Big Blocks

I’ve made my tester block for the Barn Dance quilts largest hole in the barn door block.  The finished block will measure 24″ and has three smaller complete blocks set within it.

The picture was taken at a bit of an angle but here’s my first completed one.

20160416_1  Instructions will be coming soon to start making the three smaller blocks that make up part of the larger  block.  Once those 12 smaller blocks are completed, it takes no time to get the rest of these big blocks set together.

Here’s that block on the design wall with all the others I have finished.  No way will all these blocks fit up on the design wall for this project.




On the Needles – 4/15/16

There are way too many things on the needles – although that doesn’t seem to stop me from adding more things on needles.

I love the On The Spice Market shawl and there’s a KAL and after looking at all the lovely color combinations people are using in their shawls, I couldn’t resist.


This is the yarn I will be using – a Miss Babs yummy 2-ply toes gradient set – this color grouping is called Gemstones.  The yarn at the top is my background – same type of Miss Babs yarn but this color is Fleur de sel.  I am showing some self-control tho – I’m not winding yarn and casting on this very minute.  Maybe tomorrow night….

Tonight I’m hoping to get the back of my CF Cardipalooza sweater done.  I was knitting along merrily and realized oh no – I forgot I was adding a lace pattern to the upper back of this sweater.  But I think it will still work out and actually be easier since all the armhole shaping is already done so I was spared the math of figuring out how many stitches were going to be decreased and getting the center of the lace pattern centered in the sweater.

20160415_2I’ve just started on a couple of the rows of the lace on the top in the photo.  There won’t be as wide a swath of it as originally planned but that’s okay. It’s an easy lace pattern so should go pretty quickly.

I also finally got back on track with the lace wrap after many false starts.  Here’s how far I got – it has gotten set aside for a bit because I really want to concentrate on my sweater (and that shawl I’ll undoubtedly start tomorrow) 🙂



Exciting News – Purple is coming……

Vol13-blog-tour-coming-socialmediaYes purple is the color of the next issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine and I’m so pleased that one of my blocks will be included in this issue!

If you’ve been around for the blog tours before, you know that means a week of sneak peeks and information on the various blocks in the issue and a tour to visit some of the designer’s blogs/websites.  There will of course prizes and giveaways on the Quiltmaker blog, Quilty Pleasures, as well as giveaways on the other blogs as well as my own where you could win your own issue of the magazine.   My day on the blog tour is Wednesday, May 4, so don’t miss out on the fun!



This set done


6″, 12″ and 18″blocks all finished.  And one extra block in there which I didn’t realize until I stuck them all up on the design wall. I forgot I had made a test block of the 18″ block before cutting the rest so have one extra one.  I’ll just wait until all the blocks are done and then decide which one to pull out.

As for  that knitting project I was having issues with – well they continue –  I think I was a bit to sleepy as I was knitting the last pattern row of the first repeat.  Knit the 5 stockinette rows after that pattern row and then realized my yarn overs were not in the right place.   Drat I ripped it back again.  But it was also a chance to change one other thing that was sort of bugging me.  When I changed the side border garter stitches from 3 to 10, I also knit 10 rows garter as the end edging.  But 10 rows don’t end up to be as wide in inches as 10 stitches do.  So now I’ll widen the starting edging a bit more and see if I can actually knit more than two repeats of the pattern without running amok!   This pattern isn’t difficult but clearly things are conspiring against me – or I’m conspiring against myself – but this time it is going to be perfect. (or else!)

Barn Dance 18″ finished blocks


The instructions for the 18″ blocks are now available on the Barn Dance project page.    I’ve got all my HSTs and side “rails” pieced.   The hardest part was figuring out what 6″ block I previously made will go in the center of the block.   But the decision is made so hopefully I’ll have finished blocks by the end of the day.

20160409_7  One done – seven more to go.


I cut out and finished off the last three Barn Dance blocks that were 6″ and even got my tester block made for the next size block that needs to be done.


