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Saturday, June 28, 2014

On the design wall

Now that Jared is finished, I decided to spend a little time in my sewing room while CC played his new video game. I pulled out my Celtic Solstice blocks and sewed them into rows (the rows still need to be sewn together). I also pieced a few of the border blocks together, to see how they are going to look. I do not have an inner border fabric picked out yet, but Bonnie recommended a neutral print (to go with the neutral in the blocks, I'm assuming), so I will probably choose something like that. I may go with a somewhat colored print - not sure yet. Ideas are percolating. I also haven't decided on the outer border yet. Bonnie recommended green in her quilt, and I used green in the same pieces, so I will probably try to find something that fits with that (a green with a little maroon and purple print might be interesting).

I also wanted to share my first blue hexie block pieced. I have started on the second one, and have pieced a couple hexies together at a time to get these blocks going again.

I seem to be doing okay with sewing at the machine and some hand sewing, plus a little pressing, but I haven't tackled rotary cutting yet. I'll need to be able to do that in order to make some progress on a couple of other quilts I really want to work on soon. Perhaps in a couple of weeks. I'll be able to use my Sizzix to cut the strips for the border on Celtic Solstice, so that's very helpful.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Just in the nick of time

And it's finished! I actually put the finishing stitches in the binding last night. It is now ready to be given to the lucky bride and groom (tomorrow!).

And here is a detail of the quilting (long-arm quilted by Ruth Donnell).

Doing my little Snoopy happy dance. :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sticking to the plan

I'm heading down the home stretch on binding Jared. Just one more night's worth to go, and it will be finished! Sure, I might be able to finish it tonight if I pushed, but I am not going to because I don't want to risk hurting anything or making it so I can't do anything for several days afterward. I have a plan, and I'm sticking to the plan. :)

I was out of town over the weekend, which is why I didn't work on Jared, so I carried along my cardigan sweater project and got a little more done.

I also worked just a little on Desert Landscapes Mandala, and will share an updated picture of that in a day or two. I'm readjusting to the time change back (a two hour difference where I went, which bamboozled me a bit), so it's bedtime now!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Still on the easy-goes-it train

But I am definitely enjoying getting back into the swing of crafts (and cross stitching will re-enter the picture soon!). A few more rows on the First Cardigan - the ribbing is finished and I've started on the body stockinette stitch.

Now I've put that down to make sure I have enough time to get in my half-a-side's worth of binding on Jared.

Nearly halfway there!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Twenty-five percent

One side of the quilt is bound, so I'm one quarter of the way there! It's a shame there aren't more days in the weekend. :)

I also finished the ribbing for the bottom of the back of my first knit sweater (it is to be a cardigan, if I didn't mention that previously) so the next step is about 13 inches of stockinette stitch. No increases or decreases at this point, and no special patterning, so it's the perfect mindless sort of knitting for short trips, waiting rooms, etc.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Very slow progress

Mostly because I haven't worked on it since last weekend.

And to complicate matters, I have enrolled in a Craftsy class called My First Sweater (knitting), and I have cast on and knitted a couple of rows of the ribbing, and that's what I would rather do right now.

But I have a deadline, so I need to make progress on the binding. I'm going to try to do at least one-half of each side tonight through Wednesday. I have some commitments beginning Thursday through Sunday so I won't be able to get back to it again until maybe Sunday evening. I'm cutting this one close!

I'm still doing PT every week plus home exercises, and I've been to three deep tissue massage appointments now, and I'm starting to see a little more progress. It's still slow going, but better than it was two weeks ago. I made it through an all-day class Wednesday (with me as the instructor, on my feet virtually the whole day), not easily, but I made it. Still trying my best not to overdo it with anything - work, crafts, or just plain home chores. My body generally lets me know when I'm edging towards that line.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

I have a deadline

So I thought I should get cracking on finishing a quilt. We are going to a wedding for a friend's daughter at the end of the month, and so I have a new recipient for Jared Takes a Wife (the original intended recipients aren't getting it because they are getting a divorce, which was a huge shock to us, and we found out second-hand, so apparently we aren't as close as we thought we were...). Anyway, back to Jared...

I had trimmed the excess fabric last weekend. This is the back of the quilt, folded into quarters.

This weekend, I pressed the binding fabric - I really like this pattern.

And then I created my continuous bias binding. Very little rotary cutting because the shoulder is still not ready for that yet. I marked and cut with scissors most of it.

I pressed it in half and actually sewed it to the top of the quilt. Now I have a few weeks to slowly stitch it to the back and put a label on it. Hopefully my shoulder will continue to improve so I don't have any setbacks. I plan to take it slow and easy.

My little helper joined me, as always. I think she was very pleased to be back in the sewing room with me. Of course, I had to bring in another chair so I could actually sew. :)

Thursday, June 05, 2014

A little knitting, part deux

It starts off pretty easy, with 6 stitches and grows very quickly at first. As time goes on, it gets longer and longer to complete a row. I love this color.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Doing a little knitting!

I started back to work last week, and while it was difficult, I made it through. I went to my PT appointments, and then on Friday after work I went to my very first ever deep tissue massage therapy. I was extremely sore on Saturday (but expected that). I'm still a little sore today, but better, and hopeful. I pulled out my knitting and am working on the Age of Brass and Steam kerchief.

I know I still have a long way to go, but I'm excited to be doing a little but of fun stuff!

More later!!!