Saturday, 28 March 2015

Scrappy Saturday....... yellow

It has taken me all month to finally get this month's Silly Car from Fat Cat Patterns done. I love this pattern. It is just so very cute! This is the only sewing I got done this month for the SoScrappy colour challenge. And technically, this doesn't really count as sewing, since it is only fused down, but not sewn yet. I found some yellow variegated thread in my thread stash, and I'm going to use it, and a decorative stitch from my machine to stitch this down. I have all those hundreds of stitches on my machine that have never been used, so these cars are the opportunity. While I was drawing the design out onto the fusible web, I did up a second one at the same time. I'm thinking, now that it's all drawn out, all I need is the information on next month's colour, and maybe I can get it done before the last minute.......... yeah right...... like that's gonna happen. I always leave things to the last minute. (sigh). If you click on the SoScrappy link a couple of sentences up, you'll find my post, and a bunch of other folks that have been playing in the yellows.

Friday, 27 March 2015

On, and almost off, my needles, March 27, 2015

I finally got around to casting Travellers End back on, after ripping it out a month or two ago. I'm almost back to where I was when I ripped it out, except the cables are now going the way they are supposed to, or at least I hope they are. There's a long way to go on this one, but it would be nice to have it finished in time for this years camping season.
And then there's the "almost off" project. The one sock is completely done. The second one needs its toe grafted.... my least favourite job, and it also needs its starting yarn end sewn in.... my second least favourite job. So, it's been sitting and waiting for me to do those two jobs, and then I can count these socks as done. I really like the way the blue colours in the yarn spiralled down the sock. This is a Manos del Uruguay
Alegria yarn, not sure of the colour name. I think it's my favourite sock yarn. The colours are always so much fun, and I never know ahead of time what they are going to do, which keeps the basic sock pattern that I use interesting. I'm linking up to Judy's On the Needles

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Helen's Mystery Medallion

 This is Helen's quilt that she made while taking part in a guild sponsored mystery from three or four years ago. It's made almost entirely from batiks. I'm not sure why, but in my mind batiks and feathers were made for each other. The colour choices that Helen made in this quilt are stunning!! I love it!

I've played around with the lighting and contrast on these two pictures to give an idea of what the quilting looks like. It is an over all large feather meander. I am soooo.... looking forward to the nice weather. Pictures of quilts taken outside show the quilting so much better. Must...... be...... patient........

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Carol's Tulip Baskets

This is a quilt that Carol brought me. It's a gift for her parent's 50th wedding anniversary, I believe she said that it started with the baskets, but when her Mom looked at it, her Mom decided that it needed something more. Their heritage is Dutch, so tulips were the obvious choice. They wanted a basic quilting design that would compliment the tulips and the baskets. So, I did a simple staple, with a few tulips thrown into the stippling here and there, just to add a bit of interest and variation. The tulips were outlined, as were the baskets.
I had to play around with the contrast and exposure settings on these photos in order to have the quilting show. There is a tulip and leaves quilted into the white part of the basket, and some free hand curvy cross hatching in the body of the basket. Carol blogged about this quilt here. It looks gorgeous on the bed, and she has some better pictures that what I could get.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Design Wall Monday, March 23, 2015

I still have the same old project on my wall, Texas Chain, a design by Judy Martin. It's had a little bit more added to it, but not a lot. Now that the weather's improving, I may get up into the studio more often to work on it. I really like it. The other project up on my wall are the Disappearing Four Patch blocks that Jannette and I are swapping each month. We're using Kona Snow, combined with large scale floral prints. I totally and completely love the way they look.
We are doing four prints per month, making two of each print. We keep one of each print for ourselves, and mail the other ones, so we end up with eight different blocks each month. They are easy and fun to do, and don't require a huge time commitment to make. And maybe, just maybe, the weather will co-operate at the beginning of April, so that we can meet for a coffee and swap them in person, rather than through the post. If not, I'm sure Canada Post will oblige us and deliver them for us.
I'm linking up to Judy's Design Wall Monday, and then I think I'll browse to see what everyone else is up to. And there just might be a few Disappearing four patch blocks made tonight, too.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Stash and Stitching report, week 12, 2015

 There is only good one thing to be said for being too sick to get off the couch, and that's it gave me lots of time for stitching. However, there was also time in the past week when I was feeling too awful for even that. It was probably the flu..... cough, stuffy head, fever, aches........ and generalized yuckyness. But, I'm better now. This rosette was done up to the grey stars. I added in everything past that this week.
It now fits in where it should, and needs its stars added. Since it's another of the big ones, I think I'll do medium grey stars. I'd rather keep the bursts of colour on the smaller ones.
I received some more fabrics in the mail this week for this project, that I'm looking forward to using. And I also added in some large scale florals, as well, for a disappearing four patch swap I'm doing. However, no fabric went out this week, so I'm back into positive added numbers again. But it's such wonderfully fun fabric added, that I'm quite content to be there. There's lots more fun fussy cutting stuff coming up in my near future.

Used this week:                                  0 yards
Used this year:                             25.95 yards
Added this week:                          5.25 yards
Added this year:                               30 yards
Net added:                                     4.05 yards

I'm linking up to Judy's Fabric Report, Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and Angie's WIPs be Gone. Then I just might star cutting and basting some stars.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sunday Stash and Stitching Report, week 11, 2015

I have a confession to make....... while I love the extra hour of daylight in the evenings...... I hate the change to daylight savings time. It does such nasty things to my body clock, and everything else that goes along with that. I've been mostly out of commission this past week, which isn't great for any quilting or very much sewing. That, in turn, makes for not very much that is interesting to blog about. However, it is great for getting hand stitching done!
In the past week, I've gotten these three rosettes done. They all fit down at the bottom of the section of La Passacaglia I've been working on, which finishes off the bottom left corner of this quilt, although the bottom four rosettes still need to be stitched into place.
 So, now all I have to do is decide whether I will do the relatively boring part of stitching them in place, or whether I will do the exciting part of choosing fabrics for the next section. I picked up some new fabrics for this project this past week, but I do have some out numbers to balance it. I made up a backing for my Plus Sign quilt, which I'm hoping to get quilted in the next week or so. I've been having some timing issues with my long arm, so it would be better to try out the fixes on one of my own quilts.

Used this week:                                   4.1 yards
Used this year:                                25.95 yards
Added this week:                                   5 yards
Added this year:                              24.75 yards
Net stash busted:                                  1.1 yards

I'm linking up to Judy's Fabric report, Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and Angie's WIPs Be Gone.