Another tough work week passed but I did get a lot of my to do’s done from last week. First and foremost, I finished the cushion project! Yay! I posted pictures on yesterday’s Sunday Stash post. But here you go again
I am regularly knitting on my morning socks and I’ve almost knit daily on my Weasley Sweater. I was able to spend some time Thursday with my knit group and got to my Tranquil Shawl and my advent blanket. Progress has been made!
In regards to my gardening, I made it to Green Thumb nursery and bought soil for my gardening project that I mentioned last week.
I planted a strawberry tower. I originally planned to put strawberries in every pot but decided to plant some seeds in some of them. I’ll plant chives, onions, basil, parsley because that’s what I have seeds of. I also did all my normal gardening chores – fed the worms, turned the compost, put together the new compost bin! and planted all the seedlings I had to be planted. All in all, my gardening work is getting there.
For quilting, I was able to baste my orange quilt. I applique’d the center star and now all I need is to add a border. I searched my fabric stash and nothing went right with this so I plan to make a trip to my LQS, Quilt Emporium, to pick something out. I didn’t touch grassy creek or dancing with the stars. I did do some hand work and finished the first little bit of embroidery on Simple Days.
So now what’s next? This upcoming week, here are my goals –
I really want to cross stitch on Gamer!
continue knitting daily on my morning socks and weasley sweater.. and anything else I’m able to knit is bonus
for gardening – keep watering it, Saturday garden work: feed the worms, turn the compost, empty the kitchen bin into the compost and wash it. repot some of the plants that I potted before, plant some seeds. Put the mulch where I want it to go.
For quilting: start quilting my orange quilt top. Go to the quilt shop and pick fabric for the border of my Jan Krentz quilt. Reacquaint myself with dancing with the stars and grassy creek.
Wish me luck! It’s a short list this week as I’m being realistic and motivated.
Last week was an awful week of not getting everything or hardly anything done! I take that back. I got stuff done, just not much from my last Monday post.
There continues to be way too much to do and not enough time. In reality there’s just enough time, I just put way too much on my to do list and other things keep sliding to the top of that list pushing my crafty and garden items to the bottom. I really have to give myself some credit. Days have passed and all I can think about on this Monday post is that I didn’t get this stuff done. But, I got my first shot earlier in the week and I had to take it easy. I had the normal symptoms, sore arm, some nausea, and some tiredness. That explains it all. By Thursday I was feeling better, but that was 4/1 and the start of the new quarter which means I have quarterly tasks for work to do and I worked long hours both days. I made it on to knit night. So, what did I do from my list…
Monday – Last Monday my goal was to finish the hand stitching on the cushion project and I did! It was also my goal to plant the 2nd blueberry plant and I did! Today, my goal is to finish the cushion project! I have my minigroup, Nimble Thimbles, meets and I’ll be able to spend a few hours on it.
Tuesday – Last Tuesday, my goal was to plant the last blueberry and attach the welting/cording onto the front and back piece of the cushion. I did plant the last blueberry and I spent some time on the cushion but I only had enough energy to look for the fabric I wanted to use for the welting/cording. I may have pressed it, cut it and got it ready to attach. But the attaching did not happen. This Tuesday, I want to do some cross stitching. I haven’t cross stitched in a month and I want to get back to it.
Wednesday – Last Wednesday, my goal was to plant my last tomato plant and it didn’t happen. I did plant it on Saturday so that did get done eventually. A win in my book. This Wednesday, I’m hosting a new minigroup for newer members of my quilt guild. Those who have joined since the last part of 2019 have not had a real opportunity to meet our members because of the pandemic and I find joining mini groups the best way to form friendships in a guild.
Thursday – Last Thursday, I didn’t plan much because it was knit night and the start of my next busy season. This was smart on my end. This Thursday it will be knit night again, so my goal is to work on my knitting projects.
Friday – Last Friday, I was supposed to buy more potting soil because I was expecting some of my gardening purchases to have arrived by then. And they didn’t. At least not the item that needed the potting soil. So we didn’t go to Green Thumb nursery. They are supposed to arrive this coming week, Tuesday and Wednesday, so I’ll be needing to buy the soil this week. I could have gone to buy the soil last Friday but again, busy with work so I opted not to. I will need to go this Friday. On the quilty, crafty front I still have my orange top that I’m preparing for quilting. This is now the third weekend in a row that this has been on my list to do and I want to knock this thing out this week. There are so many quilts I need to quilt (I think 6) and I just need to do it.
