More Catching Up!

At the end of July, I was thrilled to have my daughter Beth and her friend Kaci here for a short visit. We did some typically St. Louis tourist things including the arch and the City Museum. Then we headed to Indiana to visit my mother.

Although not as exciting as my trip to Africa and a visit with Beth, I have been busy making things this summer. These include the socks I knit on the trip to Africa. This was the yarn I won in a giveaway from the Winwick Sock Mom. The yarn traveled to me from the Peak District of England. Then I worked on the socks during my trip. They sparked many conversations in airports and in our African camps. Several of the women I met along the way were very interested. In Botswana in the camp at Chobe, one of staff, Kay, wanted to learn to knit. She actually knit a few stitches into the sock. Kay is the young woman on the right.

For years I’ve wanted to learn to knit stranded color work. I took a class last month with Ariel at Knitorious to learn the technique and then made these two hats. They were so much fun!

I’ve also managed to finish a couple of quilts.  One was an honor flight quilt which is 37″ x 38″. My friend Judy provided the embroidered center. The second one included blocks made by the Pieces of Friendship block exchange group which is part of the Bits ‘n’ Pieces guild. I call it Charm Squares with Friends. It’s 61″ x 72″.


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Catching Up!

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Where has the summer gone! It’s been more than 2 months since my last post! Life has been busy and I’ve been pretty darn lazy about keeping up with the blogging. Of course, I spent part of that time in … Continue reading

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Done and Donated

I finished this quilt last week.2016 Black White Bright The blocks were mostly made by my Pieces of Friendship group. Two days after I finished it, I received a request from my niece to donate a quilt for a fundraiser. She’s the administrator for the Footsteps Montessori Pre-school in Martinsville, Indiana. I shipped it off the next day. The quilt will be raffled off on June 11.

The quilt is 62 x 62 and called Black & White & Bright.

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I’m a Winner!

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I’ve been getting back into knitting after years of absence from the yarn addiction. The quilting obsession has ruled my life for last twenty some years. The knit revival started gradually when my daughter gave me a skein of sock yarn. I tried knitting some socks that didn’t actually fit right. Over the next several years, I tried a couple more time with similar results. Then, last year when I couldn’t quilt, I started knitting more and have had more sock success. Here’s my latest finish.

cable socksThese are Cabled Quasi Crews by Jamie Bourgeois. I got the pattern on Ravelry and used Coop Knit Socks Yeah! in the Beryl color. The yarn came from my brief flirtation with the Yarn Box monthly sock box subscription.

I started reading some blogs on knitting and ran across one by the Winwick Sock Mum  featuring  her Sockalong. I love reading about the British Isles and listening to podcasts by British knitters, so I started reading the blog and then joined the Facebook groups. It’s tons of fun to see all the finished socks that are posted from all over the world.

Last week was the year-long anniversary of the Sockalong and Christine Perry (the sock mum) hosted a giveaway to celebrate. My name was drawn as the winner! She has already shipped me the prizes and I can’t wait to actually see them. Here’s the link to the blog announcement and pictures of the prizes as well as links to the websites of the companies that donated the prizes. These include an autographed copy of the book Super Socks written by Christine! The prizes also include a gorgeous skein of sock yarn in my favorite colors. I see another pair of socks in my future!




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Lily’s Quilt

Stepping StonesQuilt Week in Paducah has come and gone. This year I again stayed with my friend Lily and helped her in her shop which is called Lily Liu Designs. Lily makes hand marbled fat quarters (as well as jewelry, shibori dyed clothing, fiber art and more) and we found last year that many quilters couldn’t quite imagine how to use them in a quilt. So this year, I made a quilt for Lily to hang in her shop. It featured the 8 marbled fat quarters that I brought home last year. It’s about 45″ x 65″. The pattern is called Stepping Stones and I found it in a book called “We Love Color”.  I didn’t get a photo of the quilt hanging in the shop, but here are some photos of the studio set up for Quilt Week.

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Recent finishes

The last couple of months have been very busy! I’ve been to California to visit my daughter, taught multiple classes, quilted some quilt tops for both guild charity projects and co-chaired the vendors at the 10th annual Bits N Pieces quilt show.  The quilt show was a big success!Bits N Pieces quilt show

I’ve done more knitting than quilting because it’s more portable. I finished this pair of socks after spending many, many hours sitting at the San Francisco airport and on airplanes getting to and from my daughter’s house.San Francisco Socks

I used Manos del Uruguay Alegria yarn in the Fondo Del Mar colorway. The pattern is Basic Socks from juliesmitten.  I’ve made several pair from this pattern and find that it fits really well.

I also finished this cowl. IMG_1832 The pattern was the Appia Cowl by Hilary Smith Callis. I used Holiday Yarn Silver Sock yarn in the Black Widow colorway. This interesting yarn has actual silver fibers spun into it for a bit of sparkle.

I fired up the Handi Quilter Sixteen and quickly quilted two children’s quilts. One was for the Piece Mill Quilters guild and the other was for the Bits Cover our Kids charity project. These came as kits that included the top, backing and batting. I also did a quick machine binding on both.  While I was warmed up, I went ahead and quilted a top that I had basted in January! This is the Cancan quilt from Aardvark Quilts using the Kaleidikite Ruler. I used a fat quarter packet that I’ve had on the shelf for a long time along with a few additions. I call it Citrus Cancan.2016 Citrus Cancan

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A Dog Gone Cute Quilt

Our niece and her husband are expecting their first baby in about 6 weeks. The prospective parents are very passionate about dogs. They, of course, have a dog, but also foster rescue dogs and are active with Stray Rescue. When I was looking for inspiration for a baby quilt, I ran across a pattern called Dog Gone Cute by Sew Fresh Quilts. I knew instantly it was the perfect quilt for them! Today I gave them the quilt and they loved it! The colors were drawn from the rug that is now in the nursery. The black dog in the quilt is their dog Finn.

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January finishes

Here are my January finishes. The first is a quilt top that I made last year. It had been basted since before Christmas but I finally sat down and quilted it. It’s called Intersections. Then I finished this pair of socks. It’s my 4th pair and the first that I really feel are successful. I’m doing a Craftsy class —Knit-along 2016: Socks with Lucy Neatby. I’ve already learned quite a bit! When I finish the knit-along I’ll have 3 finished pair of socks!2016 Intersections socks

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January Retreat

The PMQ January retreat was wonderful, as always! The bitter cold precluded our usual walks so we just sewed even more. I worked on a baby quilt that I don’t want to reveal until after it’s gifted but I have lots of pictures of all the other sewing that was going on.

I also hosted the January PMQ meeting. It’s always a challenge finding chairs for 29 people in my living room!IMG_1765



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It’s a new year!

Hurray! I’m so glad it’s a new year. The last one was not so good for my quilting, but the shoulder is much better and I’m able to sew again! Even better, I’m heading off to a quilt retreat in a couple of days!

In looking back over the year, I finished more projects than I thought. Some were done before my surgery but I did finish some after. My biggest project of the year was a queen sized quilt for my daughter and her husband. They found an inspiration photo they liked on the internet and then picked colors. I created the pattern based on the inspiration photo.

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Here are the rest of the projects I finished this year. Altogether there were 12 quilts but most were small. Six were donated and 2 were gifts. Some of the others will end up being donated or gifts but just haven’t made it to new homes yet.



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