Race Day

One of the ways I keep motivated to do my walking is to participate in races. Chris sent me a link the other day to a virtual race – one that you do wherever you are on a certain day and report your results. Much easier than traveling to a specific location especially right now. 

Today I participated in a National Park Service Centennial Race – 10K 

The neat thing is they raised over $70,000 for the park service. 

My race bib


My race results

Email weirdness

I’ve mentioned that I’m no longer getting email notifications for most of the comments on the blog and I go in every day or so to read them.  I try to respond to all questions and some of the other comments too although I don’t respond to every one. Imagine my surprise when I found 25 unsent messages going back to mid July in my outbox that had never gone out. I’ve been using a different email program and that may be part of the problem. 

I really don’t know what I’m going to do going forward, I thought I was doing OK checking for comments and responding but I may have to go back to my old email program if my responses are getting caught up. 
At any rate, this post is just to warn some of you that you might be getting an email response from me that was written a while back – excuse the weirdness please!!

Pillowcases

Did you know the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge by APQ is still ongoing? It’s a quick way to use up some excess stash.

I have instructions on my website from several years ago when I was taught how to make them at a HeartStrings sew-in and there are also patterns at the link above. 

Pillowcases

Labeling

I’m really bad about labeling quilts these days but I love coming across one that has been labeled. This was a quilt I made about 3 months into my quilting adventure; it was intended for my grandmother but she died before I could give it to her so I gave it to Mom. For years it hung on the wall in her sewing room and when she moved and was giving away some of her quilts, my SIL wanted this one. 


It doesn’t look too bad for an almost 16 year old quilt!

Another finish

This is the perfect hat right now… I’ve made 3 for my SIL in fingering weight yarn. 


I searched Ravelry for hats and have made several from worsted weight yarns that will be fine this fall and winter but it was hard to find a fingering weight yarn that she could use right now. This was from one of my books and I finished the 3rd one tonight and am ready to cast on another. 

Weekend

It’s the weekend and I have a little more free time. I got out yesterday and today for 5 mile walks and I’m about to go run some errands and then spend some time in Barnes and Nobles – yep, that’s my idea of fun – getting a coffee and browsing in a book store!

Yesterday’s walk was on the Nolan Trail 


Today’s was just to the Lion’s Bridge and back to my brother’s house. 


Keith’s keeping the homefront in order including replacing the flowers out front that died when we were at Big Canoe last month. 


As always, I appreciate your words of encouragement and support. Have a wonderful weekend. 
 

Blogging

I’m going to be in Virginia at my brother’s a lot in the coming months helping out and many days will pass without any quilting content to share. I’d debated taking a long break from blogging but decided instead I’ll keep blogging but just less frequently. 

I posted the other day that I thought I’d messed up the latest hat too badly to save but I took some time out yesterday to  fix it … The worse part was getting it back on the needles and unlike at my house, there isn’t a lot of great task lighting so I sat outside (it was hot) so I could see better. I love the color of this yarn but it was really hard to see the stitches. I finished the hat later that night and my sister-in-law was wearing it today. 


Two other hats are in progress – I love how portable knitting is!

My sister Maureen was here a couple days too – she brought the best tomatoes from her garden and squash too – I teased her that it was unusual to see her cooking but that’s not really true now that Mom is living with her. I bet she cooks more often than I do now although I did cook dinner tonight. 

Keith’s gone

Someone isn’t happy! Keith was loving on Casper all weekend and now he’s gone. I just know that one of these days when we’re not traveling all the time that Keith will want another dog. It’s obvious that he misses Chesty a lot. 

Mistake!

So I’m away from my machine for a while but that doesn’t stop me from looking for new ideas for quilts. I’ve never made a Sister’s Choice quilt but one day I want to. I saw this one on eBay – two things jumped out at me – first the block with the error … (can you find it?) second, because the blocks are all one color they kind of run together which I don’t really like. 


Here’s a link to a free Sister’s Choice pattern on the Fat Quarter Shop site which I like better but I don’t like to sash quilts (I’m lazy).  

So here’s one of my options – no sashing and the blocks don’t run together! If I end up making this quilt, I’d use more than three fabrics and might use more than three colors too but it’s easier to design in a limited color scheme on the iPad.

