I know, it’s a few days after Christmas, but I haven’t had time!! These kids have been keeping me busy with school for Alex and just taking care of a super mobile 9 month old! I still don’t have much time to sew, but I’ve been working on some knitting and hand work. For Christmas I asked the hubby to get me a sample kit from a site called KnitCrate.com. They have a monthly subscription where you get yarn, a pattern and some other items, and I wanted to see what it was like. While I think it’s a good idea, I don’t think it’s for me, it’s a lot of money for yarn and other silly items that I just can’t use. The one I got is here and I love the yarn color a lot, I just have no use for a big pom-pom!
Let’s see, to catch up the last few months. We had our guild quilt show in October, and I entered 5 quilts. We don’t do awards or anything in our show, maybe in future years we will. The only quilt I’ve been able to finish this year was Cassie’s wall quilt – I finished the binding 2 days before it needed to be turned in for the show! We had a great show and raised a lot of money for the guild, our next one isn’t until 2016, maybe I can get hexie diamonds finished to enter!
I didn’t make any presents this year, well except for the calendars I make every year. I just did not have as much time as I used to have and unfortunately sewing was on the bottom of the list. I did make 25 little candy cane holders for Alex’s 2 classes (daycare and preschool). They were so cute and the kids liked them (or so I’m told!). It took me quite a few days to make all of them, I had some issues with the embroidery machine that I had to work out before they started moving smoothly.
I finally finished the blanket for my sister’s friend. They loved it and I’m happy to have given something to that sweet little boy! The 18 rows of border went fast, and I don’t think there are that many errors in it. I know there are a few, but I doubt they’d ever notice it! Once I finished working on the blanket I decided to take apart the blanket I was crocheting for my sister and start all over with a knitted pattern. I found a nice pattern called Ziggy-Zaggy on Ravelry and I’ve gotten 1 repeat done already. It’s slow only because I only knit at night and lately I’ve been too tired to do any work! I’ll get a picture next time I have it out.
Back in August I started working on a new hexagon quilt. I’ve been slowly working on it and currently have 18 of 158 diamonds and 17 of 64 flowers completed. I had won a gift certificate to our local quilt shop at a guild meeting a few months ago and bought 5 quarter yards of some nice bright Moda Marbles and a yard of a white for the background. Now that the holidays are over I’m hoping to get more of this fabric cut up so I can work on prepping more hexies. Hexies are just the perfect thing to work on at night, as long as I’m not falling asleep!
I can’t remember if there was something else I wanted to mention, but I can always do another post if there is! I’m hoping to start posting at least once a week, whether I have something done or not!
Hubby and I are making some changes our webservers and I think I have everything setup properly again. If you see anything out of place or missing please let me know. You might need to sign up for emails again, I’m not sure! I hope to be back blogging again soon, I just haven’t completed anything lately!!
I know I have too many things going right now, but I miss doing my hexies! In the last 2 weeks I’ve been working hard on my knitting and I’ve gotten the first repeat completed. I will continue to work on it, but I need something else to work on as well. Otherwise my hands/arms are going to get too tired and sore of doing the same thing over and over again. So yesterday I cut out 2″ x 2″ squares from 2 charms packs and I now have about 336 squares ready for use. Only took me about 15 minutes to cut them out with my studio since I bought the 2″ square die awhile ago. I already have 1 diamond done and I’m working on the first flower today. I’m using Moda Marbles fabrics, I love how they look and think the whole quilt will look awesome with all the marble/tone on tone fabrics! I have another quilt that is in process using Moda Marbles, I need to finish the borders so I can cut that fabric up for this project.
Tonight is my EQ class, I did my lessons yesterday and printed them out, so I’ve been able to relax this afternoon and work on hexies! Hopefully I’ll be back soon with some finishes, I have to finish Cassie’s wall quilt for the quilt show and I’m hoping I can get the Hexie Diamonds one done for the show, but time is running out and I need to get the border on it and get it quilted. Hopefully Cassie will nap nicely tomorrow morning while Alex is at school and I can get her quilt bordered, layered and maybe even start quilting it.
Well I finally did it. 2 years and 1 month ago I started my hexagon diamonds quilt. Today I put the last hand stitches into it. All 2,473 hexagons are sewn together and I just need to add a border to it and then sandwich and quilt it. I think I have a plan for quilting it, it’s not going to be anything fancy since this is a queen sized quilt! I’m trying to decide how thick the border needs to be, I’m thinking only about 3 inches just to have a stopping spot. I’m cutting all the sides even, but I still think it needs that little bit on all sides. I have a few hexies that were extras (counted wrong on a few diamonds) that I was thinking of appliqueing on the borders, I’ll have to see if they really need it when I get them added on.
