Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fabric Report-Week 27 & Show & Tell

Is it July already?  OMG!  Where did the month of June go so fast.  It's been quite a while since I've blogged and I need to catch up on what's been happening in my sewing room.

First off, I attended a retreat in June and finished some quilts and tops.  First was the modern Square in a Square that I started last year. It is now quilted and bound, Yes, 1 UFO off the list.

And the back 

Then I worked on my Stars and Stripes QOV and finished the top.,  It just needs a backing and a presentation pillowcase. 

Another old UFO that has been sitting in my unfinished pile for several years finally got a little TLC. These blocks were made and given to me by my friend, Joan who didn't want them.  This is Joan's Stars. Really original, right? lol  They are made with stretchy homespun and were not a consistent size.  I bought fabrics for sashing and borders to finish it. The colors do not show up well on the computer, but the new fabric really enhances the look of the stars.  Two of the blocks were not made with homespuns, so they stand out a bit more. I'm debating if I should do some creative camouflage on one in particular.  Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with the results.

The "Snow Friends" got it's final borders to complete the size I want, but there are still some hand embellishments that need to happen before it's ready to be quilted.

Here are my current usage numbers up-to-date.
Fabric Report - Week 27
Fabric Added - O
Fabric Used:  11.25 yds
Fabric Added YTD - O
Fabric Used YTD - 56.75 yds
Net used in 2015 -  56.75 yds

I'm linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Made My Goal of 52

Just finished the last 3 pillowcases today before leaving on retreat tomorrow!  I didn't plan to make so many this year (last year I made 52 for this retreat), but when I didn't have any fabric to count as being used for the fabric stash report each week, I would make a pillowcase. Here are the last 2 in the dragon fabric and 1 in the French purses.  I sure hope they will fit in that pink bag!   There are 23 novelty fabrics and 29 in the dragon fabric (and there is still more dragon fabric left on the shelf). Ugh! That will have to wait until another time.

I'm off for a few days of R & R and looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing some of the regular attendees from all over the U.S.  They come from as far away as California, Virginia, Minnesota Kentucky, Wisconsin Tennessee and Alabama plus other states. I hope to get some tops finished up with needed borders, bindings or pieced packings. Who knows, there may be time to sneak in a little knitting too.  Today it's almost 90 and that's the weather prediction most of the week.  It will be good to stay inside and play with fabric and eat, laugh, sew, knit and just relax.

See you later --it's about time I think what clothes to pack.  You know the sewing projects are more important than what to wear, right?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fabric Report - Week 23

A busy week, but not for using my stash, I'm afraid.  There was nothing in or out.  That's not all bad though, it means I'm still batting 100% on NOT buying any fabric for the year.

Same numbers as last week.
Fabric Report -Week 23
Fabric Added - O
Fabric Used: O
Fabric Added YTD - O
Fabric Used YTD -  45.5 yds
Net used in 2015 - 45.5 yds

I did however get a few things done during the week. Finished reading a book entitled "Rena's Promise" by Rena Kornreich Gelissen co-authored with Heather Dune Macadam.  It is the true story of two sisters who survived Auschwitz for over 3 years and what they saw and endured to stay alive.  It was unbelievable what the human body and mind can endure and still live to tell about it. It hit so many different emotions in me, that I was exhausted when I finished it, but loved it.  It is a story that I will never forget.

My other task was to make chive vinegar.  Barb over at Cat Patches introduced me to this several years ago. Since I love chives and grow them on my patio, I started making it.  Last year my chive plant was not very big, so it only made a small amount. This year, the plant as doubled and there were enough blossoms to get twice as much. Still not much compared to Barb's standard amount, but I'm happy with what I got this time.  I love using it when making salad dressings. Whenever it calls for vinegar, I substitute this.  It has a slight oniony flavor and look at that beautiful purple color.  It will get a bit darker purple as it ages.  It makes for great gifts too for those gourmet cooks in your family.

I'm linking up with Patchwork Times.  Stop by and see what others have done this week. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

On and Off the Needles- June 5, 2015

Well, I did it!   Finally finished my Hermione's Socks.  Now I can move on to something new on the needles.


