Monday, June 27, 2016

Macro Shot

Frank took this photo yesterday. If there were a dime in the picture, it would be about half the size of one wing. Amazing beauty.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Points of Procrastination

You know, every project them. You're happily tooling along, making decisions, choosing colors, piecing successfully; and then you get to a point where you aren't sure what to do next. I mean you know what to do, but not how to do it.

This quilt top has been together, minus the first border, for weeks. All I needed to do was apply an unpieced border with mitered corners. But I dragged my feet, did all sorts of other projects and procrastinated, because quilters grumble about mitered corners; they might pucker, or have a gap in the center or not lay flat. The last time I mitered a border was four years ago, for my son's wedding quilt. But that was a mirrored miter, this one should be a lot easier.

When I finally got down to it, the miters themselves only took about a half an hour. 3 out of 4 turned out spot on the first time. DH says I need to trust myself more.

Then I needed to figure out how to make the pieced chevron units for the second border. I avoided the project for another month or so, while it stared at me from the design wall. I started something else, a Log Cabin quilt, with easy no-thinkum sewing. When I finally took a Sunday afternoon of uninterrupted time to focus on the problem, I solved it in an afternoon. Bam! That was so satisfying.

I've been motoring along ever since, piecing 82 - 2" x 1 1/8" chevrons. Last night it was time to lay them out.

It's good for me to write these things down. I can see my progress better over time. Maybe it'll build confidence!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Berry Baby Cap

A friend of mine from the community garden is due to have her third child this month. I just had to knit something for the new little one. This is Berry Baby Cap.

Blocking on a pint canning jar.

With a rolled brim.

The crown decreases are worked every round, which creates these fun leaf shapes.

Such a fast, fun knit and so cute!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Avoidance Quilting

This quilt was started so I wouldn't have to solve the points of procrastination I was facing with my Fruit Basket quilt. An easy Log Cabin, with all straight sewing, in colors completely different from clear pastels, how refreshing...

I just started pulling colors from the strip bin and sort of matching shades.

Spunky always has to come and help.

Cut into 2" strips and ready to go.

I can create a layout in EQ7 to get an idea of where I'm going, but then I just sew until I have enough blocks to actually lay it out. It's always good to see it in the fabrics I'm working with.

Log Cabin has so many fun options, but I think I like the first one best.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Finally Finished Flying Geese

I've heard about second sock-itis and thought - "That won't be me, I'm too completion-oriented." HA!

But nobody kept track of how long these took me, but me, so it doesn't matter.

I love 'em! My husband asked me if I'd tried them on yet and I had to laugh. I was so busy being pleased they were off the needles I forgot they're something to wear! They fit beautifully.

Although I'm done, I'm not exactly finished...

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Bit of Unusual Knitting

One of the ladies in our knitting group suggested a community project, knitted prosthesis for breast cancer survivors, euphemistically called Knitted Knockers.

It wasn't a difficult bit of knitting and I felt good helping out in a small way, by providing a soft, knitted prosthetic for someone who didn't want reconstructive surgery.

After a couple of weeks, the group had made maybe 8 pair and we mailed them to the organization. They will stuff them and distribute them free of charge to those in need.