Saturday, April 16, 2016

More Quilt Show Pics

Picking up from my first post on some of the pictures at our quilt show HERE, I've a few more to show you.

The first one is especially for my friend, Barb at 3 Cat Ranch.  She did this pattern with an added kitty in each block.

This was an A-team challenge, (A=applique).  We were to use a particular piece of yellow fabric and Judy used the yellow in the tails and face of the fish.  This was such a cute quilt. It had applique, pieced background and great quilting.  

Another project of the A-Team was to make children's quilts with pages from coloring books.  We each chose 1 or 2 pages and made blocks.  Then we had a sew day to piece them all together into tops. We made 7 or 8 and volunteers quilted, bound and labeled them.  This was one setting that we used and it was given to a charity for their fund raising event. Most of the applique was hand stitched, so we thought it a good fit for making more $$ for the charity than just a donation quilt to one child.

Another beautiful example of piecing.

Another group that  participate in is called Cover Our Kids and More (QOV). This was our display showing some of our quilts going to many different organizations around the St. Louis and St. Charles area.  The Marine Stack 'n Whack on the stand is one that I did.  That is folded in half to fit the stand, but really is sized for a veteran.

Can you see those little blocks that are above the curtains sitting in the bleachers?  Well, those are actually 4 ft. squares of barn quilts.  We had a quest speaker who gave a class on making the wood barn quilt blocks and we used this area to dress of the bleachers.

There are more, but I'm late to an appointment now, so I'll get back to this at a later time. 

OTN -April 16, 2016

I've finally finished my sock#1 with the rust/red/brown variegated yarn.  I hope the 2nd sock won't take me as long.   There is no rush now that Spring has arrived, except for the anticipation for my next adventure in sock knitting.

What's the reason I'm so motivated to finish that 2nd sock?  Take a look.  I was thrilled to receive a squishy package from a fellow knitter with some of her sock leftovers; so now I can make some scrappy socks to go along with all my scrap quilts that I love to make.  I can't wait to see how these wonderful variegated scraps will knit up!!  Look at all these fantastic colors, would you.  Thank you so much Carol for making my day.

Here they are dumped out so you could see the bright, fun colors much better.  Doesn't this look like so much fun.  It will be my first experience in adding new pieces of yarn along the way.  Any tips on how to do this easily and securely for socks?

I'm linking up with Judy's OTN party even if I'm a little late. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Stash Report - April 10, 2016

Not much has changed with my stash numbers except a yard to make a matching pillowcase for my Rainbow Soul Searching entry at the quilt show.

Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 0
Fabric Used this week - 1  yds
Fabric Used YTD - 26.15  yds
Net used in 2016 -  26.15 yds

However, I can show you my finished Rainbow Soul Searching that was quilting frantically right before the deadline of our quilt show a couple weeks ago. I quilted a continuous spiral on my old standby Bernina 730.

Here are a couple more scrap quilts that were hanging near mine at the show that I liked.

 I especially like the bright boldness of this one and such a good use of scraps too.

And this was a beautifully appliqued gem.  It didn't win a ribbon, but I thought it should have.

I'll post some of the ribbon winners next time.  It's back to the grind doing the taxes. Ugh.

I'm linking up late with Judy's Patchwork Times.

Friday, March 18, 2016

OTN - Fri. March 18

On my way to the toes!!  Haven't made much progress on this pair of socks.  I'm still on the first sock, but now it should go faster.

I've been preparing for our big quilt show this weekend, and today is set up time.  So off I go to help hang 400 quilts for our grand opening on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 & 20.  If you are in the St. Louis area, stop by and see all the wonderful quilts, vendors, demonstrations on new techniques, antique bed turning, door prizes and lots of inspiration.  We are at Queeny Park in Ballwin, MO.  It's easy to find, just a little west of I-270 off of Manchester Road. Here's the link for Fanfare of Quilts 2016.

To see more knitted bliss, check over at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Fabric Report - March 6, 2016

It's been a few weeks since reporting Stash, as I was busy quilting and binding my Rainbow Soul Searching quilt and working on a mystery quilt.  When I got ready to sew on the previously cut and made binding for this quilt, I realized that I didn't like the way it looked. Remember this? It looks ok here, but not when it was put on the quilt.
1st binding

So you know what that means, right? Back to the stash to find something else.  Luckily there was enough of the darker black and white to make another binding.  I am counting the new binding as stash used too.

Hanging sleeve and 2nd binding choice

The other binding will get used later and I won't re-count that one.

Here's a peek at the new binding and quilting. The quilting is not perfect because I did it on my domestic Bernina but I could not find my quilting tool to help with the spacing of the lines on the big spiral quilting.  However, it is finished and it's not destined for any major shows like Paducah or Houston so I'm happy with the quilting. 

On another note, I received another Quilt of Valor top from Mary C one of my friends.  She also provided the backing, binding and presentation pillowcase to match.  I think this is one of the prettiest patterns and the perfect size for our QOVs.  Thanks so much Mary for all your time and effort piecing this and donating it to our veterans.  We will hand quilt it soon.

Used stash since the first week in February that can be counted now.
Stash Report -Week #10
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 0

Fabric Used this week - .625 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 25.15  yds
Net used in 2016 -  25.15 yds

Check out Judy's Patchwork Times to see more reports.

