Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Good Night Irene month 4

She's coming along. I love the softness of the colors, and the drape is amazing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A New Baby

Well, sewing machine anyway....

She is a 1927 Singer 66 according to what I can find so far. Her birthday and mine are the same only she is much older and far prettier. Anyhoo, she needs a cleaning and some new wiring. Hopefully after that she will be up and running. She is coming for New York, so I have a ways to wait. Crossing fingers by Saturday. What and see...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

9-inch Snails month 4

I'm still loving these blocks. There are easy and quick to do. This month is Maple leaf block. The center would normally be filled in the same color, but this is a signature quilt. This type of quilt leaves an area in the center to add a message or a name. The thirties set will be going to my mother-in-law with pictures of the family in another block later on. The blue will have messages of calm and relaxation.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Can I get a Knit?.....

Why yes you can! Well finally anyway. I have spent soooo much time quilting recently that I haven't had much time for knitting. However, I pulled out some of my hand spun yarns for a co-worker. She wanted some mittens. So I brought a huge bag full of yarns and let Kim have at it. She has great taste by the way sine she's a Kim too.

I had a little issue getting started. Finding the right needle to great a nice wearing fabric can be a bit of a challenge. I usually knit on a 5 or a 7, but these babies needed a 4. Now that's an issue. I have tons of 5's, 6's, 7's, and plenty of other sizes, but 4's... I have ONE set of circulars. That's it, no double points either. I kept looking and looking. Finally, I pulled up my big girl pants and got on it. When I got to the thumbs a went a size larger cuz I tend to make thumbs a little too tight.

Worked like a charm....

Monday, April 7, 2014

Leader and Ender Project

During the piecing of the Celtic Solstice I made wonderful progress on a leader and ender project. It's amazing just how much I actually got done. I made several half-square triangles. I started using my time to put them together into twosie and then into 4 square blocks together. I have 89 blocks completed. There is still a lot to go, but soon this can become a little more to the front of the pile. I also have some secret quilting that I have made into top. Unfortunately it will be quite a while before I can those, but while you wait, feast your eyes on this eye candy.....

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tips and tutorials

When I first started to learn to quilt, there was one site that I spent a great deal of visiting. Missouri Star Quilt Co. is a great place to learn a lot of information about quilting. The tutorials are so inspiring. They like to use precursor which I found less intimidating as a newbie. The ideas and the pace really helped me. Plus they have some great sales. Check them out, and see yourself .

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Some spinning over Spring Break

Hehehe! I am wearing the socks at the top of the blog. One of my favorites! I dusted off the spinning wheel and oiled out the squeaks. Boy did that baby not like dry bearings. Anyhoo, lots of spinning making its way through the wheel. I spun up a lovely chocolate alpaca that has little specks of sari silk sprinkled about.

Next up, my favorite crack fiber, Blue-faced Leicester and silk. OMG!!! Love that stuff. This stuff is just spinning like butter. Yummm.... I can't remember the name of it, but the colors remind me flannel and very worn blue jeans.

Both of these will be n-plied in a few days.