Archive for February, 2013

I’m sold

….. on using knitting charts and lifelines! Who knows why I resisted using them for so long.

I’m really enjoying this project.



My goals aren’t that ambitious but I am working my way through them. February’s were accomplished and I set my goals for March.

2013 Goals
March goals
▪Quilt and bind one UFO
▪Quilt and bind 3 HeartStrings tops
▪Finish one hat
▪Finish Birch Leaf Scarf
▪Make a set of HeartString Blocks
▪Finish Hourglass blocks

February goals
✔ Bind 3 HeartStrings quilts – done
✔ Quilt and bind one UFO – Strips and Strings Log cabin done
✔ Quilt Mom’s Fan’s – done
✔ Finishing knitting Purple Fisherman’s Rib Scarf – done
✔ Finish assembling Courthouse Steps top -done
▪Two hats started and finished
▪Sweatshirt top made for Emma

January goals
✔ Quilt 2 HS – done
✔ Tie 2 HS – Tied and bound 4
✔ Bind 2 HS – done (total 6 bound)
✔ Assemble 2 two tops – done
✔ Quilt and bind one UFO -Tumbler quilt done
Completed in addition to the list
▪Finished knitting the blue striped socks
▪Knit two hats

A little hat

I’m not completely happy with the flower but its attached and I’m not taking it off. This is another one from the Baby Beanie book and should fit Rae when she comes to visit me at Christmas!



I’d promised myself I could start a new quilt when I got home because I’d finished everything on my to do list before the trip. I spent well over an hour in the sewing room after piecing a couple backs dithering over what to start. I wanted to use a limited color palette but didn’t want to worry about running out of the fabrics I had so it needed to be something I could easily add fabrics to.

In the end, I decided on an hourglass quilt. It won’t be quick but it’s an easy one to go in and cut/sew a group of blocks. I’m using my 4 inch finished quarter square triangle die so the cutting is easy. Accuquilt is now making custom dies for their GO cutter and I’m toying with the idea of getting a die made for a 6 inch finished hourglass block. That would be a great stash buster.

I’ve got a pretty green leaf print on a brown background to use for a border on this one and I may end up adding some browns to the center too. For now I’m just going to make blocks.


Of course, what I should be doing is cleaning up the sewing room. Chesty came up with me and curled up in the trimmings from the last couple quilts I bound … The batting pieces are still attached and I need to remove them before tossing the fabric in the string bins. I’ve also got a bunch of strings pulled out from the last top that will be used in the next one so I didn’t bother to pick them up. I’m such a slob!


On my needles

Another deep purple hat. I’ve spent my day in airports and on planes and to entertain myself … I cast on another hat and alternated between reading and knitting. Another hour and I should be home.


This is another one from the Baby Beanie book and I’ll add a flower when I’m done.


I like it

I wasn’t sure I’d like this one but it’s cute! It’s a cotton linen blend that I’m trying for the first time.


Family time

I’m enjoying my visit — dinner out with a crowd last night including 3 (of 5) sibs!


Ann, my cousin, and I also got a wall hanging assembled and fused for Mom. She’ll do the machine applique but it’s all ready for her to work on when we all leave!


It turned out great … Of course it’s way too big for Rae but then I knew it would be. The smallest sweatshirt they had was a 2. It will fit one of the other little ones.


Trying something new

Went to the quilt show today and my sister and I decided we’d try to convert a child’s sweatshirt into a cute top. Neither of us sew clothing so it’s a bit of a challenge!


It’s got some issues but it’s kind of cute so far


Another outing

The Fernbank Museum with Adam and his family.