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Monday, 8 February 2016

Design Wall Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

I’ve managed to get a bit more done on Northern Tree Line. It’s well over 25% done now. And I have parts done for a bunch more blocks for it as well. I’m hoping to have it finished by the end of the month. I went out and picked up a few more light blues and greys for the backgrounds. I’m running a bit low in variety and the amount of triangles I have to work with. I’m on a push to get some things finished. I actually finished adding the binding to a quilt today, but haven’t managed to get a picture of it yet. Maybe tomorrow during the daylight. In the meantime, I’m linking up to Judy’s  Design Wall Monday. Lots more to see over there, always lots of great eye candy and inspiration.

Friday, 5 February 2016

On my needles...

It’s been a pretty lazy day around here today. Not a whole lot in the energy department to spare. I had plans, big plans on getting a lot of sewing done today, but that didn’t happen. I did do a little bit of knitting, though. After doing that large Baby Love blanket, I wanted something fast and relatively easy. I decided that I need a new pair of mittens. I do have a lovely thick and warm pair, but they are large and loose, and difficult to drive with. So I started these Newfoundland Mitts last week. One mitt is completely finished. The second just needs the top decreases done and then the thumb knit in. This lovely little girl kept her Mama awake for large amounts of time last night. So she came down and kept me company for the afternoon while her Mama took a nap and I did some knitting. She’s one month old today. That sure went by fast. She’s why I didm’t get much sewing done. But I’d much rather spend the time with her.
This same baby girl got me a christmas present before she was even born, and knew enough to make it a gift certificate to a yarn shop..... she's so smart and talented already. (grin) I went out and used it last week and bought a selection of yarns to make a rectangular fringed wrap. It was packaged up in a kit at London Yarns The basic idea is to knit on large needles using plain garter stitch. Each row begins and ends with one yarn leaving a long end at each end that forms the fringe. No ends to tie off. I can use all those blues as often in the wrap as I want, spaced how I like. I think I’ll start this once the mitts are done. It looks like fun.  I’m linking up to Judy’s On the Needles, and then I think I’ll do some more knitting.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

What I’m working on....

I’m continuing to work on the sampler quilt for the London Friendship Quilters’ Guild Blog. It is now halfway finished, for me at least. These last three blocks take it into the summer now, I think. I just need to get them written up and then scheduled. I would like to have it done in time for the guild quilt show in October. That should be doable, depending on what I decide to do about borders. The blocks are 12 inches finished, so without borders it will be 60x84, which would be good enough for a twin bed, I suppose. But I think it needs borders of some sort to finish it.
The other thing I’m continuing to work on is Northern Tree Line. I’ve been using the pieces for this as leader/enders for the sampler blocks. I was planning on putting a few more together tonight until I discovered that I’d put some of the green wing triangles on wrong. There aren’t a lot of them wring, maybe 7 or 8, but it was enough to make me decide that it was enough for the day. It won’t take long to rip them reverse sew them, but it can wait until tomorrow. Another hour or so should see at least ten more of these blocks up on the wall. Maybe tomorrow. For now, I’m going to link up to Connie’s Linky Tuesday and the Canadian Needle and Thread Network. After that, it might be some Tv and knitting time.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching and Stash Report

I love Sundays. the day I set aside each week for hand stitching. If I didn’t set it aside, I don’t think I’d ever get any done. I finished the second last rosette for La Passacaglia this afternoon. Tonight’s job is going to be stitching it into the place where it will live. After last week’s post I got to looking around my stash, and my eye happened upon what I think is the perfect border for this project.
I was thinking it would involve a shopping trip in order to find something, but it turns out I had the best fabric here. I have almost three yards of it, which should be plenty to do the job. And best of all, it uses up some of the stuff that I added last year.
I do finally have some stash used numbers to report this week, having made a quilt backing and a couple of bindings.

Used this week:                                            2.4 yards
Used this year:                                              2.4 yards
Added this week:                                              0 yards
Added this year:                                                0 yards
Net stash busted:                                           2.4 yards

As always when tracking my stash, I don’t have a particular goal in mind, as in a certain amount to use, or buying restrictions or anything like that. I do it purely for curiosity to see how much is coming in and going out. With this hand project almost finished, I just might get back into doing things that use up stash a bit more quickly than this has done. So far, it’s been a year and a little bit since I started this thing. Another month just might finish it. Then I have to make a decision about what I do for my next hand work project. For now, I’ll link up to Judy’s Stash Report, Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and Angie’s WIPs Be Gone.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

A couple of finishes..... finally!

Abrielle is almost a month old, and she still didn’t have a finished quilt from Grammy...... shameful, right? Well, as of yesterday, she finally has one. I did the quilting, made and added the binding all in one day. Have I mentioned that I love machine sewn binding? Her nursery theme is “love you to the moon and back”. So the quilting is a moon and stars design. And I just noticed, the onesie she’s wearing matches the quilt.
The other finish is the Baby Love double knit blanket. I ended up using a simple crochet stitch around the edge. The icord edging wasn’t doing what I wanted, which was covering up the different colours on the side edge of the knitting. The crochet edging doesn’t lay flat, no matter how ofter I tried ripping it out and changing the stitch count and the hook size. But it does cover the edges. So, in the end I decided that finished is better than perfect.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Design Wall Monday

I worked in the studio today and actually got some my own stuff done. I worked on Northern Tree Line for a bit, and got six more blocks done. I have 35 blocks out of 100 now. Then I cut and made up the binding for my Great Granny Square quilt.
I was up there until about 7:30 pm and then came downstairs, ready to write up a post about what I’d done today. However, about 5 minutes after I got down here, I got this text message from Becca:
So, we’ve spent the last couple of hours cuddling and snuggling and playing with and feeding this precious little baby girl. How on earth could anyone ever say no to visiting with this sweet face? She’s three weeks old on Tuesday, already. She just got here and it feels like she’s been here forever.
I’m linking up to Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Slow Sunday stitching

I’m continuing to work on La Passacaglia. I have one small section left to sew in the main body of the quilt, along those light purple stars. After that, I need to  add stars to two more rosettes and put them in on the right hand side. Then it will be just adding on the last of the white framing pieces. I am beginning to question my plans of appliquéing the white framing pieces to a white border. I’ve seen one done with the white sewn down onto a coloured border, and I really liked it. And looking at the picture of the entire piece laying on the dark coloured floor, I think I like the way the white against the dark makes the centre of this quilt shine out more. Almost like when framing a picture, there’s often a narrow white piece of matting before the larger coloured matt around the picture. I’m almost thinking that a wide white border will be too bright, and that’s all I’ll see. Any opinions..... yes or no to colour or white? Of course then the real question will be, what colour? Oh well, I have time before I get to that point. I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, and then it’s back to actually stitching.