Monday, October 30, 2017

It's been far too long....

I've started this post in my head probably four or five times - when I'm in the car, or the grocery store - anywhere but near the computer.  Part of my problem is that I had a couple of half-done projects, and I really wanted to share at least one finish - and then, Friday night, I almost tripped over a prayer shawl that's been completed for almost a week (and it needed to be delivered almost that long ago).  Aha!  A finished project!  and the post still didn't happen...
So, before I turn the calendar page, I'm going to fill you in on what I've been working on in my oh-so-little bit of spare "crafting" time.
First up, the prayer shawl - a friend just lost her mom, and has had a few other challenges to deal with, so I thought she needed a prayer shawl - and I had just bought 2 balls of beautiful yarn that I thought would make the perfect shawl for her.  I tried a few patterns before I "found" this one - and I'm SO pleased with how it turned out!
I also made up 9  "Scrappy Susannah" blocks for Kat's Sept. / Oct. block drive for Covered in Love.  She asked us to use traditional fall colours - browns, rusts, orange and golds - all colours that I have in abundance.
I'm still busy knitting sweaters for babies born into our family and for my daughter's friends.  I really love "Tenderheart" by Tin Can Knits, and I've knit it a few times now - but always for little boys.  This time I needed little girl sweaters for 2 sisters, so I knit one in a soft green with rose contrast.  The second one uses the same rose yarn, but is being knit in their new pattern, "Dog Star".  The green one needs to have the underarm seams grafted, and then to be washed and blocked.  I'm just starting the contrast pattern in the rose one.  I REALLY  want to have both of them finished for the weekend - because the next baby is due in about 2 weeks!

I have a lot of projects in various stages of completion - I'll try to share some of their stories soon!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Another quiltlet...

In my last post, I mentioned that I had promised our local veterinary clinic a few small quilts to use when folks have to have a beloved pet "put down".  All they have right now is a pile of old donated bath towels to wrap the animal in - and that really bothered me (we've been there)...
So, I made up a few scrappy quilts.  I showed them to a friend, who thought that they might be too bright and cheerful.  A few days later, I was in our local Walmart, and noticed that they had some animal themed FQs - and of course, they followed me home....
I had pinned a number of scrappy quilts to my Pinterest board, so I chose one of the patterns, and before my husband could complain that supper wasn't ready, I had this top done!  It (and the other 2 tops that I made last week) still needs to be quilted, but that's the easy part.
And here's the finished top (I hope that my friend will appreciate the softer tone of the fabrics!).

Linking up to Sew Fresh Quilts and  Kat & Cat Quilts

Monday, September 18, 2017

Quilting ADD

I'm not looking forward to summer being over just yet, but the fall season does mean a little more sewing time for me.  The garden has yielded most of it's goodies, and the bulk of the canning / freezing is finished.  Fair season is in full swing - I've judged at 2 local fairs so far, and have 2 more to do.  BUT, I've managed to set some time aside to sew!  I can't get over how good it feels to sit behind the machine again - and even pressing is fun right now.
But, because it's been such a long time coming, I've got a multitude of projects in the works.  Add to that, we bumped into a long-time friend last week, and she mentioned that her granddaughter had just had a baby boy!  Of course, that means either a quilt or sweater is needed!  Fortunately, I had some charm packs that I got earlier this summer - and I had even started cutting and sewing some blocks for a quilt.  UNfortunately, I can't find most of the fabrics / blocks right now.  I did piece together the ones I did find, and laid them out, but it's obviously too small and too "blue" (even though it is a baby boy...).  A quick search of my sewing room turned up nothing except the border fabric.  (I need to get in there with a search warrant, I'm afraid).
But here are the blocks so far....
Some of the fabrics are very washed out, and I may just leave them out of the finished quilt (or use them for the back / label).
Also, earlier this summer, our 8 year old cat ended up at the vet's - he's tiny for his breed (Maine Coon), but he was downright scrawny.  He normally tips the scale at about 11 lbs. but was down to just over 7.  He spends most of the summer roaming the neighbourhood, and we only see him for a few minutes here and there - but hubby picked Buddy up on one of his brief visits "home" to eat, and was shocked at how thin he was.  We've already lost 2 'Coons - one to a malignancy, and one to a heart condition, and we were both sure that we were dealing with something similar.  Long story short, it was a minor issue - and a change in diet has him back up to 10.5 lbs again.  What does that have to do with quilting?  Well, we were sure we'd have to have him put down - and the clinic wraps them up in old donated bath towels.  I asked if they'd like a few small quilts donated for that purpose, and they were thrilled!  I had been making some blocks with a bright teal Kona and a print as my latest "leader / ender", so I grabbed them, and stitched up 2 small quilt tops.  I picked up some cute animal print fabrics for the backs - and hopefully, I'll be able to finish these quilts up and deliver them next week.
And finally, today's project - I've been slowly adding to my stash of 'Raspberry Kiss' blocks - it's going to be a quilt for our bed - and I stitched up another 11 blocks.  Our bed is a queen, so I have a way to go yet, but there's no rush for it.
So, Quilting ADD seemed like a perfect description of my last 2 weeks of sewing!

I'm linking up to Scraptastic TuesdayOh Scrap!; and Sew Some Love

Monday, September 4, 2017

I've been busy - honest!

I see that it's been a month since I last posted - yikes!  I didn't realize that a whole month had already passed - and yet, when I see the jars of jam and pickles, etc. on the pantry shelves and survey my dining room table, I know that I've finished a lot!  There's also a lot of WIPs scattered around...
But first - my current quilt-y project... My oldest daughter has recently decided on a career change - which means a move for her - and that's happening on Wednesday.  We had a conversation a few months ago, and she mentioned that "You can never have too many quilts", so I decided that this move needed to be celebrated with a quilt!  I went through my Pinterest board for ideas, but couldn't quit thinking about some blocks that I'd done for a block drive for Kat's Covered in Love charity quilt project.  I love the modern look of black and white blocks with a "hit" of colour, so that's what I decided to make.  I have lots of pieces of Kona cotton in a rainbow of shades, so I was able to make a LOT of blocks without repeating the center colour.  This is what my "design floor" looks like this morning:
My hubby just texted me that we have company coming over after supper, so I guess I REALLY need to get sewing!
One of the other sewing projects that I had going last week was sewing some red, white and blue star blocks for Kat's July / August block drive.  We were free to make any kind of star block.  I found a few ideas and pulled my fabrics to make the starflower block at the top left.  Unfortunately, I cut some of the fabrics too small, but salvaged them with the block on the right.  But the one I really LOVE is the bottom one!  I looked for striped red and white fabric to make an American flag block for the center, but this red and white "zipper" fabric was the best I could find - I think it works!
And finally, I've been doing a lot of knitting in the evenings (my current sewing space doesn't have lights).  Both of my daughters have friends that are having babies, and I'm trying to knit a sweater for the firstborn in each family.  So, I got some yarn to make my new favourite sweater - Tenderheart by TinCanKnits.
This is a beautiful spring green, and will be going to a lovely little girl - the final sleeve needs finishing, and then the 2-colour yoke will complete it.  When it's done, I have to make another little girl sweater, and then still have 2 little boy sweaters to make, and one more for a baby due in October.  I might switch the pattern for some of those sweaters...
Thanks for dropping in to see what I've been doing!
Linking up to Kat's Sew Some Love, and Cynthia's Oh Scrap posts.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Knitting and cards...

It's been far too long since my last post, and I apologize for that.  Part of the reason is that my sewing machine up and died, and I've been too busy to even look at replacement machines.  I have a VERY part-time job, mostly just June - August, and that's kept me busy; as well, our garden has me hopping - between planting, pulling weeds and harvesting / processing, I haven't had much spare time.  Thankfully, I've been able to keep up my outings with my father, and also be there for my mother-in-love, and for my kids and grandsons!
Mind you, I haven't had time to sit around with my hands in my lap!  My mom never sat down without a knitting or crochet project in her hands, and I've picked up that habit.  I love the Toronto Blue Jays (major league baseball team), and try to catch their games on TV, but I have a mindless knitting project on the needles so that I can keep up with the game, and accomplish something useful at the same time!
This is my latest "baby" sweater - you may recall that I was almost to the point of joining the sleeves to the body of the sweater in my last post.  I'm happy to say that the sweater is finished and gifted!