Do you remember this earlier start of the Pretty Basic Shawl, well it was not looking right.  The center design was all caddywampus and I knew it would bother me every time I wore it, so I bit the bullet and frogged it back to the beginning.  Now I am going to pay attention more and see if I can get it right this time!

Starting Over.
Check out more OTN posts at Patchwork Gardens to inspire you.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fabric Report - Week 22, 2015

Nothing in or out of the fabric stash this week, so my totals remain the same.  However I am nearing the end of the deadline for the donation of pillowcases that will go to St. Louis Children's Hospital the middle of June.

I am aiming for 52 and the count is at 50, so only 2 more to go to reach my goal.  There is still more dragon fabric cut for pillowcase size, but they will be done at a later time for a different group.  I'm pretty tired of looking at that fabric for a while!

Fabric Report -Week #22 - same as last week. :(
Fabric Added - O
Fabric Used since 4/19 - 7.5 yds (mostly pillowcases and one border)
Fabric Added YTD - O
Fabric Used YTD -  45.5 yds
Net used in 2015 - 45.5 yds

Linking up with Patchwork Times. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

On The Needles - May 29, 2015

The needles have been a little quiet lately, but I'm making progress on my Hermione's socks.  Hope to start the toe decreases soon and then it's all downhill from there.  

I did finish up another facecloth over the last week or two.  It really isn't as lopsided as it appears in the picture.:)

Stop by Judy's to see what other knitting projects are being worked on this week. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fabric Report- Week 21

Can you believe it.  It's been over 4 weeks since I've posted ... did anyone miss me?  Probably not because you may have been as busy as me.  At least one of my friends told me he missed seeing me on the blog.  Thanks Kevin for giving me a kick in the behind to get back to business.

I promised an update of whether or not I was able to resist buying fabric in Paducah.   Well, let's see....I definitely did not come home empty handed.  it was a great show as usual and the weather was perfect this year.  I didn't think it was a crowded as in the past, but I was there later in the week this year.

Here are some of the things I brought home with me - thread (a new kind - Iris all cotton), a V-block ruler, yarns (the knit shop was closing so the prices were great) ,a 17" swivel cutting mat, a 72" square portable design wall, and more fun things to keep me busy.  But do you see any fabric??  Nope... I was such a good girl -- no fabric to add to my stash this time.

So here's where I stand since my last fabric report way back in April.

Fabric Report -Week #21
Fabric Added - O
Fabric Used since 4/19 - 7.5 yds (mostly pillowcases and one border)
Fabric Added YTD - O
Fabric Used YTD -  45.5 yds
Net used in 2015 - 45.5 yds

Take a look over at Judy's Patchwork Times to see how others are managing their stashes this year. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fabric Report - Week 16 April 19, 2015

It's been several weeks since I've posted on the Fabric Report because there hasn't been much sewing going on lately. I did use some on the two autumn leaf blocks for Margaret in the piecing group and 2 yards was gifted to a friend for a backing on a baby quilt she was making.

However, I'm still holding strong on not buying any fabric this year.  My will power will really be tested next week, though.  I'll be attending the AQS Show in Paducah for 4 days.  Can I do it?  Not buy fabric when many of the vendors run great deals during this show.! You will have to check back next week and see what happens.  

Weeks #15 and 16 Fabric Report
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used this week- 2.25 yds 
Fabric Added YTD - 0
Fabric Used YTD - 38 yds
Net used in 2015 - 38 yds

Stop by Judy's Patchwork Times to see more reports for the week.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Third Time is a Charm - OTN

It only took me 3 times (or maybe 4 I lost count) to get this sock started with the right size needles and number of stitches, but I'm finally on my way.

Since I had so much trouble in the beginning, I've changed the pattern a bit and am just doing a plain stockinette stitch in the foot instead of carrying the leg pattern  throughout the foot.  I'm ready for this sock to be finished and onto the 2nd one before I forget what changes I made along the way.

When things start to frustrate me like taxes or knitting or even quilting -- I turn to the kitchen to bake or try out a new recipe. It always takes my mind off my troubles or aggravations of the day.  I guess that means food plays a consoling role in my life.  I started with my favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe and then made several batches of blueberry muffins.  I had two new recipes that I wanted to try and see which we liked best.

