A new blanket

I started a new blanket the other night after weaving the ends in on the Pink Shell blanket. This is also a free pattern found on Ravelry that I’ve made a couple times. This is the same stitch as the Linen Stitch that I love so much.

The way the rounds are done, the square is a little skewed but that doesn’t bother me in this Caron Big Cakes yarn. I only have a couple skeins and it’s a square blanket … these are not your typical baby colors but I still like them and someone I’m sure will be grateful to get it.

Go Bolts!

We had a quiet evening at home – happy hour on the porch and then we watched the Lightning win game 7 and advance to round 2 of the playoffs. Go Bolts!

Finished

Keith took a nap after playing pickleball this morning so I went downstairs and wove the ends in on the pink shell blanket. You can find the pattern free on Ravelry at this link.

Afterwards, I made us some Chicken Waldorf Salad for dinner and then we went to the meadows …. I did my walk

Finn convinced Keith to take him to the dog park while I walked. We took him with us on our walk yesterday but we walked and didn’t play off leash … he knows exactly which path leads to the dog park and gets pretty determined NOT to walk past it.

Ready to assemble

I’ve moved a few blocks around since taking this photo and might move a few more but the geese blocks are done. I doubt I’ll sew this weekend … Keith got home tonight and leaves again on Monday … but I’ll get to this on Monday after he leaves and with any luck will end the day with a finished top.

Bolts win in OT!

I was afraid we’d lose tonight and be out of the playoffs but we won in overtime and game 7 will be Saturday night in Toronto. Go Bolts!

I want to start another blanket but I haven’t woven the ends in on the pink shell blanket so I’m knitting on the scarf I started just before we left Maine during the games …

More errands

I don’t like having to run out so often but I’m still making up for being gone a month. There were more errands today but I got my walk in while I was out and had some company for part of it.

I wanted a quick lunch by the lake while I was out too but the snack bar had a sign on the door saying they closed early so I walked over to the pub and ate on the veranda instead.

I did get in a couple hours of sewing after my errands — all the geese are made and I’ve just got 19 blocks left to assemble. I’m loving these geese so much that I’m searching for other quilts to use them in. I’ve got a few drafted that I’ve never made and have found a few other ideas too. I’ve got quilting waiting so I’ll have to decide whether to allow myself one more top after this one or not. I’m tempted to “allow” myself to piece all month without any quilting!

Geese

I haven’t used my fabric dies to make flying geese before so I wasn’t sure how easy and accurate it would be. I’m happy to say it’s both … easy and accurate.

I’m using the Blue Wren 6 inch finished quarter square triangle and the Accuquilt 3 inch finished HST dies. I just love having these tables beside my machines. Let’s me set everything up within easy reach and I can just pick up the pieces and sew.

I’ll need 144 flying geese for this quilt and in case you don’t remember … this is where I’m going with these.

I cut all the squares for the geese while I was cutting the hourglass quilt so I just had to dig into the bin with my smaller background pieces for the HSTs and cut those. For the most part the fabric in this bin is larger than what I’d call a scrap but usually less than half a yard. They’re pieces leftover from other quilts.

I debated using a single background fabric like I did with the hourglass quilt but I really do need to use more of my scraps and leftovers. In fact, I shouldn’t allow myself to fabric shop unless I’ve been digging in the scraps because it’s scary just how far they go. You won’t even be able to tell I pulled out fabric for two quilts from this bin by the time I put it all back in.

And in case you’re thinking some of these pieces look larger than what you consider scraps, I have a lot of backing fabric that gets trimmed off of quilts that goes into my scrap bins.