Wednesday, August 4, 2021

SLOW DAY

I enjoyed a slow day today, not because I was sick but because it rained most of the day!  It was nice to just be.  I worked on the Casablanca afghan and completed the  requirements for the month which was four blocks and three rows of borders to the central square.  Nice to have all of the numbers right, too!
And I pushed myself to work on a new painting--loose they say, is the style.  I struggle with this the same way I struggle with random scrap quilts!  Who knew I was such a control freak in my creativity!  This is only step one-
I will work on building on the details 
and build the painting in layers-well, at least, that is the plan!  

 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

FLORIDA SOUVENIR

I did get to finish the Florida Souvenir quilt yesterday!  And washed and dried it so that it is deliciously soft and comforting!  
I also put the last stitch on the latest pair of socks-I will cast on sock #2 today and get to work because I want the leftover yarn from this to knit another Barbie dress! lol  I hesitate to knit the dress until I have finished the sock-I know that some would weigh the sock and know how much to set aside but I don't think I have faith to try that!  I will have to be patient.  I noticed when I loaded these pics that the two projects are in the same color palette--if you look closely at the sock, you will see that it has little 'pops' of color that match the quilt blocks!  Pleasing colors, aren't they?!
Today is my baby sister's birthday--I was almost 13 when she joined the family so she was my very own living baby doll;  oh, how much I loved her and could hardly wait to be out of school to get back to her!  My sister still lives in NY but I feel like she is still this close to me...
 

Monday, August 2, 2021

A LITTLE BIT MORE

Being on a roll with the quilting frame work, I loaded up the Florida Souvenir quilt as soon as the backing arrived by FedEx.  
I will say, one good thing that has resulted from the pandemic, there are several companies that used to take 10 days to get a shipment to you and now only take a few days--
competition from Amazon has resulted in some efficiency!  
(I ordered the fabric for the backing from JoAnns and it came in only a few days instead of the usual 10 days!!)

I am using a pantograph called Seaside which has large shells
 and lots of tidal kind of lines in between shells.
It's very easy to stitch and it covers 16" on each row so it moves right along!  I hope to have it off the frame in just an hour
 and I hope to get it bound today, too! 
 It's good to have goals!
Here is a glimpse of the backing!  
I tried to buy some alligator fabric as suggested by Alycia of  QuiltyGirlBlogs but I couldn't find the right colors
 or even the right fabric (flannel wasn't my choice this time, thank you) and most of the fabrics were Gator fabric as in sports
 and that is definitely not me! lol  
 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

THREE FINISHES

The binding was put on the purple quilt and then I tossed them both in the washer/dryer so  they are ready to mail out on Monday.
I included a hug with each quilt so they will comfort a child in need.
I then got to work piecing all of the blocks for my new bed quilt-and even the rows are seamed.  This quilt is large! 
 I am making it 117" by 99" so I am almost half done. 
 (13 blocks by 11 rows total)
I have another finish--the bowl is completed;  all of the layers of shellac applied with sanding in between each one!
I present the inside of the bowl--such a confluence of grains! 
 It is so pretty, if I do say so myself!
I like to keep some of the wood's imperfections-this is the outside of the log left as part of the side instead of being turned away.
Also, this little depression with wrinkles was carefully kept as part of the rim;
so that the whole is fascinating and keeps your eye moving from one area to the next! 
 (9" round and 6" deep)

Saturday, July 31, 2021

EVERY STEP

There are so many steps we take for each project of creativity--the cutting, the piecing, the borders, the quilting, the binding, the washing and drying and FINALLY,  the using!  I have made it through all of the steps for the boys' quilt and have the quilt off the frame and cut the binding.  It will be completely finished today when I will even wash and dry it!
In between the steps of the quilt, I worked at the sanding and sealing steps for the bowl!
I am really working at not being in such a hurry with this step as in the past;  the work of attaining a very smooth job sanding will yield a much smoother finished bowl--I know, sounds obvious, but when I am so close to done, I tend to rush it a bit.  I sanded, finished and sanded many times and then even added the wood burned signature so I could add the shellac to the bottom!  
Wait until you see the inside of the bowl tomorrow!  
Attention to each step in what I am doing is worth my time-what do you think?!

Friday, July 30, 2021

STRUCTURES

I did manage to complete the boy quilt, cut the binding strips and then went out to play with the lathe!  Lena enjoyed a good stretch when I took the photo--she was teasing for a good brushing so, of course, I obliged her!
The outside shape of the bowl was completed and I turned it around and began the hollowing out.
It went pretty smoothly-it is so enjoyable to watch the wood curls fall away as you remove the center mass!
The grain is so pretty in this piece because it has swirls where the branches were-very cool grains result.  Now it is time to do a lot of sanding on the inside and apply the shellac for the finish.  So today I will complete the little girl's quilt on the frame, the bowl and maybe bind both quilts!  What about you?!



