Sunday, August 6, 2017

Lots of Pieces!

Finally!  I stood still long enough to sew a block for our guild challenge.  You are supposed to make something quilted using half square triangles.  I do have a couple of squares in there, but I am not going to worry about it.  

I think I am going to add a couple of thin borders, quilt the top and make it into a pillow.  I hope my swap buddy likes it.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

A Little Monday Sewing

I was on travel for work last week, so I did not get any sewing done.

Today I made a four pillow cases for my local guild (Just Needles) charity pillowcase project.

The fabrics were all part of the "great haul" at a storage unit sale last month:
I paid $45 for everything!  The bolts were $1 a yard, and the woman said I could have all the "loose pieces".  I snatched and ran.  There is probably 20-30 yards of shirtings, and the prints I used for the pillowcases.  I shared some of the shirtings with a friend, she wanted to make outfits for the grandkids.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Design Wall Monday

It has been crazy town here.  I barely have time to catch my breath. I have been trying to sneak a little sewing into my crazy days. Here's a recap of what I have been working on.

It is small, but I wanted to make a little sign for my office door instead of using a beat up sticky note every time I had a conference call.  The dial still needs buttons, so maybe that will happen one day.  The pattern is from Pat Sloan.

I finished the Flag Patch wallhanging.
And I spent a few hours working on paper pieced New York Beauty blocks.  Mindless sewing. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon.
My quilt guild taught this paper pieced pineapple block.  I will have to do a whole quilt using this method one day...

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

I decided to finish this UFO that has been languishing in my pile.  I thought this would be a fast and easy wall hanging.  NOT!  I tried to hand sew the pieces together and that was a complete train wreck.

So, I decided to use the English Paper Piecing Method.  I cut out paper templates, basted each fabric piece to the paper, and am now whip stitching the seam allowances from the back.  It won't be ready for the Fourth, but maybe I will still get it finished by the end of the month.

Friday, June 16, 2017


I have been wanting to knit this sweet pattern for a while.  It is by Kristen Rettig, of Knitionary fame.
I have some Louet Gems in white that I scored in a rummage sale, so I went to Mobile Yarns in search of some additional colors to add.  Heidi fixed me up with some Plymouth DK Merino in green and yellow.  I wanted to make a gender-neutral sweater, but I think this still says "boy" to me.

So far this is knitting up very quickly--I just started 6 days ago.

 I just started the left (?) front, and I LOVE the little buttonholes!  I have never knitted button holes, so this is exciting.  They came out just perfect!
So sweet!

I am really enjoying this pattern.  I don't have a baby in mind for the sweater, so I will just add it to the baby gift stash.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Design Wall Monday

So now the struggle begins...

Machine quilting the twin size Splendid Sampler quilt on my domestic machine!

I already machine quilted the grid of the blocks along the sashing.  Now I want to quilt the details of each block.  I've done 3 of 80 blocks.  Wrangling the quilt on my machine is frankly stifling.  I'm not really into it yet.  I'm hoping I will start to get in the groove.  I decided to cut myself some slack and not power sew.  I think yesterday I just sat and stared at it for an hour.

I will work through it, just not all in one stretch.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Shorty Socks Finished!

I love instant (almost) gratification.  I used some leftover Crazy Zauerball and had just enough to knit these shorty socks:

I know, I didn't work too hard on these--
but it was nice to do some brainless knitting.