It’s nearly 7 p.m.!

Yikes – where has my day gone. … it’s been spent very busy in the sewing room but time to close up shop in there for the night.

tree  My strips are all done except to square up the left and ridge edges.  I cut out the tree pattern and pinned it up just to see how it will look.  I need to add the borders first before the tree since the tree will extend over the borders.

Hopefully I have enough of the dark blue I bought for the tree so I can cut it out all in one piece.  But that will wait for another day.  It was like wrestling an octopus to cut out that template and pin those tree limbs up on the design wall.

Had to stop and batten down the hatches outside – another storm moving through that really had the wind blowing and I hadn’t put all my garden planting stuff away.  Lots of wind, dark clouds moving through all day but barely more than a sprinkle of rain.

Past time to find dinner! and then I can turn my attention back to the Camp Loopy knitting project.

 

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It’s been a busy morning at FCL

FCL meaning Fabric Camp Loopy. 🙂

Sewing of strips commenced and many cups of coffee have been consumed.  Time to switch to my official camp mason jar beverage container (I forgot all about it) and make some lunch but here’s my progress so far.

blues It’s hard to get a true color photo right now because the window is right next to this design wall and it’s washing out the right side of the photo so you can’t see the subtle changes between some of those lighter fabrics and making the other side looking more yellowed but this design wall was the perfect width for this project so far and I didn’t want to have to clear off the larger one.

It’s such a nice day  – well despite the fact that there will be a big crash of thunder, I’ll unplug the computer and sewing machine, it will sprinkle for less than five minutes while the sun is still shining, stops,  and then an hour or so will pass and it will do it all gain. LOL  Very strange.

But, I’ve been busy piecing the individual strips.  I’ve got 16 up there on the design wall and I think I need to make two more and then I can start joining them all to each other. But the Camp Elves forgot to bring me breakfast (but thank goodness left a full put of coffee) and I’m starving so those two strips will have to wait until I go foraging for food!

Giveaway status and Camp Loopy has opened!!!

First – the magazine giveaway winners announced yesterday — be sure to claim your magazine if you still want it.  The winners were

Judy D in WA, Paula Cox, Judy in OKC, Barbara Winkler, Fran Cummings, Judy S, Dorothy Munger, and Marie Sagers.

So far, Judy D, Marie Sagers, Judy in OKC and Dorothy Munger have contacted me.  Dorothy you still need to let me know what magazine you want.  Still waiting to hear from the rest of the winners next Saturday I’ll offer them to the rest of the ladies who signed up on that giveaway.   And so far, A, B and one of the E’s are gone.

 

And yes – Camp Loopy officially started at midnight and as I’m always up late – even more so on the weekends – I cast on my Ethel Shawl   in my lovely  Shalimar Wisteria yarn…..  and cast on and cast on and cast on….

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You start out at the bottom edge so are casting on the longest edge but the lace pattern is so easy to memorize and I’m already contemplating making a CustomFit sweater and using that lace pattern on it – it would make the bottom of the sweater sort of scallopy but I have more than enough to keep me busy right now!   Despite the long rows, which will get shorter as I go and the beauty is altho shaping is done with  short rows, there is no wrap and turn or doublestitch – just a super simple way to avoid any holes – love it.  I didn’t bother to take any photos because it doesn’t look like much so far all scrunched up on my needles.

So midnight I cast on my Camp Loopy knitting project and this morning, I’ve already been busy in the sewing room, cutting my fabric strips for Camp Loopy – the fabric version. 🙂

Remember – this is the design I’m planning to make.

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I have done a little more tweaking on the tree (but this is the old version in this image).  I’m going to wait until I get the rest of the quilt put together before making a final decision on the tree — just exactly how big I want it to be.  I also need to check on my supply of fusible since I’m just going to raw edge applique this tree in place.  After my tweaking on it, it will take 25 sheets of paper to print out the whole tree and tape it together to get the pattern!

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So here’s the strips – 2-1/2″ wide.  Now to start cutting and sewing segments together.  If I don’t get distracted – or hear my shawl calling to me – I should be able to get the strip pieced background of this done in fairly short order.

I added a couple batiks from the stash in with the ones I bought for the challenge – the ones I added are (from left to right) – the 3rd one (which is actually the background I’m using on my Head to Toe – A Knitter’s Gifts quilt), and the 6th and 7th ones.  I’ve got one or two more blues I’m contemplating adding but we’ll see how things look as I get them up on the design wall – whether there’s the right amount of variety I want.