Sunday, January 20, 2019

Another Quilty Day

This morning was all about quilting.
This "panel challenge" needs to be completely DONE by Wednesday morning.
It will be … I hope.

This is the November (by my schedule) block for
"Dear Daughter"

December is started. I'm making 2 quilts. It takes twice as long!

Sometimes I forget just how much I enjoy quilting.
I am loving how this is turning out.

Seaside Piecemakers Challenge …
Take a panel.
Make something.

That's the criteria … pretty simple.
As I'm teaching a class at our Gathering next month
Crossroads Picnic
 I decided to incorporate my panel and my class.
This quilt will be displayed at
The Gathering and I'll have 2 other versions.

Multitasking at it's best!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Zach's Saltbox Serenade

Another quilt is done! It's pieced and quilted and squared up … that counts as done in my book … for now. It is on binding island, to be DONE in the very near future - at least by Zachary's birthday!

It was really easy piecing but NOT very intuitive. I had to refer to the pattern a lot. And there was still some stitch, rip, repeat going on.

I got the book from my Florida guild's Recycle Station for $1.00.
Now that the quilt is done - the book will be going back.
I really like the quilt.
It's great for a boy who will love it and most probably wear it out.
The book does not bring me joy … it served it's purpose.

Zach's color choice was blue and orange. I had an almost complete layer cake (Primitive Gatherings) and some yardage. I used some blue scraps to fill in and even pieced some of the squares to make them 10".

12 big blocks made from five 10" squares.

I like a busy back - some willy-nilly piecing.

And … it's ready to be bound.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Ninja Knitting

I'm a self-proclaimed, "Quilter who knits." As such … I knit a lot, whenever I'm not quilting (sewing) I'm usually knitting. Knitting is good for you - it's social (I'm in a knit group), it's lo-cal (you can't eat when knitting), it's generous (if you are knit-worthy), there's even research that says knitting is good for your mental health. So … I knit.

I recently started a new pair of "social knitting socks." They are an easily executed pattern that I can do while visiting and chatting with my knit book, waiting at appointments, in the car, etc.

I got so involved in these socks that I inadvertently stitched the pattern on the top of the foot (normal) AND the bottom of the foot (not normal).

Most times, you would not want to walk on an uneven stitch pattern. So … now what? I had 2 options - rip the whole thing out and start over … OR …

Cut off the toe …

I have never done anything like this before, but I was brave and simply

Then I picked about a lot of yarn bits, picked up the live stitches (this took several attempts), and knit a cuff in a contrasting color.  The contrast color will be for the heel and (new) toe, too.

The Ninja Knitting took exactly the same amount of time as a hockey game - just long enough for the CAPS to lose (insert sad face.) And now, my social knitting sock is ready to go … what was the foot is now the leg and I'm ready to knit a heel (and foot).

Friday, January 11, 2019


Have you heard or seen
THE Challenge?

365 Blocks
in 365 Days

It's not a BOM.
It is a BOD … Block of the Day.
I really did not plan to start another "Have to make" kind of project.
My focus was truly going to be …

FINISH what I have started.


I just could not resist. My goal is to try for weekly. 7 blocks made in batches, once a week seems pretty doable … I think.  I pulled some blues - dark/dark, dark, medium from the scrap bin.  This is not a real - Use it Up - kind of thing but it is going to use a lot of scraps.

The web site has ALL the info, including pictures, fabric suggestions and previous blocks. It's never too late to start.  

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Distaff Day

What the heck is Distaff Day, you ask?

Distaff Day, also called Roc Day, is 7 January, the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff's Day, one of the many unofficial holidays in Catholic nations.
St. Distaff's Day gatherings are held, large and small, throughout local fiber community. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women's work.[1]
In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. Women of all classes would spend their evenings spinning on the wheel. During the day, they would carry a drop spindle with them. Spinning was the only means of turning raw wool, cotton or flax into thread, which could then be woven into cloth.
Men have their own way of celebrating this occasion, called Plough Monday, the first Monday after Epiphany when men are supposed to get back to work.
Every few years, Distaff Day and Plough Monday fall on the same day. Often the men and women would play pranks on each other during this celebration, as described by Robert Herrick in his poem "Saint Distaffs day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day" which appears in his Hesperides.[2]
Some modern craft groups have taken up the celebration of Distaff day as part of their new year celebrations.
Robert Herrick wrote a poem on the subject which was later adapted into a song.[3]

On Saturday, my knitting group, and a whole lot of other fiber lovers

headed to Orlando for a day of Knitting, Crochet, Spinning, Weaving

and of course … shopping!
There were demos and door prizes and laughing and meet-ups

and of course eating! I did my part to support the vendors.

It was a lovely day to end the holiday season. I'll be there again next year!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Best Bee

That's the name of my nighttime Quilt Bee in MD.
Just Sew Bee is the daytime group.

They are the best ladies!!!
We've been through a lot together … 
kid drama, losing parents, illness
moving, babies, job changes
sewing, laughing, crying, eating
block swapping and retreating.

I love these ladies!
Everyone should be as lucky as me to have girlfriends.

Even though I moved away 2.5 years ago, we stay in touch through group texts and visits.  We exchange Christmas gifts every year.

This year was a great haul!
I missed the holiday gathering but received a wonderful package in the mail!

Today was spent in 2nd grade, helping Kid#2 prep for her first day back after Christmas break AND maternity leave.  
This little cutie will be staying behind with her work-from-home Daddy.

Amelia's mommy shed a few tears (ok, actually, she may have sobbed).
 Her Grammie might have gotten a little teary too.
School starts back on Thursday.
Kid#2 is ready and Grammie will be back volunteering.

Monday, January 7, 2019

A Month of Sundays

Such an appropriate/descriptive saying … A Month of Sundays.  Today finally ended what has felt like a week of Sundays to me.  Today, it is Monday and if felt like a Monday.

I LOVE Mondays … a fresh start, a beginning, all the possibilities, a brand new "To Do". I'm weird this way, I know. But … Hurray for Monday!

Today … Christmas was finally put away for 2018.

All the Santas have been wrapped up, packed up and put away.

The Christmas quilts have been washed and stored.

Everything has been moved back up into the attic.  My Cute Husband has this really wonderfully handy thing …
a garage elevator!

Put the stuff on the platform, push a button and it goes right up into the ceiling.
He climbs up the stairs, moves the boxes off the platform and
lowers it down for more.

It is truly a brilliant piece of household equipment!!