Saturday – Garden – feed the worms, turn the compost, put together the new compost bin I purchased from the city (because I didn’t do this last week) and plant more of the seedlings I have to be planted. And, set up the garden purchases that should have arrived. I want to work on my Jan Krentz quilt, the Grassy Creek quilt, and my long term UFO, Dancing with the Stars by Linda Ballard. Linda will be at our guild sometime in 2022 so I want this quilt to be done for me to show her.
Sunday – We normally zoom from 10-1 every Sunday but I’ll probably spend most of the day in my sewing room finishing up the cushion project and reacquainting myself with some of the other projects on my list – most notably, Grassy Creek, my Jan Krentz top that is really almost done, and possibly Dancing with the Stars (a Linda Ballard UFO from 2012).
I didn’t get my homework done for my cushion class in time for our Sunday class. But it’s okay. I’ll go over the details another day as it’s Monday and it’s time for this week’s plan.
Last week went well in that I did the things I planned to do. There was just too much to do and not enough time to do it all. So this week, here’s the plan. This is garden heavy because it’s spring and in Los Angeles, spring is a short time before the full heat of summer.
Monday – I’m still hand stitching the Jasmine blocks for the cushion project. I’m almost done and hope to get this done this day. I also want to spend an hour in the garden as its spring and I’ve got a lot of planting to do. Right now I’ve got a couple of blueberries to plant and my goal would be to do one on Monday and the other on Tuesday.
Tuesday – We have a number of home projects that are happening this day and I’m not sure how much of that will spill on to me and my time. I do not know if I’ll be able to do anything. But I hope to get an hour of gardening in so I can plant the last blueberry as well as spend an hour on the cushion project. By this point all 3 pieces of the cushion should be ready to go and the next step is to attach the welting/cording to the front and back pieces.
Wednesday – So, I think I’ll have enough soil to plant another growbag with my last tomato plant that needs planting. I have 4 currently planted. My mom thinks that’s too much and she’s probably right but I love home grown tomatoes and it’s been years since I’ve been of the mind to plant them. I’m trying 2 new to me varieties that I purchased at TomatoMania. Next step in the cushion project is to make the handle, zipper pieces and attach the strip of flying geese. And if the time is available, connect that piece with the front.
Thursday – Knit night so nothing else is planned. This is also April 1st and the start of my next busy season. I’ve got quarterly reports and tasks that I need to get started on and while I don’t like working long hours or even on the weekends, I’ll be working overtime and over the weekend to get some of these things done and out of the way.
Friday – Head out to Green Thumb nursery before they close at 5 to buy more potting soil for my remaining growbags. I am expecting some other gardening purchases to arrive by this point but we’ll see if I’ll be able to do anything other than buy more potting soil. On the quilty, crafty front – I still have my orange top that I’m preparing for quilting. Last week my plan was to spray baste it and I didn’t have time to do that. So I hope to get that done this Friday.
Saturday – Garden – feed the worms, turn the compost, put together the new compost bin I purchased from the city, plant more things, set up the garden purchases that should have arrived, etc. etc. And on the crafty front, pull out my cross stitching for a bit. It’s been almost a month since I’ve touched these projects and I’m itching to get back to these.
Sunday – We normally zoom from 10-1 every Sunday but I’ll probably spend most of the day in my sewing room, finishing up the cushion project and reacquainting myself with some of the other projects on my list – most notably, Grassy Creek, my Jan Krentz top that is really almost done, and possibly Dancing with the Stars (a Linda Ballard UFO from 2012).
Happy crafting, friends! Wish me luck with the gardening as this is something I’ve not done in many years. Now that we have a forever home, the gardening bug is stronger than ever.
Last week went well. So I’m continuing the planning for this coming week. My cushion class meets on Sunday and I need to be ready to put all the pieces together.
I finished all my pineapple blocks and put them together so that side is done. I started taking the paper off and was able to remove them from the pineapple top and the star of jasmine top. I still need to remove the paper from the flying geese.
