Saturday, February 24, 2018

Picking up, knitting......

I didn't really work on any specific project yesterday.  I did a lot of picking up and putting away of stuff on the tables in the basement.  I can make such a mess.

I have been knitting a little more in the evenings while catching a few events on the Olympics, mostly ice skating.I have knitted all of these since I showed the last batch on January 15th.
While I was eating lunch I noticed this crow strutting through the back garden.  They very rarely come into my yard so they are a novelty.  I really don't want the whole tribe here though.  They are such noisy birds.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Quiet time............

I like a project to unwind with after a busy day.  Last night it was sorting scraps from a zippered bag.  I will be giving a crazy piecing workshop here in Sandwich IL on April 21 and I promised I would have scrap bags to sell.  I divided this bagful into 4 groups, itty bitty, short strips, long strips and not strips (odd shapes).  This is the group that was leftovers after cutting this log cabin quilt top.  On that post I talked about the backing but I ended up selling it as a top.

Here are the rest of the plaids and stripes that are lightweight (not flannel or heavier homespuns).  I know there are more scraps mixed in with the big pieces.  That sounds like another unwind project, looking through all of it.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Looking for strips...........

I pulled out my boxes of strips that are cut from Kaffe Fassett fabrics to choose a few to try the piano keys border for the butterfly quilt.  I pulled just partial strips out.

I put a few strips up there to simulate a piano key border.  I don't think I like it so I might just choose one of the large prints from the collection and do a border with it.  Maybe one of his dotted fabrics would look nice.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


I decided to try making colorwashes out of just cool colors and just warm color fabrics.  The smaller pieces are harder to design than large ones but I thought they came out pretty good.  I might have to design a larger one of each out of my collection of 1000+ different fabrics cut into 2.5" squares.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sewing and design wall fun.........

Last night I sewed another rectangular colorwash.

Two weeks ago I posted a photo of the pieces of the quilt on the right pinned on a piece of flannel since 1996.  Yesterday I got out the Bakers Dozen Doubled quilt (on left) that I made in the late 1980s.  The one on the right is made the same way, designing each round as you go.  I have quite a bit of several of the fabrics in it so I don't know how big it will become.

I pinned the only fabric in the group that I haven't used yet down in the bottom corner.  I'll look at this for a couple days before I decide what I'm going to add.

Monday, February 19, 2018


Yesterday afternoon I sewed on the rest of the sashing strips and then sewed the Kaffe butterfly quilt top together.  The border on the pattern is big chunks of Kaffe fabric.  I thought maybe piano keys would work but it may be too busy.

Last night I started sewing a colorwash wallhanging.

I took another photo of the orange cactus on top of the desk and got it in focus this time.

Our warm up (50s) starts today so the snow should melt fast.  Tomorrow might hit 60 and then we go back down to the 30s again for 2 days.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A snow day.............

We have had a few days of melting snow and then yesterday the snow came down with big flakes for a couple hours.  The roads melted off quickly and it is supposed to be 60 and rain by Tuesday.  This looked like the snowman building type of snow the way it built up on all of the tree branches and on this Rose of Sharon bush outside my kitchen window.  Our previous snows were light and fluffy because it was so cold when it snowed.
My inside garden is still blooming though and froggy is taking care of my orange cactus.  The one on top of the desk is blooming too but my photo was blurry so I can't show it.

My favorite pink one has a bloom and a bud ready to open soon plus some more buds on the other side that will open later in the week.

There are only 10 more days left in February so I had better choose a quilt top to finish into a quilt before the deadline.