Monday, April 29, 2013

Design Wall Monday - Twister

I have the first two rows of the Twister quilt done. I like it more than I thought would. I am finding the cutting to be a bit finicky. I have to be very careful not to cut into the next twister blade. My daughter will be happy once this quilt is done. This started life as a surprise Moda stash bag and I was so happy to find a layer cake of Blush. This will be another one that I won't want to give away, but luckily it won't be going to far and maybe if I am really lucky I will get to use it sometimes. Check out what others have on their design walls at Patchwork Times.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Knitting, Redwork, Quilting

I finally got my sock done, so I decided to give myself a break and work on something else. I cleaned up my quilt room this past week and found some great projects.

I bought a table topper kit last summer, for my dining room. Now that my dining room is done, I can start working on it. I found it harder to trace some of the intricate red work patterns so I bought some Transfer Eze with my Christmas quilting gift certificate. It is my first time using it and so far I am very impressed.

I also finally got back to my Twister quilt. I put on the borders yesterday and started to cut. I always find it difficult to cut a block once it's made. It seems weird to have a completed quilt top in front of me and than cut it up again.

Last summer at the same place where I got my table topper kit I also bought some minkee fabric to use as a backing for this quilt. My daughter has been hinting that it is time for me to get it done, so I promised to start working on it again.

Check out what others are making at WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Friday, April 19, 2013

On The Needles - Getting Closer

I am so close to having this sock done. I have a few more rows to do, then I can start working on the toe. I want to get the second one done soon, so I can start on a pair for my mother.  I really enjoying having projects that can fit in my purse and be taken anywhere. I am linking to On The Needles at Patchwork Times.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Slow as a snail

Slow as a snail - that's how I have been feeling lately. Life has been so hectic lately that it feels there is no time to quilt, or take great photos. I actually have 10 of these done, but 9 seemed better for the photo. I am 1/3 of the way there. Linking up to WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

16 X 2 = 32

I am embarassed. Much like, Grover in one of my all time favourite books "The Monster at the End of This Book." I won't give away the ending but to say I am embarrassed is an understatement. I started knitting these socks in March. I was not happy with the gauge I was getting so I ripped them out and started again with a smaller needle. Then I was having a hard time picking up the stitches for the gusset. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't come up with 16 stitches. Let's say I ripped out that section twice, or how about one more for good luck. I was very diligent in marking the rows I had done, so I knew that wasn't the issue. The pattern was excellent. It was from the same company that I had used for my daughter's socks. Finally when I was ready to give up I read the pattern again. It said to repeat rows 1 and 2 16 times, for a total of 32 rows. I had been repeating the rows so that my total was 16. Big Mistake! Well, I have fixed it now, turned the heel and hopefully turned the corner! How embarrassing!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

I'm an Aunt!

I'm an aunt! I found out that my sister-in-law had a baby girl this morning! On that side of the family it is the first girl. I had been contemplating in October when I found out she was pregnant what kind of quilt to make. My sil decided not to know what she was having so I decided to wait until the birth. While, it was a hard decision to make,  I have had this baby quilt in my closet for almost 2 years, and I decided it would be what I would give my niece.


It was tempting to start a new quilt but I think this one is beautiful and deserves a good home. It is the Unwind pattern by Jaybird Quilts. I can't wait to have it quilted and to see my new niece. Being an aunt is the best!

Friday, April 5, 2013

It's a start!

I have four of my log cabin blocks finished. I love how soft and sweet they look. I am using jelly rolls to make them, so I have been cutting the strips in half.

I have also been using this Log Cabin ruler by Marti Mitchell . I bought it on recommendation of my LQS last summer but really had not used it. I am finding it to be super helpful to cut the strips quickly. I have had this fabric for years, and I am glad I still like it. It's great to finally get to use it.