Friday, February 26, 2016

OTN - Friday 2/25/16

These last two weeks have found me busy trying to finish a quilt for our upcoming guild show in March, so I have not been getting much done on my knitting projects.  However, I did finish my Cloud Cowl.  It was fun and I would love to make another one in the future.

The pattern that came with the yarn said to cast on 100 stitches with Size 11 needles and it would finish at 9" wide x 32" long.  Recently I saw on Ravelry another pattern that was very similar which suggested casting on 110 stitiches on Size 10 needles.  I would like to make this again in a different colorway using the new sizes.    For now, this is finished and I'm back to working on my red, self striping socks.

Take a look at Patchwork Times to see more knitty things.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Another Leader-Ender Project

This has become my new leader/ender project so that it will get finished quicker. It's "My Blue Heaven" started in a workshop with Bonnie Hunter last September. You can find the pattern free HERE on her website with all the instructions on how to make it.  Putting the blocks on my design wall helps remind me to keep working on it so I can start something new.  It is coming along slowly.

I'm linking up with A Quilting Chick where there is a leader/ender party going on.  Go check it out.

Friday, February 12, 2016

On The Needles - Feb. 12, 2016

I've been a little under the weather with a sinus infection and haven't done much knitting lately. It's hard when you find it difficult to breathe and are coughing all the time. My constant companion was a box of kleenex, a quilt to wrap up in and a cup of hot tea.  I think it's allergy related, but it's hard to concentrate or focus for any length of time. However, one day I felt a little better and decided to start something new. I bought this yarn at the quilt show in Paducah last year and they gave a free pattern with it.  The pattern is called Cloud Cowl and uses 1 skein of Bamboo Bloom Yarn.You knit the smooth yarn and purl the slubs. Even with my stuffed up head and on meds, it was a piece of cake.  And it goes fast!! The hardest part was casting on 100 stitches.  I kept losing my count and had to keep going back to the beginning to see what number I was on.

After knitting on size 10 1/2"needles with such an easy pattern, I'm not sure I want to go back to my tiny dpn sock needles.  The quick gratification of seeing something grow so quickly is motivating.  I love this yarn! The pattern says it will finish at 9" wide and 32" long..

My other project is another pair of socks that were started a few weeks back.  For some reason, I just can't seem to get these going correctly.  I think the color of the yarn is too similar to the needle colors and the stitches are hard to see. Somewhere I made a major mistake and had to rip back and then things were fine for a bit and before I knew it I had too many stitches on the needles. Now I am back to the right number of stitches on each needle, but I'd rather work on the cowl, so they will just have to wait a bit longer.

I'm going to Patchwork Times to see what others are doing this week with their knitting.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Stash Report #5

This was a busy week which found me sewing with a friend all day Monday, attending two of my quilt guilds for some great programs and quilt inspirations, volunteering with QOV sewing bindings on finished quilts and a yarn/fiber garage sale, so not too much time was spent in the quilting room using my stash. I did make the binding ( 5/8 yd) and hanging sleeve (1/2 yd) for the Rainbow Soul Searching quilt, so now I need to get busy quilting it.  I'm still at a roadblock as to quilt it.  Any thoughts??

Stash Report -Week #5
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 0

Fabric Used this week - 1.25 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 24.53  yds
Net used in 2016 -  24.53 yds

To see more reports, check with Judy at Patchwork Times. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Stash Report -#4 and More

This was a great week in the sewing room for me.  I finished piecing the Soul Searching top and pieced the backing to it as well.  That was almost like piecing a top, but it was so much fun using up all that leftover fabric from the top.  I also made two pillowcases to match the Retro Tulips quilt that I finished earlier.

Soul Searching - 72" x 84"

 I used up lots of my leftover black and whites for the back.  I even threw in a couple blocks that I found hiding in a box from Not So Easy Street too.  That makes me feel good to use orphan blocks that way.
Soul Searching backing

Stash Report -Week #4
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 0

Fabric Used this week - 16.5 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 23.41 yds
Net used in 2016 - 23.41

Check out more fabric reports at Judy's Patchwork Times

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Stash Report - Week#3-2016

This week I finished making a colorful rod sleeve for the back of "Not So Easy Street" in preparation for our upcoming quilt show in March.  I just need to make the label and apply it and it will be all done. There are still 2 more labels to make and one more quilt to finish quilting and binding and I should be ready.

I decided to use more of my leftover scraps to piece together the sleeve.  It took a little more time, but since the backing was all pieced from scraps too, I though it was fitting.  Here's what it looks like laying on the edge of my dining room table.  It doesn't look like almost 100 inches does it, but I assure you it seemed like 300 inches. This brought my totals up a tiny bit in the used column.

Stash Report  - Week 3
Fabric Used - .,875 yds  
Fabric Added - 0 yds
YTD Used  - 6.917 yds
YTD Added -  0 yds   
Net Stash Used - 6.917 yds

I'm linking to Judy's Patchwork Times report today. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

On The Needles - Jan. 15, 2016

I finished the first pair of socks for 2016 and even wore them today!!  They felt really good and don't look half bad, IMHO.  

I looked back to see when they were started (way back in October) and if the yarn information was there.  You can find it HERE   I also noticed on that post that I had started a cowl, which had totally forgotten about. Maybe I'd better finish that too before starting something else ...or maybe not. !

I've been wanting to try this new yarn that is lumpy and bumpy that I picked up in Paducah last April. We'll see which one wins or if I can stick to finishing up what I started.

I'm going to Judy's OTN to see what everyone else is working on.  Join me there.