Sunday, February 7, 2016

Busy Saturday and Slow Stitching Sunday

I had a few finishes this past week to share. The first, completed sometime early this past week, was the Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold, and the second was the matching scarf in the Orient Heights Pattern. I didn't make it an infinity scarf because I thought the yarn was too thick to work well as an infinity scarf. It is really luscious thick yarn, called Cascade Pacific Chunky Multi Yarn and I managed to catch it on a Craftsy a couple months ago at 70% off. The colorway is Grapes.


I'm constantly surprised at how quickly something can crochet up. Quick, beautiful finishes like this can be therapeutic.

On Friday I was up late, sorting through my fleece stash. I had collected a bunch of this stuff three or four years ago back when my friends and I were doing yearly Project Linus donations but that fell off and it has been languishing ever since.


The pile of fleece on the left will eventually become crochet edged fleece blankets for Project Linus or something similar, and the pile on the right will become quick serged baby blankets for Dolls4Alzheimer's.


Dolls4Alzheimer's is the current charity that one of my Facebook groups is collecting handmade items for. They run a doll therapy program, which has been found to bring peace and purpose to Alzhiemer's and dementia patients, giving them something to do. Here is a short article on doll therapy, if you are interested.

It feels like this year is quickly becoming a Stash Busting year crafty wise and I'm very happy to finally have something to do with the fleece, which has been taking up valuable storage space in my sewing room. Because the blankets are small, I should be able to get a good number of them done with the fleece on hand and they stitch up quite quickly. I did four on Friday night.

On Saturday, I made it to my cousin's Chinese New Year performance, did several loads of laundry and some other much needed housework while the Wing's game was on, and since Jack was at Dagorhir practice, spent the remainder of the day in my sewing room trying to get through the quilt I started last week.


I am happy to say that I finished the binding this morning and while I thought that the texture experiment was worthwhile and I like the finished product, I had to force myself to work on this one and would probably never construct another quilt with the technique I used.

And that brings us up to today. I have church in about an hour, then lunch, and then I plan to come home, sit on my couch, and get some slow stitching in.

Another project using yarn found in my Grandmother's attic.
 Library Kittens will be waiting for me when I get home. :)

At last update

As of 02/06/2016
Happy Stitching All! Linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday@Kathy's Quilts and MOP Monday@Tweety Loves Quilting

Friday, February 5, 2016

Pretties

I made it through my January Stash Ban with flying colors and allowed myself to purchase the fabric for my Life is Beautiful Quilt. Just as well, it took me a month to pick out the fabric that I wanted anyway!


These will make the background for the quilt. I'm thinking color wheel-ish, with the embroidered circles in the center.


The fabric for the embroidery is a soft grey/white-ish color called Parchment from Connecting Threads. It also came in the mail today but there is an unfortunate defect in the dye of the fabric, so I'll have to see about sending it back and getting it replaced.

Now that I've made my purchase, I'm back on a crafty purchase ban until March, at which point I'll probably pick up the fabric and thread for the otter. I think this is a good system - preventing impulse buys by forcing myself to wait a month in between purchases and planning ahead for what I want or need. Last year I attempted to do Stitch from Stash but I always found excuses to break the $25 barrier.  "Oh, but I can't finish this quilt without buying backing material." "It's batting, it doesn't really count." The version I'm currently working with seems to be running much smoother. It's a just flat out NOPE.

I will admit its not easy, especially when I have a rough day at work - you know those days where nothing goes right and you spend all your time compensating for mistakes made? I was soooooo tempted to run to JoAnns for a little Retail Therapy, but I made it home first and was delighted to find my fabric waiting for me.


Monday, February 1, 2016

One Monthly Goal and DaGMT 2016

I completely dropped the ball on One Monthly Goal last month. My goal was to do one block of the Affairs of the Heart Quilt.

Nope
I didn't even get it out of its box. *sigh* I blame it on my goal choosing skills. I failed to calculate in just how busy January would be and even though I did finish one quilt top and start another, the new one was started when I was exhausted and unable to sleep and I know better than to work on an heirloom project in that state.

So my new One Monthly Goal is to finish this quilt. I just need to sew about thirty more strips to it and add binding. It's a QAYG, so its nice and easy. And then maybe, tackle my AoTH Quilt.


The background fabric is called "Indigo" which explains why it looks blue in some pictures and purple in others. I do apologize for the terrible lighting  mishap and will get a better picture when it is completed.

Today is also the first day of DaGMT. Now that the grocery shopping, dishes, laundry, and cooking are done (ugh what a day), I'm off to my sewing room to get my required twenty minutes of stitchy time. This year's DaGMT is being run entirely on Facebook, so I have no linky to share. It is run by the blogger Beth@Quilting Hottie Haven.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

MOP Monday

Last weekend, I finally gave up on the idea of finishing my Inspired by Scattered Quilt top and carefully stacked up the remaining pieces and tucked them away. I am happy to announce, however, that I was able to finish the top yesterday evening while Jack worked on Akron Stuff.

 
I LOVE IT. Hubs asked me who it was for and I told him ME. Some things I did learn from this quilt though - if you are going to use charm packs, DO NOT mix manufacturers. This quilt has charm packs from Connecting Threads, Stonehenge by Northcott, a pack from Missouri Star Quilting Company (not sure what brand) and a few extras that I cut from my stash, and they are all slightly different sizes. Ugh ugh ugh.

Sleeping last night was out of the question, after a loud noise woke me up in a panic. Turned out it was just a fan clacking, but I honestly thought it was an electrical wire sparking.

I gave up eventually and pulled together a few fat quarters and spent a couple hours cutting them up and stitching them together in a sort of bias binding. It is not for binding but that seems to be the best way to describe it. I finally crashed sometime after 2 AM with a nice pile of 30+ yards of quilt "blocks."


This morning I ironed some navy blue fabric and started stitching the "binding" to it, in the spirit of the Loominous Pillow by Faith@Fresh Lemons Modern Quilts.


It is already sandwiched with batting and backing and is a Quilt-As-You-Go method. I'm using my walking foot to stitch the strips to all three layers. My first attempt at this, but I'm liking the results so far. It will be a small quilt but a heavy one, as there will be three layers of fabric at each point on the quilt top.

Linking Up to MOP Monday @ Tweety Loves Quilting

Friday, January 29, 2016

Slouchy Hat!

Between Hogwarts and overtime at work, there hasn't been a lot of down time. Most days this week, I left home by 6:30 am, arrived home after 6 pm, and went to bed about three hours later.  Watching TV and playing video games are about the only thing I've had the energy for. 

TV time is good for handwork, so I did finish the Slouchy Hat. It was a free pattern on Craftsy: The Audrey Slouchy Hat.




I made it from the same yard as the Windowpane Scarf. All done and ready to go into a box. I have no idea what I'll do with it yet, so I'll tuck it away until I find somewhere to donate or someone who needs it. In my experience, these things always have a way of getting used somehow.

The other two scarves I am working on are coming along nicely and will both need matching hats eventually.


The purple one is the Orient Heights Infinity Scarf but I think the pattern is hard to see because of the thick yarn. It has just over one skein in it and the pastel dragon scale has two skeins. I will probably keep the pastel dragon scale one because I dearly love it and the other will go in the donation box.

I'm thinking that the purple hat will use this pattern: Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold and I'd like to find a dragon scale hat pattern for the other one.