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Monday, May 21, 2018

My Sister and Lancaster

I was lucky to spend Mother's Day weekend with my sister.  Of the five of us, I was the only one to venture out of state.  My sibs all stayed in the Philadelphia area and I call Massachusetts home now that I have been here for almost fifty years.

My sister and I love fabric and yarn.  We always manage to find a few yarn shops and quilt shops.We visited a lovely yarn shop, The Lancaster Yarn Shop, in Intercourse PA.  There was some beautiful wool from local sheep.  I couldn't resist the colorway, Betsy.  As an Elizabeth I feel that we are kindred spirits and I brought some of her home with me.

Meet my namesake.  I hope to make a Dohne shawl.

I hope everyone is as lucky as I to have a sister like mine.  I love her and can never spend enough time with her. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May To Do List


I am happy with my progress in April.  I have been working on several large projects.  Most I hope to finish this month.  And knowing me, I will probably start a few extra projects.


April

Knitting
Quilting
  • Judy's Quilt Challenge #5  Owl Strippy--in progress 
  • Churn Dash Guild Challenge--didn't touch it
  • Applique:  Stars Over Baltimore--still prepping block #2
  • Dresses for Haiti--2 done
Machine Embroidery
  • Machine Embroidery BOM Quilt Club:  Toile Scene #2
  • Malcolm's Superhero Cape
  • Reading Pillow
  • Puppy Quilt Blocks
Read
  • Winter Garden 
  • The Vengeance of Mothers
May

Knitting
  • Free Your Fade shop KAL
  • Prep for June Charity
  • Yarnathon:  
    • Q2 Socks
    • Granny Square Afghan
    • Chunky winter wear badge--headbands (3-5)
Quilting
  • Judy's Quilt Challenge: #12 Aunt Grace's Garden Party
  • Owl Strippy Quilt for Malcolm
  • Applique:  Stars Over Baltimore--still prepping block #2
  • Dresses for Haiti--
  • Blankets for Haiti
Machine Embroidery
  • Machine Embroidery BOM Quilt Club:  Toile Scene #3
Read
  • The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bantry Bay Finish

I have been working feverishly to finish my Bantry Bay MKAL from Impeccable Knits.  I love all of the cables and intricate stitch patterns.  It was a challenge but I am happy that it is finished.  The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sport.  The color is Manly Yes But I Like it Too.  The Grey shows the stitches but I think the fiber was a  little too rustic for the pattern.  It did not block as nicely as I would have liked.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April--A New Month

Hopefully this month I will get back to a regular routine.  I always have big plans but not much seems to get finished.  I have BIG plans for April!

March
  1. Bantry Bay MKAL--almost done
  2. Free Your Fade shop KAL--almost half done
  3. Charity Knits--Purple Hats--rolled brim hat done
  4. Banff Mitts--on hold
  5. Applique:  Stars Over Baltimore--way behind
  6. Quilt:  30's Euro Swap--Judy's March Challenge-didn't touch it
  7. Table Runner for LQS class --Done
  8. Machine Embroidery BOM Quilt Club:  Toile Scene #1--Done
  9. Read:  Saints for All Occasions--Done
  10. Super Hero Capes for and M--only one

April

Knitting
  • Bantry Bay
  • Top Down Purple Charity KAL
  • Free Your Fade shop KAL
  • May Charity Hat KAL
  • Yarnathon:  Q2 Socks
Quilting
  • Judy's Quilt Challenge #5  Owl Strippy 
  • Churn Dash Guild Challenge
  • Applique:  Stars Over Baltimore
  • Dresses for Haiti
Machine Embroidery
  • Machine Embroidery BOM Quilt Club:  Toile Scene #2
  • Malcolm's Superhero Cape
  • Reading Pillow
  • Puppy Quilt Blocks
Read
  • Winter Garden

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Get it Done in March





My intention for 2018 was to not take on more than was practical especially in  knitting and quilting.  My problem is I want to do it all--blog challenges, KAL and QAL,  I need to be more realistic with my expectations. 

February
  1. Malcolm's Quilt--Baste, Quilt, Bind, Label
  2. Stars over Baltimore:  Applique 1,2,3 Stars 1,2,3
  3. Pilot House Custom Fit--cast on--on hold
  4. Banff Mitts
  5. Bantry Bay MKAL--in progress
  6. Read:  Before We Were Yours  Saints for All Occasions
  7. Judy's February Challenge--Color Safari
March

  1. Bantry Bay MKAL
  2. Free Your Fade shop KAL
  3. Charity Knits--Purple Hats
  4. Banff Mitts
  5. Applique:  Stars Over Baltimore
  6. Quilt:  30's Euro Swap--Judy's March Challenge
  7. Table Runner for LQS class 
  8. Machine Embroidery BOM Quilt Club:  Toile Scene #1
  9. Read:  Saints for All Occasions
  10. Super Hero Capes for J and M


Thursday, February 15, 2018

First Quilt Finish for 2018

I love the feeling of finishing a project.  My first quilt finish for 2018 is a machine embroidered BOM that I started in 2016 at my LQS.  This is also my first quilt as you go project.  Even the label is DONE.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Quilt by Day Knit by Night

We are getting for another snow storm.  But I think "storm"  is a little over-kill.  .The ice that is supposed to come at the end of the storm will be the problem.  Schools have cancelled or will have an early release.  I have my tea ready and I hope to spend some quality time quilting an knitting.

I don't often sign up for quilting or knitting mysteries.  Apparently I am more controlling than I realized.  But I have never seen a pattern by Impeccable Knits that I didn't like.  Currently Luise is hosting a MKAL, Bantry Bay.  I had a little difficulty with Clue 1 but I finished and love the cabling.
Clue 1


Clue 2 went a little quicker.  I will start Clue 3 this evening.
I have never done a quilt as you go (QAYG) project.  But I have jumped into the pool with this one.
Color Safari

This is a machine embroidered quilt that uses an Anita Goodesign pattern.  It was a BOM at my LQS.