Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wednesday Progress Report.....

I've managed to get a whole lot more rows done on my Blooming Nine Patch. All that's left is that top right hand corner. I've run out of the nine patches needed for the outer row, so I have to make nine more before I can go any further. With every section that gets sewn together, I like this quilt more and more. When I first made the fabric selections, especially the black, I really wasn't sure how it was going to work out. At one point, I was thinking that I would either shelve it, or end up giving it away. But not now..... it is going to live right here, and might even jump to the head of the line for my projects that need quilting. I think an over all floral would be perfect for it.
I'm linking up to Canada's Needle and Thread Network, and then I think I'm going to call it a day.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Brenda's Braids

This is a quilt made by Brenda. She's a new customer to me, and I was quite pleased to do this quilt for her. It was intended as a wedding gift. It was a couple of weeks before the wedding, and she still hadn't gotten it quilted..... I think she may have been planning on doing it herself, although I'm not 100% sure on that part of the story. She suddenly woke up one morning and realized there was no way she would have it done in time. Several of her friends mentioned my name to her. I was able to fit it in, and get it done for her in time for the wedding.
Since it was intended as a wedding gift, we decided on a hearts pantograph design, called Wild At Heart. I think it turned out wonderfully, and was very pleased to be able to help her out.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Design Wall Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

This Disappearing Nine Patch is still taking up space on my wall. I have decided that I'm staying up here in the studio, except for supper, until 8 o'clock tonight. I'm going to see how many more rows I can get sewn together by then. It's been selfish and taken up this space for far too long now. Over half of the rows are sewn together, and they all get shorter and shorter from here on in, so I'm hopeful the next couple of evenings will at least see it all into rows, at which point they can be taken down, and something else put up.
So, with that goal in mind, I'm linking up to Judy's Design Wall Monday, putting something to watch on netflix, and sewing.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Stash Report, week 46, 2014

I haven't been doing any hand stitching this week, so nothing to report there. And if it weren't for yesterday's workshop from the guild, there wouldn't have been any stash use either. We had a wonderful time, and very educational, learning how to make and insert curved flying geese, taught by Susan Clark, from the Burlington area. I've had a stack of 25 New York Beauty blocks hang in around for a few years now, the result of a couple of challenges I did a few years ago. As soon as I saw this workshop, I knew I wanted to incorporate the NYBs into it. This is what I got accomplished in the workshop. The long term plan is to continue with the curved flying geese, and incorporate all the NYBs into a full sized quilt, having the geese going around and under them. There will be lots more geese going into the grey background areas of this section, and then I'll move onto another being section. Note, I said long term project I'm not sure of the fabric used amount for this, since there is a lot of waste, but I'm going to guesstimate about .5 yards.

Used this week:                                  .5 yards
Used this year:                                   104.5 yards
Added this week:                                      0 yards
Added this year:                                   118 yards
Net added:                                            11.5 yards

That net added number is going up, again. Thousands of Bolts had a fat quarter sale on last week. I indulged, just a little bit. I suspect, once those fabrics get here, that my hope of ending up in net stash used numbers this year is pretty bleak. But, I really can't say that bothers me. They will find a home in a project somewhere.
I'm linking up to Judy's Stash report.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Sunday Stash and Stitching


Kathy, who hosts the Slow Sunday Stitching, talked today about multitasking, and how it really isn't a good thing, or even a time saver. I must admit to being a hopeless multi-tasker. Some days I feel like I'm on a treadmill, going no where fast. I wonder if the multi-tasking is the reason? I know for a fact it's why I have so many UFO's hanging around. So, I've been consciously trying to do just one thing at a time today, focusing on some hand stitching, in between making a birthday cake and some frosting for our son, who turns 35 this coming week. How on earth that came to happen so fast is beyond me.......
I've been working on this POTC block today. All of what is in this picture is all sewn together. This one is half way there. When it's done, I'll have four of them. If I do a quilt made up of 12, that means I'm 1/3rd there.

There hasn't been a lot of stash used this week. Just what it took to do the four triple four patches from yesterday. I had planned on doing the other four red ones I need yesterday. But there was a really great series of shows on the history network about the two world wars, so I sat and watched that, and got a lot more knitting done while watching, rather than sewing.

Used this week:                                  .4 yards
Used this year:                                 104 yards
Added this week:                              0 yards
Added this year:                                118 yards
Net added:                                         12 yards
I'm linking up to Judy's Stash Report, and Kathy's Sunday Stitching, link found at the beginning of this post.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Scrappy Colour Saturday...

I'm back at working on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge project. However, I'm way behind on making the blocks, and skipped a few colours, as well. Yellow, which was June's colour, wouldn't have worked at all with the background fabric for this project. I could have used golds, but I have another project that I'm saving golds for. July's colour was red, so that's what I'm working on now. I have four more of the larger blocks to make out of reds. I can probably get those done today. My original plan for this quilt was to make it 8 blocks wide, by 10 blocks long, and border it with the double four patch blocks. I'm re-thinking that plan, and instead might make the center of the quilt square, 8x8 blocks wide and long. I have tons of those single four patches in a bag, and I think I'll use those at the top and bottom of the quilt to make it rectangular. If I do that, I only need to make one more set of these blocks, probably using the September colour of orange. So, I'll link up this page to today's Scrappy Saturday, and then go back to making more reds.

Friday, 7 November 2014

On my Needles. Nov. 7, 2014

I'm knitting along with Judy and a few other ladies, making the Carabe Sweater. This is an fairly easy knit, and going quite quickly. I'm two rows away from splitting off the sleeves. I've never done sleeves the way that are done in this sweater. I really like this method. There just might be more of these sweaters in my future. A nice textured coloured yarn, and leave off the stripes would be lovely. I'm linking up to Judy's On the Needles, and then I'm going back to more knitting.