Author Archives: Melanie

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
9/27/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
10/15/2017

 

I’m working on getting the first line of stitches on the first row of page 5.

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

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Frankenbatting and Secret Project #2

So I’ve been battling quilting fatigue or something.  Last year I completed 4 quilts and this year my plan was to quilt 6.  But I’ve only finished 2 and one of those was a baby quilt.  I have been on the knitting kick and my quilty life fell by the wayside.  On Sunday, I was able to get some of the mojo back and was able to finish the back of secret project #2.  I was on such a kick I decided to get the batting going and maybe get it basted and get the quilt under the needles.  That will give me something to do each evening quilty-wise.  But I reached a screeching halt.  I didn’t want to cut into a full batting so I pulled my bin of batting scraps and started piecing them together – frankenbatting style.  Well, I’m on my way to making the batting I’ve got 3 large pieces put together and I’m working on finishing it up.  But while I’ve got this bin out of the bottom of the closet, I’ve decided to work on frankenbatting and reduce the pile in my bin.

And that’s what I’m working on now.  I hope to get all the small pieces together and make a bunch of 30×30 squares which is about how much I can fit comfortably on my cutting mat.

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

Monday makings and to do’s, 10/16!

Last week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  • Secret Project #1 – take a picture – DONE!
  • Secret Project #2 – piece the back – DONE!
  • A Rainbow Garden – block 8 -DONE
  • Kimono – weave in the ends – DONE
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3 rows per day – DONE
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day – DONE
  • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 14 (and page 1) and start on the first row of page 5 – DONE
  • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – need to create a plan and work on the foot.  I’d like to get the foot done this week but I’m not sure that’s feasible with my knitting speed. – I CREATED A PLAN AND I’M HALFWAY THROUGH THE FOOT.

My List for next week:

  • Secret Project #1 – post about this; put my page up.
  • Secret Project #2 – tackle my batt scraps and make frankenbatting.
  • A Rainbow Garden – continue working on block 8.
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3 rows per day
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day
  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 1 – My goal this week is to stitch the first line on Row 1
  • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – Finish the foot.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 41, 2017

I was able to gift Secret Project #1 so I’ll be posting about that this week when I’ve got time to get the pictures ready and posted.  Now I’m working on Secret Project #2.  I haven’t actually played – really played with fabric in a long time.  I’m making the back for Project #2 and I didn’t want to make it too difficult as I haven’t felt the quilty bug in a long time.  I’ve enjoyed buying fabric and making bags but I haven’t wanted to do anything quilty in awhile.  But today I did, I woke up and went straight in my crafty room to work on the back for Project #2.  Which I finished right away.  I had already picked the fabrics a few weeks ago, sorted them in the order I wanted them to be in, and on Friday night pressed them.  So today, I simply lined them up one at a time, cut, and sew.  The next step is to rummage through my bins for appropriate batting.  I have batting on a roll but this being a small project, I am looking forward to using up some of my scrap batting that I’ve tucked away in a corner of my fabric closet.  If I do not do that now, I know it will take me forever to get back on it.  I’m hoping this quilty fever continues.

I did add another couple yards of fabric.  While at LMU last weekend for a tour with my daughter, we stopped by the new modern fabric shop that opened up in Inglewood recently.  It is Sew Together and they have cute fabrics.  They do not have a lot of selections and is not worth the trip from Woodland Hills to Inglewood, a 30-minute drive without traffic.  But, they’re new and I’m sure with time, this will change.  Until then, know that they are right next door to The Knitting Tree. This is a fabulous yarn shop and you can get into a little community art gallery from inside The Knitting Tree.  I didn’t take any pictures because I was so enamored with the yarn that I forgot to. 😦  Anyway, I had to support the new fabric shop and the yarn shop so I did a bit of damage.

From my Solvang Trip a couple of weeks ago
@ Creation Station
Buelton, CA
9/29/2017

 

From my Solvang Trip a couple of weeks ago
@ Creation Station
Buelton, CA
9/29/2017

From last weekend’s visit to LMU
@ Sew Together Lounge
Inglewood, CA
10/8/2017

From last weekend’s visit to LMU
@ Sew Together Lounge
Inglewood, CA
10/8/2017

 

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 31 yards
  • Added since last time: 2 yards
  • Added year to Date: 119 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 88 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue with A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
10/2/2017

I have not worked on this project since and I hope I will have the mojo to work on it today.  I’ll be happy even if I take it out and just put in one foot of floss (which might be all I’m capable of).

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

My First Sweater

My First Sweater
10/10/2017

I finally finished my kimono that I’ve been working on these last few months.  This is my first sweater/cardigan/ jacket and I’m really happy with it.  I still have to weave in the ends but I’ll do a bit at a time until it’s all done.  I think I’m about halfway through at this point.  It’s still pretty hot here in Southern California but the mornings are getting chilly and pretty soon I’ll be able to wear this.  My next sweater I’m working on is a Harry Potter sweater for Kayla.  I’m working on the back and I’m about 25 rows in.  I’ll try to take more progress pictures and post them here for you to see.

