Sunday, November 12, 2017

Binding Bin and D.O.N.E.

There's is such a thing as a "Binding chair" and mine is now empty! By the way ... I do not actually sit in the Binding Chair - it holds quilts to be bound ... and it does it well.

There's is also such a thing as a "Binding Bin." Yes, I do have one.

It holds all of the leftover bits of binding from completed quilts.
I have completed a LOT of quilts and all this assorted binding is just waiting for it's turn to be the finishing touches on a future quilt.

Today was the day for some of it to come out of the bin and surround a quilt.  After coffee (of course) but even before a shower ... a quilt is D.O.NE!

A scrappy quilt was calling for a scrappy binding.

"My Old Friends" quilt is now complete.
And ... no longer hanging out on the binding chair.

Now ... what in the world am I going to do with THIS quilt?

As is our custom ... it's Sunday afternoon, My Cute Husband and I are heading off to World of Beer for knitting ... and football (and perhaps various other sports) and beer.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Finish


Last week :

1. Visit with daughter/granddaughter ... lunch included. And bra shopping.
2. Wednesday night bee ... we call ourselves "The Possibilibees". Dinner was included. With ice cream and brownies!
3. Thursday Sew Day - which is/was my Wednesday Daytime Bee - "The Just Sew Bee".
4. All this sewing and my 2 night stay - hosted by my dear friend Terri (and her quilt-support husband Bill).
5. New yarn shop in Annapolis!!! and a bit of yarn purchased.

And the real reason I went to Maryland ...
Southern Comforters Fall Quilt Retreat!!

Our guild friend Georgina passed away recently and her family donated her stash to our guild for making donation quilts. While at the retreat center last weekend - I used some of her fabric and made a quilt.

Hole In The Barn Door

The pattern is actually called "The 10 minute block".
Thanks to my friend, Julia, I now know how to make this block.
You can Goggle it - easy and fast!

It's a great block to show off fabric (8.5" squares) and a great block if you need a fast quilt.

The leftovers ... B side!

I quilted and bound this today ... Friday Finish!  It will go back to Maryland next month in My Cute Husband's suitcase. He'll be heading north to go to a couple of hockey games.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

What a Monday!

The title was going to be: What Another Week! ... but it's only Tuesday.

Yesterday was such an odd day.  Really could have been a rather unpleasant day, but it wasn't.

I had to go see an Oral Surgeon. My dentist sent me. He wanted someone "above his pay grade" to have a look.  I arrived 10 minutes early to be told the Doc was running late at the hospital (at least 40 minutes), and it was easy to see that there were others in front of me.  After a bit, she called me up and said, "this is a medical thing, not dental and we don't take your insurance. But ... the doc will be happy to look, when he gets here."

Ummm .... really? OK, she gave me back my stuff and off I go to my dentist office.  The office lady there was so nice, apologetic and made some phone calls and handed me papers and instructions and we're starting over.

Now - on to Walgreens. My mom's prescriptions are OFTEN screwed up. The Maryland branch keeps filling them but we live in FLORIDA! I can't seem to get this corrected even after 18 months. But ... the guy at the counter was so nice and apologetic and took care of it immediately.  I didn't even have time to play "Words With Friends."

A brief interlude here for a "Finish Photo"

A young woman friend just announced she's having a baby! As she is a quilter, I made a afghan.

The next stop on my journey was to Bealls Department to buy a new bra.  They are undergoing a major reno and the place was a mess, crowded and chaotic.  
AND ... there was not one bra in my size in the entire store ... not one!
So ... I bought a new nightgown to take to MD for my quilt retreat.

Inoffensive, even sort of cute.
BUT ...

It's a Christmas nightie.
I did NOT notice this until after I got home.

The best part of my day ...
The finished afghan and a good laugh!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

What a Week

This week I have ...
1. Taking Mom for blood work - routine; ate out for breakfast AND dinner
2. Volunteered in 2nd grade - ALL DAY
3. Attended a long (and informative) guild meeting; had lunch with a high school friend (catching up on 40+ years; laid down "for a few minutes" and missed my evening knit group at Barnes and Noble.
4. Attended an all day sew-in ... I think I'm going to make 9-patch star blocks.
5. Prepped projects for my trip to MD ... which were already prepped but needed adjustments
6. Had Kid#2 and her husband over for dinner.
7. Worked a lot and FINISHED my sweater ... I will now be warm and styling on my trip.
8. Made a baby afghan (gift)

Today ... was a day off!

It started off with the need of a warm blanket with my coffee on the back porch - it was only 65 degrees but with the promise of a lovely warm sunny day (until the rain predicated for later afternoon).

Then ...

My Cute Husband and I went for a motorcycle ride and ended up at a yarn shop ... imagine that?!!!

A little bit of a drive. No knitting while on the bike! Yarn fits great in the saddlebag.

They have such a fun bathroom!

I left a message the last time I visited.

Yarn was purchased for a NEW sweater. We made it home before any rain (we are not always so lucky).

New shoes came in the mail today.

What a great day off!!!

Monday, October 23, 2017

What a Dilemma


This has been one of those days when looking back, I will wonder - did I get anything done?


I'll look back and think - Wow! I got a lot done.

