On The Needles Friday – May 24, 2013

scarfyarn What’s on the Needles this week — well there’s been several different scarfs on and off the needles because I just couldn’t settle on a color combination I liked.  But then found this yarn and this is what I’m sticking with.  I wanted something with lots of different colors since the scarf will be my Dad’s birthday gift next month.  They’re moving back to the Midwest from Arizona after about 15 years there so I’m not even sure if he still has a winter coat so I wanted something that would work with whatever he might have or get.  I found this yesterday out shopping and here’s what I’ve got done so far.   The yarn is Amazing in the Arcadia colorway.

dad's scarf


The other yarn I found there that jumped into my hands and would not let me out of the store without it was the Three Irish Girls Wexford Merino Silk.   You know anything with 60% silk in it has to feel absolutely wonderful and has a pretty sheen to it.

irishgirlsMom would love this color – shades of aqua to gray – so it will probably be something for her birthday.  So with Dad’s birthday, Mom’s birthday, Father’s Day (perhaps a hat for Dad to match his scarf) and Camp Loopy’s first project all due in June – I’ll be busy.  But with a bit of a reprieve since I’ll just hold the birthday presents hostage until after they move in July so I can give them in person.

Things are hoppin this morning….

Well except for that maid or the quilting elves  –  one of them forgot to make the banana muffins this morning.  How rude! LOL    I stopped for a coffee break (and realized I was hungry because it was lunch time and I hadn’t had any breakfast yet)  and had to make the muffins first.  So the pan of muffins just came out of the oven  and there’s a loaf of banana bread still baking.  I’ve finally rid the freezer of the glut of bananas that would slide out at me whenever I moved anything in the freezer.  And remembered to take the ground beef out to defrost for the stuffed mushroom caps I want to make for dinner – so hopefully I won’t be eating dinner at 9 p.m. like last night — time slipped away from me by the time I finally left the sewing room in search of food. 🙂

Now to try to patiently wait for the muffins to cool just a little.

So what else is hoppin?  Laundry is going, dishwasher loaded and running (let’s see – what else can I turn on to do work for me while I do something else) LOL   – nothing, but I’ve been busy in the sewing room and finally seeing progress.  In addition to drawing up the ladybug quilt design this morning, my little featherweight has been humming along.

cobbledpath  All the Cobbled Path blocks are stitched and now up on the design wall – I moved them to the larger design wall so I could get them all up there.    And  I also finished sewing the rows together on the graduation music quilt.  Since I was moving that to the smaller design wall, decided to quickly stitch the last rows so now I can figure the borders for that one.





And then I had one of those light bulb moments (as I was trying to figure out how I’d get the two quilts I want to quilt for the fundraiser done in time).    Hanging on the wall in my sewing room is one of the quilts I had decided a long time ago I would use for the fund raiser.  Hidden in plain sight!

frozendelightsFrozen Delights has been done and waiting.  I kept looking at the pile of finished quilts and wall hangings thinking I already had at least one done I had planned to donate but it just didn’t seem to be in that stack — and that was my problem – I had taken it out of the pile to hang on the sewing room wall for a while.

I still want to make and finish the ladybug quilt for donation and I think the cobblestone path quilt can linger a bit on the design wall and when done it will go into my charity quilt pile to go to a different cause.  So deadline issues solved.  If I really like the ladybugs I may keep them — there’s several smaller quilts in the charity stack that I could use instead of the ladybugs too so I’m no longer feeling like I’m really rushed.

I may go find a small table runner or small wall hanging in my “to be quilted” heaps (yes heaps – tidy folded ones but heaps nonetheless).  I want to try out the new free motion foot I ordered and try the Sulky invisible thread to see if I like it or if I need to place an order for a brand I used to buy, which I found on line.  So again the cracker jack store clerk who told  me that brand was no longer made was incorrect – the store just doesn’t carry it anymore.

Time for that muffin and then a quick tidy of the sewing table so I can move on to the next project.


Ladybug quilt

Today’s first up — the Cobbled Path blocks.  I just have one final seam to sew in all the blocks after I do some pressing so hope to get all the blocks up on the design wall a bit later.

Second – make a quilt with the ladybug fabric I posted.  I’m thinking this

ladybugquiltwith the ladybugs of course I those big pink snowball blocks.  Now I just need to figure out if I have enough fabric to do this since I was just pulling stuff from the stash to go with it.