The amazing disappearing blog post — let’s try again and see if it sticks this time.
On my design wall – a winking owl (tote bag front) and two of the dogs form the Dog Pound Pals BOM. Haven’t started the March dogs yet so will need to get hopping. But before them I will need to finish appliquing the stocking cap blocks for From Head To Toe – A Knitter’s Gifts BOM – next block will be out soon and I’m hoping not to fall behind on these.
I have now remembered why I don’t particularly like satin stitching. My machine is never very cooperative with how wide I want it and how dense I want it.
I’m not too sure whether he looks like he’s winking or he’s drunk LOL but either way he’s stitched down so now I have to think where I go from here.
But enough sewing for one day. I spent all day yesterday and pretty much all day today sewing and it was great but I need to clear away some of this mess – plus I can feel yesterday’s marathon quilting session in my shoulders today but not as still as I thought I’d be. Need to figure out what quilt to get layered up to start quilting on next.
Dinner is cooking – steak, asparagus and baked potatoe – given choice of anything – this would be the meal I choose every time – my favorite and my “reward” – 50 lbs lost as of today, on to the next 50.
He turned out pretty cute. I think I’ll maybe used a dark thread to satin stitch around it so it looks more like a coloring book page and the fabric edges stand out more.
The red fabric I had received in a prior TLE order – fabrics I’m going to use for a Komen Fund Raiser quilt – but it was just perfect with these fabrics so I snipped a bit off that stack of fabrics.
He’s all fused in place and there’s Décor Bond fused to the back so once I pull out the other sewing machine (which I just put away yesterday after mending something) I may see if I can get him stitched down and contemplate the rest of my bag. I’m going to have to make a little shopping list I think. Since I don’t sew clothes anymore, my supply of more clothing type notions — like elastic which I want for something — are pretty much nonexistent. So will have to figure out what else I might want..
That’s what I’m going to call my Loopy Ewe Challenge Bag. When I chose the fabrics I wanted for this challenge project, once I saw the owl print I was thinking I wanted to use my applique owl block design from the Too Tired to Give a Hoot wall hanging (which I did for the first Loopy Fabric Challenge) as the flap of the bag. But today in looking at this fabric I decided I wanted to change my owl to look sort of like the red headed winking owl. I think he’s so cute.
So I pulled up my file in EQ7 and made a few changes to my owl design. It’s not an exact duplicate but close enough.
Here’s what my owl on the front flap will look like – not in these colors – but the general look of it. Where I’ll go from there, I haven’t totally decided yet but I’ll start with the flap.
Yeah – finally something I can count as finished and out of the stash.
My nephew’s music quilt just needs the binding hand stitched which will get done later this week so I’m calling it done!
So the numbers this week:
- Used this week: 12.5 yards
- Used year to date: 17.0 yards
- Added this week: 3.25 yards (Loopy Bag Challenge fabrics)
- Added year to date: 5.75 yards
- Net used Year to date: 10.75
I think part of today’s project will be figuring out what I want to do for the Loopy Bag Challenge with these fabrics. I have my idea I just need to work out the details and sizes, etc.
For those who asked about the piano key border in my nephew’s quilt — I most definitely did not piece all those keys! LOL This is a quilt for a college freshman’s dorm room. Not that he doesn’t love my quilts but it is a college freshman’s dorm room. ;-) They are just plain borders cut from fabric printed with piano keys. I did a quick search and I don’t see the specific one I bought on the Equilter website but I was just scanning what came up when I typed in piano keys in the search bar. There are others that are similar and a more thorough search may reveal the one I got if you look. It’s just all rows of piano keys, with nothing fancy in between them, running the length of the fabric.
Now I have to go look at the music fabrics to see which ones I still have enough of to make a matching pillowcase. The opening edge of the pillow will use the piano keys around it.
Finished! It’s 6 p.m. and I just finished adding the binding to my nephew’s quilt. It’s ready for some hand stitching to finish it off. The green music print on the outside of the piano key board is the binding that just hasn’t been pinned around to the back yet. Finally I will have some decent numbers to add to the fabric used tally.
