Sunday, December 28, 2014

Year End Finishes & Week 52 Stash Report

Warning !  This post is photo heavy. 
Well, I hope everyone survived the Christmas holidays and enjoyed your time with family and friends. Things were pretty quiet at our house, so I got down to business and tackled some of the "to do" projects that were scheduled to be finished this year. The following are now done.

First up was from the Yellow Brick Road pattern, quilted in the "Here and There" panto by Keryn Emmerson.
Then a simple pattern with modern fabrics.  Since the design was boxy and lots of straight lines, I thought a curvy quilting design would look nice. I chose one called Pretty Paisley.

Next were some small table runners and toppers

These last two are belated Christmas quilts for friends that I hope to see very soon. 

A scrappy stash quilt using string neutrals and 6.5" red squares.  I still need to add the binding.

close up 
And last is the picture of the pillowcase I mentioned last week.

I still have more to finish before next Friday, but the yardage will be added to 2015.  

Fabric Added this week - zero 
Fabric Added in 2014 -  39.5 yards
Fabric Used this week - 16 yards (includes 2 backings and 1 huge binding)
Fabric Used in 2014 - 71.9 yards  

This is way short of my goals this year, but having used more than I bought was a "good thing", as Martha Stewart would say.  Next year I hope to use much more and still keep the enhancement to a minimum.

This is a fun exercise for me each year, and I know there are lots of others who feel the same way. To see what they did, go to Patchwork Times.  Thanks Judy for making it possible to play along with you.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Stash Report - Week 51

Since the last Stash report , I've made a binding, pillowcase and cut the backing for the Honor Flight quilt.  Still have a few more projects to finish up before the end of 2014 to get my increase the usage numbers for this year.  

Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 39.5 yards
Fabric Used this week - 3.02 yards
Fabric Used YTD -  55.9 yards

Linking up to Patchwork Times Stash Report.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Off The Needles - Dec. 19, 2014

I managed to get in a little knitting this week in between cleaning and decorating for a Christmas party, cooking and a start to my shopping.  Still way behind.  I did finish the purple wash cloth and looked over my yarn stash to see what was next on the needles.  No decision made yet.

I also took a little time here and there to sew the rest of the star blocks for the Honor Flight quilt, added small navy sashing strips between them and completed the top. Now all I need is time to quilt and bind it, which I hope to do before the end of 2014.

What have you been up to this week. Are you as far behind as me and rushing around to get everything done before Christmas? I know many of you are making knitted gifts.  Would love to see what you are making.  Stop by Judy's OTN and see what others are finishing this week.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Here's What's On and Off My Needles

Here's what I've been working on this week in the knitting area.  First, I finished my 4th pair of socks. These were made with Diversity yarn, which has an elasticity and but feels like cotton.  They are fun to make because of the self striping and feel so good on.

Then I did a little more on my faux infinity cowl from months ago.  This yarn is awful to work with so I'm not too excited about knitting with it.  I love the color and look of the yarn after it's knitted though.
Maybe part of the problem is I'm using an interchangeable circular needle, and because of the fibers in this acryllic yarn, it seems I have to constantly re-tighten the tips almost after every round.  Not fun.  I do it because the alternative would be awful -- having it coming apart midstream.  You cannot see your stitches with the yarn even though it's all knitted.  I would never be able to find my stitches to get them back on the needle correctly.  It will be the last time I buy any of this yarn. 

Since I was so frustrated with the handling of this project, I decided to cast on a simple facecloth for some easy, peasy knitting.  I give these as gifts, so it's always good to keep a supply on hand for those occasions.  I add a good smelling facial soap with each cloth as a little Thank You gift, or "just because" gift.

That's about it for this week's knitting.  I am waiting until after the busy Christmas season to concentrate on learning toe up socks on circulars.  If you have been following me, you know, I've been saying that for a long time, but I WILL get there. lol

I'm linking up with OTN over at Patchwork Times.  Check out what others are up to.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stash Report Week #48 & 49

It's been a couple of weeks since posting my stash usage, but there has been some progress. Still trying to use up more fabric, but life keeps throwing roadblocks in my way and it just doesn't happen.

I did manage to make another pillowcase for charity,  pieced a few Ohio stars for an upcoming Honor Flight quilt, made and sewed on a binding on a Quilts of Valor,  and pieced 4 blocks for one of the ladies in my block exchange group.  

Ohio Stars

Stash Numbers - Week 48 & 49
Fabric Added  - none
Fabric Added YTD - 39.5 yds
Fabric Used for 2 weeks -  6 yds
Fabric Used YTD -   52.88 yds

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Where Did the Week Go?

It seems impossible that is it Sunday already.  This week has flown by and I didn't do much sewing to reduce my stash.  I did make a binding (red with tiny white stars) for this Quilts of Valor top that was pieced and given to me by Mary C.

Most of the week found me in the quilting studio trying to finish quilts for others to give as Christmas gifts this year. 

My friend Kevin asked me to quilt three quilts that he pieced for his neighbor from shirts of the neighbor's husband who passed away this year.  They are to be given to each of her sons.  I think he did an amazing job of designing and piecing these. The squares are from many different thicknesses, T-shirts, dress shirts and some had very thick commercial embroidered patches to navigate while quilting. The backgrounds, sashings and backings are made with flannels that resemble houndstooth, herringbone and tweeds resembling wools that would be used for men's suits and very appropriate for these memory quilts.

That's about it from me this week.  I'm working on more UFO's and some blocks that have been languishing on my design wall for quite some time.  Maybe next week they will get their turn.

Stash Numbers - Week 47
Fabric Added this week - 0 *
Fabric Added YTD - 39.5 yds
Fabric Used this week - 1/2 yard -binding
Fabric Used YTD -  46.88 yds

* I did receive some fabric from a friend, but I'm not sure I will count it. lol

Stop by Judy's at Patchwork Times to see other stash reports for the week.

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.