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Quilted

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This one is for my sister – Mom pieced it, I quilted it and I hope it’s not too heavy! Luckily, she lives near the mountains in VA so it should be nice and toasty this winter. She wanted a quilt that was soft with a lot of drape so we used Minkee for the backing – I’ve done these both with and without batting and she wanted batting in it – She may need a summer quilt too. 

Quilting is hard to see on the front but it’s the pantograph Leapfrog. It’s the most open one I have and she wants this to be soft and “broken-in ” feeling. 


Here’s a photo of the back.


#11 of 15 to be quilted in July. There are just 4 more to quilt while I’m here – one last one of my Aunt’s bed-runners, another RWB donation quilt of mine, and then I’ll choose the last two from my other donation tops waiting for quilting. 

I also finished the crown decreases on my first hat and will cast on the second one when the plumber leaves. We’ve got a couple minor things needing attention so I scheduled the work to be done before we leave. 

The yarn is a KnitPicks worsted weight.

Quilted

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The 3rd bed runner for my aunt is quilted – #10 of 15 to be quilted in July. Freehand swirls and thankfully I just have one more of these left to do!


I took this photo earlier today but I’m already about half way done with the crown decreases. I’ll finish it up tomorrow and cast on another hat (a different pattern). The pattern’s called Huricane Hat (free on Ravelry)  and it’s an easy knit. 

On my needles

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I’m waiting for Keith to leave tomorrow to start my crochet scarf – I need to concentrate on a new method to me – a foundation chain where the chain and the first row are done at the same time – so in the meantime, I’m working on my Yowza shawl while we’re watching the Tour de France. 

I love this colorway – the yarn is Miss  Babs Yowza – a worsted weight yarn. 

More mistakes

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I don’t have a photo but I managed to make a mistake in my feather and fan blanket while we were gone – I’m not good at knitting and talking! Instead of starting something new in the meantime, I pulled out this old, old UFO and knit a little while on it tonight. I’m so used to knitting on circulars that the straight needles were a little awkward to handle. 

When I went to check my database, I realized that I’m piecing a lot more than usual – normally I just have 12-13 new starts all year but I’ve already hit that number and it’s just May. Partly because I’m making smaller ones that can be quilted here in FL. 

I also managed about an hour in the sewing room today and got a couple more blocks made. Tomorrow afternoon my new Koala cabinet will be delivered. I wasn’t quite ready for it as they said it would take 4-6 weeks but I’ll make do – we’re going to move the day bed into the other room but not until they’re finished with the bathrooms and we get the bedroom furniture delivered. 

A quiet weekend

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Keith’s getting ready to travel this week so we had a quiet weekend. It was nice to have the house to ourselves without the workers here but they’ll be back in the morning to resume work on the bathroom. 

I did mange to finish all the blocks for the 9 patch quilt and started assembling the top and I finished knitting the hat for Maureen in the same yarn as the scarf I made her. I love how neat the decreases look in this pattern. Click the link for the free pattern on Ravelry. 

   
 

She wanted it longer than the one I made Mom so it’s a little slouchy.  

 
My goals for the week will be to finish assembling the 9 patch quilt and write up instructions for the website, pin baste one of the tumbler tops from Maine and get it quilted. 

On my needles

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I find quilting very intuitive. I can look at many quilts and know how to make them without instructions – helpful since I like remaking vintage quilts but with knitting I usually follow a pattern from beginning to end – except tonight. I made two scarves for Mom and my sister wants the wingspan of one with the ribbed edging of the other so I’m trying to combine the two patterns without messing up. It’s not all that difficult but they do use slightly different methods of increasing. I’ve put a lifeline in and have doubled my stitches, let the ribbing begin!