Cleaning done!

Well at least the sewing room is other than a final vacuum.  The living room – well while cleaning the closets, the bedroom and sewing room, everything that wasn’t in it’s rightful place/room, has temporarily found it’s way to my dining table and breakfast bar so the kitchen/living room look horrible.  But I’m not worrying about that tonight.

  See I told you there was a step stool under that landslide!  Landslide put away, I moved the shelving unit that was there to a differnt corner and it’s all tidied, and stacked the wooden crates for the tv.  Note the bonus HSTs are not on the design wall anymore.  The table is cleared and I’ve started squaring them up — dang forgot I hadn’t done that yet.

I had a stack of quilt tops that I had pulled from the UFO boxes, and some recent ones I finished, that I’d love to see quilted since most are for charity quilts.

In my cleaning I found I have three 9.5″ square Omnigrid rulers.  It’s one of my favorite sizes.  I bought a new one since the edges of mine were getting a bit worn down from all the years of use.  Then I bought a pack of them in multiple sizes which included another.  So how would you like to win a new 9.5″ square ruler?  All you have to do is post a comment with a guess as to how many projects will fit in that wooden crate.  I’ve got a few more to put in there yet.  I’ll set up a separate page where I’ll post them as I finish them.  This will not be an instant gratification prize — you have to wait until I finish them (so I may have worn out that new ruler too and need to buy another for the prize) 🙂   I didn’t count them as I put them in there so I don’t have a clue how many there are or when I’ll get them all finished.  My goal is to have this particular stack (since there are tons more in the closet) done by my birthday next year – end of July.  That doesn’t mean I  won’t be making new quilts or quilting others that aren’t in this stack, they just won’t be counted as part of these.  So a challenge to myself to see if I can get them all quilted in a year, a month and 3 days. 🙂  So the countdown is on.  I’m going to try to quilt them in the order they are stacked once I add the extras in (gosh I hope I didn’t put all the larger ones on the top of the stack!)   

So post your guess of the total number I’ll end up putting in there (don’t bother to try to count them since you can’t see all of them that are in there and don’t know how many more I can squash on top) 🙂    It’s all in just good fun and you can cheer me along in reaching my goal.  Suffice it to say, your guess should be more than 20.  Only the guess/comments posted between now and midnight tomorrow (Sunday) will be included in the game.  If more than once person guesses the number, their names will be put in a hat and a winner drawn.

So now off to run an errand and maybe, just maybe when I get back I’ll search for some backing for the first one to get layered. 😉

Denise

 – who may now be regretting putting this challenge to herself in writing!

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A Lovely Saturday

We’ll my plans to get up and start cleaning the sewing room right away haven’t materalized yet and it’s noon time.  But that’s okay.  It was the first really nice morning we’ve had in months where it wasn’t raining or humid.  I lounged in bed watching a quilting show on tv while I waited for the coffee to finish dripping.  The got dressed, made some breakfast and took it, my coffee, and a stack of knitting magazines to peruse out to the patio.  The birds were chirping and butterflies and moths were fluttering about.  A very relaxing morning indeed.

But, time to get busy.  My design wall has looked like this for several weeks now.

I’d love to get the borders on the Pinwheel Poseys and get the little top put together from the bonus HSTs on the right.  Need to pull all the fabrics back out since I need to add a piece in between all those HSTs to get the look I want.

But first I have to deal with this…..

The table needs to be uncovered so there’s actually room to sew.  I was rummaging through cds to find a EQ pattern so have a mess of them all over the table.  But hey – those fabric shelves are still looking tidy in the background (hmmm there’s room for more fabric on them too!) 🙂  The pile of yarn I found in the living room when cleaning – stuck in a place I had forgotten about.

Then there’s this  – the collapsed pile.  A mishmash of stuff I had pulled off the design wall or table that had been stacked on the little two step stool I use if I need to get to the very top of the design wall.  At some point there was a land slide so time to put it in it’s rightful home and straighten out that shelf next to it that has become a catch all of stuff.  Note the vacuum is the ready when I get this stuff put away since I have threads and schnibbles all over the place.

Speaking of that pile of yarn I found -I had decided I wanted to use one of the bright colored sock yarns in there to make another two yarn scarf like I had made several of last winter as gifts.  At first I was thinking this combination

  But the more I looked at it, that Kettle Red (from The Painted Tiger) is too close in color to some of the pinky orange colors in the yarn so it makes it look like there’s spots with no second color in the scarf when you knit it (which I learned when making some of the past ones).  So I’m thinking I’ll use this Bengal Twist, also from Painted Tiger – the color is called “What a Maroon”.  There’s a bit of that color in the scarf but not so much it will blend out the second yarn.

 Plus I like the fact that the Bengal is slightly skinner yarn than the Poems Socks (the multicolored) so will add a differnt bit of texture to the scarf.

But no stopping to get that wound into a ball yet  or I might just sit down and knit and not get to any cleaning or sewing!  That scarf will be my “bus riding” project next week I think.

Someone asked what yarn I was using for the sweater in a post comment — it’s Plymouth Yarn Kudo – Color 48 .  It’s a 50% cotton, 40% Rayon, 5% silk blend.  I’ll have two hanks of it left over when the sweater is done so think I’ll make a long skinny scarf out of it — it will add a bit of color to some of my summer sweaters and because of the cotton blend, won’t be too warm to wear.

Okay – time to get busy around here.

Denise