I'm not doing very much right now, so I don't have a finished project that I want to post. ( I knitted something that I'm not ready to reveal right now). In fact, I'm going to disable the comments for now, since this is just to document my life/days. I'm in a quilting slump, I guess. I'm not depressed, I just don't have the desire to make anything in particular right now. It's a good time for Jennifer to finish her quilt-top and get it to me to quilt, so I am nudging her along here. I would like to have something to pick up everyday, with all my decisions already made of what I'm going to do on it.
It was cool here again today, and since we're already well past Blackberry Winter, I've dubbed it a new phenomenae.......Blueberry Winter. At this rate, I've told the hubby that we'll be observing Watermelon Winter sometime around the Fourth of July !
Tornadoes are popping up all over the midwest right now, and I've just heard the name of my little town in Oklahoma, over and over. Please take these warnings seriously,out there, friends and family, and take cover and PRAY.
I cut into my little pile of pink fabrics that I bought in February. I didn't want anything complicated......that seems to be a running theme in my life right now..hmmmmmmm......ANYWAY, there have been lots of half-square triangle quilts that have caught my eye in the last couple of years, so I just cut lots of triangles and a few squares to break up the piecing a bit.
Here's the resulting baby-quilt top. I don't have a recipient in mind for it yet.
And I just, in the last hour, actually, finished knitting my first cardigan sweater ! It's a little one, sized for a 2-year-old, but it still teaches me the same principles that I would use on any size of regular knitted cardigan. I am so excited........like when I finished my first pair of mittens a few years ago. They were the first thing that I ever knitted that took shape right before my eyes as I knitted, and it was like magic to me !
This sweater had to be seamed up the side and sleeve seams, and I wouldn't want to enter it into any competition, but I'm satisfied with it as a first effort, especially for having so many color changes (I just used leftovers that I had in worsted weight Red Heart acrylic yarn). I had to pick up stitches to knit the sleeves and the neck and front bands. This was a good refresher course for my knitting.
When I started it, I just had in mind to make a sweater to have here at my house for when Allyssia comes over and isn't dressed warmly enough to take a walk with us. I think that it will work fine for that and it encourages me to try bigger sweater projects.
My quilt festival entry is this quilt that I had finished during my hiatus !
Remember this one? The leaf blocks that I had stored away for YEARS, and finally broke out and pieced together with center blue scrappy squares is now a finished quilt.
I machine-quilted it.
I started out with the intention of closely stippling behind the leaves, quilting veins into the leaves, and then doing a large allover water-swirly design in the center blue squares.
But after doing a bit of backgrounding, I realized that the quilting would be heavier on the edges of the quilt than in the center, so I decided to just do the close stipple/meander over the entire quilt.
It turned into a bit stiffer quilt than I intended, but since it is really a good visual quilt for hanging on a wall, that's not a problem.
I pieced the back from bigger pieces of leftover blue prints, and added in a free-pieced tree block that was made at the same time as the leaves. That makes the quilt a horizontal quilt from the backside. But I put the sleeve on vertically for the quilt to hang widthwise over my couch.
I'm back online for a bit.......had it turned back on today, so here I am at the computer again after not touching it for so long.
I have pictures of the pink baby quilt to share. I finished it about two weeks ago, and sent it on to Michigan. The mommy-to-be was very pleased with it.
I warned you that it was going to be simple.
They wanted the quilting to be the focal point.
In this picture, you can see how it's size relates to the top of a queen-sized mattress. It finished around 40 inches x 42 inches.
Here you can see the quilting designs a little better...........and the darker pink flannel print that I used for the backing.
This is really all that I accomplished except for finishing the pillows for my couch. I almost hate to share them since you saw SO MANY pictures of the zigzag quilt before I took my hiatus.
But here's a quick shot besides the one in my header.
I did have a wonderful week-long visit from my daughter, son-in-law, and three grandkids during the month of March. It was way fun, and I can hardly wait until we do it again. Seth even called me today by special request, just as I was heading out the door to church ! He yelled, "NANA !"