Friday, March 24, 2017

On and off the needles

Three finishes and a start since my last OTN.  Socks are done! sweater is done! and scarf is done!  There may be another day chilly enough that I will wear my down coat and cozy scarf and hat and gloves.  And I see a spot on my coat.  I started some potluck socks with leftover yarn from three different balls of yarn.  Sometimes I would knit with just one ball of yarn, I worked the toes from both ends of one ball and amazed at how they matched.  The I started another ball on each sock while still working with the yarn from the toes so I would knit a couple rows then switch.  I finally figured out that if I put the ball in the sock and pulled as I knit the 4 strands of yarn didn't tangle as quickly.  Completely using a ball of yarn is as much fun as completely using the fabric in my stash.  How did I get so much done!???  It's basketball season.  The TV goes from a game with guys in black uniforms against guys in white uniforms with red trim then they are in white with blue trim and red uniforms, then we are watching a local game that was played weeks ago, then its on golf, then hockey, then there is some guy watching a bear, then the guys picking junk and few more brief stops and we start all over again. That's how I got so much done! hope you are too linking to Judy's OTN  --Ann--

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Log Cabin Blocks

I'm mindlessly sewing log cabin blocks only a few left to go then I start on the fan wedges.  Winter is bullying his way back again with very cold rain reminding the robins they were here too early. Its a good day to sew.  --Ann--

Monday, March 20, 2017

First day of Spring

Does anything say spring more cheerfully than a bouquet of daffodils?  It's still early for daffodils here, these came from the grocery store. I should have bought 3 more bundles.  Every single bud opened.  No excuses for not posting the last two weeks or is it closer to three.  Some days or weeks are just life and not blog worthy.  However I read through all last years posts to print into a book and there were so many little details that I had forgotten so maybe be I need to notice and make important the little things in life again.
Progress on this quilt top was very slow, there was a lot of variation in the finished star blocks and I didn't trim them to the smallest measurement  so rather than re cut every block I  made some adjustments like adding a strip to make my rows come out even. It's a scrap quilt!! whatever works to get it done and add it to the stack of quilt tops ready to baste. On to something more fun or interesting or more challenging. Looking forward to longer days --Ann--

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New projects--Mostly in my head

Over the weekend I started cutting strips for another Log Cabin Fan quilt for my country school friend.  In the process of choosing fabrics I found a stack of 9 x 12 inch pieces left over from the snail trail quilts what could I do with those?  I set them aside and cut some more strips. I'm going to need a lot of strips and a lot of different fabrics because with a scrap quilt its more more more.  If I didn't have a lot of yardage of any particular fabric I cut it into 2 1/2, 1 1/2, 3, 3 1/2 or 4 inch strips whatever worked to cut it all.  The 4 inch strips go in the bag for another bow tie quilt.  The others who knows but they are ready for something.  I see the stack of blue fabrics and the stack of yellow fabrics and think I should make that quick curve quilt from those should I use the blue in the middle and the yellow for the arcs or the blue and yellow in the middle and a dark blue for the arcs or the light blue for the arcs????  I don't need to decide today.  Cut more strips.  Pull out some bags of scraps from previous quilts to see if there are any strips the right width.  Find another bunch of fabrics that would be perfect for Aunt Sukey's Choice.  That was a block I fell in love with a few decades ago before I started quilting and still haven't made it but I still love it. I flip through the book there's the  quilt with the equilateral triangle pinwheels, I want to make it again with the pastel plaids. Slap my hand so I don't start cutting the pastel plaids.  Rearrange stacks of fabrics in the closet. Pull out some more and cut more strips.  Look at the 9 patches on the design wall.  A fellow blogger sent a photo of a 9 patch with an appliqué block in the center.  Do I want a basket of flowers or a wreath of flowers?  Look through books with appliqué,  think maybe I should do a pieced block instead.  Look at books with star block variations.  Think about the math to make it fit right. Think about appliqué again the flowers should be stylized like the red fabric. Back to cutting strips. Find a Buggy Barn star pattern to fit my scraps, trace, iron, cut, begin sewing Buggy barn stars. Just another day of wandering in my sewing room. --Ann--

Friday, February 24, 2017

On the needles

The last snow storm completely missed us.  I thought I would come out of the basketball game last night to snow but no snow.  Then I thought I would wake up to snow but again no snow.  I wore my cap to the game as the temps have dropped from the balmy 50's to the 20's and there was a cold wind from the north.  My cap was very cozy walking across the parking lot, the lady Jacks won if you were  wondering,  the scarf not so much as there has been no progress since last week.  I did order another skein of yarn because I like scarves long enough to wrap around my neck.
I'm ready to start the sleeves of my sweater.  That color looks like spring to me.
Linking to Judy's OTN  --Ann--

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Its been one of those weeks...........

Its been one of weeks when I don't feel like I have accomplished anything, just a little of this and a little of that.  I did get these blocks sewn together and pressed then folded neat and added to the short stack of quilts to be basted.  Up until today the weather has been so nice that I have gone for a walk for at least an hour everyday and one day I even sat down on a bench in the park because it was warm from the sun.  Basking in the sun in February! What a delight. And now today is 25 degrees cooler and grey and windy and so far no snow.  What have I done this week........finished a book for book club we read Poldark by Winston Graham now I want to watch the PBS series again.  Bought groceries twice because I forgot some things the first time and we might get snowed in so we need to be prepared just in case.  Just life...........--Ann--

Monday, February 20, 2017

Visiting quilts

 Hubby and I had a wonderful trip to San Diego to visit a niece and her hubby and little boy.  It was so fun to see their new old house with so much character and a thrill so see the quilts I have given her have been used and loved the way a quilt should be used.  Another quilt for her is in the thought process.  Thank you L, D and B for the wonderful hospitality and the private tour guide service.  --Ann--