Santa Paws is now available

santapawsFor those of you who have been participating in the Dog Pound Pals Adoption Society BOM this year – I’ve added the link to the download for the bonus block just in time for the  holidays.  Santa Paws.  He looks great in traditional colors but he also looks pretty good in a more modern color palette.

He’s just too cute (in my humble opinion, right?) not to be put on a pillow, wallhanging, totebag for a dog-loving quilting friend.  I may need to get a sweatshirt  to applique him on.

Enjoy.

By justquiltin Posted in DPPAS

It’s finished!

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I love the way this red and black and grey one turned out.  Now I just have to wrap this one and the one I previously made and they are ready for gifting.

I’ve gotten questions regarding where I got these.   I bought them from a vendor at the WI Quilt Expo several years ago but she has a website www.fabricationsbydoris.com.

I’ve never bought anything from the shop but it looks like this same pattern is packaged a bit differently.  Pattern and mat also include a fabric pack.   I bought mine differently – just pattern and matt and then the frame (no fabrics).  I do like the two color frames – very pretty and very nicely made.

Sunday Sewing Snippets

Talk about making a pile of little scraps and threads — but I’ve got a good start on the second little 3″ block that needs to be framed.  – 25 of 40 pieces added so far.

DSCN3996  This one is going to be all red and black and grays.

 

I did start earlier this morning on the new vest I want to knit – I was going to do Nantasket but have ripped it back and will be making just a garter edged vest.  The pretty edging on Nantasket was not  showing up in my busy yarn so it would have been a waste to add it.  It needs solid yarn to really show it off – I’ll save that pattern for a future project.

Today is the 15th day in a row without sunshine!  Just a little sun would be nice but its gray and cold looking with an occasional flurry.  I was thinking it was mid afternoon since it was so dreary outside my sewing room window.  But no, not even noon yet so lots of time to get things done.

Found the box of mini ornaments for the top of my Christmas tree and the glass icicles so just maybe I’ll finish decorating it so I can put away all the storage containers littering my living room.

Coffee break time and then finishing off this block.

What shall it be?

DSCN3986  First – I forgot to put this in the last blog post.  The top of the tree is not yet fully decorated – I haven’t gone searching yet for the box of mini ornaments that go at the top and this is before I put the new tree topper on it.  But I love this skinny little tree.  Yes the dust mop in the back of the photo adds a certain glamour don’t you thing! LOL  I need to take one more sweep over the tile to make sure no shards of broken ornament got away before I slide the tree back into the corner a bit more.  If you look at the base of the tree – it really only takes up about a 2 foot square area – nice and compact.

 

Now for the what shall I be item — my new knit swatch is dried.  I like the larger needle version much better, after a soak and drying it feels great and has a nice drape.

 

I do so love those colors so now I’m off to input my swatch info into CustomFit and see what I can make with the amount of yarn I have.  There’s a  vest pattern that I’ve been wanting to make – actually two of them – Sebasco  and Nantasket so if I don’t have enough for anything with sleeves, then I should have plenty for one of them.

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Busy Saturday Morning

DSCN3988Today it was out to breakfast with a friend and then we visited some of our favorite holiday season shopping places.  There’s a few flurries falling – not much – so it seemed like the holiday season may be approaching.

First stop – Clausen’s Bakery – to taste test the chocolates, cookies (it’s best to go AFTER breakfast so the taste testing is held at a minimum). But one foot in the door and it smells so wonderful.  I bypassed all the yummy cookies I love (mostly the butter cookies with dark and/or light chocolate on them) I’ll wait for the after Christmas sale and maybe get some then.  I did walk out with a lovely looking cranberry walnut sourdough bread.  And that package of rolls – each one with different seeds, cheese in them, etc.  I actually love their breads and rolls better than the chocolates and bakery BUT…. there may be a bakery bag containing a pastry or two or….can you say Morning Bun — I told my Mom I’d be at the bakery today and her first words were Morning Bun.  They are a delicious treat so I may have to take a photo of it to send to her  – would that be mean??? :-)

Next it was on to Boston Store – we always have to stop and look at their ornaments and housewares and I was looking for some flannel sheets.  They were a door buster (which I didn’t know until getting there) so a good sale but the selection pretty much picked over.  I did get a set of red with white snowflakes.  Red and white would not be my first color choice but they will be headed into the washer with some vinegar or Retayne or something to see how set that red color really is or if I’ll have red sheets with pink snowflakes.

