2014 Knitting

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Monday, September 01, 2014

National Sewing Month

I am going to try to sew every day in September. 
This is the 3rd year for me to do this.

Sewing every day with my plan should get a lot accomplished.
Care to join me?

Design Wall Monday

I had such a good plan last week. My first project was to finish the blue stars for Smith Mountain Morning so I could put it away and get to quilting the hexi quilt.  I used the cornerstones for the courthouse steps block as my leaders and enders. That lead to sewing a few more of those blocks which lead to what the heck, may as well finish those up and be done with them.  So that's what I did. Smith Mountain Morning is ready to be laid out.

Then I took a coffee break and read some blogs. I read Katy's blog where she showed her 9 patch wall hanging.  Afterwards, I went back in the sewing room with intentions of putting SMM away but instead...

I started making 9 patches from the remaining 1 1/2" strips. Just a few, and a few more, and a few more. Next thing I knew I was laying out my 9 patches and sewing them together into 2 wall hangings.

One is finished, this one will be finished soon.  Pitiful isn't it! I am such a follower. But they are so cute and one will make a nice gift. I didn't have to store those strips. I used up 2 small pieces of fabric-one for the borders and bindings and one for the back and those scraps of batting I don't have to store. A method to my madness.  LOL

I can't sew without leaders and enders so I worked on more 9 patches. These started out as 4 patches but that plan changed to needing 9 patches.  See those extra blue and brown squares?  I cut the shortie/short strips into squares instead of putting them back in the strip bin.

I am making another plan for my week.  Let's see how I do...

  • Finish the 2nd wall hanging.
  • The Hexi Quilt--baste, quilt, bind.
  • Take SMM to Wednesday group and decide on a layout.
  • Sew some Pineapple Crazy blocks. 
See fabulous design walls today at Patchwork Times. Be careful, you could be starting something new!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday

You know how easily influenced I am, right?  I see something I love and off I go!  The other day Katy posted her wall hanging.  I had just finished using these fabrics in another project and was going to put everything away. But......sidetracked again!  I spent the day making little 9 patches and quilting this little wallhanging.  Saturday night we watched Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks ( I've loved Tom since Bosom Buddies!) while I stitched the binding, label and sleeve to finish this.

I thought I had the perfect spot for it but it's just a little too big. I'll find something else to put there and hang this one in my sewing room.

Then I finished this flower for Circle of Jewels and still had quite a bit of time left on the movie.  I had counted how many 6 piece jewel sections I still need to make and got started basting those. In no time at all, the movie was over and 30 pieces were basted.

Today I am going to find more slow stitching time.  Will I have another binding to work on or will it be jewels? Either way there will be some quiet needle and thread time.

See how others are slowing down at Kathy's Quilts: Slow Stitching Sunday.

Friday, August 29, 2014

On The Needles

Sadly my knitting mojo is missing. The only time I've picked up anything yarn related has been while I'm a passenger in a vehicle.  I've been hexi stitching instead.  This is dishcloth #14 and will be a mix of little yarn balls that need to get out of the bin.  I tried to throw these away but just couldn't make myself. I knew 3 of them would make a dishcloth.  I know you know what I mean!

Here's a cute grandson story. We went on a road trip with Crystal and the kiddos. I sat in the back next to 8 year old Elliot and I was knitting a dishcloth. We had a good conversation about washing dishes and making it fun with bright, happy dishcloths.  (He thinks his Gramma is silly.)  I told him he could have this green one since green is his favorite color.  No thank you, I don't wash the dishes.  You don't!? No, that's Mom's job.  Mom is laughing because they all help with the dishes.  In the end, I gave him the dishcloth and told him when it was his turn to wipe off the table, this would make it fun.  Now each of the kiddos have their own dishcloth.

I'm sure my knitting mojo will reappear one of these days. But for now, I'm happily stitching hexies.
See what others that have mojo are up to at Patchwork Times.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I've had a pretty productive week in the sewing room considering
 I am still dealing with this hacky cough and cold. 

My list for last week:
Goals for this week:
  • Finish last 2 months of Tell It To The Stars.  Done and excited for the September clue.
  • Make back for hexagon quilt.  Done!!  Used lime green shirting that I'm sure my recipient is going to love
  • Baste hexagon quilt.  Nope
  • Re-arrange sewing table.  I worked on this for quite a while.  Scraps that were out of control are now in control.  I still need to move machines around the way I want them.
  • Do a UFO Parade blog post--want to join in and make your own list?    Done (it's here) and printed off, pinned so I can see it while at the machine.  :)

I refilled my Circle of Jewels box after working several more jewel sections. Now I'm working on 3 more flowers before going back to the jewels again. This one is finished and the 2nd started.

While working on Tell It To The Stars, I used these 3 blue star blocks for Smith Mountain Morning as leaders and enders.  Then I was on such a roll that I sewed 7 more using the border pieces as their leaders and enders.  Yes, Bonnie and Judy L playing together again this week.  

After seeing someone's Pineapple Crazy picture on Facebook, I had the urge to work on mine. So I pulled out the box and made these border blocks.  Now I really want to work on this again. (See how easily I get sidetracked.)

Right now my design wall is empty but others are not. See them here at Patchwork Times.

Goals for August 25 through August 31:

  • Baste Hexi quilt.
  • Quilt Hexi quilt.
  • Bind and finish Hexi quilt.
  • Finish blue star blocks for Smith Mountain Morning.
  • Sew 5 Pineapple Crazy blocks.
This will keep me busy enough.  Have a great week.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday

I'm not really a Slow Sunday Stitcher, I'm a Slow Stitcher all week long. In the evenings when we are watching tv, I have to have something to do.  Either stitch, knit or crochet.  Lately the yarn projects have been taken over by my Circle of Jewels project.

