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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I disappeared!

Not really, it just seems that way. Last week was a super busy week at work, made doubly so by my co-worker being on vacation. It's just the two of us now, for all intents and purposes, and so when one of us is out, the other has to cover everything (we used to be a team of 6, with a much lighter workload overall).

So I spent most of time in the evenings doing knitting on one project or another. Here are a few updates.

Entrelac Scarf is now one-quarter complete. I know this because I have used up one full skein of the four I got for this project. :)

I finished knitting all of the pieces of My First Cardigan Sweater, and I've sewn the raglan seams together. I'm working on the collar now. I decided to knit the longer collar instead of just the one-inch neck band. It means it will take a little longer to finish, but I think I will like it much better.

And I couldn't help myself. I finished an Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief (still to be blocked so no photo yet). So I gave myself permission to start a new project. Here is Saroyan, a scarf that has a leaf motif repeated along one side. I thought the lovely fall colors of this yarn (Malabrigo Rios in Volcan) would be perfect, and I'm loving it so far.

I managed to put together the fabrics I wanted to use for backing on the Anniversary Stars quilt, and plan to drop it off at my quilter's this Friday. I am so excited that my mother has also finished her first quilt top! I can't wait to see it quilted also. Hopefully I can get a photo to share. My mom has always sewn clothing, home dec items, made alterations, etc. But she showed no interest in quilting until very recently. I have helped her figure things out like measurements and order of piecing, and she has managed to piece it all together in about a month. Go Mom!!!

Oh, and I entered three quilts in a local quilt show at our Oktoberfest, and Quilter's Palette was awarded a third place ribbon. There were a lot of beautiful quilts. However, it was very difficult to see many of the quilts because they were in a couple of large roped-off areas. It was virtually impossible to see the names of the quilters also, even with my glasses because they were so far away. That's a shame, because I would really like to know who designed several of the lovely quilts. These quilters put their hearts and souls into their quilts, and it was hard to appreciate them as much they should be. I hope the organizers can find a better way to display the quilts next year.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Borders on my quilt top

I picked out the outer border fabric for Anniversary Stars Tuesday afternoon after having lunch with my dearest, bestest friends. I already had the red inner border, and took some leftover fabrics with me to see if I could find something that would go well with them. Here they are before cutting and piecing. I really like how this fabric picks up nearly every color in the quilt.

And here is my quilt top with the borders attached, ready for me to figure out the backing and then pack it up to take to be quilted. It is approximately 77 x 95 inches. Hooray for another quilt almost marked off the WIP list!

I've also got the binding made and ready to be attached to the Chunky Churn Dash quilt - but that will probably wait for another weekend so I can really concentrate on it.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Quilt top pieced

I hunkered down and finished piecing Anniversary Stars today. I didn't get around to the borders yet, but that will be the next step.

After that, I decided to get out Chateau Hexagon and prep its next block. It seems like forever since I worked on this project. I only got to block 3 before we moved and then I had my surgery. This block (block 4) is called Cranky Geese.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Things are slowly coming together

And yes, I realize that is because I have so many things going on. ;)

I finally finished the other sleeve on my first raglan cardigan sweater, and I just started knitting the left front piece. Here is the back and the two sleeves laid out on the floor, flat.

That was earlier this week. Then last night I finally put the finishing stitches into block 6 of A Rainbow Garden, and I love how it looks. The only thing I'm noticing (and this just seems typical of the kits from Primitive Gatherings - and it's not too much of a complaint, more of an observation) is that the colors of the backgrounds are much, much darker than the model photo. I wish, just a little bit, that they were closer to the colors of the model on the cover of the pattern. But then, I know that many pattern photos are nowhere near the same color as the actual stitched piece (hello, Mirabilia patterns?), AND I know that PG are kitting this up from their shop fabrics, and not necessarily trying to match exactly what was used in the pattern.

Below is the model photo (and here is the one they took at a quilt market, I believe). This block is the middle one on the left. It's quite a difference. Not enough to keep me from doing all of these and loving them once I've put them all together, of course, just a little darker than I was hoping for when I first fell in love with the design.

I have just pulled out block 7 and it has a similarly dark background fabric. I'll be prepping it for stitching soon.

Anyway, now on to today's fun. I know that my pink hexie blocks have been languishing in their box, just waiting to be finished, so I pulled them out today and set to that. I finished trimming them and adding their borders, and I even went ahead and finished one of the blue blocks, even though I only have two of the blue hexie blocks pieced so far. I LOVE the way these look.

I wonder what's on tap for tomorrow? Perhaps I'll play with Anniversary Stars or maybe I'll work on creating the binding for the Chunky Churn Dash. The good news? I took Monday off as a vacation day so I can play all day in the sewing room if I so choose! :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching

I finally finished the outline quilting around the appliqué on Fall Frolic's middle pumpkin block, and then I marked my crosshatching for the background there. I started stitching on it, and here is a peek at the quilting in my hoop.

I spent a very enjoyable evening last night with the Moonlight Stitchers at the Stitchin Post. I put a few stitches in the Moonlight Owl, then moved on to more blanket stitching on the current Rainbow Garden block, and it's almost finished. Pat E. and I conferred about the Age of Brass and Steam kerchief she is knitting, so I had to put a few more stitches in mine. And I got to know one of the newer attendees a little better and we shared knitting tips and WIPs. She was a very good enabler. I managed to buy some more yarn for a new project that I saw the model and loved - Hitchhiker. She was making it too, and told me that it was a little challenging but fun. The model was knitted with a black, gray, and white self-striping yarn and it was very striking. I will finish a current knitting WIP or two before starting this, but it is now in my queue.

More soon!