Monday, April 14, 2014

Design Wall Monday

My friend Julie made a comment on Facebook yesterday stating that she had quilted 27 of her tops since August. She said most of them were throw size but to me that doesn't matter. What matters is that she is finishing her quilts. Way to go Julie!!!

I want to finish my quilts. I was so inspired by her statement that I went in and loaded my oldest UFO onto the frame and started quilting. I haven't quilted anything for so long that I want to do some practice. So I started right out with feathers in the outer border!--You can't get better without practice!! Then it's small loops in the inner border and ribbon candy in the sashing with curves in the cornerstones. I put flannel on the back because this is will be my new cuddle quilt.

The blocks in this quilt are from an internet swap years ago. My color choice was blue. There were lots of beginners in the group so lots of the blocks are simple but I don't care, I love them all. Then the top was made and put away. This has been a UFO for far too long!

My sewing time this week has been dedicated to finishing up my Split 9 Patch blocks and making backings and bindings. See, I did plan to get quilting.  I have 4 tops pressed, backings ready, bindings ready and battings are cut.  Bobbins are even wound for 3 of them--I was at a good part in my book and didn't want to stop listening.

So my design wall is empty. Taylor will help lay out her quilt blocks next time she is here. When I need to sit and sew, I will finish up my Split 9 Patches and then pull out some Pineapple Crazy blocks. Until then, let the quilting mojo stay strong!!! Mt. ToBeQuilted needs to be taken down a few notches.

See fabulous design walls at Patchwork Times.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Leaders & Enders for My Leaders & Enders

I am having a Quiltville Saturday! I am almost to the end of my Split 9 Patch leader and ender blocks. When I finally decided on a setting, I needed to make 30 more blocks. I am down to the final 20 so I am changing this over to my main project.

I lay out my blocks on mini design boards. (Learn about them here at Bee In My Bonnet-mine are not as fancy as Lori's.) I am using my new leader and ender project as I sew these blocks together. I lay out 5 blocks and sew them together, then lay out 5 more. It's nice to have them stacked right by the machine ready to pick up and sew.

Each 9 patch block needs 4 L/Es--2 patches from a bin full of 1 1/2" squares from one of Subee's swaps. As soon as I browsed Bonnie Hunter's new book, More Adventures with Leaders and Enders, I knew which quilt would be my new L/E project. I'm making Narragansett Blues only my quilt will be made with 1 1/2" squares and use up a whole bunch of 2 1/2" strips also from a Subee swap.

I love a good Saturday sew day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

On The Needles

Lady Kina is growing.
Last night I added another skein
and measured how long each skein knits now that the sleeves are finished.
Three inches.
I have 4 skeins left so no worries about running out.
I'll have Crystal try it on next time she is here.
She is going to love it!

I am having to put a whoa onto myself because
I have other things that have to be done instead of just knitting. 

I treated my self to this fabulous yarn. 
This links to her inspiration picture with a link to her yarn.
It is so gorgeous.
It will hang out with Judy L's Loopy Legend yarn 
while I decide what I want to make. 

See what my friends have On The Needles at Patchwork Times.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Taylor finally saw some of her blocks on the wall.
I wish I would have recorded her.
It was awesome!
All the blocks are finished.
Now it's time to lay it out.

Last week Gari asked what I meant when I said I had to cut the centers out.
This is what I meant.
I trimmed the fabric from behind the hexies to reduce bulk.

Major progress happened this week,
the first border is on Mae's Flower Garden.
Careful measuring, marking, pinning and blanket stitching happened.
Last night I cut the second border
and will get that on this week.

But the weather has turned nice and
there is so much work to be done outside before the rain comes back.
So sewing will be put on hold.

I'll be checking other design walls linked up at Patchwork Times
as soon as the linky is working. 

Friday, April 04, 2014

On The Needles

There hasn't been much knitting going on around here.
A couple more rows on Lady Kina
(one of these days it will look like a cardigan)
and a couple more rows on the sock.
That's it.

Off the hook and gifted is Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf.
I forgot to take a picture of it finished and
have just sent a text begging for selfies with the 3 scarves.
Dee loved it and
Taylor said if mom can't find it, 
she has it on.
Made me feel pretty good! 

See other on the needle projects at Patchwork Times.
I am sooooo loving Judy L's sweaters.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Design Wall Monday On Sunday

Taylor's Pieced Hexi quilt is growing! All the hexies are appliqued to the black blocks but still need the centers cut out. All the Framed 9 Patches are done. All the corner units are done. Only 14 more triangle units to finish. They are all cut and clipped together, ready to lay out on the little design board for easy piecing.  

I have had so much fun making this quilt. I can't wait to spread it all out and move blocks around. What I really need is a big design wall instead of a design bed. One of these days......