During the week I worked on jewels. I don't want to find myself with a pile of flowers and then have to stitch oodles and oodles of jewels. That would send this project right into the UFO corner.

I like to keep my box stocked with my goals.  So when I restocked my box last night, I still had the 2 jewels to complete and I added in 3 flower kits.  Before I could start the hexies, I had to finish the jewels.  Such silly games I play!!  When these flowers are complete, I will lay out for my next row and add it to the quilt top.

See fabulous Slow Stitching projects today at Kathy's Quilts.

Monday, August 18, 2014

UFO Parade August 2014-Part 1

I have a plan.
Oh Please! Stop laughing!
Since I've been in quilting mode,
I am making a short UFO Parade.
I'd like to get these done,
in this order.
Each of these quilts has a name on them.
I can't say which name because it's a Super Secret Project.

#1  The Hexagon Top
I found the perfect back for this one.
Scrappy batik binding will finish this one off.

#2 Scrappy Twin Sister
Flannel backing is already pieced and
is in the bag with the binding.

#3 Posies on Parade
I think this one needs a fun floral back.
Diagonal lines through the 9 patches and 
fun echo quilting for the flowers.

#4 Pinwheels on Parade
Wait until you see the back for this one.
It is the most perfect back I have ever picked.

#5 Blue Sampler Number Two
I need to find some border fabric and 
 flannel for the back.

That's enough to keep me busy for a while.
When these are finished, 
I bet I don't have any trouble finding 5 more.

Want to join me with your own parade?

Design Wall Monday

Time for my newest quilting project. 
I've been doing pretty good with these UFOs.
Kathy showed her hexagon quilt top the other day (and again today) 
and I couldn't quilt thinking about mine.
I made this top doing a Quilt-A-Long with Jaybird Quilts.
(Scroll down the page for all the info.)
This has aged 4 years and that's enough.
I now need to figure out a backing for it and get it going.

I've spent quite a bit of time on my Circle of Jewels.
I was told I have an obsession with these.
I hate to admit he might be right.

I worked my list quite well from last week.
I even finished a quilt.
I'm hoping I can do as well with the list for this week.

Check out great design walls at Patchwork Times.

Goals for this week:
  • Finish last 2 months of Tell It To The Stars.
  • Make back for hexagon quilt.
  • Baste hexagon quilt.
  • Re-arrange sewing table.
  • Do a UFO Parade blog post--want to join in and make your own list?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday

I'm having a blast with my Circle of Jewels. I can't remember the last time I picked up my knitting or crochet at night. I'd rather work on this right now.

I have lots of flowers finished and several more ready to sew. I need 39 and I think I'm in the upper 20s.  Now I need to concentrate on the jewels before sewing any more flowers. I am to the point that I can figure out how many I will need without making way too many or way too few.  It might be time to sit down with graph paper and colored pencils and come up with a real plan.

We love sitting around the table on the deck. (Pretty disappointed the paint is peeling off it though.) Some great conversations have taken place out there. I love seeing what kiddos have left. Trucks are parked, ready for the next visit. Today looks like a good day to sit outside and stitch.

See what's slowing others down at Kathy's Quilt's: Slow Sunday Stitching.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Finish #7

It feels so good to be knocking these UFOs off the list!  This is finish #7 since I got my new machine at the end of May.  I named this one Lime Splash. It's bright, happy and fun but mostly it's done! Complete with label.

Time to find the next UFO.  Kathy showed her hexi quilt here and since then, I've been thinking of mine. Doing a search on my blog, I can't find a picture of the complete top although I know it is.  I think it is~.  I did find this post  that is over 4 years old. It's time to get this one out and get if finished.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Working The List

In Monday's post, I made a short list of things I wanted to get finished this week.
I'm happy to say I've marked everything off my list and then some. 
This is the back for the lime green and brown quilt. 
Notice the pins?
The quilt is basted and ready to quilt.

Here are 6 blocks-3 months- for Tell It To The Stars.
I have 2 more months to do and I'll be caught up,
ready for September.
Can you believe that's only a few days away!
September!!! Already!

I got my brown stars sewn for Smith Mountain Morning.
Here are 11 blue stars laid out on my little design boards ready to be sewn together.
I used the brown blocks as leaders and enders for Tell It To The Stars.
Bonnie and Judy L working together. 
snicker, snicker

I'm going to a retreat next month so I made the lottery blocks.
These were so fast and fun to make.

Now I want to wind bobbins, 
clean and oil my machine, 
insert a new needle
and start to play.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Design Wall Monday

 Last week I made a short list of things I wanted to accomplish this week.  
I got 3 of my 4 things done.
I completed my Cathedral Stars top that I started at Bonnie Hunter's class in June.

I finished my Twisted Mystery.
Now a sweet little 6 year old wants to hang it in her bedroom when it gets redecorated.
I think we will use the share plan.

I was way behind on my Tell It To The Stars Mystery.
Now everything is cut and ready to sew.

August is compete!
I knew if I cut this and put it in the bag, 
I would be so confused when it came time to sew.
So I hunkered down and got it done.
I loved this step.

I chose my next quilting project but did not get it ready to quilt.
This quilt has aged since April 2013
and it's time to warm someone special.

My plan for this week:
  • Sew 2 months Star blocks
  • Make back for green and brown quilt
  • Baste this quilt
  • sew more Smith Mountain blocks
See what other's have on their design wall this week at Patchwork Times.