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Monday, January 30, 2012

RIP Sophie

Sophie was like my "little sister" - my parents' little Yorkie. She will be missed.

What I was working on

In the photo with RudyPoo, I was working on Avatar. Here is my latest progress, and I'm pleased with how much I stitched.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mommy's little helper

We've come to something of a compromise lately, so RudyPoo can get her Mommy Time and so I can stitch a bit - it's called Cat Supervision.

Friday, January 27, 2012

First finish of 2012

Click for larger view

Well, I ran out of a few threads, so I ended up with some substitutions, but I don't believe the subs detract from the design. Happy dancing time!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Another Diamond Delight VI triangle

I realized that I needed to add one more fiber to the lower right triangle I stitched the last time, so I added that today, and stitched the adjacent right lower triangle (click photo for larger view).

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Diamond Delight VI update

Today I was able to stitch the two right triangle areas on Diamond Delight VI - so there are only 4 more to go.


And here are a little closer views of each - upper right and lower right.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Desert Mandala update

Part 2 is nearly complete. I decided to bring this one out and work on it during Moonlight Stitching at my LNS last Saturday night. Just a few more specialty and accent stitches, the backstitching is already complete. One corner just needs the gold accents (closeup below).


Sunday, January 15, 2012

First block of the month, 2012

January's block is Chocolate Bon Bon. It feels good to be working on a block of the month again.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The $1,000 pair of socks

I was talking to a male co-worker about the socks I was making the other day, showing them off, just because I'm proud to be able to actually knit them myself. And he asked me how long it takes to knit a sock. Well, because I am a fairly slow knitter, and especially since I had to rip out some of this pair of socks, I told him approximately 20 hours per sock. I know that's slow, but it's pretty close to accurate for now.

I could see his mind working - and the look on his face said it all, of course. He was calculating my time multiplied by a decent hourly salary - $25 an hour. For the pair, he said, "So that's a $1,000 pair of socks. You know, you could buy a whole bunch of them for a lot less." It's okay, he was just teasing me, as he is prone to do (a lot). I could never find a pair like this, fitting me as well, mass-manufactured, and that's why I enjoy wearing around my $1,000 pairs of socks (I have 4 now).


Once I finished that pair, I went back to working on my other new pair - love these!


Today I picked up the kit for the January block of Quilter's Attic's Super Second Saturdays block of the month for 2012 - yummy colors (I'll probably put this together on Monday).


And we found our little Roughy all snuggled in CC's new quilt (which hasn't yet been quilted, only basted at this point). He seems to approve of it already.

Monday, January 09, 2012

First sock of pair #6 finished

And I started the second one last night, so I hope to have it finished within a week. I'm so much happier with it since I re-knitted it.


Sunday, January 08, 2012

Basted!

CC's quilt top is finished, and I basted it today while we watched a couple of episodes of The Big Bang Theory, yay!


Now I just need to get in there and quilt it. I will be machine quilting this one, simply, just diagonal lines.

And when I took it down off my design wall, the wall looked so nekkid, that I had to put up one of my other quilt WIPs. I've been wanting to see this one on the wall anyway, since I made so much progress on it back in October at our retreat.


I LOVE the design of this one, and I have two more rounds of 9 patches to sew to finish it up.

I also neglected to mention that I've started the next block in my Prairie Schooler quilt - M is for Mermaid (my friend Phyl should like this one). :) Here is my progress so far...


Okay, I'm off to figure out what color quilting thread I'll be using for CC's quilt, then work on my green sock a bit more. It's been a wonderful weekend. Looking forward to next week - 3 days because I get Monday as a holiday off, yay!!!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Sock and quilt progress

So here is the sock I ripped back last night


And here was the progress I had made on the flannel plaid quilt in December. I've completed the lower right quarter, and I'm working on the lower left quarter. It looks a little weird because I have the bottom quarters pinned over top of the top half, so it looks like it's aligned wrong. Trust me, it's not - and I hope to have the quilt top finished this month so I can sandwich it and begin quilting.


And here is the next section I had laid out for piecing at the time.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Rippit rippit

I finally realized why I set aside the green socks (no photo yet) and started knitting new ones. My heel was way too long. And then I saw the hole that I had somehow created in the foot. It was almost knitted to the toe decrease. At first I thought I could live with it, since they are just for me anyway. But tonight I decided that no, I want my green socks to fit and not start out with a hole, so I ripped all the way back to the heel and put the stitches back on my needles, ready to turn it, just a little earlier than I did the first time.

I'm using Patons stretch socks cotton blend for these in Olive. Not sure how much I love this yarn, but I'm trying out different ones to see which ones wear (and feel) the best. Simple 2x2 rib for the cuff. Picture to come...

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

2012 UFOs and WIPs

Quilting

  • Trip To New England – to be sandwiched and quilted
  • MCQG Mystery Quilt #1 (Desert colorway) – need to remove the borders and add borders with new fabric, to be sandwiched and quilted
  • MCQG Mystery Quilt #2 (30's colorway, large) – to be sandwiched and quilted
  • MCQG Mystery Quilt #3 (30's colorway, small) – to be sandwiched and quilted
  • Feathered Fantasy – finish last 2 rounds of 9-patches, then piece all blocks together, piecing finished and it's at the quilter's April 2012!, FINISHED!!!
  • Grandmother's Flower Garden – continue piecing rows
  • Blocks From the Past – continue piecing and hand appliqué blocks
  • Country Baskets BOM – April-December to be pieced, appliqued, and quilted
  • Waterlily Pond Quilt – to be sandwiched and quilted
  • Dream a Little Dream – continue applique, then piece and quilt for wallhanging
  • Quilter's Attic 2012 Block of the Month
  • Pineapple Blossom - forgot I had this class quilt in progress from 2011 - FINISHED!!!
  • Twist and Spin Placemats for me - one left to finish binding finished May 2012
  • Twist and Spin Placemats for Christmas gift FINISHED!!!
  • TBS – Anniversary Stars (was Dream Maker) (Cinnamon Stars fabric line)
  • TBS – Cotton Theory Quilt
  • TBS – Parchment and Black Lacquer
  • TBS – Bali Wedding Star Quilt
  • High Cotton - just started November 2012 (making entirely from stash)
  • Fall Frolic - just started November 2012 (wool felt block of the month)

