Monday, August 22, 2016

Design Wall - August 22, 2016

Here's what my design wall looks like today.  The leader/ender zig zag blocks are the result of my newest quilt top finish.  I can't show that yet, but I will tell you it involves our Quilts of Valor Chapter of Eastern MO.

Also this week I finished quilting another quilt that was donated to our local QoV by a gentleman from North Dakota who pieced this beautiful top. Thank you so much R.L. Your piecing was perfect and I love the design.  It was too big for our hand quilting frames, so they asked me to quilt it.  I'm happy with the results.

Linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday.

Friday, August 12, 2016

OTN and A Finish

I finally finished my first scrappy patchwork sock.  I really like all the bright colors and watching the designs appear with each new scrap.  I use 5 dpns to make my socks from the top down, but have been wanting to try some other methods. Maybe after this pair is finished, I will try using those cute little 9" circulars. Still want to try the toe up method too, but haven't taken the time yet to try that. Someone told me it's harder going that direction, especially if you learned the top down method first. Since I'm so slow as it is and I love being able to understand what I'm doing from the top/down, I might not rush into it.  No need to increase the time it takes me to make a pair of socks to one pair a year, right?  And I do have lots of yarn that is waiting to be knitted up.

Also spent some time quilting this small children's size quilt. This is called Bunny Tales and was meant to be a fabric book. Making it into a quilt will get a lot more use, I think and hopefully the little one will use it longer. She can still "read" the book if it's wrapped around her, right?

Time to get busy on loading another quilt, or piecing a QOV or one of my UFOs. But I'm going to check out what others have on their needles this week over at Patchwork Times first.  Why not meet me there.

Friday, August 5, 2016

OTN - August 5, 2016

I did a little more knitting on my scrappy sock this week, but most of my spare time was spent finishing up a couple quilts for others.  Here's where I am on my scrappy sock.

And here's one of the quilts that kept me from doing more knitting.  lol

Lady of the Lake (104" x 104")

Back of same quilt

Linking up with Judy's OTN.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quilts of Valor Update

It's been a while since I've shown some of the Quilts of Valor quilts that have been quilted recently and presented to our veterans.  These are all hand quilted by the women who come together twice a month at our Eastern Missouri Chapter.

We mark some of the quilting motifs with the washable Crayon markers.
All the quilts have a heart quilted some place in the quilt and a label with room for their name and sentiments from the quilters.  They are washed and matched up with a pillowcase then they are ready for presenting.
The quilting on this one was exceptional. 

Here are two veterans who received their quilts at our meeting recently.
This month marks the 11th Anniversary of our group and we have presented just a tad under 2,200 quilts to veterans across the U.S.  We are still going strong with over 100 members and average more than 90 attending most sew days.

Tomorrow is another QoV sew day, so I'd better get to bed.   If you are ever in the St. Charles area on a sew day, come by and see us.  The schedule of when and where we meet is on the tab under my header that says "QOV Eastern MO Chapter Schedule."

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stash Report -Week #30 July 24

Since last posting a Stash Report, I've been quilting several quilts (not my own), hand quilting at our Quilts of Valor group, tending the vegetable garden and trying to keep cool. It's been so blasted hot here that it makes me tired and not wanting to do much of anything.

I did give some fabric to a friend for the backings on two baby quilts, so I can claim some fabric used from my stash.

Fabric Report - July 24, 2016 Wk #30
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 2 yards

Fabric Used this week- 3 yds
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD -  53.11  yards

I am linking up with Patchwork Times - Stash report.

Friday, July 15, 2016

OTN- Scrappy Socks

I finally got started on my first pair of scrappy socks and I'm loving how they are turning out.  It is such fun not knowing how the next small tidbit of yarn will work up.  Can't wait to finish this sock and begin it's partner.  Since I am a big fan of scrap quilts, this is right up my alley. This might turn into an addiction similar to fabric scraps, which has gotten out of control in my sewing room.  If this happens, just know Carol F that I will have to contact you to see if you have a cure.  lol

Sorry this picture is laying on it's side.  I. couldn't figure out how to rotate the picture within blogger after it was on the blog post.

Check out OTN at Patchwork Times today and see other knitted treats.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Stash Report and Quilts of Valor

As promised, here are the two QOV quilts that I mentioned earlier.  The blocks were given to me and the lady wanted them to be used for a veteran's quilt.  I managed to use every block in the bag. Many of the blocks were only half blocks which I assumed were to be some type of border around the proposed King Size quilt, but with no pattern of the original quilt, I did the best I could.  I think they turned out ok though.

I took the most of the sampler blocks and set them with a standard sashing between them and added a border to get the size needed.  The fabric for the sashing and border was from my stash of 3 different gold/tan fabrics,and the border is blue with small gold and tan motifs in it.

1st QOV - Sampler with sashing
With the remainder of the sampler blocks I scattered them randomly using some chain blocks alternatively and in rows around them. There were not enough to place them alternately throughout. Since I wanted to use all the blocks I could; and with no matching background fabric to make more, I placed them at the top and bottom to get to make it bigger. I noticed after all was said and done, that the design is not centered, but otherwise I'm happy with the results.

2nd QOV - Sampler blocks & chain block

After using all the complete blocks, I had a bunch of half and quarter pieced blocks left over. These were put together and added to the backing when I pieced it.  It's quilted with a panto called "Star Dance."

The binding is sewn on and all that is needed is the hand stitching of the binding and a QOV label.
Most of the fabric was counted in last week's report, so only the binding was included this week, but the usage is still going in the right direction.

