Thursday, May 13, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Debby Brown, of Debby Brown Quilts is hosting a year-long quilting class called: Color Blocks. Each month she provides the instructions to complete a quilt using 16-patch blocks. We are now into May (the 5th month of 2021). I have completed 2 quilts - January and March.
My January Color Blocks are on the back of a quilt and I do love a beautiful backside.
Friday, May 7, 2021
I'm getting stuff DONE!
I've often been asked ... how do you get so much done?! There's a secret to my productivity. It's called multi-tasking. Some people feel like too many irons in the fire is distracting and nothing gets finished. I feel like working a bit on many things is the way to go. Suddenly - I have finishes!
Friday mornings, I'm typically sitting in a coffee shop (drinking iced tea) with knitting friends. This is when I work on socks. Social knitting requires an easy, no-nonsense pattern.
Friday, April 30, 2021
When I'm not sewing, I'm usually knitting. I call myself a "quilter who knits." Sometimes I feel like a "knitter who quilts" but really - it's simply FIBER FIRST ... whatever form the fiber takes.
Today, I met up with some knitting buddies. We usually (often, sometimes) get together at a coffee shop in town and knit and chatter on Friday mornings. Today, I worked on a Cranky Sock and went really off the rails and had iced tea.
Sometimes the sewing is a remake. When the weather got too warm for long sleeves but Amelia (best Grandie, evah) still wanted to wear her giraffe dress ... Grammy to the rescue.
I wasn't too sure if it would work, but she would certainly have outgrown it by next winter so what the heck ... I gave it a try and it worked! She'll get several more months of wear out of this dress - and it has pockets!
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Sometimes I think I wrote what was in my head, my thoughts and ideas. When I go back and read it - those thoughts must have stayed in my head because they're not here written.
This is my basket of 1.5" strips. I pull from it and add it to ALL the time. It is currently NOT overflowing, always a good thing because that means I've been digging in and using strips.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
M&M Sew Charming launched a new Facebook challenge!
We both (Mary and Marjorie) trim up scraps and save 1.5" strips. They were starting to overwhelm the containers. Marjorie keeps them sorted by color in a large plastic shoe box. I keep my in a jumble in a basket. Regardless of how we save them, we were both have the same problem ... the containers were full to overflowing.
I've been working out of this basket, making Pineapple blocks for several years. No rush, it's been a retreat project (3 times) and a in-between project forever. BUT ... I also add to this basket all the time, with every quilt I make.
The "add to" has been bigger than the "use it".
Sew ... enter a new challenge - Strip Tease
I chose the "cut to size" method and spent a couple of hours, pulling and cutting lights and darks. Mediums were a problem easily solved. Some mediums go well when surrounded by darks and some go well with lights.
Side bar - did you ever think back in high school that you would have an opportunity to correctly use the word hypotenuse?
I started and continued with a constant green fabric for the center of all the strip sets. After I stitched the lights and darks, I simply laid my Pineapple Ruler on top and squared up the block. It's hard to see in the photo but having an 8.5" ruler made the trim-up easy.
Monday, April 19, 2021
When I opened up Blogger to start writing it made me laugh ... the other day my post title was "Rainy Day". We've had beautiful sunny days since then until today when it's another RAINY day. It really is just a coincidence.
What's been going on? This and that and the other thing.
I got some pretty thread in the mail. Red Thread Studio has lots of pretties on their site. I'm doing some stitching on a super secret project AND I'm stitching a sample for a demo I volunteered to show for a new group - Plays With Needles. We meet monthly for WOOL WORK!!!