Sunday, August 10, 2014

Design Wall Monday

B & W Race Looky, looky, I actually have something on the design wall besides the Owl blocks (which are just to the right of this charity quilt top.  I am calling it Nothing is all Black and White.  The colored bits are batiks cut at random sizes

Race BindingI have the binding sewn, just need to press it.

on the frameHowever that is going to have to wait as the frame has this baby quilt on it.  I am using Minkie, again, as the backing but this time I did not put batting between the top and the backing.  I am having some tension problems, I think because there is no batting to stabilize it, so it is taking a little longer than I planned.

whootThis is how I  am quilting the plain blocks and then there are swirls in the owl blocks.

Another thing that has slowed down my quilting progress is that I think I have developed a pinched nerve that is negatively affecting my right arm.  I am pretty much all right when I am sitting but when I stand up I am experiencing pain and tingling like my arm is going to sleep.  And half of my thumb is asleep all the time.  So I am mostly knitting with just a little sewing until I see the Dr. on the 20th and start figuring out what is wrong and what can be done about it.  Meanwhile I have been learning how to live with ice bags which seems to help, until I stand up. 

I will, as always, be linking up with Patchwork Times.  Have a great week.  Gari

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Do I Need To Buy More Needles?

new projectWith my green socks completed I found that I wanted/needed to start another pair.  I think that I will always be knitting socks even as I wander into new knitting arenas    Anyway I am making gray socks this time.  There is a little color in there which I think will translate into a tweed-like fabric.  I think I will be able to start them tomorrow.

ever growingMy scarf is coming along.   I have been knitting on it for the last 30 minutes of my time in the studio.  I am not going very fast but of course we are not expecting winter to arrive any time soon.

down from the sleeve And I have added about 3” to this sweater.  It has been my studio knitting project but today I moved it into the house so maybe it will move along a little faster.

next sweaterAnd just to spur me on I am preparing for a new sweater project.  I have even sent for the yarn: this is a first.  I usually shop for yarn at the three yarn shops that are within 100 miles of home but I have trouble finding bulky yarn and/or colors I like.  So I have sent for a lavender heather bulky yarn.
And would you believe, I have even gotten some sewing and quilting done.

But now I’ve gotta go because I need to do my nightly knitting prior to bedtime.

I will be linking with On The Needles at Patchwork Times.   Gari

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Progress Happens

Once again my design wall only features my owls.  I now have the top of the quilt ready to put together.  I am not doing to do it until the rest of the blocks are ready but I am feeling like I am making progress.

and so it beginsEnough so that I decided it was time to start another quilt.  This will be my take on the jelly roll race.  The strips are black and white and are separated by various batik pieces.

first seam doneI got the very very long first seem done on Saturday but that’s as far as I got as we spent Sunday on the road.
This is probably going to be a charity quilt.  I don’t know how big it will be because the roll was hand made and I believe it had more than the usual number of strips.  Anyway, I should have this top sewn together this week and then it will be ready for quilting. 

That means that I also need to get quilting on the baby quilt that is currently waiting: the backing is already on the frame.  It begins to sound like I have a lot to do, doesn’t it?

funnyToday DH and I did a walk through an antique mall we like.  While there I saw this bench.  I immediately wished I had had it when my 45 year old daughter was a teen.  And then she could have used it when her daughter was a teen.  And now it could be passed down because said granddaughter is having a daughter later this year …….. we wish her luck.  Winking smile

I will be linking with Patchwork Times and What a Hoot.  And now I better get busy with all those projects I have lined up.  Gari

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Needle Magic

we have sleevesThe magic is that I have gotten just past the sleeves: can you see them?  Now I will be just doing SS down the body until  I get to the band. 

I did finish my socks today.  I love how the fit and feel.  I am going to start another pair as soon as I find my other worsted weight yarn. 

Judys magic bind offCan you see the bind off?  It is Judy’s Magic Bind Off which makes for a very stretchy bind off.  For some reason I had difficulty getting my fingers to follow the directions.  But after a little while of working it I could see what the yarn was doing and it was easy.

scarf progressAnd I am moving along with my scarf.  I started over with a thinner scarf, one that will fit around my neck better.  I am about a third of the way done and really liking it.  I didn’t realize that there would be bands of color change until I took this picture.

I didn’t unravel the wider piece I showed last week, I bound if off and am using it as a lap piece under my laptop.  It is about the size of a placemat and fits the foot of my Surface which has been making grooves in my legs.  Smile with tongue out

Oh, and I completed another dish cloth. 

IMG_3648This is a picture of a bobcat moving dirt in our back yard.  We had 5 trees taken down and the stumps ground and then they filled all the holes with that mound of dirt which is now a flat piece of ground. 

However that was not the best part of the day.  The son of the owner of the company asked me how much I would charge to make some children’s charity quilts.  He said his son has leukemia and has been given some quilts when he is in the hospital.  He said he would like to “pay it back” with quilts for the other children there.  I offered to make them for free but he insisted he wanted to pay for them so we will be negotiating sometime later.  I can’t tell you how good it made me feel to be able to assist him.

