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Saturday, October 28, 2017

BQ will be my focus this weekend at quilt stay-cation

My BQ quilt is now officially a quilt top as I was able to finish sewing it up with those borders around the 1st of May.   Love that those borders are on and look so sweet.  while constructing the borders I asked PGD#1 what her favorite color is and she responded "blue", thus the blue cornerstones on the perimeter.  Since a friend and I are attending a Quilt retreat this weekend in Alexandria Bay, I hope to create the backing for it using up all those leftover bits.

The plan is to also make a pillow case or two, the binding and then sew up all those extra scrap parts for a backing this month.   I won a gift certificate at our quilt show in 2015 so my plan is to use that for quilting this twin size quilt. 

Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

I saved this post and then ...... originated as my 2017 monthly UFO challenge list

LIFE Happened,

you know, the normal day to day things needing done.  So this post and my intentions slid to the side since I needed to get the photos to go along with the post then  I fussed around with other squirrels coming inot my perview..... SO my intention without pictures of all the UFOs listed will now be to get 6 done, the small tesselated heart table top quiltlet finished. Here is how it is at present.
 
Trying to add just the one photo and I'm having electronic issues.  I need to buy another I-phone charging cord for the computer as DH "borrowed" the one that goes with the computer.  Will be back another day for the photo.   PROMISE!

January 2017 Drafted post was something like this (am saving this in context as a reference):
Judy over at Patchwork Times is hosting UFOs 2017 and I think it's a great idea!
First you make a list of 12 UFOs you'd like to complete in 2017.  Each month a random number is picked and you work on the respectively numbered UFO to completion.  I'm not sure how successful this time but I'm really focused recently wiht my intentions so am ever hopeful.  LOL  Here's my list:

1-  WFQG Community Quilt

2-  Valentine Panel Wallhanging

3-  Patchabilities - St. Patrick's Day

4-  Leaves Table Runner

5-  Radiant Wall Hanging

6-  Twisted Heart Table top Quiltlet - my current focus as of July 2017

7-  Sonia's WindowsBed Quilt

8-  Braided Squares Bed Quilt

9-  BQ2 Bed Quilt

10- Lone Star Bed Quilt

11- Four Patch Bed Quilt

12- Bird Nest Wool Table Mat


Friday, March 31, 2017

Wee Spring stitched

Was able to finish up Heart in Hand's design, Wee Spring.  Such a simplistic piece and am so glad it's done.  Started it in the second quarter this year and then hit a typical for me bump.  Thought of changing the sweater to an Under Amour logo to update the look besides switching out some thread colors.  Kept drawing out possibilities to stitch and there it sat for about 6 months.  The last week of November I said, enough, get it done simply - so a solid lime green sweater now hangs on the line instead of the 80's style apple motif sweater. 




Heart in Hand- Wee Spring
Started in May and finished in November 2016
Used a 28 count monaco I had on hand stitching 2/2
DMC threads used: 223, 304, 445, 712, 739, 801, 904, 905, 906, 931, 3740,
also Wisper White was used for the fluffy bunny tail with an eyelet stitch.







A few finishes cross stitch, books, dish rags.

This small counted cross stitch, Winter Basket by Lizzie Kate was stitched during December and finished in January and now it needs to get framed.  Hopefully I can get to that this week.   A blog I follow, Priscilla who is an incredible stitcher/finisher, designer, decorator, gardener, etc. and mentioned her way of framing several of her larger cross stitch pieces, thinking of giving it a try. 




I've also have been knitting a bit. Finished a red dishrag in honor of Valentine's Day and then promptly started a variegated green blues with the new to me design of Farrow Row Dish Rag.

FARROW ROW DISH RAG:

Used Size 7 needles cast on 40 stitches using Sugar and Cream yarn.

First 6 rows for the border KNIT.
Alternate the following 2 rows until you reach the length desired Less the last 6 border knit rows at the other end.
Row 1:
knit 4 (border edge ), *knit 2, pearl 1, * repeat making sure you knit the last 4 stitches (border edge).
Row 2:
Knit 4 (border edge), *Pearl 1, knit 2, *repeat until the last 4 to knit for border edge.

When get the length you want, KNIT the last 6 rows then bind off and tie in ends.

It's such an easy pattern to do and takes no thought so you can pick it up and do anywhere.




With my READING I've been trying to read a minimum of 2 books a month.  I've exceeded this minimum and am thrilled. So far this year I've read:

The Nest by Cynthia D'Arix Sweeney.....Liked ❤❤❤ BCS (Book Club Selection)

Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway.........Really liked ❤❤❤❤ BCS

Zero Day by David Baldacci. ......Loved this ❤❤❤❤❤ both genre(John Puller with terrorism threats to Nat'l security)/author

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie  BCS ........Okay read ❤❤(it's a middle grade level book, many issues reminded me of The Round House by Louise Erdrich ❤❤❤❤ a much more appropriate level read and one I enjoyed!)

Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook Cure is currently being read.......Interesting so far!

I'm saving a box of books to share with Mom when I see her.  She's a voracious reader too. I started defacing the inside cover of the books with my initils, that way both Mom and I'll  know we're "Done with it" and we can give them away to let others enjoy. That should help in my trend of downsizing slowly.  Getting rid of a Book here, a ball of yarn there, another project finished and bites the dust pattern givem away or sold, etc..... it's all good!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 begins

Hello  2017!  
Am wishing you 365 days health, happiness and loads of love.