These were the first ones. They used less sugar and substituted sour cream instead of vegetable oil or butter; and were very good, but not real sweet. Great for those watching their sugar intake or anyone who is diabetic. The recipe is on the 'Recipe Tab" under my blog header if you want to give them a try. This is not my recipe, but was in my recipe drawer written on a piece of notebook paper from years ago. I really don't remember where it came from. 

The second recipe was more traditional, more sugar, vegetable oil and a sugar/cinnamon topping. These were yummy too, but they did not taste much sweeter than the first ones, in spite of using more sugar.   Either recipe would be good if you like blueberry muffins!  They disappeared quickly at our house. 

Take a look at Judy's OTN to see more knitting progress this week.  Hope you have a great Spring weekend.  It is greening up so nicely around our area.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tax Day

Just got in under the wire for getting my taxes completed.  I'm sure glad that is done for another year. It's always a big relief when I take it to the post office and get it mailed.  Now on to more fun things.

First, I pieced 2 blocks for one of my friends in the Pieces of Friendship group.  She wanted Fall colors with darker half log cabins surrounding two sides of the block.  These will be added to many more in other Fall colors. I can't wait to see them all together.

Then, another pillowcase to add to the growing stack. I just counted and there are 41 to date. 

And last but not least, is this Quilts of Valor quilt top pieced by my friend Mary.  She was kind enough to also provide a pillowcase, backing and binding to go with it.  Whoohoo!!  I really like this pattern and she did such a beautiful job.  Thank you so much Mary.  It will be much appreciated by one of our veterans.

Now it's time for me to get busy finishing my QOV that I've put on the back burner temporarily.  The rows are together and hopefully, this week I can finish putting on the borders.  My stash report has become stagnant of late, so I need to get busy and start sewing and finishing up some more of my UFOs.  

Hope you all are having a good week.  The Spring temperatures are motivating me to get outside more, and that doesn't help my sewing goals, but Spring is my favorite time of the year, I think.

Friday, April 10, 2015

On the Needles - April 10, 2015

This week has been a very frustrating one when it came to knitting.  Do you remember last week I said I was going to go ahead and continue the Pretty Basic shawl even though the pattern didn't look quite right in the middle?  Well I did continue for at least another 20 rows and it got worse and I didn't like what I was seeing, so I frogged it back to the beginning.

Next I decided to work on my Hermione's socks which started off looking real pretty in the cuff area, but when I started the textured pattern in the leg section, it looked way too big.  I continued for another couple inches and it kept getting wider.  I did swatches with 3 different sized dpns until I got to the smallest ones I own - US 0 (2.0mm) and it STILL was too big.  I could not seem to get the gauge that was suggested in the pattern - 9sts/in.  So I cut back on the number of cast on stitches and I'm going with that!  These socks will fit SOMEONE if not me, but I'm not starting over again!!  I've practically wore out the yarn from starting so many times.   Here's where I am on my 4th attempt.

If any more knitting snafu's happen this week, OR anytime soon, I may have to put my knitting needles back in the drawer and not let them out until they decide to behave.  I've tolerated about enough of this bad behavior from them. They need to be taught a lesson. 

I'm linking up with Patchwork Times OTN.  Check there to be inspired by more knitting ideas this week.

Friday, April 3, 2015

OTN - April 3, 2015

Some progress was made on my Pretty Basic shawl but not as much as I wanted.  My concentration is a little suspect because the design doesn't quite look like I think it should, but I'm going forward anyway.  When it's worn, no one will see one or two little blips, I hope.  I must stay focused from here on out.

Most of my knitting time was spent ripping out my Hermione's everyday socks. They were knitting up too big with the suggested needles.  I started over 3 more times with smaller needles each time, and still could not get the 9 sts/inch that the pattern recommended. The yarn says fingering, but it must be thicker than the normal sock yarn.  Not sure what I'm going to do now.  I really love this yarn, but I hate wasting anymore time guessing what size needles or how many stitches I should decrease to get the proper fit.  Anyone else have this problem with sock yarn or their sock patterns?

Linking up with Patchwork Times.  Have a look there so see more knitty projects.