01 September 2014

Design Wall September 1, 2014

I spent the holiday weekend cutting and pressing fabric for Clara's Quilt. The 2-patch blocks (480 units, but who's counting?) are done. The marathon pressing and cutting is over for a while.


It helped that I purchased a package of 40 light batik strips at the quilt show in August. But I realized when I was pressing them before sewing, that some of them were bowed. These were obviously cut by hand. I ended up cutting a section out of the middle of several strips so they could be used.


I'm linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday.

28 August 2014

Another barter quilt



I have another barter quilt to work on. Once again, it is for sculpture -- a bronze cat this time. There are going to be 97 different fabrics in the top and number 98 will end up on the backside. You can see a portion of the design there on the upper right of the college 

Very earthy looking, isn't it? The design needs to be fiddled with a bit, but overall it is good.

I will be referencing this quilt as Clara's Quilt.

27 August 2014

Are you a No Reply Blogger?


It gets really frustrating when a comment is made on a blog post and I go to reply to the kind commenter and it comes up noreply-comment@blogger.com. By default, your email address is not shown in your profile and with Blogger profiles now being attached to Google+ profiles you have to tell it do un-attach. In the past, you might have been a reply blogger but if you have connected your blog to Google+ it has changed. Do you know how to find out if you are a "no reply blogger"?

Here is the best, and I mean the best, instructions for setting your no-reply back to reply.
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2014/08/are-you-no-reply-blogger.html

I highly recommend you at least check to see if you are a no-reply blogger. Because if you are, there is no way for me to reply to your kind comments.

22 August 2014

OTN August 22 2014

Now don't be too jealous. Aren't the red, white and blue socks great?  Yep. I know you want them but you will have to make your own. You can get the yarn from The Painted Tiger. I used my standard sock pattern with a garter stitch short row heel and toe.


Here are more On The Needle posts of yarny goodness.

13 August 2014

My Old Typewriter

I love this thing!

When I inherited it the keys barely worked, but the rest of it was in pristine condition (Auntie took care of her things). The keys were so gummed up that it took too much pressure to get them to move. And the ribbon had seen a lot of use and re-use.

After googling how (and what to use) to clean it I set to work. It took several different sessions, but I finally got the keys to move easily. Yay!



The next step was to find a ribbon. Did you know you can still purchase them? Online, of course, since there isn't any place around here that even sells typewriters let alone supplies.


I don't know why I spent so much time on this project but it is very satisfying to be able to pull this old portable typewriter out, open up the case and roll a form into the platen and start typing. I suppose this item could be classified as a dusty old thing, but when the zombie apocalypse comes I can type up legible warnings. ☺

08 August 2014

On the needles

Just a quick post as I need to get ready for work. This is the state of the knitting: a pair of socks in the knitting basket. The photo is dark, sorry. 

Off the Needles - August 8, 2014

Two items have recently come off the needles. Well, one, really. It is another Sunny Blanket made for the coming grandbebé. The yarn is Comfy Sport from KnitPicks.com and is a cotton/acrylic combo. It is oh, so soft.


Do you remember My Sister's Sweater? It's done! done! done! It has been off the needles for a while and even blocked. But it languished for the want of buttons and button holes. I finally dug through the button basket and found three that were absolutely perfect! The pattern is Hand-to-Hand by Elizabeth Zimmerman and is all garter stitch except for the cable that goes from hand to hand.