Slow Stitching Sunday

It's official! The slow stitching has been completed on Mae's Flower Garden. We are both so excited! When she saw it folded up, she asked if it was done. Well part of it is, now I'm ready to start the next part.

"Will it be done tomorrow?"
Sadly, I said  "No but we it will be soon."
"The next day??? Cuz you know I am SO excited!!!!"

Well, Gramma messed up and has to buy some more white. That is on the top of my list for Monday. Since I didn't have any large pieces, I ordered the border/back/binding (and several other pieces!) from Thousands Of Bolts. So as soon as the borders are on, a quilting we will go. I will quilt this with an edge to edge pattern on the longarm. Will a 6 year old mind? No, she is to excited to have her new quilt that her Gramma made just for her.

Hopefully next week I will show you the completed quilt.

See other fabulous Slow Stitching projects here at Kathy's Quilts.

Friday, March 28, 2014

On The (Needles) Hook

  I am half finished with Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf. I love it and will  make one for myself only it will be longer and not as wide for my fluffy figure.
I'm using 2 skeins of Red Heart Boutique Midnight.  I like the way this pattern uses all the yarn. Crochet until you run out. That works for me.

The button look may have to be remade. I tried it out and it's pretty tight. I think it's turning out very pretty and youngest daughter loves it and really, that's all that counts.

See other great Needle/Hook projects at Patchwork Times.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I decided to spend some time with the Pieced Hexies quilt. I knew I wanted to do alternate blocks, I knew I didn't want to do any complicated piecing and I knew I wanted to use 2 1/2" strips from batik swaps.  Taking inspiration from Bonnie and Mickey's book, Ring Around The Hexies-order here or here-I decided on framed 9 patches.  So far I think it works.

The hexies them selves are a combination of machine and hand pieced, then I am machine appliqueing them  the block. There will be pieced setting triangles and a simple black border. I added 6 more hexie blocks last night. This top is taking shape.

Since last week, the Pineapple Crazy was put away, lots of time was spent on Mae's Flower Garden, the stuff piled on long arm table is almost all put away, the back for a quilt has been made. I have a feeling there might actually be quilting this week.

See what's on other design walls this week at Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday

I can't believe how long it's been since I blogged about Mae's Grandmother's Flower Garden--way back in January when we laid it out on the floor. (I'm not counting when I admitted to my big whoopsie the other day. That has been fixed and forgotten about.)

Row 5 was sewn on last night and blocks for rows 6 and 7 are ready attention.  She asked me the other day if her flower quilt was ready for her to cuddle up in. I had to admit that I hadn't been working on it much. She tells me in her super sweet voice that I need to forget all this other stuff--imagine a cute little toe head waving her hand over my knitting and crochet projects--and only work on her flowers. She is in such a hurry for her quilt. It makes me smile every time I remember out conversation......I told that story here.

Since that conversation, this Gramma has been stitching away every evening. It takes one good evening to stitch the blocks into a row. Then a night or 2 to sew the row on.  So there has been a lot of Slow Stitching here at Gramma's Quilting (Living)Room.

Read Kathy's inspirational post today at Kathy's Quilts: Slow Stitching Sunday and then visit others as the Slow Stitch on Sunday.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Oh Boy!!!!

Oh Boy! I made a big Whoopsie! I am happily stitching away last night joining blocks to form row 5 for Mae's Grandmother's Flower Garden. I think I'll be attaching the row when I pick it up again.

This morning I wanted to measure the row to figure out how much backing to order...I picked up the row and see it's crooked!  I will be spending time with the Ott light that has a great magnifying glass attached to it and some super sharp pointy scissors. Those stitches are tiny and very hard to see.

On a brighter note, I am going to be ready to attach row 5 soon.  Only 2 more rows to stitch together and attach to the main quilt. Then it will be time to fill in the bottom and top edges (the newest plan), applique it to a narrow inner border then add the outer border. I think I'm on a good pace to have this finished before she is (gasp!!) 7 in December. If you remember, that is a very, very, VERY long time to wait.

Time to get picking!

On The Needles...and The Hook

I am about an inch longer on the Lady Kina Cardigan.
Every time I work on it, 
I tell myself I need one of these for me!

One day while cruising around somewhere,
The videos for this pattern are wonderful
and make the scarf super easy to crochet.

Daughter DeeDee is a scarf wearing woman!
Since tomorrow is her birthday,
Happy Birthday Baby Girl!
This will be another scarf for her,
it might (meaning will) be late but 
she won't care.
The button is fabulous!
It changes colors depending what it's up against.
I have 2 finished scarves for her already,
this will be a bonus gift.

See what others are working on by visiting Patchwork Times.
Every time I see Judy L's cardigan, 
I have to control my urge to start it!
You know what I mean, I know you do.