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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Design Wall and Update on QOV Block Drive

Here it is officially Autumn and our temperatures are starting to feel appropriate for the season.  We are guaranteed a perfect fall week for the next 6 days--highs in low 70's and nights in 50-60's.  I'm ready, how about you?

Finally I have something to put up on my design wall thanks to some awesome quilters and friends.

These are just a few that I received this weekend, so now the fun starts-- playing around on the design wall with layouts.

These came from a Scrap Wrap Up Party I attended this weekend at Kevin The Quilter's home. His Scrap Club ladies brought lots of QOV blocks to start the drive off in style.  Here is what came in from 15 different quilters.  They really surprised me.  Well, there are definitely some major overachievers in this group-- Brenda K made- 38 blocks and is in the lead, Lou C. is a close second with 30 blocks and third is Carol P with 20 blocks. Thanks so much to each and everyone of you for participating in this drive. All of these blocks are appreciated and will be used to make quilts for our veterans which I know they will love.  Here's what I counted so far in addition to the three mentioned earlier.  Ree C-6; Clifdel-4; Linda E-2; Katie B-4;Sandy W-2; Sue B.-6; Diana-2; Barb S-10; and three who did not put their names on their stacks-10, 6 and 3.  If any of you turned your blocks in to Kelly at O Sew Personal please let me know how many and your name and I will fill in my chart.  Thank you all - You made my day!

There will be prizes awarded at the end of the drive for the most blocks donated (top 3 positions) and a second drawing for anyone making 4 or more blocks.  I am still lining up prizes, but will keep you posted as they come in.

If anyone did no 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.  

Linking up with Patchwork Times to see more design walls before I get busy playing with blocks.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Design Wall Monday and QOV

Not much new on design wall this morning.  Made a couple more blocks for block drive and played around with them a bit.  Just testing different layouts.

It's been busy around here these first few days of Autumn-like weather.  Trying to get the veggie and flower gardens cleaned out, trimming back some overgrown weedy areas and keeping up with quilting donation quilts has keep me flying from one place to the other.  But soon it will be too cold to work outside and I can sew and knit to my hearts delight in my sewing room.

I've been whittling away at my scraps for a long time, but still don't see any signs that I'm making a dent in them.  Since the Eastern MO QOV Block Drive has started, I've been cutting and sewing a few blocks when I find a little time. Nothing to report as used until all the blocks have been made for a top, Hopefully, more blocks will start rolling in and I can concentrate on putting the rows together and take a break from piecing the blocks.  If you missed the announcement of the QOV block drive, you can read about it HERE.

And talking about QOV, here are some of the veterans who received their QOV quilt at last week's meeting.  We had 5 veterans receiving quilts and their families attended the presentation. These veterans served in Korea, Viet Nam, WWII and Desert Storm. It is such a wonderful experience to see their faces when they receive their quilts.  Each one is presented their quilt by one of our quilters with words of appreciation and thanks that they give from their hearts.  Sometimes, it is the veterans' wife who is the quilter in our group. These are extra special because the men had no idea the quilt was being made for them.  All the quilts have a heart quilted on it and they are told the significance of that heart.

I also finished quilting the Honor Flight quilt and ready to start hand sewing the binding.
I kept it simple with stitch in the ditch between logs and a wavy diagonal through the middle to simulate a blowing flag.  If you use your imagination, you can see it blowing. lol

I'll be linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday.  Take a break and check out all the great projects folks are working on.

Friday, September 16, 2016

On My Needles

What's on my needles?  Well on my sock knitting needles I'm still working on the Scrappy Patchwork socks that I started back when I received some yarn scraps from Carol at the Polka Dot Chicken. These should be finished by this weekend.

Here's a better close up of the 2nd sock.  The colors are wild and bright but I love them.  They will go with just about any color that I wear!  I showed them to some of the younger generation at a family get together on Labor Day, and they think they are really "cool" and right in style.  You know they wouldn't be caught dead wearing any socks that match.  They have to be two different socks or they might be labeled "old fashion".  lol  Well, I'm right in style with these.

I have another pair that I'm itching to get on needles, so I'd best get busy.  I also have a diagonal cowl scarf that I started last year in the fall that I need to work on and finish.  It will soon be time to wear scarves and cowls again.

I'm linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times today, so check out what's on her needles.  She makes my sock knitting look like I'm a slacker with all that she has going. She's amazing.  I don't know how she gets so much done! 

