Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Did You Ever Have A Project...

..that you put off forever because you didn't know where to start?  I've had this basket for a long time:

The blueberry blue really don't match my red, green, and off white decor.  It is one of those projects that should be relatively easy.  However, I never put in the effort to figure out how to recreate the liner on the basket.  My sewing buddy wanted to make some basket liners so we decided that this would be a great project for our monthly get together.  With a little encourage and a couple of hours of sewing time, I now have a lovely new liner for my basket:

I am very pleased with my new liner.  The color is much closer to what I wanted in my living room.  This was so easy that I am sorry that I put off making the liner for so long.  Here's the basket in my living room:

For now it will hold a pair of large pillows.  Those pillows can hid a lot of stuff under them.

I will never put off making a basket liner again!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

6-Piece Sewing...It's Time For Spring....

I saw that the spring 6-Piece information had been posted today.  I never did do anything with the winter 6-piece except dream a little.  However, I have a big trip for later this year and I need to think about things that will pack well.  Maybe I'll be able to join in.  The spring 6-piece is:

1. Jacket or cardigan in a neutral color
2. Jacket or cardigan in a color
3. Pants or skirt in a neutral color
4.  Pants or skirt in a color
5.  Top in a neutral color
6.  Top in a color

Looks easy doesn't it?  Really if you followed through on wardrobe planning at the end of the year there would be 24 pieces that should be interchangeable.  I never seem to plan that well.  Maybe that is something to strive for.

I don't really need any additional jackets or cardigans but I do need tops and bottoms.  So, I will be plan on that attempting 4 tops and 2 bottoms.  I really need to dive into the stash as I know I have lots of fabrics in there that would be appropriate for this particular 6-piece and will work for my trip.  No, I'm not going to call any particular project out but be sure that it will all be easy sewing.

If you want to let more about the 6-piece sewing, check it out over at Artisan's Square.  Join in the fun.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Mystery Update...

Progress has slowed.  I thought the Week 5 clues would be super easy and they were until I realized that I had not finished Week 1 clues like I thought.  That means that there is a lot of extra cutting, sewing, ironing, and trimming going on.  I'm am trying to maximize my sewing time as much as possible by stitching until there is nothing else left to stitch, then moving to the ironing board to press everything.  Then, I start checking the items that have been pressed, trimming where necessary, and redoing if needed.  It is a slow process.  Well, at least for me.

I'm already dreaming of the next quilt which will be for my son to take away to college.  So, it has to be done no later than the end of May.  We have settled on a design and amazingly I was unable to locate a printed pattern so I will have to figure out the needed fabrics on my own.  I suspect that I will guess on the background for the quilt.

Okay, off to work on the Mystery Quilt.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Let's Knit!.....

Knit, knit, knit....I've been doing a fair amount of knitting since the first of the year but not on projects.  I've been working on changing how I knit.  I have always knitted with the yarn on the left which most people would call continental but I'm not sure that is what I was doing.  I really wanted to sped up my knitting a little bit so I can work on larger projects.  So, I decided to take the Craftsy class called "Knit Faster with Continental Knitting".  It has taken me since Christmas to feel slightly comfortable.  The class has you using circular needles which more or less forces you to hold both needles in your hands.  Something I'm not use to doing at all because normally I would prop the left needle on my leg.  I have practiced, practiced, practiced and practiced a little more.  I still can not hold the thread and make the stitch exactly as instructed but I am picking the stitch which is much faster than the left handed throwing that I was doing.  The tension is looking good.  I'm not sure that the continental purling is faster than what I was doing but I keep on practicing.  The purl tension is looking good, too.  Maybe I'm ready to try a project.

Remember the hats that I knitted at Christmas?  I still have one more hat to make.  So, I'm going to attempt to make it with my "new" knitting style.  If it doesn't work out, I will pull it out and knit the way I have always knitted.  I'm hoping that it works out.

Have you tried continental knitting?  Did it work out for you?

Happy Stitching!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mystery Update...

Winter has arrived in my arrive.  It is a little late but I suppose that is okay.  Since there was plenty of white stuff outside, I decided to sew, sew, sew (there was a little bit of knitting in there too).  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I spent time working on the Week 4 of the Allietare Mystery quilt.  I'm am happy to say week 4 is completed.  Here is my stitching results:

I may have gotten carried away and created one extra set but I suppose that can't really hurt anything. Now, it's on to week 5 which I just finished reading and doesn't look too bad.  Hopefully, it will not take 3 weeks to complete.

I below to an online quilt guild.  I joined because I was curious but after 6 months I've decided to join in the monthly projects.  There is a mini BOM and I purchased the following fabrics:

I'm hoping that the remainder of the fabrics will be stuff from my own stash.  This quilt is suppose to 17" square.  I'm hoping that I actually finish it and that it can decorate the wall in my sewing area.

That's all the sewing I've been doing in the past week or so.

Happy Stitching!