27 July 2015

Is It Cheating...

to use a 'cheater panel'? Not that this is a panel, but I thought it would be a wonderful piece of fabric to practice the Cathedral Window/Orange Peel type of quilting.

I backed it with fleece and quilted away! This is a wonderful way to build quilting muscle memory.

It is now bound (don't you love polka dots), labeled and in the donate pile.

I also completed two Infinity scarves from some rayon I found hanging out in the fabric stash. One for me and one for somebody else. Rayon makes a nice scarf, don't you think?

21 July 2015

Knitty Goodness in the warm weather

It is strange to knit with wool in the warmer months, but socks don't seem to bother me. Thank goodness I got the two sweaters finished before it got too hot. I think I'd have to wait until fall, if we hadn't had a streak of coolish temps.

I finished this Cuff-to-Cuff sweater.

Pattern: Cuff-to-Cuff from Red Heart
Yarn: Lion Brand Amazing
And this pattern that I have had for 16 years.
Pattern: Cocoon Jacket
Yarn: Lion Brand Amazing
Here's a picture of the pattern. Don't you just love the 80's hair style?

And socks!
Pattern: Simply Splendid Socks by Lucy Neatby
Yarn Sock by Shubui Knits
Pattern: Simply Splendid Socks by Lucy Neatby
Yarn Sock by Shubui Knits

And, of course, there are more socks on the needles. I am on a mission to use up my sock yarn. If I can do that, then I will have emptied one whole bin! I'll let you know how it goes.

09 July 2015

Quilt of Valor: 3.5" squares

I've been using my Accuquilt cutter to make some donated fabrics a bit more manageable. One of the sizes of squares is 3.5" and is not a size I often use but I have some in red/white/blue so I came up with this simple design to fit within the QOV size guidelines.

I'll find out if my math is right when I start to sew.

Update: my math was right, but my counting seems to be wrong. After I got home from work, I 'built' the quilt in Electric Quilt 7 and there are only 152 square of each color. I best get to work.

22 June 2015

Update on Faithful Circle quilt

It sometimes seems like this is my forever project. I decided that to keep it from becoming an unfinished project, I should reconsider the size. I redrafted it and drastically cut the size. If I think it is too small once I get it together, I can always add more blocks, though.

I streamlined the sewing: I am putting all the colored pieces on and then I'll go back and add the triangles.

See that batch of hexagons (5" in size) to the left? That is all the blocks left to do in the new, smaller size. Yeah!

Update: I am adding the small triangles! All the colored pieces are sewn on!

15 June 2015

Quilting without a Stitch Regulator

The kitchen is to a point where I can relax just a bit. There are still things to do: put up the blinds, install handles on the cupboards, make dividers for some of the drawers, install the hood/microwave over the stove and change out all the old plug-ins.

This past weekend I ended up in the sewing room and quilted a small pin basted charity quilt. This is just one piece of fabric by Marcus Brothers and a blue fleece on the back.

When I bought my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen sit-down quilting machine, I wondered if I needed to purchase a stitch regulator. I realized that I had been quilting without one on my domestic sewing machine all along, so why was I considered getting one now? Look at those beautiful stitches! And without a stitch regulator.

04 June 2015

The Month of May

plus a bit of April have not been spectacular. It all started with the Shingles. This is a very painful thing to endure and I urge you to get the vaccination. I was down and out for 4 weeks.

Right in the middle of the Shingles episode, we started a total kitchen remodel which didn't help on the stress level.


Upper cabinets are GONE!

Really bad laminate flooring GONE!

All new cabinets!

New sink, countertop and backsplash!

If you are planning to visit, I suggest you get a hotel room
since the guestroom is so crowded with stuff.

Here is the temporary kitchen.

The remodel should be finished by this coming weekend. Then it is a matter of finding places for the stuff whether it is a drawer, cabinet or donation pile.

While this was all happening I took my sewing machine into the shop for a spa treatment and my car ending up getting a new water pump. I will be glad to stop spending money and eating out. The eating out is getting really, really old.

The little things will happen this weekend: handles on all the door and drawers. Next week all the electrical plug ins and switches are to be changed from the old 1970s almond to white. Here's a funny for you: I think the original electrician in this house was dyslexic. Why do I think this? Because switches are on the wrong sides of doors  in very awkward places and all the plug ins are upside down! The grounding plug is on top and for 40 years I have been confused on how to plug into these stupid things. The pendant lights for over the sink are back ordered so the old one will have to do for now.

I do have some plans for decorating, but you will have to wait to see.

So what's up with you?