Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Same Old, Same Old ....

Same old, same old .... And by that I mean I'm pretty much keeping my nose to the grindstone and plugging away on my hexies for Mosaics. Doing so means that I am truly getting to the finish line on the borders. Three sides are ready to be squared up and attached to the center medallion and the fourth? Progress was made last night. I totally forgot about guild meeting until my riding partner called in the afternoon to say she wasn't going to make it. So glad I was already working on dinner since now I had to scurry out the door soon!

There are twelve hexie flowers on the long borders. I flew out of the house (on my broom! Hahaha!) headed for guild with my hexie bag. I managed to finish up hexie #9 and started on #10 before our speaker began our program.

Bad kitty! Polly feels the need to see just how much progress I'm making. Haha! These hexie photos were taken before guild. The one with the little red clip on the bottom right is the one I finished up. The bright yellow hexie clipped to other hexies at the top in the middle is the one I started.

On to another project. Do you remember the Marvelous Mini Monday Sew-a-Long I participated in with Temecula Quilt Shop? I've been trying to spend time in the basement quilting it. I forgot how tiny these blocks are: A mere 4"!!!

Getting close to having it done. Then I'll have two wall hangings to bind -- this one and Clam Shells. I'm going to try a new method that I learned on The Quilt Show with Edyta Sitar as guest. I'll let you know how that works out.

The 2018 UFO Challenge project this month is  #3 and that corresponds to my Blowin' In the Wind. All I need is to get those borders on. In the meantime, I found time to starch the fabric. Just need to get up the nerve to cut the 10" strips and contemplate how I want to quilt it. Just jump in, Sue!!!! Easier said than done ....

1930s Farmer's Wife Sampler has taken a back seat lately. I cut out 4 or 5 blocks and selected the fabrics for another. They are all waiting on me for Friday. I have an all-day quilt retreat and I think they'll be the perfect project to work on ... along with a Springtime wall hanging that I've already prepared. Yay!

Speaking of Spring, as I was washing dishes yesterday afternoon, I saw this welcome sight on the deck railing. It's a blue bird, which means Spring is just around the corner. I know he's hard to see but I had to take the shot through the window & screen before he flew away. Also, I'm not sure how skittish they are so I wanted to be quick!

Here's hoping you have a little Springtime sunshine in your day!

Linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches. It was PYT yesterday!

Friday, March 2, 2018

February Wrap-Up and March Goals

The American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge for February was very good incentive for me. They chose #9 which was one of my two FREE Months. I could do whatever I wanted as long as I made some good progress. I may have done just that!

My February focus was the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt blocks. Look at all I now have done!
#7 Augusta - FPP
#8 Aunt* - Templates
#9 Autumn - FPP
#10 Ava - Templates
#11 Bea - FPP
#12 Becky* - Pieced

#13 Belle* - Templates
#14 Betty* - Templates

#15 Blossom - FPP
#16 Bonnie* - Templates

#17 Bride - FPP
#18 Carol - FPP
 *Pieced during the earlier Sew-A-Long

Aren't they coming along nicely? I even have #19 Carolina all cut out and ready to sew PLUS the next several blocks' pages of directions printed out, whether I'm doing freezer-paper-piecing or Marti Michell Templates.

As for the Mosaics quilt, I've made headway there too. I finished up Border 2 and am almost finished with Border 3. Looking forward to having all four borders under my belt! 
Border 2 Lining Up
Stitching Down
Border 2

Border 3 in Progress
Stitching Down
Border 3
On the knitting scene I also made a lot of progress with my Loopy Academy Senior Year, 2nd Semester projects. The baby sweater needs to be blocked & buttons added to be considered completely done.
From this ...
To this and beyond ...
The color in the first picture is the true color of this adorable little sweater.

While not part of Loopy Academy, I started Sarah's Hobo Mitts in February after finishing up the baby sweater. These mitts were a lot of fun to knit and the pattern name is Phalangees while the knit stitch is called Mosaic. How about that? Two Mosaic projects in one month! 
From this ...
To this!

Not only have these mitts been completed, but they've been blocked and mailed off to Virginia! Ta! Da! Very proud of myself.

Obviously I had to start another knit project. After all, my needles were empty! I've decided to try a sweater for me which would also fulfill a Loopy Academy requirement. It's called Rocio and it'll be a light sweater knit with lace-weight yarn. My progress as of last night is shown below. About 2" of the back. Not much to brag about yet ...

On a couple of side notes, I watched "The Imitation Game" movie the other day. It had been up for several Oscar nominations. Not sure if it won anything or not but I thought I'd share how much I enjoyed it. I really empathized with the two main characters. If you don't like unhappy endings, this movie will not be for you. Other than that, I found it very watch-worthy on NetFlix this past week.

Also I read about Kathy Doughty somewhere on one of the many blogs I read. She is a wonderful quilter currently residing in Australia. However she was born in the USA. Anyway, her book called simply enough "Quilting with Kathy Doughty" is a wonderfully inspirational book. I'm not overly fond of many of her fabric choices but her designs are fantastic. I found a copy of this book through my local library system. If you prefer to have a hard copy, I spied one at Calico Moon in Lebanon IL just yesterday! I think it may be clearanced right now as (sadly) Sherry is going out of business.

There won't be much knitting or machine sewing going on today. After my shower and a quick vacuum job of the downstairs, I'm hoping to catch the St. Andrews Quilt Show in Edwardsville this afternoon. Then I need to be home to catch my sister's phone call around 2pm. Bet I'll be ready by that time to work some more on that third border of Mosaics!!

Keep on stitching!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Linking Up with Hibiscus Stitches

I'm linking up with Hibiscus Stitches this morning. It's Piece Yourself Together week and I'm excited to say that I've made good progress since last link up. At that point, I was finishing #3 of 12 hexie flowers for border #3 of Mosaics. I've since finished the rest of the hexies, got them stitched together, pressed, papers removed, and glued to the background border. Yes! I am in the process of appliqueing them down with only one final hexie border to go! YIPPEE!!! Then on to the diamond borders.

As for my daughter's hobo mitts, they are finished, blocked, and mailed out yesterday. Here are some photos of my progress.
Pattern Developing
Thumb Gusset Shaping
Up on Left
Hey Look! A Thumb!

Ready to Start
the Fingers!

Finger Holes

Blocked & Ready
to Mail!

(OK, I give up. That last row of pictures will stay staggered! Blogger has me whooped!)

Since that project is finished, it's only right to start another. This is called Rocio and it is by Joji. You can find the pattern on Ravelry by clicking on the link. It will fulfill the requirement to use a lace weight yarn for my senior year at Loopy Academy. It think it will be beautiful. The Malabrigo yarn I'm using is SO SOFT and the color (Zinc) is gorgeous shades of gray. I'm on Row 4 and I've only ripped it out twice so far .... Wish me luck!

So on this gloomy, drizzly day all I can say is .... Let's Sew!

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)!