Quiltathon continues

My quiltathon will continue today and jump over to  Judy’s to see what the others are up to during their quiltathons.

Yes there are some boring chores – laundry, dishes – to take care of at some point but I’ve been enjoying spending the last two days mostly in  the sewing room.    I haven’t decided what I plan to work on for sure.  I will either be working on CTS blocks or working on this quilt.

  Autumn Ripples — or actually my smaller version of it.  The original Autumn Ripples quilt I designed for Hoffman California Fabrics for the Indian Summer fabric collection.  The fall fabrics in the center of the quilt are the actual Indian summer fabrics – they had sent me some samples so I had to use them since I love falls colors and some of these have a  bit of gold glitz overlay that looks like dried leaf veins.  The original pattern (free on Hoffman’s website) had these same blocks turned on point.  Since I was working with a very limited amount of fabric – fat quarters or less in most cases – I had just enough  to set the blocks straight and found fabrics in the stash for the background and borders.  I can’t even begin to remember how long that border fabric has been in the stash.  I must have found it on a really good sale because I had lots of it originally and it has made it’s way into several quilts or as backing.  It has a bit of gold glitz too.

I just need to see if I have a batting piece large  enough for this one to get it layered.  This quilt would “kill two birds with one stone” so to speak, it’s on my UFO Challenge list (which I’m woefully behind on) and it was one of the Quilts From the Crate.

Then again, there’s those new CTS blocks to make.  Decisions, decisions… but the first decisive decision — I need some breakfast or  brunch — food, I’m hungry — and more coffee.

1:15 p.m.  – you would think by now I’d have had breakfast, brunch — food in general.  I was looking in the fridge to decide what I wanted and there was the left over roasted asparagus from last night, fresh mushrooms — hmmmm asparagus, mushroom and swiss omlet – my favorite! And wouldn’t it go good with the raspberry muffins I made that are in the freezer.  Well I hate taking muffins out of the freezer and having to defrost in the microwave so that meant I had to delay brunch for a while till it had mostly thawed out on its own and the I could stick it in the over to reheat it.   Soooo back to the sewing room I went.  I’ve been puttering trying to figure out what fabrics to use for Judy’s CTS block this month — finally decided and  have that block about 3/4’s done.

Here’s Susan’s block for this month – the poinsettia – I had that one made ahead of time. 🙂

    Remember you come back to my blog next month to get the final instructions to put the whole CTS quilt together.  Will you be caught up and ready to start final assembly?  (or more importantly at least to me — will I be caught up?). LOL    I’ve got a couple more House in the Woods blocks to make (2 I think), finish Judy’s block which will be done this afternoon,  put a face on my  Cinder Paws (Sheryl’s cat from last month) and trim it to size, and make Sheryl’s block for this month.  Not too bad all in all.

Omelet and Muffin are calling!

3:45 p.m. — time for a coffee break. I finally ate, cleaned up the kitchen and then got back to work.  I now have Judy’s CTS block for this month finished.   Now I have to go find the rest of my House in the Woods blocks to see how many I have left to make.  (Okay I did sneak in a few rows of knitting too after I ate and have about another inch to go before I can start on the heel flap). 😉


6:15 p.m. — the final update for today  since I’m heading out of the sewing room soon.

Once again I realize why I don’t like working on scrappy – even controlled scrappy quilts where I have to decide what fabrics to use in each block — it just takes too dang long! LOL  Not necessarily the choosing though I’m trying to spread all the various colors out so they’ll be balanced in the quilt – but the cutting for each individual block.  I’ve been in the sewing room the better part of the  day – okay with lots of breaks – but I have a whooping two blocks to show for it (and a  rather messy sewing room table).  I did start on Sheryl’s block (which I’m not going to show you until after she posts it) 😉 so actually 2-1/2 blocks done.

But time to close up shop in the sewing room for the nite in order to get ready for that Saturday night tv viewing — the only night I actually have shows I like to watch but nothing deep or thought provoking — purely for entertainments sake.  The britcoms, the saturday night horror movie – yes tonight its the giant praying mantis that ate the world (okay that could be thought provoking I suppose) VBG – I love those old black and white low budget movies before computerized special effects where costumes were badly made and the occasional microphone can be seen or the wires to make people fly.   So need to go take up my comfy chair soon.  In the meantime,  I found the nose and eyes for the kitty block that I need to applique, have a little applique on another block to do, and need to find some embroidery floss or pearl cotton to give the cat his mouth.  So I’m gathering up supplies in order to head to my comfy chair, make a bowl of popcorn for later, and after that applique, back to the socks.


Socktoberfest Opal Challenge – Pair 2

WordPress can be so annoying some times!  Upload the photo, type the text, publish the post and zip zero nada  — it deletes it all!  So here we go AGAIN!

  This is the second pair started last night for the Opal sock challenge.  I usually don’t use the self patterning yarns for myself because the “pattern” is set up for a sock that uses fewer stitches than I do in my socks so it never “self-patterns” quite like it’s shown.  But I really like the colors in this one.  The gray areas look like they are sort of floating on the breeze – not the tight little design shown on the yarn label but I like it none the less.  So this is how far I got last night and with a little bit of knitting with that first or second cup of coffee this morning.   Did I say I loved the colors in this yarn?