1. Took Mom to get blood work
2. Went out for breakfast
3. Finished the 2nd cuff on my MD sweater
4. adjusted and fixed the front/back bands so I can finish the lace - hopefully during TV tonight.
5. Made binding for 1 of the 2 quilts on my binding chair
6. started organizing some projects to take to my retreat next week
7. added a few more projects to the pile and took 1 project out of the pile
8. made 2 Starfecta blocks ... I'm up to 10!
9. prepped for my guild sewing day (Thursday)
10 changed my mind on what I'm doing Thursday and prepped a different project.

Now - the DILEMMA ...

My newest new quilt project. I sorted out a bunch of 5" squares and matched up a red with a blue.

Nice big pile. This will be my Sew-Day project on Thursday.

After making a gazillion Tri-square triangle blocks (Crazy 8 Method!), do I stitch them together into a 9-patch with light corners and constant center?

Those corner squares of just for the audition. They will not be what I use in the quilt.


Do I stitch them into a little 4-patch pinwheel?

This is NOT a rhetorical question ... I'm really looking for input.
There's no hurry in finishing it. I'm going to make LOTS of parts before I commit to a block.

In the meantime ... I put a good sized dent in my basket of 5" charms!!

And ... I have no idea what's for dinner tonight.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Keep At It

I make a lot of stuff ... stitched, quilted, knitted.  I'm often asked how I get so (sew) much done.  The easy answer (besides - I have no life!) is that I do it all the time.  Whenever I have a few minutes, my hands are busy.

Today, My Cute Husband and I went to the Post Office and then onto a local street fair.  I waited in the car while he did the PO business.  While driving there, while waiting in the car and then driving home, I got 8 rows knitted on a sock.  This sock has been in process for MONTHS but I only knit on it when we drive some place close by. It's my "don't have to think about it" project. I'm up to the heel-turn!

My sweater (11 days until I go to MD) is my "have to think some times about it) project.  Great for TV viewing or this afternoon, while watching Knit Stars2 ... a knitting seminar on line. I haven't finished the neck/front band yet but have moved on to sleeves.  I'm playing a bit of "Yarn Chicken" and afraid I might run out.

I'm quite sure I did NOT invent this idea but I had a light bulb moment last night (while watching some sort of cop drama - NCIS SOMEWHERE?). I didn't want to keep count of the number of decreases made and I did not have a pen handy to mark it on my ever-present sticky note.  I did have an errant piece of yarn in my knitting bag. Presto ... rows are marked at each decrease. This picture shows that I have made 5 decreases and I can easily see and count from the previous decrease to know when to make (and mark) the next.  

Knitting gets done while driving (as the passenger), while watching TV, while waiting for Mom at the hairdresser.

I like having a project cut and prepped. This is NOT always the norm but I do get more done if I have taken the time to do the prep.

Then, when I have a few minutes, I can pop in my sewing room and stitch up a few seams.  Today, I managed some time and I got 3 more blocks done.

Like magic ... there will soon be 15 blocks made. That's 1/2 of what I need.
But ... why stop at 30 blocks?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Crazy 8's or Tri-Square Triangle

 Next week, at Seaside Piecemakers Sew Day (Thursday), I'm doing a demo ... Crazy 8's.  In order to do a proper demo, I have to make a lot of parts for each step. I also needed to check some math and cutting and practice the steps.  Demo time is not the time to realize that I'm doing it wrong ... and yes, I have demoed doing it wrong!

Sew ... today was demo prep day.  In the midst of all the prep, it occurred to me that this should be my blog post.  Here goes ...

I call this block part The Tri-Square Triangle.  I think it probably has other names or maybe it's just part of a quilt block and by itself has no name.  Making 8 at time (of 1 part), my friend Cappy named: Crazy 8's.  Don't confuse this with Magic 8 ... you can goggle Magic 8 and see how to quickly and easily make eight 1/2-square triangles.  Craftsy has a free tutorial.  I'm doing a demo on this also but I didn't take pictures.

Anyway ... Crazy 8's ...
Start with 2 fabrics. I cut mine 5" x 5"
Make through the centers - top to bottom and side to side
Stitch 1/4" away from each marked line

For a better visual, I marked the cutting lines. In reality, I simple cut and don't mark these.  
Cut through the center between the stitching (top to bottom and side to side) AND cut both diagonals.

After you cut these apart, press to the dark.  You will have 4 with fabric #1 on the left side of the unit and 4 with fabric #1 on the right hand side ... KEEP THE LIKE UNITS TOGETHER.  You will have 2 piles.

Cut a 3rd fabric - this will be the larger of the 3 triangles. Cut two, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and then cut on the diagonal.  This will yield 8 triangles.

Stitch the larger triangle to the smaller units.  Remember to keep your 2 piles separate.
Trim the squares to measure 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Now you can play around with the 4 parts to make a block.

These are the same parts as above, just arranged differently.

The 2nd pile will make the same unit but the pinwheel (star) with spin in the opposite direction.

I hope this makes sense. Play around with this technique ... it looks a lot harder than it really is.  
These can also with combined with 5 "background" squares (4 1/2" x 4 1/2") into a 9-patch that measures 8 1/2" x 8 1/2".

Now I'm off to raid my box of 5" charms. I think I need to start yet another scrappy quilt. 

Will it ever end?