Saturday, February 17, 2018

It's All About Mosaics!

Last night marked FNSI #2 for 2018 and I wasn't about to let it slip by.
I worked some more on my Mosaics hexies. That pretty one at the bottom is the one I put together last night while watching the men ice skate in Pyeong Chang. I'm enjoying the Olympics and the bonus sewing time it affords me!
 I also managed to start knitting those hobo mitts that I promised my daughter. Below is the ribbed cuff and the beautiful Socks That Rock yarn (colorway Under the Boardwalk) will be used with the blue yarn in Mosaic pattern. If you recognize that blue yarn, it's because it's what's left from that cute baby sweater (Nouveau ne). The mitts are called Phalangees and both patterns can be found on Ravelry. 
I'm looking forward to making progress on these mitts. I'll be learning how to do this Mosaic stitching. I'll be sure to keep you posted!

Once again I'd like to thank Wendy, our FNSI hostess. I look forward to this monthly event and checking out what all my friends have been working on. You should check out Sugarlane Designs link and see for yourself. There were 32 of us sewing last night!

Keep on sewing!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


And here it is again, another opportunity to link up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches. Piece Yourself Together is where you can focus on your English Paper Piecing projects and see what others have been up to lately as well.
 All my lovely hexies batched up for the next seven groupings.
 Last night during guild meeting's business portion, I managed to almost complete one whole group! This is the front side and ....
 here's the back. Sew much fun!
Today I finished off this hexy plus another. That makes 3 out of 12 done or 1/4 done. Woot! Woot! Since I've already completed border #2 of Mosaics, I'm anxious to knock out borders 3 & 4!
Last night at guild meeting, I was responsible for bringing a snack to share because it's my birth month. Here's a picture of the brownies I made and decorated. I think I confused some of my friends with the icing flavor. I put in some almond extract. Delicious to me. Perhaps not so much to others. Oh well ...

Keep on sewing!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Very Busy With Nothing Finished ...

Well, here we are quickly approaching the middle of February. Time for an update. I feel like I've been busy but I'm not too sure I have much to show for it. So let's see what we've got now.

#7 - Augusta
#8 - Aunt
First up is Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler quilt. I posted #1-5 HERE and I was in the middle of #6 - April while at retreat. You can see me working on it HERE but I don't know where my picture of the completed April has gone. I'll search and keep you posted. I've done a few more blocks since then which is good, right? I must confess that Ava was done in a previous attempt at this quilt. However, the other three I recently completed. It looks like there is an upcoming stretch where I've already done them. Yay!
#9 - Autumn
#10 - Ava

#11 - Bea starts the B names and I've actually already done her too EXCEPT there's a slight error that will be corrected before I post her. *Red face*

I have to say that I'm really liking what I see as these are getting done.  Already trying to visualize how I'm going to finish this up. I need to stay focused though. 10 are done and only 89 to go! *Snicker*

This past weekend I was able to spend a couple of days with friends sewing. Seemed like a good time to work some more on Bonnie Hunter's On Ringo Lake. What started off looking like this mess:
Turned into this mess! I believe this block is sometimes referred to as Birds in the Air. That's 48 of them laying there with skazillions more to go. Pretty sure this will be a retreat project. Can't really see myself working diligently on this project at home. It's pretty intense.
In the meantime, Loopy Academy kicked off on the 1st of this month. I'm working on Senior Year, 2nd Semester. One of the projects has to be a sweater or a vest. I decided to work on Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Baby Nouveau-ne. You can find the pattern on Ravelry. I've admired it for a while and thought it challenging enough to be fun but easy enough for Olympics watching too. This picture was actually taken the day before yesterday.
Last night I got one sleeve fully knitted and I'm halfway done with the second. I can't wait to finish it up, weave in the loose ends, and block it. It is going to be so cute! I've got several girly sweaters in my Grandma's Hope Chest so I thought I'd add a blue boy's one to the lot. (I'm going to use some of the leftover yarn from this project with a multi-color yarn to make some Hobo Mitts for my daughter -- at her request. Of course, by the time they're done it will be spring but she'll have them for next winter!)

As an aside, I'm almost done with the 2nd border of Mosaics and will be stitching up more hexies for the third border very soon. This is also a terrific Olympics watching project. Pictures coming soon!

Keep on sewing & knitting!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

APQ UFO #9 and Loopy Academy Assignments

I am feeling pretty good about January's Projects. Here's an update:

APQ UFO # 12 was the 10-Minute Block Quilt. Top was completed and has moved on to the Ready To Be Quilted pile. Ta! Da!
February's assignment is UFO #9. Yay! It's a Float Month for me! Which suits me fine because I've been really cooking along on Mosaic! This month I made enough hexies for border #1 and border #2. Border #1 has been appliqued down and border #2 is awaiting the same treatment. Then on to border #3! Woo! Hoo!
Border #1 in the applique process
Border #2 ready for applique
 I'm thinking that my APQ UFO Challenge this month will be to make significant progress on Mosaic!

Block #1 Addie
Block #2 Aimee
I've also been busy trying to keep up with Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Challenge. I started this project a couple of years ago and it fell to the wayside. Angie from has graciously decided to PUSH us again to the finish line. We are supposed to sew 2 blocks per week and, since there are 99 blocks, we should have it together by the end of the year. Marti Michell has templates for these blocks and Angie has the dimensions of the fabric pieces to paper piece. Whichever way you decide to go, there are very good tutorials. You can find the tutorials HERE! There's also a Facebook group if you need inspiration or help.
Block #4 Ann
Block #5 Anne
That being said, I am doing a mix of techniques. Some patterns just seem better suited for one way over the other. Case in point, block #3 Alice, I first used From Marti Michell templates. UGH! What a nightmare! I completely screwed up color placement, I completely messed up orientation placement, and then it also ended up being closer to 7" square instead of the 6-1/2" square it was supposed to be.

