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

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Crazy Scrap Quilt

Last night I wanted to do some sewing so I pulled out one of my many UFO's and got to it.  I thought the blocks for this quilt were maybe from 2013.  You can imagine my surprise (shock) when after a bit of research I found they were really made in early 2011.  Can that be?  Yes.  I was reading Aneela Hoey's blog one day back in April of 2011 and saw her making this .  I enjoyed making the blocks because it's really a free and easy block, just put your fabrics together as you please.  I did organize my blocks into colors and use the cupcake as the common denominator.  When I saw the striped fabric I had begun to use as the sashing, it almost came out, but last night I went with it and in the light of day I think it worked well.

 That wide strip of navy may have been used differently, but it's fine.
I even like my brown/tan/yellow blocks.

So I'm four years late finishing the top, but it's progress and that's a good thing.

Our next round of funky weather is due to begin in a few hours.  I'll be keeping myself busy making the border for the Knitter's Gifts quilt, which is made up of mini drunkard's path blocks. 

God Bless You. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Knitter's Gifts Progress

I put Grand Illusion aside for a while so I could catch up on this quilt, From Head to Toe, A Knitter's Gifts by Denise Russart   I was very behind on this and finally have the blocks sewn together.  I think Denise will be giving us the directions for the border this weekend or next, so at least I'm ready. 

 The mitten pairs need to have an applique of the cording that holds them together, so I hope to get to that tomorrow. 
I think this design is a delight.  

Stay safe.  God Bless You.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Grand Illusion Progress; Or How I Cannot Follow Directions

We've had lots and lots of snow in the New England.  We did not miss the blizzard of two weeks ago and got about 2 feet, then have had several smaller storms.  As a result, I've had lots of upper body workouts shoveling.  Even though this much snow is a challenge, it is beautiful and fun. What I do worry about is the deep freeze we will be getting tonight, with temps going to 0 and the wind chill making it feel like 15 below.  
The blocks for Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery QAL are finally put together, and I was attaching the sashing.   I have never unsewn as much and as often as I have unsewn my work on this quilt. I really wanted perfect points, and as you can see there are many. But that's not where I went wrong. The picture above shows Bonnie's layout, and the layout I will eventually follow.  

This picture shows the layout I was making until I realized it didn't look right.  I was attaching the sashing strip to all sides of the blocks, instead of just two.  Yes, an amateur's mistake.  So, I'll be ripping out again.  Coats and Clark should love me, even though I am not making the best use of their thread.

As a diversion one weekend I crocheted this shawl.  Perfect for the our weather.  When I remember where I found the pattern, I will edit this post with the info.

Stay safe, stay warm and God Bless You.