2014 Knitting

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

National Sewing Month-Days 15-17

3 more days of sewing and not much progress to show. Tell It To The Stars has another row attached and another row sitting and waiting it's turn to be sewn.  Last week's block for Friends & Companions Sew Along is finished.

This bin full of 1 1/2" batik scrap strips was dug into. A bunch of us are making our own bag at retreat, I needed some strips and couldn't resist joining a bunch of these to turn into a fun focal point for my bag.

There is another project in there but I can't show anything yet. Stay turned...

Time for me to pack the car and head out the 3 1/2 miles to the retreat center.  I know, I'm a bit spoiled by the distance I travel to my fun weekend. The fact that I can go, come home for a while to care for the animals and return until I come home to my own bed is priceless.

I shall return but in the mean time, I will be sewing away......National Sewing Month continues with daily machine time for me.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's off to sew I go.........

Monday, September 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday...

...National Sewing Month-Day 14

My quest to sew every day is still going strong but on days like the last couple, if I hadn't went in early to sew for a bit, nothing would have happened. This photo is where I left off Saturday,  Sunday I sewed sashings to the blocks for row 3 of Tell It To The Stars and part of the sashing and cornerstone row are together. I'm going in early this morning again to hopefully get the row completed.

Last night I cut blocks for the Wishes BOM that I am so far behind on. I have 2 more to cut along with this weeks Friends and Companions block and these will get sewn up this week. It's so easy to sew them up when they are cut and ready to go!

Each evening I work on Circle of Jewels. It's kind of hard to do with those two little stinkers though. Laying out the next row will involve closing the door so the helpers cannot help. I still need to figure out the sides. I have lots of time for that. I would never to jump into a project like this with it all planned out first. That just isn't my style.

The list for last week:
  • Work on Smith Mountain Morning   DONE!!! And I love it!
  • Work on Tell It To The Stars    Working on it.
  • Lay out next row for Circle of Jewels  Done and the row is mostly sewn on.
  • Baste UFO Parade project #2  Looked at it and thought about it but didn't touch it.
My list for this week:
  • Keep working on Tell It To The Stars
  • Finish cutting Wishes and Friends and Companions blocks
  • Lay out next row for Circle of Jewels.
  • Finish packing for retreat
  • Attend retreat
That's right, it's retreat week!!! I cannot wait. I have my list of projects and supplies readdy. I just need to load them in the car and mark them off my list.  

I'm headed over to Patchwork Times to see what others have on their design walls.

PS: Happy 42nd Anniversary Dear Husband. We showed them, didn't we?!?!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

National Sewing Month-Days 12 & 13

I have wanted to make Smith Mountain Morning since I first saw it on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog I don't even know how long ago. The top was finished Friday and I am thrilled with it.  I had hoped to take the class from her when she was in Portland in June but couldn't get in. So we cut our fabrics while our other friend was in class. I'm quite happy that both Cathedral Stars-the class I took and Smith Mountain Morning are ready for quilting.

This afternoon I started putting together this year's mystery from Patchwork Times, Tell It To The Stars. All the blocks are laid out in their rows waiting for sewing machine time.

This morning was spent watching 3 different soccer games-so much fun but a little too warm. Then we went out to lunch and ran a few errands before coming home. Hubby napped, I sewed. I am so lucky to have an air conditioned sewing room.

This evening I am going to cut blocks for the Wishes Quilt Along. I am way behind on that one and hope to catch up during retreat next week.

Friday, September 12, 2014

On The Needles

Brace yourself! 
I have an announcement! 
 I picked up my knitting needles
 and worked on my No Purl Monkey Socks!!!!!

I haven't touched these socks since May.
I feel bad about that,
but the return of the missing mojo is exciting.

I didn't make much progress, 
only the pink section but
any progress is good at this point.

I must be careful though,
I might loose my sewing mojo for knitting
and I don't want to do that right now.
Maybe a a row here, a row there for now.

Doesn't matter,
I'm just excited to be knitting again!
Now to train those 2 kittens to lay nice and leave the yarn alone.

See what others have on their needles 
Isn't Judy L's sweater just the cutest thing ever?~!

National Sewing Month-Days 10 & 11

Wednesday was Day 10 of my mission to sew every day in September. So far, so good. At Binding Friends group, I worked on 2 of the final flowers. I think I have 2 remaining and a few more jewels to stitch.  I never made it into the sewing room but I worked on this more in the evening.

Thursday, the 11th was power sewing Smith Mountain Morning. The center is complete, the inner border is ready to attach as is the pieced border. Will that happen Friday?  I don't know. Maybe, check back later to find out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

National Sewing Month-Days 8 & 9

 Monday I started to pack things up for retreat next week. We are using these blocks for our lotto blocks. They are made with batiks and red/white/blue--2 different blocks, not batiks and r/w/b together but I guess that might work... I have a bag of patriotic fabrics and had made some blocks with that fabric to give to my friend for their group. I still had some of this fabric out so I cut more fabric and made more blocks. The video showing this block is from Missouri Star Quilt Company and can be found here.

Next up I put borders on the Piece Hexies top and stitched the binding pieces together.  The plan for the backing has been drawn out and now needs to be sewn. This was not on my list of projects for the week but it didn't take long to get it done.  I had finished my audio book and was listening to mp3 music while sewing and on my player is an interview Bonnie Hunter had with Pat Sloan a while back. It is always a pleasant surprise when that shows up in shuffle.  I had to sit there and sew until the end of the interview.