 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

MANIPULATING YARN

The new kit came for the Casablanca Afghan and it is a very interesting crochet!  I once crocheted with two colors in the same row a long time ago and it was good to learn how to do something new especially when it has such pretty results!  I have to make two more of these blocks so maybe I can have the last one done from memory! lol
 I also used the last little bit of the sock yarn to make a Barbie dress.  I have another one on the needles;  the directions are for knitting it flat but I like to knit in the round so there isn't a seam.  It worked out well because there is enough room in the directions for your own design elements!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

WOOD ON WEDNESDAY!

Bill had to cut this chunk of firewood to cut off corners and a branch stub so I could get it balanced enough to go on the lathe!  It is a piece of Camphor and the whole garage smells great again!
There are some very interesting grain lines showing up which is promising!  I didn't work too long but I am feeling better enough 
(second round of antibiotics to the rescue!)
 to play for a bit after dinner last night! 
 Of course, it was so hot and humid, 
I didn't last too long before I was soaking wet 
and had to come in for a shower!  
All of the wood chips stick horribly when you are all sweaty!
 I did sweep up quite of bit of sawdust when I was done because I do like having my workspace fresh and ready each day!  It was nice to be working at the lathe again!  

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

SWEET SQUARES

The second QuiltsforKids kit is for a girl in pretty purply prints. 
It was an easy few hours to build this one.  
Today I will get to work loading up the frame
 and getting to work finishing these up.

The prints are pretty-soft for one
 and a bit more modern in the other!
And I finally began the second  HobbyLobby socks--this is a very pale turquoise with little sprinkles of color dropped in--fun to knit!
 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

ONE DONE

 This was a very nice palate-cleanser-piecing project! 
 It finishes to 38 x 44 which is a nice cuddle size quilt.  
This is from the QuiltsForKids.org kit they send out;  I have a backing from them, too, so I will get this loaded up on the frame and quilted in short order!

Saturday, July 24, 2021

FOUR PATCHES

I sent for two quilts from Quilts for Kids and this is the first kit I wanted to do.  They supply all of the fabric and backing, you do the piecing and quilting and mail it back to them within 4-6 weeks.
I made a few four-patches to see how it was going to look.  I didn't have much room-this has a weird angle because it is way down on the design wall--why is it squeezed onto the bottom?

 I have the 13 blocks per row set out on the rest of the design wall to see how my bed quilt is coming along!  I need to start sewing some rows together so I can free up some space!

Friday, July 23, 2021

APPRECIATION FOR CREATING

I worked on the last of the pinwheels and finished the top row to complete this FL Souvenir Quilt top!  It is 45" by 58";  I do not have fabric for the backing so this will have to go in the pile to wait for its turn at the quilting frame.

We had our usual T-storm in the afternoon--the driveway looked like it was smoking as the rain wound down and the sun came back out---very cool.
During the rain, I made a pair of these minimal mitts for a friend who has a circulation problem giving her cold hands. 
 KnitPicks Stroll yarn.  
 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

SOME DAYS

 Some days the projects just fall into place and then there were days like yesterday where the cleaning and maintaining order around here took a lot of time!  The rain every day is great for the plants (less watering required by me) but still there are the ones on the porch that do not get the rain and so they need me.  It also turns the seed in the bird feeders to soup and that requires cleaning out and replacing seed for healthy birds. 
 Next, I used my battery operated blower to clean off the driveway and the porch from sand and leaves.  I puttered in the woodshop area for fun-planning projects and sorting through the wood choices.  Then I came back into the house to cool down (we're in the high 90's every day still....) and did a little knitting.  Sometimes, getting up again is a bit rough and so I give in and have a down day.  Instead of hours in the sewing room, I spent 30 minutes...some days are just like that.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

PINWHEELS!

I not only finished the top row on the Souvenir Top, I decided it needed to be longer--I do struggle with square quilts! lol  I have the pieces cut to make the same sashing and row of pinwheels to the top of the quilt also. A very enjoyable few hours. 
Then for fun, I made a Pop-Up from the FatQuarterShop
  Chris had highlighted this project on her blog 
and it intrigued me into a purchase!  
The sewing was pretty straight forward;  I liked the way FQS sent along the coil, the elastic, a label and excellent instructions!
See--it shrinks down like one of the net hampers 
that were popular for a while decades ago!
Remove the elastic and the little 'thread bin' pops right back up to full height!  I ordered the small size and wouldn't want one any larger--this is perfect to fold up and back for sewing away from home.
 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

AN ART PIECE

I am pleased with this oak burl as an art piece-it has a small cup-sized 'bowl' but  so much of the work I did for this was done with a palm sander and then a forstner bit to drill the hole! 
 I thought it had me beat for a while until inspiration hit.
I really wanted to keep the knots and bumps on this piece of wood so that is why I have left it in its mostly normal state!
I removed the loose bark but not all of it-it makes a nice contrast.
Isn't it unusual? 
 Would it be something you would like to display 
or does it creep you out?!
It is 8" long, 6" wide and 5" high.  I used shellac to seal up the wood/bark.  It has a nice sheen and feels great in your hands--you couldn't resist holding it, if you were here!
 

SLOW DAY

I enjoyed a slow day today, not because I was sick but because it rained most of the day!  It was nice to just be.  I worked on the Casablan...