WIP Wednesday – July 9

My quilt is growing!


Bobbin #2 is half way finished.


Also, I’m up to 28/42 points on the Hitchhiker shawl.


Friday FO’s

Monday night I finished the Blackrose socks from Knitty.com Winter 2008. Made with Malabrigo Sock in Velvet Grapes.

Blackrose Socks

Last night, during the time between work and waiting for the new CSI, I made this little cute lunch sack. At the moment it’s all packed up with my lunch for BookOpolis tomorrow at Bookworks in Asheville, NC.

New Lunch Sack

Friday FO’s…. well not really

Ok, I’ve had a really busy week. I skipped the Wednesday WIP’s post because I didn’t have a single thing in progress. Now, it is time for Friday’s FO’s and since I didn’t start anything until yesterday, I don’t have anything finished…. Sooo… instead here’s a list of things I plan to make in the near future.

A sewn skirt with a made up pattern
The Sylvi coat from Twist Collective
Hat-Heel Socks from Knitty Fall 09
The Whisper Cardigan from Interweave Knits Spring 2009
The Corona Sweater
Clandestine socks from Knitty Fall 09
And a bunch more socks.


Well, I made a skirt tonight….. a really ugly skirt… but a skirt nonetheless. It isn’t the pattern’s fault; it’s the fabric’s fault. I went to walmart where I didn’t have much of a choice of knit fabrics. The only suitable one for the pattern (of the 5 knit fabrics I had to choose from) was the bright hot pink polyester. If feels icky… and the photo can’t quite capture the make-your-eyeballs-bleed pink. I bought it to practice sewing on knit fabric. I have a skirt that I love but I want it in different colors so I wanted to learn to sew knit fabric. It’s not a scary as I thought it would be. I can see how the ones that want to curl badly would be difficult but this fabric didn’t curl much. I’ll be hitting up a decent fabric store soon to find some good fabric.

Good Pattern but horrible fabric

Christmas is just around the corner

At the beginning of fall, I was offered an awesome commission job that I quickly jumped on. A local lady has been hanging on to these hand pieced crazy quilt stockings & vests that her mother was making for each child/grandchild/great-grandchild in the family. She sadly died over 10 years ago before completing them. She was also someone who did handcrafts for a living.

I have been working like crazy to get them done. There are 7 stockings and 2 vests. Each stocking takes about 6 hours to embroider. I’m going to begin assembling them today. I haven’t begun the 2 vests yet but I should have them embroidered by late next week. My goal is to have all of them finished by the beginning of December.

It snowed this week and local radio stations have begun playing Christmas music which has helped with my holiday spirit.
First Big Snow 11-18-08
I just hope that I’m not all Christmas’ed out before December even gets here.

Here are some photos of the in-progress stockings (click to see more detailed photos on my Flickr):

My creation

And as always, Zoe had to crash my photo shoot.

Busy Bee, That is me…

I’ve been getting so much done…

This is my newest project, a Baby Blocks quilt in red, white and blue.  This is just part of the first two rows.  I cut enough pieces tonight for seven or eight more rows.
Start of a new quilt

Two knit wash cloths for a friend that’s having a baby girl. 70% Tanguis Cotton 30% linen.
Baby Wash Cloths

Four new needle books. I haven’t listed these in the shop yet because I haven’t had enough sunshine to take decent photos of them.
Needle Books Front and Back

New Purse

I made this tonight when I got home from work. I used the instructions found here. Neutral gray outside; fun and funky inside.

New Purse

New Purse Inside

I also got started on cutting out pieces for my next quilt project….

Future Quilt

But don’t think I did all this on my own! I had a helper…. Snuggies was my crafty kitten tonight instead of Zoe.

My little Helper

But she quickly got bored and started chewing her toes in a very cute way….

I got this adorable little drawing last night that was drawn by my 3 1/2 year old niece. It’s a drawing of one of the M&M people. I think this is excellent for someone her age!

3 1/2 year old niece M&M person drawing

Mother’s Day With Grandma

I spent my mother’s day with my grandmother. My dad fixed homemade pizza and pork BBQ, both were delicious. I enjoyed some alone time with mommaw while my dad and uncle fixed the back fence and got to listen to her stories from during the war (WWII). As always, she doesn’t send me home empty handed. She gave me her grandmother’s corner shelf and the things that go on it. I’m so touched by this. She told me that she wanted me to have it because if she gave it to one of the boys she didn’t think their wives would take care of it like I would, lol. She also sent me home with potato peeling gloves and a plate of food (as usual). I also got to take home with me her quilting, crochet, and crafting magazines. One dates back to 1948 and a bunch of them are from the 1950’s. I’m really looking forward to making some of these things.

When I was little I used to sit and look through these crochet toys books all day. I loved them! My grandma made many dolls & toys for me from these books.
Crochet Toy Books from Grandma
This is from 1971 and the addy sticker is addressed to my Great Grandmother. I really love the photo on the front.
Better Homes from 1971, It was my Great Grandma's
The blue and white book is from 1948 and the other is from 1950.
Knitting & Crochet manuals from Grandma
These are all from the 1950’s and there are some really great patterns in them that I want to make.
1950's Crochet & Knit Pattern Books From Grandma
These are Quilt pattern books that I can’t wait to use. I’m going to make some copies from them tomorrow and get started as soon as I can get to the fabric store.
Quilt Pattern books from Grandma
Seriously, who wouldn’t want a red cape like that? I’m totally going to make one.
Knit & Crochet Books from Grandma

I have a whole lot more but this is all I took photos of. I couldn’t carry all that she had when I left. She has a bunch more Better Homes and Country Living and a few Design Ideas from the early 1970’s (that have excellent photos in them). I’ll probably bring those home next time.

First Quilt Finished

As promised, here are the photos of my finished quilt.

My First Quilt Complete

Back of Quilt

Hand Quilted. Machine and hand pieced. Blocks are: top left – Ohio Star, top right – Ohio Rose, bottom left – Chicken Scratch or Amish Embroidery hearts, and bottom right – Log Cabin Heart. The Ohio Star is machine pieced. The Ohio Rose is needle turn appliqué. The Log Cabin Heart is Paper Pieced. The patch on the back is embroidered muslin that I appliquéd on.

Visit my flickr page for detail photos of the quilt.

I’m so excited that my quilt will be on display at the AAC during the Portfolio Resume Exhibit this Friday.  I’m not a part of the portfolio resume class but Robyn has asked our quilting class to include our quilts for the exhibit.

Quilt Update

Fingers hurt….. back hurts….. wrists hurts…. arms hurt….

But I got the entire thing quilted and the binding has been sewn to it.  I just have to fold it over and attach it to the back.

I’m planning on having it 100% completely finished by Wednesday.  I’ll post some photos tomorrow… I’m too pooped to do it now.