Monthly Archives: August 2013


Published / by Mary / 12 Comments on Lazy?!

I’m kind of lazy…or maybe we can call it easily bored or even just busy but I’d had in the back of my mind that I would custom quilt my Carpenter Star. I kept putting it off and choosing other UFO’s to finish but today I decided it was time to get it done. Pieced in February 2011, it’s finally quilted. There are instructions on the website for this easy quilt.

Quilted with the pantograph Halcyon. Yep, the same pantograph I used on the Charmed Squares because a) I knew it would look good on this quilt and b) it was already on the machine.


That’s the 4th one quilted … It’s very, very unusual for me to quilt 4 of mine in a row but I mentioned that I try to finish 12 UFO’s a year. Most of the time I aim for one a month but with all the recent and upcoming travel I needed to do one for July, Aug, Sept, and Oct. Now these 4 just need to be bound by the end of October and I’ll be caught up.


Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Assembled

I finished the assembly of this HeartStrings top I started yesterday at the sew-in. Blocks were pieced by AnnG.


I always press these seams open to decrease the bulk from the foundation and encourage everyone assembling our HeartStrings blocks to do the same. It takes more time but the top lies much flatter and is easier for the volunteers to quilt.


I also finished piecing my Black/White/Blue HeartStrings blocks and they’re ready to assemble.

A learning opportunity

Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on A learning opportunity

I choose to look at this not as a disaster but as a learning opportunity.

I got my shawl soaked and pinned out … And found a hole. The yarn has broken and it’s NOT where my knot was (that’s actually higher in the lace area).

I’m not sure why it broke there but there is enough of the yarn ends for me to pull to the back, a stitch, or maybe two have dropped out but that’s an easy fix also. Luckily this is in the garter stitch section and not the lace although a hole in the lace section wouldn’t be as noticeable would it?! Thank goodness you can find information on any topic online – including how to repair holes in knitting!



I’m not the best blocker but I’m trying to leave the ruffle ruffly so hopefully it has enough pins.

Off my needles

Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Off my needles

I stayed up all night and finished the Radiance Shawl. Just need to weave in the ends and block – no problem meeting the deadline.


I’m still not fond of lace weight yarn and will probably avoid projects using it at least for a while. There is more of it in the stash and at least one project that I’m anxious to try so maybe it won’t be as long as I think before I knit with it again.