Out of steam

This week is heavy on the hand work … I just don’t have the energy to do much else so I’m embracing it and spending my time reading, knitting and big stitch hand quilting. One of my few accomplishments this week was to get 3 small quilts pin basted, the last one being the pinwheel and rails that I started quilting this afternoon. Did I mention how much I am loving this?!

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Joann’s

When I first started quilting in 2000 I didn’t have a lot of money to spend and did at least 80% of my fabric shopping at Joann’s. As the years passed, I shopped more at quilt shops and online fabric stores, still keeping my eye out for discounted fabric – after all my passion was for scrap quilts and variety was my most important consideration rather than having the newest or most popular fabrics. I’d go into a quilt shop and head straight to the discount shelves and buy the fabric everyone else had shunned at 50% off.

Separated from the bulk of my stash and with a Joann’s just a little over a mile away, I’ve been shopping there for backings for the small tops I’ve been quilting here in FL. Over the years the fabric quality and choice has improved along with an increase in price but with coupons and frequent sales, you can still find good deals.

I layered two small quilts last night and found really cute, good quality fabric there to back them.

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If you haven’t checked them out lately you might want to … Just allow plenty of time as the store here as well as the ones near Mom seem to be chronically short staffed and there’s always a wait to have fabric cut and to check out.

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Cast On

I seem to be in the mood for knitting. Since my GA trip is coming up in less than a week I decided to cast on another project to take along with me. I went searching through my yarn bins and decided it was time to cast on Cameo. My shawl will have a tone on tone kind of feel I think with one solid and one variegated yarn that are close in color. Hopefully I’ll like the result.

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I love my knitting bag so much I’ve ordered a second one. I tend to have one or two scarf/shawl projects and one blanket project going at a time so I decided a second bag would be nice to have for the blanket projects then I’d be able to grab whichever project I felt like working on and go. Since I only knit or crochet small blankets, the bag is plenty big to hold the yarn and project.

I also started piecing the 2nd Drunkard’s Path quilt. I cut it out of Homespuns and it’s not looking like I want and I’m almost tempted to toss it all out. Instead, I’ve ordered some best press to help tame some of the stretchiness of the fabric and I’ll make a few more blocks before deciding one way or the other. My main Drunkard’s Path quilt is still waiting to be worked on but I didn’t want to start it and then leave for two weeks.

Since Keith is gone for the week, my table is set up so I can pin baste a couple small quilts but I haven’t started them yet. He gets back late Friday so I’d better get a move on.

I love it when I time Chesty’s walk just right and get to see the sunset.

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More ends woven in

I finished crocheting this one the end of October and it also has been been waiting to have the ends woven in. So glad to finish this up. Can’t wait to get it donated. I’ve got one more to finish before taking them back to GA with me for donation.

Pattern – Shelly Blanket (crochet)

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On my needles

I don’t mind that this scarf is taking a long time to knit. It’s actually quite enjoyable but it doesn’t give me much to share as I’m working on it. This one will need blocking before the beauty of the pattern comes out. In case you’re wondering, the red threads are lifelines. I’d hate to have to start over if I mess up too bad (there are minor errors but I’m going to live with those since I seriously doubt they’ll be noticeable with the scarf wrapped around my neck!)

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Library time

I’ve failed miserably in my effort to keep up my genealogy research since the move. Keith is out of town so I walked to the library and found a quiet corner to work in.

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Ancestry has a guide to finding information on those who served in WWI and I’m going to see if I can find any additional information on family members.

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Leftovers

Do you use your leftovers? While I had the fabric out for the HSTeria quilt, I cut some 2.5 inch strips from the leftover fabric and kitted them up for later. A simple 5 rail fence is the result. Quick and easy and better than the fabric going back in stash. It will be donated when it’s eventually finished (don’t hold your breath! My tops tend to age a bit on the shelf before being quilted).

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Seriously?!

I finished all the Rail Fence blocks today but I’ll wait to show a photo until I have the top assembled. While I was sewing today I turned around and Chesty was INSIDE the duffle I use to carry things back and forth to GA. I guess he wants to make sure I take him with me when I go.

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9 months

That’s how long it took me to weave the ends in after knitting this afghan.

LOVE everything about it – the drape, the color, the softness of the yarn, the pattern.

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Finished

I didn’t sew today but I did get a final photo of this little quilt. It’s the one I big stitch quilted and I needed to wash out the blue pen I used to mark the quilting lines that went through the center of the blocks. It was just a small quilt but I really enjoyed this one!

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