Monday, October 8, 2018

Quilt Show Weekend

This weekend we went to the Pinebelt Quilt Show in Hattiesburg, MS. I entered two quilts and was thrilled to find out both received honorable mention. 
"Too Much Yellow" was my versions of Bonnie Hunter's "On Ringo Lake" mystery. I added the nine patch square border.

My "Susan's Splendid Sampler" also won honorable mention.  It was from Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler I. 

I managed to get a Splendid Sampler II block done yesterday. It was a cathedral window block designed by Jenny Doan.  It was quick and easy--instant gratification. 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

It's October Already???

Wow!!!  I completely missed September!! I didn't stop knitting or quilting, just forgot to sit still long enough to post on the blog.

I finally finished Modern Wrapper Fine, in Brooklyn Tweed Loft. I had never used this yarn before, and wanted to try it. I think I started this over a year ago. It was not difficult, but I set it down a couple of times and forgot about it. Last month I just picked it up and dove right in. I guess I was finally ready to work on it.

Then ..... I lost in the game of yarn chicken!! I had about 20 rows left on the second sleeve and ran out of yarn. RATS!!!  I was able to order more yarn, but it was a different dye lot. When I first looked at it, I thought it was a hair thicker and slightly lighter in color, but now that it is knitted, I (or anyone else I've asked) can't tell which sleeve I used the new skein on.

I'm really happy with it and can't wait for cooler weather so I can wear it. I think I will soak it again and see if it will soften up--the yarn is a bit scratchy, but it will be fine since it will be the outer layer.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Catching Up!

Wow!! Where has the summer gone?? I was pretty much offline for 3+ weeks for our wedding and honeymoon.  I'm still trying to catch up with everything, but it's all good.

I've been trying to catch up with Splendid Sampler II. I'm only behind by two blocks now, I think.
After I trimmed the"Flowering Tree" paper pieced block I measured and saw it is not quite 6.5".  I forgot to check the printed version before I started, and it is slightly smaller. I think it will be fine when I put all the blocks together, I just need to pay attention when I assemble the blocks. I completely forgot to check the scaling when I printed. Rats! I need to pay attention next time.

I'm hoping to sew two blocks by Thursday so I will be caught up by the time the next block is released. 

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Monday, July 2, 2018

This N That

I dove in and started Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler II Quilt Along.  I really enjoyed the first Splendid Sampler, so I knew I wanted to make the second one also. There are twenty 6-inch blocks , one block per week. Twenty blocks is manageable, right? You can find the Splendid Sampler II here. The blocks are designed by a team of designers, and there are several different techniques; piecing, paper piecing, applique, and embroidery. They also provide links for instructional videos.  I even have a place to hang this when it is finished--I think it will be a perfect fit on the quilt rack in the kitchen.
Here are my first two blocks:
I still need to finish block 3-Clamshells.  Hopefully I can sit still long enough to finish in the next day or two. 

I'm also in clean up mode---my family is coming to visit for our wedding (yes, ME!!) in three weeks and I really need to get control of my sewing room mess. I'm donating extra "stuff" to our guild's next quilt show boutique. I have a box in the closet to collect those things as I come across them. I'm  placing books and magazines that don't really interest me right into the box. I'm deconstructing some items---purses and blocks I made as class samples or things I didn't really like. I'm returning the scraps to my scrap bin. It is really quite satisfying to take something apart and put the pieces away.

I'm also recycling patterns that I printed and don't really want or need, and I'm placing loose patterns with the notebook--maybe one day I'll actually place them IN the notebook, but for now that's as close as I'm going to get.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Bridal Shawl Finish!

After 6 weeks of monogamous knitting, the Bridal Shawl is finished! It is the Seashell pattern in Valley yarns silk alpaca.  I really love the way it turned out.

The color is a bit on the cream side for my white dress, but I'll wear it anyways.  When I was about halfway through, I started thinking a pale lavender would have been nice, but I wasn't going to stop.
I think I will get a lot of use out of it.

I think I may sew a small storage bag for it so it doesn't get snagged in my closet. How do you store your shawls? Mine are folded up in a box in my closet, but the box is now overflowing so I need to come up with something better.

And----it is finished 3 weeks before the wedding. Three weeks!!!  Gasp!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bento Box Quilt Finish!

I am SO glad I quilted this one by checkbook.  Cynthia Reaves did a beautiful job with the quilting. The quilt ended up about queen size, and I would have really struggled to quilt it on my sewing machine. I sewed the binding on this weekend--I was on a mission!
Not the best picture, but you get the idea. The green is more lime than yellow.

I also made a pillowcase and sewed on the label.  Ready to mail!

Now on to the next project!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Mississippi Quilt Association Gathering

Wow! Has it been over a month since I was here last??  Super busy at Crazy Sue Land!

May 31-June 1 I attended the MQA June Gathering in Jackson, MS. I had never been before and had a great time!  I am so inspired and can't wait to get back into my sewing room.

Friday I took a class with Bonnie Hunter, Winston Ways.  I took a class with her several years ago, and I participate in her online mystery almost every year, so I didn't think I would really learn anything-----WRONG!!! 

The class was so large that it was in three rooms.  I was kinda bummed that I was not in the main room for the class, but it turns out that I had the perfect spot! I set up my sewing station at the end of the row next to a window that faced out over the playground with a view of a lovely Texas lilac in full bloom.
I bought this little Bernina a couple of years ago JUST for travel and have not used it much.  I had fun getting acquainted again. Perfect for travel. I hate to break down my big machine, pack it up and drag it around. This is much better.

Light bulb moment #1: I was sewing my four patches together wrong! I was feeding them into the machine upside down.  Wow!

Light bulb moment #2: Webbing. I never understood what that meant. Now I get it. :)
Instead of sewing each block individually, you chain piece in rows vertically and then horizontally.  I need to practice this method to see if I can assemble faster.

I had a lovely day sewing and the two light bulb moments made the class totally worth my time.

Saturday I took a crazy quilt class.  I made one block.  It was not really all that "crazy", but I wanted to make a pillow for my granddaughter so I already had a design in mind.
I want to embroider a bouquet of silk flowers in the center.

Now I just need time to stay home and sew!!!