~ happy crafting

~Melanie

 

Monday makings and to do’s, 10/9!

Last’s week’s tasks and accomplishments:

    • Secret Project #1 – take a picture – NOT DONE
    • Secret Project #2 – piece the back – NOT DONE
    • A Rainbow Garden – take to my mini group meeting and work on block 8 – NOT DONE BECAUSE I DIDN’T MAKE IT TO THE MINI GROUP
    • Kimono – weave in the ends and bind off – THIS IS BOUND AND I STARTED WEAVING THE ENDS.
    • Starting point Shawl – continue to knit 4 rows per day. – DONE. I’M WORKING ON CLUE 3 ON THE SECOND HALF OF THE SHAWL.
    • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day – DONE
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 14 (and page 1)! – NOT DONE BUT I’M PRETTY CLOSE. I ONLY HAVE ABOUT 2 ROWS LEFT FOR 1 COLORWAY.
    • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – finish the heel, turn the heel, pick up the stitches on this and the St. Patty’s socks and start the foot. – DONE.

My List for next week:

  • Secret Project #1 – take a picture – STILL NEED TO DO THIS
  • Secret Project #2 – piece the back – NEED TO DO THIS TOO
  • A Rainbow Garden – block 8
  • Kimono – weave in the ends
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3 rows per day
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day
  • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 14 (and page 1) and start on the first row of page 5
  • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – need to create a plan and work on the foot.  I’d like to get the foot done this week but I’m not sure that’s feasible with my knitting speed.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 40, 2017

My numbers have not been great. First, I’ve been out.  Last weekend, the hubby and I, and some friends took a trip to Solvang, CA.  It’s a nice little trip but a weekend was more than enough.  We’d been before but never for a whole weekend so we were able to try different things around the area that we normally do not get to try.

1st, we went to a lavender farm, Clairmont Farms.  The lavender was not in bloom but we got to buy a whole lot of lavender.  I have problems sleeping so I keep lavender next to my bed.  I love it.

2nd, we visited OstrichLand.  Who knew how aggressive ostriches are. I plan to go back when ostrich eggs are in season and try one of those.

3rd, I went to Creation Station, the local quilt shop.  I was able to buy 1.5 yards of fabric.  And learned that they periodically have weekend retreats.  I’m going to find out the details and see if I can make it one of these days.

We ate, we played, we relaxed.  But I wasn’t able to quilt so I’ve added a bit and used none at all! I’m okay with that.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 31 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 115.5 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 84.5 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… well, I’m at a college thing with my daughter today so no changes in this part but I missed last week’s post to show what I was able to get done the Sunday before that –

A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
9/10/17

Here I am now…

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
10/2/2017

I even missed my mini group meeting this month so I wasn’t able to work on this then either.  Oh well – sometimes that’s just how it is.  Hopefully I’ll be able to work on this sometime this week.

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

2017 Crafty Plan – October

I was away for a few days the last weekend of September so these posts came a few days late.  If I had my crap together I would have had these all prepared before I left but I didn’t and I completely forgot about it.  To be honest, I’m entering another busy month (as they always are for the 1st month of the quarter) and I just did what I had to do for work and then turned everything off. We ventured off to Solvang, CA for a few days and had some fun exploring the Danish environment and the surrounding areas.  We enjoyed ourselves and got to relax a bit.  These next few weeks will be a bit crazy so I’m going to try to make sure I get some sleep, eat right, yoga and get some craftiness in to keep me sane.  I am not sure I’ll be able to post much this month.  Just wanted to let ya’ll know if you wonder where I’ve gone. Even though I know I’ve got a lot to do on the work end, I’m still going to put some things on my to do list this month.  In the past, I divided up each group of projects into categories: quilting, knitting, cross stitch, sewing.  Rather than do that this time, I’m just going to list each project I want to work on and what I want to get done with it this month.

  1. Kimono (my first knitted sweater) – This is almost done. I need to bind it off, weave in the ends, and block it.
  2. Starting Point Wrap – My goal last month was to finish clue #2.  I did it and got started on clue #3.  My goal for this month is to finish Clue #3 for both parts of the shawl.  For those who do not know this project, you knit 2 halves of a triangle and later put them together.  So I have to do Clue #3 twice.  It’s great having this goal because in order for me to do this, I need to knit 4 rows per day to accomplish this.  That’s a lot of knitting for me since each row is 171 stitches but I want to get this done before Christmas.  My goal is to get Clue #3 done in October, Clue #4 in November and Clue #5 in December (in time for me to wrap it and gift it on Christmas).  So I’m knitting 4 rows per day.  I was able to start on Clue #3 the last week in September so it’s really 3.5 rows per day and if I do 4 rows per day, I can afford to miss a handful of days to give myself a break.
  3. Secret Project #1 – Take a picture of this so that I can post about it after I’ve gifted it.
  4. Secret Project #2 – The top is done and I have the fabric picked out for the backing. I would like to to piece the back, and quilt this this month.   That might be pushing things but I’d like to get this half quilted this month since it’s a busy month and then next month, finish up the quilting and bind it.
  5. A Rainbow Garden – continue to work on block 8.  I’m going to try to work on this but I will not be able to work on it weekly.
  6. Mama’s Bukid – Finish page 1 and start page 5. I know that sounds weird but page 5 is under page 1 and I want to work from left to right.  So I want to start on page 5.
  7. Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – knit 2 rows every day. My goal is to have this done for Christmas so she can wear it but I’m not going to bust my butt to do that.  I’ve got my must haves for Christmas and this one is not one of those.

