On the Needles Report and Saturday plans

DSCN4250 My CF Cardipalooza sweater is moving along.   Back is done, right front is done, and as you can see the left front is on the needles.   I’m a little concerned I may run out of yarn — but then with every sweater I’m always a bit concerned with that and so far I’ve always had extra.  So we’ll see what  happens.  This one if I remember right had 3/4 sleeves so they won’t use up as much yarn as the sleeves of my prior sweaters have so I think I’ll be all right because I don’t like playing a game of yarn chicken to find out that I lose. :-)

 

It’s a windy, cold, dreary day (much like yesterday except it’s not raining yet) so I think a good day to spending the sewing room.

DSCN4251  I want to get the rest of these Tiny Dancer block sections made out of the jelly roll I’m using, and then I’ll decide if it needs to be any bigger.  I may have a few fabrics in the stash that would go well with these.  I really like that these are made has half hexagon blocks and then you simply sew the rows.  The half hexies along the outside (at top and bottom in this photo) will be replaced with something from the stash so I an put those blocks together with their made to make full hexies out of them.

DSCN4252These are the strips I pulled out of the jelly roll that I don’t plan to use in these blocks — except I may try the red and blue diagonal striped one to see if it stands out enough against my background fabric.  The other prints are too large for this project and the one smallest print would fade into my background fabric.  The large stripe/border fabric type strips remind me of kitchen curtains. :-)

They’ll be put to use on the backing or in some other project since I still have these  left over — DSCN4254After cutting out the pieces for one block, these sections are left (they are folded in half so twice as long).  So I’ll mix the larger prints back in with these for a second project.

After I finish those few hexies I already have cut tho, I need to get back to work on this

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Yes – this wedding quilt needs to be finished!!!  If I remember right I have the most putzy part done – quilting 1/4″ I from all the block framing strips – lots of stopping and starting.  So the rest should move along a little more quickly (I hope)

Stash in and stash out

There’s been lots of sewing the past two days, but only a tiny finish to add to the “used” tally of the stash busting report which does not in any way equal the new fabrics that came in for two projects. ;-)  But nonetheless the stash page has been updated.

More Tiny Dancer blocks were made this morning.

DSCN4242 They are definitely very addictive to make.  I’m nearing the end of the jelly roll strips that will work for this project – some of the strips have too large a print or very wide stripe and print that I don’t think will show up well.  I can only get one block out of a strip but I think I’ve got enough left of the strips I’ve already used that I can get a half block out of them so where there are half block around the outside in some of the photo to straighten off that side, I’ll move those half blocks to create full ones and replace them with.

I think I’ve got six or seven more blocks cut and then I’ll see where I’m at.

I also pulled out some binding left over from some other project which was great for this little hummingbird.

DSCN4245  I just need to hand stitch the binding to the back.

 

A few productive day in the sewing room

My last two Kat heads are finished.  So, two month’s into this BOM and I’m still up to date — miraculous!  LOL  I now have one design wall of Kat heads and the other design wall still has the Dog Pound Pals upon it (that BOM – not so up to date and actually way behind).

DSCN4239  When I went searching in the stash I found that fabric for the head on the left.  I absolutely love that one.  I love all the colors in it and even though it has some shades of green in it – I think it make a really cute Kat  I had just a big enough piece to cut out one cat.

After having pizza delivered for dinner, I was just going to do a little cleaning up in the sewing room but spied the jelly roll of fabric and had a pattern sitting out I’ve been wanting to make so decided to see if I could use the jelly roll for it and yes, it would work.  Pulled out my handy dandy Hex  N More ruler which I love (it can cut hexagons and half hexagons and the corresponding triangles that fit on a hexagon — all kinds of shapes with blunted edges to help line them up when piecing).  Anyway – I had the Tiny Dancer pattern and I have a fabric I want to try it with using larger blocks but decided to try a smaller version with the jelly roll to see how I like it.

DSCN4240 I think these blocks could be addictive — so super simple and no Y-seams since you piece them into  rows of half hexies   But enough already since I’ve been in the sewing room all day and night (it’s now Sunday a.m. – okay just barely but I’ve spent about hours sewing – need to go find a different chair to sit in.)

PatchKats Progress

DSCN4234  I’ve been busy today.  Friend Gloria came over late morning and we spent several hours sewing.  I’ve got all except two of my PatchKats April blocks done – the Kat heads.  I think I may go looking for a gold color to use for the last two.  Then I need to go back and cut out all the other Kat block and background pieces.  I only cut what I needed for the head blocks so far.

There was a trip to JoAnn Fabrics involved since Gloria  needed more supplies and what did I come home with –

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a pretty new shears – that is actually sharp unlike every other scissors here.  I’ve tried sharpening some of them but it has not worked and I  am tired of searching thru them to find one that is just as sharp nipping with the tip as it is cutting with the whole length of the blade.  I had a 50% off coupon and I had a gift card in my purse I hadn’t  used so free pretty blue scissors.

It’s been a lovely spring day here- I’ve had the windows and doors open since early this morning.  The warmer temps and sun the past couple days have the leaves starting to pop out on the trees and green grass everywhere.  Not quite time for the first grass cutting of the season but soon.  I need to wander down to the apartment garden plots because I can see rather large green clumps of something in the plot where I had my garden last year.  I want to see if it’s something that has voluntarily sprouted and is a good plant or if it is a weed since sometime before Memorial Day they’ll be coming to till up the garden plots and I’ll dig it out and stick in a pot if it’s something good that’s growing out there – tho most likely a robust weed.

On the Needles – Friday, April 17, 2015

I’ve made great progress this week.  Last week I had just cast on one of the fronts of my CF Cardipalooza KAL project and I’m about halfway through the armhole on it.   It’s sideways in this photo – the lace section runs along the button band.DSCN4229

And this week there just might have been some yarn that came to my house.  There was a post about some yarn and it was knit in to some gorgeous socks.  But I’ve been wanting to pull out my loom and start something on it and when I saw the yarn – well it was meant to be.

DSCN4225 My photo does not do this yarn justice at all.  You can see it knit up into socks at the top of Sheri’s post here.   I can’t wait to see how it looks woven into a scarf.

Now here’s the really important question — if I’m trying to “knit the stash” does it count if I buy yarn specifically to weave????   I knew you’d agree with me that it didn’t!! ;-)

Okay – I’ll add it into the “stash added” numbers but hopefully I’ll get it on the loom this week so it will soon appear in the “stash used” column.

 

Don’t forget those of you who are doing the PatchKats BOM.  April’s installment will go up tomorrow so that means the March installment will no longer be available.  Be sure to get it before it is gone.

Sunday Sewing

I’ve been busy in the sewing room so far all day and finally have all the framing sections straight line quilted – now to trim up all the threads before moving on to the free motion quilting but I thin that quilting I’ll save for another day.

Last night as I was winding more bobbins, I decided not to waste the thread on two bobbins that were left over from the last project and not the right color for this one.

DSCN4224I had pulled this block out thinking I’d made a pillow out of it and had it layered with some leftover batting waiting to be quilted.   The border is just a bunch of various random stitch patterns I was trying out, and the center has various feathers quilted on it.   I can’t take credit for the actual block – it was one I received in a block swamp many many years ago but I love the little hummingbird and the fabrics that were used in this block.

Now I think I actually need to get dressed and go outside!  Yes, I’ve been busy quilting in my pjs – appropriate since it’s a pj party weekend of quilting on The Quilting Post yahoo group.  But it is fairly sunny tho really windy since the trees are really swaying out there – but my computer says the temperature is about 70 — so I have to go really see if it’s that nice outside and perhaps open a window or door and let some fresh air in if that’s the case.

