Friday, May 27, 2011

Testing a Block!

I finally started a test block using the John Flynn Miniature Double Wedding Ring template set. 6" double wedding ring blocks are small! Once I decided to actually follow the instructions (!) it went together very nicely. It was a good thing I still had the smallest rotary cutter size to get around the templates!

I did notice that the templates fit nicely on a charm pack so I picked one out to make a very scrappy mini. Now I have to get sorting the charms into lights, mediums and darks. After that I will start cutting!

After testing that, I thought I would work on some more Farmers Wife blocks. Six more done!

I am still trying to figure out what size of quilt I want to make with these. I am now thinking I may make a lap size quilt. That would mean I have about half the blocks made that I will need to finish the quilt!

 I also finished the shawl I have been knitting in the evenings. It was actually quite an easy patterrn and I was very able to do it in front of the tv without getting too lost. It is the Meandering Vines Shawl found on Ravelry. I did mine with Alpaca Cloud. It is so soft!

Here is a close up!

My sewing room is a MESS so the next thing I am doing is a good cleanup!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A day in my sewing room but first...

I spent a whole day in my sewing room yesterday! What fun...but before I could get started I cleaned up a bit and while I was putting things away I found a few UFO's!

Some I will probably never do anything with but some I really want to finish.

This is a quilt (just 36" x 48") that I made from scraps left over from a kit. It just needs a border but I keep forgetting to bring it to the quilt shop with me.

Then I have these two sashiko panels to use. I am still undecided whether to frame them one day or use them for a front panel in a tote bag.

Then I have this double stitch project from Mountain Patchwork . It is an interesting technique where you stitch your pieces together with a running stitch and then again through the seam allowance.

Here is a close up of the front and back.

Finally here is another quilt to hand quilt. I have had this top done for many years but could never decide how to quilt it. I absolutely love it so it is staying out to inspire me to get it finished!

Next time, I'll show you what I worked on yesterday after cleaning up!

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I can't believe that so much time has gone by since I last blogged. I finally finished putting together my friendship triangle exchange quilt that was started many many months ago!

It really has turned out nicely and I am excited to get it quilted. I think I have decided to let someone else do the quilting on this one. Feathers! I really want feathers! And a flannel backing so it is nice to cuddle under. And then I will probably gift it to someone I love!

I almost took this quilt apart before I put the border on it. This is the hazard of working on something every once in a while. My tree trunks use three different fabrics. Guess who forgot to somewhat evenly distribute them when laying out the blocks? And guess who didn't notice until they were all put together?

Here is one clump of the same trunks!

And here is another.

Despite it looking a little 'clumpish', I like it! A lot!

I have been doing a bit of knitting lately and will have something to show for it soon...but it is taking me a while to get these socks I am working on going. The other night I realized that I was doing the pattern wrong and had to rip out everything I had knitted. I am almost to the heel again! That's what happens when I pay more attention to the TV than to my needles!

Happy Stitching!