Friday, January 29, 2016

On the needles

Socks are done and almost done.  I ripped a sweater and started over on a different pattern.  I didn't like the way the shoulders and sleeves fit and felt so I ripped and it ripped so fast!  This is just a long sleeve basic crew neck pullover.  There is a strip in the middle of yarn that wasn't ripped yarn and notice how smooth the stitches are.  I didn't think there would be a difference in the yarn.  I sure hope it blocks out.  It is knitting fast on size 9 needles.  Sunny day here and sloppy streets.  linking to Judy's OTN --Ann--

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Power sewing and arranging the blocks

I finished sewing the northwind blocks now to arrange them or maybe sew a few more blocks.  While I think about how to arrange them I started machine quilting the white on white quilt.  I started the meandering feather in the corner of the first border and went all the way around the quilt with the feather then went to work on the center.  I stitch a while then glance  at the design wall, then jump up and move a few blocks, step back then machine quilt some more and repeat.  I'll have the machine quilting done before I finish arranging the northwind blocks.  --Ann--

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


oops!  look what happens when I don't take the time to lay the parts the way they should be in the block.  Stitch a lot,  rip a little.  --Ann--

Monday, January 25, 2016

180 on Design Wall

The beginning of last week I was merrily sewing on the neutral north wind quilt and checked with the bride to see if I was on the right course.  I sent her a photo of the Northwind in Blue and asked her to imagine it in neutrals.  She decided she liked color better so all the neutral blocks came off the wall and out came the colors.  Which was a pleasant relief and change from the white on white because the ground is white and the sky is gray and the day is overcast and was dreary all last week and there doesn't seem to be a change in the forecast so the bright colors are a welcome change.  I pulled out my box of Merryvale fabrics and sorted the 6 x 18 inch strips and paired them by big and little  prints, busy and calm, light and dark, near compliments, analogous, or monochromatic. Then pulled out some yardage to fill in with more blues and yellows because all the blue strips went into the 2 Northwind quilts in the links.  I need to sew a couple dozen more then arrange into a visual order.  Hope your gray days are filled with quilting fun.  Linking to Judy's DWM.  --Ann--

Monday, January 18, 2016

More Fog

More fog both inside and out today.  When I started cutting strips for In a Fog I cut strips for a couple more neutral quilts because why not cut up all those bundles of 12 inch widths for more quilts and work in a series. It makes me feel like an artist. I added some darker neutrals to this because I needed some contrast in value.  So far I have been pretty random about placing the blocks but when I get all 80 sewn plus some extras I will arrange things by value and try to direct how your eye will travel around the quilt.  I'm much more excited about this quilt than the first neutral.  What did I learn on the first neutral needs more contrast in lights and darks.  Thats why it is fun to work in a series. By the way this block is called Northwind.   Linking to Patchworktimes Design Wall Monday.  --Ann-- 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Second Finish for 2016

Am I starting a trend here? getting in a new routine!??! My second quilt finished in the second week of the new year.  Lets see I have...... how many quilts basted and ready to quilt?  I could........nahhh I'm on a roll here for finishing quilts........ but if I try to do one a week that puts pressure on and then its no fun.  Lets just see what happens in the weeks to come.  I just need to get a label on it by Saturday.  No pressure. Just enjoying the process --Ann--

Monday, January 11, 2016

Machine Quilting

It was a great weekend to machine quilt here on the snow covered prairie.  It was cold outside, really cold.   I have been stitching arcs in and around the stars, lengthwise stitches in the dark steps and diagonal rings in the light steps and star background.  I used a dark thread on the dark sections and light thread on the light.  Only a couple more sections to quilt and then the borders.  It is warmer today with a dusting of fresh snow.  Might be a good day to finish this quilt. --Ann--

Friday, January 8, 2016

On the Needles

More socks!! They are functional--clean socks everyday! they are portable--I can knit in the car, in the chair, on a plane, anywhere,  they are fun--so many yarns, colors, patterns, and textures.  And my kids really were thrilled with another pair of hand knit socks in their sock for Christmas.  So now I start the birthday socks.  Happy knitting and linking to Judy's OTN --Ann-- 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

In a Fog

Can you see it?  I am in a fog here, it is so foggy outside I can't see the buildings a block away or the grain bins.  In a Fog is what I am calling this quilt.  I saw a neutral/white on white quilt in a catalog and after studying it I determined it was a Jacob's ladder block and a 16 patch.  Easy enough I don't need to buy the pattern or the bundle of fabrics because I have several bundles and stacks of background/white on white/neutral fabric in the stash and it really is fun to use the stash.  The top photo was snapped when the sun was shinning a couple days ago.   I like the subtle elegance of these fabrics when used together, they have given me ideas for other blocks using more of the background fabrics. Happy quilting--Ann--

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 Start with a finish!

I'm starting the year by finishing a quilt!  I free motion quilted around each bow tie and background pieces and tried to do as much as I could with a continuous thread.  I also ran it through the wash once so now it is soft and cozy.  This is for a nieces son who graduated last May yes I am a little late but it took some time to find the right quilt pattern.  He is an elementary teacher and I can just picture a little kid trying to get his attention "teacher, teacher,  Mr K.  Mr K!" then pinching his necktie and giving it a small tug  "Mr K, Mr K"........hence switching to the bow tie in the classroom.  I made a long skinny label with my machine, instead of stacking the information and trying to center each line I just made a continuous line of information.  Time for a new project.  Happy New Year --Ann--  Linking to Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday