Saturday, April 10, 2021
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Lucky for me, the colour of the month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is Blue for April. I had already started making blue blocks for my Colour Block Challenge quilt for April so these two challenges will be met together. I ended up making 12 medium/dark blue blocks and then found I had a stack of light blue squares as well. I made 4 light blue blocks and put them all up on the design wall to consider my next steps. I looked at my stash and found some red solid fabric which I will use for sashing, but not between every block. If you come back to visit next week, I should have the top completed. This is my third Colour block quilt made with my 2.5" squares from the scrap bins. I still have lots more squares so there will be more quilts!
I made one more Comfort Quilt block this week for the Elgin Piecemakers. This one was easy--the fabric was provided and already cut. I like the way the stripes look on this block.
I finished three of my pineapple blocks this week and made progress on the remaining nine after the setback last week. The completed blocks are 8.5" and I am aiming for a table runner that is 6X2 blocks. We will see how that looks when the blocks are done.
One more Modern Sampler block was made this week too. Only two more to go to get caught up.
My cable knitting is coming along as well. I did some knitting in the car earlier this week as well as at home with Finn snuggled up beside me. This is just a practice piece so I can figure out what I am doing before tackling a bigger project.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
I put another blue colour block together as a leader/ender project this week as well. I have 9 blocks made now and I am aiming for 16 or 20. These will be used for the April scrappy Colour Blocks project.
Christine and I got together on FaceTime earlier in the week to sew some more logs onto our pineapple blocks. The three blocks that I started in class are just about done. I just need to add a few more orange and green logs to make them square.
You may remember from last week that I had started the remaining 9 blocks that I needed for this project. I sewed logs on them this week during FaceTime but, after sewing for over an hour, noticed that the middles did not look the same as the blocks above.
The centre white square should have points and not be cut off by the next white logs. After consulting with the teacher of the class and doing some measuring of the correct and incorrect versions, I figured out that I had made a trimming error on 7/9 of the blocks. UGH! These are small blocks but very time consuming to make. After sleeping on it, I decided to take the outer white and coloured logs off so that all of the blocks will be the same.
The top pile is garbage. The white strips can be used again. I will try to get back to these this week and make some progress without mistakes!
Love Birds is coming along slowly. The green parts that I am currently stitching are some leaves and then there is another large blue flower.
My cable knitting is getting bigger. This will just be a dish cloth--I wanted to practice doing cables before starting the bigger pattern that I have. I think I have the hang of it!
We took Finn for a long walk this afternoon at a local walking trail. There was a pond beside the path with sunbathing turtles. I remember seeing them in the same spot last year.
I will link up with the Slow Sunday Stitchers in the morning.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
I hand sewed the binding on in the car on Wednesday while we were on our way to pick up Finn for his annual stay at our house while our daughter is busy at work. The backing was just fabric in my stash that I want to use up.
It is a long drive to where our daughter lives so I usually bring multiple projects in the car to keep me busy and awake. I added some more stitches to Love Birds.
Earlier in the week, I watched a YouTube video about how to knit simple cables. I started a small project to practice on. So far, so good!
I always have a book in my bag as well. I'm reading the 11th book in the 44 Scotland Street Series, The Bertie Project" by Alexander McCall Smith as well as the next book for book club "Five Little Indians" by Michelle Good.
My daughter made me a beautiful flower embroidery picture for my birthday in February and gave it to me when we were there to get Finn. This is another Barmy Fox project.
I brought her the last few colours she needed to finish her coffee pot picture and it is done now too.
For International Quilting Day, I added another round to my pineapple blocks...