Dorked Up #3 Alice
Keeper #3 Alice
Check out how the color placement is totally dorked up! Haha! The one on the left is outtahere! 51 pieces in #3 Alice. Wouldn't you know I'd get to do two of them! Shaking my head ....

In the meantime, I'm working on #7 Augusta. Only 33 pieces and I'm paper-piecing again.

#7 August - In Progress
And wouldn't you know, The Loopy Ewe posted the requirements for Loopy Academy Senior Year, 2nd Semester this morning. I've been busy pattern searching and will be ordering yarn soon. It'll be perfect for Winter Olympic watching!

Keep on sewing (or knitting)!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Piece Yourself Together

Don't you just love the name of this group? I follow Hibiscus Stitches blog and have decided to join in the fun. It's kind of like FNSI only this group is all about English Paper Piecing. Anyway, I've been working diligently on a border of the Mosaics Quilt by Irene Blanck. Irene's website is Focus On Quilts and you can see her beautiful quilts HERE. Just click on Quilts and then Gallery. Mosaics is the very first quilt she shows. I've got my center medallion pretty much all appliqued and I'm working on hexi-border #1. Check it out on the left!

It was early this morning when I first brought out my project. Polly, my kitty, still needed a bit of shut-eye. How early was it? 3 or 3:30 am. Why? Because the Australian Open Tennis Tournament was being shown live on my TV at that ugly hour and I love watching the major tennis tournaments! The picture on the right shows the view from my hexis. I like Rafa Nadal but he bowed out during the 3rd set due to injury. That's OK. There are still plenty more to watch ... like Carolyn Wozniacki, Roger Federer, Tennys Landgren, and let's not forget Radwanska and Madison Keyes! So much good competition!

Well, back to my stitching. I completed all the way down one side of the ten hexi rosettes yesterday and this morning I was making my way back. I plan on getting this border finished by tomorrow morning and piecing more hexis together for border #2.

I'll be linking up with Hibiscus Stitches. If you'd like more information about Piece Yourself Together events, simply go HERE. If you'd like to see what all the others are sharing, pop in over HERE.

Whatever you decide to do, I plan to keep on stitching!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

First FNSI of 2018

Oh! How I missed you! I haven't participated in FNSI since November. December was just too wild with company and the holidays. It's time to enjoy Friday Night Sew-Ins again! Sugarland Designs is so wonderful to keep this monthly happening organized. Thank you, Wendy!!!

As I was planning to do, I embroidered on my Spring wall hanging. I apologize for the lousy pictures. The stitchery is a very pastel, variegated thread and barely shows up in the photos. I'm wondering if I should have just stitched this design on white so we can appreciate all the tiny, tiny stitches. Oh well, right? This is the before picture:
 And this is what I got done. See the bottom right-hand corner in the first picture has no thread nor does the middle bunny. Now it is all done. There is some piecing left to do on this project and then the quilting. Check out my project at the top: That's the Winter version. This is the Spring version. It'll be done before you know it! 
At the very least, it'll be done before Spring!

Keep on sewing!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Retreat Weekend!

I love Retreat Weekends and I especially look forward to this one. It always fall on Martin Luther King's Birthday weekend and is located about 40 minutes from home. Such perfect timing -- Christmas holiday is over and the house is slowly getting back to normal. Also the closer the retreat, the more time for sewing! I did get a little bit of a later start than normal. I had to stop by my mother's house to check on her bandage. She had a "scrape biopsy" done on her upper right arm. It was hard for her to change out the band-aid since she's right-handed. No problem ... just put me a little behind but it was OK by me.

So what did I accomplish? What felt like 100s of flying geese for On Ringo Lake, the mystery quilt presented by Bonnie Hunter. In fact, it was 152 but they are squared-up to perfection and sewn together in pairs. Yes, that's 76 pairs with more needed! If you want to see this quilt, visit Bonnie's Quiltville blog right here. You can still download the pattern but I'm pretty sure it will be leaving the website soon.

Since I'm also starting back on my Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt, I took that project with me as well. I finished Block #7 - April. It is a 6" block = tiny! I was working on Block #3 too but then discovered some of it was paper-pieced and I didn't have that part printed out. I'm so grateful that Angie at Gnome Angel started this back up again. She has terrific tips on block assembly, Marti Michell has tutorials for putting together the patchwork blocks, and the book has a CD complete with paper-piecing patterns. This go-round we're piecing the blocks in numerical order, with the goal to complete 2 per week. That puts us done in a year as there are 99 blocks plus assembly. I plan on getting several more blocks in order over the weekend. At least I got one block done at retreat!

Our retreat's fearless leader, LindaLee, always offers a small project. This retreat was no exception and we put together a matching pair of microwave bowl cozies. They were so cute and easy! I hope to make bunches of them up for the family! So cute!

Tonight is FNSI. I've been working on an embroidery project and plan on finishing it up tonight while watching the Australian Open Tennis Tournament. Wendy of Sugarlane Designs is our hostess and it's not too late to join us. If you click here, you'll go to her website and you can sign in. We have fun all over the world from Australia to USA to Europe and possibly more! Sewing is always more fun with friends!

Keep on sewing!