Friday, 22 May 2015

Friday Finishes

The secret knitting project has been completed

and gifted to the new grandparents. First sweater in almost 30 years and probably only the 2nd or 3rd ever. Good to start small and work my way back up. 

While technically not a finish, and almost three months behind, all the hexies are complete and just need to be attached to the rosette. I think this may be my favourite so far but I hope to be working on Rosette four by next week! 

Don't think I have shared this yet, but back in March I bought this kit on impulse from an Instagram auction. I have seen around the net and have been admiring it from afar. I need more practice yet on my stranded work but I hope to start it next fall or winter. 

It is a beautiful warm northern spring day and I should be out in my flower beds weeding but I am going to opt for some sewing time instead, it's been too long and the weeds will still be there tomorrow!

Linking up today with 
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh 
Friday Finishes at Crazy Mom Quilts

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday

Candy Coated from Sunday Morning Quilts

We`re getting close!! 
As advised in the book, I made two marks (with masking tape) on the floor to measure out my rows. They are 100 inches long so using this method rather than a measuring tape and rows hanging off the end of my cutting table worked really, really well!!! 
The strips are now all pressed, measured, trimmed or added to as needed and arranged in the size order I want to sew them in and I am ready to assemble this top! 

Linking up with
 Scraptastic Tuesdays at She Can Quilt

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Nothing but WIPs

So here we go again with nothing finished! Let me tell you, there will be a party when I do! 

One of my goals for this year was to spend more time on my art work so,

Here is a little beginner Zentangle project, or rather a Zendoodle. Lots of conversations out there about what constitutes a Zentangle and what doesn't, for me it is just about digging in and enjoying the process. 

I took a beginner's acrylic painting class, and this is my first ever still life. Needs a few more little things but almost done. Not bad for a first try.

Also from the acrylic class, but clearly lots to do yet, the trees are masked out so I am excited to see them "unmasked" when I am done. 

My biggest WIP at the moment is my sewing room makeover, wish I had remembered to take a before but a number of bookshelves are already gone, as well as peg boards and shelving mounted on the wall. The space will be repainted and lighting and storage will change and hopefully I can accommodate an easy chair of some sort to sit and do hand work. 

I have been working away on a surprise knitting project so this is as far as March has gotten. Only nine more hexies to build and add tho. 

Of all those scraps that I pressed, cut, organized and sewed? These are all that remain to be made into rows!! 

And the rows can be assembled and maybe it will be the first finish of the year!!!!

Slowly plugging away on my jaywalker socks.

And finally I remembered to post this Arcadia Avenue block finished. The next one just arrived in the mail yesterday so I hope to get on it later this week. 

For now it is off to get ready to work afternoon shift. 

Linking up with 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh

Monday, 4 May 2015

A Good Weekend!

 It all started on Saturday morning, with a little road trip with a friend to the town of Manning, about an hour north of where I live. 
They have a really active quilt guild which meets every week and produces enough new quilts to have a quilt show annually.
I did take pictures at the show but neglected to make note of the makers so I won't be sharing them, sorry.
However, I did meet this really interesting senior gentleman, Mr Gummesen

This gentleman lives in Seniors housing in Manning and does the most AMAZING needlepoint and pettipoint you have ever seen. He began when he ran a trapline and lived in a small trapper cabin, and has continued to hone his craft for the last 40 years. He uses photographs for his patterns so I asked him if he used a computer program to convert them? No, he drafts all his own patterns by hand!

Just a small sampling of the work he had on display. I kept going back over and over as I just could not get enough of his amazing work. A true artist. 

Some fabric had to follow me home, me and my need to make yet another bag!

Some hexie stash enhancement, looking ahead to Rosette 5 while I have yet to finish 3! but that is part of the fun, the planning and hunting for great fabrics.

Saturday evening was a visit to our brand new sushi restaurant, a long time coming! It wasn't amazing Vancouver standard but but pretty acceptable for land locked northern Alberta!

