Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Knitting

The guys were off hunting last weekend so I was left to my own devices, I didn't have to cook for anyone but me so that was minimal, I had complete control of the remote so I snuggled up and watched movies most of the weekend and knit and knit some more.  I plan to finish one of these pairs this weekend.  --Ann--

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Log Cabin with 9 patches

All the blocks are sewn now to trim and do some rearranging, I see some prints that are too close together.  I think I'll take them off the wall in random order then trim and put them back in rows and see what happens.  --Ann--

Monday, November 13, 2017

something new on the design wall

 Last week I was looking at some possibilities for the next quilt and thought maybe I would do the pine burr which is a long triangle with half square triangles coming up the sides and a diamond at the point, the base of the pine cones / triangles are set on a square or a square with sides that curve in, very attractive in green and red with a cream background.  The pattern I had was in a magazine from 1999.  I started cutting some greens then decided to do a trial block in scrap fabrics and I'm so glad I tried one before cutting 20 different greens for the pine burrs.  The magazine instructions were minimal, I cut templates and used all my tools and sewed very accurate quarter inch seams then sewed the HSTs to the big triangle then trimmed the curve to sew to the center and nothing fit right so I measured the templates and the math didn't come out right.  I would need to sew a very generous quarter inch seam to make the HSTs fit the long triangle and even then the template was cutting off the bottom pair of HSTs.  I don't like it when the points of triangles are missing!  The magazine is back on the self along with the templates I may try again someday.
I flipped through my favorite books looking for ideas then I was wishing I hadn't tossed so many magazines the last couple moves but I remembered as I purged magazines years ago that I ripped out pages and filed them.  Happy day! to look through all those patterns!!  I found a Kim Diehl pattern with nine patches and courthouse steps or log cabins and set aside a couple other patterns that use the same width of strips because you know I will cut too many.  --Ann--
P.S.  These fabrics were all in my stash.  And linking to Em's Moving it Forward 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday knitting

 One pair of sock finished and two more started.  With the self striping yarn I just have to knit until I come to the next color and then the next and the next.  My uncle brought me a ball of yarn from his trip to Patagonia its 100% merino yarn so I needed some superwash with nylon for the toes and heels and similar weight.  Its a heavier fingerling but these balls of leftovers are close.  Making progress on the Christmas socks.  --Ann--

Thursday, November 9, 2017


 I was completely mesmerized by the falling snow the other day.  It was just falling straight down, no angles at all.  It was so peaceful to watch.  The ground is still white.  Winter may be long this year.  --Ann--

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Friendship star quilts

 I've made this quilt pattern before, its just fun to see how the same pattern looks with different fabrics.  The second and third quilts were made with bales of 6" x 18" strips of fabric for the stars and 4 patches.  I completely used up the 26 strips and added the background and border fabrics. The last photo is a doll quilt  using 2 inch squares and triangles.  Two are photos of photos because they live somewhere else and the original digital photos were lost when the computer crashed a couple years ago.  Documenting quilts is important.  On to something new --Ann--

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ta da da done

 Finished and ready to go.  --Ann--