Fabric Report - July 3, 2016 Wk #27
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 2 yards

Fabric Used this week- 1/2 yd (for binding of QOV) 
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD -  52.11  yards

Linking up with Patchwork Times.  Stop by to catch up on how others used their stashes this week.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

On The Needles

I finally took time to cast on my first pair of "Scrappy Socks" or as Carolfun calls them her Frankensocks.  I used a pattern that I've made before and things were going great.  They are turning out really neat.  Then I thought to try it on to see if I could get the cuff over my heel.  Well, not so good.  If I hold my breath and close my eyes, they will almost stretch over the biggest part of the heel and arch of my foot!  I wonder if they will block out a bit bigger if I keep going?  It has taken me so long to get this far, it kills me to have to rip back and start over totally.  Decisions, decisions.

Well, it's another day and I made the decision to leave these as they are and keep going.  I have added the next little ball of yarn and will keep my fingers crossed that they work out ok.  If not, someone who likes soft, handmade scrappy socks will receive them as a gift.

Here they are with the new yarn added. 

Linking up with Judy's OTN a little late.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Few Finishes and Stash Report

This has been a busy week.  I was fortunate to have time to finish up a couple of my UFOs and even get started on a new project.

You might remember that I finished quilting another pastel 9-patch baby quilt and now the binding is complete.

 Also, I cleared my design wall of the long standing "My Blue Heaven", which is now quilted and bound!

This was started in a workshop in Sept. 2015 with Bonnie Hunter.   
My Blue Heaven 

One of my friends gave me a large package of assorted sampler blocks that were made by a lady who wanted them to be used for Quilts of Valor quilts.  I arranged them into two quilt tops and with added fabrics from my stash for sashings, borders and bindings; finished two quilt tops.   I have to give credit to my friend Mary for helping with one.  Thanks so much Mary.  I pieced a backing for one of them and tomorrow I hope to get it quilted.  I'd say this was a very productive week.  Hope I can keep my sewing mojo going for another good week.

Tomorrow I hope to have pictures of the two QOV tops.  I love what all this sewing does for my Stash Report! lol

Fabric Report - June 26, 2016
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 2 yards
Fabric Used this week- 15.25 yds 
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD -  51.61  yards

Linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Catching Up and Fabric Report


It's been a few weeks since I've posted but I finally have a little movement in the stash numbers to report.  This week I got around to quilting another baby quilt.

This is the last of 4 of the baby quilts that I made from my Leader/Ender last year.  I pulled squares from the 2.5" drawer for the pastel 9-patch blocks.

My free motion is not as good as I'd like it to be, but hopefully a baby won't mind that they are all not perfectly proportioned.  Just the binding to go and it will be done.

Fabric Report #24
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 2 yards
Fabric Used this week- 3.33 yds 
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD - 36.36  yards

On the knitting front, I finished the Drops Fabel socks.  These were started at the end of January! Why it took so long, I can't say other than I've been busy with other things, I guess.

Now, I get to play with all those luscious scrappy leftover sock yarns from Carol at The Polka Dot Chicken.


I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times

Monday, May 23, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Today was supposed to be a sew day with a friend and I cleaned up my sewing room and tried to make it comfortable for us to work on our projects.  She called to say she was not feeling well, so that leaves me open to many other tasks besides sewing to fill my time -- a mountain of laundry, cleaning the rest of the house that I omitted previously, cutting down unwanted honeysuckle and grapevines that have grown rampant throughout our property, loading a quilt on the frame, OR sewing up my foxy block for my piecing group.  Decisions, decisions.

But first, here's my design wall.  The blue/neutral blocks are from Bonnie Hunter's 'My Blue Heaven' which I started in September last year at her workshop here in our area.  I may just stop this after I get those 3 star blocks done and call it a baby quilt for a little boy.  I'm just not into this project right now, and I want to reclaim my wall space for other things.

The other is my new leader/ender project that I mentioned yesterday.  I saw this at Flourishing Palms blog and fell in love with the simpleness of the block, but the dynamic results when you put it all together.  My friend Linda has such a knack of coming up with great scrap ideas to use up little pieces.  So, I've got a bunch of 2.5" squares all ready to feed them in between whatever block I'm making. They are like eating potato chips, you can't stop at just one, you want to make just one more, then one more.  I know this will be a fun scrap quilt for this year.

Scrappy Zig Zag
Guess I'll sew my exchange block which was the original plan to work on with my friend.  It's a fox block from Marsha in ou monthly piecing group.  We were given all the pieces except the color for the fox - I'm making mine a rusty brown   They are all cut and ready to sew together.  Guess that's what I'm off to finish before tackling the laundry or more cleaning and pruning.

Sorry it's turned sideways.  I'll show you a finished block later.  It's really a cute block.

Hope you are all having a good, fun filled day.  It's beautiful here today and hard to stay inside.

Stop by Judy's to see more Design Walls.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fabric Report plus a Finished Top

I got my borders sewn on this week, so now I'm up-to-date with my fabric report for the year.

Here's the finished top.  I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out since it was all stash scraps and I used a bunch of my 2.5" squares.  Some of those squares were pretty funky prints (from Christmas, to bright frogs, mallard ducks, and other unexpected things, but they are gone from the stash  I can't really see that it made a dent in my 2.5" squares yet. I'm hoping my new leader and ender project for this year will use use a lot more.  Come back tomorrow to see what fun things are on my design wall. I stole the idea from a fellow blogger, whom you may know.

Fabric Report #21 - May 22, 2016 
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 2 yards
Fabric Used this week- 1.5 yards - last border
Fabric Used YTD - 33.03  yards

I hope there is enough left to do the binding in the same color.  After washing and squaring it up, that 2 yards was a bit less.  I'll just have to wait and see what happens.  I love making reversible bindings, so that is always an option, depending on what I do for the backing.

I'm linking up with Patchwork Times.