 

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

2017 Crafty Plan – September Update –

I know this update is a few days late but I wanted to keep myself accountable and let you all know what I’ve accomplished on my goal list for September.

  1. Quilting
    1. Secret project #1 – I need to bind this.  I was planning on hand binding this project but decided to just machine bind the back too.  It will make for an interesting front but I’m hoping to do something different.  I’m hoping it looks cool rather than janky. – DONE!
    2. Secret project #2 – Once the first one is bound, I want to get started on the second one.  I need to pull the project out and figure out what needs to be done.  I think the top is done and all I need to do is quilt it but I can’t remember. – THE TOP IS DONE AND I HAVE PULLED THE FABRIC FOR THE BACK. I NEED TO PIECE THEM TOGETHER AND THEN QUILT THE PROJECT.
    3. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt weekly.  My specific goal for September is to finish quilting the third row of the cream quilting thread.  To be honest, it’s been really hot here lately and our air condition is on the fritz.  So – don’t be surprised if this fall by the wayside. – NOT DONE
    4. A Rainbow Garden – block 8 weekly.  This goal is working for me so I don’t need to make anything specific for this one. – I DID WORK ON THIS BUT I DIDN’T GET TO IT EACH WEEK.
    5. Civil War Diary Quilt – Right before I went on our family vacation in June I was pretty good about working on this regularly.  I didn’t do a block a week but I was working on it.  I haven’t touched it since we’ve been back and it’s been months.  I want to have one block done for this month. – NOT DONE.
  2. Knitting
    1. Continue knitting on my sweater “Kimono” – I want the left sleeve to be done.  And if I am fast it would be great to get the collar done as well.  However, just the left sleeve is fine and dandy. – DONE. I’M ACTUALLY READY TO BIND THIS OFF AND BLOCK IT.  JUST IN TIME FOR WINTER!
    2. Starting Point shawl – I want Clue #2 for the second half done this month. – DONE
    3. Knitting Expat’s September socks – DONE
  3. Cross Stitch
    1. Mama’s Bukid – Row 12 – DONE.
  4. Bag Making
    1. Maxwell Bag – get the handles covered.  Find out the next steps from the instructor and finish it up.  I believe this bag is practically done so the next few steps are probably pretty quick. – HALF DONE. I HAVE ONE HANDLE DONE AND I’M HALFWAY THROUGH THE SECOND HANDLE.
    2. Finish the Nesting Basket I started in the August bag class. – NOT DONE.
    3. Do the September bag class – this class has not yet been scheduled so I need to check the website regularly until it is.  Hopefully it falls on a day that I can make it. – DONE.
  5. Clothes Making
    1. LAFS  – finish my pajama pants – NOT DONE

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

Monday makings and to do’s, 10/2!

Last’s week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  • quilting
    • Secret Project #2 – The top is done, I need to piece the back this week. – NOT DONE
    • A Rainbow Garden – Work on this for Slow Stitch Sunday – NOT DONE
  • Knitting
    • Kimono sweater – I have about 2 inches knitted for the collar.  The pattern says it should be about 7 inches.  The lady at my LYS (Local Yarn Shop) said at a minimum it should be 4 inches.  It seems that people generally get tired of this project and settle for somewhere between 4-7 inches.  I’ve figured out that it takes about 3 days to do 1 inch if I knit 2 rows every day.  So I should be at 2 inches every week going at the pace I was at last week.  If I’m okay with a 4″ collar I might be done this week.  If I want it longer, it can be another 3 weeks before I’m done.  I’ve already started on Kayla’s Weasley sweater but I haven’t gotten that much progress on it.  I may add it to my daily set of craftiness in order to get some it going but it will have to be the last thing on my daily crafty to do list so I can be sure to get everything done. – KIMONO IS DONE
    • Starting Point Shawl – continue to knit 2 rows per day.  I think I’ve only got a day or two and clue 2 will be done.  I will be starting clue 3 this week and I need to create a project plan so that I can work towards having clue 3 finished by 10/31 for both halves. – CLUE 2 IS DONE AND I GOT STARTED ON CLUE 3
    • Q Train Socks – Finish the toes! Then I need to take a picture, post it here and on ravelry! – DONE
  • Cross Stitch
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 13! – DONE

My List for next week:

  • Secret Project #1 – take a picture
  • Secret Project #2 – piece the back
  • A Rainbow Garden – take to my mini group meeting and work on block 8
  • Kimono – weave in the ends and bind off
  • Starting point Shawl – continue to knit 4 rows per day.
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day
  • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 14 (and page 1)!
  • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – finish the heel, turn the heel, pick up the stitches on this and the St. Patty’s socks and start the foot.

Mama’s Bukid
9/27/2017

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie