Friday, April 13, 2018

Wild Woods April

April blocks
 I altered the pieced  pattern a bit. I did not wish to do all those square and HST's. I am thinking of fusing some flowers, or maybe a butterfly. I am just not into animals at this point. They might get added later on when the top is pieced.

All the blocks
I save the cut off triangles and sew them into HST's. You never know, they could make something fun!

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Springing along

I was knitting the first official pattern of Sock Madness and realized it was not working for me.


It was interesting to learn how to make the beaded blackberry.
Time to rip!

I was not happy with the fit when I tried it on. Also, I did not think that the gray would last for both socks, even with gold toes and heels. So I ripped it out! My sweetie was appalled. So close to finishing a sock. But if I am not happy with it, it would not get finished.

 So I started the next round using the same gray yarn with a different contrasting yarn. It involves brioche knitting. Something I have wanted to master. And it is a very fun knit! I am ready to start the heel on the first sock.
Guild Blocks
 After the January guild meeting I brought home my show and tell in a tote bag. I finally opened the bag last week so that I could put away the quilts. I found a baggie with some white squares and two patterns. I honestly could not remember what they were for, so I messaged the guild president and she gave me some instructions. But she didn't really say what the guild is doing with the blocks. They need to be turned in before September. I decided it was an easy sew and just made the blocks. I used my "cutting table" fabric selection. Which is digging through the piles on my cutting table that have not been put away yet.
 Another block that came up for air, Swirl. I took a demo class at a retreat years ago and made this block. Not sure what I had intended, but I think it could be a good start to something. So I left it on the design wall to inspire me.
Swap blocks
 A few month's ago I posted about swap blocks that I was making for a quilt group that I swap blocks with by mail. I got my blocks back!  What a nice pile! I think I may have won the blocks in the "pot"! It will be fun to play with these blocks.
Bonus #1
When Diane mails me swap blocks, there is always some sort of bonus stuff in there. This package's bonus! Since I live in cowboy country, the bandanas might be fun to play with.
Iris blocks
One of our mutual friends also will tuck in a little something in the packages. This UFO looks like a One Block Wonder. The iris print is lovely. Some of the rows have been sewn and some of the blocks are pinned. It will be a puzzle to line it up (I think). I decided to wait and leave it stacked as it came to me.  So if there is a logical order, I will be able to lay it out easily. When I have some time to play with it.

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
Last weekend my Brother-in-law came for a visit. We drove up Johnson Canyon Road. Which used to be the border of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Lovely rock formation along the canyon. I am not sure if this is still in the monument or not since the borders of GSENM has been gutted. 

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Monday, April 2, 2018


I finished 2 quilts in March! I can only show one of them at this time. Stay tuned for the other one at a later date. This is my Skittles quilt. I quilted it at a retreat put on by my local guild. Used a walking foot and one of my standard designs. I am happy with the way the quilting turned out.

Close up

Quilt before trimming

Faux quarter inch quilting
Glamor shot

I used a flannel print for the borders, binding and backing. It should be a very cozy lap quilt! Eddy approves!

Yarn Barf
I knit the qualifying round of Sock Madness. I was having yarn barf issues. I think that there was more yarn that barfed than was left in the skein.
New technique
I learned a new stitch technique. It involved several rows with 2 colors and slip stitches.
I was just a few hours short of making it to the next round. But since I was close to finishing the qualifying round pattern, I am a cheerleader and will get to knit the other patterns for fun. My project page Here.






Saturday, March 31, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

Still Sewing

Last week I wrote about my Dad.
Thank you all for your compassion and kind words. I appreciate all the good vibes. We will get through this. Just taking it one day at a time.
I sewed!

I saw a tutorial last week for a fun project using 2.5" strips. I dug into my 2.5" strip bag and sewed up a few blocks! It was fun! And should have been fast. You know, you think you can sew it up since you have 10 minutes and then the thread keeps breaking and then the bobbin runs out. The next thing you know a 10 minute sew turns into 1/2 hour and you are still have not completed the 4 blocks you meant to sew quickly

I pulled out this UFO to work on last month.  I have 3 sections that I made using a quilt as you go technique. My original plan to sew them together did not work. So I threw it in the corner for a time out for 3 years and now I need to deal with it. I don't have any obligations this week, so hope to make some progress.
Scrap Box
I have to confess, I am a scrap-a-holic. I have trouble throwing out scraps. I have learned to try to process scraps as I generate them. This box resurfaced yesterday. It is crammed full of scraps. I packed it up when we were in the process of moving in 2001. I has been taped shut and moved to California, then back to Ephraim, UT and now to Kanab. I think it is time to deal with it. I will try to process some each day.

