Wednesday, September 17, 2014
digging thru scraps is so messy. here for more info on the sew along. here for litte letter - B. here for little letter - C.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
LUCKY. i had the good fortune to win a few prizes this summer. SOL HOODIE SEWING PATTERN. Jamie Christina. more about this pattern - here. someone made it - here. other patterns that were given away - here. SNEAKER EMBROIDERY PATTERN. Happy Sew Lucky. this was an Instagram giveaway - here. you can find it on Etsy - here. BEVERLY HAT KNITTING PATTERN. Kristen Hanley Cardozo. well i grabbed a code and got this one - here. you can find it on Ravelry - here. KATE CALLAHAN MUSIC DOWNLOADS. kate-callahan.com just a like on FB a download of her Swing Low track. also on FB a download of her Archangel track on cdbaby. Kate wrote this for a friend who passed of ALS. so check that out. WOVEN SLASHES PILLOW PATTERN. Amy Badskirt. i commented. yeah me. and i won. her Quilt Design a Day photos were extremely interesting. LADY SUNNYSIDE CARDIGAN PATTERN. Tanis Fiber Arts. i grabbed a code just yesterday and got this one - here. NEXT. much temptation on the web. thinking about these. LITTLE LETTERS SEW ALONG. Temecula Quilt Co. will be hosting this back to school special - here. the patterns will be free on the blog but they have kits available now. my LQS has just stocked every color in American Made Solids. i might opt to do my-buy-as-you-go-method. but kits are better. NAIL POLISH QUILT. you must have seen this. with links to quilts made by other bloggers. i love them all but so want to make Lori Holt's into a pillow. SPACE DUST QUILT ALONG. Quilt Dad. i got my discounted pattern. i choose my fabric. but since this is not in my budget. i will be purchasing bits here and there. really ok with this taking forever. all the details are here. you know there is more. but long want-to lists make me sad. EWW. that's how you spell it. i looked it up. and this is either amazing or awful. REUSABLE BATHROOM WIPES. for many years i have read about using reusable bathroom wipes. honestly i previously tried them and then stopped. but for the past year i have and it is not a big deal. this sort of not a big deal is maybe something you should try. i only use for number one. which keeps things very simple. i use a dry system in that i place used ones in a thick tote bag. and empty tote into wash along with towels and lounging clothes. i currently have 9-1/2 in. squares of flannel and a dry system. i have also cut up some t-shirts and added them into the mix. i remember a post of someone using vintage sheets. and am thinking i will switch to that soon. perhaps the rest of your family need not participate in. search resuable toilet wipes and you will find plenty of info. so many things to get going on.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
deliberately keeping fabric choices to a minimum. but running out of that blue background fabric. always in trouble casting scraps in a more major role. Barn Block. for third book. fabrics used: Denyse Schmidt Picnic or Fairground sold in JoAnn's. Plum Sweet by Blackbird Designs by Moda. Alexander Henry Heath. Fig Tree Avalon Cream on Taupe Dots by Moda.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
was going to lay low because i hate multi-tasking in the heat. but this sew along was too adorable. don't you agree. Amy and her daughter Lily are reading the books. and are making blocks inspired by the stories. i did watch and enjoy the t.v. show. so does it matter that i am. ~cough~cough~years~old. probably not. go and see the sew along posts on Amy's During Quiet Time blog. i am very impressed with Lily's fabric choices. for me i really liked a Ghastlie mane. with a Downton body. on a Denyse background. now i can sit back and search the stash for other fabrics to use. block 2 : Black Susan. second block for first book. block 4 : Pet and Patty. second block for second book.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
block 6 : empire state. my blocks in Flickr. the quilt along blocks in Flickr. for more info see Barbara Brackman's Austen Family Album blog.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Mama blocks. and i won this fabulous prize from Fat Quarter Shop. just for adding my Filled Basket block to the Flickr pool. pretty funny my sis was just given this old sheet from a friend. it's always nice using old fabrics when they are yours. or you know where they came from. if i say i want something she gets. she usually gives it to me. i thought it was perfect for this sew along. it reminds me of a 70's brown variegated yarn. and hmmm. maybe i also made a summer top. my sew along blocks on Flickr. Great Granny Sew Along page. Great Granny Sew Along Flickr page.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Block 5 : Log Cabin. my blocks in Flickr. the quilt along blocks in Flickr. Wishes Quilt Along page. Kimberly's Make-A-Wish Donation page.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Filled Basket block. Yarn and Crochet Hook block. you might have seen my basket block on the yarn block post. it's the fourth photo down and turned on it's side. lol. well i was one of the winners of that giveaway. my prize is on it's way and i will show you when it gets here. my sew along blocks on Flickr. Great Granny Sew Along page. Great Granny Sew Along Flickr page.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
love it! my sweet little quilt made by Michelle. i don't patchwork with such gorgeous repro colors. except the ones i make along with Lori. so i am making a note to use more on a future project. included was a magazine and a stitching kit. appreciate that as i have not purchased many mags lately. Michelle made my quilt. and i made a quilt for Judith. as far as i can tell neither of these quilters have a blog. Michelle mailed mine well before the deadline. of course i mailed a bit late. thankfully it was promptly received ------ pheww!! and the following is the quilt i made for Judith. and my label. a big thank you to Lori for hosting this fun swap. i think i will create a Flickr album just for Lori's things.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
block 3 : cross within cross. my blocks in Flickr. the quilt along blocks in Flickr. for more info see Barbara Brackman's Austen Family Album blog.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
block 2 : sister's choice. my blocks in Flickr. the quilt along blocks in Flickr. for more info see Barbara Brackman's Austen Family Album blog.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
i have a small workspace. so i tear off small amounts (8 in. - 16 in.). iron. and start cutting. i saved some ends and set aside for the binding. before i make more grannies. must do miscellaneous cutting. not my favorite thing to do. only highlighting how much background fabric is needed. since my solid is really a print from the collection. i was overjoyed to receive a coupon from FQS. done and done. Downton Abbey half yard bundle. Great Granny Squared book by Lori Holt. my blocks in Flickr.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
block 1 : bright star. my blocks in Flickr. the quilt along blocks in Flickr. for more info see Barbara Brackman's Austen Family Album blog.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Block 4 : Broken Dishes. my blocks in Flickr. the quilt along blocks in Flickr. Wishes Quilt Along page. Kimberly's Make-A-Wish Donation page.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
well. Who's Making Great Granny Square(d)s @ Downton Abbey? is it someone upstairs? or downstairs? or just me? Downton Abbey half yard bundle. Great Granny Squared book by Lori Holt. my blocks in Flickr.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
i seemed to have done what Lisa did. drop 2 cardigans. to work on a pullover so i will need to knit like crazy later to catch up. i wish i had seen this yarn before and made a few hats. but first it will be a pullover. multi-colored yarn. hope i like it when it gets really big. for today i only finished the yoke. for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog. for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts. and for the pullover check the Everyday Pullover posts.
Friday, February 21, 2014
if you can call it progress i added another rib section. there are so many stitches at this point. as promised here is a look at the back of the seed band. on the front i put a purl stitch to separate the sweater from the band. which on the back makes a line of knit stitches. kinda resembles a sewn look when you make a facing. i went ahead and purchased the Everyday Pullover pattern. kept going back and forth between a cotton yarn and a wool yarn. casting on today. for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog. for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts. and for the pullover check the Everyday Pullover posts.
Friday, February 14, 2014
a bit late posting this week. as i had my own bit of trouble with the increases. first without consulting the pattern i knit 3 rib sections. only to discover i had skipped an increase row. maybe two of them. next i thought my "increases with pf&b" were too lumpy. i think Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn is just not a flat yarn and this problem would not be an issue with other yarns. but i chose it. for a good reason. so i must figure it out. redid on knit side but increased with "make 1's". found i did not like the way it seemed twisted. redid on knit side again but worked "increases with kf&b". not that clever of me. the pattern continues with this version. all of this happened. while i was waiting for another color to arrive. i picked "rainstorm" and it is simply a perfect navy. this one will have the pattern's seed stitch neckline. you just can never know at this point which you will prefer later. so i am just going to commit to both. did you visit Lisa this week. she started amd finished a pullover with cap sleeves. i was excited to find the pattern is ready. and plan to cast on a pullover soon. and i would say yes to a cap sleeve version with buttons. modifications: making 2 sweaters. one with rib at neckline. one with seed at neckline. 6 stitches for the seed button band. 6 rows for the seed neckline. extra 2 rows at neckline are just extra. so i can start the pattern at row 1. completed first increase one row earlier. i did place a purl stitch between the sweater and the band. will show you that next week. for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog. for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts. and for the pullover check the Everyday Pullover posts.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
sometimes the back is pretty awesome. Block 2 : Double Windmill. Wishes Quilt Along page. Kimberly's Make-A-Wish Donation page.
Monday, February 3, 2014
it's been ages since a sweater came off my needles. usually i make something and then blog about it. but i'd like to do this as i go. hello issues and modifications. hopefully. i will end up with a sweater i can wear. so here goes. things completed so far. purchase pdf file of pattern only. looked through stash because yarn you buy is yarn you like. i certainly don't have enough to make a sweater. Spud & Chloe in Sweater in Watermelon. (50% organic cotton / 50% merino wool). Juniper Moon Farms in Sabine in Limeade. (30% royal llama / 30% merino wool / 40% cotton). Brooklyn Tweed in Shelter in Hayloft. (100% TARGHEE-COLUMBIA WOOL) make a gauge. mine is awfully messy. pick yarn. going with Spud & Chloe Sweater. it's not a winter-wooly yarn. feels perfect for Spring. Sabine is soft and gorgeous. Shelter is rustic and interesting. i actually like all the yarns together. but admit i have a problem with focusing on the task at hand. i have used this yarn with #7 and #8 needles. but a nice firm guage was achieved with #6 needles. cast on. well make sure you have circular needles to match your gauge. i had to make an emergency run to the store. 10 rows done. and i have already made a few changes that's right. the nerve of me. modifications in the first 10 rows. edited see 2/14 post.
