Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WMGGS@DA?



i have a small workspace.
so i tear off small amounts (8 in. - 16 in.). iron. and start cutting.
i saved some ends and set aside for the binding.
before i make more grannies.
must do miscellaneous cutting.
not my favorite thing to do.
only highlighting how much background fabric is needed.
since my solid is really a print from the collection.
i was overjoyed to receive a coupon from FQS.
done and done.

Downton Abbey half yard bundle.
Great Granny Squared book by Lori Holt.
my blocks in Flickr.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt Along


block 1 : bright star.

my blocks in Flickr.
the quilt along blocks in Flickr.
for more info see Barbara Brackman's Austen Family Album blog.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wishes Quilt Along


Block 4 : Broken Dishes.

my blocks in Flickr.
the quilt along blocks in Flickr.
Wishes Quilt Along page.
Kimberly's Make-A-Wish Donation page.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WMGGS@DA?


well.

Who's Making Great Granny Square(d)s @ Downton Abbey?

is it someone upstairs?

or downstairs?

or just me?

Downton Abbey half yard bundle.
Great Granny Squared book by Lori Holt.
my blocks in Flickr.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Wishes Quilt Along


Block 3 : Annie's Choice.

Wishes Quilt Along page.
Kimberly's Make-A-Wish Donation page.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Everyday Cardigan KAL


i seemed to have done what Lisa did.
drop 2 cardigans. to work on a pullover
so i will need to knit like crazy later to catch up.
i wish i had seen this yarn before and made a few hats.
but first it will be a pullover.


multi-colored yarn. hope i like it when it gets really big.


for today i only finished the yoke.

for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog.
for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts.
and for the pullover check the Everyday Pullover posts.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Everyday Cardigan KAL


if you can call it progress i added another rib section.
there are so many stitches at this point.
as promised here is a look at the back of the seed band.


on the front i put a purl stitch to separate the sweater from the band.
which on the back makes a line of knit stitches.
kinda resembles a sewn look when you make a facing.

i went ahead and purchased the Everyday Pullover pattern.
kept going back and forth between a cotton yarn and a wool yarn.
casting on today.

for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog.
for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts.
and for the pullover check the Everyday Pullover posts.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Everyday Cardigan KAL


a bit late posting this week.
as i had my own bit of trouble with the increases.
first without consulting the pattern i knit 3 rib sections.
only to discover i had skipped an increase row. maybe two of them.
next i thought my "increases with pf&b" were too lumpy.
i think Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn is just not a flat yarn
and this problem would not be an issue with other yarns.
but i chose it. for a good reason. so i must figure it out.
redid on knit side but increased with "make 1's".
found i did not like the way it seemed twisted.
redid on knit side again but worked "increases with kf&b".
not that clever of me. the pattern continues with this version.


all of this happened.
while i was waiting for another color to arrive.
i picked "rainstorm" and it is simply a perfect navy.
this one will have the pattern's seed stitch neckline.
you just can never know at this point which you will prefer later.
so i am just going to commit to both.

did you visit Lisa this week.
she started amd finished a pullover with cap sleeves.
i was excited to find the pattern is ready.
and plan to cast on a pullover soon.
and i would say yes to a cap sleeve version with buttons.

modifications:
making 2 sweaters.
one with rib at neckline.
one with seed at neckline.
6 stitches for the seed button band.
6 rows for the seed neckline.
extra 2 rows at neckline are just extra.
so i can start the pattern at row 1.
completed first increase one row earlier.
i did place a purl stitch between the sweater and the band.
will show you that next week.

for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog.
for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts.
and for the pullover check the Everyday Pullover posts.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wishes Quilt Along


sometimes the back is pretty awesome.


Block 2 : Double Windmill.

Wishes Quilt Along page.
Kimberly's Make-A-Wish Donation page.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Everyday Cardigan KAL


it's been ages since a sweater came off my needles.
usually i make something and then blog about it.
but i'd like to do this as i go. hello issues and modifications.
hopefully. i will end up with a sweater i can wear. so here goes.

