October 2009 - Posts
O-M-G, I finished the remaining strip sets today. I wasn't really sure it would ever happen. Now, I'm at a fork in the road. It's like a choose-your-own adventure: if you cut down for 4.5x4.5 rails turn to page 21; if you keep it striped, turn to page 5.
I'm so undecided!
It will be easier to keep it stripes, plus I like the look. On the other hand, while it is more work...I also like the rails! Ha.
While I think time may make the decision for me; I'm still tickled I made it this far ;)
I am not a fast knitter. I actually don't really know what would qualify as fast. My mom tells me my Aunt was pretty fast and could get projects done in a day. That so isn't me. I probably get 3 inches knitted in stockinette stitch in one hour. It's not often that I get a whole uninterrupted hour, either.
I finished the first hank, and that knitted up to about 18.5-ish inches in length. I started my second last night. I've knitted perhaps 4 inches into the second hank so far. I was being way optimistic to say I would be done by the end of the first week of November. Chances are the end of the second week of November is more realistic. It's looking like one ball a week.
I love how the marl is looking, except it shows the little handmade flaws (like variable tension XD)
I'm so happy! I'm getting time here and there to work on my project for my Mom. I think the hubby realizes how important this is to me, because he's watching our lil Angel more :) All thanks to him, I was able to break out the sewing machine (dun-duh-da!) and I was able to sew together 4 sets! While these 4 didn't have the darker plum color, the remaining 6 sets do.
Though, now I am reconsidering cutting them down into 4.5x4.5 blocks. I like the stripe-y look, too. I guess when I have a chance to finish the other 6 sets, I will have a better idea of what I want to do. The fabric I chose for the back and binding arrived the other day. I already have the batting. Since I have all the components, it should come together quickly enough (if I am a little liberal about word usage anyway ;)
By some fluke today I was able to do some more cutting on my mother's Christmas gift! yay all over the place :) I still haven't done my trimming yet, though :x
I arranged them so that I could make blocks of 4 strips.
and then pinned them together to save time for when I am able to unpack the sewing machine. There are 10 sets of 4 strips that will be cut down into 2 blocks (20 blocks total)when they're all sewn together. I am working off a pattern that was published on moda's Bakeshop called Petits Fours by Angela Davy. Goodness, these fabrics are just so pretty! I hope my mother likes it as much as I am starting too <3
Yesterday was pretty busy. It was one of those beautiful autumn days that's just warm enough to wear short sleeves but cool enough to be enjoyable. I love these days, especially after the deluge we received the day before. My daughter's first birthday is next month (right after Thanksgiving!). We went yesterday to order her birthday cake (there's just too much going on for me to make it along with everything else that needs cooking). That trip mystically turned into a few hour shopping excursion. I pretty much suck when it comes to "we'll just get in and out and it'll be over" trips. When I say that now, the hubby laughs and shakes his head. Only in make-believe-land will anything remotely like that ever happen. It doesn't matter where we go. My legs get mired in molasses and I take my sweet time perusing ;) I did, however, manage to get some knitting done! Yay :) I also was able to unpack some of my supplies and started to cut my Mom's Christmas present, too.
Ha. Okay, so I'm trimming down these 10x10 squares to 9x9, and then
subcutting 6 - 1.5x9 strips which are further cut to 12 - 1.5x4.5
strips. Because I want as much usable scrap as possible, I'm trimming first to 9x10 and then cutting the width. This, when I do it right, leaves me with 1 - 1x10 and 1 - 1x9 per 10 in sq.
Naturally, the first square I do, I forget to rotate my mat and cut 6 - 1.5x10 strips. *face palm*
Not the end of the world, luckily. Just a little bit more trimming for me to do. But it's a good thing that layer cake has 40 pieces in case something really bad does happen ;)
Have I mentioned that I love the mail? Well, I do! Especially when new goodies come!
This lovely bite is destined to become a tablerunner for my Mom this Christmas. She loves greens and purples. I bought it on sale at cotton patch quilts a few days ago. I'm so excited. The fabric is so pretty! I bought the layer cake because I only want to use the greens, mauve, and cream pieces. The cheapest I found the charm packs was around 6 dollars, so it made more sense. And I'll still have some left over for my stash--that's always nice, yeah? I went through and separated the fabrics already, but my daughter caught a cold...so probably no cutting today.
I probably need an intervention. I was shopping on-line for fabric, again. Do they have FA meetings? Hello, I'm Woodbines, and I have a problem. I did, of course, have a good reason to be shopping. I bought backing and binding fabric for the gift for my mother. I also bought binding fabric for me. And then a half yard of something I just thought looked nice. I'm sure you all know how that goes. I found some time to knit randomly today. My daughter is fascinated by the yarn. I thought giving her, her own ball would solve the problem.
She unwound her little scrap ball and bee-lined for mine, which I had (with a Mommy's foresight) tucked away behind the couch and away from little hands. At the rate I'm progressing I should be done by the end of the first week of November (fingers crossed). But that brings it's own little problem.
November is national novel writing month, or NaNoWriMo.
I may have bitten off more than I can chew.
The new addition to my Lust? Dolce by Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit. I believe it releases next month.
