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Friday, 17 October 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday (on Friday)

Leanne over at She Can Quilt is hosting a monthly Scraptastic Tuesday (this month's link up party was extra long, thank goodness!)

What quilter doesn't have scraps, lots and lots and lots of scraps! Having been quilting for over 30 years, you can just imagine! 
For a very long time I have wanted to make a pineapple quilt, so during our log cabin challenge at guild a couple of years ago I started this and succeeded in getting 4 four inch blocks completed. There are over 200 in the pictured quilt, it's a long term project.................

I have my larger scraps sorted by colour so it is my intention to make Candy Coated from 
Sunday Morning Quilts, all in blues. I plan to start that one in January once I am done with Christmas projects.

And I have been seeing this one around the blogosphere, so it has been added to my list as well. I think I will cut some squares while I work through my blue bucket on the above quilt, it's a start. 

I am hoping this monthly linky party with be motivation for me to make some progress on my plethora of scraps!
How do you deal with your scraps?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Work in Progress, Thursday

More gratuitous photos of the landscape around my town......
Monday's hike took us up on a ridge above our ski "hill" to continue to enjoy how long the fall colours are hanging around this year.

Here is the display of my items in the Peace River Museum gift shop. Every Christmas the museum supports a shop local initiative and the vendors support the museum with a commission on their sales.


And now to the actual WIPs! 
This is my guild challenge for the last year and is based on a river theme. We all were given the blue water fabric and then were free to do our own thing within the size parameters and the placement of our river. It will hang in our guild show next month, I look forward to seeing all 12 of them hanging together and sharing the photos. 
I have some detail work to do on the kayak and then I can get it finished up, hopefully in the next week or so.

The Buggy Barn Crazy for Hearts and Stars quilt came home from the quilter last weekend, and now awaits it's sleeve, label and binding, which I also hope to finish in the next week or so. 
You can check out all the gorgeous up close quilting shots over at Fresh Off the Frame.

and the ever present socks....
I had a bit of a yarn crisis last weekend......I didn't have enough to finish! So off I went in search of more, only to find it has been discontinued! The only place I could find more was eBay, so I called River City Yarns in Edmonton where I bought the yarn originally. They did not have it either but had some great suggestions and an alternative is on it's way here. Thank you ladies!!!
 They even suggested putting the first sock on the stitch holders so I could carry on with the second. I could be ready to do the toes on both by the time my yarn arrives.
This yarn was in my stash and was not originally intended for these socks, was the reason for the bad planning!

I am too late to link up with WIP Wednesday but I can still link up with 
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

I'll be back soon so I can link up with Scraptastic Tuesdays, I have lots of scraps and lots of ideas!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Busy, busy

I have been happily sequestered in my sewing room making more pouches, six in all now, from 12-12.5" orphan blocks

And this amazing hobo bag, that I am totally in love with, there are two more cut out and waiting to be assembled.

With it's pockets and key fob

A couple of fun journal covers

And a set of three more pouches

That nest so beautifully. 

I am going to take all of these to a local venue in hopes that I can put them in their gift shop for Christmas shoppers in search of a unique handmade gift. 

And some progress on my sock, a sick dog and a wait for an appointment were great opportunities to move this project along. Almost ready for the heel flap.

Linking up with:
Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Blogger is being quite cranky so I hope I can get this posted today!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Finish it Up Friday and some orphans

Orphan block pouches

While I had originally planned to make these blocks (UFO's from I don't know how long ago) into a quilt top, I decided I liked them better this way! I have enough blocks to make three more.

We took some time today to go for a drive along the back highway to Slake Lake, AB, and while it was coooool and damp, we enjoyed the fall scenery. 

Lesser Slave Lake

A husband and pups pit stop off of a dirt road somewhere along the way

Can you find my yellow lab?

Here she comes after many whistles and calls to come! 

And I caved........I just could not not knit socks, first I wanted to join my first knit along. It is Socktober sponsored by Knitters Pride. This is the Air Quotes pattern from the pattern set, Conversation socks on Ravelry. These are knit with a fantastic cashmere/merino sport weight yarn on 3 US needles, so I am hoping they go quickly! 

Second, I really felt I needed something for our road trip today!

I am linking up with Lily's Quilts and her small blog meet. The button is in my sidebar, she has a new one that I will get updated before my next post. Also Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF at Plum Crazy

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Humming Along

I have the top finished for my entry to the Festival of Quilts in November. Just need to piece the back and get it off to the lovely Carole to quilt.

Once again I am making deals with myself, I must get this quilt top finished before I can knit any more socks! I really want to knit more socks so I am very motivated!
I think this will be the final layout, with the addition of some kind of top and bottom borders. I am at the stage of adding triangles and the large plain hexies to the ends of the rows. I hope to be sewing the rows together by the weekend. I have no idea how long it is going to take me to get all the papers out but I am thinking at least several movies on a rainy day. 

Have a great week!

Linking up today with:

Show and Tell Tuesday at I have to Say
Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sock Love

So, darn, proud.
My first ever pair of hand knit socks. While not perfect, especially the toe seam, I LOVE them.
They are an 80% merino/20% nylon blend

And oh, so comfy and cozy. It is a rare time I say I am happy for cooler weather, but today I am thankful for the opportunity to wear them!
The top photo is the truer colour.

I need to make some significant progress on my hexie quilt so I will resist the urge to immediately cast on the next pair. 

Working away on my Buggy Barn quilt for our Festival of Trees, 12 down and 8 to go, then much trimming and rearranging until I get a pleasing layout. Hope to have it off to be quilted by my friend Carole by some time next week. 

My goal this week is two blocks a day, so guess where I am headed?

Linking up with
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Work in Progress Wednesdays at Freshly Pieced

Monday, 15 September 2014

A real knitter now?

The joke among quilters is that you are not a "real" quilter until you have multiple projects on the go at once, which in turn produces multiple UFO's (unfinished objects).

I am finding that for a variety of reasons, I have multiple knitting projects on the go. So, does that now make me a "real" knitter?

-Above from top left is my new mitten project from my Craftsy Class, Mittens and Gloves Galore. I will only have gloves left to try from that class after this.

-Top right are the epic fail mittens from the book mentioned a few posts ago, they are now done but I think I am going to try felting them a bit to see if I can make them less loose and hence warmer! I hate these mittens so I have nothing to lose. 

-Bottom right are my beloved socks, if you look closely you can see I broke the needle. I cannot buy that size in town so my lovely hubby ventured into the quilt shop in Canmore for me this weekend and picked up a new one. I am excited to carry on and get them finished so I can make more!

-bottom left are another pair of mittens, I am still trying to find the right pattern for all the yarn I acquired at that garage sale this summer. These are still not quite right but MUCH better than the previous pair. These I will actually donate to the mitten tree at church (without embarrassment!) which was part of my intention when I made that purchase. 

Late summer weather has returned for a bit so I am off to soak up as much of it as I can while I still can! Have a great week.