things completed so far.
purchase pdf file of pattern only.
looked through stash because yarn you buy is yarn you like.
i certainly don't have enough to make a sweater.
Spud & Chloe in Sweater in Watermelon.
(50% organic cotton / 50% merino wool).
Juniper Moon Farms in Sabine in Limeade.
(30% royal llama / 30% merino wool / 40% cotton).
Brooklyn Tweed in Shelter in Hayloft.
(100% TARGHEE-COLUMBIA WOOL)


make a gauge. mine is awfully messy.
pick yarn.
going with Spud & Chloe Sweater.
it's not a winter-wooly yarn. feels perfect for Spring.
Sabine is soft and gorgeous.
Shelter is rustic and interesting.
i actually like all the yarns together.
but admit i have a problem with focusing on the task at hand.
i have used this yarn with #7 and #8 needles.
but a nice firm guage was achieved with #6 needles.


cast on.
well make sure you have circular needles to match your gauge.
i had to make an emergency run to the store.
10 rows done. and i have already made a few changes
that's right. the nerve of me.
modifications in the first 10 rows.

edited see 2/14 post.
i swapped out 4 rows of seed stitch for 6 rows of rib.
and i swapped out 6 rows of stockinette for 4 rows of stockinette.
and i added 2 stitches to each band.
i think i will make only slightly shorter arms.
and swap out the rib for seed stitch at the cuff.
and well why not just swap out the rib for seed stitch at the hem.
anything else Karen.
well i'm either buying more and finishing it up.
with the Watermelon color.
or dipping into my leftovers to make it stripey.
will decide after i finish the yoke.
i picked up 2 circular needles because i really want to make both.
and on the next perhaps i won't make any modifications.

for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog.
for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Wishes Quilt Along


although i picked some happy Sweetwater fabric to make this quilt.
it will probably take me a few months to gather them together.
so i decided on these 10 fabrics i picked together over a year ago.
and using a chambray sheet i thrifted this summer.


Block 1 : Flying Kite.

the quilt along is free.
Wishes Quilt Along page.
but i encourage you to make a donation to Make-A-Wish.
and use Kimberly's Make-A-Wish Donation page.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

S is for Stitch


when Temecula Quilting Co. offered a kit.
i probably purchased it for just the custom ruler box alone.
i'm still learning how to use that silly thread winder.
they don't have a kit anymore.
you can probably gather one on your own.
they are up to G. but i'm not going to catch up.
i washed and dried the Kona natural fabric they included.
and since my hoop is 6 in.
i was able to cut 24 7-1/2 in. x 8 in. squares.
the designs are small.
a smaller hoop will let you cut enough squares.
but i'll get more fabric.
because an alphabet quilt will need more than 24 squares.
and i might just be making some extra blocks.
i added my favorite Mark B Gone marker.
and did some tracing so i am ready.
if you have the book you can follow along. with me.
or with them on their Saturday Stitching posts.
and you should check out their other kits and monthlies.
and no hesitating. their stuff sells out quick.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Stitchie Love


i joined the For The Love Of Hand Embroidery group.
it is hosted by Jane of Jane's Fabrics blog.

and today is my day to share.
so head on over to Jane's Fabrics blog.
where i will reply to any questions or comments that are left.
thank you for stopping by.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Stitchie Love


i joined the For The Love Of Hand Embroidery group.
it is hosted by Jane of Jane's Fabrics blog.

today is:
the What Delilah Did blog and shop.
Delilah's book is called Storyland Cross Stitch.

ok. i'm not gonna lie. having it sent to me was a bit pricey.
but the book is gorgeous. and the designs are spectacular.
and if you have an itch to make something.
you can start with one of her pdf letters.
my first design was part-stitchie and part-cross-stitch.
and chose to mark a grid on the back and there mark the x's.

i consider this project not yet finished.
it's on the wall. see it there with Jane's threads.
but i could not find a 16 in. hoop so instead used an 18 in. hoop.
if i am able to find a very well made 16 in. one i will switch it out.

you really must take the time to visit What Delilah Did.
maybe it's one of Delilah's patterns i have picked!!
and it really is only a few more weeks until my turn.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Stitchie Love


i joined the For The Love Of Hand Embroidery group.
it is hosted by Jane of Jane's Fabrics blog.
so shall i continue to share my favorite designers.

today is:
Carina's blog.
Carina's shop.
Carina's new book is called Stitched Blooms.
and i did just sign up for the Christmas Stitch Along Club.
to see something i previously stiched go here or go here.
like i said before.
maybe it's one of Carina's patterns i have picked!!

i have really enjoyed checking in on Mondays.
did you see the tiny ornaments?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Autumn Quilt Along

here i am pulling fabrics.
pretending to know what i am doing.
say hello to my center square.
it's not good to dilly-dally or hesitate.
you can use a random square you already have.
but i don't. so i made this one.

