The hardest part of trying something new is not being too critical of the results. I embroidered Emma the Bunny’s face today and she’s finished. I’m not thrilled with how my decreases look on her face but I don’t think she looks bad for my first crocheted animal.
I’ve also checked off the binding of my Sharon quilt and another scarf has been blocked and the ends woven in. Still lots more to finish up before the end of the year but it feels good to mark off 3 more items. Who knows if it will all get done but I know it won’t if I don’t try!
Goals thru end of 2015
Bind Basket Quilt
Cut Projects for Mom in Aug/Sept
pink hearts sashing for her baskets Butterfly quilt 30’s 9 Patch Knit scarf for Samantha Crochet large bunny Finish HS blocks and assemble top Finish knitting Magnolia Glen Scarf Tied 18 Quilts in Maine Bind zoo animal strippie Bind my Sharon challenge HS Bind String Rails Embroider face on large crochet bunny
Finishing of 12 knit/crochet items (blocking, weaving ends, etc)
Drop stitch scarf Magnolia Glen scarf Blue gray scarf Made Jelly Roll Strippie top
Knit two hats for Rae
Quilt 3 tops for Mom (in Oct)
Quilt 3 other tops (in Oct)
Bind above quilts done in Oct
Bind my B/W and Blue HS
Finish small crochet bunny
Crochet zebra or sheep
Finish hand quilting small 16 patch
Bind small 16 Patch
Quilt my small B/W and bright HS
Bind my small B/W and bright HS
Quilt Pink and Purple HST top
Bind Pink and Purple HST quilt
Piece RWB rectangle top
Piece top for Jelly Roll Challenge
Piece another Sharon Quilt (HS)
Started Eyeblink Scarf
Started Be Simple scarf in teal
Simple garter stitch scarf/unknown yarn – now ready for the donation pile.
Last year at the Maine sew-in, we decided to challenge ourselves to make a planned HeartStrings quilt like the ones Sharon makes and I finished the binding on mine yesterday. I love scrappy but I’ve got to say I love this one a lot and I’m not sure I can give it away. I’ll hang on to it a while while before I decide.
We’re challenging ourselves to make another one this year and if you’d like the details, you can find them on the HeartStrings website at this post.
By better, I mean more productive! I hate it when a day passes and I don’t accomplish anything. Today, I knit some, sewed some on the 16 Patch and Framed 4 patches, and bound a quilt. I’ll have photos of the finished quilt tomorrow but tonight I thought I’d share this photo of a top Angie pieced from one of my quilts I designed for Mom to make several years ago. I’m still planning to make one of my own and I even have instructions if you’d like to make one too.
Yesterday I started a hat … No make that two hats and both were busts because I wasn’t paying attention to my pattern/yarn/needle sizes … I was in a hurry and decided my choices would be good enough – they weren’t and so I ripped them out. Today I’m having a “I’m tired, didn’t sleep well, don’t feel well kind of day”. That means I slept late and have been puttering around not doing much of anything.
I did manage to sort and delete some photos – I have a huge task ahead of me because I take so many photos -many of them duplicates – trying to get the perfect shot and then don’t delete the duds. I have also been lazy about sorting photos into albums. I usually sort them by trips or by dates or by subject (quilts, chesty) but I’m way, way behind and the last time I tried to transfer photos from my phone to my computer for backup – there were too many to transfer.
I also came across this post by Babara Brackman on tumbler quilts. I love my tumbler die and have made several and have some more planned. I think I need to try a layout with the tumbler rows staggered. It’s funny seeing that post today because I’d saved this photo from eBay last night with a Thousand Pyramid quilt with a staggered layout which is the exact same idea. Maybe one day I’ll make both quilts using this idea.
I’m going to knit a while now but I’ll work on something I don’t have to think about – my Be Simple scarf.
In Maine, we decided we’d have a challenge to make quilts from Jelly Rolls (with or without added fabric, no size requirement) so I pulled a Jelly Roll when I got home.
And had a plan until I realized that almost half of the strips had 2-3 prints on them rather than one … How bizarre.
So I changed my mind and decided to do a variation of my Rails and Pinwheels quilt only I did NOT like how the prints looked in the rails.
So I chopped them up smaller … And will do 16 patches and framed 4 patches. Not sure how many blocks I’ll get from the Jelly Roll but we’ll see.
I love how easy it is with the iPad and shared photo streams to see pictures of the kids. Chris uploaded some new ones.
Look at that smile,
She’s also joined a soccer team – can you believe she’s not even 3 yet? We’ll get to celebrate her birthday next month when we visit Big Canoe again.