On my needles

It’s been a while since I knit from a chart – finding this Lace Ribbon Scarf a fun one – pretty easy to knit by glancing at the chart at the beginning of the row. A little concentration is needed but not too much which makes it a good travel project.

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Feeling festive in MN

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Cast on

We’re traveling today and I wanted to carry a small knitting project to work on rather than the crochet blanket already in progress so I spent some time looking through patterns on Ravelry. I decide it was past time to use some of the Wollmeise yarn I’d been stashing. It’s hard to get and not cheap so I’ve felt like it has to be the perfect project … Only I’ve bought 25 skeins of the stuff and it’s time to use some of it, perfect project or not!!

The Lace Ribbon scarf has been in my queue for a while so I cast on at midnight. Luckily our flight isn’t early so I can stay up a bit to get a good start on it and still get some sleep before we leave.

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I’ve finished binding my big stitch quilt but want to wash out the marks I made before photographing it so it will have to wait until I get back from Minneapolis.

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Off my needles

I finished knitting this at Mom’s but just got the ends woven in today. Looking forward to wearing this next week in Minneapolis.

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Pattern – Yowza Weigh it Shawl

Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein, worsted.

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Finished

My last UFO for the year – a Strips and Strings log cabin.

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Instructions are on my website.

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Finished

I’m puttering along, binding is done on this one and in progress on another. I also got the HST Quilt trimmed and ready for binding.

Pieced by Barbara at the HeartStrings Maine sew-in

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And in the mail, a postcard from Vicki. We’re not putting up a tree so maybe this will be my substitute! Be sure to check her blog if you’re following her Drunkard’s Path sew along. She has some more layouts to inspire you today. As for me, I’ve got two more Drunkard’s Path quilts cut out but I won’t get to them until the binding is done or even later …. Maybe I can play again in January?!

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Tired

I was so tired last night and today. Some reading, crochet, and lots of hand quilting — All things I could do sitting cuddled on the sofa with Chesty and I did manage to finish the big stitch quilting on this small quilt. I enjoyed it so much and am looking forward to starting another but not just yet. I now have 4 to bind.

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I used a Mark B Gone pen in the light diagonals and a CharcoLiner in the dark. Marking just a few lines at a time.

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A pretty sunset tonight and I have to admit it’s nice to walk Chesty in short sleeves and flip flops in December!

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Heading home

Yesterday was a quiet day with Mom. We ran some errands, kitted up some projects for her, and visited the cemetery to put flowers on Dad’s grave. Even though we celebrated her birthday with family on the weekend her actual birthday was yesterday and my brother and I took her out to dinner.

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At the airport now heading home, I’m working on a shell stitch afghan I started last night in this pretty purple yarn.

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Keith won’t be home until Friday but I can’t wait to see Chesty!

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Virginia

I’m enjoying my visit with my family … With 5 brothers and sisters (and their families) you can imagine how we fill up Mom’s house when we’re all together. Normally I’m snapping photos at family gatherings but the last couple years I’m busy cooking and serving rather than being out and about taking photos. Not sure I like the change in roles. We celebrated Mom’s birthday today and I didn’t snap a single photo. My SIL did get one (with her phone) of the birthday girl but I do wish I had taken some photos of Mom tonight.

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Earlier this morning I’d gone for a 5 mile walk on the Nolan Trail. Much more scenic than my walks at home.

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PS – I finished knitting my scarf but no photo yet. What a easy, quick, fun pattern. I’ve knit it twice now and I have some blue yarn that would make a wonderful scarf for my sister so don’t be surprised if I knit it again!

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Assembled!

I’ve had a bunch of emails about my Sharon inspired HeartStrings quilt so I’m going to summarize the challenge and my process in this one post so it will be easier to refer people who are interested in making their own version.

First up, here’s the information about the challenge which goes through the end of December.

While we were in Maine admiring yet another one of Sharon’s planned HeartStrings quilts we decided to challenge ourselves to make our own version and invite other HeartStrings members to join in the fun. The guidelines for the challenge are:

Using a muslin foundation like our typical HeartStrings block that is cut 10 inches and trimmed to 9.5 inches after sewing the strips to it. We’re setting these blocks 6×8 for a quilt that will finish at 54×72 inches.

Choose 8 fabrics – I yard each ( not all of each fabric will be used)

All strips are cut 2 inches

Corner triangles are the same fabric on both sides of the block from 4.5 inch squares cut on the diagonal.

This is a planned quilt with the strips in the same place for each block.

You know by now that I’m living temporarily in South Florida and my stash and Longarm are in our condo in the North Georgia mountains so I had to wait until I went to GA in October to pull my fabrics.

My favorite way to choose fabrics for a non scrappy quilt is to chose a multicolored fabric that I love (this fabric may or may not end up in the quilt). In this case, I chose a multicolored stripe and searched through my fabric bins for ones in colors from the stripe. I chose 11 fabrics in total because I wanted some wiggle room when I got back to Florida and actually started to make the blocks in case I didn’t like one or more of the ones I’d chosen.

My initial 11 fabrics

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Back in Florida, I cut a 2 inch strip from each of my fabrics and arranged and rearranged them until I found 8 that worked well together.

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When I went to cut the gold, I found I didn’t have a full yard and was happy I had another fabric in my original 11 that would work.

While I didn’t intend it, it just happened that I had two stripes, two stars, and two dots in my choices … The different prints and scale of the fabrics were key to making my quilt successful.

Once I had all my blocks made, I needed to decide the layout — there were only two options which made it an easy decision.

Which would you choose?

Layout A?

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Layout B?

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I chose B because I found the brighter green more distracting on the edges of the quilt and loved them when they were the focus of the center.

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This is definitely one of my favorite HeartStrings quilts and I had fun with the process and challenge. I think I’ll pull fabric for another the next time I go back to GA.

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