Sunday, July 20, 2014

On the Wall

I have some things to show in progress.  I haven't been sewing much since the kids and grand kids came to visit.  They stayed 7 days two weeks ago , but I've been trying to catch up on rest and get back into my routine.  
I have done some knitting, finished my green scarf, mittens and wash cloth.  I'm now working on a shawl with the blue yarn I had bought.  I love the color and found a pattern I like.
Still working on Blue Ridge.  I flipped the two quarters to the bottom and started adding blocks.  I'm now back to making blocks.  I did a few more half square triangles and really think I'll have to do more to make enough blocks.
Blue Ridge progress

Had to make a few more strip sets to get a few block done for the Folded Fan quilt I started in my last class.I actually had to start cutting dark strips after she talked so much about dark,dark for contrast.
Folded Fans
The contrast does make the folded effect stand out.  I still have a lot to learn about medium.  Up to now I've thought of dark, medium then light.  This kind of quilt needs a real distinction

Then I thought it was time to put out the progress on the Hexie's quilt and see how I was doing.
Hexie layout, no name yet
I've done more work than I thought I had and I'm liking it.  It helps to put it out and see how I'm doing.  Makes me want to work on it more.

My knit finishes below.



My scarf

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Back in the Sewing Room

I spent the last few days, off and turning the sewing room from a bed room of the grand kids to a real sewing room again.  Quite a lot of stuff was moved to make room for the pallets the two oldest slept in.   Today I cut some of the scraps I had thrown on the ironing board focusing on the strips I'm now cutting for the class I had yesterday.

Folded fans by Dorinda Evans of Jackson MS

closer view
This was a great class and she gave a fabulous lecture the night before at our Contraband Guild meeting.
     This quilt is made with dark, medium and light strips you sew together.  I thought I was covered with strips for this class.  I went to the 1.5, 2, and 2.5 strips  Turns out I don't have a good collection of dark, dark strips.  Basically I have a stash of mostly mediums and lights.  I do want to make this quilt though because it will be a good stash buster, and I like the effect the fabrics make.  I haven't done a quilt like this before.
Cassie and her quilt

Adian and his quilt

Alex's quilt

Andrew's quilt

Progress on the Blue ridge
Where I am now with the Blue ridge quilt before I had to move the room around.  And lastly eye candy and inspiration from Dorinda Evans.  Some more of her wonderful quilts.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Lots of Sewing Room activities

It's not one thing, it's a lots of things.  I've spent a good amount of time trying to clear the ironing board, sort and put up fabrics from the various containers in the room and just clean.  As of now with the new shelves I brought back from Lewisville, I've gotten a lot of this done.  The ironing board looks great and I can iron a quilt top again.  I got the cutting table cleaned of all fabrics, either found homes or cut these up with my Go cutter.  While all this was going on I was making 4 patches for the blue quilt.Took quilt a few days.  Got a pile done too.
Makings of 4 patches

Can't resist saving bits from trimming a quilt.  Lot of times I have to use seam ripper to take quilting out.  Worth it to me!

I consider this hand work too!

 My twenty Honeybee swap blocks finished.

Progress on Blue Blocks of the month

My Blue Ridge Mountain quilt in progress.

Apple Crisper's monthly installment which served as leader ender during putting quadrant of Blue Ridge together/

Monday, May 19, 2014

Playing catch up with the blog posting

Yea, it's been a while since I posted.   But I have been busy.  I went to Leigh's to stay with Ashleigh.  On the way I stopped and bought a Featherweight machine.
My 1947 Featherweight

 I had a mini sewing retreat in Lewisville 2 days alone while Ash was in school, and 2 days of sewing with Ashleigh set up in front of the TV with a NCIS marathon.  We also went to the show and did some shopping.  That was all fun.Love being with her.
Ashleigh and Tabby enjoying sewing

Sewing room Updates

Older shelves

Moved baskets on the far right to make room for new shelves

New shelves with works in progress in boxes.  Still need to fold fabric in underneath shelves/

Another set of blocks for Apple Crispers

Really old BOM in Blue and Neutral

Progress on Honeybee blocks
just 3 more left

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Done and Done

Got that box of cut pieces sewn up and the final count is:  81 Mary's blocks and 121 half square triangles.  I'm planning to store the Mary's triangles, but use the half squares and a drawer of other half squares to start making blocks.

Mary's Triangles

Half Square triangles finishing 2 in

A block from Lynn Roddy Brown's book to use these half square triangle
Also continuing to work on the Honeybee blocks.  Almost finished with 10 of 20.  The wings take the most time.  I am finding that fat quarters will yield 3 blocks with a bit left over. 

Honeybee blocks with a few wings missing

Last of all,  made it to knitting group yesterday, and found out the best way to finish off the headband.  So finished with a knitting project.  Doesn't sound like much, but a UFO is finished.

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.

My next simple quilt will be the Blue Ridge quilt which uses simple blocks of half square triangles and 4 patches.  I have to do 448 total of half square triangles 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.