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Making good progress

It takes longer to line everything up but the tessellating quilt is coming together.  


Taking a break

Since I marked off several items from the list last week, I’m taking the week off and working on new things this week – the new tessellating quilt, the doll quilt, and Mom’s scarf. The blues aren’t nearly as bright as they appeared on the website but I do love how they’re working up. I think they’re a little more turquoise like in real life but even my photo doesn’t quite show the colors accurately. 

This is another super simple scarf pattern that works up wonderfully in this yarn. 

Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza in the Blue Ridge colorway 

Pattern – Yowza Weigh It Shawl


Just can’t throw it away

When I cut out both RWB quilts there was just enough left on the ends of the strip sets to cut a 2.5 inch section. I can’t stand to throw fabric out so I set them aside to make a doll quilt. As much as I wanted to change the thread in my machine and start sewing on the new top, I knew if these were going to get used, I needed to sew them together now. It’s not done yet but I’ll work on it again tomorrow –  after all, I know a little girl who needs more quilts for her dolls and animals!


Gone but not forgotten

It’s been over a year since we moved from MN but some of my favorite causes are there and Give to the Max Day makes it easy to donate. This year we’re supporting Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Friends of the Library (I volunteered there for over two years), and UM Veterinary Medical Center (Chesty was a patient there several times). 


Veteran’s Day

Keith’s dad and my dad both served in the military and I try to make at least a couple RWB quilts to donate each year to veterans. This afternoon I started assembling my bricks top  and while it won’t be quilted and donated until next year, I love that I just happened to be working on it today. 

I frequently post a RWB version of my quilts when I’m designing one with the idea that so many of you out there are making quilts for wounded soldiers and veterans. You can find links to instructions for them on my website

This simple rail fence remains one of my favorites.  


Kind of boring

I’d so like to start a new project but I’m focusing on my goals and marking things off my list. One binding finished last night and quilt #2 is trimmed, binding made and machine stitched, and I’ll start sewing it down this evening. Once I’ve assembled the blocks on the design wall into a top, I’ll let myself start something new. 

I finally wove all the ends in on this crochet afghan (I finished the crochet back in Feb) and it counts as one of 12 knit/crochet projects I’m aiming to finish up before the end of the year. I am very bad about finishing – once the knitting or crochet part is done, I toss projects in a bin where they wait for blocking and to have their ends woven in but I’m working though those projects bit by bit.  This afghan will be donated and it’s a free pattern on Ravelry although I made up my own striping sequence. 

 I also bound off the teal scarf I’d been knitting. I was afraid of running out of yarn so I used an elastic bind off rather than a picot on this one. It will also be gifted or donated. Mom’s been talking about wanting to knit and I’ve set her up with a project or two that she wasn’t all that happy with so the next one I’m going to have her try is one of these scarves. They are really simple but turn out lovely. The free pattern can be found on Ravelry at this link. 


It seems that my yarn related projects are almost as prominent on the blog as my quilting ones although I do consider them secondary projects – it’s nice to have them to carry with me when I’m traveling.  I get questions about these projects so I try to share the name or links to the patterns when I post them. 

My Ravelry ID is mmcjohnson if anyone wants to keep up just with my knitting and crochet projects there although I always share what I’m working on here on the blog too. 

I’m curious, do you knit or crochet? 

Cutting table 

After all the cutting I’ve done for Mom over the last few months, getting a counter height cutting table at home has become even more important. The one I’ve used since 2002 was moved from Minneapolis to Big Canoe last year and I have missed it. 

In the apartment, I used the kitchen island and did most of my cutting when Keith was traveling. 

Yesterday we went out to look at kitchen islands at IKEA but the one I wanted was out of stock and by the time I paid for shipping or delivery it was more than I wanted to pay anyway so today, I looked on Wayfair. I get free shipping so it’s half the price of the IKEA one. It also should fit the space a little better. Unfortunately I still have to assemble it but it’s not like I haven’t done a lot of furniture assembly in the past.

Last night I got a binding machine stitched onto the small 16 patch quilt I hand quilted so that’s ready for me to stitch down tonight. This afternoon, I have a dentist appointment – another thing I’ve been putting off. 

More yarn

Before I left Mom’s we ordered yarn for me to make her a matching hat and scarf in a pretty blue. I love this yarn and have made several scarves from it for myself and for my sister and niece. 

 Of course, I had to add a skein for myself while I was ordering and can you believe Mom helped me choose  this wild skein? Pink, red, orange?!!



I arrived home last night after 15+ hours of driving in two days  – rain, traffic, construction – miserable!

This morning I went through 4 weeks of mail and filling in forms for my Dr’s appt this afternoon. It’s been 5+ years since I’ve been in for a checkup so I’m way overdue. 

I did find my hat head and brought it home from Big Canoe. I knit this hat for Rae while I was at Mom’s. It turned out very cute. 


Counting down

I head home in a couple days… Just two more meals to prepare. Spaghetti tonight and lasagna from the leftover sauce tomorrow. I’m not used to cooking so much :)


I also cut one last quilt for Mom today. It was one I bought on sale at Craftsy for her. Simple but pretty and with it all cut out, it will go together fast. 


Finally, I started another hat for Rae.


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