Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Need I say more?

Got stuck on the second Section of the Rikaart cowl.

So picked up this oversized sweater called Cara and got one whole skein knitted.

.....and while doing that, the mailman came with this great self-striping yarn from DyeForEwe for a pair of Christmas socks.

I have nothing to say for myself.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sew-In day with the guild.

Things never got unpacked from retreat earlier this week.  So I  loaded everything in the car again and  headed over to our guild's Sew-In day on Saturday.  I continued working on my Linked-Up quilt and got all the sashings on.  

We had a vendor at our Sew-In who has been slowly going out of business (retiring along with medical reasons), so everything that she brought that day was marked down significantly.  We were her LAST vending arena; and she said she didn't want to take anything back home with her. We made quite a dent, but there was still plenty of fabric to be packed up again.  

From left to right....the check fabric is a total of 5 yards for the back of my Linked-Up quilt for a whopping $15; the next one was a yard of blue tiny dots to be used for the border of Linked-Up for $3; two yards of the blue for pillowcases ($6); white fabric with red squares just because ($3); the next two fat quarters were for a basket quilt that is a "want to make in the future" and  the light FQ is a just because for $3.  

The center of the quilt was completed at the Sew-In.

Tonight I completed the two borders for the quilt.
There's my tiny dot fabric for the outer border.  Not a bad match.

All this just to stash bust my charm pack.  Who would have thought I would have to buy 4 1/2 yards of sashing, a yard for a border and five yards for backing.  Oh well......I have  a quilt that is ready for the long arm.  

One other thing that I just touched on this weekend was the red/white/blue fq's that I cut up on the Accuquilt.  I cut a bunch of them in their 3 1/2" lengths and started putting them together to get an idea of how it will look.

I think this will make up a cute little quilt  or maybe just a table topper; but this is just for when I need to do some mindless sewing.  

I am somewhat caught up on quilting other than a customer quilt.  Now I have the knitting projects calling my name.  

Hmmm...what will win out?

Friday, November 2, 2018

Where has the week gone?

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I was at a mini retreat with my gal pals.  I was almost to the point of thinking that it wasn't worth going to since we were showing up at 11:00 on Monday and then leaving already midday on Wednesday.  In my head I felt like I only had one full day of sewing.  

I was wrong though.  

I got plenty done  and there was lots of sewing happening.

This was my work station.

Here's a pic of the quilt that I was working on. 

I put it  together from start to "almost" finish.  It is called Linked Up.  The pattern was found on YouTube and it is a Missouri Star quilt using a charm pack.  Check it out.  It was super easy.

I say "almost" because most charm packs come with 42 charms and mine only had 40, so I had to come home and find a couple more fabrics that would go with it before I could complete the last row.....and I have to do some shopping around for a print border to totally complete this top.

Now....for someone who says she is trying to use up her stash, where is the sense in using up a "charm pack" when you have to go out and buy 4 1/2 yards just to make all the sashings and still have to buy the final border?  Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.  Oh well.

I, also, put in a little time on my "pluses". 

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One of these days this quilt will be done. 

At the retreat we were gifted some fat quarters thanks to Nancy's generosity (or maybe it's just because she is just trying to whittle down HER stash). 

Anyways....whatever the reason, I have decided to do a simple little quilt that she showed us at retreat, so for a "sew-in day" that I will be attending on Saturday, I have cut the FQs up in 2" strips and will work on that quilt hopefully. 

Then to top it all off, after getting home from retreat, I got myself over to my favorite yarn shop (Ewe-nique Knits) to look for buttons for my poncho AND went with a pattern to look for yarn for an oversized sweater I wanted to make.  

I left there looking like a bag lady filling my bag with goodies.

I found my buttons.

Found my yarn for my oversized sweater (bulky)

.....and bought yarn for another sweater I have been wanting to make, too. 

Like I don't have enough to do, right?

I'll check back in after tomorrow's sew-in day and fill you in on anything new.  

For now, it's over and out as I have to get up earlier for more sewing.   😊

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Keeping busy.....

Trying to complete the Spin-Stitch Poncho I found myself running out of yarn.  Yikes!  I bought this yarn back in Philadelphia last year at the yarn expo, so I didn't expect that I would find another skein to match perfectly. So, nearing the end, I started weighing yarn after each 12-row repeat to see if I was going to make it.  As it turned out, I had to cut back one whole repeat (12 rows) and the final section I ended cutting back 2-3 rows so I would have enough to bind off.

This is cutting it close. 

I was hoping that once I blocked it, I would reach my 22" x 51" that was required. 

It worked out once I soaked it and started pinning it to the blocking boards.

Here's a close up of how pretty this lace opens up once blocked.

Once dry, this will be folded in half and buttons will be added to make it a "poncho".  

I originally saw this made up and draped over a jean jacket, so that is the plan once I get to wear it.  

So for now, I am taking it off the blocking boards, folding it up and setting it aside until I can get to the yarn shop and audition different buttons for the closure.  

Today I am packing up for my mini retreat and once back I can devote some time to finishing this knit project along with some quilty ones, too.  

Have a great week!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Prepping for retreat?