The fabric in the outer round of this block is one of my favorite batiks with the mix of colors in it.

Here’s all my blocks finished so far.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

I shan’t talk about the cold winds and snow flurries flying about the past couple days – it’s April in Wisconsin – that’s what it does.  One day you don’t need a coat – the next it snows.

This week I have stopped and started and restarted and changed patterns, changed needle sizes, switched to double stranded — yes a knitting project that is just not cooperating but I think I have finally tamed it today.  I wanted a long rectangular scarf in lace weight yarn to go with a sweater.  I didn’t like the first two patterns I tried, needle size was too large.  Decided maybe I didn’t really like lace weight yarn so tried it doubled.  Didn’t care for that or the pattern I tried.   Finally went back to single strand, smaller needle and a different pattern.  Restarted that three times – once thinking I had messed up, second time when I got to the same spot I realized the pattern has several things amiss in it.  I figured out what was wrong and restarted again only to decided I didn’t like the little three stitch border on it and really liked the look of someone else’s project in Ravelry that had a wider edging.  What the heck – ripped it back again.  If I’m going to be knitting 90 or so inches of this I want to love it when it’s done.  Here it is before I ripped it back the last time to make the edging wider.20160409_2

I’ve cast on again and have the first chevron repeat section finished so on to the second one.  One good thing with all this restarting – I now have the pattern memorized so can just read my knitting as I go and not have to follow the written instructions.


This evening I finished off another pile of Hole in the Barn Door blocks.   Here’s all my 6″ blocks so far — I’ve tallied them up and I need to make just three more and then I can move on to the next size.  So if you are stitching along on this one, look for a new block size instruction to be posted soon.

Happy April

April showers may bring may flowers but I don’t think those tulips which have just begun poking their leaves through the soil thought too much of the snowstorm yesterday.  Not much and it didn’t least long but it was really windy so it looked like a blizzard out there for a short time.

Yesterday, a bunch of chores got done, some moving of furniture, and a bit of knitting.

I’ve got some blocks partially sewn for Barn Dance and hope to finish off the last of my 6″ blocks this week so we can move on to the next block size in the not too distant future.  Anyone sewing along on this one?  I’d love to see photos of your progress in the Flickr group.   I know there are several people from the Ravelry Quilters Knitting group who are since I’ve seen their photos posted there.

These lovelies arrived at my door yesterday.    On the left is JulieSpins! Lace in the color called Farmers Market.20160402_1

On the right is some Wollmeise Pure in Zimtapfel.   I had a brain storm – a fall wedding I will be going to so I think I may make a pretty sweater out of the Wollmeise and a light large rectangular wrap to go with it in the lace yarn.  I just love the colors in the Farmers Market yarn.  After receiving this I also remembered I have some JulieSpins! yarn for a sweater I had ordered for the 2014 Unclub in Aleppo Pepper that is nearly the same color – DUH!  Which is oh so silky feeling.  I may use that instead of the Wollmeise and mix the Wolmeise with another color I have in the stash to make a striped pullover.   I need to pull out the Aleppo Pepper and see if it will cooperate.  I know I haven’t used it (past doing a swatch) because the hanks were not winding properly – I hate that but it happens from time to time with all kinds of yarn.  So will see if I have the patience to mess with it.

I started the shawl last night but the stitch pattern is causing my hands to hurt when repeating those movements a zillion times across tiny stitches.  I’m going to try switching to a different pattern and different needles to see if that helps — I want a simple airy rectangular shawl.

I haven’t decided for sure on the sweater but have a couple in mind.  And in the meantime last week I cast on a CF version of the Hedwig pattern on Ravelry and am moving right along on the back.  I do love the feel of this linen blend yarn.


I also have made a bit of progress on the sleeves shell to go under my striped cardi.


On the left is the striped front of the cardigan and on the right a start on the shell to go under it.  I’m just sort of making up the pattern of stripes/color blocked sections in the shell as I go using the leftover yarns.