Sunday, August 26, 2018

A Couple of Finishes

Yes, you read that right. I actually finished a couple of my projects. Here's a picture of my knitted socks. Check out the colors on both. Matching up pretty good, wouldn't you say?
The yarn did all the color work but I had to make them match up. You do that at the very beginning. There's no pattern here. I knitted them two-at-a-time cuff-down. The only pattern I did was knit 4, purl 1. Simple, a little stretchy, pretty!
I put them in the flowers because I thought the sock colors  went well with the vincas and zinnias.

I also managed to finish the binding on My Gold Star. I rinsed it, blocked it, and hung it. Yay!
A few pictures of the quilting are also in order.

I really love it. It'll hang in my guild's quilt show coming up next June!

While Week 3 has been posted in the Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-a-Long (hereafter known as DQW), I'm still working on Week 2. It's not too late to join in. You can find all the details HERE, including how to buy a fabric kit or how much fabric you'll need if going to your stash. Suzn Quilts is our hostess and the pattern designer. She did her quilt in Jen Kingwell fabrics. I decided to use up some of my French General fabric. I'll need to use some other fabrics as well, being careful that they blend in OK. Here's a picture of my start.
These adorable dresdens are sewn onto 5" squares. Teeny! Our next assignement is due Wednesday but I have company coming in tomorrow right through Labor Day and leaving the following Friday. Yup! Gonna be behind! Oh well, such is life.

I just had a thought: you could click on the DQW link and probably be way ahead of me before I start the next step! Haha!

In the meantime, I figured I'd better get another project lined up, one that doesn't require much thought, one that can be worked on while enjoying my company. I think this little embroidery will fill the bill! It's called Liberty by Kathy Schmitz. I traced it up on my light box, a Christmas gift from my daughter not too long ago, backed it with muslin, picked out my thread, and got a few stitches in. What do you think? Think I'll have it done by next 4th of July? Lol?

Have a great week!

Linking up with Movin' It Forward Monday! Link found HERE!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

FNSI Update & Movin' It Forward

The weekend has flown by and I almost forgot to post my Friday Night Sew-In. Wendy, our charming hostess, reminds us to sign up mid-week of the 3rd week of the month and then it is our duty (yes, duty!) to post what we worked on Friday night and put a post on our blog. So without further adieu, I worked on the binding for My Big Gold Star. Here it is in my lap complete with binding clips: 
In case you forgot what the front looked like, here it is before it was quilted by moi:
I also used my sewing machine to make the label.
It's a little hard to read --
My Big Gold Star
Aka Miss Millie's
Mystery Quilt
Sue Hoover
Troy IL

And now back to finishing up my binding ....

Linking up with Wendy at Sugarlane Quilts. Stop by to see what all of us worked on!

Also thanks to Em for weekly catch-ups on her Movin' It Forward link, to which I'll be linking up, of course. The girls here are incredibly talented also and you can see what they've been up to this past week by clicking here

Monday, August 13, 2018

I Just Love Retreat!

I do! I do! I truly do!!!! I love retreat! Surrounded by like-minded friends & whirring sewing machines = BLISS!

Remember my Farmer's Wife little packets from last week?
I managed to turn four of them into this: 


I'm also still plodding along with Bonnie Hunter's Leaders & Enders Challenge from last year. It was a Rail Fence that she used checkerboards on her top rail. I'm using HSTs and I needed to make more. 
40 trimmed up HSTs
When I laid out the blocks I have made so far, my husband declared it looked like shark teeth. I believe I'll name this quilt "Shark Bite". This is just a few of my blocks laid out to give you an idea of what it will eventually look like. These are 8" blocks and I think I have just shy of 64 done. That makes for an 8x8 layout which sizes up to 64"x64". Need more!

This week I also made good progress on June's clue of Kyoto, Jinny Beyer's Mystery QAL. The little triangles turned into six of these: 
July's clue was six of these. They aren't too difficult to sew. I think I did a pretty good job of matching up the designs. 
Unfortunately I mis-cut my narrow stripe fabric and will be on the horn this afternoon to Jinny Beyer Studio. Surely they have extra Kyoto fabric set aside for dopes like me!!!

