Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday At Last

Oh boy am I glad the weekend is finally here. Due to life, things have been a little slow around here crafty wise. My days have been filled with work and my evenings have been filled with necessary life tasks like taxes and other important but unsatisfactory things. Bah Humbug.

However, last weekend I still managed a finish. The first of the new Life is Beautiful blocks is completed. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out, but I have mixed feelings about the additional stitching on the inside of the hearts. I originally envisioned an elaborately stitched work of art but there is something to be said for simplicity as well.

I also finished the skein on this blanket. I think I'll have to do at least two more skeins to get it up to size. I think that there is two skeins in it right now, but they seemed small to me so I'm not sure if I wound two balls from one skein due to tangling or something like that.

I've also started a waffle stitch scarf at work. Progress on this one is quite slow, since I often either run errands on my lunch break or take a short lunch so I can leave early. Its a nice heavy dense stitch, so the scarf should be quite warm when completed.

I'm planning to finish the Rainbow Dresden quilt sometime in the next week or so. I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend. May it be filled with many hours of crafty goodness.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I've been a little preoccupied in the last week and that combined with my wrists hurting again has meant minimal craft time. I think I overdid the crochet last weekend, not only working to try to get a good start on the Twelve Point Star blanket but also taking a new scarf project to a baby shower to keep myself busy while there. I know better, I really do. It was really only yesterday that I was able to do more crochet and I added several rows to my C2C blanket and a just few rows on the star blanket.

I didn't make any progress on this last week, but the week before I finally put it on my sewing machine and started FMQing the Rainbow Dresden quilt. Its going pretty quickly. 

No progress on The Castle by Teresa Wentzler. Instead, after having to tear out stitches three times in one day, I took a friends advice and switched up projects, choosing instead to work on a free hand embroidery project. I've restarted the Life is Beautiful quilt, forsaking the use of the horrible stress inducing metallics for regular DMC embroidery thread and now I'm enjoying this project much more.

Linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching@Kathy's Quilts. Please stop by and see what everyone else is slowly stitching this weekend.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Twelve Point Star Baby Blanket

A friend is having a baby shower tomorrow so of course, I had to start a blanket for her. My usual go-to is a quilt but I had some beautiful yarn on hand courtesy of my Christmas stocking and decided to give the twelve point star afghan a try.

In Red Heart Unforgettable (Peacock)
It took me a few rounds to get the hang of it and if I ever do a second one, it will work out better I think. However, I'm very pleased with how it is turning out. This project will not be completed by the baby shower but I am going to attempt to complete it by the due date which is late February.

The pattern can be found for free on Ravelry: Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket by Celeste Young.

On the quilty side of things, I did get my sewing room floor all cleaned up. I wouldn't call the room organized but I'm making progress. I now have space to sandwich a quilt or two, so there might be some of those updates in the near future.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Just a Few Things

Hello again, and I know its been a while since I had an update. That is because I am busily working on from long term projects from my goal list that don't show progress very quickly. Mostly on The Castle, in which I have primarily filled in the far right side of the rock pile. Honestly while I love the looks of this project, it is SO SLOW due to blended threads, quarter stitches, and a hard to read pattern. I can't wait to move on to something else. Although I am devoted to getting this done by Spring, I might have to swap it out for something less stressful for a couple weeks. Maybe my Princess and the Dragon, or Imagination Unleashed.

 I did manage to finish off this scarf and hat set a couple weeks ago, getting that project off my UFO list. I've also started stashing yarn and hooks at work, for those days when I remember to bring my lunch, so there are more hats and scarves coming in the near future.


The temperature blanket is a no-go. I've finished a weeks worth of motifs but I just don't like it. I'm setting that project aside and instead focusing on finishing my rainbow C2C queen size, which I have finally decided is tall enough and am now working on filling in the other half. 

Cleaning my sewing room is coming along slowly but surely. The closet has these awful overlapping door, so you can only get into one half of the closet at time. I've hated them since we moved in almost five years ago. I've acquired a curtain rod and some sheer curtains, purple of course, to replace the doors with and am hoping to get them hung up sometime this week.

Happy stitching in the upcoming week! Linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday@Kathy's Quilts

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Goals

I've been giving some careful thought to what I would like to do this year.

Edit: I've decided to join the 100 Day Challenge at Quilter in the Closet. The goal is to choose three things to complete in the first 100 days of the year. The first three things on this list will be my challenge selections.

1. Finish The Castle cross stitch. This is probably my oldest cross stitch project. 100 Day Challenge #1.

Current Progress 1/8/17
2. Finish my C2C Afghan: 100 Day Challenge #2.

3. Quilt the Rainbow Dresden Quilt. 100 Day Challenge #3.

4. Quilt the Scattered Quilt

5. Finish my Confessor's dress. Yes I know you all are groaning at me. This has been on my list for probably three or four years. I can't find the photo of this one right now but I will add one when I unpack it to work on.

6. Clean and purge my sewing room. This one needs to happen sooner rather than later, or the quilting projects listed above will never get completed. 

7. New Ranger coat for Jack - He's been asking for this for a couple years now. His old one wore out completely. 

I think that's enough for now. As I complete these projects, I will probably add more to the list but I don't want to overwhelm myself. These are some major projects and I will be thrilled if this is what I get done this year.