Friday, January 9, 2015

Where have I been?

I can't believe that another year has flown by.  I got a lot accomplished and have great hopes for this year.

I made a bunch of gifts this year and they were all appreciated.  This post will have a lot of pictures so grab a drink and sit back and enjoy.

My niece loves anything Paris so when I saw this fabric I knew I had to use it somehow. Then I saw the placemats and I was off (no more than usual!!). I also found the Paris fabric for the pillowcase at Lolly's when we were in Shipshewanna for our annual retreat. You can't see it but the black and white narrow fabric is all french words (don't ask me what they mean)! I also found some Paris cocktail and luncheon napkins at Sur La Table (boy can I get into trouble at that store) to round out the package.


My other niece has a dachshund who is a ton of fun.  I will post two pictures - I made the red one last year for her and this year I made the Halloweenies.  Wait until you see next year's!!!



I have a good friend I travel with to quilt shows and just for fun.  We are both knitters as well as quilters so when I saw this pattern I knew that I had to make it for her.  The best part was when I looked in my stash and found this fabric for the frame.  I couldn't believe how perfect it was.  When I bought it I had no plans for it but now I am very happy that I had it.


I belong to a stitch group that meets every Wednesday.  I really enjoy stitching too so am glad to have that time every week.  One of the gals in the group brought in one of these finished candles and I fell in love with it.  I decided to make one for everyone in my bee as well as my nieces, my travelling friend and my best friend who lives in Houston.  The stitching didn't take long at all and the finishing wasn't too bad.  I am learning a lot about finishing (following "The Twisted Stitcher" blog - great tutorials) and have been doing it with Jen.  I didn't get a picture of all of the candles but these are certainly representative.


I went back to Bath and Body Works the other day to pick up more candles (they are a steal after Christmas) only to find that the candles they had this year did not have lids on them.  It is kind of hard to finish these without the lids so I will just keep my fingers crossed that they will have lids on the jars next year.

I have really started knitting again since I moved from Houston to Indianapolis (it helps that it gets a bit cooler here - it is ~9 degrees today and is going way down in the negative numbers tonight!!).  I made this scarf/shawl for my best friend who lives in Houston.  I know that I can't make her anything too heavy but this one is perfect.  I used circular needles and Araucania Huasco DK yarn which is so soft and worked up wonderfully. It didn't take very long and I was really pleased with the result.  It will definitely stay on my list of potential gifts. I love the detail on the edge and the neck.  It was a different bind off than I had done before but it was fun.



My daughter-in-law likes just about anything I make for her.  The Valentine wall hanging was for her birthday (it was in March and I took it to her when I went at Thanksgiving - she is very patient!!).  We were at a quilt show near their home in Maryland and she saw a great quilt hangar/shelf that she fell in love with.  She ordered it and my son hung it up and now she displays her seasonal quilts on it. This year for Christmas I gave her this cute little winter one.


One thing I finished this year really pleased me.  I made this vase when I made in Houston (we have been in Indiana for 11 1/2 years) but never got around to putting on the final coat of glaze.  I bought the glaze a couple of years ago and it sat on my table gathering dust.  I finally broke down and glazed it and took it in to be fired.  Here is the finished result - as I said I am pleased with it.



Well I think I have taken up enough of your time.  As I was uploading the pictures I saw a few more things that I finished this year but I will save them for another post.  I also have three Pay-It-Forwards to make and hope to get them done soon.

I am off to the Girl Scout cookie rally tonight - I am taking care of the judging.  The principals of the girls' schools are invited to come and taste the creation that the girls make from cookies and then we award ribbons for the top three.  The girls love it and we keep the principals supplied with lots of water.

Happy New Year!  Hoping you have a healthy, happy and productive year.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I find it amazing that it is already the middle of August.  My year has been busy and I haven't been very good at posting.

I took a bunch of pictures of my sewing room the other day to submit to my guild for the virtual tour of sewing rooms that is going to be our program in January.  I thought it would be a good time to post a picture for Design Wall Monday.  Of course, today is Friday and I am just getting around to it.



The roosters on the left are an ongoing project that I am working on with a friend.  We haven't touched them in quite a while but plan to get back to them this year - maybe.  The two at the top in the middle are from the Row by Row Shop Hop currently going on.  The top one is from Back Door Quilts in Greenwood, IN, and the bottom one is from Quart Quarters in Carmel, IN.  I hope to get to a few more shops before the end of the month.  I embroidered the Halloween wall hanging and all I have to do it quilt it which I plan to do in the next week or so.  The two small quilts on the bottom right are for my guild's auction of small quilts at our quilt show in October 2015.  I have plenty of time to finish them.  The tree block was made by Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals - the points are perfect - definitely something I have to strive for.  The two small embroideries have been on my wall for way to long - I plan to incorporate them into a winter wallhanging - no projected completion date.

Finally, the multi-color blocks in the center are from a great class that I took with Debbie Bowles (Maple Island Quilts) a few years ago.  Of course her quilt is much different because she used solids vs. the bright prints that I chose.  I am not a scrappy quilter so this has been a challenge for me to finish. I know it may not be scrappy for some of you but my idea of scrappy is three shades of blue.  I am looking for some of the "solid" fabrics from this line (the three on the right of the blocks) or another one so that I can insert them between the blocks to calm them down a bit.

Well now that I have shown my current and long-delayed projects on my design wall I am going to get back to the piece I am cross stitching for a friend.  I have to get it done and framed by the middle of September but I am making good progress.  I'll post a picture of it when I get it framed.

Have a great weekend.

Carol





Sunday, January 19, 2014

Some Plans for 2014

Wow!  It is hard to believe that it is 2014.  I ended 2013 on a good note - I was upright on both feet (in November of 2012 I fell and tore all the ligaments in my foot and was in a cast and boot for several months). Enough of that - I plan to have a great 2014.

One of my plans for this year is to use up some of the many, many,. many fat quarters I have bought/received in recent years.  To facilitate this I have started a tracking chart to help me with my plan.  I will be posting in the Stash Report that Judy Laquidara posts to keep myself motivated.

My daughter, who is in my bee, came up with a great (?) idea for our bee.  We all have cutting tables that seem to be covered with a lot of stuff - using them means frantically dumping everything off and then loading it back on.  To make them usable we are now going to get reminders on the last Sunday of every month to clear them off.  That means putting things away where they belong (I will never find them again I'm afraid) and keeping our tables relatively clear.  Our first reminder will be next week - I will have to start today or tomorrow so that I can clear mine off by next Sunday!!

Here is my first fat quarter report:

Fat Quarters In:            0

Fat Quarters Out:         5

Not much but it is a start.

I have gotten off to a good start with projects this year.  Our bee had our first workday a week late due to the snow.  We had a great time together and I finished two things - I didn't get a picture of the pillow but will for the next post.  Here is a picture of the laminated bags I made:


I also got a new Kindle - the cover I made for my old one was just a smidge too small so I made a new one. I love the colors and I used three fat quarters.  Yea!!!!!!!



Hope your new year is off to a good start.  Go over to Patchwork Times to see how others are doing with their stashes.

Friday, September 20, 2013

On the Needles

I have Jenna's sweater finished - I just have to get a zipper and sew it in and she will have a new sweater for the cooler weather.  I'll post a picture when she can be the model.

I started a scarf for a friend.  We were in Massachusetts a few weeks ago and went to Eva's Yarn Shop in Fairhaven, MA and Barbara saw this scarf on display.  It is a wonderful shop with so many tempting fibers.  It is really hard to not buy one of everything!!  I have only done seven rows so far but here is a picture of the yarn and the pattern:


I will be working on it this weekend a bit although I have to get sleeves and labels on the two quilts I am entering in our guild quilt show at the end of October.  Jen just finished quilting a quilt for me last night that I am sending to a girl who was in my Girl Scout troop.  I bought the binding fabric yesterday so will get that made and sewn on today.  I guess I have enough to keep me busy over the weekend.  :)

Head over to Judy's blog to see what others are working.

Hope you have a productive weekend.

Carol

Monday, September 2, 2013

Design Wall Monday

I haven't done much sewing for the past few weeks - my sewing buddy is on a trip and I didn't have anything specific to work on.  I dug around in my mountain pile of UFO's and found some blocks that my bee mates had made for me.  I decided to get my act together and get working on them.  Sewing with Jen yesterday really helped get me motivated. Now I have all 12 finished (I made two) and am ready to sash them:



I am going to put narrow black sashing between the blocks and around the outside and then add a wide border of the floral fabric.  It will be nice to get these out of my mountain pile and finish them up.

I did finish my fourth Girl Scout quilt:



I will donate it along with four mug rugs to my service unit for Mother/Daughter Bingo next month.  It is the fourth quilt I have made (one for a previous M/D Bingo and one for my granddaughter and one for my service unit manager at the time) and I can't seem to use up the fabric.  I swear that it reproduces in closet in the dark.  I don't have a ton left but will be checking to see if I can make a couple of travel pillowcases to finish it up.

Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend and were able to "labor" in your sewing room.  Check Judy's blog to see what others have accomplished this week.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Get It Done Again

Boy is this year flying by!! I haven't posted for July or August but then I haven't accomplished a lot to my mind.  The last time I posted about my project was in May.  I can't remember what I did or did not finish so I am starting anew this month.

One excuse for not getting much done in August is that I went to a friend's house in Massachusetts with three other friends and we shop hopped around Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  It was great fun and we visited five shops that we had never been to before.  I showed great restraint in my purchases - mainly because I was flying and there is a limit to how much I could stuff in my bag (along with my new sweater and jacket purchased at the LL Bean outlet).

My goals for September:

1.  Make a pillowcase for a sweet little girl (not my granddaughter)
2.  Finish Jenna's sweater - I have one sleeve and a couple of inches on the other one so I might actually get this one done.
3.  Finish quilt top from blocks that my bee made for me many moons ago.
4.  Finish baby quilt that I started from a kit I bought when I was in Houston - at least 15 years ago.  No babies on the way but I played around with my embroidery.  

Go over to Judy's blog to see how others have done this month.

Check back next month to see if I actually get something done.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Where are the stripes?!?!?!?!

I went to Massachusetts to spend some quality time with four friends.  I took along two knitting projects so that I could work on the plane and in the car.

Here is the sweater that I am making for my granddaughter:


It is knitted from the top down and was very quick since it is all garter stitch.  In my haste to gather things, I didn't read the pattern carefully and, thus, didn't bring the double pointed needles necessary to finish the sleeves.  I'm working on them now and should have it done in the next week or so.

Since I couldn't work on the sweater I started the socks that I brought.  I bought some really neat looking self-striping yarn a while back because I thought it would look really good.  Well, here is how my first sock is turning out:



I am pretty disappointed!  I guess I should have signed up for Judy Laquidara's pooling challenge a couple of months back.  I think I might have had the winning pair.

Hop  on over to Judy's blog to see what progress others on making on their knitted projects.

Carol