Life has been totally topsy-turvy the last week, so I haven't been stitching much at all. I needed a project that was small and portable, and my Spiral Hat fit the bill. Tonight, while we watched The Hunger Games again, I finished it!
Now I need to decide on a similar project, because it looks like the next few weeks at least will be more of the same.
I wanted to go ahead and get this posted, then I'll get back to sewing. Here is my first of Clue 2 - 99 more to go (I am making the small version of this quilt).
To see more progress on this quilt by other quilters participating in this mystery, check out Bonnie's link-up post
And as a quilter with shoulder issues, I can't sing the praises enough of my die cutter. I bought the Sizzix because I knew that I could also use the Accuquilt dies in it. Up until Friday, I had just tried using it with a cardboard shim, but when Pam mentioned the adapter, I knew it would be a good investment (cardboard tends to flatten over time, and there is the experimentation that you have to do to get the right amount). I've just finished cutting some more 2-inch squares. These are done with my Sizzix 2-inch strip die - I cut the strips, then turn them and cut the strips into squares. I also did that with my 3½ x 2 inch green pieces - cut them into 3½ inch strips, then cut those strips on my 2 inch strip die.
I've marked up my dies with the silver Sharpie pens so I can easily see the blade placement plus ¼ inch on either side. Ebony Love of Love Bug Studios has a lot of great tips and tricks for using die cutters.
Here is a sneak peek of the border - I finished it this afternoon after we got home from going to the movie theater. I need to pick up some backing fabric and seam that together so I can get it to my quilter. It probably won't be finished before the end of the year, but it's so close now! :)
Oh, and I nearly forgot! Here is some more progress on Chinese Dragon Gate, which hasn't seen a needle since the middle of last year.
I worked on the roof some this time, and got the very top part finished. The next part still requires a little work before it will be done (the first set of wings).
Today I finished those final two sets of log cabin blocks, so the next step on Eldon is to finish setting those log cabin blocks into the 8-pointed stars.
While I've been piecing those log cabin blocks, I've also been piecing High Cotton blocks, and I have ten more completed, bringing my total so far up to 70 (of 100 total to complete for the quilt).
Slowly but surely, progress is being made! I also went ahead and ordered the Go! adapter for using in my Sizzix (thanks for the suggestion Pam!). Not surprising, I'll be behind to start off, but it's not a race, at least not for me. :)
It's amazing how fast November whizzed by. It's now December, and certainly feels like it. We even had snow before Thanksgiving this year, though it didn't stick to the ground.
Well, just like last month, I was down to the wire in getting my last goal finished, but I managed to get it done just a few hours before midnight - and then I realized that once again I had managed to do the pattern wrong. I have had trouble with this pattern ever since the first time I started it back in the 90's (and finally gave up back then on that version of it). Fortunately, even though I realized I had done last month's two blocks wrong also, I managed to rip out and re-crochet 3 of the 4. I'll fix that other one today. I think I'm going to highlight the part of the pattern that gets me every time. Where I think I should be making a full corner in the first white round, I should only be making one puff stitch and a chain 3. I see that chain 3 and think, "Oh, this is my first corner (and it will be, in the next round), so make another puff stitch here!" I even took a picture and shared it back in 2012. Always making the same mistakes, it seems as if I'm not meant to crochet this pattern, but I'm doing it anyway, and at least I caught them before making more this time. After I finish ripping out and re-crocheting the last one, I'll have 32 of the required 117 for this pattern.
Okay, so how'd I do on the rest of November's Goals?