decided to jump on Lori's Autumn Quilt Along.
her quilt alongs are always small and interesting.
and fun trying to use fabrics you already have.
now i could Flickr or Instagram this.
but my blog could really use some activity.
kinda looks like i haven't made anything.
not true.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Stitchie Love


i joined the For The Love Of Hand Embroidery group.
it is hosted by Jane of Jane's Fabrics blog and starts today.
the highlights are that we can choose any pattern we want to.
and we should use Presencia thread.
if i have previously shown you any embroidery.
likely i had stated and used DMC thread.
so in addition to the fun of picking a pattern to share.
this will be my first experience with Presencia.
the schedule of participants can be found here.
my turn is not until the 2nd Monday of December.
but it begins with Jane herself and her post can be found here.
i thought i would keep you in the stitchie mood.
and share some of my favorite stitch designers.

today is:
Catherine's Bumpkin blog.
Catherine's Etsy shop.
Catherine's Facebook page.
Catherine's work has been included in this new book.
to celebrate this. until Wednesday midnight UK time.
Catherins here has a special offer.
i've gone ahead and purchased this one in Bluebell and Clover.
to see something i stitched by Catherine go here.
and i kinda sorta did blog about it here.

maybe it's one of Catherine's patterns i have picked!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Deck-Ade The Halls Quilt Along

i wanted to tell you about this cute quilt along.
before it gets going much more.
but all i have are these starter pics i posted on Instagram.

sometimes i like to buy fabric as i go.
i say "i got this". and it turns out i don't.
works for monthly things.
not so much for anything faster.
but every other Monday is awesome and doable.

Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating 10 years in business.
it's free. and you can use your own fabrics.
details including future updates and YouTube videos.
can be found here on their Jolly Jabber blog.

although i am also using the Aspen Frost collection.
going to switch up where the fabrics are used.
since i already have 2 monthly programs running with FQS.
will be purchasing at my LQS. and on Etsy.
if you like kits. FQS has one you can find here.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Modern BOM 2 Sew Along


block is called "Stained Glass".
hesitant to continue with these colors.
i switched out the pale yellow for a bright yellow.
it needed a softer color. so back to the pale one.
this time i included my feet. a very large block. 24-1/2 in.

this BOM Sew-Along is sponsored by Sew Mama Sew blog.
designed by Alyssa Lichner from Pile o’ Fabric! blog.
sewmamasew.com/blog2/category/sew-alongs/

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Patchwork Sunday

BOM Rehab has closed. boo-hoo.
it was a reality check. for sure.
thanks to Sinta of Pink Pincushion blog for getting us together.
and getting us to share just how much behind we all are.
so. time now to document a few patchwork projects.
that have been tossed around.
some getting special boxes.
and some just being buried under piles.
until i find them again.
i also miss my Scrappy Sunday posts.
and i really really do plan to make those blocks into a quilt.

MY SELVEDGE COLLECTION QUILT.

can't remember when i starting saving selvedges.
but very happy that i cut (& tore) them at 2 in.
sure that i would want at least 1 in. of the print showing.
been watching everyone's selvedge projects.
and just recently decided upon a (purchased) pattern.
but in cutting the pieces i wanted. mostly. well just the words.
i found that there was much leftover that were not long enough.
or did not show much of the designer & manufacturer wording.
some had nothing but blank space.
can someone tell me what you do with these?
while i went after the selvedge pieces that i did want.
what do you think happened.
i decided to prep for a secondary project.
and then what do you think happened.
you guessed it. really.
i decided to prep for a third project.
this is where the insanity is too late to stop.
so i have cut 6-1/2 in. lengths.
and randomly sewed "twosies'.
these i presume will be arranged in a brick design.
then trimmed up smaller bits into whatever size they were.
thinking they will be some kind of 'jelly-roll-race'.
right now renaming 'very-long-scrappy-bits-selvedge-journey'.
yeah. that sounds accurate.

just a peek at some selvedges sewn together.
i really wanted to show you more.
but i was unable to complete such a large block.

TULA PINK 'CITY SAMPLER' SEW ALONG.

this is going to start on the 20th of May.
and end around November.
for more info see Sara on her Sew Sweetness blog.
she will be gathering all the important posts.
or check out the Flickr group.
i've had the book about a week. deciding on fabric.
then just decided i had to go scrappy.
perhaps a focused color theme.
i love green. particularly olive.
and have a large amount of that color everywhere.
so i made a few blocks to practice.
there are 100 blocks.
and will trust that the sum of all will work itself out.
however i don't want my quilt to be boring.
so i should include a pop of color.
yet still keeping olive the 'Star'.

the schedule seems like it will be 4 blocks a week.
i made 5.
and fussy cut a koi fish print (found at JoAnn's) for another.
but look forward to helpful posts.
that i know Sara has planned for us.
there are some interesting scrappy projects going on out there.
and maybe you (or me) are working on those too.
if you leave a link to your post.
i (and maybe someone else) will come and check it out.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

AYOS / Hat Trick


2 charm packs of The Boo Crew by Moda for Sweetwater.
binding plus 2 charms of black gingham by Riley Blake Designs.

i haven't finished a Schnibbles in a very long time. so a few issues came up. i almost got 3 charm packs. because i am a bit controlling in the fabric selection. if i had more light green charms would have added another row of squares to other side. almost used gingham as the inner border. thought it was too much. of course it would have been fine. decided not to include it. simple finishing. flannel backing. and some ties.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

BOM Rehab / 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM


block 8 is called "lime sherbet" and is designed
by Bonnie Olaveson of www.CottonWay.com
and Camille Roskelley of www.ThimbleBlossoms.com.


block 9 is called "lakeside retreat" and is designed
by Joanna Figueroa of www.FigTreeQuilts.com.


block 10 is called "sunday drive" and is designed
by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson of www.MinickAndSimpson.com.


block 11 is called "country fair" and is designed
by Julie Comstock of www.CosmoCricket.com.

fabric is Vintage Modern by bonnie & camille for moda.
you can still sign up at Fat Quarter Shop.
for 2012 quilt. and also 2013 quilt which starts in June.

for info on BOM Rehab see Sinta Renee on her Pink Pincushion blog.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Modern BOM 2 Sew-Along


block 1 is called "Up From Here".
unsure of colors i picked.
or at least the order used.
but woW!!
these blocks are huge.
they measure 24-1/2 in.
and there will only be 6.

this BOM Sew-Along is sponsored by Sew Mama Sew blog.
designed by Alyssa Lichner from Pile o’ Fabric! blog.
sewmamasew.com/blog2/category/sew-alongs/

Thursday, March 21, 2013

making knittens


found pattern and yarn in a new knit shop which i managed to avoid for over a year. looking for something different. and found it. yarn comes from a local farm which perhaps i shall investigate when it gets warmer.

also made a-sort-of matching hat. bit small. and although it may stretch. will make again in larger size.

Hugs & Kisses Fingerless Gloves by Lynn Wilson Designs.
#7 straight needles.
Slip-Stitch Cables Hat by Lynn Wilson Designs.
#7 circular needles.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

love day.


this is my street.
i live in building to the right.
which you cannot see.
and my car in a lot to the left.
buried for a few days.
no kidding.
completely covered.
and unseen under a thick blanket of snow.
sort of a no-biggie.
because street not plowed.
therefore parking lot could not be plowed.
happiness and love.
forever changing.
recently high on my list.
not being stuck in house because it snows a million inches.
playing with iphone5 as if still bought yesterday.
changing home internet to wireless.
waiting for new laptop because broken not useful.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

BOM Rehab / 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM

block 7 is called "moonlight serenade"
and is designed by Sandy Gervais
of www.PiecesFromMyHeart.net shop and blog.

fabric is Vintage Modern
by bonnie & camille for moda.
you can still sign up at Fat Quarter Shop.

for info on BOM Rehab see Sinta Renee on her Pink Pincushion blog.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

BOM Rehab / 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM

you may want to look away.
might be a bit of a spoiler.
6 blocks have been completed.
so why not crack open the finishing kit.
fabric is Vintage Modern
by bonnie & camille for moda.
you can still sign up at Fat Quarter Shop.

for info on BOM Rehab see Sinta Renee on her Pink Pincushion blog.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

BOM Rehab / 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM

block 4 is called "breezy afternoon"
and is designed by Aneela Hoey
of ComfortStitching.typepad.co.uk blog.

block 5 is called "cherry sundae"
and is designed by Barb Adams and Alma Allen
of Blackbird-Designs.com blog.

block 6 is called "town square"
and is designed by Kate Spain
of www.KateSpain.com blog.

fabric is Vintage Modern
by bonnie & camille for moda.
you can still sign up at Fat Quarter Shop.

for info on BOM Rehab see Sinta Renee on her Pink Pincushion blog.