Monday, April 25, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Life is too short to knit with ugly yarn.
You have to knit a couple ugly sweaters before you knit a pretty one.
If you don't like it, its just not done yet.
The sun is shining here beckoning me to sit outside and knit and then I look at the thermometer...... cold air is still coming down from the north. I'll sit by the window instead. linking to Judy's OTN --Ann--
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
My fern leaf peony is going be be early this year as long as it doesn't get nipped by frost. They way the buds are nestled in the foliage always makes me smile, like a fuzzy duckling or gosling or a creature from a Dr. Suess story.
And then I walked out to the garden and found a few stalks of asparagus finders eaters.
Hope your spring is full of cheerful blooms--Ann--
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
My favorite quilt design books:
- Skillbuilder Mastery for Quilting by Machine and Machine Quilting Design Builder by Renae Allen lots of ideas for quilting various blocks, setting squares and triangles and borders Great book if you want to show off the components of a block, sashing and borders.
- Quilting Possibilites freehand filler patterns by Sue Patten variations of designs to fill a variety of blocks
- 250 Continuous Line Quilting Designs by Laura Lee Fritz lots of pictorial and theme designs
- Quilting Makes the Quilt by Lee Cleland There are 10 quilts in the book she has sewn 6 of each and quilted them 6 different ways, some traditional, some edge to edge designs, some very contemporary, her book really shows how the quilting can enhance the piecing or over power it.
- Freemotion Quilting by Judy Woodworth basic how to's for contemporary and traditional designs also how to use templates, and information on thread, tension and batting.
- One Line at a Time by Charlotte Warr Anderson how to mark a quilt and make templates for geometric designs. I might try these on a very small quilt to fill in the background.
- Heirloom Machine Quilting a Comprehensive Guide to Hand-Quilted Effects Using Your Sewing Machine by Harriet Hargrave the title says it all, lots of thorough information on turning your quilt top into a quilt.
- Encyclopedia of Designs for Quilting by Phyllis D. Miller how to for a wide variety of designs for hand quilting but adaptable to machine quilting.
- Quilting with Style Principles for Great Pattern Design by Qwen Mortenson and Joe Cunningham also a wide variety of designs and how to mark a quilt for geometrics, cables, fans, feathers etc for hand quilting but also adaptable to machine quilting.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Judy's OTN. --Ann--
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016
Judy's DWM. --Ann--
Friday, April 1, 2016
What a surprise to wake up to see the ground white. I started a different pattern with the sweater and was going full steam ahead then I counted my stitches and I'm way off. This saddle shoulder sweater has short rows in the back to make the collar higher in the back so there were fewer stitches in the back section to accommodate the increases and short rows and foolish, blaze ahead, leap before looking me did my short rows and increases on the front section. I have 14 more stitches on my back than on my front, as of yet I still have Mrs.-Adams-dance-instructor-straight-posture, no hunching over for me, so rip again. Good thing yarn is so forgiving. While I was sorting my error out in my head I started another pair of socks, sometimes plain knitting is the way to go. Another great day to knit or sew or read or a little or a lot of each today as I watch the snow fall and melt. Linking to Judy's OTN. --Ann--