Monthly Archives: August 2016

Weekend

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It’s the weekend and I have a little more free time. I got out yesterday and today for 5 mile walks and I’m about to go run some errands and then spend some time in Barnes and Nobles – yep, that’s my idea of fun – getting a coffee and browsing in a book store!

Yesterday’s walk was on the Nolan Trail 


Today’s was just to the Lion’s Bridge and back to my brother’s house. 


Keith’s keeping the homefront in order including replacing the flowers out front that died when we were at Big Canoe last month. 


As always, I appreciate your words of encouragement and support. Have a wonderful weekend. 
 

Blogging

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I’m going to be in Virginia at my brother’s a lot in the coming months helping out and many days will pass without any quilting content to share. I’d debated taking a long break from blogging but decided instead I’ll keep blogging but just less frequently. 

I posted the other day that I thought I’d messed up the latest hat too badly to save but I took some time out yesterday to  fix it … The worse part was getting it back on the needles and unlike at my house, there isn’t a lot of great task lighting so I sat outside (it was hot) so I could see better. I love the color of this yarn but it was really hard to see the stitches. I finished the hat later that night and my sister-in-law was wearing it today. 


Two other hats are in progress – I love how portable knitting is!

My sister Maureen was here a couple days too – she brought the best tomatoes from her garden and squash too – I teased her that it was unusual to see her cooking but that’s not really true now that Mom is living with her. I bet she cooks more often than I do now although I did cook dinner tonight. 

Mistake!

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So I’m away from my machine for a while but that doesn’t stop me from looking for new ideas for quilts. I’ve never made a Sister’s Choice quilt but one day I want to. I saw this one on eBay – two things jumped out at me – first the block with the error … (can you find it?) second, because the blocks are all one color they kind of run together which I don’t really like. 


Here’s a link to a free Sister’s Choice pattern on the Fat Quarter Shop site which I like better but I don’t like to sash quilts (I’m lazy).  

So here’s one of my options – no sashing and the blocks don’t run together! If I end up making this quilt, I’d use more than three fabrics and might use more than three colors too but it’s easier to design in a limited color scheme on the iPad.

Weekend

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Gone!! Were did the weekend go?!! We flew to VA on Saturday and have been visiting with my brother and SIL. Keith leaves tomorrow but I’ll be here for another 9 days or so. 

We got out mid day for a 6 mile walk … Probably a mistake because it’s pretty darn hot here!! I usually prefer to walk out the door rather than drive somewhere and walk so we left my brother’s house and walked to the Lion’s Bridge at Mariner’s Museum. We probably should have driven to the bridge and then walked the 5 mile trail – there would have been a lot more shade! Keith was pretty hot and when we got back to my brother’s, he turned the hose on himself to cool down. 

I’ve been working hard on the next hat and I think I’ve messed up too bad to save it. Somehow when I’d finished my decreases and was pulling my yarn through the last stitches, I dropped some stitches – thanks to a dark yarn, a light that wasn’t bright enough – I think I’ve wasted 3 days because the harder I tried to go back and pick them up, the worse I made it. I put it away for the night and tomorrow afternoon I’ll pull it out and see if it’s salvageable. If not, I’ll thank my lucky stars that it’s just 3 days of work versus a larger project!

I won’t be posting much the next week or so since I’m going to be busy with family. Nothing to worry about if I miss a few days. 

Glass

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VickiW is working on UFO’s this year and each month she reports her progress and invites her blog readers to report theirs and then someone gets a prize, this month is was me. She does beautiful hand dyed fabric and makes beautiful glass too and I chose glass for my prize. 

I also placed an order for another slumped bottle – I’ve already got two but when we were at Big Canoe I wished I had one by the coffee maker so since Vicki was sending my UFO prize, I ordered a bottle also. The ornaments will also go to Big Canoe where we keep a tree up year round. Why? Because it’s in the middle of the forest and it was up when we bought the place. I have however, replaced all the fishing themed ornaments with my own over the years. 


You can see the tree in the back corner behind Keith and Caleb

Churn Dash

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My sister decided she wanted a churn dash quilt after seeing the child size one I pieced. 

I bought Mom the 9 inch Churn Dash GO die (My blocks were 12 inches) and I’m going to send them these three photos to see which one they want me to write up. 

Version 1


Version 2 


Version 3


Version 3 is my favorite. I love how easy it is to make small changes to a design with a software program like EQ7. My first version is rarely my favorite. 

#6

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My 4 Patches on the Diagonal quilt is bound. It’s another UFO (#11 for the year) and the 6th quilt bound in my binding marathon this month. 


There are two left to be bound when I get back from VA so I’ll definitely hit my goal of finishing all the ones quilted last month at Big Canoe. I’m anxious to do some piecing but that will have to wait until I return too. Today is for packing and figuring out which knitting projects I’m taking along on my trip. Hat #6 is already in progress and I want to get hat #7 started too. I’ve also been working on the gray Yowza shawl at night during the Olympics and I’ve started the ruffled edge so progress is being made on all fronts!

Hat #5

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Still not happy with the results here – not the fault of the pattern, just me trying to knit it to a gauge/size that I love. 

Pattern – Occasional Purl Hat

Needles – US size 7

Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza, light worsted 


The back – love when the top of a hat comes together so nicely. 


I’m thinking I need to try the size 7 needles with a more robust worsted weight yarn. I will give it another try but probably not next. 

Finished

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Binding #5 is done, it’s another one of my UFO’s. I love a double 4 patch!


Instructions and a couple other versions are available on my website. 

I’ve got the 4 patch on the diagonal next on the list to bind but I took some time out to dig through my browns looking for binding options for the last two. I’d cut one binding for the tumbler but in the end decided to use that for the Drunkard’s Path and chose another one for the tumbler. 


I don’t know where the last week has gone and find it hard to believe that I’m heading out of town again in just a few days. This afternoon was spent choosing countertops and the backsplash for the kitchen remodel. I’m thankful to have most of the choices made even though we won’t actually start the project until mid October. 


It’s been rainy here the last few days and my walking has suffered although Keith managed to get out earlier today. I did get 5 miles in yesterday but I’ve missed 3 days (Sun, Mon, Wed). I have to make sure I get out the next couple days. The effects are coming slowly –  I’ve lost 15 lbs and have toned up a bit but even better, I feel like I have more stamina. The challenge as always is to keep it up. I’m going to be traveling a lot this fall so I have to do better when I’m home.