1. Quilt and finish the September and October Country Basket blocks. Done!
2. Finish the blanket and embroidery stitching for block 1 (the second block) of A Rainbow Garden Done!
3. Complete the November blocks for the SSS 2013 Block of the Month quilt. Done!
4. Finish piecing all of the Jared Takes a Wife blocks. Done!
Bonus goals (not quilting):
1. Work on two more cross stitch WIPs that have not seen a needle in 2013. Done!
2. Complete two squares for Puff Stitch Granny Square Afghan. As mentioned above, done!
So, what will December's goals be? Just to enjoy my quilting and stitching, crocheting and knitting, and whatever else I decide to do this month. I have enjoyed the Get It Done Challenge this year, but I'm not sure if I'll do it again next year. We'll see. I still have several things I'd like to get done for December and also 2014, but I don't want to make them a 'must-do'.
Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery, that is... but I'm not 100% sold on the color she suggests, so I'm thinking of doing these (mine are on top, Bonnie's are on bottom): browns, golds, greens, and purples.
Of course, starting another quilt means I'll need to pull out more fabrics, and my sewing room is already starting to look crazy again. I also decided to get an Accuquilt Go die (I can use it with a shim in my Sizzix), since I'm planning on using it in several projects.
Meanwhile, today I worked some more on Eldon. I've been wanting to see how a block looks with the background fabric set in, so I cut out some diamonds and set to work. Here is one block completely pieced.
And I pieced another set of log cabin blocks.
I have two more sets of log cabin blocks to piece, then I will finish setting all of them in the star blocks. That sort of piecing goes very well (as does setting in the background pieces) with audiobooks. I have quite a stack of them built up on the ipod and just had another book recommended by a friend. It's a great way to spend the day!
We enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by my parents today, along with a wonderful visit with them and my brother and his family. I hope that everyone has enjoyed the day, however you choose to spend it!
I finally finished the first of the pair of socks I began back in April during my trip to Cincinnati. And I just started the second sock.
The cuff is a k3p1 rib, and I really like the look and feel of it.
I also started a Lacy Keyhole Scarf, which is a project from a Craftsy class I decided to take, Knit Lab with Stephanie Japel. I know the basics, and I've made knitted items before, but I wanted to build my confidence with my knitting. I now know that I'm a thrower, not a picker (I knit the English way, not Continental), and even though it's generally considered a slower method, I'm not sure I have the patience to change my ways. I tried to knit Continental, and I swear I was all thumbs and constantly dropping the yarn (and stitches). Since it took me so many tries to finally get the basics down the English way, I'd really hate at this point to go backward in order to hopefully one day go forward again.
So here is the first half of my Lacy Keyhole Scarf, not blocked yet. I'm using a Lion Brand Amazing yarn in the color Arcadia. I plan to start the second half this evening. It's knitted up really fast so far, so I may have something finished to share in a couple of days.
Here's a few photos of some of the quilt-y things I've been working on a little at a time lately.
10 more blocks for High Cotton - 60 blocks of 100 complete now.
A fourth pink hexie block (and I just started the 5th of 7 pink ones).
Another set of 8 log cabin blocks for Eldon.
The November Country Baskets block is appliquéd and pieced together, ready for quilting.
I've also gotten almost all of the sashing strips for Jared pieced, and I've prepped the third blocks for both Rainbow Garden and Chateau Hexagon quilts. I'm looking forward to the handwork involved in those over the next week or so.
I started this sampler in 2011, and didn't get very far before I was distracted by other things. I was determined to make some progress this time around. And I did! The sampler is fairly small in comparison with some of the other projects that I'm stitching, so this is about 25% finished now.
I'm not using the DMC it calls for. The design is older, in a leaflet from Leisure Arts, and the model photo looked really dull. I picked some overdyed floss colors (can't remember if they were Weeks Dye Works or Gentle Arts Sampler Threads at the moment), and I'm pleased with how nice they look. Very subtle. Oh, and the fabric is 36 ct. Edinburgh linen from Picture This Plus, color Relic.
Over the last few evenings I've been working on my Rainbow Garden wool felt appliqué block, and tonight I put the finishing touches on it. The second photo shows the detail on things like the little french knots in the centers of the flower and buds a little better.
I believe block 3 should be on its way to my house very soon! :)