18 September 2014

Stupid, stupid, stupid

I picked up a hot casserole dish and got second degree burns. Owowowowow.

I can't do anything but poke buttons. So far I have 'visited' amazon, spoonflower and connecting threads. Somebody stop me! LOL.

12 September 2014

On The Needles September 12, 2014

These socks actually were finished several weeks ago, but I haven't had time to post about them. I call these the Plain Jane socks. It's a simple pattern of K3, P1 ribbing with a common heel. These are larger than I can wear so they will go into the bin. I keep extra knitted items on hand for gift giving opportunities. Do you?

I went to visit my new Grand-bebé last weekend and unfortunately left my knitting bag there. I guess I'll just have to go back to retrieve it. Plus get more baby time. ;-)

In the meantime, I had to start a new project. More socks. This is a simple 2 stitch cable. Why the toothpick? It is my cable needle. Since my favorite needles and row marker are in another town, I had to pull out a different set of needles, row marker and even knitting bag. 

What are you knitting? I'm linking to Judy's linky.

11 September 2014

Baby Quilts

I have been sewing baby quilts lately. This quilt actually was a one block quilt measuring 22"x22" called Pieces of My Heart by Sassafras Lane Designs that I found on Craftsy. I made four of the blocks and added a border.

After talking with a new mother and consulting with several blog friends about a backings and battings for this, I ended up using Ultra Cuddle fabric with no batting. Quilting was done on my DSM using a walking foot in straight lines.

From the left overs I pieced this quilt. Once again I used the Ultra Cuddle for the backing with no batting. The quilting was done on my Handi Quilter Sweet 16 in an all over large meander.

The top quilt with the hearts was given to my brand new grand-daughter, Miss Addy. The other quilt will go into my donation pile.

10 September 2014

Belated Design Wall Post, September 10, 2014

Clara's quilt is progressing nicely. This is the starting layout that I really like, but not with these blocks. Those blocks will finish at 8" and this layout just seems clunky with that size block. If the finished size of the blocks were smaller this would look so much better.

All the blocks came off the wall and were put back in this configuration. I need to tweek this a bit. I am not happy with the bulls eye effect so I am going to move the centralish area down and to the left just a bit. Plus the gold/yellows need to be feathered into the greens and reds. The golds and reds just seems to be too color blocked.

I am late to post this to design wall Monday, but here it is.

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.

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.