Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stash Report and Some Finishes

This week was a good week for finishing up some projects.  First I got two more pillowcases finished. A cute Micky Mouse fabric and fabric with International Harvester tractors on it.

Also finished the other two blocks for my applique group.  A blue whale and purple bear joined the black kitty. I was not happy with the purple bear.  Trying to make his face and head show up with embroidery was not very successful.  I auditioned white, black and dark purple embroidery threads and went with the purple.  It didn't do the trick; but up close his eyes and nose are more distinguishable.

Pieced a backing for the square in a square quilt from some scraps.  Thanks to those who gave me suggestions for a name.  I'm considering several that were mentioned.  Maybe after it's quilted, one of them will speak to me. 
Sorry that the colors look washed out on the picture below.  The outer border is closer to the color of blue on the backing.

Stash Numbers
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 39.5 yds
Fabric Used this week - 7.11 yds.
Fabric Used YTD - 46.38 yds.
Net busted in 2014 - 6.88

Linking up with Patchwork Times Stash Report. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

On The Needles Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

This week I did cast on for my 2nd sock with the self-striping yarn.  I love watching the colors change. I was a little worried if I could make the two socks match, but surprisingly, it is working out perfectly --so  Who knows what might happen when I get to the heel flap and heel turn area.  I'm not real good about keeping track of rows and just eyeball the length of each phase.

My good friend Sheron, who is my go to person when I need help on knitting socks, introduced me to Lenora, a good friend of hers.  She is a master knitter and and has a large drawer full of beautifully hand knitted socks plus a plethora of amazing sweaters, jackets, cowls, vests, scarves, hats, you name it and she can knit it.  One is more beautiful than the next.  While we were visiting her recently, she asked me to try on a garment that she had made.  Would you believe that it fit me perfectly and the yarn colors are my favorite colors! To my amazement and delight she asked me if I would like it. I didn't have to think twice, absolutely. I am now the proud and happy owner of one of her handmade vests.  Just look at the pattern it makes when it meets in the front and back (see that cute little curve divet vee in the middle).  I love the way it feels too, so soft and warm. now that it's getting cooler I plan to wear it a lot. Thank you so much Lenora, I LOVE it.  



I'm looking forward to finishing up my socks and getting something new on my needles.  Maybe a hat or pair of mittens before Christmas.  Or maybe I will try another pair of socks from toe up with Magic Loop -- so many choices and so little time.  Drop on over to Judy's OTN and see what everyone else is up to this week.  Stay warm and have a great weekend doing what you love.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Finished Top and Stash Report

It's been a few weeks since I posted my stash numbers but now I have something finished, so it is time.

First off, at retreat I worked on this top and now it's a flimsy and ready for a backing.  I need a name for this one.  The fabric line is a mystery to me since it was given to me by a friend, so no help there as to a name.  It's not speaking to tell me what it wants to be called.  Any ideas??

Next up are the 8 pillowcases finished at retreat. Some fabrics were 1.5 yds so there are two of those.
All forms of aviation --hot air balloons to stealth bomber

More plans and biker flames

Pink leopard and tropical fish

Baseball and the 2nd plane one.
These finished projects are helping my numbers, but my stash is still not moving downward. I'm breaking even this year.  Lots of tops are done, but they are awaiting pieced backs.  We'll see if I can break this roller coaster of up and down but no changes in the space on the shelves. lol

Fabric Added  -        12 yards since last reported
Fabric Added YTD - 39.5 yds
Fabric Used -           11.05 yds
Fabric Used YTD -   39.27 yds

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

On the Needles - A Day Late

Oops, I missed Friday and almost lost Saturday too.  I'm a little late for the party, but I did get the first sock finished with the Diversity yarn.  I was concerned that I might run out before the end of the toe, but I actually had quite a bit left over.  Now I'm upset that I didn't make the leg longer.  I do love the way it striped though and it feels so soft on my foot. Now to going on the second one.

I also spent a little time and added a few more inches on the Faux Mobius Cowl.  The weather is getting colder, so I need to get this finished soon. 

I'm linking up with Patchwork Times' OTN party.  If you haven't been there, go see what others are knitting up.

Friday, October 24, 2014

OTN Plus More

I recently went on a retreat and thought I would finish my pair of socks, but spent most of my time on sewing tops, pillowcases and appliqueing blocks. No knitting at all!  However, I have made a little more progress on them.  Getting real close to the toes on the first sock.

I belong to a group called The A-Team and we are making two quilts using images from coloring books.  We had a choice of using pictures for an 'animal themed' or a 'toy-themed' quilt.  I choose animals - mine will be a kitty,  a whale and a bear.  Here is my first block.  It is raw edged applique using a very tiny blanket stitch.  Being that is is raw edged, the black kitty edges are a bit "furry" and really do look like cat fur!

Another finish for the week included quilting a scrappy string quilt.  Now if only I can keep the momentum rolling and get more down this week, I'll be a happy camper.  

Soon I hope to have more pictures of finishes from the retreat.   I don't know why it is so difficult for me to take photos of my finished projects and get them on the computer.  I should get my rear in gear and get them done --- then I can start new ones!  

Stop by Judy's On the Needles to see what others are up to this week. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

OTN - Oct. 10

I've made a little progress on my current socks.  I've finished the heel flap and turned the heel, so now I'm ready for picking up gusset stitches and heading on down to foot and toes.

What have you been knitting this week.  It's rainy here and a great time to stay inside and get some more done on my sock.  Maybe I can finish this one and start the dreaded 2nd sock to this pair.  
Take a look at some other projects at OTN here.  

Monday, October 6, 2014

Design Wall and Stash Report - Week 40

The only thing on my design wall today is this little pumpkin block.  It is for a block exchange group.

My stash report is definitely headed in the wrong direction for reducing my stash!  After attending the MQX show in Springfield, IL and the River Heritage Quilt Guild Show in Cape Girardeau, I had added an additional 12 yards  One booth had some fantastic prices on fabric and if you know me at all, I can't pass up a good sale -- even when I really don't need any more fabric.  I do have a plan for some of this.  These are for pillowcases for our children's project.
For baseball lovers

Under the sea

Blue Flames for boys

Daisies with green cuffs

And  a few fat quarters to add to my oranges.  I'm behind on making my last two months of Soul Searching blocks, plus the new one for October.  Guess I'd better get busy.

Fabric added  - 12 yards (2 weeks)
Fabric used   -  .25
Fabric added YTD -  39.5 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 28.45 yds
Net Added in 2014 - 11.05 yds

I'm linking up with Judy's DWM and Stash Report (a little late).  Stop on by and see what others are doing. There is sure to be something that will inspire you.

Friday, October 3, 2014

On the Needles

I finally took time to make 2 cakes of this yarn and get a sock started.  I had trouble deciding what pattern to use since the yarn is very different than what I'm used to.  No wool in it and it is very stretchy.  Way back in July I posted more about this yarn.  The yarn is meant for summer socks and I know I'm a bit late for summer, but I'll be early for next year, right?

Here's what it looks like so far.  My first experience with self-striping yarn.  I'm liking the colors and the uneven stripes a lot.   I had wanted to try two socks at a time on this pair, but haven't quite gotten the confidence yet to tackle it and I was anxious to get to have something on my needles quickly, so I could get started.

 To get inspired and see lots of wonderful knitting projects, stop by Judy's Patchwork Times OTN.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Finished Baby Quilt and Stash Report #38

I haven't posted my stash report for a couple of weeks because I had not used anything until now.  I finished the baseball baby quilt that I purchased fabrics for at Paducah.  It is finished and was presented to Connor at his "Sip and See" party.  He was never out of someone's arms all through the party.

He was such a good baby and every woman there held him and passed him around like a sack of potatoes but he didn't cry or fuss one time.  He finally went to sleep while being held and I caught this picture with his great grandmother (my aunt) holding him and the quilt in the background.