While I wait for the extra fabric to arrive for July's clue mistake, I'll be able to start on August's clue. It'll take me forever again because it is June's clue only the triangles need to spin in the opposite direction. Time to go cut, cut, cut and sew, sew, sew again!

Update: I have finished the quilting on My Big Gold Star. Will be getting the binding on this week .... probably. Until then, I've got a phone call to make ...

Will be linking up with my friends at Em's Scrap Bag. Check out all the other talented people linking up too. Amazing!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Current Updates & I'm a Winner!

My, it's been a while since I've posted. Can't say it's because I've gotten so much done though. Rats!
Let's start with the APQ 2018 UFO Challenge. It seems I might not be following the directions! Ha! At the end of the month, no matter how far you got, you're supposed to start making progress on the new month's project. In my first June's Post, I decided to continue working on May's project. Well, guess what? I'm still working on it! Argh! I will say that it consumes a lot of my time, including in the middle of the night. I'll wake up around 3am, toss & turn for awhile thinking about My Gold Star quilt. Then by about 3:30, I creep out of bed, down to the basement, and start quilting again until 4:30 when hubby gets up for work. I may or may not go back down after he leaves to give it another hour or so. Here's my progress so far:
Quilting in progress on My Gold Star

I'm getting really close but it takes more time than I care to admit. Such is life!

In case you're wondering, project #8 has been selected for August, which corresponds to my Colorado Shop Hop quilt. That ought to be great incentive for me to get my rear in gear to finish My Gold Star because #8 is a quilt I'd absolutely love to get finished! To refresh your memory and mine, here's all I've got so far -- blocks! There had been a plan for the finish. Sure hope I took notes, saved them somewhere, and (most importantly) can remember where I put them!

I didn't get any sewing accomplished on the Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt. However, I did spend a couple of hours cutting up the fabric for six blocks, labeling the paper-piecing pieces, and bagging them up. I'll be ready to start sewing these up ... maybe at retreat next weekend. 
Baggies readied for sewing Farmer's Wife blocks

Mosaics laid out; Polly-approved!
I'm VERY HAPPY to say that all borders & cornerstones are complete on Mosaics. I'll need to measure the center, measure the borders, and then trim & sew accordingly. SO EXCITING! I've heard from a couple of the gals that are ahead of me that there could be some adjustments to be made. Blech! I'll probably put this last step off now because that's how I roll ...

The Jinny Beyer BOM Kyoto is coming along nicely. Unfortunately, I'm still working on June! There was a lot to sew that month but I'm almost done. I think sometime today will be the posting for August. That's good since I've also got to get July's step done! Yoi! How do I get myself into this position so often!!! Lol! 
Two blocks done, one in progress, & three to get the final two triangles sewn on.

On the knitting front, my socks have progressed from this ...
Cuffs started; Colors matching up so far
to this ...
Down the leg and around the heel; Colors still matching up!
and this ...
Front side of the sock; Colors looking good!
There's one more thing I'd love to tell you about. One day not too long ago, the talented Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life had a giveaway coordinated with Fat Quarter Shop. All you had to do was tell Sherri what you're currently working on and she'd give away a Moda Jolly Bar of her Creekside Fabric. Guess what? I was one of three winners! This fabric is beautiful. 
It arrived in the mail yesterday. One of the things I LOVE about Sherri's fabrics is that all of her fabric lines play together nicely. If you're wondering what is a Jolly Bar, it is half a Layer Cake! Ha! There are forty 5" x 10" pieces of fabric. Obviously there will be some duplicates but there is at least one of every fabric in the Creekside line. Gorgeous!

I'll leave you now with a picture from my garden this week. Happy sewing! 

Linking up with Em on Move It Up Monday. Check out what all the others are up too also. Amazing stuff!