Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Finish!

I finished Drachenfels this week.  Oh I do love it!  I used two different Madelinetosh yarns, Tosh Sock and Dandelion, which has some linen in it.  I really am happy with it.
Wingspan view

I started a pair of socks for my boyfriend, Business Casual in Cascade Heritage Sock.  Wow is that stuff soft!  I think he will really like them.  This will be the third pair I have knit for him.

I also bought yarn for Churchmouse Yarn and Tea's "Simple Tee" pattern.  Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in ice blue.  I had to drive near the local yarn shop the other day so I was able to select some yarn.  When I got home I discovered I didn't have the right needles (how is that possible??) so I am waiting for those before I knit a swatch.  The LYS is really good about shipping.  It is over an hour drive, so I don't go over there much, but I do try to order from them instead of other online retailers if I can.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Splendid Sampler Progress

So this is where I am at with the Splendid Sampler blocks.  I am really behind, but I am not letting that get to me.  I was on travel for the past two weeks and did not get any sewing done.  The top two are ready to hand applique.  The sewing machine is finished except for the heart in the middle.  I appliqued one and it looked awful.  Haven't decided if I will re-do.

I'm really enjoying the project.  Several ladies in my guild are working on it also and it is so fun to see everyone's blocks.  They are all so different.

I have to get a new tire today (maybe two) so I will take this along and work on it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mending the "Small" burn holes in a quilt...

Quilters should not do mending. Period. But my darling DIL's sister asked me if I could repair a couple of "burn holes" in her quilt, I agreed.

HOLY COW!  They are lucky they did not burn the house down!!!
There are two similar holes, each about 7" in diameter!!  The batting was polyester.  It melted along the edges.  I think the backing fabric was a blend, because it is a little melty too.

I have been looking at this for months and decided it was time to get it done and out of my sewing room.  While I was on my long run Sunday morning, the idea popped into my head on how to construct the patch.

 I used a 7" diameter plate as a template and cut an even circle from the quilt.  This removed the melty parts.  I cut batting (I had to piece my batting.  I only had a few scraps of polyester batting), front and back parts.  I cut the fabric pieces at least 1/4" larger, so I can turn under the seam allowance.

I carefully aligned my repair patch (three layers) in the hole.  My plan is to applique the front and back circles onto the quilt, keeping the batting in the center, then quilting over it to hold it in place.

Wish me luck!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Traveling Fiesta Feet

I've been on travel all week for work--you know what that means--lots of quality knitting time!

I clicked away on the Fiesta Feet socks all week.  Yesterday morning I even had time to sit out along Long Beach CA harbor and knit.  I tried to get the Queen Mary in the pic, but couldn't get it all in:
After a long day of travel (three planes--you can't get from there to here easily) I am working on the foot.  Sock #2 is going so much better than sock #1.  The pattern is much more even.  Oh well.  I am NOT re-knitting the first sock.  In fact, I have the most trouble when I need to tink and reknit.  Always makes a bit mess.

So here is where I am now, after 11+ hours of travel knitting:
I just hope I don't run out of the gray yarn.  These socks have been an extreme challenge for me.  Looking forward to finishing so I can pick up something else.

What is on your needles?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Design Wall Monday--Splendid Sampler Progress

Well, I made some progress this week.  I re-did a couple of blocks, adding more pink.  Several of my guild friends are also participating in Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler, and after seeing their beautiful blocks I knew I could do better. I re-did the Circle of Friends block and added the pink outer triangles.  It is much better now-my seam allowances were a little off and the block was a bit small.  I also added a pink heart in the Lots of Love (?) block.  Teresa said I needed more pink.  I think she was right.

I also unstitched the flower in the pot block--I sewed my petals too close together.  Maybe it will be back on the design wall next week.

I worked on the crochet/embroidery block while enroute to the GSQA Quilt Show in Slidell, LA on Saturday.  I am almost finished with that, but I need the "perfect" piece of fabric to applique one part and I am hoping the quilt shop will have it.  I went through my stash and I either used it all or didn't have what I am looking for.  It is one of those silvery-fossil fern tone on tone fabrics.  I will have to run by the quilt shop tomorrow.

I am really enjoying the Sampler so far.  I also encouraged my guild friends to post their progress on our guild facebook page.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Fiesta Feet -- any Progress is Good Progress!

I didn't get to work on my Fiesta Feet sock much this week.  I was crazy busy at work, and was a tad fearful of the next step:  Pickup stitches along the heel flap.  My least favorite thing of sock knitting.

So I put in a life line and did it! I told myself I would try it once, if it didn't work I would just resort to my favorite heel (fish lips kiss heel) and start knitting the foot pattern again.

It actually worked on the first try, but I may have an extra row in there, I'm not sure and I'm not going to fret about it.  I've knitted 6-8 rows into the gusset, and next is some color work.  Hopefully I can find some quiet time to work on it this weekend.

What's on your needles?

And Judy L---I have a pile of laundry too!!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Splendid Sampler

Well, I have 9 of 15 blocks done of Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler.  I guess some progress is better than no progress.

I decided to focus on finishing a quilt for our quilt show next month first.  Then maybe I can catch up a bit.