Thursday, January 18, 2018

I Like Thursdays 2018, Week #3

Linking up to Not Afraid of Color.

I like crabs. I made this quilt last weekend for a challenge. In terms of eating crabs, I much prefer the Gulf coast recipes. Around here, EVERYTHING is tainted with Old Bay Seasoning. 

I like little extras :)

My middle kid saw a bag at the alpaca festival, but it was too rich for his blood. I told him I'd make him one, since I was pretty sure I could find the fabric -and I did. It's the exploding Tardis.

 SO, he now has a new dice bag.

I like our sycamore. The top branches are full of seed pods that TMOTH keeps waiting on to fall, so he can cast them in to pen blanks.

I like beer! Last weekend, I went to a "Learn to Knit" event at a local brewery, and had a great time!
Casting on:
 Getting started:
Knitting and purling practice:
 I ripped out the practice piece and started a pattern- and soon learned howto frog. Frogging knitting is WAY more complicated than frogging crochet.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Stash Report January 14, 2018

Linking up  to quiltpaintcreate for the Sunday stash report.

Used this week:           0.7 yards
Used year to date:       5.85 yards
Added this week:         6 yards

Added year to date:     6 yards

Balance:                     0.15 yards ADDED

Spent this week:       $65.79

The Project Quilting challenge finish and a dice bag for my middle kid accounted for the usage.

I spent big bucks at JoAnn's this week- LOTS and LOTS of thread, a quilt batt, and 3 yards of backing (That I converted to 6 regular yards).

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Project Quilting- Hometown Proud

My entry for Season 9, Challenge 1 of  Project Quilting hosted by Persimon Dreams is done!

The theme this week was "Hometown Proud" - and I was inspired both by my current home (Maryland) and my future home (possibly Orange Beach, AL - but definitely the Gulf shore of either Alabama or Florida). One thing they both have in common is the blue crab.  The only problem with the Maryland version of crab is Old Bay seasoning - I despise it!! I much prefer the Alabama dish of blue crab claws, which doesn't seem to be a "thing" here.

Piece is 10 x 12, fusible applique batik crab on sand-colored Kona cotton. The crab is hand-quilted, the waves are machine-quilted.

(I don't actually have a home "town" where we live- I'm in an unincorporated part of the county, so I could potentially claim about four or five different named cities!)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

I Like Thursdays - 2018 Week #2

Linking up to Not Afraid of Color.

I like temperatures above freezing, hallelulah!!
I made this window quilt over the weekend because it had been SO cold for SO long.

This is totally a utility quilt - I used this tiny 80s floral for quite a  bit of it - I used the good parts and threw away the rest. Not clear if damage is mice or water or both.

I like french onion soup. Toffee is waiting and hoping.

I like beer! This weekend, a local-ish brewery is hosting a "Learn to Knit" event. I'm really excited; learning to knit has been on my New Year resolutions list for a couple of years now. (We will ignore, for the moment, the fact that the ball of yarn has two crochet hooks stuck in it.) I fully expect the beer to be awesome as well.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Sunday Stash Report January 7, 2018

Linking up  to quiltpaintcreate for the Sunday stash report.

Used this week:           5.15 yards
Used year to date:       5.15 yards
Added this week:         0 yards
Added year to date:     0 yards

Balance:                     5.15 yards USED

I get to start the year with negative numbers :) I finished a cowl for my youngest kid and a window quilt- more will be made to see if they help with the cold. The house is old and drafty- I figure it can't hurt.

I'm just making a wild-ass guess for the cowl- I used scraps, and I can't get it off the boy to measure it! I'm thinking a quarter of a yard is fairly close, though.

The quilt is 42 x 57. It's a dogs dinner for sure- there's a piece of gingham on the back I *think* came from my mother-in-law's stash, and a lot of it is some 80s calico (in two different colorways, no less!!)  My calculation is 3.9 yards. And a frankenbatt in the middle.

I also threw away at least a yard's worth of fabric over the past week. I'm counting that as "used" because it's out of the stash. It truly was awful stuff, and not suitable for donation even.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

I Like Thursday - 2018 week #1

Edit to link to Not Afraid of Color, our fearless host. Go there to see all of the other like posts!

I like the movies of Hiyao Miyazaki, of Studio Ghibli. "My Neighbor Totoro" is probably my favorite.
Image result for my neighbor totoro

I recently found a pattern for the Catbus from Totoro- it's paper pieced.  AARGH. This is one of the few things that will make me do paper piecing!

I like noon taekwondo classes- Wednesday's class was me and one other "mature" woman. It's GREAT to have more attention to proper form when learning new things.

I like being able to telework on snow days. The roads this morning were abysmal, from all reports, and I was able to boot the computer up and start right in to work!

I like crazy time-consuming projects. This is a full/queen wholecloth quilt I bought at my guild's annual "yard sale" over a year ago. It's next on my list to prep for hand quilting, but I need to get a backing for it.

Monday, January 01, 2018

One Monthly Goal - January

Yet another challenge :)

I'm linking up to Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.

My goal this month is to sew this stack into blocks:

This was from a layer cake that I received as a guild gift from Pineapple Quilts- vaguely Christmas-themed. Holly, red and green colors.

The squares started out at 10", and I didn't want to either do the math for exact thirds OR trim them first, so it will be an uneven 9-patch. I cut the squares in pairs to mix-and-match.

52 Week Sewing Challenge

I joined the 52 Week Sewing Challenge on Facebook. I certainly won't make every week, but hopefully this will jump-start some projects.

Last week, the Small Man brought me a scrap of the metallic fabric and asked if I could make home "something" from it. Blurry photo, but you can see how it shines. 

The first week's challenge was "soft and warm" - neither of which really apply to the metallic. BUT- combined with fleece...He picked out a coral-orange fleece for the lining for a cowl, which I sewed starting with a tube.

 Turned, one end tucked into the other end and top-stitched.

He likes it, and we need something warm to wear this week!

Scrap Attack 2018

Why not join another challenge? This one is hosted by the Confessions of a Fabric Addict blog.  As many scraps as I have, there should be no problem coming up with something every month.

1. Scrappy journal covers
2. Scrappy fabric baskets
3. Scrappy zipper bags
4. crumb blocks
5. black dot x-blocks
6. pull together blue scraps for Irish chain with stars
7. Travel tissue holders
8. Potholders
9. Christmas scraps- tree wallhanging I've been meaning to do for a few years
10. mini churn dash
11. mini double wedding ring (work in progress already)
12. fabric chain for Christmas tree

January UFO

The first UFO number from Patchwork Times is #10.

Le sigh.  #10 is a wholecloth quilt that I haven't even found yet! I do have the batting and backing for it, so that's a bonus :)