i swapped out 4 rows of seed stitch for 6 rows of rib.
and i swapped out 6 rows of stockinette for 4 rows of stockinette.
and i added 2 stitches to each band.
i think i will make only slightly shorter arms.
and swap out the rib for seed stitch at the cuff.
and well why not just swap out the rib for seed stitch at the hem.
anything else Karen.
well i'm either buying more and finishing it up.
with the Watermelon color.
or dipping into my leftovers to make it stripey.
will decide after i finish the yoke.
i picked up 2 circular needles because i really want to make both.
and on the next perhaps i won't make any modifications.
for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog.
for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
although i picked some happy Sweetwater fabric to make this quilt. it will probably take me a few months to gather them together. so i decided on these 10 fabrics i picked together over a year ago. and using a chambray sheet i thrifted this summer. Block 1 : Flying Kite. the quilt along is free. Wishes Quilt Along page. but i encourage you to make a donation to Make-A-Wish. and use Kimberly's Make-A-Wish Donation page.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
when Temecula Quilting Co. offered a kit. i probably purchased it for just the custom ruler box alone. i'm still learning how to use that silly thread winder. they don't have a kit anymore. you can probably gather one on your own. they are up to G. but i'm not going to catch up. i washed and dried the Kona natural fabric they included. and since my hoop is 6 in. i was able to cut 24 7-1/2 in. x 8 in. squares. the designs are small. a smaller hoop will let you cut enough squares. but i'll get more fabric. because an alphabet quilt will need more than 24 squares. and i might just be making some extra blocks. i added my favorite Mark B Gone marker. and did some tracing so i am ready. if you have the book you can follow along. with me. or with them on their Saturday Stitching posts. and you should check out their other kits and monthlies. and no hesitating. their stuff sells out quick.
Monday, December 9, 2013
i joined the For The Love Of Hand Embroidery group. it is hosted by Jane of Jane's Fabrics blog. and today is my day to share. so head on over to Jane's Fabrics blog. where i will reply to any questions or comments that are left. thank you for stopping by.
Friday, November 15, 2013
i joined the For The Love Of Hand Embroidery group. it is hosted by Jane of Jane's Fabrics blog. today is: the What Delilah Did blog and shop. Delilah's book is called Storyland Cross Stitch. ok. i'm not gonna lie. having it sent to me was a bit pricey. but the book is gorgeous. and the designs are spectacular. and if you have an itch to make something. you can start with one of her pdf letters. my first design was part-stitchie and part-cross-stitch. and chose to mark a grid on the back and there mark the x's. i consider this project not yet finished. it's on the wall. see it there with Jane's threads. but i could not find a 16 in. hoop so instead used an 18 in. hoop. if i am able to find a very well made 16 in. one i will switch it out. you really must take the time to visit What Delilah Did. maybe it's one of Delilah's patterns i have picked!! and it really is only a few more weeks until my turn.
Friday, October 11, 2013
i joined the For The Love Of Hand Embroidery group. it is hosted by Jane of Jane's Fabrics blog. so shall i continue to share my favorite designers. today is: Carina's blog. Carina's shop. Carina's new book is called Stitched Blooms. and i did just sign up for the Christmas Stitch Along Club. to see something i previously stiched go here or go here. like i said before. maybe it's one of Carina's patterns i have picked!! i have really enjoyed checking in on Mondays. did you see the tiny ornaments?
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
here i am pulling fabrics. pretending to know what i am doing. say hello to my center square. it's not good to dilly-dally or hesitate. you can use a random square you already have. but i don't. so i made this one. decided to jump on Lori's Autumn Quilt Along. her quilt alongs are always small and interesting. and fun trying to use fabrics you already have. now i could Flickr or Instagram this. but my blog could really use some activity. kinda looks like i haven't made anything. not true.
Monday, August 5, 2013
i joined the For The Love Of Hand Embroidery group. it is hosted by Jane of Jane's Fabrics blog and starts today. the highlights are that we can choose any pattern we want to. and we should use Presencia thread. if i have previously shown you any embroidery. likely i had stated and used DMC thread. so in addition to the fun of picking a pattern to share. this will be my first experience with Presencia. the schedule of participants can be found here. my turn is not until the 2nd Monday of December. but it begins with Jane herself and her post can be found here. i thought i would keep you in the stitchie mood. and share some of my favorite stitch designers. today is: Catherine's Bumpkin blog. Catherine's Etsy shop. Catherine's Facebook page. Catherine's work has been included in this new book.
to celebrate this. until Wednesday midnight UK time.
Catherins here has a special offer.
i've gone ahead and purchased this one in Bluebell and Clover.
to see something i stitched by Catherine go here.
and i kinda sorta did blog about it here.
maybe it's one of Catherine's patterns i have picked!!