Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Saturday Matinee Socks

I have my second finish on my Third Quarter Finish-a-Long list. I am pretty excited seeing how I only managed to finish two projects last quarter...I am well ahead of my game.
These socks were really quick to make because the leg is short. Although there is pattern to follow (instead of my normal stockinette stitch socks), it was pretty managable and easy to memorize, or at least work with once you understood what you were creating. The second sock went way faster than the first.

They have a bit of an open, lacy pattern up the front of the sock. Created top down on a circular needle, I managed to finish them without too many swear words.

The heels are a little different from the Fish Lips Kiss heel that I normally make, but fit really well.

The toe is a little open and lacy.

My only regret is that I did not make them one more repeat bigger. I could have used that extra 1/2-3/4 of an inch, but they'll be fine for wearing with my new Birkenstock clogs this fall.

Sock Stats:
Pattern: Saturday Matinee Socks by Mara Catherine Bryner can be found on Ravelry
Yarn: Naughty or Nice by Spun Right Round 80% SW Merino/20% Nylon 400 yards per 100 grams
Neddles: 40" Circular Addi Turbo Needles, US size 1 (2.5mm)
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Number 9

Our ninth grandchild is due in January of next year. It's been hard keeping it a secret because we have known since Father's Day that our youngest son, Kyle, and his wife, Briana, are expecting their first baby.
I have been plotting and planning what to make for this baby. You know there will be a quilt, but since I have gotten into garment sewing again I wanted to try making some clothes for the baby, too.
Before I bought any special fabrics I thought I would play with some scraps from the Linden Sweatshirt dress I made myself a few months ago. Both are knits from Birch Fabrics manufacturer.

I bought the onesie pattern at QuiltCon in February, in anticipation that there were more grandchildren on the horizon. It's the Lullaby Line Bodysuit and T-Shirt pattern by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. I made a three month size, which says it fits 8-12 pounds. I followed the pattern exactly, adding a fussy cut Panda from a Japanese canvas print called Animaland. I think the red snaps make a cute finish.

The pants are made using the Just Hatched Baby Leggings FREE pattern from Made by Rae.

My venture into making baby clothes has begun. I would like to try the Big Butt Baby Pants, also a Made by Rae pattern.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quilts for Pulse

We all know about the horrible loss of life that occurred last month in Orlando, Florida, after a shooter entered the Pulse Night Club and killed 49 people and injured 53 others. What most don't know is that the quilting community has embraced the families of the victims. The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has asked for all guilds to help them so that we can give a quilt to each family of the victim's killed and those injured.
I am a member of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild. We are making two quilts. The first is made of rainbow hearts. The tutorial is by Megan of Crimson Tate. I agreed to make two blocks and to collect the blocks from other guild members and assemble the quilt.
Each block is supposed to be 14.5" unfinished. I was thrown a bit of a curve when the blocks started arriving in various sizes, ranging from 14"-15.5". After thinking on it for a few days I decided to add low volume strips to two sides of each block and then square them up to 16.5". The squares are now all the same size, but the seams don't line up. I think after it is quilted it will look great.
This quilt top will be heading to my guild mate, Julie. She has agreed to baste and quilt it. Another member will be finishing the binding. The goal is to get the quilts to the families by September 15.

Quilters are so generous and it warms my heart to be able to help give comfort, even in this small way.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lottie Top

Last year I decided to start making more clothes for myself. There are so many fun, Indie patterns to try. The Lottie pattern by Christine Haynes has been on my list since I first saw it on Instagram. I was drawn to it for many reasons, one of which was that it reminded me of the first garment I made in 7th grade Home a good way. It brought back so many fond memories of that first time I cut out my yellow gingham fabric to make an A-line shift, learning to make darts and simple seams.

This pattern is so well written and Christine has added instructions for making it look like a really polished garment. I especially love the faced bias binding neckline. I have never finished a neckline that way and I really like the look of it. 

Another feature of the top are the big bias patch pockets and the slit finished side seams. Both are explained in the pattern with good drawings. This pattern is for anyone from a beginner to advanced seamstress.

I chose this Lakehouse Three Tone Stripe fabric I had in my stash. It has a slight shimmer giving it a polished finish and reminds me of that first gingham shift I made in 1964, all grown up. I finished the seams with my serger, getting the top made all in one afternoon. I think it has a real 1960's, Jackie O kind of vibe. Now I want to make the dress with 3/4 length sleeves. I'm already plotting what fabric to use, so stay tuned...

Saturday, July 9, 2016

When I'm 64

In 1967, when the Beatles song was popular, I was a girl of 15. The song really had no meaning for me except that people who were 64 were OLD! Flash forward to 2016 and I have a granddaughter who is nearly 15 and I am 64! The words are from a man's point of view but they are still very appropriate for me on this day. 

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?
You'll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you
I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?
Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight
If it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck & Dave
Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?

Finish-a-Long, Third Quarter 2016

Many projects on my second quarter work in progress list has carried over to the third quarter. I have added a few other projects and removed some from the list.
Here's my proposed list to complete by October. And hey....October? Where has this year gone? The months are just flying by.

I'd like to make a T-shirt with this Anna Maria Horner knit fabric.

This mini should be an easy just needs a binding. You'd think I'd finish this quickly so I could check off a quick finish. Maybe I'll get it done this time.

This wrinkly mess of a quilt is my only carry over from the first quarter. It now needs to be quilted and bound. Third times a charm? Let's hope so!

This is an old WiP, from last year's Sewtopia class with Rita from Red Pepper Quilts. I'll either make it into a mini or a pillow. Seriously, this is so easy of a finish. I must get it done.

If I were a smart person I would just leave my list at four possible finishes, but I think I'll add three more, just for fun.
This quilt is a gift for my friend's September birthday, so I must get it quilted, bound and gifted by September 6th.

This flowering snowball quilt was so fun to make. I want to hand quilt it. I have been waiting for my order of Valdani Perle cotton threads to arrive from my Massdrop order. It took forever to receive them, but they have finally arrived so I have no excuse but to get this quilt finished.

These Saturday Matinee socks should be an easy finish. They are a short, ankle length sock and I already have the first sock finished.

Although the list is longer than I usually like, I think it is doable and can be finished in three months.
Linking up with the wonderful ladies, from all over the globe, who put this group together.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Only Two Finishes this Quarter!

My second quarter finishes for the 2016 Finish-a-Long add up to a meager total of two! Two measly finishes is pitiful. But, it doesn't mean I didn't get a lot acomplished. I made three quilts and two quilt tops, 6 bee blocks, 5 pot holders and two bags! I also spent a lot of time in the garden, especially cultivating my new Straw Bale Gardens.

You can see my list of intended finishes for this quarter here.
What I did finish from the list were two pair of socks. Both have a pattern so they take me a little longer to complete than my plain stockinette stitch socks
So that's it for me. Hoping the next quarter will be better.

Linking up with all the lovely ladies who host the Finish-a-Long. 

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