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I looked over my UFO pile, then glanced at the calendar, and decided to finish a Christmas quilt.

imageMany years ago, I collected Christmas fabrics, several in batiks, and put them together with the Turning 20 pattern. Now, I have to come up with a backing.  I would love to buy some extra wide fabric and not mess with piecing a back, but I am trying to stick to a budget and use up my stash.  So I dug around for some of the leftover prints and calculated a patchwork layout that would fit.

imageThe top is 65 x 80, so I am making the backing about 70×88.  I cut 20 squares at 16-1/2″ (the size of my largest ruler, lol) and added a 6.5″ strip in the center.  I sew all my backing seams at 1/2″ and press them open.  I will need an 8″ strip across the middle to get the right size back.  I have a new pantograph with poinsettias and holly leaves, so I should finish this today.  Stay tuned!

I have spent much more time knitting lately.  I was able to gift this cowl (infinity scarf) for one of my daughter’s skating coaches.

imageThe yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in a limited Frozen colorway.  The pattern is the Bar-Hopping Cowl.  I knit to a width of about 8″ and a length of about 60″ – perfect to loop twice around your neck.

I am making progress on Stephen West’s 2014 Mystery Shawl.


This section uses two color brioche, which is a fairly easy stitch with fabulous results.  However, my stitch count was off at the end of the section and there was no way to add stitches without throwing off the whole pattern.  So…I ripped back the whole thing 😦  Hopefully things work out better the second time through!

We are enjoying a few days of vacation as we get ready for US Thanksgiving.  We have an invitation to a friend’s house so I am relieved of cooking duty, for which I am VERY grateful!!

Happy stitching!





Summer Projects


Two kinds of crafty: quilting and knitting!

Oldest project first…I joined the Game of Thrones knit-along with Jimmy Beans Wool back in May.  The project is a lace shawl, and it was presented as a mystery.  All has been revealed, but I haven’t peeked at any finished projects.  I am on clue 4 of 6.  The yarn is a limited edition Lorna’s Laces called Fire and Blood, to represent the dragons and Daenerys.  I have really learned to read lace charts and my knitting with this project, so I don’t need many stitch markers.  imageMy second project was also a knit-along. (are you sensing a theme?  I am a joiner!!)  A group on Ravelry had a Tops, Tees and Tanks KAL to celebrate the beginning of summer.  I found the pattern Sun Tea, by Laura Aylor, which uses sock yarn.  I had some coordinating blues in my stash, and I needed a plain stockinette project for the long plane rides during our vacation.  imageI have just passed the body shaping point in the pattern, now it’s about 5 more inches then I will check the length and work on the bottom hem.

Moving into the sewing room, I made my first Swoon block!  Just a couple years past the height of the pattern’s popularity, LOL.  One of the bloggers I follow is having a block exchange.  We all signed up with a specific colorway, and each person makes 2 blocks for each of the other participants.  So I am sewing a variety of these blocks and I will get back enough to make a patriotic quilt!imageMy last swap for the moment is 2-1/2 inch squares.   The quilters group on Ravelry is having a swap so I collected 49 different fabrics.  The next step is to cut the squares.  No, I did not go on a shopping binge…at least, not all at once, I did stock up during some sales, but a lot of these fabrics are things I have purchased over the last couple years and haven’t used yet. image This swap is encouraging me to freshen up my scrap bin.  You can do so many things with small squares!

What projects are you working on this summer?

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