stove this afternoon canning some Georgia peaches.  I am not so happy with the new-to-me method of hot packing the peaches.  I ended up with way too much simple syrup in each jar, but I will take it as a learning experience.  Last Fall when I did Michigan peaches, I am pretty sure I cold packed them and had a whole lot more peaches in each jar.  Oh well, I am sure they are going to taste just as good.  

This is just a small batch; and I am thinking of doing another small batch in a couple of weeks when the truck from Georgia comes through again.  

Now I can kick back and go through all my new fabrics and come up with a plan for my three  projects.  We'll see how that goes.  

Have a good one!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Not quite a marathon......

Of all the quilts that I just recently finished quilting on my Millie, two have gone home to their owner and the other ones needed binding by me.  My goal was to do a marathon of binding, but that didn't quite happen.  The holiday got in the way  (Fourth of July happenings) which put a crimp in my momentum and my fingers protested with so much binding ( I hand stitch all my bindings down).    So, it wasn't much of a marathon, but....they are now done.

Now I need to get my momentum going again so that I can  move forward with the "to-be-quilted" pile.  I keep coming up with excuses though....it's SO HOT outside.....I'd rather knit right now (maybe not, because it is so hot outside).....I just want to veg because it is so hot outside.........I need to wait for my thread order to come in.......

Sounds like a bunch of excuses to me.

Well, we will see which one of these wins or if I can get myself back in the mood.  Once I start, I am sure I  will get my momentum back in no time at all.

It's just a good feeling to have what I have worked on so far  100 percent done.  

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

I quit counting......

I thought I had only so many quilts left in the "to-be-quilted" pile and lo and behold, there is one on my design wall that was just one 3" square shy of being done.  Well, I  ran to the quilt shop to pick up some binding fabric for some of the quilts that I have been getting quilted and I finally picked up what I needed for that 3" square.

Today, I put it on the long arm.

I am going to call this toddler quilt "Taking Flight".

What with all the airplanes, I had two pantos that I thought would work well.  One was "Turbulence" (that one made me giggle) and the other one was "Time Warp" which is the theme of a new TV show coming up soon.  (An airliner full of people  shows up on the tarmac, but it  has been missing for five years from the makers of Lost).

Anyways, I decided to go with Time Warp since I have been wanting to try this panto and I just love the texture it produced on this quilt.  I used a light blue So-Fine thread top and bobbin on this one.  

A real plus for this quilt is that it is two-sided.

The back consists of gauges and a cockpit flight panel that any little kid  who loves airplanes could pretend that they are the pilot.

A red binding is all cut out and waiting; but I am going to try and get to the rest of that "to-be-quilted" pile while I am on a roll; but I am not counting anymore since I'm never right anyways.  When the pile is gone, then I know I am done.  Then.....I will be going on a binding binge. I do love binding a quilt, but doing too many in a row might just cure that.  

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Christmas in July

Christmas in July wasn't planned here, but my next customer quilt that I finished today is a Christmas quilt.  In fact, I am going to name it "A Christmas Sweater".  

I have to admit that even knowing better, I kept touching this quilt thinking there has to be some texture resembling a sweater on this quilt.

There wasn't, but I still kept touching it thinking it would change. 

Anyways, things were going along just fine until I ran out of bobbin at one point and as I was changing the bobbin, I saw this little glint of something.

Can you see it there at the intersection?

I don't know how I could have missed this pin that was left in the quilt by the maker.  I had this quilt spread out measuring it.  I rolled it on to the rollers of the long arm.  My hands were running over this quilt to smooth it out (and touching it looking for that texture).  I never saw this pin....or felt it.  How fortunate that I ran out of bobbin just before getting to this point.  I cringe to think of the problems that could have arisen if I had hit that glass head pin with my needle.   A broken needle  can result in having to re-time the machine.  Ugh!  

Anyway......all is good.

I used the panto called Bush Berries with a dark gray So-Fine thread top and bottom.  

Here it is complete.

How about this backing?

It is as pretty as the front. 

Ok.....I am still on a roll here.  My fingers are itching to take out a knitting project (especially after working on this quilt), but I am going to refrain from doing it.  I still have some quilts on "that" pile.  One more that requires a panto and then there are a couple of custom quilts which will take some time.  We'll see how it goes.  

Merry Christmas (in July).

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Three more down....

From the "to-be-quilted" pile, I have just completed another three more quilts.

The first one is a toddler quilt (all these are from stash).

I used the Bauhaus panto for this one with a So Fine Rainbow colored thread.

The next two are, also, from stash.  I miscalculated when I was cutting these out and ended up with enough blocks for two quilts.  I could have just made one large one, but my goal was to make these for NICU quilts.

They are both quilted with the Tweet Tweet panto.  I thought it was so sweet and perfect for these little quilts.

I used a chartreuse colored So Fine thread top and bottom for each of these.  

I am not sure if you can see the green thread on this yellow back, but I just love using a little surprise element when quilting baby quilts.  Chartreuse and tangerine are my go-to colors when it comes to baby quilts.  

Well my machine is all prepped for the next "customer" quilt.  The panto is loaded; bobbins are filled and the machine is threaded.  I just need to load the quilt and I will be ready to go.  

Right now I am down to about four quilts with another customer quilt coming soon.  

It's so easy when there's time to devote, everything is running just right and everything is prepped and ready to go.  So, I can see me being caught up in no time at all.  

Stay tuned for the next quilt or two.  

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Not going to bombard you.......

There is quite a pile of quilts of all sizes sitting next to the long arm, so I have put my knitting needles away for the time being; otherwise, I get kind of obsessed with knitting.

I am on a roll with getting these quilted, but I will show you only a couple at a time.

First I had this charity quilt that was made up of  leftover strips from three different quilts AND the the backing is from the stash.

I am trying to make a dent in the stash.

Anyways, I wanted to use this new-to-me panto on a customer quilt so I thought I would try it out on this charity quilt first.  It is called "Denise's Rosebuds".  I really like how it turned out. 

Here's the back.  This has been in the stash for a very long time.  Glad to get it used up.  If I recall, I have it in blue, too.  It worked well with the alphabet blocks on the front. 

Then it was on to the customer quilt.

I don't know the name of the block, but I love it.  

Making a blue quilt is on my "to-do list"; and this quilt makes me want to get to mine even sooner.  

I think the panto works really well with this quilt what with the occasional flower blocks; and the soft  lines of the rosebuds compliment the straight lines of the blocks.

Here's the complete top.

Don't you just love this backing?


This customer has great taste in fabrics and her backs are always interesting, too.  

Ok....I'll have more quilts to share in the next couple of days as I am really on a roll around here. So, stay tuned.  

I said I wouldn't......

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