Catching Up

Just because I haven’t been blogging doesn’t mean I haven’t been making stuff. Or acquiring things.

First there were the quilty Christmas goodies, a puzzle, a book, a table topper pattern and the Creative Grids mini Pineapple tool.

Next came the knitting fail. Remember how I am not a knitter but I’d fallen in love with this Craftsy Kit (yes, that’s an affiliate link)? And I was going to knit it myself with lots of help from my knitting friends? 

Yeah, well, I cast it on, knitted a few rows and ripped it out five or six times. This is what the last one looked like:

You didn’t really think that I was going to show you what it looked like five rows in, did you? Especially not five rows I repeatedly ripped back.

After that fiasco, I needed to feel accomplished at something so I made my first ever zipper pouch to contain the knitting supplies that Carolyn had so kindly lent me when I returned them. If we count this zipper pouch as a bag, I have accomplished one of my quilty resolutions. I made the bag a slightly strange shape because I needed to fit circular needles into it. It also, coincidentally, exactly fits Carolyn’s Bible.

However, I am apparently more stubborn than I originally thought about the whole knitting thing. So I decided to take a lace knitting class on Craftsy. I chose Lace Knitting: Basics and Beyond with Eunny Jang  (affiliate link) because it was on sale and I’m not a serious knitter. I just need to conquer this one thing. Seriously, now it is a challenge. If you are at all interested in lace knitting, I strongly recommend it. Eunny Jang is a great teacher and I’m learning a lot.

Of course, I had returned Carolyn’s knitting equipment so I had to get something with which to knit. I found a complete set of bamboo knitting needles and accessories at Amazon, the affiliate link is below.

Here’s what I got:

So, yes, I have still been doing some knitting. Mostly practice swatches, but I’m actually enjoying it. We will see how long this lasts. This isn’t my first go round with knitting. I learned to knit as a child and made a few things (including the world’s weirdest Christmas stocking for my oldest nephew), but I never really enjoyed it. We will see how this goes.

Of course I haven’t forsaken my first love. I have put the borders on the Christmas Jelly Roll Race. I don’t have finished pictures, but here is the fabric I used.

I finished Clue Two of the On Ringo Lake Mystery. I’m taking a break from that to work on Charlotte Hawkes’ Summer Stars on Fawn Lake Mystery, but I only have pictures of the On Ringo Lake Clue 2.

I have been working on hand quilting the 2009 Designer Mystery BOM. Here’s the block I finished most recently. Yes, most of it is stitch in the ditch.

And my husband brought a few of his mom’s collector’s plates up from the basement so that we can start trying to sell them. I don’t have much hope that they will sell for much if anything, but I do need to start listing them on eBay. Here’s the pile of them in the living room. And that’s what I’ve been up to. What about you?

Quilt on!

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I’m Doing a Little Sewing

I really haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, but somehow a lot of sewing isn’t happening. Sigh.

I put the side narrow borders on the Christmas Jelly Roll Race from three of years ago, but haven’t done the top and bottom or the wider borders yet. In case you’ve forgotten what it looked like, here is the picture from 2014 when I made the center. I do hope to complete this in time for Christmas, but I jumped into a few other things, so I don’t know how this will go.

I jumped into the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt “On Ringo Lake.” Her mysteries are intense, and I am not a fast quilter. Of course, I’m already more than a week behind. I did get a start on the 50 nine patch blocks. I’m almost done with those now. Here’s a glimpse of the first few.

Once I finish the nine patch blocks, I need to make the two blocks for my Getting to Know Hue BOM. Saturday is pick up day for the last two blocks but I probably won’t get down to pick them up until Monday. I have started prepping the appliqué blocks, which I think I will hand appliqué. There are four that make up the center medallion along with the center star. Even after I complete the blocks, there is still a lot of work to do on that one.

And I’m hoping to complete Layer Cake Explosion by the end of the year. That’s another very iffy possibility, but you never know! Stranger things have happened!

I hope your holidays are happy ones, whichever ones you celebrate.

Quilt on!

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