"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Friday, September 19, 2014

Knitting Friday

During the past two weeks I had pockets of knitting time
since I traveled to Washington state and back.
It baffles me how people can just sit and not do anything,
whether it's in a doctor's office, waiting for a car repair
or on a plane.
Thankfully I always have something to keep me busy!
:)



This pair was finished on the trip back.
I actually turned the heels on these instead of using the
Afterthought Heel.
I think this way takes longer,
but when the toe is knitted,
the sock is finished.

:)

This yarn is so soft and squishy!



I started this pair for an art teacher friend of mine.
The yarn is called "Crayon Box."
:)



We spent a day in Vancouver, BC
and found a shop that had this beautiful "yarn."

It's recycled Sari silk.
I had never seen it before.
The colors are just gorgeous and I'm looking
forward to working with it.
Has anyone else used this in a project?



Please visit Patchwork Times to see what 
others are knitting.


Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ready for Quilting

The latest Christmas Tree Skirt is
ready to be quilted.


I was rolling along with the set-in seams....
even getting a little cocky about how well they were turning out...
And then the last one came.

I had to rip it out twice!

 

Hopefully this will be basted today or tomorrow 
and quilted over the weekend.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What a Difference....

... a day and a new group of fabrics makes!

This Christmas Tree Skirt is MUCH
calmer on the eyes!
(Compared to this disaster!)



Festive and "Christmassy."


Hopefully it will be a completed top by tonight.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oh No!!

Today was NOT a good day in my
Hidey Hole!

I haven't had a quilting disaster in a while,
but....
today it happened.

I need to make a
Christmas Tree Skirt for a wedding gift
for the beginning of October
and today I was able to work on it.

The fabrics looked nice together...
I cut the pieces....
and sewed them into a tree skirt.



YUCK!!
There is WAAAYYY too much of the orangy/red...


And the fabrics fight with each other in this design.
I love all of the fabrics, but not together in this pattern!
 

At some point I'll take it apart and change one of the fabrics,
but for now...
I need to start a new one!

Let's hope this doesn't happen again for a long time!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Since I was gone all of last week,
my Design Wall is a little 
light this morning.
.

While I was away,
I did get six of my flower blocks stitched.


I have six more to stitch and will then they will become the centers
in blocks for another red and green quilt.


 

We have another wedding next month,
which means another Christmas tree skirt needs to be made.
I cut the pieces for this and hope to get it together this week.
It will be a bright one!


This past week found me here...
In Northwest Washington.


Mt. Baker from Picture Lake.


Sunset on Birch Bay, WA
With scenery like this...
who wants to stitch?


Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others
are working on this week.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I have been incommunicado because.....

....I was on an adventure!
To the Great State of Washington.

We were there for a week and saw some
absolutely gorgeous scenery!


Sunset on Birch Bay, WA.
This picture has not been altered at all.
The sky was on FIRE!

 

Going up to Mt. Baker
We have mountains here in Virginia,
but
They have MOUNTAINS in Washington!
 

Driving over Deception Pass looking at Puget Sound.

I did find a few quilt shops and yarn shops to visit
and came home with some treasures.

What a beautiful part of the country!

Back to normal operations tomorrow.
:)

Happy Sunday!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A New Handwork Project

These little squares are hanging on my
Design Wall,
even though they are only 5" square.

I am really enjoying working with wool
and have these blocks prepped for stitching.


There will be a 12th block,
but I ran our of Heat-n-bond!
It will be prepped once I buy more.
:)

I am definitely into the red and green quilts this year!
The colors aren't really this dark....
Bad photo day.

The stems will be stitched and the pieces need to be
appliqued.

Then they will be sewn into the block design.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others
are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Knitting

On Wednesday I spent waaaayyy too much time
waiting for my car to be serviced.

The good thing was that I was able to finish my bright socks!




I LOVE the colors in this yarn!
It's Schoppel Wool and was great to knit.


My next pair of socks is being knit with
This yarn is so soft and squishy
and WONDERFUL to knit!


This is a sport yarn and feels so good in my hands.
I really like these colors, too!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what 
others are knitting this week.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

One done, one to go.....

One of the tops I am making from the 
blocks I had cut for a bed-size quilt is done.
I decided I didn't need another bed quilt now,
but could use these two smaller quilts as gifts.


This is still a good sized top.
It will make a nice tablecloth
or lap quilt.
 

