Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WiFi at My Local Library - A Life Saver

What would we do without our local library and their WiFi?  I know I would be more frustrated than I am if there was not a place to check emails and blog comments.

How did we manage to go through our days and weeks without being tied so tightly to our cell phones and computers.   I believe life was more simple, carefree and easy going and we enjoyed spending more time with our friends 'in person' than on the computer and texting. Now we are afraid we will miss something - a phone call, a cute joke a friend sends through your email and of course all your blog buddies who comment on your posts, boosting your day with sweet remarks -- which I will admit is something I don't want to miss.  Please hang in there with me because one of these days I will have a working computer again.   It's always nice to see familiar friends stop by and leave a comment.  Know that I'm reading lots of your blogs, but since there is a time limit on the computers at the library, I don't have enough time to reply to all that I read.  I guess you could call me a lurker now. lol

I am going to the International Quilt Show in Houston next week, so I hope to have things to share when I return.  It would be nice to have my computer problems resolved before I leave, but there may not be time enough to find someone to fix it.   So far I have been unsuccessful in finding the problem. .

Monday, October 19, 2015

Computer Problems

I'm still fighting with trying to get my home computer working right.  I am going to see if I can do a blog post from the library with a picture or two.

I have been busy quilting and knitting, but haven't posted to either linky party for awhile.

This is one of the last quilts I did for a friend and she was excited to see it finished.  She acquired the center piece of fabric and didn't want to cut into it.  She said it reminded of a storm coming. Some people have more imagination than I do!  So she just kept adding borders to make it as big as she needed.

While my computer has been on the blink, I started a couple of knitting projects.  First another pair of socks.
And a diagonal cowl.  

Both of these were from a new yarn company that someone suggested to me - Nordic Mart.  Shame on me, but I was weak when I saw the beautiful colors they were offering and the prices were so much less than normal.  

Hope soon, I'll be back up to blogging more regularly from home.  Hope you are having a good week, and thanks for sticking with me.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Finish & Fabric Report - Week 40

Another quilt is finished and crossed off my long list of UFOs.  I started Easy Street, Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt in November 2012. It is big (100" x 100") and it took forever to stitch the binding down on the back. My motivation was to finish so I could show it during Bonnie's visit when I attended her workshop last weekend here in St. Louis.  You know she does a 'Show and Share' session during her workshops, so I worked feverishly to get it done by then...well there were only a few binding clips hanging on it when they held it up to show. lol

I am renaming this  "Not So Easy Street" because it took a long time to complete.  Bonnie loves those little pieces and that give you more opportunities to mess up when it's me sewing them!  I do love the colors and the way it turned out.  The outter border is really a deep royal purple, not blue as it looks on my computer screen.
Easy Street 100" x 100"
I quilted the center with a panto and did separate designs in the inner and outer borders.
And the back--this is why it wasn't finished sooner.  I kept procrastinating about which fabrics to use for the backing.  I used almost 10 yds, but still have quite a lot left, which will go into my scraps.

Backing on Easy Street
Sorry it's a bit wavy in the picture. I used Hobbs 80/20 batting, so it's heavy and kept pleating as it was hanging.

My report only reflects what was used in the binding (1 yd), because all the other was accounted for earlier during the construction of the top and back.  But it is one less UFO and that makes me very happy.

Fabric Report - #40
Used this Week:  .1 yd for binding
Used year to Date:   103.25 yds
Added this Week:  0 yards 
Added Year to Date:  0 yards 
Net Used for 2015:  103.25 yards 

If you have time, drop by Judy's Patchwork Times to see other results for the week.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Off The Needles - Oct. 2, 2015

Finally finished my Rose City Roller footies this week.  This is a free pattern on Ravelry by Mara Catherine Bryner. I may not have many more days that I can wear them since our temperatures have taken a nose dive into the 50's and 60's.  But that's ok, I can bring out my regular wool socks that I knitted last year and start wearing them again.  I love the feeling of hand knitted socks anytime of the year really.

Rose City Rollers 

On the quilting front, I have another finished quilts  This was a sweet little pinwheel quilt for a sweet little girl, Sophie.

To see more knitting inspirations, check on over at Judy's Patchwork Times.