Monday, September 1, 2014

Design Wall Monday 9-1-2014

The calendar month has turned.  Schools are either already started or starting tomorrow.  Here in the Mid-Atlantic the heat is on. 97ยบ is forecasted for tomorrow.  I'll crank the AC to really cold and spend the day in the studio.  Here's what I worked on this weekend. I made blocks for it but did not put it together.  I did quilt it and I'll be binding it this week also.  The borders are more green than the color shown.  It will be heading off to its recipient this week hopefully. Some of you may recognize it as a Quiltville Hearts quilt. 

And here's a picture of the quilting on it.  I'm very pleased with how close the quilting looks like the pantograph I used. (Daisy Swirl) The backing fabric color is a beautiful pink with bit of darker pink.  I used a pink variegated thread on it which looks fabulous, if I do say so myself.  The front was a white So Fine. Batting was Hobb's -- but I don't remember which one -- I have a roll of it and it doesn't say anywhere on the roll. Bummer. 

Here's my goal results for last week.  I did well but the quilt above wasn't even on it and it should have been! 

Week of August 25, 2014
Finish binding baby quilts
Sew Dresden baskets together into a top in progress
Start next row by row
Wash more of the donated fabric
Visit Nag’s Head
Go to Sit and Stitch on Sunday
Plan quilting for the mystery for relay quilt UGH didn’t even think about it

And this week's goals. 

Week of September 1, 2014
Sew Dresden baskets into top
Start next row by row
Make another Christmas Favorites block
Practice with the new computerized long arm!
Sew Mystery of Powhatan quilt together
Make last month’s and this month’s color challenge blocks
Plan bom for Country Piecemakers
Knit on sock

See what I snuck in on this week's list?  I'm getting an upgrade to my long arm.  I am adding a computerized component.  Although my panto work is getting much better I am very happy to add the computer to ramp up my quilting. I'm hoping to add a few customer quilts to help pay for this upgrade. In fact, I'm tickled to have a customer quilt coming in sometime in the next week or two.  This weekend I'll be throwing a bunch of baby quilts I have ready to quilt on Ruthie so that I can practice.  I think I have 5 or 6 of my own quilts ready to go and 2 baby charity quilts for someone else. Then I need to steadily work on the quilts I have ready to go to clear out the back log.  I should have some great finishing numbers at the end of September.  If you are looking for my August Fabric Stash report check back tomorrow.  I didn't want to throw it in with this posting.  A peak into the results looks like I actually USED more than I bought! 

I'm connecting up with Patchwork Times for the Design Wall Monday link up.  

Happy Quilting All!  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Oh NO!

I've been knitting on this sock for months now.  Ok, I haven't been working on it for months...I started it, got so far, lost interest, tried again but got confused.  Then on a couple of road trips recently I made great progress.  Well until I got halfway down the foot and tried it on. 

RATS! It's huge on my foot.  
Let me just say that I have great ankles...and this sock is not showing them off! 

So, sniff, I ripped out the entire sock.  Good bye knitting.
It took a lot less time to pull out the yarn than to knit it up.  I was using a new custom fit sock pattern where you do a sample stitch, measure your foot and the figure out how many stitches to use.  I checked my old instructions and realized the "custom" sock instructions had 20 stitches more.  Um, no wonder it was sagging and bagging.  

Sock knitters know the hardest part of the sock (if knitting cuff down) is getting the cuff started without twisting the top.  It took a few ripped stitches but I have about 4 rows done with all the ribs lined up correctly.  It will go fine now that I have it started.  Of course, it may be another year before I get this single sock done and then there is the second one!  

Are you a sock knitter?  Do you prefer knitting cuff down or toe up?  I thought I liked the cuff down method but I'm beginning to think toe up might be easier. Tell me what you like and why!  

This is the first time I've done a blog post from my iPad.  I don't have as many options with this but I'm happy to see it works. 

Happy Quilting All! (and knitting!). Bonnie 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Design Wall Monday 8-25-2014

Somehow the week went by and I didn't get another blog post up.  I keep trying to but for some reason I don't succeed.  I'll try again this week but don't hold your breath! 

I have a huge design wall and a little design wall.  Both are full up!  I've taken photos of both but I didn't get a whole lot done on any of the stuff I have hanging up there. 

The big wall has the Dresden baskets and the mystery quilt.  Nothing changed on the mystery quilt as I had to buy additional fabric to finish it.  The Dresden baskets got the inside sashing done.  I need to sew the rows together and then the outside border which is actually going to be the orange just like the sashing.  I've draped a piece of orange at the top to see how it will look. 

I started a new row by row.  This one is from a shop in Fredericksburg, Va, Crazy Cousins.  It's a really nice shop and I can see taking field trips to it every once and a while. 

The owls still need their eyes but I plan to use buttons so the eyes won't be there until after all the rows are together and quilted.  

Now on to my goals. I guess I did well because I didn't have all that much on the list for the week.  Needless to say we were pretty tired after the kids and grands left but it was a fun visit.  Sophia enjoyed her one day of being alone with us at Grammy Camp.  No not all that special this time but she did well being without her parents.  Now to plan a better Grammy Camp for next time. 

Week of August 18, 2014
Find fabric I’m missing for Mystery Quilt
Work on Row by Row
Bind baby quilts√ well at least 1 is done!
Sash Dresden baskets Not touched
Figure out entertainment during Grammy Camp
Pick up Sophie for Grammy Camp
Enjoy Jenny, Sophie, Natalie and Brian’s visit

Week of August 25, 2014
Finish binding baby quilts
Sew Dresden baskets together into a top
Start next row by row
Wash more of the donated fabric
Visit Nag’s Head
Go to Sit and Stitch on Sunday
Plan quilting for the mystery for relay quilt

Not much planned for this week. I'm definitely going to finish the baby quilts as I need the finish.  I did end up buying some fabric this week as I ran out of the background for the mystery quilt.  I also bought fabric for the borders.  I should get that finished soon so I can take it off the design wall.  

I've been piling up things to quilt as I've got a computer kit on order from Nolting.  When it comes in it will turn the whole long arm into a computerized quilting machine.  I'm anxious for it to get here and I keep holding off quilting things but I need to start on some of my projects so I can finish and move the quilts on to their new lives.  

Don't forget to visit Patchwork Times as your starting point for looking at design walls all over the internet. 

Happy Quilting All!