Knitting and Crochet

  • Pair of socks (Green) finished January 13, 2012
  • Knitted Lace Scarf
  • Pair of socks (Earth) finished December 1, 2012
  • Sweet Dreams crochet doily
  • Puff Stitch Granny Square Afghan

Cross Stitch

  • Log Cabin Quilt finished February 5, 2012
  • Arabian Woman finished May 22, 2012
  • Mother's Arms finished May 5, 2012
  • Aurora
  • Spring Fairy
  • Autumn Fairy
  • Diamond Delight VI finished January 27, 2012
  • Spooky House
  • Use It Up Sampler
  • Magnificent Wizard
  • Prairie Schooler ABC Quilt
  • Avatar
  • Chinese Dragon Gate
  • Desert Landscapes Mandala
  • In the Garden
  • Kitty Litter
  • Cherry Blossom Waterfall abandoned May 19, 2012
  • Deco Spirits
  • Pageant Kings
  • Egyptian Sampler
  • Dragon Ride
  • Enchanter
  • Magical Night
  • Celestial Dragon
  • Passion for Plums pillow - finished October 30, 2012
  • Pumpkins Pillow - started August 2012

The fact that these are all on the list does not mean that I'm going to try to finish them all this year (obviously), nor does it mean that I'm even going to try to touch all of them this year. It's just an accounting at this point. Sort of in order of what I'd like to tackle in each category. I will definitely be starting a few quilting projects before I finish all of my UFOs, since the Quilter's Attic 2012 Block of the Month starts on January 14. I'm really hoping to get back into a rhythm this year, and having a block a month project should help out with that a bit.

2012: the year of the UFO

At my quilt guild meeting yesterday, we learned that the theme for the year will be UFOs.  As in finishing some!  Well, I couldn't think of a better theme for this year, honestly.

I'm going to make my list of UFO projects (all varieties) that I would like to work on this year, along with those that have the potential to be finished.  This will not become a race, nor a pressure, but a reminder of all the beautiful projects I might tend to forget about along the journey, especially when I start new ones.

I want to get some good use out of the new tools I have, like quilting with my Bernina, and of course my new ironing board topper.  Hopefully this will help me get the piles of UFOs and WIPs in my sewing room down to something a little more manageable. 

I received approval for vacation leave for my guild's quilt retreat in March, so I'm planning to get a lot of sewing accomplished that week. I'll have to make sure and plan well, so I don't take too much or too little with me to get the max use of that time with quilting friends.  Last year was a lot of fun, and I got quite a bit done while learning a new technique (the one block wonder). This year, I plan to make the project, a much smaller, but quite useful and pretty one, an iron caddy. 

Okay, off to make my list.  And I'll take a picture of CC's quilt progress while I'm at it. It is getting very close to being a quilt top!

Oh, and just to be clear... this doesn't preclude new starts. I just want to really focus on finishing a few things I've already started. I fully expect to start another quilt project or two, from stash I've already acquired... :)

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Holy Toledo Batman!

This project has been a WIP since January 2002. I really would like to finish it this year, so that will be resolution #1. I will finish Mother's Arms by Mirabilia before the end of the year (so that it does not become a 10+ year project - I have a few others of those already, yikes!).


One of my favorite gifts this year is this one - an ironing board topper, made locally by the husband of one of our quilt guild members. I gave my mother one also, we both LOVE ours.


It makes it SO much easier to iron the width of fabric and all my quilt blocks and strips. It just sits over the top of my ironing board and can be removed easily if I need to use the tapered end (which I usually don't, since I'm not much into ironing clothing).

I'm also going to try to post more pictures of things in progress this year. Recently, I wouldn't post a photo until I could really see some progress. That led to me taking fewer photos. So this year, I'm resolving to take more photos, even if I don't think that I've made "enough" progress, because I probably actually have and can't see it without comparing old to new.

I'd also like to welcome a new blogger to the community - Teresa in Music City is a member of my quilt guild, a fantastic quilter, and she has just started blogging! I've added her to my list of blogs I visit, so hop on over and take a look.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

2012 TBR Shelf Reading Challenge

This year in one of my book clubs on GoodReads, I joined the challenge to read (at least) one book a month that has been on my TBR Shelf.  This post is just to document my list on my blog.


1. Destined by P.C. Cast finished August 3
2. The Inverted Cavern by Todd Fonseca
3. Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly finished July 11
4. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver finished April 24
5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth finished June 23
6. Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning finished Feb 15
7. Relic by Douglas Preston started in Jan, finished Feb 4
8. Flyte by Angie Sage finished July 1
9. Seduction in Death by J.D. Robb finished Mar 2
10. Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward finished April 27
11. Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler finished October 17
12. Wings by Aprilynne Pike 

Happy New Year!

I hope that we all have a safe and happy 2012!

Here is the progress on the knit lace scarf - a few more repeats: