"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Knitting and Stitching

I am knitting a sweater, but I'm not sure if I am going to be part of the Very Shannon KAL.  I'm a bit intimidated by the projects I'm seeing there.  I don't enjoy knitting a complicated pattern and haven't made a sweater since the '80's so I chose a very simple project of a design I like that I know I will wear.  I love cardigans so I'm making the Sawtelle sweater from the Berocco site. 

You may have read in this blog the comment that in my family we don't throw anything away.  As an insight into how that works the yarn I am using for this project was purchased at least 30 years ago.  That's right, in the 80's most likely, by either my Mom or myself.  The beige is Patons' Princess, no longer made, and the green is a wool from a store no longer open.  Unused yarn just waiting to be unwrapped.  I was happy I had some nice yarn I could use without having to make a purchase.  Are you laughing or shaking your head?  Both?  Believe me, the term "stash" in some variation is very familiar.
 I also began to stitch another house, so when I need to get away from the knitting I am picking up the stitching.  It's the April house, thus the bunny.

Enjoy your weekend projects.
God Bless!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Utensils and Candy - QAL Blocks, That is.

 Sew Kitschy August Block.  Only one more to go.


Quilt Doodle Doodle 2014 BOM August Block.  It is row of wrapped candy.

 Portulacas.  I love these small flowers.  These have been coming back each year from some that I planted 3 or 4 years ago.  I'm surprised at that because of our severe winters, but glad they survive. There's a bee in one of the flowers.


 
A few years ago I received a packet of wild flower seeds.  It was a year or two before I finally just opened the packet and threw the seeds in a small portion of garden.  Every year now I have these wild poppies and the small white flowers, name I don't know.  They keep blooming until frost.

God Bless You.
Have a wonderful weedend.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Blocks and Beautiful Fabric and Things

I have one more house stitched, the May house.

I've been working on quilting the Stash Buster quilt top that was finished in January and taking up space.  It seems to be taking forever to quilt it, but it is a larger size quilt so progress is slow.  However, I have caught up with one of my Christmas qal's, the From Head to Toe - A Knitter's Gifts block for July which was very easy. 

Next I will be working on the Quilt Doodle Doodle 2014 BOM and the August Sew Kitschy block.

I want to give shout outs to vendors from whom I recently won some nice things.  Windham Fabrics sent me this gorgeous fabric kit and pattern.

I didn't realize I had won all of the fabric, from the Holiday Magic collection by Whistler Studios, needed to make the quilt called All Wrapped Up, but I have and I will be making another beautiful Christmas quilt.  It's Christmas almost every day at my house, at least when I am sewing. 
Thank you to Windham Fabrics.

I am a vegetarian and follow food sites that make some of the foods that I like to eat, so when Hodgson Mill recently had a giveaway for a new product I entered. And won.  I thought I was just getting the Flax Chia blend, but they sent me a reusable bag and measuring spoon as well.  
Such a nice package.
 This is good in yogurt and smoothies, in case you are into them.  
Thank you to Hodgson Mill.

I am very late in thanking Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict for this beautiful fabric which was one of the prizes in her recent Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge.  Her sponsor, Fabricworm, donated this collection of Sea Breeze from Wilmington Fabrics.  Hope you can tell from the picture how cute it is.

Those of you who are knitters or crocheters may be interested in a Knit Along taking place at Very Shannon.  Your project needs to be a sweater and does not need to completed by the end of the KAL in September.  I really want to join in and have my yarn and pattern all picked out, but I don't know if I dare begin another project.  But the more I take on the more I complete, so I may just jump in.   

Have a wonderful time with your projects.
God Bless You!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nativity Quilt Finish and the June House

A little over a year ago I began this Nativity Quilt as you can see here.  I ran into problems quilting it with metallic thread.  Fortunately, I got a  link and advice from Sharon of Vroomans' Quilts, and eventually I used Sewer's Aid, a thread stand, and I also got some Magic Bobbin Genies. All of these combined were the ticket and today I finished the quilting, got the binding on and sewed on a hanger.



Love this finish. 

I stitched the June House.  I can't sew a straight line but love those birds and charming houses.  

God Bless!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Geese and Houses

When I was making the Swoon blocks following Camille Roskelley's instructions during her Craftsy class, Pre-Cut Piecing, I ended up with a pile of matched triangles.  I put them aside with the intention of using them for something.  It's been very relaxing to sew these HST's together and then to match them up to make flying geese.  I'm up to 50 geese. 
 True confessions; I love flying geese quilts.  I love traditional quilts and love this block.  But I have never made a flying geese quilt, and that's understandable since I'm relatively new to quilting.  I have made quilts that used FG's.  What am I going to do with these FG's ?  Don't know.




However, I have a thought about using them to make a runner.  Whatever I make, I love my geese and am being very careful about their points.  

The other project I'm working on are these sweet houses.
A blogging friend, Lesley of  The Cuddle Quilter, passed on this pattern to me, called A Cottage Year,  and I am trying my best to do justice to this beautiful design.
I have two houses stitched, the July and August houses.  My running stitch is not the best but it does get better as I go along.  

That's it.  Hope you are enjoying your crafting time.

God Bless You