Saturday, November 26, 2016

OTN A little late

Well, I got sidetracked with those Black Friday Sales and forgot to post yesterday to OTN, but better late than never, right?

I'm making slow progress on another pair of Scrappy socks.  I really like the colors of the yarns so far. Can't wait to see how the 2nd sock will turn out.

What fun knitting did you accomplish this week during Thanksgiving holidays?

Linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Design Wall, QOV and A Knitty Finish

My design wall has a few more leaf blocks and a couple zigzag blocks made with the leader/ender process between sewing QOV blocks and making my little knitting bag.

Batik Maple Leaf blocks
Zig Zag Scrappy blocks

Some news on the Quilts of Valor Block Drive.    Last week  The Perky Piecers in Troy, MO had a sew day.   Thanks to Kevin and Marcia for the pictures of the group.

Hard at work making QOV blocks all day!!  

My friend, Kevin the Quilter called and said he had a surprise for me and this is what he brought.  

Isn't this is AMAZING!!??  There are enough blocks here for 4 whole quilt tops and more.
*edited to correct #of quilt tops.
You all outdid yourselves.  I can't wait to start assembling them into quilts for our veterans.  

I am still accepting QOV Blocks through the end of December if you want to send any.  There are still more prizes to be added to the drawing which will be the first week in January.

And among all this sewing and quilty things, I did manage to finally finish the other short sock with the Magic Loop.  Bring on the cold weather.:)

Linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday.

Monday, November 14, 2016

QOV Block Drive Update

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm here to tell you that I've got lots of wonderful blocks coming in from some very generous people for our QOV Eastern MO Block Drive.  But before I show you the latest arrivals, I think it's time to show you some of the prizes that are being donated for the drawing.

Two (2) spools of Glide Thread- from my friend Ann of Attic Threads and Quilts  

A $50 gift certificate - from The Stencil Company

Two (2) kits with fabric - from Patch Abilities Inc.

Two (2) patterns from Kathy Schmitz - "Be Mine" and "Little Acorns"

Fons and Porter Ergonomic Seam Ripper - from an anonymous donor

A "Learn to Quilt" Kit includes a Friendship Star Quilt pattern, Easy Angle Ruler & Quilter's pins

Several fat quarter bundles, threads from Connecting Threads and more to come later.

Now for the blocks.  This last week I received these.
On the Left -from Katy VW- MO;  On the Right - from Lee B - MO

12 from Rita B - MO plus another 12 HST 

12 blocks from Pat H - Florida 

These were the other HST from Rita. I added the red and blue strips to the darker side since she made the light blocks and we are not getting as many of the darker blocks.


We are doing well with the block drive.  Remember we are accepting blocks until the end of the year, so you still have time to make a few and get them in the mail before Santa comes.   

A step by step tutorial is HERE.   You can send blocks to me at the address below.  
Thank you so much. I know the veterans appreciate receiving these wonderful quilts from all of us.

2627 Bates Road
O'Fallon, MO 63368  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Stash Report and Retreat Projects

I attended our annual November retreat this week and it was a great time for making progress on several projects plus I used more of my stash.

First off, I have wanted to make one of these cute knitting bags that some in our guild made awhile back.  This retreat was a good place to tackle it, so with all the pieces cut out and help from two friends that had made it before, I got it finished.   Ta Dah

Front view with 'see through plastic'

Pattern is Whatcha Got? 
by Sherri K. Falls of This & That Patterns

It uses 2 1/2" squares, a couple of fat quarters and comes in two sizes. This is the smaller size (8"x 10") which will easily hold yarn, knitting needles, instructions and chocolate (a necessity while knitting a pair of socks). There is still room for a few more small things. It calls for a grommet on the front side so you can feed the yarn through to the outside, but I left this off.

Back view 
Another project that I worked on was piecing a backing for my Coming Home Mystery quilt that I made earlier this year.
Still in the planning stages, but using up lots of bits and pieces to go with the colors on the front.
Only counting fabric for the knitting bag since it's finished, but as soon as the backing gets to the right size, I'll add in those numbers (hopefully by next week).

I worked on more batik leaf blocks for my Pieces of Friendship quilt, but fabric won't be counted until top is finished.

Stash Report - Nov. 13, 2016
Fabric Added since last report - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 4.5 yards

Fabric Used this week - .75 yds
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD - 83.61  yards

I'm linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times  and Bag It.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Stash Report - Nov. 6, 2016

This week was a good week for adding to my used column on the stash report.  I added the border and found a backing that would work, so I can count 6 yards used this week.  This will help get closer to the goal I set for myself this year.

Stash Report - Nov. 6, 2016
Fabric Added since last report - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 4.5 yards

Fabric Used this week - 6 yards
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD - 82.86  yards

Here's the finished top with border and the backing that was in my patriotic stash.

Backing for QOV
It's been washed but still needs a good pressing.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.  Take a look there to check out what others did this week.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Design Wall and QOV Blocks

My design wall is going to be empty after today.  Finished piecing the dark colorway of the HST QOV quilt and it's waiting for a border.  I wasn't going to put a border on this one, but the size is a bit small in the width. A small red border will make it wider and finish it off nicely, I think.

3rd QOV for HST Log Blocks

Check out more design walls at Patchwork Times.

While on the subject of QOV,  I'd like to show more blocks that have come in for the block drive. I'm accepting blocks until the end of December, so you still have plenty of time to make a few.  Later this week I'll post pictures and show some of the prizes that have been donated for the block drive. They include Glide threads, patterns, kits, $50 gift certificate and more.

From Jeanne C. - MO
From STL Modern Quilt Guild - MO
Check out the fun fabrics in the modern blocks -  newsprint in the neutrals and great textured fabrics.  Can't you just see a veteran trying to read these on his quilt while it's wrapped around him watching TV on a cold afternoon?  I imagine most veterans have not been to a fabric store, so have no idea of the types of fabrics available to us quilters these days. 

Linda A. - MO
Thank you all for participating in the QOV-Eastern Missouri Block Drive.  These are great scrap busting blocks and so easy to do. We hope to make a bunch of quilts from these blocks to thank our veterans and let them know we appreciate all they have done for us.  

You can read the original post HERE and thanks to Jan of The Colorful Fabricholic and Alycia of Alycia Quilts, for asking me participate in the block drive.  A step by step tutorial is HERE.   You can send blocks to me at the address below.  
Thank you.

2627 Bates Rd.
O'Fallon, MO 63368.  

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Stash Report and QOV Tops

I've been busy sewing and quilting this week. My sewing consisted of finishing another QOV top with the HST blocks. This was set in a flying geese pattern that was on my design wall.  I found an appropriate fabric in the stash for the border. It has USA printed in red scattered on the blue background.  Since I already counted the blocks, I can only count the border fabric as used this week.

Then because I am a little crazy, I started another one with the dark strips added to the colored triangle side.  You know, those scraps multiply at night if you don't use them when you have a chance.! Also, I wanted to try another setting to show what can be done with this versatile block. Here is what the design wall looked like yesterday.  Now all the blocks are made and I'm just putting them into rows today.  That is at least 5 more yards of fabric out of the stash.

Stash Report -Oct. 30
Fabric Added since last report - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 4.5 yards

Fabric Used since last reported -  7 yds 
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD -  76.86  yards

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.  Check out what others have done with their stashes this week.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

On the Needles - Oct. 21

This week there are two starts on my sock needles.  The first are the short socks that I started with worsted yarn and my first using the Magic Loop method.  I finished one sock the first week and am working on the second one.  I love how fast they are progressing with the little time I have devoted to them.  I will probably use these as my sleep socks when the snow and freezing temperatures hit us this winter.  Can't wait to try them out and see how warm my toes will be. lol

But, I just couldn't help myself, I HAD to cast on another pair using my favorite dpns. These are going to be another pair of Scrappy Frankensocks with the bag of scraps Carol gave me.  It's like doing a mystery quilt, you don't know exactly how it's going to turn out until after you add the next small ball of beautiful yarn and knit a few rounds to watch the design come to life.  Fun, fun.

What's on your needles this cool, brisk Fall morning?

Linking up with Judy's OTN. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stash Report - Oct. 16, 2016

It's been so long since I've been able to report any fabric used from my stash, that sewing the blocks on my design wall into a top for QOV felt good.. To keep myself motivated,  I'm going to count the fabric used at this point,  This coming week I hope to find a border fabric lurking in my shelves to finish it.

Fabric Report -Oct. 16
Fabric Added since last report - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 4.5 yards

Fabric Used since last report - 5 yds
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD -  69.86  yards

To see more reports, check out Judy's Patchwork Times. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

DWM and QOV Update

On my design wall this morning are my QOV blocks for a second quilt from my scraps using the HST log block.  They are so easy that I just can't quit making them.  After I get this top sewed together, I will to do one more from my scraps in the dark colorway.  By that time I should have plenty of blocks from the block drive to work with.  Keep those blocks coming.  The finished quilts will make our veterans happy and keep me busy during the cold weather putting them together.

I've noticed recently that there are new followers to my blog.  WELCOME to you and I hope you come back and check to see what is going on at Dar's Patchwork Garden. We are in the midst of a block drive for Eastern Missouri Quilts of Valor and I'd love for you to join in. There will be prizes for participating with 4 or more blocks donated.   If  you want to see my original post, you can check it out HERE and thanks to Jan and Alycia, the step by step tutorial is HERE.   Any blocks for my drive can be sent to the address below.

2627 Bates Rd.
O'Fallon, MO 63368.  

This beautiful top came in from Mary C for our Eastern Missouri QOV  last week week.  She used her scraps and said she still has more.  Nice job, Mary.  Thanks for your generosity and taking the time to piece such a lovely quilt. Maybe a female veteran will be the lucky recipient of this beauty. 

If you want to see more design walls, just check out Judy's Patchwork Times. 


Friday, October 7, 2016

On and Off The Needles - Friday

Hooray.  I finally finished my first pair of Scrappy Patchwork socks, or as Carol would say, her Frankensocks!   They are so full of happy colors and will make my feet happy in cold weather.  Now to get started on another pair and see what colorful surprises will happen with the next pair. These are fun to make.  If you have leftover small swatches of yarn, give it a try.  It's very liberating, especially if you make a mistake, no one will know. lol

I have always wanted to learn the Magic Loop method of sock knitting, so I've started a pair of short socks with worsted weight yarn.  The pattern calls for Size #5 needles and with the heavy yarn, it should go a lot faster.  So far they are going pretty smoothly.  I'm thinking the heels may be where I will have any problems, IF I'm not careful. 

What's on your needles this beautiful Fall day?  Have you discovered any new techniques or patterns that you've been wanting to try.   Stop by Judy's Patchwork Times to see more knitting fun.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Another Finish for QOV

Opps.  This got published before I had finished putting in the pictures.  Don't know how that happened.  Reposted with the rest of content. 

Just took this one off the machine and it's ready for the hand binding part.  I love doing the binding by hand, don't you?  It is so relaxing and it means the quilt is just about finished and ready for someone to snuggle under.

This was pieced by Vivian.  She did a beautiful job of putting this together.

I received these beautiful blocks this week  from Cindy of Hyacinth Quilt Designs in South Carolina. Thanks so much Cindy. They look great. She made one in each colorway-1with/light and 1/dark

I also found out that two blocks in a standard envelope can be mailed for one stamp.  Nice to know.