The pattern is Tenderheart by TinCan Knits.  I LOVE this pattern!  I currently have 2 more in progress - one for a little girl, and one for a baby boy.  I'll share pics of my progress soon.
I've also stolen a few minutes to make a few cards...  A dear friend had surgery recently, and was sure she had experienced a set-back;  I know that a card won't solve her problems, but it hopefully helps to know that someone is thinking about you and praying for you!  I made 3 different "encouragement" 
cards and sent the light pink one off to her.  I'm very happy to report that she saw her doctor yesterday, and, after a scan, she was sent home with the good news that everything is on-track, and going exactly as it's supposed to be!
(I found out late last night that another friend fell and broke her hand - no sewing or quilting for her for at least 6 weeks - so the white card will be heading her way later today).
And now it's time to head back out to the garden - there are beans and cucumbers to pick!

Monday, June 19, 2017

My newest quilt! and some knitting..

A few years ago, I purchased a fat quarter pack of Project Linus fabrics, and some yardage from the same line.  I was sort-of involved with making afghans and quilts for Project Linus at the time, but, as often happens, life took a turn, and I got busy with other things.  Now I've come full-circle, and decided to pull out those fabrics and actually make something with them.
So, first things first - what quilt pattern should I use?  I looked through the various quilts that I have bookmarked over the years, and also my Pinterest boards, and finally decided on "Hugs and Kisses".  I was able to get 2 - 10" squares cut from each fat quarter.  There were 13 fabrics that were usable for the blocks (the other fabrics had white backgrounds - they'll be used in other PL quilts), so I ended up with 26 blocks.  One block finished too small (?) and I set one more aside, and made a quilt with 4 blocks per row, and 6 rows.  I used the red Snoopy print for the backing and a great striped fabric for the binding, and voila! a completed quilt for Project Linus!
There are two prints with black backgrounds - one is striped, and the other is a text prints that says "Security is a thumb and a blanket" - so appropriate for a Project Linus quilt!
I've also been really busy working in the yard - sorry, no photos, but in my spare time I've been getting some knitting done.  It seems like all the young women that are having babies now are having boys, so my "stash" of baby girl gifts is being abandoned...  Knitting boy's sweaters is about the only thing I'm working on lately - including this little pullover for a certain almost-one-year-old little guy.  It's another "Tenderheart" sweater from Tin Can Knits - done up in a soft green this time.  I'm so close to joining the body to the sleeves - and then the stranded colour work gets done...  The photo doesn't do the colour justice - maybe the completed sweater will show more true.


Linking up to Kat's Sew Some Love page.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Kicking off June!

These items were all supposed to be blogged about in May, but somehow, the month has ended, and I didn't get the post written.  Of course, that makes June's first post a bit more exciting then, right?
I did manage to finish the quilt I was working in on my last post - except that it took a wee bit longer to do than my estimate of 20-30 minutes...  Two hours later, I snipped the last of the threads holding it to the machine - and I'm finally getting it's picture taken today.
This quilt will be donated to Project Linus.
I can't remember the name of the fabric, but it's made with 2 charm packs and some Kona Snow.  It's a disappearing 9-patch quilt - so fun and easy to do!  I did a diagonal stitch both ways through each block and also stitched in the ditch around each block.  It's got a bright striped binding to finish.
I also managed to finish a 4-week long knitting project.  I saw notices on Facebook from Red Heart yarn, talking about a shawl knit-along. The pattern looked easy enough (I've been knitting since I was 12, so, about 30 years?  LOL), so I signed up to knit the Textured Triangle Shawl.  It was a lot of fun to knit - so much fun in fact, that I've started a second one and have yarn for a third one!  The yarn for this project is a chunky / bulky weight (size 5), so it went fairly quickly.  I chose a pale grey - it will probably match more clothing colours that way.  I finished a few days after the official deadline - the garden was in desperate need of some attention, so that got in the way, but the shawl is finished now!
I think it's a bit smaller than the pattern suggests (more people commented on the same thing), but it's big enough for me!
Linking up to Sarah's Can I get a Whoop-Whoop, and Kat's Sew Some Love posts.