work in progress (and a finished flimsy)

One good thing about being at home most days as a full-time carer is that I have plenty of time to do the things I enjoy doing. Afternoons, if it’s not too hot, are reserved for some light gardening with WM. If it is hot, we go for a ‘swim’; well, we get wet in the swimming pool, no one actually does much swimming.

Blanket #10 in progress
Blanket #10 in progress

In the evenings, I often do some knitting. As you would probably be aware, I rarely have time for my own knitted projects these days. Most days, except when it’s too hot to sit under a warm covering, I work on the sashing and borders of mum’s knitted blankets. This heap on the floor near my armchair is the one in progress. I am doing the sashing and borders in bright yellow (for a change from my usual white) and I’m liking the effect.

During the day, I am usually found in the sewing room. Sometimes I’m on the computer or piano but, more often than not, I’m doing something sewing related.

Last weekend I trimmed a large number of HST down to 2.5″ squares. Those little tags on top of each pile say “96”; saves me counting each time! I still have another 150 or so waiting to be trimmed and an unnumbered pile (no photo) waiting to be cut and/or pressed.

192 done; 576 to go!
150 waiting to be trimmed
150 waiting to be trimmed
Scrappy Mosaic quilt

I’m not in a hurry with this project; it is my leader/ender project so it is moseying along and will get there eventually. It started because I had so many 3″ blocks in storage and thought it was better to use them than store them. I ‘designed’ the quilt for them on EQ7.  The two colours in my design don’t mean anything; they just help me distinguish between the two different blocks; which are variations on Mosaic blocks in the EQ7 library. My quilt will be made of scraps so I just need to see where the lights and darks go!

 

last twenty blue blocks
last twenty blue blocks

On Wednesday, I made twenty more Attic Window blocks. I now have the eighty blocks I need to make an all-blue pin-wheel quilt. Here are some of the blocks — these are 6.5″ square and will therefore make 12″ (finished) pin-wheels. What you can see here are five sets of four blocks pinned together. I refer you to this post to see what I’m planning. In that post, I had blocks of three different colours but half of them were blue. After writing that post, and spurred on by January being ‘blue’ on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, it occurred to me that I had more than enough blue scraps to make the quilt entirely in blue. The left over blocks will either go on the back or will be the basis of another project!

All eighty of these blocks will go with me to class next week to be trimmed and joined into pin-wheels.

One of the advantages of being in a class at my LQS is access to a design wall. I took the 30 blocks for my Green Strips and Triangles quilt to class on Monday.

During class, I turned 30 blocks into six rows. Over the next couple of days, I joined those rows together (only the first seam had to be completely ripped out because the points were “right off”). I admit that I did spend some time watching YouTube clips and reading other web pages to find the trick to getting those pesky joins ‘right’ but I didn’t really find any information that I hadn’t heard/read before.

Anyway, the flimsy is finally done so this week has been a good stitching week.

What about you? What have you been stitching?

May your stitches bring you much joy.
Lynne

 

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now he is six

How is it possible that this little fella is old enough to go to school?

17 February 2010
17 February 2010

He started school on 4 February and was so excited to take Minion cup-cakes to share with his class mates today.

We bought him the 25th anniversary edition of the original “Where’s Wally” book and within ten minutes he’d found Wally on two different pages – -wasn’t he pleased?

Where's Wally?

There is also a copy of an old classic, “Now We Are Six”, on the way but, sadly, it didn’t arrive in time for his birthday.

Milne & Shepard : Now We are Six (Hbk)

He woke surprised this morning that he hadn’t grown bigger or that his school shorts still fitted! I think he’s handsome just as he is.

pre-school October 2015
pre-school October 2015

mum’s blanket update

Mum’s rate of knitting has slowed down for one reason or another so I am catching up with my finishing in comparison to her output!

Here are two blankets completed by me at the end of last year.    

I know, they’re all starting to look much the same but garter stitch is all mum can do. At least the recipients won’t know that there are several similar-looking blankets out there!

This third blanket is made in a different yarn, much thicker, heavier and harsher; we will not be using it again. I have used a pale yellow for the sashing and borders instead of the white I usually use.

Mum is no longer able to cope with long strips of 250 rows so we are back to using shorter strips cross-wise.

I’m currently working on Blanket #10 (the knitting, and therefore the counting, of blankets began March 2015). There are not yet enough strips to start on Blanket #11 so I’m almost up-to-date: woo-hoo!

Does anyone have any tips for photographing knitted blankets so they’re square, not stretched out of shape like mine always are. I’ve tried pegging them to a line (as seen in this post) but they  still stretch and sag. Any tips would be appreciated?

May your stitches bring you much joy.
Lynne

a move from UFO to WiP

Welcome to my new blog home. It’s fitting that this first post at my new address should be about a project that has moved from being an unfinished object to a work in progress (a bit like this new site).

In March last year, I decided I wanted to learn how to make Attic Window blocks — I was intrigued by the so-called “Y-seam”. It took several weeks before I became even remotely confident with the technique.

I started without a plan for a quilt in mind (I just wanted to practise the technique) but quickly realised that attic window blocks made interesting pin-wheels, so I began making four blocks with the same dark fabric but using different fabrics for the window pane and the lighter frame (scrap quilting is what I do).

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Each pin-wheel, of course, takes four blocks. I have looked on my (old) blog and I don’t have any posts about  these blocks — which is a shame; when I pulled the project from the UFO pile last week, I already had  32 blocks made. I told you it took a while for me to become confident with the technique!

Some of the blocks don’t work as well as they might — the fabrics I have chosen tend to blur part of the pin-wheel because the window pane is a similar tone to the pin-wheel ‘arm’. Look at the block on the bottom left in the photo below, the batik used on the window pane is too similar to the arm of the pin-wheel. The paisley print in the left top block is not much better!

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Two of the blocks, perhaps two of my originals, would make the pin-wheel spin the wrong way so they have been relegated to the back of the quilt to be part of my signature block panel. Therefore, before I could go any further, I needed four more blocks; two for the back, and two to replace the odd-bods! I made the four ‘replacement’ blocks on Wednesday but it had been so long since I had visited the technique that only one of the four went well (the first one!).

Now I had 32 blocks for the front of the quilt and four blocks for the back. Each pin-wheel is 12″ square (finished) A quick calculation showed that and I would therefore need 20 pin-wheels, or eighty blocks, for the front and four pin-wheels for the back.

January is blue month over at the 2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge so I pulled my blue scraps to make some more pin-wheels. I cut enough fabric for five more pin-wheels but I didn’t feel confident to go ahead. Hurrah for YouTube and the wonderful people who share their tutorials there for free! On Wednesday night, after WM and Mum had gone to bed, I watched a fantastically helpful video called “Mitred Corners in Attic Windows or Borders“. I tried using their technique on four blocks and it worked perfectly! Hurrah! Thank you, Ruth’s Stitchery! (I’d embed it here but I don’t think WordPress allows videos on their free site — at least, I can’t find a way to make it work! So, I’ve added the link so you can check the video for yourself if you’re interested).

On Thursday and Friday I churned out a total of twenty more blocks! My latest blocks are stacked in sets of four; there are actually twenty blocks here, not five: I don’t have a design wall top take photos of that many blocks at once!

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Persistence and practice are, as always, the key to success!
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This post is linked to the latest post for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at SoScrappy blog. Why not pop over there and see what others have been doing with their blue scraps?

In the meantime, may your stitches bring you much joy.
Lynne