Sometimes you just have to trust a project is going to turn out OK. 

I started the latest scarf and chose a bold color combination and as I got to the first change, I began to doubt my choice. I could have gone with one of the subtly color changing skeins but no, I decided to go all out. I guess we won’t know if it’s going to be successful until I’m done. 

Pattern – Oh HELEN 

Yarn – Wolle’s Color Changing Cotton

Needle – size 6

In other knitting news, I got another project blocked … Well, it’s blocking as I type and should be done tomorrow. I’m behind on my goal to finish up 12 of my knit or crochet projects before the end of the year ( By finish I mean block and weave ends in – the knitting is all done on these). I think this one just makes # 5 or maybe # 6 but I need to get busy if I’m going to meet this goal. 


I thought I had these stripes figured out.  


How about a do over?! 

 I’m working on a HeartStrings challenge quilt. The three fabrics to the right are border choices. I’m thinking I have enough of the center strip to do a narrow inner border and the binding.  (I realize I have one of the blocks rotated the wrong way!)


Do you have a preference for which fabric would look best as the outer border?!

UFO # 12

I started this HeartStrings quilt in Dec 2012 but like most of my tops, it waited a while for quilting. It’s my 12th UFO finish for 2015 which means I’ve met that goal.  



While most of my HeartStrings quilts are made from leftovers, I’m making a small Sharon quilt this week – that’s one with coordinated colors where strips are placed in the same position in each block. My strips and foundations are cut and their order in the block determined. Unfortunately, my iron appears to have died so I’m going to run over to Target to replace it. 

Our townhouse was painted before we bought it and it’s all a light yellow-y beige. We need to have wallpaper removed in the entry way and the downstairs bathroom painted, and while we’re doing that, I want to paint the wet bar area in the family room and the bottom half of the breakfast room. I’m looking for a single color for all the areas that will accent the color already here but it can’t be too dark because frankly the townhouse is a little bit dark anyway (not a bad thing in my opinion in FL). We’ve got the paint contractor lined up for Monday and I just need to choose a darker beige or tan that works with the lighter beige that’s on all the other walls. 

In the MN townhouse, my beige had pink undertones, the beige I had them use at Big Canoe has green undertones, and this one needs to have yellow undertones I think. Problem is, I don’t really see those undertones so much until the painting done.  I keep coming back to this one called Brunswick Beige but I’m just not sure it’s dark enough or gold enough to work with what’s on the other walls.


Remember the owls?

I’ve told you before I can’t resist buying deeply discounted quilt kits even if I don’t plan to make the quilt. This started as a Connecting Threads kit that I bought for Mom but I adapted the size and borders and we substituted the owls (from an Accuquilt Go die) for the appliqué. 

Mom doesn’t take the best photos but she’s finished the top.   

She says the green looks a little washed out in the photo but it’s perfect in person. I zoomed in a little so you can see how cute those owls are.   

A dip in the temps!

I love sitting outside and reading so tonight while I’m waiting for Keith to get home from St. Louis, I grabbed my quilt, my kindle, and a cup of coffee and settled in my chair. I’m comfortable under the quilt but we talked about possibly getting a heater if we need to so we can sit out here year round. It’s been 18 – 19 years since we lived in Tampa so I’m not really sure how cool the nights will get.  

 Keith laughs at me bringing a quilt outside but I did it in MN too.  



In the end, the borders were determined by the amount of fabric I have here. A pieced border to finish the pattern and the one to float the blocks. Quilt size is 50×59 and had I planned better, I would have added one more row of blocks to the length but overall I’m pleased with it. 

I’ll use the other blue print to bind the quilt but don’t hold your breath, this one will go to GA eventually to be quilted on the longarm.  

 The binding is on the HeartStrings quilt and now I just need to hand stitch it down. Progress is being made!

The view from the nook

I thought I’d share a view of my sewing room from the nook. It also has to serve as a guest room and we have the daybed in there (it has a trundle so it sleeps 2).  I kind of hate to have it in there but at least it’s another surface to pile things up on and it doesn’t take up too much space. 

 My pressing station is just a step down from the nook and that HeartStrings quilt on the floor – it’s ready for me to bind tomorrow.  

The muslin stacked up on the ironing board is going to be pressed and cut into foundations for more HeartStrings blocks. I’m sewing this holiday weekend and other Heartstrings members will be sewing along with me. 


Love my porch

I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to sit outside each night and enjoy a nightcap. A little music, a little conversation … This porch is why I fell in love with this townhouse and I’m sitting out here right now writing this post (Keith has to get up at 3:30am for a flight so he’s gone to bed)!

 They were expensive but these chairs were worth every penny and I’m spending lots of time in mine. 

The last time I posted about buying yarn Megan asked what I was doing with wool yarn now that I live in FL. I’m making gifts and I still travel a lot so hopefully I will have plenty of opportunities to wear my wool scarves but I’m also stocking up on cotton yarn. I bought more on Friday so last night I decided I needed to use another skein before the new stuff arrived. Plus, I love having a scarf with short rows on the needles because it’s easy to pick it up and knit a few rows. Can you guess which skein I chose from yet another bin? Once I get further along I’ll share a photo and the pattern – easy and free – what’s not to love? 



My cutting table arrived this week and I assembled it today and rearranged the room some. Not sure if it will stay like this but I’m thinking I have plenty of room in the nook for both the sewing and cutting tables. My chair swivels and I can swing right around and stand up to trim blocks or to cut.  I left the cabinet doors off the cutting table because the open shelves are more usable for me. 


The design wall moved to the wall where the other table was.  

The string bins from under the table are now in the closet. Still more arranging to do on the left side.  The right side stays closed most of the time and the ironing board sits in front of it. 

Next up, organizing the empty guest room across the hall – I’ve been bringing some things back from Big Canoe and from Mom’s and they’ve all just been dumped in this room along with most of the bins I had in the walk-in closet in the apartment. Eventually we’ll buy furniture for our bedroom – after we remodel the bathrooms and after we replace the carpet and the king size bed we’re using will come in here but luckily that’s a long way off.  I use the floor in here for blocking my knitting too – that’s why the flannel sheet’s down there. 


Between here and Big Canoe, I must own more bins of all shapes and sizes than any other person in the world!

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