Well, it is time to link up with Patchwork Times and begin our weekend.  Hope everyone has great plans and they all work out.  Gari

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Owl Blocks Progress

sewn togetherProgress: one sixth of my owl quilt is sewn together.  I want the blocks to not all look alike so I am trying to sash some, not sash some and vary the sashing some. 

IMG_3646I worked on this block today but is not complete: I still need to applique down the branches at the corners.

IMG_3645I am beginning to see this beautiful quilt come together and it really gets me excited. 

IMG_3644Well, I’m excited until I look up on the wall and see how much there is left to do.  I will probably get the two little ones on the top right done this week.  Then I will sew those three together and the whole top will be done.  Check back next week and see how I do.  Disappointed smile

Waunita's cloths pinsNow I am taking the opportunity to share some creativity of my sisters.  She has been painting: benches, cabinets, and clothes pins.  And she gifted me with these 4.  They are painted green and then she decoupaged scrapbook paper on the front of them.  Aren’t they pretty?  My plan for them is to use them to hold notes on my ongoing projects.  I just need to figure out how and where I want them to hang.

with first receiving blanketIt was nice to see one of my receiving blankets being used.  I’m sure the he is really enjoying it and has already told his parents how much he loves it.  Be right back

new big girl bedAnd because of the new arrival, our cover/header girl has gotten a “big girl” bed.  Of course I am happy to see that she, too, will be sleeping under a quilt made by ME.  I do love to see my work being loved and used.

Well, that’s all from here.  Hope everyone has a great week.  I will, as usual, be linking to Patchwork Times.  GARI

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I Sit and Knit

working on sleeveThis has been a week of minor accomplishments at home and major accomplishments by the family.  Here I have completed the yoke of my sweater and the sleeve (a short sleeved sweater).  I need to bind off the sleeve but will be looking up a stretchy bind off before I get that done.

heading to the cuffAnd look at the progress I have made on my socks.  I know they will only have a short leg but I haven’t decided how short it will be so I am still knitting.  And, of course, I will need that stretchy bind off for them, too.

Heavy scarfAnd just so I don’t get bored, I have started a scarf.  I think I have made it a little too wide but I really hate the idea of ripping it out.  Maybe I'll make a fuzzy pillow with what I have and then start the scarf again.  …….?

new dishclothAnd always in my knitting life is and will be the easy, no thinking dishcloth and/or washcloth. 

Wow, this suggests that I am still loving knitting, doesn’t it.  For two days this week I went to the studio and just knit.  It is such a great way to keep busy but not have to move.  Be right back

Meanwhile the family has been busy.  Our daughter’s husband’s father has been in the hospital (90 miles away) since last Sunday.  Our plans were to be shopping on Monday so we went to the town where the hospital was.  While she visited I knitted in the car (I told you I am really enjoying my knitting).  Then she shopped for nurses scrubs: she started a new job the next day.  While she shopped I, again, knitted in the car.  I guess that’s why I got so much done on those socks.

And while we were shopping here in AL our younger sonGus on receiving blanket (and twin to the daughter I was with) and his wife, in MD, were giving birth to their second child.

Meet August who is expressing his displeasure while reclining on one of the receiving blankets I made for him.

Gus's GiftsI had just sent him these “shower” gifts but he decided to come two weeks early so they weren’t there until after he came home.  Anyway I’m sure you recognize the quilt and then there are two receiving blankets (pattern at the Missouri Star Quilting Co.), a John Deere onesie, and the sock monkey overalls and shirt (I did not make the last two). 

Elsa meets GusAnd here is the treat you get because you read to the end.  Here is my header granddaughter meeting her baby brother for the first time.  The lady holding the baby is the mother’s mother who gets to live close to these beautiful children.  I do envy her.

I will be linking up with Patchwork Times so come on over and see what everyone else is working on.  Some of them even get their knitting projects done.  Confused smile

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Branches and other Projects

limb sashing stripsAfter completing several projects with deadlines I was ready to begin working on my owl quilt which is still on the design wall.  One problem came up: I couldn’t find my tree fabric.  I remembered folding it up and putting it away but I couldn’t remember where that away was.  It only took me two days of looking before I found it staring at me, right on the shelf across from my studio knitting chair.  So I now can present my incomplete sashing strips for the second block.


sashing tryoutHere you can get kind of an idea how this block will look.  I don’t want the sashings to all look alike so this set is using single branches.
Tomorrow I am going shopping with my daughter so these strips will not get sewn until Tuesday.  I am planning on working one block a day but we will see how that goes. 

owl fleese throwThe reason I can’t count on getting one block a day done is that I tend to get sidetracked.  Case in point, this fleece throw I threw together yesterday. 

& the backIt is two pieces of fleece and looks great as a recliner cover in our living room.  I just needed something more to identify my little corner of DH’s B Western Cowboy museum room.  And, already the puppies have claimed it as their sleeping place.

DONEI did complete this quilt and it has already been gifted.

DONE 2I love the binding, I think it really pulls the quilt together. 

Recieving blanketAnd I made two more receiving blankets.  I was really on a roll, wasn’t I?     

owl recieving blanketSo I guess that’s about all from here.  I will be linking up with Patchwork Times and What a Hoot so drop by and check out the creativity.    Gari