Tuesday was coffee day with my dear friend Cindy.  I surprised her with this quilt. She was shocked, there were tears, there were hugs, there is love. After our date, I had a full day of errands and then a nap and time to cook some dinner. No machine sewing for me.

After dinner, I got cozy in the recliner and added the next 3 flowers to Circle of Jewels. It amazes me how much I get done in a couple of hours.  I need to figure out what to do on the sides with the second row. I'll think of that another day. 

Today will be spent with my Binding Friends. I love my Wednesday group!  Today I will be basting more jewels. So far I am on track with my sewing every day in September as I celebrate National Sewing Month.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Since it is National Sewing Month, I've been sewing every day. I hope to keep this up all month long. This week it helped that I had my list from last Monday or I would have been off on a wild goose chase. I did start out on a chase but pulled myself back onto my path.

This is last week's list:
  • Finish the 2nd wall hanging.  Done
  • The Hexi Quilt--baste, quilt, bind. Done
  • Take SMM to Wednesday group and decide on a layout.  Done and ready to sewing into a great top.
  • Sew some Pineapple Crazy blocks.  5 done (added the 6th to make a good picture)

This week's list:
  • Work on Smith Mountain Morning
  • Work on Tell It To The Stars
  • Lay out next row for Circle of Jewels
  • Baste UFO Parade project #2
These should keep me busy. If I get all this done, I'll work on more Pineapple Crazy blocks.

See what others are doing at Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

National Sewing Month-Day 7

I was a wee bit obsessed with this bag.
I wanted to get it finished so I could use it at my upcoming retreat.
I love the front and back pockets.

I love the red buttons!
Notice the hexi in the top photo?!?!
This is a good sized bag and will hold lots of important stuff.

I added this extra little pocket inside.
Just because I love these ladies.

Instructions called for a zipper in the center pocket but 
I didn't have one I liked so I skipped that step.
I made a boo=boo and made my little zipper pocket narrow instead of wide.
I didn't want my lady looking like she was laying down on the job,
so I went with the narrow pocket. 
I can still get my hand inside if I need to reach my treasures.

There are pockets on each side of this bag.
The side pockets were just a bit tricky but
not too hard at all. 

Now I guess I should do something outside the sewing room.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

National Sewing Month-Days 5 & 6

I spent Friday morning fixing the corners of the block on the left 
and then made block 6 for the Friends & Companions Sew Along. 

On my list for this week was to make more Pineapple Crazy blocks.
I made 5 more and added 1 to make a nice picture.
These are so fun and addicting but they take a long time to make.

The other day I found a pattern for a cute bag,
printed it off and now I can't remember where I found it and
a Google search has turned up nothing.
It's called Retreat Bag.
It's been fun to sew on using black and white strips from swaps at retreats.
Even the fabric I used for the pockets came in a greedy gift at retreat.

Today is a full day of Grandkids soccer and an afternoon picnic.
I got up super early (really no earlier than normal) so I could get my sewing time in today.
So far, only these pockets were quickly quilted and binding put on.
But it counts for sewing time today.

Have a fabulous Saturday!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

National Sewing Month--Day 4

You all know I am easily influenced to join in the sew alongs, right?  This time I will blame blog friend Kathy--snicker,snicker.  She posted here about the Marcus Fabrics "Friends & Companions" Sew-Along.  She talked about using the fabrics she had left over from her Votes for Women project.

That was all I needed to see.  I have fabric leftover from my Grandmother's Choice-Votes for Women quilt (still a top at this point) and I will use mine for this one too.  I have lots of fabric left from Taylor's Piece Hexi quilt so I added that for the black.  (That top is still waiting on borders too and is now sitting beside my machine.)

I started printing the blocks. After a couple weeks of not starting, I talked myself out of it. Then she would show another block and I would print off that one and put it with the others for someday.

Guess what! Someday showed up this week.  I was putting some things away and there is the bin of fabric. I pulled it out, sat down and cut the pieces for these 5 blocks.  Last night and this morning, I sewed and now I am caught up, ready for tomorrow when the next block is revealed.

Thanks Kathy for not getting out of my head. I really like these and I'm glad I jumped on the band wagon with you. Fabric from my stash is being used instead of being stored and has prompted me to add the borders to an unfinished top. This is going to be a fun little quilt.

As I look at the block with the blue frame, I've decided to change out the corner triangles to the same background as the others. I have lots of that fabric and I like that so far, the corners of each block are half square triangles.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

September Sewing-Day 3

I am using National Sewing Month as my excuse to sew every day this month.
I really like having my little list posted on Mondays.

On Monday, I set up tables on the deck and basted my hexi quilt.
I quickly basted the section that was in the sun and covered it up.
By the time I was finished, the whole quilt was shaded.

Then I started quilting until it was time for 2 1/2 year old Corbin to spend the afternoon. 
After he went home, I collapsed in the chair for the rest of the night.
I picked up the hexi box but all I did was open and close it.

After a very good night of sleep, 
Tuesday I quilted and quilted until it was done.
Added the binding and label, then settled down to stitch them down.
By the end of the day, 
I had a finished quilt. 
UFO Parade quilt 1 is marked off the list!
Simple somewhat straight line quilting in the ditch.

This morning I finished up my 9 patch wall hanging #2.
Wednesday is Binding Friends (sewing group) day and 
we laid out my Smith Mountain Morning blocks.
Darn me, I forgot to take a picture.
They are all pinned into rows but I'm not sure when I'll start sewing them.

I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings,