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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

When I left off last week I was working on my Loeanneth sweater and wondering what I was going to do about the fact that I wasn’t going to have enough of the royal blue to finish the sweater. I looked around to see if any of the local yarn stores sold this type of yarn, which is Cascade Heritage Sock, but they don’t. Then I looked at Canadian online yarn sources to see if they had this type yarn. Some of them did, but not the right colour. With the Canadian dollar tanking the way it has, ordering in from the States was not an option. So I had to get creative with what I have here. I looked at the colour work chart that was done in the yoke to see if there was a section of it that could be adapted to do a colour transition from the royal blue in the main body over to a denim blue. There was a section that looked like it would work so I tried it. And it worked. The royal blue is at the top and the denim blue at the bottom.

It looks like it belongs and was supposed to be this way. It would have looked better if I could have incorporated some of the white into it, but I’m running low on that as well. I’ll continue on with the denim blue for another couple of inches before the hem colour work section.

I’m not sure if I’ll have to do the same thing for the sleeves as well. I’ll figure that out when I get there.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

WIP Wednesday

I’m taking full advantage of the orders to stay hame and distance from other people. If it weren’t for such a serious reason it would be a pure delight to do it. As it is, there is no shortage of something to do if one happens to be a quilter. I’m working on more Kona Stars. There are a lot of blank spaces yet where the alternate blocks go.

 I’m trying to stay within the stash I have and use the colours I’ve got. That means there are a lot of repeat colours. It is going to be a challenge to not have them together. I’ve given myself the loose guideline that the same colour can be diagonal to the other but not side by side. I only have two more of the primary blocks to make. But I’m holding off making those until I get more alternates done, just to see what I need for colour placement. I can’t actually sew any of the alternates together until  I decide on final placement since they each use pieces from the colours around them, which is why they are pinned on the wall as pieces rather than blocks.
I’m linking to the Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday and to Mid Week Makers. Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

My slow stitching continues to be done with two needles attached with a cord. I’ve gotten past the colour work chart on my Loeanneth Sweater and will shortly be dividing off for the sleeves.

I might have to get creative with the colours this one. I am going to run out of the royal blue before I run out of sweater to work on. I can either order more yarn and hope that the different dye lots don’t make too much of a difference. Or I can introduce a different design element to use a different colour. Maybe even make up my own colour work chart to transition from one to another. I have a fun skein of denim blue and an almost full skein of navy blue. I suspect I’ll try the easy way first and order more of the royal blue and hope it matches.

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching. We may not be able to visit and stitch and sew and knit in person, but we can keep each other virtual company and share what we are doing. As long as there is yarn to knit and fabric and thread to sew, we’ll never be bored.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

WIP Wednesday

I am getting so excited about these Kona Star blocks. The colours are so fun and so vibrant and intense that I can’t get enough of them. It looks like another project has become an obsession. And I’m loving every minute of it.

I will eventually  end up repeating some of the colours and from here on I’m going to have to pay more attention to colour lay out so that the colours don’t end up all bunched together. I’m also going to have to figure out a bigger design wall. Right now all I have are two 36x48 inch foam core boards that are covered with batting, and what I have done now is occupying all the space on those.

As much as I want to dive back in to making more of these blocks, I have work to do today. I need to get a quilt loaded onto the long arm and at least a couple of passes done. I am finding it harder to stand at the long arm.for the length of time necessary to get quilts finished. So it takes many days of short bursts of work, an hour or two at a time. With that in mind, I am going to link up to the Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday and also to Mid-week Makers and then go up and get started.

Monday, 9 March 2020

What I’m working on

After finishing my old New York Beauty UFO I gave myself permission to start a new project. I’ve been working on some 4 patches as leader and enders so I went into Electric Quilt 8 to see if I could come up with a use for them.  I found this block which uses up four patches.

So then I  got  thinking about all the various Kona solid fat quarters I have kicking around. The plan is to use the Kona along with the scrap four patches. I’ve got another block that I’m going to use as

an alternate block. 

When the whole thing is together there will be a secondary design formed by the flying geese in the alternate block. This is what I have actually done so far. 

I’m going to use the really bright colours in these blocks and more medium to light tones in the alternates. I don’t have a name for this yet.

I’m linking up to Design Wall Monday,  Monday Making and Oh Scrap

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

I started a new sweater this past week. It’s a design by Cheryl Crow called Loeanneth. It initially caught my eye because of the colour work in it. But when it turned out o be named after a house in one of my  favourite books called The Lake House by Kate Morton, that decided it. I had to make it. I am halfway done the yoke colour work.

 I would have been even further than this except for the fact that I used the wrong colour. where the navy blue currently is. So I had to slowly reverse knit about 6 or seven rows back to where the navy blue starts. Maddening, but necessary and makes the slow stitching aspect go even slower when going backwards. I contemplated leaving in the mistake, which was using the royal blue where the navy is, but decided that I wouldn’t be happy with it that way, hence the slowly going backwards.

I am feeling the effects of the  time change today. I love having the extra hour of day light in the evening, but the change does nasty things to me and it usually takes a few days to get used to it. So today is going to be spent very low key, working on some more knitting and maybe spending some time at the sewing machine working on a new project that I started yesterday,  I’ll show more about that tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m linking up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

WIP Wednesday

I’m on a finishing roll!! I pulled out  my unfinished project of New York Beauty blocks. I discovered that I have 26 finished blocks, so I need to make 2 more. But in the meantime I laid them all out on the living room carpet and sewed together what I have so far.

These blocks date back to the year 2012. They were a combination of 2 different challenges. One was a challenge to sew up different New York Beauty blocks and the other was a colour challenge. Judy at Patchwork Times posted a picture every month and each month we were to make a project using the colours in the picture. So each month from January to June of the year 2012 I made New York Beauty blocks in the colours for the month. You can see a post with the picture for one of the colour challenges here. The story behind it is quite funny. I’ve chosen the last 2 blocks I’m going to do and have printed off the foundations for them. 
 I just have to find fabrics that will coordinate with what was done over 8 years ago. Then this one can go into the ever growing pile of quilts waiting their turn on the long arm. I’m linking up with the Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday.

Monday, 2 March 2020

What I’m working on

I have finished the Leftovers Sampler. I took it upstairs into the front hallway to get pictures. It is the only space in the house large enough to be able to spread a quilt out for pictures. I had to do a bit of editing for the colours since it is such a grey and gloomy day out.

 After the top was finished I still had some orphan blocks left over, so I pieced them into the back. I have had the fabrics hanging around for a long time, so I grabbed all the Civil War type colours of fat quarters that were in my stash and pieced them into the back as well.

I’ve also been doing a temperature quilt that records in colours the high and low temperature of each day. January and February are done and sewn together.

My friend Susan who lives way out in Alberta sent me some quilt photos on Saturday. One of them was a photo of a New York Beauty quilt. It reminded me that I had started one of those years ago. According to this trusty blog the last time I had it out for photos was in June of 2012. This is what it looked like then. There were 22 blocks at that time.

I went digging for the blocks and discovered that I had added more blocks to it since this picture was taken. I counted 27 total. If I want to continue with the layout in this photo, which I really like, I’ll need one more block.

I’m linking up to Monday Making and Design Wall Monday.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

WIP Wednesday

I’m continuing to work on the Leftovers Sampler. I now have the fourth row done and attached.

I’ve started on the 18 inch squares for the last row.

I have one more 18 inch square to do and some smaller filler blocks that will be 8 inches square and then some flying geese and this will be done. I am going to be intensely piecing the backing as well in order to use up more orphan blocks and also to empty out some of the fat quarters and yardage that I would like gone from the stash. What a lot of fun this has been and such a great stash buster.

I’m linking to the Needle and Thread Network’s WIP Wednesday

Monday, 24 February 2020

Design Wall Monday

I’m continuing to work on my Leftovers Sampler using up, in the process, all kinds of orphan blocks and projects and scraps and fat quarters and anything else I can get my hands on. I’ve completed another 18 inch block.

And have the beginnings of another.

This whole project has been designed and laid out using Electric Quilt 8 software. The overall look I’m going for is this quilt.

It is using up 6 inch, 10 inch and 12 inch blocks that were already made and sitting in various boxes.I’m making 18 inch and 20 inch blocks to fill in and add extra scale. Those large blocks have the added advantage of using up tons of scraps and fat quarters that have been hiding deep in the stash for many years. Some of the blocks in the computer mack up have been coloured to match and others haven’t. i’m having loads of fun doing this and may have become just slightly obsessed by the project. It may just get finished by the end of March.

I’m linking up to Monday MakingDesign Wall Monday and Oh Scrap. And then I think I’ll finish that partially made block.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

I finally chose the fabrics for the flower head for this section of Hold Onto Your Heart. I knew I wanted purples, but I couldn’t find the right purples in the fabrics I already had out. That meant I needed to go to my storage area under the stairs and dig out the purples box. Why is it that the colour I want is always the one on the bottom behind all the other boxes? (sigh) Anyhow, after I made a mess by pulling out the boxes, I found the colours I wanted and got busy making a flower head.

The background fabric for this project actually adds a whole other dimension. I love the teddy bear and the tea set sitting beside the flower.

I also finished my sweater this week.

I still need to weave in all the end bits, a job I’m not too terribly fond of. That’s it for my slow stitching this week. I’ll link up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

WIP Wednesday

One of the bonuses of working on machine stitched quilts rather than hand stitched quilts is that there is progress to show faster. I’m working on a sampler using up old orphans and also some new blocks. I’ve gotten a second and third row done now and the rows are sewn together. I’m calling it my Leftovers Sampler.

I am really working outside my comfort zone here. I love all things balanced and symmetrical, and this quilt is neither of those. It is all different sizes and grids and because there is so much variety in it, I think it works.

I have finished the quilting on my Pioneer Log Cabin, a design by Judy Martin. It ticks all the boxes of balanced and symmetrical and I love it! It is quilted with all over Baptist Fans.

I exhausted all of the reds in my stash making this, so there will be an outing to a quilt shop to buy some red for binding.

Once I post this I’m going to start on the next row for my Leftovers Sampler. I’m linking up to the Canadian Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday.

Monday, 17 February 2020

What I’m working on....

For the last few years most of my sewing and quilting time has been taken up almost exclusively with hand pieced projects. While doing La Passacaglia I fell in love with the process of English Paper Piecing and it took over all my quilting time. But in the last few months my love of machine piecing has been renewed.
Back at the end of November I started working on a Log Cabin quilt designed by Judy Martin. It is in her book Extraordinary Log Cabins. Its name is Pioneer Log Cabin. The picture here shows it without the borders on yet. I was in such a hurry to get it loaded onto the long arm that I didn’t take pictures of it with the borders. And of course there is the problem of finding floor space big enough to take a picture of the whole thing. Once the quilting is done I’ll take it outside and spread it out on the snow for a glamour shot.

I loved the process of piecing this quilt so much that the entire quilt was pieced within the space of 2 months. It measures 96 x 96 inches. I’m quilting it with very simple and classic Baptist Fans which compliment the curves in the pricing quite well.

Last week I was doing some blog surfing and came across a block of the month from A Quilting Life. I thought it looked and sounded like a fun thing to do. It’s been ages and ages since I’ve done a block of the month. She is offering the blocks in three different sizes; 6 inch, 12 inch or 18 inch. Well that got me to thinking about all of the different blocks that have been started and abandoned over the years, some of which are 12 inch and others which are 12 inch. I went digging in the black hole in the back of the furnace room and found them - lots of them. So rather than follow along month by month with the Quilting Life BOM I’ve used it as a spring board to use up these odds and ends of blocks.  This is her January block, done in the 18 inch size along with a 12 inch and 2 6 inch blocks of my own.

Once I established that I liked the look and the concept I dove into my EQ8 computer program to find more blocks that would look good in the 18 inch format. By the end of Friday evening I had the first row done. The lighting isn’t the greatest in the next photo.

On Saturday I worked on a couple of other 18 inch blocks for the next row.

This project should go fairly quickly since I have a lot of the blocks already done.

I’m going to link up to  Monday Making and Design Wall Monday before getting back to more 18 inch blocks for this quilt. It is going to be so much fun to see this one grow.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching.

When I last posted a couple of weeks ago, I showed a picture of my sweater that still had the sleeves left to be knitted. I off handle mentioned that it wouldn’t take long to get them done, assuming I didn’t get distracted by something else. Well, I got distracted. I found a lovely shawl pattern that was perfect for an assortment of Cascade 220 yarn colours that have been hanging around here for years. I started and finished it in less than 2 weeks. It still needs to be blocked which will cure the curling of the edges, I hope.

I’ve picked the sweater back up and am now working on the sleeves.

If I keep  at it without getting distracted again, this should be done by the end of the week.

I also dug out my  Hold Onto your Heart quilt this past week to at least assess what needs to be done on it since it has been quite a while since I last worked on it. There is a flower head to go on top of the green stem to the right of the house. I’m still thinking purples.

 I did some digging in the box that holds this project and found a couple that will work. Perhaps that’s what I’ll do this afternoon.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Slow Sunday stitching and other things

I’ve been missing in action for the last couple of weeks. I had a flare up up my blocked common bile duct which required another ERCP procedure. Basically that means they put a tube down the throat and thread it into where the bile duct is and they clear out the blockage. Unfortunately, one of the side effects/risks of this procedure is that the pancreas, which opens in the same spot os the bile duct, can get irritated. If it gets irritated it does all sorts of nasty things. Well, mine got irritated and it was nasty and led to 4 days in hospital on IV fluids and IV anti nausea meds that didn’t really work. That was 2 weeks ago and I’m still feeling the effects of it in decreased energy levels. But it’s getting better.

At the beginning of the year I came across a design for a temperature tracker quilt that I really liked. I’ve been tempted by the concept for quite some time, but haven’t liked any of the variations of designs enough to actually do one. This design is found on the blog Canuck Quilter designs in her post Temperature Tracker Quilt. After I saw that I went shopping for fabrics and found a wonderful Kona Fat Quarter bundle at Mad About Patchwork called Aviatrix in Summer which had enough colours in it to be able to get a gradation for the temperature quilt. I started the quilt last week and have the first three weeks of January done. I’m planning on doing the rest of this first month of the year today.

My slow stitching has been knitting on a sweater. It’s a pattern called Flat White by Casapinka. There are so many of her designs that I really like. All that’s left to do is the sleeves and they will go fast since it is made using  one of my favourite yarns, worsted weight Malabrigo Rios. The purple is the colour Sabuduria and the colour work part is Sand. If I keep going on this sweater without getting distracted by something else it will be my second knitting finish of the year. I finished a long cowl earlier in January but don’t have pictures of it yet.

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday

I did not take a single hand stitch in a quilt this past week. I have done some knitting. I found a pattern on Ravelry that I liked and I thought it would be good for some odd bits and bobs of sock yarn I have hanging around...... kinda like a scrap quilt, only knitting. Who knew I’d end up with the same leftovers/scrap problem in two different hobbies? The design is called All Points South and I thought it would be a fun thing to knit while I wait on my new yarns to be delivered.

It’s very difficult to get a decent picture of any knitting project while it is still on the needles. It should be lovely and warm and cosy under a winter coat once it’s done.
The biggest reason why I haven’t done any hand stitching this past week is because I’m trying very hard to get this Log Cabin quilt done, and it is all by machine. Our daughter and son in law were away last week, so I took advantage of the situation and set up in the glorious window they have in

their kitchen. Sewing in the natural light was a real treat. Up till then my sewing machine had been tucked away on a table in the furnace room. Not exactly a desirable place to go to spend any creative time. They are home now so I had to give up my sewing spot and have now set up in our living area where there is light rather than go back to the furnace room. Hopefully I can keep the mess under control so it doesn’t end up too disruptive. The centre of the log cabin quilt is done, as are the 4 corner squares for the outer border. 

I have 24 border blocks to do and then it is done. I’m really enjoying being back at the sewing machine. I think I am going to have to go exploring into some older projects once this one is done and see if there are some that might want to get finished.
I’m linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.