Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Clearing off the sewing table.

Got into the sewing room over a few days with the need to get things cleared out of there; and I started a guild challenge quilt where they supplied six fat quarters and we are to come up with a quilt to keep or give to charity.  Since that one is going to be judged and there is a point system where depending on certain achievements with this quilt such as size, adding extra fabric, quilting it, binding it, etc., the winner will be chosen at our June meeting.   I will hold off showing that for now, but the center of the quilt top is done.

Then I thought I would pick up my green strings and throw a few more together.  I had 100 June Taylor foundation papers cut out so I filled the rest of them.

Here are my 100 blocks.

I still need 20 of these for Bonnie Hunter's quilt.  Think long-term here.

Here's how some of them looked up on the design wall. 

Since I ran out of the papers, I thought I would pick up my "plus" blocks, but to get to them, I had to move my red/white/blue blocks that you can see here when I first cut out my strips and threw together a couple.  I started cutting and making them in November 2018.  Well, I thought, what the heck....I'll just work on these.

Well, 81 blocks are done and the rows are pinned into piles. This should finish around 54" square.  

That felt good.  Now I can put away the rest of the red/white/blue fabric clearing a little more of my sewing area.

This was all over a couple of days. Now I am burnt out a bit, so I picked up my Rikaart cowl that I, also, started back in November.  

It was a good thing to walk away from this since I thought I was stuck again.  I picked it up and all made sense.  So I am on a roll again and actually in the home stretch.

My next project in the sewing department is going to be a baby quilt for a gift. This was the reason for getting my sewing room back in shape.   I have to go and buy the fabric..  I need to devote my time getting this one done.  I'm anxious to share this one with you AND will as soon as I get to it.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

One week into 2019......

  Here we are already a week into January.  Time is flying by so quickly already.

So, I thought I would stop in here and let you know what I have been up to. 

I got over the hump (where I was stuck) on my Rikaart cowl.  Now I am well on my way to getting this knitting project done.

Completing this project will take care of all the patterns and yarn that I bought last summer on my shop hop.

Of course, it doesn't stop there, I made a trip up North and had to hit Wool'n'Honey and bought a couple more skeins of yarn.

One is wool and the other is mohair to be added to the strand of wool while I knit.  Look at how fine that mohair is!

This is going to be a hat when completed.

Are you one of Bonnie Hunter's followers?  I follow her, but I never thought I would ever make one of her quilts.  As you know, there are always 500 of this; 480 of that, another 480 of that, etc.  It always sounds so daunting.  

Well, I have been wanting to use up some of my stash and she offered up a free pattern just before the new year, so I went hunting into my stash and thought...well, I have a lot of greens, maybe I will start there.

So, thus far, I have 77 of a 120 string blocks in green.

This is just going to be a long-term project for me.....maybe a retreat project if nothing else is going on.

While up North visiting my sister-in-law (my knitting co-conspirator), she told me about her making Greek yogurt with her Instant Pot.  That really peaked my interest and it was really good, too.

So, I came home and even though I didn't have an Instant Pot, I did have a Pressure Pro which is supposedly equivalent.  

Well, I am sure it is user error, but I have to say that my Pressure Pro did not come with very good instructions or were there many recipes available in the book they gave me or on-line.  In fact, I have had more fails than successes with this pot.  So.....after hours of going through the steps for making Greek yogurt, I had an epic FAIL It immediately went down the drain. Needless to say, I was really disappointed and had pretty much had it with this pressure cooker.

My husband was probably tired of hearing me complain, so he just said go out and buy the Instant Pot.  I did; and I made Greek yogurt with no problem at all.  

If you don't have an Instant Pot and have been thinking of getting one, I have to say the instructions are easy to follow, there are tons of recipes on-line and there are support groups on Facebook and elsewhere I am sure.   

Anyways. starting out with 1/2 gal of no-fat milk and just a couple tablespoons of yogurt with active ingredients, I have my own homemade yogurt.

Had to have some, so added a couple drops of vanilla, some honey to sweeten it and then some blueberries that I picked this summer.  Pure heaven!

On top of it all, I got a quart of whey.  Now to find a use for the whey.  

I may try making some bread with it.  We'll see.

Ok......going to get back to my regularly scheduled day.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What am I thankful for?

This is the napkin I had for dinner tonight and it got me to thinking. 

Today my quilt-y friends and I celebrated Christmas together, so I have to say I am thankful for great friends that share my love of quilting.

They are very talented.

(apparently I did not take pictures of all our show-n-tell)

....and very generous with gift giving

So many great gifts from quilt-y stuff to some good smelling stuff.  

Thanks gals.

It was a fun afternoon with good food, drinks, chatter, and going through Nancy's scrap bag!  :D

Now we are to the countdown of Christmas.  It's going to be busy around here for the next couple of days and then once it is all over......I'll be heading to the sewing room.  

Monday, December 17, 2018

I broke down.....

.....and baked a batch of cookies.

I've had a taste for some Molasses Spice Cookies.

I've never made them before, so this is a first for me.  Found the recipe on-line.  I couldn't wait to try it out, so I ate it steaming hot.  It WAS steaming hot, but pretty good.  Still, I would like some that are even more molasses-y and spicy.  

I guess I will still keep looking for a recipe.  Don't worry though...these won't go to waste.  I am sure they will be gone before Christmas.  

Friday, December 14, 2018

Final stitch

Put the final stitch in the Christmas socks last night and got all the loose ends woven in.

Now I am ready for a cozy night in front of the fireplace  during the holidays.....maybe with a hot cocoa with a peppermint stick in it.  

I am pretty proud of myself that I got the stripes to line up with each sock fairly well.  Normally, I would have just knit whatever came along next.  So, I guess my knitting skills are improving.  

Guess I had better get to gift wrapping so I can get all the gifts under the tree before the last minute. 

Enjoy your weekend.  

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Final projects before the holidays,....

I think.

I tell myself these are the final ones, but you never know.

Just took this quilt off the long arm.  

It's a variation of a split rail  done up from an exchange of Christmas fat quarters.  My customer, Heather, has had it in her stash for some time and this year was the year to get to it and get it done.

I used the "Flurry" pantograph to quilt this one.....

....using So Fine thread in a darker tan color to go along with the backing which was an ivory "cuddle" fabric.

I just love how it looks on the cuddle fabric. 

For myself (even though I said I wouldn't pick up another knit project until I worked through a problem on a cowl that I had started), I picked up my Christmas yarn for a pair of socks.  We will be taking a little road trip and I thought it would be a good idea to work on something easy while going along on the ride.

I fell in love with this yarn that I saw on Etsy from a shop called DyeforEwe and I just couldn't resist.  It looks good enough to eat ....or at least makes me want to eat some candy canes.  These will be fun to make and as you can see, I have gotten quite a bit done already  before even leaving for our little road trip.  Oh well, there's always the second sock to work on. 

That's it for now.  

The house is decorated, the tree is up and decorated, the Christmas cards are sent, menu is being made up for  Christmas Eve dinner (cookies are at the bottom of the list since we DO NOT need any cookies in this house!!, but I may break down and make a few), Christmas concert schedules are marked on the calendar for all the grandkids.....Christmas will be here before you know it.  

Here's hoping you are ready for the holidays, too.  

Clearing off the sewing table.

Got into the sewing room over a few days with the need to get things cleared out of there; and I started a guild challenge quilt where the...