Wednesday, August 20, 2014

{Yarn Along} Wrestling the Squid -- I think I'm winning!

The arms are joined and the underside is done. Now I'm working on the head.


Do you figure out in advance how much a project is going to cost? This one has crept up on me. I bought yarn...then more yarn....then the big bag of stuffing.... I didn't keep  track of the actual numbers, but I'm thinking that if I'd realized how much this project was going to cost, I might've thought twice before buying those first skeins of yarn.

If I'd read the pattern in advance, I definitely would have been scared off! But it's been kind of fun, and it's been keeping my mind occupied and if I ever had the right time to tackle a project like this one, it was now.


In Mean Streak by Sandra Brown a pediatrician training for a marathon disappears from an isolated mountain trail. Her husband waits a little longer than he should before calling the authorities, which makes him a suspect. When she awakens with a concussion, she's being held in the cabin of a man who will tell her nothing about himself, not even his name, and refuses to drive her down off of the mountain.  This sounds a lot like some of the other suspense novels I've been reading lately, but it's romantic suspense and playing by a different set of rules. There were some bits that just bugged me -- the heroine takes "analgesic tablets" instead of anything specific, and there are some awkward twists to avoid brand names, but I had a hard time putting the book down because I really wanted to know where the  characters would all end up.

For more fun projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times and

Work in Progress Wednesdays at Tami's Amis

Disclosure - the publisher provided me with an ARC.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Which Day is for Shopping?


I've been wondering about these day-of-the-week sets. Aside from church on Sunday, were certain days traditional for certain chores? This little girl was a hot iron transfer from Mom's stash, but I found the whole set of little girl days of the week patterns available to download for free from French Knots.

I'm not crazy about my color selections for this one. When I pictured the blue jacket and red dress, I didn't think about how the white space would make it look. She's a little more patriotic than I was going for. And I have no idea what that pointy thing in the center of her shopping bag is. Any guesses?    


While I was looking for some skeins of brown DMC for the next square, I saw these: 


Has Joann's always had these tubes of ballpoint embroidery paint and they just weren't on my radar? Great-Grandma left behind a huge selection of these in a tin designed to hold them (a lot like this one that I found on Pinterest) By the time I was old enough to try them out, the tips were pretty gummed up. 

She'd painted a huge set of little girls in different national costumes. I'm sure they were hot iron transfers, but I can't seem to find them in any of my Google or Pinterest searches. Anyone have any idea what they might've been? I'll know them if I see them, but I can't remember enough specifics to come up with useful search terms. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Halloween Parlor Quilt Tutorial

Got a bunch of 1 1/2" strips of blacks and neutrals and an urge for a fun new Halloween quilt? I love the way the intricately pieced borders of this one suggest an ornate frame.  For this year, I want to make myself another one with a scalloped black outer border.  


From neutral 1 1/2" strips, cut eight 8 1/2 strips and sew them long sides together to form the background for the center square. Press.

Print the bird silhouette and enlarge or reduce it so that it fits neatly into the center square. Using fusible web, applique the bird into the center square. I zigzagged around the outer edges of mine with black thread.


For the hourglass units, use the Companion Angle to cut quarter square triangles from 1 1/2" strips.  (Not sure how to use the Companion Angle? I've got pictures in the tutorial for Strawberry Stars.) Sew them into pairs to make half square triangles, then sew the half square triangles to make a total of sixty-four 2 1/2" hourglass square units.



For the pieced border, you'll be making panels from the hourglass squares. Make two panels each two squares wide by four squares high. and sew them on the left and right sides of the center square. Make two panels each three squares wide by eight squares wide and sew them to the top and bottom of the quilt.





This is the clip art silhouette I used for my quilt --



I made this quilt last year and meant to do a tutorial then, but a series of last minute changes in the layout meant that the pictures I took while assembling it didn't match the finished project.

Lozenges

I shouldn't have looked up my last post about this project. Realizing that five months had passed since the last time I picked it up just drives home how little quilting time I've had this year. Yeah, I've knit nine pairs of socks -- but I want to quilt!  



Now that I've made a dozen new blocks I'm feeling happier. I dug out at least three scrap bags full of fabric that'll be just perfect, but it's so hot lately I almost made myself sick ironing the brown fabric to start Chocolate Covered Cherries. Think a quilter has ever given herself heat stroke trying to iron during the summer?

I'm linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Girly Stuff to Sew

Sometimes it feels like my daughter is too old for all of the neat girly stuff I find online. But this week I've hit the jackpot.


Look at this Nail Polish Mini Quilt I found over at Bee in My Bonnet!  What could possibly be more perfect for the girl who painted Nancy Drew cover art on my nails to celebrate a new quilt? It's going to be fun to pick out the exact perfect colors.

And then there are the Metallic Thread Gem Pouches that I found over at Craftsy. I still don't love zippers, but these are so cute they might be worth tackling one for.

And the Lemonade quilt from Scrapbooks Etc! I like the cat mask, too. I could see myself making one just to hang on my sewing room wall.

Weekly Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 17 1/2 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 48 yards
Net Added for 2014: 30 1/2 yards

Yarn Used this Week: 200 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 4675 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 2610 yards
Net Used for 2014: 2065 yards

I'm linking up to Patchwork Times.
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