After church on Sunday we headed out to the annual Ukrainian Dance clubs season finale. This is our young friend Maya whom we have watched since she started dancing at 4 or 5 years old. Next year is her last year and we will really miss watching her every spring, what a joy it has been to watch her grow in her passion.

Hubby won the coveted cooler of perogies, sausage and poppy seed cake, lucky us!!! 

Have a super great week everyone and I'll be back soon with yet another progress report on nothing finished! 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday

Progress, seems to be my theme word so far this year, only one tote bag finished so far.

So here we go with more progress!

a secret knitting project, trying to branch out beyond, hats, socks and mitts.

But socks will not be left out by any means so I have been on the lookout for a pattern for this super cool yarn. It needed to have enough of a pattern to not be boring but not so much to be lost in colorful yarn, so Jaywalker from Ravelry it is. As my friend said, the yarn needs to be the star! I am going to a conference this weekend so I wanted some socks cast on to work on while I listen to the speaker. The secret project is more complex and needs all my attention so I will set it aside for a few days in favour of some new socks. 

Slow steady progress on Rosette three, almost a full month behind now, but not too worried about it, just enjoying the process. 

This scrappy project continues to be the main focus of any machine time lately,

only those four strip sets left and I can start assembly, yah!
I tried to work on my Chandelier quilt-a-long last weekend but I need to sit down with it for a bit and figure out what my thought process was when I cut it out, because it isn't making much sense at the moment. 

I realize now that I have forgotten to upload the picture of my second Arcadia Avenue block completed, so will be sure to include that with the next post. 

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

So glad blogger automatically saves drafts, just sayin! and this post is brought to you by the word "so" LOL!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Finish it Up Friday

Once I got my my February Millefiore
rosette finished, I was happy to quickly finish up a couple of knitting projects.

My Stranded Colourwork mittens, not perfect but for a first attempt I have to say I am pretty proud!
And they are oh so soft and warm.

Finished these socks just in time for my niece to head over to Australian "winter".

Half way through the next Arcadia Avenue block, "Peacock Feathers". I am really enjoying this project so far. 

My March Rosette all prepped and ready to sew, this one took an extra long time as many of the pieces were fussy cut.

My girl and I are really happy to be enjoying a beautiful early spring this year! We love to sit (lay) in the sun and soak up the rays. My boy dog is not a sun lover so he is out the shot in the shade. Those Colourwork mittens will be tucked away for next winter!

Bikes were out on the path on March 30th, my biking buddy and I were in our glory! 
I am headed out to enjoy another ride with her as soon as I am done here!!

Linking up with 

Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Oh What a Busy Day (weeks!)

My life has been so crazy of late that this little title has been repeating itself in my head. 

When my kids were little this was one their favourite books, 
wait until they find out it is considered by some as vintage! HAHA! It was published in 1976 and my kids not long after that. It was re-released in 2010 so a whole new generation can enjoy it.

My busy-ness mainly consists of too much work for this supposed to be retired gal. I hope by the end of next week all will be back to health and from holiday and I can get back to a more retired pace.

I have been able to slowly progress on a few projects, just have the toe decrease left on this pair of socks. I am eager to move on to a new(ish) knitting project.

March's Rosette has suffered the most neglect unfortunately, but that said, it has a LOT of fussy cutting. 

April's pattern was released last night, but my paper pieces haven't arrived yet, it may go a little more quickly, not so many tiny bits.

The scrappy strip quilt really needs to be at the top of the list but it entails actually getting time to sit at the machine, but this quilt has a deadline!!!

The Chandelier quilt along has popped up as my APQ UFO challenge piece for April. I have only just started week two but all those HST are pressed and trimmed, there is a lot of sewing to be done to get to week three!

Oh and I forgot to snap a photo but Arcadia Avenue March block is sitting awaiting my attention too!!!!

Friday is a holiday, hubby will be off skiing so after church it will be all about sewing for the rest of day (unless of course the sun entices me outside!)

Linking up today with 
WIP Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh
Fresh Sewing Day at Lily's Quilts
Crafting Comment Karma at Prairie Sewn Studios