Since I had the quilt on our bed, even though it is going to be used on the bed in the trailer, I decided my new quilt model needed a pic on it. She’s now 4 months old and such a joy in our lives! Such a happy baby!! Hope to start posting more often now that I’m getting a little more free time – not much, but I am getting to work on the sewing machine a little more lately!
I have been so busy the last few months that I really haven’t done much sewing. Why have I been busy? Because my precious little girl Cassie was born!!!! She will be 2 months old on Wednesday and I can’t believe how fast the time has gone! We cannot believe she’s here, it’s amazing how different she is from Alex in size and attitude. Alex loves his little sister, almost too much, since he always wants to kiss her when she’s sleeping and that wakes her up!
I managed to get a few things done in my office over the weekend, finally made a cover for Alex’s dresser and now it’s protected from scratches. I forgot to take a picture of it, but it’s nothing special just 2 different fabrics (construction equipment and Chuggington trains) with some batting. I didn’t even quilt it, just stitched a 1/4 inch around the edges.
I finally managed to finish the last diamond for the penultimate row of my hexagon diamonds quilt. At the same time I’ve been working on the black pieces I need for fill in at the top and right now I’m working on putting one of those in place. Everything is slow work since Cassie wants to be fed every few hours! 🙂 I really would like to finish this so I can put it in our guild quilt show this year. Plus it’s for our bed in the trailer!
I joined another group on Facebook for those that are making what is called the Insanity Quilt by Rhonda Pearce. I really don’t need another hexagon quilt to make, but I love the design!!! I bought 3/4″ and 1/2″ hexagon papers from paperpieces.com awhile ago so I could decide which size I liked better and I also bought the Studio dies that I needed to cut my fabric into the correct sizes. I got the quilt designed in EQ7 and it’s going to be almost 100″ x 100″!! I’m planning on using the 3/4″ hexis, the 1/2″ are just too small for me. So when hubby asked what I’d like for Mother’s Day, I found some Moda Marbles jelly rolls on Amazon and gave him that option. Since it’s a lot of diamonds and flowers, I can start working on them as soon as I get hexie diamonds finished. It’s really hard to NOT cut into the fabric and start working on it!! I have some Moda Marbles here that I’m using on another quilt that I will also use once I finish the other quilt (yeah I know something else to finish!). I still need to decide on the background color, but I’ll probably use a solid Kona, white or cream. I won’t need it for awhile since I’ll just work on the flowers and diamonds for awhile first.
Well, Cassie is up again, time to get her dressed and fed so we can go out for a walk – I have more baby weight to lose!!!! And since I just realized it’s Monday, I’m linking up to Patchwork Times!
Well since I finished the baby’s blanket this week I’ve been working on hexies! Don’t have any pictures of them yet, I’ll probably wait until I have all the diamonds for the row completed.
Alex spent the night at my parents last night so I pulled some pink fat quarters and set to work cutting everything out for baby girl’s signature quilt. This morning I managed to complete 22 of the 36 blocks I need for the top. I need to make a run to Joann’s so I can get more Kona white for the rest of the blocks. I thought I had more than I did! Hopefully I can buy a whole bolt and be set for awhile, I do have a 40% off coupon to use. If I do go to Joann’s (which I probably will), I’m planning on getting the yarn to start another blanket for Kimmie’s friend. I think I’ll be able to work on that while I take care of everyone else – it might just be my sanity check!
I also managed to finally iron and put together the first 2 blocks in the Good Night Irene sew along. I’m SO far behind on this SAL! It doesn’t really matter, I know I can catch up pretty quickly since I already have all the pieces cut out, I just need time (and energy) to sit at the machine to work on it. I’m hoping I’ll find some time once I can sit at the machine better – there’s no a whole lot of room between the table and my stomach right now!
We’ve now completed 3 EQ sessions with the other quilt guild in my area. I’m loving teaching again, even though I am now taking a month or so off for the baby. Everyone says they are learning a lot on how to use the software, which is wonderful! Can’t wait to see what they do with the assignment I gave them for April while I’m on “maternity leave”.
Gotta run, need to get 2 months worth of newsletters posted for our guild!
I finished it!!!! I actually finished on Monday (3/3), but just got around to taking pictures today. I kept forgetting to take the good camera upstairs with me and I only go up twice a day anymore. It took me 2 months (almost exactly) of work and I did leave 2 of the repeats out because I didn’t think it needed to be any longer and because she’ll be here soon! Of course I finished it before my c-section was scheduled, but we found out yesterday that it is planned for 3/21, that’s only 2 weeks from tomorrow!!!! I can’t wait to wrap her in this blanket totally made with mommies love! Now I can work on hexies until I get more yarn so I can start a blanket for Kimmie’s friend who is due in July. Gotta keep practicing!
Before Alex was born I made a signature quilt and had everyone at the shower sign it. Well we aren’t having a shower for little girl so I couldn’t do the same thing. However I have decided that I will make signature blocks and anyone that comes to visit at the hospital or here at home needs to sign them. Then eventually I’ll put it all together into a quilt and it can hang in her room like Alex’s does. I’ve already designed the quilt and I’ve pulled some pink fat quarters out of the stash. Need to check one more place to see if there are any more pinks, might get a few more at the new Joann’s that’s opening tomorrow. Alex will be staying at my parents Saturday night, so hopefully Sunday I can cut everything out on the Studio and start sewing. Alex likes to help me push the pedal on the sewing machine, so maybe he can help me next week too!
Off to rest my back, teaching EQ tonight and my back hurts after sitting at the computer too long!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!! We don’t really do much to celebrate, we really just get each other cards. We are going out to dinner tonight with Alex, and I guess we are taking him to Amazone, so he can play with other kids and we can sit and enjoy him having fun.
I have been working VERY hard on the blanket for little girl and I’m happy to say I’m almost halfway done. I just finished the third repeat of the pattern and have 3 to go, plus a half repeat, plus the border. I might decide to make it a little smaller and skip a few of the repeats, I’m not sure yet. We’ll see how big it looks when I get the next repeat completed. I only have 6 weeks until she’s born, and it’s already taken me 6 weeks to get this far! I’m really liking the pattern and it has gotten LOTS easier as I go. I had a problem last week where I was missing a stitch and had done 2 rows, thank goodness I only had to take out 1 row and a little bit of the second row to pick up the dropped stitch. Unfortunately I didn’t see where the dropped stitch was until after I got that first row out. I’m still working on getting my stitches to be uniform in tightness, but it’s really difficult for me.
I still haven’t worked on any quilting in the last few weeks, I’ve just been too busy trying to get this done. I really miss my hexagons and I have a new design I want to do with either 1/2″ or 3/4″ hexies – the pattern calls for 1/2″, but that might be too small for me I need to do some testing first!
Gotta run, time for lunch and get Alex to bed for his nap, or we’ll never be able to go out tonight!
I totally forgot to post last week!! I haven’t done ANY quilting lately, I’ve been devoting all of my free time to working on the blanket for the baby. I’m making lots of progress, I can get a row done in about 20 minutes now instead of 30. I’ve had some issues along the way with doing wrong stitches and then not being able to work backwards to take them out. I have an entire row that should have been taken out, but the stitches were SO tight that I just decided to leave them in. It was a lot less stressful for me! I’m ok with some flaws in the blanket, I’d rather it be done than be 100% perfect and it’s still something special that I’m making for my baby girl! I added a second skein of yarn the other day, that was WAY easier than I thought it would be. I found this on YouTube and it was quite easy AND you cannot see the knot in the knitting. Since I ran out in the middle of the row, I thought this would be the best way to join the new yarn in. I know there’s a lot more ways to do it, but this was the best for me at this time. I’m proud of how much I’ve finished considering I’ve only been working on it for 3 weeks! I know I’m not going to be doing the whole pattern, this 2nd skein might be enough to make it big enough, we’ll see as I get more repeats completed.
I was at Walmart this week and saw some real cute Caron yarns. I couldn’t help myself and bought them. Have no idea what to do with them, but I bought them! Each of them were under $5 so it’s not like I broke the bank for them!
I am very happy with what I have accomplished on my daughter’s blanket so far. I messed up in a few places on the border, but because I know it would take me forever to get back to where I’m at if I took it all out and started over, I’m leaving it where it’s at. It doesn’t bother me too much, and I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t say anything no one would notice. Well, unless you are a knitter! 🙂 I’m still trying to figure out the best way to keep track of where I’m at on the pattern, I’ve been keeping a paper copy of the pattern on my lap and my iPhone next to it with StitchMinder running to keep track of the repeats in the row and the number of rows I have completed. I’m thinking of installing it on my iPad Mini and see if that helps any. Also, I downloaded an app called KnitCompanion to the iPad, but from what I can tell if I want the row counters, etc to work I need to pay for the full version. Looked like that was on the expensive side, so I’ll have to see if I can find another app or just install StitchMinder on the iPad Mini and keep using the paper pattern. I’m going to keep working on this as much as I can, just because I have a deadline! I really want this done so baby girl can use it on the way home like Alex used his blankie from mommy on the way home.