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Amanda Jean

Thursday, February 1, 2018

I sewed Today

I had taken a bit of a break from my blog. My daughter and her husband were visiting over Christmas and then right after we took off with the dogs and went camping in Quartzsite. I had hoped to blog a bit from there, but had internet issues. We got home middle of January and I started to sew daily. I was able to get the swap blocks on my design wall sewn together.
Swap blocks

I finished the top on January 21, 2018. I posted a photograph on my Facebook page and had a lot of wahoo's. It was later that evening I got a phone call that my Father had died suddenly.  Wow. I am still reeling from the news.  Dad had seen my post via a friend and had told her it was really cool.  My Dad had a lot of adventure in his life. He and my mother emigrated to the USA from Germany in 1956. They settled in Utah and had 3 children. They moved to the San Juan Islands in Washington State in the 80's and sailed for 10 years. Then they moved to St. George Utah. They traveled all over in a trailer and did the Snow Bird thing. In the mid 60's they had bought a lot at Bear Lake, which is on the border of Utah and Idaho. Dad built an A-Frame cabin. My siblings and I grew up there. Many fond memories. For long time, my parents would spend Spring and Fall in St. George, the Summer at the cabin and then travel to Arizona and Mexico for the Winter. We lost Mom in 2006.  We lost my older brother, Tom, in 2011.  And 12 days ago we lost Dad. 6 days short of his 86th birthday. My sister and I are left behind to pick up the pieces of our family. My Dad had a conversation with my husband the week before he died. He said that he had no regrets.  I can find comfort in that statement.  
Block One
A month or so ago I had joined the Sew Incredibly Crazy Block of the Month 2018 group on FB. The first block came out today. I sewed today. I had not turned on my machine since Dad died. Grief will do that to you. I am trying to find my way back to a routine. I sewed today. I hope I can sew tomorrow. Even if it just one seam.  Life moves on. I need to as well.

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Amanda Jean




Friday, October 27, 2017

The Joys of Autumn

I was not able to get a post up last week. We had driven up to Salt Lake to baby sit our 2 young granddaughters while their parents were out of town. Oh my. Lovely girls but I forgot how much work it is to take care of an almost 2 year old and a 4 year old. I was lucky to get the dishes done!

Baby hats
While riding in the car I like to knit. I am bored with dishrags, so I switched over to baby hats. Easy pattern, great car driving project. It is a 5-6 hour drive to Salt Lake, so I got a lot of knitting done. Now I have a couple of hats ready for the next new babies to arrive.
Mom's yarn
I had a bunch of yellow and pink yarn that came from my late Mother's stash. It feels good to use it up.
Brass and steam
I had a bag full of shawls and a couple of cowls that needed blocked. I decided to block one a day and was able to get them all done in about 10 days (took a couple of days off) We then went up the trail near our home and took some glamour shots. I did not photograph the cowls. First up is The Age of Brass and Steam. Rav project page
Hemp Shawl
Next up is a triangle shawl that I knit using some cool Hemp yarn that a friend gifted me. Just a simple triangle pattern that I made up as I knit. Rav project page.
I loved knitting this one! It is the Croc-a-tail Scarf pattern by Jessie Ksanznak. Link to my rav page.
I used some wonderful handspun yarn by Karen of Gift of Grace. Right now her shop is empty of most of her yarn, but she is doing a shop update soon, I believe on November 1st. She also does custom spins.
Simple blue
Another fun, fast knit! Blue is my favorite color.  Painted Hills is the pattern. Link to rav page.
Another fun knit! I had a bit of trouble with the start of the pattern, the designer is not a native English speaker and so some of the instructions were a bit unclear to me. Once I got the idea of how the increases worked, it all made sense. This is a huge shawl! Rav project page.
And the grand finale of my blocking pile! A design by SusannaIC. I love this shawl! It is very large, like a cape size on me. I started off using a larger needle and so it just grew like a weed! It is beaded. Rav project page.
I am still working on my swap blocks from last post. Hope to have those finished this week. So my only finishes are my knitting and blocking. Nice to get that bag of shawls blocked!

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Amanda Jean