Thursday, July 13, 2017

Completed

I do so enjoy making this baby sweater.........  It is the Elizabeth Zimmerman Surprise Jacket......

Sorted my stash yarn last night and ordered a few more skeins since I did not have enough of several colors and I want to make more. 

This one if for a new Great Great Nephew...............Hoping to get it in the mail soon....


I just had enough yarn to finish this one with no collar....  Not even enough matching yarn to use to sew on the buttons...  Used scraps from the one above.  Not the same shade but that is fine because most people will be looking at the baby and not the sweater.  This goes in my donate box.....

This pattern knits up quickly and is perfect for the evenings when the mind is mush and I can just go into automatic and knit......


New idea for the centerpiece for breakfast room table..  Yes, I need to press the napkins.....  Will get that done today............


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

WELCOME


The new one has arrived........

A warm welcome to Rebekah Danielle Wilson....

My first great granddaughter....... 

Mother and baby are doing well........


Monday, July 10, 2017

Thank You Temecula Quilt Company

I digress.......  This is what happens to wee darlings that rub their face in muck.........  He has recovered and is now his fluffy self......  Till he does it again...........



Now on to the subject of this post........  I went upstairs to look for something and this is what I found.  So pleased to see something that I had finished......  Even hand quilted it.... Amazing...

UPDATE: I checked with Temecula Quilt Company for the links for the projects. Alas the table runner is not one of their designs.  If the Blog I got this from will let me know I would like to provide a link to the correct site.



Made these one year.  Wee pincushions stuffed with crushed walnut shells...  Had a grand time making these.....

The pincushions can be found at: http://temeculaquiltco.blogspot.com/2014/07/happy-independence-day.html



And don't they look lovely on the coffee table?


At long last I got the notebooks titled with my recipes......


This is the box that needs sorting and placed in plastic sleeves......  Maybe that will be done one day....


Spent the weekend in bed with a cold.......  No joy at all..........  Not much better today so I must see the Dr this afternoon.........

Big weekend coming up as granddaughter getting married and a trip planned to Georgia the following week........

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Update


The urge to cook arrived........

Food Lion in my area marks down their meats on Wednesday and Sunday........  I always check when I am in the store on those days......... 

Found a pork roast, beef stew and a beef roast.........  Brought them home and fired up the crock
pots...

I also found these new seasoning packages on sale and brought home a few....



First up was the beef stew..........  It was excellent...



Next the pork roast.........  Tossed in three seasonings from the fridge that were almost empty.... 

It was soooooo  good.......

I had company the rest of the week and it was delightful to have the cooking done.  I was also able to give a meal or two to friends and froze the rest for me for later.......  I do enjoy using my food saver....

I have been working outside during my designated sewing time but now that things have heated up here I will sewing in the mornings again.

While looking for my July 4th earrings I opened a box of bits and pieces.........  Spread it out on the counter and spent the rest of the day sorting and putting away......... 

Wade went outside and found something to rub his face in.........  A bath is in his near future.......


Now off to release the Roomba and prepare for the Knit Witz to meet here today...........

Monday, June 19, 2017

Design Cutting Table Monday..........

While cutting fabric I also started looking for ways to use more quickly........

I found a cute Triangle Coin Purse to make using charms and batting. 

The free pattern can be found HERE...



Fat quarters selected to make Buckshot Pincushions.........

Pattern found HERE.


Layer cake squares selected to make Soup Bowl Cozies......

Tutorial can be found HERE.



One half yard cuts can be used to make reversible grocery bags.......... 

That pattern can be found  HERE...

These quick projects should be helpful in clearing fabric........ 


I also enjoy the smiles when I can share these wee gifties with others........

At your own peril you can find more fun things at Design Wall Monday  HERE.

This comes with a warning.......  I found more trouble at Primitive Gatherings in the form of a BOW...  HERE


Friday, June 16, 2017

Cutting Up

My fabric is stored upstairs in totes according to color....  That wasn't working for me.  I need it sorted by size........

Several months ago I started bring it downstairs one tote at a time and putting it in one, two, three, and more yard sections on the bookcase.

On this shelf are the less than one yard pieces......  I gave some thought to cutting this fabric into usable sizes but when it came time to put scissors to fabric I always hesitated.  What if I needed a 2/3 yard piece and I had cut it into smaller pieces.........

I have a backlog of hand work so instead of creating more this morning I began cutting...




Doesn't look like much progress but this did take an hour.  Looks like maybe five more hours to go..




Now I have a stack of fat quarters on the left, followed by a stack of 10 inch squares, and 2 1/2 inch strips on the upper row.

Next there are the charms, 1 1/2 inch strips, 2 inch strips with 3/4 inch strips and 1 inch strips on the front......

Years ago I followed Bonnie Hunter's method of saving fabric...  There have been many quilts made from my drawers of pre-cut fabrics.  In fact the log cabins I am making now are all from my drawer of scraps......



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Preparation.

Red and green fabric already cut for four guild blocks.  Two more to prep.  I decided to surprise a friend and make two blocks for her.



Temecula Quilt Company is hosting "Marvelous Mini Monday"...  Information can be found HERE.

Block one done........

And block two......  They are four inches square....


Camouflage dress us almost done.  Just the finishing hand work left......


Five more towels prepped making the number to stitch six.


Nine blocks ready to assemble as the base of the next cathedral window block.

I seem to get more done if I do bits at a time on several projects...... 

Looks like Wade and I will have a large block of time to sit and watch a movies........

Monday, June 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Some how I got the pictures in reverse order......... 

I have started prepping my cathedral window block for this week.  Nine blanks cut, sewn, and pressed all ready to be sewn together.......



Dress for Reba pleated and blocked all ready to be smocked..........


I started another baby sweater on Friday.  Sometimes I just need to knit.


Prepped a tea towel to be stitched.

Now that I have the week lined up with more fun I can show off last weeks project.


This is the table runner I made from the shaded four patch blocks I learned to make at the class I took several weeks ago....

Isn't it lovely???  I am thrilled to have actually completed something so quickly.  Having a second machine all set up just for quilting made it so easy to sit down and get it finished........

Check out Small Quilts HERE and see what others are doing...



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Finishes and Beginnings


I might have a list of projects but it grows faster than I mark items off.....

Temecula Quilt company is having summer camp this year....  I thought I would go to camp....

You can find the information HERE...



Since I have scraps in bins following Bonnie Hunter's method it was easy to grab the scraps from the one and one half inch drawer.  Wait.  My blocks are not coming out to the right size....  Finally the dawn breaks and I at last see that the strips should be one and one quarter......




The project should go faster now that I don't have to trim them after each step.....



Found a wee blue bird almost finished.........  Fifteen minutes and I have another bird for my tree......


Used the last of sugar cream and made this dishcloth....


Last month at Guild someone asked about the cathedral window quilt.  Knowing that I had started one in the year dot I went upstairs to find it....

Eureka, there it was safely tucked in its own tote and properly marked....  But only one block begun.




I have now finished that block and made the second one....


Last night I prepped for the third block...... 


That is enough in progress even for me...  Now to start a few more finishes.........

What has your interest?

Thursday, June 08, 2017

A Few More Things Completed

Two bibs..........  Yarn for two more still here..........

One dishcloth.  Used up a scrap to finish it.  It still will wash dishes so that won't matter.

Two baby sweaters....  Sewn together, threads run and buttons sewn on......  Pattern is Elizabeth Zimmerman's Surprise sweater......... 




Two more dishcloths.......  They just needed the threads run........ 

The last baby sweater......  I cast on another one last night......  They are easy to knit so I keep one going all the time...........  The trick is to finish them right away.....




The Thread and I

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Do it with thy might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10