Monday, September 5, 2016

DWM and Stash Report

It's time to take a peek at the design walls today.  Mine has not changed much since I took down the Honor Flight quilt.  I've started making more blocks for QOV while anxiously awaiting the mailman to bring more blocks to add to these.  If you don't know about the block drive check it out here.

I've been keeping out of trouble with more quilting.  This one was from a Planet Patchwork New Year's Day mystery from many years ago.  A friend of mine made this version (her's is now quilted) and mine is still in the flimsy stage waiting for it's turn. :)

She wanted leaves quilted as an all over.  I used "Falling Leaves" and thread that blended so as not to detract from the unique design. Maybe this will motivate me to get mine quilted this year too. Mine is much brighter and doesn't lend itself to a theme for quilting.  That's my holdup--how do I want to quilt it. :) 

My stashbusting is progressing slowly but surely.  Since my last report way back in week #30, I have busted another 10.95 yards of fabric.  Most was from my QOV quilt top-7.5 yds, some fat quarters that were donated to a game at one of my quilt guilds and gifted a couple backings for tablerunners to a friend.  This brings me up-to-date for now.

Fabric Report - Sept. 5, 2016
Fabric Added since last report - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 4.5 yards

Fabric Used since week #30 - 10.95 yds
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD -  64.86  yards

Hope you are all having a great Labor Day and getting lots of "laboring" done or having fun in whatever makes you happy.   I am linking up with DWM at Judy's Patchwork Times. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Quilts of Valor Block Drive

Well, today is the day when I can show what I've been working on that was under wraps for a couple weeks.

My friend Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic designed a block and offered it for a block drive for Quilts of Valor. I met her for coffee one day to discuss it and by that evening I had made half of the blocks needed for my top.  They are that easy.

Since you all know that Quilts of Valor is a cause close to my heart, I'm joining up with Alycia at Alycia Quilts and Jan to hold a block drive too for QOV-Eastern Missouri This will be the first time I've done a block drive from this side of things.  Usually I'm making blocks to send to other block drives, so I invite you to join in the fun and help make our veterans feel the appreciation and love they deserve for their service to us.  Thanks to Alycia and Jan for letting me share in this block drive for our veterans.

Here is the finished top that I made.

These blocks are very addictive and before you know it, you will have a large stack.  You can find the tutorial for making the blocks HERE or HERE.  The cutting instructions make two blocks at the same time. That's a bonus in my book.  Please use patriotic fabrics with neutrals and lights or darks as suggested.

There are many different settings possible with this block.  I played in EQ7 and came up with some other fun layouts too, a flying geese arrangement - horizontally and vertically, diamonds on point and more. Hope we get enough blocks to make them all.  We have a lot of veterans that still need to be covered with our love.

You can send any blocks for the QOV-Eastern Missouri group to me between now and the end of the year. I will post pictures of all the finished tops that are made.

2627 Bates Rd.
O'Fallon, MO 63368.  

Thank you for your help in getting these quilts made. I'll be thinking of some means to reward your efforts.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Design Wall - Aug. 29, 2016

This week found me busily putting together several quilt tops for our veterans and finishing up some quilting.  One top is a secret QOV quilt that I can't show until Wednesday.  Stop back then.

But I can show the other project that is on my design wall. It is an Honor Flight quilt.  Several times a year we have groups of 30-35 that leave from St. Louis on their way to visit the war memorials in Washington, DC. through the Honor Flight program.  One lady from our guild gets up at 1 a.m. in order to get to the airport at 4 a.m. to present each veteran with an honor flight quilt.  We have made more than 100 Honor Flight quilts.  She has gone a step further this time.  She embroidered the center design and gave them out to volunteers at the guild to make a quilt for the next group out of St. Louis.
If you can't read it, it says "Home of the Free because of the Brave".  There is a flag, boots and dog tags in black embroidery.  They are 36" - 40" square as requested by the sponsors of the program so they can take and use them on the plane and buses throughout the day. 

I also received a donation of a Quilts of Valor from another guild member at the same meeting.  It was pieced by Shirley H. with patriotic fat quarters that she won in a contest.

Isn't this pretty. This is such a simple design, but I love the layout she used. Some veteran will love receiving this. Thanks so much Shirley for your donation.

A couple more finishes this week too.  These were made by a friend to be used as table toppers or wall hangings during the Christmas holidays.

 She made both these from her scraps left over from other projects. What a great design using simple blocks--half square triangles and rail fence.  Easy peasy. This would be a great stashbuster made in a larger size.

This only has HST with an accent strip randomly placed.

I'm a little late linking up with Judy's DWM, but it's still Monday where I am.  lol

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.