Weekend

Gone!! Were did the weekend go?!! We flew to VA on Saturday and have been visiting with my brother and SIL. Keith leaves tomorrow but I’ll be here for another 9 days or so. 

We got out mid day for a 6 mile walk … Probably a mistake because it’s pretty darn hot here!! I usually prefer to walk out the door rather than drive somewhere and walk so we left my brother’s house and walked to the Lion’s Bridge at Mariner’s Museum. We probably should have driven to the bridge and then walked the 5 mile trail – there would have been a lot more shade! Keith was pretty hot and when we got back to my brother’s, he turned the hose on himself to cool down. 

I’ve been working hard on the next hat and I think I’ve messed up too bad to save it. Somehow when I’d finished my decreases and was pulling my yarn through the last stitches, I dropped some stitches – thanks to a dark yarn, a light that wasn’t bright enough – I think I’ve wasted 3 days because the harder I tried to go back and pick them up, the worse I made it. I put it away for the night and tomorrow afternoon I’ll pull it out and see if it’s salvageable. If not, I’ll thank my lucky stars that it’s just 3 days of work versus a larger project!

I won’t be posting much the next week or so since I’m going to be busy with family. Nothing to worry about if I miss a few days. 

Glass

VickiW is working on UFO’s this year and each month she reports her progress and invites her blog readers to report theirs and then someone gets a prize, this month is was me. She does beautiful hand dyed fabric and makes beautiful glass too and I chose glass for my prize. 

I also placed an order for another slumped bottle – I’ve already got two but when we were at Big Canoe I wished I had one by the coffee maker so since Vicki was sending my UFO prize, I ordered a bottle also. The ornaments will also go to Big Canoe where we keep a tree up year round. Why? Because it’s in the middle of the forest and it was up when we bought the place. I have however, replaced all the fishing themed ornaments with my own over the years. 


You can see the tree in the back corner behind Keith and Caleb

Churn Dash

My sister decided she wanted a churn dash quilt after seeing the child size one I pieced. 

I bought Mom the 9 inch Churn Dash GO die (My blocks were 12 inches) and I’m going to send them these three photos to see which one they want me to write up. 

Version 1


Version 2 


Version 3


Version 3 is my favorite. I love how easy it is to make small changes to a design with a software program like EQ7. My first version is rarely my favorite. 

#6

My 4 Patches on the Diagonal quilt is bound. It’s another UFO (#11 for the year) and the 6th quilt bound in my binding marathon this month. 


There are two left to be bound when I get back from VA so I’ll definitely hit my goal of finishing all the ones quilted last month at Big Canoe. I’m anxious to do some piecing but that will have to wait until I return too. Today is for packing and figuring out which knitting projects I’m taking along on my trip. Hat #6 is already in progress and I want to get hat #7 started too. I’ve also been working on the gray Yowza shawl at night during the Olympics and I’ve started the ruffled edge so progress is being made on all fronts!

Hat #5

Still not happy with the results here – not the fault of the pattern, just me trying to knit it to a gauge/size that I love. 

Pattern – Occasional Purl Hat

Needles – US size 7

Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza, light worsted 


The back – love when the top of a hat comes together so nicely. 


I’m thinking I need to try the size 7 needles with a more robust worsted weight yarn. I will give it another try but probably not next. 

Finished

Binding #5 is done, it’s another one of my UFO’s. I love a double 4 patch!


Instructions and a couple other versions are available on my website. 

I’ve got the 4 patch on the diagonal next on the list to bind but I took some time out to dig through my browns looking for binding options for the last two. I’d cut one binding for the tumbler but in the end decided to use that for the Drunkard’s Path and chose another one for the tumbler. 


I don’t know where the last week has gone and find it hard to believe that I’m heading out of town again in just a few days. This afternoon was spent choosing countertops and the backsplash for the kitchen remodel. I’m thankful to have most of the choices made even though we won’t actually start the project until mid October. 


It’s been rainy here the last few days and my walking has suffered although Keith managed to get out earlier today. I did get 5 miles in yesterday but I’ve missed 3 days (Sun, Mon, Wed). I have to make sure I get out the next couple days. The effects are coming slowly –  I’ve lost 15 lbs and have toned up a bit but even better, I feel like I have more stamina. The challenge as always is to keep it up. I’m going to be traveling a lot this fall so I have to do better when I’m home. 

