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Over the last year or so Mom has been making doll quilts and blankets for the little girls in the family. (I’ve shown you how Rae loves to cover up her dolls and animals with her quilts!) Mom just made this one for my nephew’s daughter. Small projects like this are a nice break from larger quilts.
Several people have asked about the scarf pattern. It’s free on Ravelry and it’s easy knitting. Just what I need right now.
Pattern – Be Simple Variation. There’s an original Be Simple scarf but I like this one with the eyelet rows better.
Yarn – Wollmeise Pure
Needle size – US 6
I’ve made this scarf a couple times already and it’s one Mom has made several times too. My favorite so far is this one which I’ve kept for myself.
In addition to the Be Simple Variation #3, I’ve got another Shine #2 in progress I’ve also pulled yarn for another Madison Scarf #2, and there’s another Action Hat in progress (it’s the one I just showed Rae modeling in my previous post) and yarn for several more of those.
My weekend at home flew by and my alarm went off way too early yesterday morning (3:30 am) but I was back in VA in time to celebrate my nephew’s birthday.
I got new photos from the kids too – Rae’s being a little goofy here but she’s modeling the hat I made and sent back with Chris.
In the end I didn’t even turn the sewing machine on – Today was way busier than I expected. I met with the contractor this morning and made some decisions about the kitchen remodel.
I did manage to take a walk for lunch and ended up in the park by the house.
Cast on another scarf
I’m packed and ready for my 6:15 am flight in the morning and I’m going to knit a little while longer before heading to bed.
Most of the day was spent with Keith but I did spend a little time in the sewing room. I set up my new table that I ordered from Amazon. It fits perfectly beside my machine and will help support a top during the quilting process as well as give me an extra work surface.
I unpacked the schoolhouse blocks Mom appliqued for me. I’ll be setting them like this drawing although given how close the house is to the sides of the block I might reverse the sashing to light, blue, light. I cut the squares the size recommended on the GO die instructions before sending them to Mom but next time, I’ll cut the background squares larger. Don’t hold your breath waiting for me to finish this top, I’ve got lots of stuff waiting to be done and I have no idea when I’ll get back home for good.
I pulled and packed up three quilt kits to ship to Mom to piece. I haven’t been able to visit and “kit” up quilts from her stash lately and I need to keep her busy and out of trouble! Since she’s enjoying knitting but hasn’t yet mastered casting on (I spoil her!), I cast on another scarf to send her. I have more yarn than I will ever use and I’m happy to share with her. (The white perle cotton) is so she can put in a lifeline or two if she wants.
I’ll have time alone on Monday so I’m planning to sew a little before I head back to VA on Tuesday. Have you missed me?!
The kitchen remodel began last week – this might not be a bad time to be spending time away from home! The only thing left standing is my little laundry closet in the corner.
Some people might be afraid of doing a major remodel when they’re not home to supervise but my contractor is great and we were very happy with our bathrooms so I feel comfortable that they’ll consult me as needed via text and email. I’ve also made most of the choices already … my appliances are here (GE Slate) … my cabinets were custom made and after seeing the pantry – I’m very pleased with my choices.
I made it home safely last night and Keith and I have enjoyed our time together today. I’ve also had to sort through a mountain of mail but most important was my ballot by mail as I won’t be home on Election Day.
And while I don’t usually comment on politics on the blog sometimes I feel the need to take a stand. Feel free to comment and make your stand – I’ll read them all but won’t be responding either positively or negatively!
Lots of a family around this weekend and I’d post a couple photos but my sister and Mom would kill me! Someone snapped a photo of Mom eating a powdered, lemon filled donut and it wasn’t a pretty sight but she enjoyed it.
I did manage to watch the Vikings win last night and am getting some Bichon time in with Casper.
The HeartStrings Maine sew-in just ended and I really missed being there this year … I always find inspiration for my quilting.
I’m not a fan of the Jelly Roll Race quilts but after they did a race at one of our Maine sew-ins I came home and played with a jelly roll myself – this top is still waiting for the butterflies to be appliquéd.
We also had a tumbler race … Since I fly in and don’t carry a machine with me I always participate after the sew-in. This is the last top I quilted in July that is still waiting for binding but I love the fabrics in this one – scraps from a couple other quilts that had been thrown in a bin. I also love leaving the irregular edges on these and it’s not hard to bind either.
It’s been a busy couple years for me and Keith but we’ve loved the time we’ve spent in Maine and are talking about spending another month there sometime in the future. For sure, I’ll attend the HeartStrings sew-in next year !
Chesty loved Maine too!
I don’t have much to show for the last couple days – I did manage to finish a hat for Rae – made from the same action one skein hat pattern in one of my books – I’m going to cast on a scarf for a change later tonight.
I want to make another version of this one of these days … I call it Triangle Scraps and I do have some brief instructions on my website.
For a kiddie quilt, upsizing the blocks to 6 inches makes for a quick project.
I think my plans for the days I’m going to be home were overly ambitious but I’m just going to putter along.
First up – binding. This one is ready for me to hand stitch down tonight.
I’m not a social person and not one to have a lot of friends but I met up with an old friend today that I hadn’t seen in a couple years and we had a great time catching up. We went to nursing school together and since my photos from those days are at Big Canoe, I’ll just share this photo of me to demonstrate how long ago that was 🙂
EDIT: based on some of the comments I probably wasn’t clear – I know some people need patterns and certainly new quilters need step by step instructions on the process of quilting but in those cases I’d spend my money on a good book rather than buying such a simple pattern for $9.
Am I crazy? I was cruising Pinterest tonight and saw this quilt – $9 for the pattern?!! Really?!! Does anyone pay that for a quilt pattern as simple as this?
I make simple quilts and sometimes when I post instructions I wonder if they’re even necessary – I think someone could look at this and figure it out without any instructions … And my instructions are free. It’s hard to believe that people would pay $9 for instructions on sewing squares together.