I hadn’t planned for my last week before traveling again to be infringed upon with dental and medical appointments and the paint contractor but that’s what’s going on this week. I was up early so the painter could get started – first up for him is removing the wallpaper in the entryway. It’s a messy job and a bit of a challenge.
My appointments are tomorrow and Wednesday so today I’m knitting, hand quilting, blocking, and piecing some Drunkard’s Path’s blocks.
I started a new hat this morning
A scarf is already blocked and is drying
Since I’ve completed all the piecing on my list of goals, I’ve pulled out and I’ve started piecing Drunkard’s Path blocks that were cut last year. It would be nice to at least get this UFO to the finished top stage.
The Drunkard’s Path Blocks will become this quilt.
I went into the sewing room and pulled out the jelly roll quilt and butterfly applique but didn’t have the right color thread, then I looked for thread to quilt the pink and purple triangles and again, I didn’t have the thread I needed so I decided I’d hand quilt it using the big stitch method. It won’t be anything exciting … just diagonal lines … and it’s likely it won’t be finished by the end of the year as planned but I’ve had a lovely afternoon sitting here stitching on it.
This scarf has been waiting for blocking and to have it’s ends woven in since April. It’s done in time for me to wear it here at home this winter.
Pattern – Brickless
Yarn – Wolle’s color changing cotton
Needles – size 5
Yesterday’s sew along task was binding this HeartStrings quilt, assembled by Sue from blocks sent in to the group. Quilted last month while I was in Big Canoe. Love how Sue used that border print with these blocks!
I haven’t made it up to my sewing room yet, we went over to a local bar for the first half of the games (we can’t get the Vikings or Redskins games here at the house). Looks like they’ll both have wins today although the Redskins are losing ground as I type this. We’re kind of following the Bucs these days too but they’re going to lose this one.
It’s time to decide what to work on this afternoon and head upstairs!
The lights make the porch even more inviting so I was wrong about it being too early to put them up. We sat out and read all evening after a dinner of leftovers.
Although any of the border choices would have worked, I went with the purple because I felt it looked best with the stripe I wanted to use for the inner border and binding. This is the second ‘Sharon’ quilt I’ve made and I’m sure I’ll make more. I love my scrappy HeartStrings quilts from my string binds but these are fun too.
I’m one of those people who think the decorations should go up the week before Christmas – Keith’s Mom always put up her tree the day after Thanksgiving so Keith’s out here putting lights up today.
Note that he’s in his shorts and we’re listening to Xmas carols!
Since he wants a real tree this year and we’re traveling the beginning of December, at least the tree won’t go up until the week before Christmas!
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?!
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.