Monday, September 1, 2014

5 Times = Success

Success!  Or at least what I'm calling success. I am making great progress on this Million Sweater.  We have become good friends - this yarn and I.  I have ripped and reknitted and ripped and reknitted WAY too many times.  This is the fifth time I've started some sort of sweater and I think I'm going to finish it.

Many mistakes - in design, technique, size, but this time ... I nailed it ... or so I have convinced myself.


It's still a bit big and boxy but I'm going with "big, cozy, warm". I am NOT ripping and reknitting again.

Million Sweater? Yes, what felt like a million dollars in supplies and a million stitches later ... Just might mean a sweater.

Labor Day Weekend

No big End-Of-Summer Hoopla for us ... just hanging out at home.  There was a little grocery shopping (and I went, too) and a little grass cutting (not me) and Chinese take-out for dinner last night.  In between all that fun ...

Some stitching!  Number #3 of the Sue Spargo Imperial Blooms is done ...



Today, holds lots of possibilities ... and I hope it's as relaxing and fun as yesterday.  I do believe there will be steaks on the grill for dinner.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Be Brave

That really bad binding?  It was really really bad. 


Probably the worst I've ever done. 


And I knew it was bad while I was sewing and I just kept sewing. Really dumb!

So I bravely cut it off. 


I cut it all off and it only hurt for a minute. 


Now my quilt has a proper binding. 


PS - if you find yourself fighting with something that you've done easily for years ... stop! Evaluate what the heck is going on and then ... move your needle to the correct position - you will immediately get a better binding. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Goodbye ASIG

My Guild has thrown down a UFO challenge.  Pretty simple, make a list and start sewing. Bring your FO (finished object) to a meeting for Show 'n Tell.  There will even be prizes ... I'm not really motivated by prizes.  Getting stuff finished is a BIG prize in my book!

I got a UFO done this past weekend.  When a quilt shop closed, we (staff) swapped blocks - a good bye gift to ourselves, sort of a commemoration of our time at the shop.  I finally made my quilt.


The center block is part of the shop logo.  It's a small quilt - 40" square.  The border is selvedges.  That seemed appropriate - a quilt about a quilt shop.


Today ... it will no longer be DONE.  I'm taking off the binding and re-doing it.  It's an awful binding.  Well - it's actually it's quite a nice binding but I did a terrible job sewing it.  I've tried to convince myself that it was "OK", but really it's not and I'm going to cut it off and re-bind the quilt. 

It's not a spectacular quilt, but it does deserve a better ending.  


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday Sewing

Yesterday was all about quilting!  I did a top for my guild - maybe a BINGO prize in October?



I also finished piecing and quilted a UFO - from 3 years ago.  Picture to come later.

Today ... Is all about binding.

PS ... my cutting table right now - hurray!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday No-Finish

Last Friday was spent clearing up and clearing off my cutting table.  It ended up looking like this ...



This Friday was spent clearing up and cleaning off other places in my studio.  My cutting table now ...



Tomorrow, I will return order to my space.  I will, I will, I will ...


Friday, August 15, 2014

More Dones!

Some customer quilting ...
cute Spinning Santas



A simple pattern and it will make someone's Christmas table look very festive.

Storm at Sea - one of my favorites!



And ... Funky Stars! Not sure the name of this quilt but I love it!