Having the power out for 2 days really got me off schedule and out of my habits. I've been pretty spectacularly unproductive this week and that's just fine.
I did go into the sewing room yesterday to clear off the table for my next project and I decided to salvage my 2 pair of fleece-lined pants. I was going to buy new ones because these are too big now. But then I saw that new ones are $89 and I really only wear these outside here or hiking. I could fix these for free and that's what I did. I opened the back waistband seam and added some elastic and now I have pants that fit again. You can see that the ones with the pink lining are bigger but elastic is like magic and fixed both of them. I still have a pretty good stash of garment sewing supplies including a big box of elastic in a variety of widths. An hour later and I didn't need to order new clothes.
I also ordered some fabric for the backing of a wedding gift quilt that I will be making later this Spring. Fabric.com had the fabric and also had a big sale yesterday. I put a bunch of yarn in my basket (it really was a great price) and them I made myself take it all out and I checked out with just the fabric. I don't expect this week's sense of financial responsibility to hold but I'll take small wins when I can get them.
In the crochet department I've been making progress on 3 projects. The dark blue duster is going to be slow going because the yarn is really hard to see but I'm doing a little each day. The back and sleeves will be easier since they are all double crochet. It's the front panels that are patterned. I'll get there eventually.
The bulky blanket (green and beige) is looking pretty nice I think and it goes really fast with that M hook. It should finish to about 52 x 60, a good size lap blanket and this yarn is really pretty soft.
The other project is a shawl and it's pretty slow going too. The yoke is all front loop single crochet. It's going to be very warm and sturdy and I think it will be pretty in the end. I don't feel any rush on any of these. They get a little attention in the evenings and that's about it.
Next in the sewing room is to add a border to the vulture quilt. I've been itching to get to this. I just haven't been able to decide how I'm going to about it yet. I will figure out that this weekend and get started. My best friend made this for me last year for my 60th birthday and I am going to enlarge it a bit with a coins border so we can use it on our bed. You know I love my vultures! I absolutely loooooovvvvvee this quilt. Some day I'll share some photos of all the vulture art that I've collected thanks mostly to my friends.
Here's one more photo from the pretty day of the snow storm. This was the sunset Tuesday night. We were still without power at that point but we were very comfy with our wood stove.
I'm finishing out the month/year with a couple of small projects. The first is a set of placemats. I was cleaning out my postcard supplies and found that printed fabric and decided to whip up some placemats. I love how they are coming together and I should have these done next week.
On the crochet front I wasn't ready to start a big project so I decided to spend a couple of weeks just making chemo hats. I have a few more to do and then I'll post about them in the next week or so. I have a lot of notes that I need to write up so that I can remember these when I make the next batch of hats.
That's about all of the excitement around here this week and it's just the way I like it!
I didn't post yesterday because I didn't really have anything to post. I haven't been doing much "making". We had a friend over for an early Christmas dinner Wednesday night. Yesterday was dyeing day and today I'm running a lot of errands. But I'm ready for a weekend of creative stuff!
First, this afternoon I will drop off FORTY FIVE more veterans quilts! Our little quilt club has made 123 quilts for our veterans this year. That's a lot of love right there.
That stack motivated me to get started on a new for 2022 stack so my weekend will include getting these 2 quilts quilted and bound.
I also will work on the Christmas gifts for my SILs grandchildren. It started with Spiderman themed (blue and red) tie dye shirts for the boys.
Then it's on to the candy pink. I picked this pattern for the dress. The pattern can be made reversible and I might do that. Thank you to the people who got my comment about these fabrics making my teeth hurt! I hope I can get through the making of the dress.
One of my exercise sessions for the weekend will be stacking the wood that Chris chopped. That will be a good arm and back workout. The weather is supposed to be lovely so it will be nice to be outside.
I hope you have a great weekend!
I did it! All of the cards are addressed, stamped and on the way to the post office this morning. Christmas is basically done except for a few gifts for my SIL's grandchildren. Woohoo!
We had our quilt club sewing days this weekend so I spent Friday and Saturday working on these blocks. This will be another veterans quilt. I cut this quilt kit (and another just like it) earlier this year and I thought these would be great to have to work on during the winter months. It's the same pattern as these quilts that I finished in August. I like this block a lot so I can see myself cutting more of these quilts after I make it through the remaining 4 - 6 kits that I have left.
I don't have a progress photo of Chris' crochet blanket but I've passed the halfway mark and am working on the 7th of 11 skeins. I'll try to get a photo in good light to share Wednesday. We both love the blanket.
My next project is to make Ella another American Girl outfit for her Christmas gift. I'll be searching through patterns and fabrics later today after I run a couple of errands.
Our quilt club sewing days were delayed a week so I'm ready to be away sewing with my friends for 2 days.
No surprise, I'm going to be working on veterans quilts. I've got 2 ready to be bound and then I'll work on piecing the 2 rail fence tops. I got the strips sewn last month and ironed them yesterday. I expect that I might have all of these done by Saturday afternoon.
I'm packed and ready to go!
Meanwhile, I didn't get much done yesterday except for washing out the dyed fabrics. Mom and I ran errands for a few hours yesterday. I have been working on the new blanket and finished the first skein. I absolutely love how this is working up! Once I got the first skein done I was able to calculate how much I needed to finish it and promptly ordered 3 more skeins. This BagODay pattern is very easy and stitches up fast.
When I get home tonight I'll be putting together all of the prize packages for next week's drawings!
I don't have a lot to show for the past 2 days but I did finish stitching the postage stamp binding before heading off to the quilt club meeting. Today I will get photos, get it washed and get it on my bed.
My only other accomplishment was to get all of my washing swatches made. I ended up with 9 different yarns and I made 4 swatches of each. The hot water wash and dry have been through 2 (of 4 planned) washes and the cold water wash swatches have been through 1. It will be another couple of weeks before I do enough laundry to finish the experiment but the interim results are interesting.
because yesterday was dyeing day and it was a busy one! 50 yards this week. Later today I will wash all of this out and start the 48 hour soaking process. Sunday is going to be a very busy ironing day!
I intended to sew last night but I was too tired. Instead I added another ball of yarn to this quilt. I only have 2 balls left to finish this one up so I'll probably focus on it the next couple of days and get it wound up. I hope this will be big enough to be a blanket for a dialysis patient. It's going to be a large lap size.
But today will be at the sewing machine with a break to go vote. I'm voting early because it's likely I'll not be assigned to my home precinct this time. I always prefer to vote on election day but I'm glad we now have early voting options.
I don't have anything to share for myself today but I do have a post to share with lots of quilt photos. Our county, Hanover in Virginia, has a new history museum and they were without an exhibit for 2 months. They came to us to ask if we could help them out. Three of our members worked very hard for 3 weeks and pulled together a great exhibit.
If you live in central Virginia, here are the specifics:
The museum is located at 7496 County Complex Rd, across from the Wickham Building in the Hanover County complex. Parking is in the main lot across the road from the museum. It's right next to the historic courthouse building. The museum hours are Tuesday - Friday noon - 4:00 and Saturday 10:00 - 2:00. The exhibit will run through December 12.
Share the exhibit details with your friends and family and be sure to get by to see it! Here are photos from the exhibit.
You can see the photos that I took at the exhibit on our quilt club blog. But I want to share these 2 photos of a historic quilt from our area.
This quilt is on loan from from Scotchtown, Patrick Henry's historic home. It's a spectacular quilt.
The hand-pieced hexagons are about 3/8" across. It's an amazing quilt.
Enjoy the rest of the photos at our quilt club blog.
The big green quilt isn't done yet but I only have the binding and label left to do. I'll have it finished by Monday for sure. Big Green started with my drawer of green hand dyed fat quarters. I had already made quilts from the purple, yellow and brown drawers so it's time to start looking for the next project. The blue drawer is pretty packed so I think I'll head there next and start looking for a project.
My favorite quilt book at the moment is Colorful Quilts. I've made more quilts from that book than any other. In fact, Big Green, is the cover quilt. I did a little internet search and found that the authors had another book. I picked up a used copy of In Love with Square and Rectangles. I flipped through it last night and I think there might be a couple of candidates for a scrappy blue quilt.
In crochet news, I'm so much better and am back to this big project that I can't share. I've purchased every type of brace and tape but I think the magic solution has been these gloves. I've never bought into the Copperfit hype but I was wrong. I've been using these for about a week and the improvement in my hands has been dramatic. I can crochet about an hour at a time now.
Today will be focused on binding Big Green and washing out the 50 yards of fabric that I dyed yesterday doing some crochet!
I got back to clearing off the cutting table this weekend and I didn't start any more drawstring bags. That's a big win!
A couple of weeks ago I unearthed a bin of these fabrics. Long time readers might remember that I started these as yet another travel project. I used a bunch of them in the Penguin quilt that I gave to my SIL. I still had a stack of fabrics ready to be tied, stitched or clamped and decided that I'll pack them up again for the car ride to Maine. That will give me 3 different types of projects that I can work on for 32 hours of riding and, hopefully, the variety will be good for my hands.
I bought these stencils from Cindy Needham a few years ago and they are perfect for marking fabric for Shibori stitching.
In an hour I had all of these fabrics marked. I marked one with each stencil. The cool thing about Shibori stitching is that you could mark 10 or more fabrics with the same stencil and stitch all differently. I'll just use the grids as guidelines and make my design decisions as I pull each fabric. I used Crayola Washable Markers and I only stopped when I ran out of ink in one marker. This will give me plenty to hand stitch for many trips to come. The small sizes are very manageable and they are a perfect size for a feature block in a quilt.
My Shibori project bag is perfect for this project and the zipper pouch is perfect for my threads, needles and little scissors. I'm ready to go!
Back to clearing the table I found some doll patterns that I printed off so I cut out 2 dresses, a sparkly t-shirt and batik shorts. I also found a bin with all the leftover animal print batiks from the Safari Quilt. It went into the batik fabric bin. I just don't have a good idea for using it at the moment. I'm getting close to the dustiest edge of the cutting table.
My friend, Brenda, came over for her first quilting lesson. She's going to buy a longarm soon and she's hoping to help with the veterans quilts. Helping her become comfortable with quilt if of great personal benefit to me! She was fearless and now she's alreay quilted her first quilt!
I finished off the weekend with some repair work. It annoys me so much that my pillowcases fray while the sheets are perfectly fine. In the past I'd toss them out and buy new ones. But I just got them to that perfect soft cotton feel so I don't want to throw them out. Plus I'm trying to do more repair and less tossing. My first though was to take off the cuff all together and add a new one in a print fabric but the serger was out and I decided to take the easy way out. Function over form.
I love having a serger! I just turned under the edges and did a really quick cover stitch. Good as new.
I also made some postcards this weekend but I have to wait until Thursday to share them because one of them is for Mom's birthday. They are pretty cool, though.
Today, the big green quilt will get loaded and basted!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.