Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Doing the Simple stuff

Sometimes I think I am the Tortoise, the progress I make in the sewing room.  Or slow as molasses, that would do it., good Ms saying.  I have two swaps I need blocks for.  One is the current Apple Crisper's swap of black and white and the second is one for Happy Scrappers.  We have choices and the one I want to do is called the Honeybee block.
First block I did
My thinking was that I could use 2 fat quarters and the white I needed with my Go Cutter to get this done in short order.  That was fine until I got to the 
wings. We got a template and as you can see We need twelve of these wings.  each wing has soft fuse that has to be donut holed before applying to material. Takes a lot of soft fuse and a lot of fabric, plus a lot of time.  Now this isn't due until June, thank goodness.
4 out of 20 after working for two days
 I have a number of pieces that aren't fat quarters that I can use, but I'll be doing lots of cutting, then preparing wings to complete blocks.

I have to do 448 total to make the quilt, but I could use more and enlarge.  I'm working on two patches now.  I need 448 of those too.  I'm really anxious to put together some blocks.  My usual MO I'm not patient at all.  I want to see my quilt start growing instead of working on parts only.

Trimming more half square triangles

These turned out real close to true

Over two hundred done so far

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Last top finished for the boys

I've put bits and pieces up , but finally I got the top finished for Andrew.  And I went ahead and got the back made for the quilt too.  Whoo hoo, that doesn't happen often.  My hubby John had neck surgery and I've been out of the sewing room close to a week.  But finally got a day in there to sew.  So delighted to be done with the quilts for the boys and Cassie.  I say done, still have bindings to do.  
Full shot of the quilt

Lollipop border
My helper Buddy

I decided to try taking pictures outside.  The colors are really more true to life.  I do like this way to take pictures.  

The other project I started was a 1930 Mystery shawl by Jae Kosdierzynski KAL and have gotten Clue A done. Clue C comes out tomorrow, but not to worry.  I'll go as fast as I go.  Very Challenging.
This is the gorgeous yarn, the picture doesn't do it justice.

I haven't worked with DK yarn before, but I really like it.

Clue A  8 rows of knitting on 497 stitches
I will be including the KAL as something new and my work with hexes as something old,  It's definitely crossed over to old since I been doing it most of a year.  Progress so far doesn't look like much, but it is a lot indeed.  Check out the site here for Something old something new.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A long report from the Sewing room

Andrew's top coming together
I've gotten much of Andrew's quilt together.  The big block are 4 string blocks, then sashing.  The cornerstones are red and I like the punch.  There is one more row to go and border.  Can't wait to see how the border will look.  I found some  black with Boo written all over it which I plan to use for the back.  I think this will be the cutest quilt.
Trimming half square triangles for my next project.

The best tools for trimming half square triangles are the small Broklyn revolver , A 3.5 Bloc Lock ruler and small rotary cutter.

Ah, the satisfaction of tariffed up units
My next quilt I want to do is a pattern by Bonnie Hunter.  Blue Ridge Mountain I think, anyway it takes 4 patches from 2 in. strips and Triangles cut from 3.5 in strips.  These triangles came from Alex's quilt which I didn't use.  Love that.

Trimming up left overs that needed to be put away.  It's so much easier a little at a time rather than a huge bag full.  Still have one of those.

Apple Crispers block exchange.  Love the high heel shoes 

I talked about this box of scraps that had been cut for these units.  I 'm still making the units.  These trimmed up to be 4.5 in.

I ended up with over 30 so far.
Someday I want to do a medallion quilt and maybe these units will go into it.

So this is the report from the sewing room.  I've not felt able to be in there much until recently, but it amazes me what I can get done in 2-3 days.  Also, trying to get cleaning done too.  I'm looking forward to another Bonnie Hunter quilt and more cleaning out, making scraps useful and so on.  I reorganized my embroidery and wool kits and hope to get started on one of these.  

I did start a new knitting project which is a KAL from Hertiage spinning and weaving.  No pictures yet, but the shawl started with 497 stitches.  Definetly long term project.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

On the wall

Been working on cleaning and putting together Andrew's quilt.Making progress on both fronts.  My goal is to take a wire basket drawer , refold and take out the short bits that can make strips or squares.  Most emphasis is on getting neutrals in my 2 inch drawer.  I think so far I've made more strips than I can count.  I use to( big emphasis on use to) just stuff any scrapes left from a project in a drawer no matter the size.  what a mess that has made over time.  However, I am now making progress in repurposing the scraps to a usable fashion.  Then I make sure I sew some every day I can.  Today, first up will be a back for Aidan's quilt.  Also want to do more on Andrew's quilt.  mean while I will cut more strips.

100 free half square triangles
I wanted to show the half squares that my friend was going to throw away.  She gave them to me and I sewed along with my string blocks.  Finished them before I left the retreat.

Friday, March 14, 2014

On the road again

On the road again to a nice retreat center in Prairieville, LA.  There were 10 of us and we were together last year at the same location.  It's a house purchased by a quilter and devoted to retreats for quilters.  Very nice.

I spent my time working on string blocks for Andrew's quilt (picture coming) and finished Aidan's top.  I also fixed a mistake on the Cletis Solstice quilt so it's a finished top too.  At Happy Scrappers when I showed this top, one of the ladies spotted a mistake in a heartbeat.  Every have that happen to you?  So glad I showed it.

Aidan's quilt 

Bonnie Hunter's Mystery


The last picture is our new puppy, although he's 8, Buddy and we love him already.  Of course he's totally trained us by now.  He wasn't real happy about my being gone.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Latest finish in Knitting

I really like how this sweater turned out.  I adjusted the pattern to make 3/4 length sleeves and on the sleeves and bottom of the sweater a different finishing than the pattern called for.  I had gotten the ending from a knitting daily newsletter.  All that need up as beginning exactly what I wanted.  How fine is that!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Something Old, Something New Challenge Feb.

I hadn't posted on this yet, since I got into all or nothing thinking.  I'm thinking I had to finish my two posts from January.  Not so as I read more.  So first I did get my Lollipop Trees quilted, Old UFO, and also used a skill I hadn't tried before which was a binding on the machine with two fabrics making a piping.  The second was a new skill in knitting of making cables.  I didn't finish the headband, but I am very comfortable with doing this now.  Now for pictures.  
Quilted and bound

Close up of binder

Progress on the Headband, my new skill of cables

I have picked up a BOM that I've been getting since July.  That qualifies as old.  It will have 4 to 5 blocks a month.  Since I don't want to put it away I think that will be my old.  I started by making one block at the retreat I just came home from.  
As for my new, it will be a string quilt from novelty prints from my grandson.  I figure I will need 80 -7.5 in. blocks.  Something else I started this weekend.  Now to get pictures of that.

Novelty string quilt beginning