Monday, April 30, 2018

Mail Call Monday - Emergency Yarn

Welcome to another edition of Mail Call Monday!!  This is just a quick post to tell you about a special member of Ravelry.

The backstory:

I'm knitting my first sweater.  While working on the sleeves, I realized that I'm not going to have enough yarn to finish them.

The urgent plea:

Please forgive the intrusion, but I was hoping that you might reconsider that small bit of Malabrigo 807 Cote’ de Azure you have listed as “not for sale or trade.” I’m knitting my first sweater and the gauge ate up more of the yarn than expected. I was hoping to knit the sleeves in the same color as the body. That’s where YOU come in. :o))
Is there a chance you are willing to part with it?
Thank you for your consideration!

The response:

Of course you can have it. It’s only 15 grams. I can ship it out ASAP. Just send me your address. I’ll let you know how much the shipping is.

The yarn:

Malabrigo 807 Cote' de Azure - A deep, dark blue verging on indigo.

The receipt:

This package was mailed out of the goodness of her heart:

She even placed the yarn in a special needs baggie to protect it:

Here's what was inside:

I'm REALLY hoping it's enough to finish the sleeves of my Hoodie Shawl Cardigan, shown below... not QUITE long enough:

Thank you, again, Becky.  I'm not sure how far 15 grams of Malabrigo Sock will go, but I'm hoping it will make my sleeves a bit longer before I have to resort to striping like the hood and shawl portions of the sweater.

If I'm lucky, no striping will be required!

Until next time...
Mmm... Malabrigo!!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC18 - Week 17

Welcome to Week 17 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  As usual, the days raced by.  Here's a glimpse of the moments that I was able to catch...

Starting with yesterday's Sew Day:

SUNDAY - Tackled Mt. Washmore and quilted a client quilt between loads:

Quilty goodness showing through:

MONDAY - Same old, same old was followed by dinner with DS2.  Color me a happy Mom!

TUESDAY - Usual Tuesday stuff happened before I spent my evening with my Monthly Evening Quilt Bee members.  Here I am, showing off the new 40th anniversary shirt from DOQ:

WEDNESDAY - Are you getting a sense that nothing new is going on this week?  What can I say?!  Most of my weeks are just like the ones that went before (and much like those that will follow.)

This morning I went to Knit Group and started the hood portion of my Hoodie Shawl Cardigan:

The afternoon hours found me hanging out at Needleb's doing more on Dad's Ties for Molly:

Oh!  And a tiny bit of YELLOW sewing, too:

THURSDAY - Progress on the hood of my sweater, but no pictures to share.  DS2 had to be rescued this afternoon, as his car refused to start after an appointment.  He missed another because of it.  :o((

FRIDAY - I really THOUGHT that I would make additional progress on Dad's Ties for Molly, but...

THIS happened instead:

Instead of sewing, we went to the Expansion Opening at Cary Quilting Company.  Who can resist a SALE???  All in all, it was a great day.  Believe it or not, I only spent $15.  :o))

SATURDAY - LINK PARTY day over on the So Scrappy blog!!  I might not have accomplished my (revised) monthly RSC goal, but there is a lovely stack of YELLOW parts which will become a Quilted Scrap Basket at a later date:

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Monday, April 23, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC18 - Week 16

Welcome to Week 16 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  It is 4/21/28.  The taxes are done and submitted.  That's the "spoiler" for this week!  For the shape of my days, read on...

I can tell you that I've been on the lookout for YELLOW around town:

SUNDAY - I took a trip to Davidson, North Carolina with several of my quilting friends today.  Beaver Dam House is a lovely venue.  It would have been even nicer, if we had been there for a happier occasion.

I did some quilting after returning home, but gave up with less than half a row and the final edge remaining.  I broke a thread going over a seam and the tension went wonky.  Here's my "practice piece" that I used to balance the tension on my longarm:

MONDAY - Quilt Guild was this evening.  We saw some really wonderful quilts from Ann Holmes, author of No Sewing Until You Quilt It, and learned a bit about her stained glass-style applique:

I think this was my favorite.  And LOOK!!  There's YELLOW, too.

TUESDAY - Tonight was Girl's Night Out.  Small group, but a lot of fun!!  I started the decreases on the sleeves of my Hoodie Shawl Cardigan.  I'll try to remember to get a photo next time!