I broke my tree topper (along with one other ornament this morning while adding more ornaments to the tree) so found something to work that will go well with all the European style glass ornaments on my tree.

DSCN3985 Very old fashioned looking – but it will go great.

DSCN3990 My friend loved the shawl collared cowl – and the button — which has a dog in the center that looks just like her dogs — and then she handed me my present saying “I don’t knit … or do anything.”  LOL  No, she’s not a knitter or sewist, etc., but she knows where to go to find the good stuff.  There’s a pottery shop in Northern Wisconsin in the town where she has a cabin just outside of – she knows I like that potter’s stuff so she got me this lovely coffee mug — and it’s a supersized one – not one of those little ones you have to keep filling and filling.   And she even braved the Mall (we both hate mall shopping) to get the Gloria Jeans coffee I love along with another flavor I’m anxious to try. Yummmm (coffee and bakery treats – must be time for an afternoon snack right?)

I did buy something to go in the one gift I need to mail out on Monday – which had to come from the LQS — I know, you’re thinking how sad that Denise had to make a stop at the quilt shop. LOL  Well I sacrificed, and I might have got a goodie or two for me from there too.

But time to decide what I want to do for the rest of this afternoon.  I have one more of those paper pieced 3″ blocks to make and get framed before Monday but I think I’ll save that till tomorrow.  Not in the mood for sewing 40 little scraps of fabric.

I did get this in the mail yesterday

DSCN3984The fabrics I ordered from the TLE for the Moda Piece and Comfort Challenge.  Only thing is I realized I forgot to order one piece that I need – a second blue so need to order that and I think this will be my first after Christmas project to work on.    Plus the box contained another hank of yarn for my Featherweight sweater – I was concerned I might run out since I did a  bit of changing of things on the sweater which would account for more yardage.

So enough rambling – things to do….

 

On the Needles – Friday, December 19, 2014

Let’s start with what’s off the needles

DSCN3978The shawl collared cowl is done and I just finished sewing the buttons on tonight.  Now you may think the choice of buttons a bit odd – no I didn’t run out of the dark green buttons but the center one is a special one I’ve been saving for something — a great find in Granny’s button box — and the recipient will know why I added it to this cowl for her.  Besides – buttons don’t really have to match in my world. ;-)

I’m still knitting knitting knitting along on my Featherweight cardigan.  I’ve got one sleeve about half done again- yes again, I wasn’t paying attention and grabbed the wrong pattern page and was half way done with a sleeve and realized it was not the sleeve to that sweater. LOL So ripped it back, restarted and am on the right track now.

And, because knitting on fingerweight yarn is so slow, I decided I needed to plan my next project – which will be in a heavier weight yarn – so I started swatching.

DSCN3981 I love this yarn – just wish I had a bit more of it so it may be tricky trying to figure out what to make once I get my finished swatch.  This one is a bit “tight” – I’m doing a second one and went up a needle size or maybe two and I think I’m liking that one better than this.  But it will be a CustomFit pattern so I can put in yardage and change things about to see how much long sleeves will take versus 3/4, etc. to see if I can come up with a design that will work with the yardage I have.

The flash is making the colors pop a bit brighter than they are in real life. It will be interesting to see how this yarn looks knit up into longer rows than the swatch contains.

What has 40 pieces….

and those 40 pieces all measure about 1″ x 2″ and  leaves you with is pile when you are done….

DSCN3971  And that pile has more fabric than in the finished item……

 

You get a finished Christmas gift!

DSCN3973 I bought some kits at Wisconsin Quilt Expo at least two years ago – I was going to use them as Christmas gifts the year I bought them and never got around to making them. I think I gifted one to a quilting friend so she could make her own.

Forty little pieces of fabric to paper piece just was not something I was looking forward to but this was not bad at all.