I’ve been busy quilting on my nephew’s quilt since mid morning and it’s time for a little break. I’m on to the (maybe) final border. I may need to go back and add a bit of quilting to the inner border but I’m working on the piano keys.
I’m stitching around all the black keys and the line that connections them down to the bottom of the white keys. Dang, there are a whole lot of keys in that border!
But I’ve made great progress. The center is all quilted now so just need to finish the border – I’m about a third done I think. But am so loving quilting on the new machine.
Tired of seeing this lacy thing? More progress. I’ve got just a dozen or so rows left to make the top vee inverted compared to the rest and then I’m on to the straight stockinette of the back. Moving along nicely. I’m definitely going to use this lacy stitch pattern in something for myself. I just love it and it’s so easy. I keep saying that but it really is.
Yesterday’s post told of my two Wollmeise orders (yeah, I know – Knit the Stash – not exactly working but (1) it was Wollmeise and (2) now that I know I can make sweaters that fit, I need sweater amounts of yarn! and (3) it was Wollmeise). excuse. But I had a brainstorm in the middle of the night (my friends who have gotten messages from me know that if I’ve had a brainstorm it could be hazardous to them because it usually means I have a plan I want them to help me with — but in this case it was only hazardous to my checkbook). My thought was that if I ordered a bit more of the Wollmeise Pure, I’d have enough for a sweater set. I’m envisioning a simple color blocked cardigan with like the top quarter of the sweater and shoulders one color and the rest a different color, and then a little sleeveless shell (like a Twin Set) underneath that uses the same colors in various stripes on the top of it and plain on the bottom – but all using the same 3 or 4 colors to tie it all together. Soooo it just so happened that there was still some of the main color I wanted for the sweater left so I ordered more and another color to coordinate with the other ones I had already ordered. I will be in Box of Fun heaven next week!
This weekend I may actually get back to some quilting – the new machine has been sitting and waiting with my nephew’s quilt 1/4 done for the last week or more and I’d like to get all the quilting done on it this weekend. And now that I have a comfy chair I’ll be all set.
Groceries are stocked and put away, I’m ignoring the clutter in my living room (can’t be cleaning on a Friday nite), and I think time to grab a soda, pop in a movie, and knit the night away. Check out patchworktimes.com to see what’s on everyone else’s needles
It’s hard to get a close up of the lace pattern without making the photo blurry but this one is not bad. It looks more pinky here but it’s more coral colored. Someone asked about the yarn, it’s Bamboo Pop from The Loopy Ewe. I haven’t used it before but it feels so nice – it’s half cotton and half bamboo. The pattern is Sunny Days Tank from Patons. It’s on Ravelry (free) and you can probably find it on the Paton’s website too.
Yesterday’s photo I only had two repeats of the lace pattern done; this photo shows 4 repeats and actually I now have 5 done since I was sitting here knitting as I was waiting for the computer to finish some updates.
The knit the stash report just is not working the way it’s supposed to….. I need to knit faster because that darn Sheri at TLE is messing with my Knit from the Stash challenge. LOL For years Wollmeise yarn was just something of myths to me. It was always sold out before I ever saw any update. BUT…. yes, I got lucky (not lucky for my stash challenge – but lucky because some lovely sweater can be made for ME! I quickly checked out with the DK weight I wanted and then went back and put two colors of Pure in my cart, took them out, put them back, closed the web page, put them back…heck I got them too!
But anyone who has ever received a Box of Fun — you have to check out Sheri’s blog and see the photo of what she and the Loopy Elves think the recipient’s of a Box of Fun look like as they see it being delivered to them. It’s hysterical and I’m going to have to find my roller skates!
Walk away from the computer Denise and go knit!!
I started last night on a little cotton/bamboo top as a gift. It’s got a lovely little lacy design on the bottom and despite the fact that I trudged through four or five inches of new snow this morning to the bus stop, I’m trying to think spring with this color yarn.
Gotta go … there’s knitting to be done.