Saturday, August 20, 2016

And So, It Begins...

Does stitching a blanket stitch count as 'stitching'? My mojo has gone on vacation. Wish I knew where it went. I may have liked to join it. I think an email helped it take this vacation. See, I subscribe to this quilting store's emails. Not sure why. I haven't made quilts for years. Like several years. And then an email shows up in my inbox and all hope is lost. And this was the quilt pattern shown on said email.

Red, gray, and black....O's all over.....O-H-I-O! A raggedy Ohio State quilt and just in time for football season. Finshed size 48"x 56". Not very big. But, too big for a baby quilt. Oh, a baby quilt. Hmmm...

Never too early to introduce this baby to OSU. Right? So, what if I scale down the block size and make another quilt to be 36"x 48". Ok, then I can buy more fabric and use the extra in mine to make it bigger. Sounds about right. Except, as I tend to do, I over bought fabric. I even made a second trip to the quilt store to get more fabric today.

The bottom row of fabric came pre-cut for the quilt. Nice colors. Look great together. So, I need more for the baby's quilt. Can you explain why I purchased 13 pieces of fabric for a quilt that only needs 80 - 6" blocks?

Lots to be left over for my quilt. Teehee. Hubby didn't even flinch. So, now I need to pull out the cutting mat, rotary cutter, the plastic templates. Um, not sure where those are. Thinking I may take this all up the my loft (genealogy area) and then I can spread out.

Wish me luck. First game Sept 3rd. Two weeks. I better go get busy!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Two More Complete!

Hot off my needles...
32 ct. Toasted Almond - Hands On Design -
On Beach Time
I swear blogger drives me crazy sometimes. This picture was not taken this way. grrr

Anyway, as you can tell I changed it a bit from the pattern. I was running out of the color for the chair - so, I improvised. 

And this I finished this one last week - 

32 ct Toasted Almond - Hands On Design -
Little Cottage by the Sea
This one is pretty true to the pattern. The sign took much longer than I guessed it would -- all solid stitching. 

Remember I mentioned running into Natalie a month or so ago. In talking to her (ok, emailing) I mentioned I collected my orts. She wanted to know why we do this. I told her I saved mine so I can see my old projects in the floss. Also, some stitchers save the floss for the birds. Why do you save your orts? 

This is my ort bottle. Sixteen years worth of threads rolled into little balls. Does anyone else roll their orts up like this? 

On another front - both of my kids now have their 'big kid' jobs. Courtney just got hired for a community hospital as a Rad Tech and Logan is working for a climate firm recruiting voters. Thank goodness. In this job market I was beginning to worry. 

Wish me luck this weekend - heading to another auction for more Fostoria. I just need a few glasses and I would like a large straight sided vase. 

Off to gather my floss for the Nora Corbett sleigh. Hmm, I hope I have them all.