The pineapple block is a 3″ x 3″ finished block and the lovely double matting was part of the kit.  The frames I think I actually  bought the following year.   But finally I’ve got one of them all put together.

Now I just have one more to do – that one has red and cream matting.

So I didn’t get the rest of the outer borders added to the wedding quilt because I switched gears to work on this but tomorrow is another day.  But it as nice to spend most of the day in the sewing room accomplishing something.

Now I think it’s time to get comfy in the living room  and start knitting on my sleeves that I wound the yarn for early this morning — it seems a long time ago that I did that. :-)

Mail surprises

I was contemplating going to the grocery store this afternoon and stopped sewing to go look outside — nope, the fog has turned to more fog and it was drizzling so not waiting for a bus in that today. But I did spy a box the mailperson had left outside my door in the drizzle.

DSCN3969Not a great photo but there’s the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks mug for the 10th anniversary issue – it has a little 10th anniversary banner on the other side but my photo turned out even more blurry of that.  There’s my block – bottom row, corner.  I now have a nice rounded set of six mugs which fills my mug tree.

 

I’m happy to report – I had enough of all fabrics to cut all the borders I wanted.  The floating border is attached all the way around (have I mentioned how much I hate sewing on long plain borders?  I think that’s why lately my quilts have pieced borders – don’t mind those).

DSCN3966And as you can see, I have one section of the taupe and blue outer border joined to one side.  I just need to cut the section for the right side to length and then can get that added too.  I just might get these borders all  on before I quit stitching for today.

Especially since now that I’m not going to the grocery store, I think I’ll just order delivery from somewhere for dinner so don’t have to worry about making something.

 

The perfect finish

border AHA! I figured out the ending for the wedding quilt — and hopefully I have enough fabric left to do it.

The original pattern doesn’t have any borders.

Here I add the first background border to float the design and then where the purple is – that will be the taupey tan I used to frame the large blocks and will mimic the framing shape of the inner blocks.  The a final blue/gold print border fabric.  The perfect finish to it.

Now I just have to check the length of the border pieces in EQ and see if I have enough of my background and taupe fabric to do it.  Finally to some cutting and sewing.

Foggy Saturday

It has been a foggy week most of this week and today is no exception.  I can barely see the top of the hill outside my door.  A good day to stay inside and knit? or quilt? or decorate the Christmas tree?

I actually did take the tree out of the box last night.  It’s definitely skinny – hopefully still enough tree to hold my many ornaments.  I haven’t done the “fluffing” of the branches yet but I do like the fact that it will fit about anywhere.

As for knitting today – I’ll save that for later tho I did finally finish off the fronts of my CustomFit Featherweight Cardigan.  So just finished winding another cake of yarn so I can start on the sleeves.  I’m a little concerned that I’ll be really close on yarn since it has a wide edging on the sweater fronts (I made some changes to the pattern after I started which used more yarn) so I may have to order another hank just to be sure since I know its in stock and hope Cascade colors don’t vary much from batch to batch.

Quilting – that’s what I hope to get started on first (since I’m ignoring the cleaning in the living room that should occur).   Need to cut some borders and get them on the wedding quilt.

And speaking of the wedding quilt, the pattern I used (tho I didn’t add the applique to mine – shocker, I know, but I liked the fabrics just as they were) is now available for download at hoffmanfabrics.com.    It’s called Kotori Fans.

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This morning I’m really wishing there was a restaurant nearby that delivered breakfast!  But guess I’ll have to wander into the kitchen and find something myself.  I’m thinking perhaps as a tasty treat some cinnamon raisin biscuits.

Then I can ponder my dilemma — I’m trying to decide what sweater I want to start once my Featherweight is done (yep planning ahead).     It will be a CustomFit version of whatever sweater I make and incorporate the lacy or other stitch pattern used in the original sweater.

I’m thinking about  Oceanna Cardigan

or Ivar

or Unbalanced

or Mork

or Pecten

or Cinnamon  (which I love in that cinnamon color)

okay – after mentioning Cinnamon several times I really do need raisin cinnamon biscuits – off to the kitchen! :-)