Stash numbers (for 2 weeks)
Fabric Added - 1 yd
Fabric Used - 5.5 yds

Year to date Added - 27.5 yds
Year to Date Used - 28.22 yds
Net Used for 2014 - 1.72 in the black

I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.  Stop by and check on what others did this week.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Yarn Finish and Stash Report - Week 36

It's been a few weeks since posting anything because  my life took a sudden and unexpected turn.  I lost a very good friend and quilter.  Barb and I shared so many fun experiences together and we liked many of the same things. I could always count on her being up late like me and we'd talk on the computer or phone about anything and everything.  Her illness was very sudden and she went so quickly that no one could believe it was real.  She was too young to leave us the way she did. It is still hard to believe that we were just on retreat together in mid-July.  Her passing has left an empty place in my heart and life.  I miss her very much.

I have been trying to keep busy with a lot of sewing and knitting the last few weeks.  Not much has been used from my stash, however.  But I did have some fun this week on a mini-shop hop on my way to see Bonnie Hunter in Bloomington, IL.  I picked up fabric for a backing on my Celtic Solstice (this may motivate me to get busy finishing the top) and a couple other small pieces that are for a block exchange and a baby quilt.

I also finished my purple variegated Slip Stitch Ridges socks.  I'm happy with the way these turned out and the fit is better than my last pair.  My only complaint is that I could have made the leg longer had I known so much yarn would be left over.  That is a strong motivation for me to learn the toe up method of making socks so I can use the remainder of the yarn on a pair of socks and not have leftover yarn.

The real color is not as dark as it appears on my computer screen.  They are a softer purple or amethyst color with gray.  Now I'm anxious to try a new pattern and one of my stash yarns to try my luck with the toe up technique on circular needles.

Stash numbers:
Fabric Added - 7.25 yds
Fabric Used - .125 yds
YTD Added - 26.5 yds
YTD Used - 22.72 yds
Net added for 2014 -3.78 yds  

I am linking up with On The Needles (a little late) and the Stash Report over at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Stash Report Week 33 with pics

Nothing was added to my stash this week, but I made another pillowcase (no pic. yet).   This is the one I mentioned last week and finally got a picture of it. Fabric is Some Bunny Loves Me from Michael Miller.

A little yardage used for binding this baby quilt.  These must be very old patterns, because I don't think I've ever seen them before. Aren't they cute?  All the chores they have to do,  A kitty's work is never done!  The embroidery was expertly done on these blocks. Sorry the picture is not very clear.  It was the best I could get and keep the colors close to the actual quilt.

Here are the numbers for the week.
Fabric Added:  .0 yds
Fabric Used:  1 yd
Fabric Added YTD:  19 yds
Fabric Used YTD:  22.06 yds

To see more, go by Judy's Patchwork Times and check it out.  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stash Report - Week 31

Ok, where did Week 30 go??  I don't remember why I didn't report any usage that week.  Oh yah, now I remember, I didn't use or buy anything.  I was busy piecing QOV tops and quilting others' quilts.

This week I did make a small purchase of a Michael Miller fabric called "Some Bunny Loves You" for a pillowcase which I didn't get made. I'll post it when I get it made; and I used a little bit of stash for a binding on a baby quilt, picture when it's finished too.

Here are the two QOV tops that I pieced during that lost week.  These were from blocks sent in to Kevin's block drive.  We are making a dent in that humongous pile of blocks that he received.

Excuse the wrinkles - I was in a hurry and it's on a hard floor.

I also finished quilting a couple quilts since the last post.  This one had a beautiful hydrangea print for the main squares and borders alternating with pastel 16 patches.  

Pictures of other finishes in the coming week.  Soon my numbers will look better.  I hope.

Fabric Added:  .75 yds
Fabric Used:  0.375 yds
Fabric Added YTD:  19 yds
Fabric Used YTD:  20.05 yds

To see how others did this week, go to Judy's Patchwork Times.