WEDNESDAY - Knit Group, followed by sewing with Needleb, was a welcome use of my day.  SEW happy to have made additional progress on Dad's Ties for Molly:

THURSDAY - Came home to find DH cleaning the outside of the house (before the homeowners association fined us!!)  While he finished up, I did a little bit of YELLOW sewing for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

FRIDAY - DS1 arrived home from college for the weekend.  I told him that I was headed off to my monthly Quilt Bee meeting tomorrow and he teased that it's the kids who are supposed to avoid the parents, not the other way around!!  We've been missing each other on his last few trips home.  :o((

Random YELLOW "in the wild" this week:

This one is for Paula and my other gardening friends:

Always remember to...

SATURDAY - Another week has come to a close.  That brings us to LINK PARTY day over on the So Scrappy blog.  Head over to see who has joined Angela in sewing a bit of YELLOW for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I'm off to Quilt Bee, but will catch up with all of the RSC Quilters later tonight or sometime tomorrow.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tidy Up Tuesday - {Quilty} Orphans Find a New Home

Welcome to the latest edition of Tidy Up Tuesday!!  Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework recently (or not so recently!) held her semiannual Quilty Orphan Adoption Event.  I was happy to participate and hoped to rehome three very different items.

Here is a refresher, along with the winner of each item:

Item ONE:

This is a half-yard cut of quilt shop quality playing card fabric.

WINNER!!!  Chantal from At the Corner of Scrap and Quilts will be receiving this fabric that I have NO MEMORY of ever purchasing and really can't see myself working it into a quilt.  Here's hoping that Chantal is able to do so!!

Item TWO:

Pictured above are TWO unbound, quilted reversible Snowman/ Llama placemats.  Approximate size is 18" x 13" and the extra Llama fabric is 9.5" x WOF.  There is a narrow bit of the partially quilted Llama, as well.

You can get another look HERE by scrolling to Friday's entry.

WINNER!!!  Congratulations to Swooze of Swooze's Quilts and Tall Tales!!  She is the new parent of the Snowman/ Llama placemats.  I look forward to seeing if these become transformed into something other than what they are.


Olfa Chenille Cutter, original price $15.99, package is open.  The cutter was only used once.  (I found a duplicate in my studio!)

WINNER!!!  The quilter chosen (by the sorting hat) to accept ownership of the Chennille Cutter is Tu-Na.  I'll be looking forward to seeing what you create using this interesting tool.

Each of the adoptive parents have been informed that their paperwork has been complete and their new bundle of joy will be on its way to them shortly.

Thank you to those who commented and those who offered to take these little rascals off my hands!!  (OhioLori included.)  YOU might not be able to see a difference in my studio, but I appreciate that there are three fewer items to contend with.  Every little bit helps when there's The Beast (longarm) in your sewing room!

Until next time...
Lighten the Load!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spring 2018 (Ravelry) UFO Club - The List

Sign-ups are now CLOSED for the Spring 2018 session of the UFO Club. Returning members and new friends were welcome to join The Club! ALL Club Members should have posted their 5 (or more) Quilting UFOs in the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry or link to their blog. Sharing progress in the discussion thread is highly encouraged. Sign ups were open until Apr. 7, 2018.  All qualifying projects should be posted by Midnight (EDT) on June 30, 2018.

Sorry for the delay in posting!  I was out of town (and my notebook with the list was at home.)  SEW...
The List...
1. Dad's Ties for Molly
2. Rainbow Picnic
3. A6 Mystery
4. Like Deborah (Boschart) Only Not
5. Grand Illusion Mystery (2014)

6. IMPROV Swap Challenge

7. The Birthday Quilt (Crazy Mom's June QAL)

8. Blue/Green for Parrish

9. Where's Jackson?

10. The Front/Back Quilt

It's in no particular order, except that I would REALLY like to finish that number one quilt at some point during this quarter.  (Sooner, rather than later.)

Photos will be added, if I ever get caught up from being away last week.  Photos have been posted in prior sessions.  I just haven't tracked them down yet.
Until next time...
Wish me luck!!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC18 - Week 15

Welcome to ScrapHappy Saturday!!  It's Week 15 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  HOW did that happen?!?!  I had a fairly slow week on the sewing and quilting front.  Recovery from our road trip took longer than I thought it might.  I'm too old for spending more than 22 hours in the car over a 4 day period! I was thinking happy scrappy YELLOW thoughts during my travels:

SUNDAY - Slept in since I was up WAY too late after the wedding celebration.  In my defense, it was Karaoke Night at our hotel and my SIL was singing!