I love the mail <3 My yarn came today! It's a worsted weight wool blend that I'm using to knit a scarf for my soon to be brother-in-law~ He's Irish with a touch of the brogue and I thought this gray/white/green-y-brown blend really compliments his sort of style ;) I think it's a fairly masculine sort of color scheme, so he should like it (I hope).
Of course, that means my daughter loves it, too. Not so much because it's nice to look at but because Mommy is messing with it! How fast her little hands are! I started this evening after it was delivered. I still have a long way to go, he's just over six feet tall and I find a scarf is most comfortable if it's near to your own height (my opinion only, of course). I shouldn't have too much of a problem finishing it before Christmas if I pace myself properly. November is going to be a hellish month with all the little projects I want to get finished for the holiday, but I really wouldn't have it any other way.
Not only do I adore Moda, but I have a spot for the lively fabrics from Michael Miller as well! The first fabrics that I really looked at when I started to quilt were from Sandi Henderson's Farmer's Market line. I was immediately smitten. Admittedly, originally I was looking for fabric to decorate my daughter's bedroom and not fabric to quilt with. Over time, I had purchased several half yards and FQs from that line, and from her earlier line, Ginger Blossom. I am beside myself with anticipation for her newest line, Meadowsweet, which I believe is being released in November. I love the oranges and browns! Oi, my poor pocket book! Why do all these fabrics have to come so close to Christmas? Don't they know I have presents to buy? ;)
Releases I Am Looking Forward To:
Sometimes, I think my fabric is fornicating! My stash just keeps growing. I know it's because I can't help myself. A FQ here and a half yard there until my storage box (I have one of those plastic under the bed sort) starts to bulge. I have so many ideas, and there are many delightful fabrics that just scream for me to own them. Not to mention I do most of my fabric purchasing on the internet, which makes it hard to stop. There are also all those yummy pre-cuts! I know that for the cost you really don't get the yardage, but! it makes it easy to own little bits that you don't have to really cut! I like that a whole bunch. I really really don't like cutting fabric ;)
Needless to say, because I'm a fabric hoarder, I can't help but skim the internet for fabric. And since I like pre-cuts, I pay special attention to Moda. Moda, I find, consistently has cute patterns that appeal to who I am right now. It's not surprising then that there are several lines I am eager to own ;)
Jan '10 Release(s):
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Oh-my-goodness! I found sometime to finish my second block in the It's-So-Bright quilt! For reference, the first block was sewn perhaps a month ago. With my little angel running amok (she took her first unaided steps yesterday!) it took several hours to sew together three seams, LOL! I'm sure once I get the hang of it, things will come together more quickly. I still have some errors lining things up, but I'm sure I'll get better with practice. I'm trying very hard to break the ironing habit and press instead. You would think it would be easy to remember ;)
I decided to dig up the original block work I had completed last year--before I gave up. First, I was surprised. I finished much more than I had first believed (4 blocks and several partials).
My first tutor for quilting was, as I said before, McCall's. In fact it was "Quilts & Afghans: from McCall's Needlework & Crafts" circa 1984. In this particular book one learns how to make the following: Seminole Stripes, Fan, Broken Star, an Heirloom composed of 20 different appliqued blocks, Bear Paw, Tulip applique, Amish Diamond, Schoolhouse, Ribbon-Stripe, Pine Tree, two different wall hangings, and a very adorable Sunbonnet Sue quilt set that features windblown star blocks, Dresden Plate piecing and applique. I just kind of took things from one of pattern the patterns (I think the bear claw), and made some awful sketches that I started to turn into something ;)
Anyway. So I dig up my original hand-pieced blocks and they are positively pastel
compared to my new quilt color story. I think he only thought they
looked bright because they were in comparison to some older dark red
and brown FQs I had lying around in storage ;) Now they're orphaned. At least for now! I'm machine piecing the new quilt, but I'm thinking I could work this into a scrappy one sometime in the future.
Ahaha, first block in the It's-So-Bright Quilt project ;) A few errors in lining up the pieces, but otherwise, I'm happy!
It was a nine-patch that I divided and twisted up all wonky~ I have the second block ready to sew up, but it's hard with a 10 mo old :/ I don't know how some of these moms do it!
...is quickly approaching! I can feel the deadlines for handmade Christmas presents breathing warmly against my neck. Ha. Now, if I can only get them all done in time!
I'm new to quilting. I always wanted to quilt. I would read my mothers old McCall quilting books and get a fire inside me to try it, but I just never did. Well, not until now. I'm working on my first quilt now, and I think it's charming with all the tiny errors within it. It's been started twice. First, when I was pregnant and I lovingly hand-pieced my first block. And then my hubby told me it was much too bright! I happen to like bright, but he was convinced our daughter would *hate* it. Dejected, I stopped with that single patch and stewed for a year. I couldn't, however, stave off the I-want-to-quilt bug forever! I started again with new fabric, and guess what? It's bright! Even brighter than before, hahaha. I guess I'm just thumbing my nose at him now.
(kona cotton white, blush, pomegranate, corn, lime, chartreuse, bahama & fanfare in rose)