Friday, February 22, 2019

Easily Distracted!

One of the reasons that we chose Kanab is that they rarely get much snow in the winter. Since we have been here that has not been the case. We have had snow every year. And not just a dusting. The storms that have dumped snow on Las Vegas this week and really hit us hard. We are about 3 hours away from Vegas. I am ready for spring!

Monday's storm
 On Monday we got a good 6 inches of snow. I am glad I did not have anywhere to go and could just stay home.
Thursday's snow
 So the next storm rolled through late Wednesday night and all day Thursday. Another 8 inches  of heavy wet snow. I would be thrilled if I had access to my snow dyeing equipment, but it is tucked away in storage in the back of sweetie's shop. And he is visiting his brother in Tennessee, so no help getting it out. And yes, Utah has had a serious drought for the last few years and really needs the snowpack. But I wish it would stay up in the mountains.

13 Memories
I decided to try Sock Madness again this year. It is a knitting competition and last year I was just short in the qualifying round. This is the warmup pattern. I am loving it! So fun to knit!  I love the scrappy feel! Reminds me of scrap quilts.


Sample blocks
Last post I talked about joining in Emily's Medallion QAL. I knew just the thing, I had some 12 inch blocks that were samples from a class and thought they would be perfect to set together for the 24" start of the medallion. Oops. There are only 3 blocks and I only have a strip and a partial of the background. I used that same background in my daughter's wedding quilt and am pretty sure it is used up.

Starry, Starry Night
I had 3 sizes available in the class pattern. This is the medium size and the finished quilt sample for the class.
Close-up of the fabrics

Sewing together the scraps
I must have been organized with that class box, I had all the scraps from the sample quilt in the class box. I loved the look of the colors and started sewing them together all improv like.  Instead of focusing on another plan for the 24" medallion center. I am almost finished with the scraps. Maybe I can get caught up on the QAL before the next round comes out.


Small size

This the small size of the block pattern. I use these to demo the blocks in class. I love these quarter blocks, you can rotate them ala log cabins and make a lot of different designs instead of just the stars.


Linking to:

Nicole

Beth

Judy

Emily

Alycia

Nina-Marie

Sarah

Myrna


Friday, February 8, 2019

Labels and Sleeves

This week's finish is making labels and sleeves.  I tend to put those off and decided to get this last batch of quilts done, done. So now I am ready. When it is time for these guys to get entered into a show, they are ready to go.

Last week I had my lousy dishrag featured. I drew a name and the winner is Beth at Cooking up Quilts! Thanks for the fun comments. I didn't even finish one lousy dishrag this week, so maybe next week. I got about 1/3 of a dishrag done while visiting with my step-mom Tuesday night. I had gone to visit her and to attend the Southern Utah Fiber Art group! It was fun, several women demonstrated various felting techniques.

I am going to participate in Emily's Medallion QAL. I had hoped to have my center completed by now, but I will be working on it this afternoon. Still thinking of a theme. It should be fun, check it out here.


Linking to:

Nicole

Judy

Beth at cooking up quilts

Emily

Beth

Kathy

Nina-Marie

Sarah

Myra



Friday, February 1, 2019

Finished a quilt!

Finally finished my Ricky Tims' Caveman quilting piece! The finishing process took more time than I had expected, but I think it was worth it to tuck all those threads. The background does not show well in the photograph, it is more of the greenish blue.

Ricky Tims Caveman quilting
I did post this to my FB page and tagged Ricky. His comment was "Oldie Goldie". I think that makes a good name for this guy, what do you think? Up next is making some labels for recent work and to start working on another piece for a challenge that is due in March.
Gift Bags
At my local guild this week we worked together on making gift bags for the Balloons and Tunes event coming up President's Day Weekend. The visitors center co sponsors this event and we were asked to make the bags for all the pilots. They give out a bottle of sparkling cider. It is a fun event. Fun to watch the balloons launch and float by the red cliffs. Hope the weather allows them to launch. There is also a band showdown. A fun free event, if you are anywhere near Southern Utah, check it out!

Crown Royal block
One of the gals in my guild is making a Crown Royal quilt for her son. He collected a lot of the bags over the years. Claudia drafted out her quilt on graph paper. It has been fun to watch this evolve.


This week's lousy dishrag 
We drove to Salt Lake City last weekend for our granddaughter's 3rd birthday. It is a 5-6 hour drive, so I usually have my knitting basket with me. I knit another lousy dishrag. I experimented with a new design. Here it is blocking. The horizontal rows try to gather and the vertical rows stretch. So it is very cockeyed. Anyway, I had nice comments on my lousy dishrag last week. Thanks. I was using the term lousy as in not much rather than awful. I decided that I would have a drawing for this lousy dishrag. It is meant to be used, so when it stretches out it is no biggie. Please leave a comment if you want your name thrown in the hat. Sorry, but USA addresses only. (I sent a baby hat to England for the great grand and it cost $14 to mail it.)  This may become an ongoing thing, I knit a lot more dishrags than I can use and give away locally.

Still clearing out stuff from the sewing room, check out my Ebay for some great deals. More things get listed as I find them.

Linking to:

Lorna

Nicole

Beth 

Emily

Judy

Beth

Myra

Sarah

Nina-Marie

Leanne