Another hat

The Sock Yarn Slouch hat is done although there’s not a lot of slouch in it which is fine with me but I’m not a fan of the twisted rib for the band. 

Pattern is free on Ravelry

Needles US size 1

Fingering yarn from stash, KnitPicks Hawthorne


Hat #5 has been cast on – it’s another Occasional Purl Hat – the first one I made I didn’t do all the decrease rows because I thought it was going to be too big and it turned out too short….wearable, but a little too short. 

Fabric for a Strippie

Caleb was very interested in my sewing room when we were in Big Canoe, he asked several times to go downstairs to see it and he asked me to make him a quilt. I understand that some people just don’t like quilts so I’ve only made one for him and one for Bree when they were born because they were rarely used- both were quick strippies.   Rae (and her parents) on the other hand, loves quilts and uses the ones I make her so she has several. (My Mom has made quilts for all of them too.)

Since Caleb has asked for a quilt and because he’s crazy for dinosaurs, I ordered some fabric to make him another strippie. I debated using another pattern but the strippies are easy and if he outgrows his interest in dinosaurs or doesn’t use this one, I won’t have invested a lot of time in it. 

The dinosaur print and the words print were purchased online at Fabric.com. The other two are from stash and the words print will be used for the backing. With everything I’ve got going it, it will be a little while before I get it done but I expect to be able to give it to him the next time I see him. 

#4

My binding marathon continues – this is the 4th one – Mom and I worked together on this one for my sister and Mom was supposed to bind it but I decided that I’d save her the trouble since it’s a heavier quilt due to the Minkee backing. It was from a kit I bought on Craftsy – Mom pieced it and I quilted it last month in Big Canoe. 

For those of you that love Jelly Roll quilts – it can be made from 2.5 inch strips! (This one is made from strips cut 2 inches).

EDIT: I’ve used this block in a couple quilts when I first started quilting but I can’t find photos right now (I really need to digitize the photos of my early quilts – they’re in a couple albums that are in Big Canoe). It’s a log cabin variation and I just realized I have a couple Jelly Rolls that I could use to make another one. They’re not from the same fabric line but they’re both reds and neutrals. I’ll have to make a note for myself to use them for one of these. 

Finished

My Red/Black/White Log Cabin is the 9th UFO finish for the year. This one just took me 4 years to finish! I’ve told you before a lot of my tops wait for quilting – it used to be because I was quilting so many group HeartStrings tops but now it’s because I have a limited amount of time in GA with the Longarm but still, I’ve enjoyed learning to quilt again on my regular sewing machine and it’s all working for me. I love the texture the quilting created on this one – it’s one of 7 I quilted last month in GA that I’m trying to get bound this month. 


Are you watching the Olympics? We are and I thought I’d be binding but I’ve been knitting while we’ve watched and then I come upstairs to hand stitch bindings.  I’m working on the decreases of this hat now – it’s taken a while since it’s a big slouchy and I’m using fingering weight yarn. I don’t think I’m a fan of the twisted ribbing on the band on this one – it seems a little tight and not as comfortable as a regular rib. 


I did manage time in the sewing room today – my aunts quilts are packed and labeled for shipping, the quilt Mom and I are making for my sister has been trimmed and I machine stitched the binding. I was going to let Mom hand stitch it but there’s lots of fuzz from the batting and trimming the Minkee so I’m going to go ahead and stitch it down and then go over it really well with a lint roller before shipping it. 

We travel again on Saturday and there’s a lot I need to get done before then! 

Another UFO

This Double Sashed 9 Patch is a little older than the one I finished the other day. Started in May 2011, the top was finished in July 2013 and it waited 3 years for quilting so if someone asks me how long it takes me to make a quilt I can honestly say sometimes 5 years! I’ve got brief instructions for piecing this quilt on my website so click the link above if you’re interested. 


I haven’t decided whether I’ll keep this one or not, it’s actually a good size for sitting in the chair or to use on the cot for the kids when they visit. I’m going to wait until all the quilts are bound and then choose. 

Walking
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