I have gotten so I do enjoy sewing with the
reproduction fabrics.
They are softer and more soothing to the eye, for the most part.
 

I am in the process of sewing the rest of the blocks now,
and will make a square quilt with these.
(I had cut the blocks out about a year ago on one of my
cutting days, so they are ready to sew.)

It's hot and humid this week in Virginia.
Summer had to make a short appearance, I guess.
:)

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Design Wall Monday

About once a year I take a couple of days
and cut out quilts.
I gather my fabric,
iron it all,
decide what quilts I'm making with the fabric
and cut away.

Then, when I have a bit of time to sew,
but don't feel like cutting
I pull one of my pre-cut quilts out to work on and 
just sew away.

Well,
I'm down to my last pre-cut quilt
from my cutting time about a year ago!



I started sewing the blocks over the weekend
and have half of them sewn together.




(I see that a few blocks need to be rearranged.
Photos are wonderful at showing what isn't working!)

It was so nice to pull the pieces out of the bin,
begin chain piecing and have a bunch sewn together
in no time.


This is half of the blocks for this quilt.
(Please excuse my crooked placement on the DW!)

What I'm trying to decide now is if I am going to make the
bed size quilt or divide it in two and make two smaller quilts
the size of the one above.
I don't need a bed size quilt at the moment
and
two of these would make lovely gifts that could be used as a 
wall hanging or table topper.
Plus....
I could machine quilt these smaller ones myself.


I think the decision has been made.

:)

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others have on their
Design Walls.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Knitting Needles Friday

There has been some clinking of the
Knitting Needles lately!

It's been a while since I picked up a pair,
but being in the car as much as I was last week
allowed for some knitting to be done.

I finished a pair of socks!


These were made with Kroy yarn and are 
So Soft!


A while ago I had started another pair, but had not done much on them.

One sock is done, waiting for the Afterthought Heel
and the other is well on it's way.


This yarn is BRIGHT....
and I love it!

I thought I had randomly started the second sock
so the stripes would fall together, but
that won't happen with this yarn.
It is all different...

These will give someone some
Happy Feet!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what
others are knitting.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Santas are coming along!

I am closer to having a finished
Classic Santa Quilt!

The Sashing and Cornerstones have been added
and
I am so pleased with how the top looks.


The red sashing and gold cornerstones just add to the
richness of the wool.




Now I need to decide what to use for the
Outer Border.

I've auditioned some green fabrics and have not liked them.
I don't have the right color green in my stash, so....
A trip to the quilt shop may be in order.
DARN!!

:D


**Update**

I went to the quilt shop and brought home some
green fabric with red, gold and blue pin dots.
I thought this would be perfect for the outer border.
Well....
It wasn't.

I ended up using the same red fabric used for the sashing and
I am very pleased.


The borders are even and smooth.
I'm short and have trouble hanging the larger quilts on
the Design Wall.


This one is ready to be sent off to my
Long Arm Quilter!

WOOHOO!!


Have a great day
and 
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Santas on the Design Wall

This past week was spent at the
Beach!!
The weather was perfect and
being with my family was just wonderful.

While there,
I did some hand work.
(I threatened to take my sewing machine,
but there would have been a revolt!)

One thing I finished is the stitching on my
Classic Santas.
(Pattern by Sue Garman.)


I am so happy that I made these from wool.
The wool gives them such warmth and texture.



These two guys are my favorites~
I have to say... I've never seen a Santa with dark hair before.


I found the fabric for sashing....
a red paisley with blue, green and gold....
Each block needs to be trimmed down
and then the sashing and cornerstones will be added.

Once the top is assembled,
I'll give the name and origin of each Santa.


Please visit Patchwork Times to see
what others are creating.


Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Six Spicy Spirals!

The Spicy Spirals are DONE!!

Six of them...
All quilted and bound and
ready to be gifted to my mom and my siblings.
(My sister is the only one who reads my blog...I think!)

These were FUN to make!


The store sample was not bound,
but was finished using the
"pillowcase" method.
(Sew around the edge, leaving a small opening
and turn the topper inside out.  Then stitch the opening closed.)
I knew I wanted to quilt and bind mine and am very pleased
that I did.


The most challenging part of making these was 
getting the binding around the points.
Some look great...
And some look.... okay.  :)



I love the red, white and blue.

Today I linked up with Link a Finish Friday
and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


Happy Quilting!