We did a family brunch in the Riverside Ballroom at the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn.  I think we had 5 tables of 4 plus a chair at the end of 3 of those (because my BIL apparently can't count.)  

The event center was accessed by crossing this wonderful little bridge:

This is the view from the parking lot:

We headed in for a feast:

My favorite part of the entire brunch fit in the palm of my hand:

Well, that and the quilty looking tiles in the ladies room:

MONDAY - Finally got a look at Block 4 of the Squared Away Sampler designed by Mari of The Academic Quilter with input from Angela over at So Scrappy.

Ut-oh!!  See those lines on the road?  We may be in for some weather of the flake-y variety:

Yep!  I even caught a flake on the rim of my glasses:

TUESDAY - This photo got left out of last week's post.  Here are my golden toes (drying.)  Love those low-budget toe separators:

WEDNESDAY - Loaded a gift quilt on the frame:

There's even some YELLOW  in there. It's the only bit I've worked with for April's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Sorry, Angela!!!

THURSDAY - I gave up after my thread broke about 5 times in the 1st row!!  I was too tired to troubleshoot the problem.  Attempted to take care of that this afternoon.

The culprit:  I have NO idea!!!  It is STILL giving me fits.  :o((

FRIDAY - Talked with my local APQS rep and found that I either have to time my machine or take it in to have it timed.  (I think the culprit was a needle inserted backwards.  Darned older eyes!!)

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts finished a fabulous scrappy quilt.  See it HERE.  The following comment really gave me pause:

I love the front of the quilt, but the fun fact is, that it's actually two quilts in one, because I pieced a back from my stash. I used a stack of fabrics that I had bundled together YEARS ago, thinking it would make a cute know, someday. Well, after some editing (adding AND subtracting), I have ANOTHER quilt. That's good use of my batting dollar. Hurray! 

SATURDAY - Playing in the YELLOW scraps:

I captured a rainbow earlier this week, sadly no put of gold at the end... just a bunch of clothes to share with friends, sell or donate to The Will of Good:

With all that travel time, look how much progress I've made on my sweater:

It's hard to believe that these two (pictured with the quilt I made for the two of them) have been married for a week already:

It's all back to business as usual around here.  I spotted more YELLOW around town:

Now, if I could just SEW something in the Color of the Month!!

Remember!!  It's LINK PARTY day.  Be sure to visit Angela over at So Scrappy for a look at what the other RSC Quilters have been doing with their YELLOW scraps this week.  (Don't be fooled by the title of her post.  She's not talking about me.  Angela is just happy that there are only 31 day until graduation and Summer Break can't be far beyond that.)

Oh!!  For those of you who are interested, I updated my Scrap Attack Tuesday - April Job Pull post with a couple of pictures.  The days just got away from me this week.  Here's hoping that next week will be back to the normal level of chaos.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday - Clayton Quilting Day

Welcome to the next edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  Last week, I enjoyed a day of working on projects with 3 members of my Garner/Clayton Quilt Bee.

I didn't bring my machine, so I  stitched up Libby's mystery blocks on Lisa's machine when she went to get her son at school:

Tiffany's on a bag kick:

She completed THREE nesting bags:

She used Disney fabric:

Small, medium, and large sizes were created using the Open Wide tutorial:

We're working on getting Henrietta's quilting groove back.  Cutting today:

Lisa assembled rows of HSTs:

I finished the binding repairs on Dr. Pete's Wedding Quilt:

Not a minute too soon... the wedding was this past weekend!!!

Until next time...
Encourage quilting!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Scrap Attack Tuesday - April Job Pull

Welcome to the next edition of Scrap Attack Tuesday!!  In this post, you will discover my tasks for the month of April.

Here is the result from the job pull...

From my Scrap Attack list:

1. Choose a quilt to donate and mail to Covered in Love!

Thanks to the quilters who inspired my Scrap Attack goal list, I'm adding this project from my secondary list, in case I have extra time or enthusiasm in any given month:

5. Try making something with selvages like City Mouse.

Thank you to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for challenging us to USE our leftover fabric bits!!

I will add any related photos as soon as I recover from this weekend's road trip.

Until next time...
Attack those SCRAPS!!!