Well, that's what I should be doing, but instead I got a customer/friend's  quilt put on to the Millie and quilted it.  She will be going to the same retreat and this will be her show-n-tell.  

I don't know the name of the pattern, but I always love doing her quilts as her designs and color choices are so great.

Here's a close up of "time warp", the panto that I used on her quilt.

Here's a look at the quilt just prior to my taking it off the machine.  I just love this texture.  

Lovely orange and gray quilt.

This is the perfect backing for this quilt....a gray gingham check.  

I used #506, silvery gray So Fine thread for the top and bottom of this quilt.  

Anyways, I just love the texture this panto creates so  I thought, I need to do this on one of my own quilts.  There's always a pile of my own sitting around waiting to be done.  

So...I pulled "Kira" out of that pile.

  This is a GEDesigns pattern.  I used the ZenChic line of fabric with the thought  of going with the gold colored fabric as my main fabric.  Well...I hated it.  Maybe "hate" is a bit strong, but the quilt didn't turn out like I envisioned.  It didn't sparkle,  so I added an aqua mini border and then the almost white outer border to brighten/lighten up the whole quilt.  I think it worked.  It's not so awful for me anymore.  

Did the "time warp" on this one and I think it turned out pretty good.  

This is the backing I used for this quilt.  

It was earmarked for another quilt, but wasn't my favorite backing.  Since I wasn't sure I was going to like the quilt, I decided to go with this one.  Sounds like I didn't have a lot of faith in this quilt, right?    Anyways, the backing I DID have picked out for this quilt originally....I love; and will use it on the back of a quilt that I have been working on for that I think will be one of my favorite quilts.  We'll see how it goes.  

So...I think this quilt turned out pretty well.  I do love the pattern.

I know....this is probably too much information, but I am sure we all go through a "process of do's and don't's when it comes to making quilts....some we like and some we don't.  

Guess I had better get busy with prepping for retreat now or I won't have anything to work on.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Got away from the rat race.......

The plan was as soon as the kitchen reno was complete, we were heading to Holmes County, OH to what I call Amish Country.

It's so peaceful there; and so beautiful.

Landscape pictures just don't do the area justice.  The big open farm fields, rolling hills dotted with the Amish farms are just so picturesque.

Just.look at the traffic!

There were either people walking, biking or in their horse and buggies on their way to work.

This was the worst traffic jam we had to deal with.

Anyways, the purpose of the trip was not only to get away from the rat race here at home, the constant working on the kitchen at full-speed ahead, but there were some pieces of furniture that I wanted to order to finish our renovations.  

I don't have pictures, but I've ordered a desk to replace the roll top that we sold that was in our study along with a desk chair AND two saddle stools to go at the island in the kitchen.  They won't be completed for another 8-10 weeks, but that only gives me an excuse to go back for some beautiful snow covered scenery and of course all the great home cooking you get in their restaurants.

I did take along a new knit project to work on while driving or during down time in the hotel and got quite a bit done.

This looks difficult but is really simple and will look great once it is blocked.  It is the "spin-stitch poncho".  It's a 12 row repeat, so I can do this one without even thinking and is a great project to pick up after 8 in the evening while TV is running.  

Just prior to leaving for our little weekend trip, I took a class with Theadra Fleming called "Make it Simple".

I missed the first guild meeting so wasn't as prepared as I should have been for the class, but it's a simple class and with the strips that I had brought along I plugged away during class and once returning home, I got myself caught up pretty much to where everyone else was.  So I went from this....

To this....

Hmm...not a very good picture, but you get the idea.  The concept is pretty much that you are making your own fabric with your strips with a couple subcuts after each sewing session.  

Next is to decide on borders.

Also, this week, I have had the boys here spending the night.  I still owed Cole his Halloween pillowcase, so I ran him over to the local quilt shop and let him pick out his fabrics and this is what we came up with.  

It's a little scary if you ask me, but I think he's pretty happy with it.  

Now all four boys have their Halloween pillowcases and just in time for Halloween trick or treating.  

I will be heading for a mini retreat in about a week, so hope to have more to show'n'tell next post.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

What's new?

Got myself into the sewing room to look for some fat quarters for an upcoming class I will be taking after guild this week and came across some of my latest "finished" knitting projects.  

I was waiting for a good hair day (possibly), nice weather (it's 83* out today)  and when my personal photographer (DH) was available.  These have been done for awhile, but I just hadn't modeled them yet.

This is the Harmony Headband for cold weather.

Here's a couple views of the 3-color Cashmere Cowl.

This one just needed fringe attached, so I finished it up.  It's going to be a warm one.  It's called the Hipster Shawl. 

Found my coordinating FQs along with some scraps and cut them up with my Accuquilt into 2 1/2" strips.  This is a class I will be taking with Theadra Fleming.

Also, I am pulling out another knit project that has been fermenting in its box for awhile.   We will be taking a little road trip and I thought I could use some handwork to take with me.

Feels so good to be able to have the time to work on my crafts once again.  

Need I say more?

Got stuck on the second Section of the Rikaart cowl. So picked up this oversized sweater called Cara and got one whole skein knitt...