Have I told you….

how much I love quilting on my Brother Nouvelle 1500S .  I ordered it just a little over a year ago but have had really sort of  limited time to quilt on it — too many other things going on.  But I’ve managed to get a couple more projects done on it lately and I still love it – which is a very good thing! :-)

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This wedding quilt is the largest one I’ve quilted on it so far and it’s just so amazing how much difference that extra harp room makes.

I decided rather than taking just the simple way out and meander quilting all over, I’m straight line quilting first all the framing pieces about 1/4″ inside the edges.  Lots of stopping and starting but I also do love the automatic thread cutter so I don’t have to keep pulling threads to the top to start or lift the quilt to cut underside threads.  I’m using light blue thread which looks really good against that taupey/gray colored fabric.    I’ve got all the vertical straight lines quilted so that is a good days work and my shoulders and arms are telling me that’s enough quilting for one day.

Perhaps tomorrow I’ll start on the horizontal sections.  After that there will be free motion quilting within the blocks and I’ll switch to cream colored thread and meander the background fabric area.

Now to figure out just what delivery place will be bringing me dinner tonight since I never did have lunch nor did I have a plan for dinner.

Oh an the other thing I definitely love, the Rowenta DW5197 — no auto shutoff is stupendous and I love steam.  I don’t even set it on the highest steam setting because that would be too much steam.  Yes definitely in love with this iron.  Someone asked me if it’s heavy – I think all Rowenta irons are heavy but then I like them because of that fact.   So if you were looking for a light weight iron, this may not be the one for you.

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Sunshiney Saturday

The sun is shining after about 3 or 4 nearly continuous days of rain.  Things are really greening up around here tho and now we just need some warmer temperatures.  It’s been a busy week here so I’m playing catch-up once again since I don’t think I turned the laptop at home on all week.

First my belated On the Needles report —

There is actually something OFF the needles – at least one part.

DSCN4211 The back of my CF Cardipalooza KAL sweater is done.   I just love this lace pattern.

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Even though I started one of the fronts and ripped it back twice because I kept dropping out a yarn over in the lace pattern.  I think I’ve got myself back on the right track now.  The actual color of this yarn is what is in the lace pattern closeup – not bright blue like the sweater back photo.  I do like the Lotus Autumn Wind yarn and think it will make a great feeling spring/summer sweater with the blend it is, but it does have more knots in it than I would expect which is mildly irritating.

One of my purchases while I was on vacation (clicking the “add to cart” button at a few  shops) was a quilt kit.  I can’t remember the last time I bought a quilt kit –  many many many years ago and I think it may still be sitting in the closet.  It usually ends up there are fabrics I don’t like; the last one I put together they were missing two of the fabrics listed in the instructions and I think the one lingering in the closet has fabrics that if I had felt them in person, I never would have ordered since the quality just doesn’t seem to be there.  In any event, I had seen this quilt kit previously and wasn’t able to find just the pattern so when I found it on sale last week, I had to order it.  The fabrics are so bright and cheery and all those swimsuits just make me smile.

DSCN4216It’s Sanibel Quilt by Gina Martin.  I think it will be a fun project to stitch up.  My favorite fabrics in the packet are one with sunglasses printed on it, one with Adirondack chairs on it, and one that looks like the woven seats that old lawn chairs were made out of.    It will be a fun seasonal quilt to hang up.

 

Today – if I ever get busy and stop puttering on the computer and sipping coffee – I think I’ll get started finally on quilting the wedding quilt that I layered while on vacation.  I’ve also got a couple little projects to quilt — pieces that I cut from a panel that will be new little wallhangings for my office cubicle I think — the speak about the need to have cupcakes!  A must on some days – and will be really cute.

It’s quilted

It’s not yet finished – but it is now quilted.

DSCN4208I just straight line quilted all the sashing pieces using the walking foot.  The black binding is machine stitched on and I just need to get it folded  and clipped in place so I can hand stitch it down.  I save that for later because I seriously need to give the sewing room a straightening up after all this activity in there this week.