Monday – remove paper from flying geese, sandwich all three pieces and maybe get one of the pieces machine quilted.
Tuesday – I have a guild board meeting. While most times I’m not able to do anything, I hope I could do some of the hand work on the piece I quilted on Monday.
Wednesday – Machine quilt piece #2 and continue big stitch hand quilting on piece #1.
Thursday – Knit night so no quilting planned.
Friday – Machine quilt piece #3 and big Stitch piece #2
Saturday – Big stitch piece #3. Garden day.
Sunday – Class day. Spray baste the orange quilt Sunday afternoon.
To be honest, I’m not sure it will be done. But the most important thing is to get the machine quilting part done on all the pieces. It won’t be easy to do the big stitch after it’s all put together but if I really want it to be I could do so. Or I could simply not do the big stitching. We’ll see. I bought some beautiful Sue Spargo #8 threads that I want to try out. So I’m going to try real hard to get it all done. I think it would have been a good idea to schedule the second class 3 weeks out instead of 2 weeks.
I don’t usually post my plans or to dos for the week. I used to and it helped a lot. But since then I had a couple of years of not getting any of those things done and I got tired of saying, not done, I’ll do better next time. So I stopped. I haven’t done it since. I started approaching tasks a different way by scheduling blocks of time to accomplish things. the intention is not to finish or complete things but to spend a bit of time working on a particular thing. I’m a process crafter as opposed to a product person. Anyway, this week is going to be busy so I wanted to post my blocked times. These are all evenings (after dinner things) as I work until 5 every day.
Monday – go to Mindy’s and help her set up a new to her frame and long arm. I don’t have all the details as to what she got and stuff but on Saturday, we trekked over to Simi and disassembled a frame and long arm. It was an adventure but we didn’t have the energy to put it together when we got it to her house. The plan is to do it on Monday. On her part, she has to clean up the location where she wants to put it so hopefully that gets done. Otherwise, it will wait a bit longer.
Tuesday – Minigroup with my quilty friends via Zoom. I have to get my pieces done for my cushion class in 2 weeks so I’ll be working on that. Normally I use this time for hand work but I’m in a time crunch so I have to prioritize the cushion class project.
Wednesday – Cushion Class gathering via Zoom – a group of my quilty friends who are taking the class just want to get together while we work on the class project. That way if anyone has any questions, we can ask each other while we move this project along. Before we get together, I have to go to the gardening center and buy a humongous pot for my dragon fruit. I have 2 cuttings to plant. The hubby has already built the trellis but the original pot I bought is too small for it. So I need to buy a bigger pot and I want to buy strawberries. I need something else but I can’t remember right now so hopefully it comes to me before I go to the nursery.
Thursday – knit night – all the knitting projects will be worked on.
Friday – Tomatania starts Friday. I’m not sure if this event extends outside of Southern California and this is my first time participating. But at Tapia Brothers, they will be selling all kinds of tomato plants and other things. I’m planning on buying 3-4 tomato plants. And when I get home, work on my cushion class project.
Saturday – Plant the tomato plants, the dragon fruit and strawberries. Feed my worms and turn the compost. And when all that is done, get the batting prepped for the orange quilt top and then continue working on my cushion class project.
Sunday – post my Sunday stash report. And on Sunday mornings, my guild hosts a Sunday Funday on zoom About 12 of us get together on average to hang out. As with my minigroup, I usually do handwork. But this week I’ll be focusing on my cushion class. Maybe I’ll do a post every evening I’m supposed to work on the cushion project so you can see how far I get each day.
February is over and just as I was late in posting my Feb update, I am late in posting my March plans. I have them, the plans, always as I feel like I plan every day for something, I just forget to post it. I like posting it though because I can see what I’ve accomplished and that helps me clarify what my next steps are and keeps me moving forward. Even though I don’t do the weekly to do lists like I used to. As always, I went into extensive detail on my plans here, for quilty here, for knitty here, and for cross stitch here.
Here’s the short list:
Jan Krentz – Diamond Star – still working on… I haven’t touched it at all
Bonnie Hunter – Grassy Creek – I finished Clue 4 and I need to get started on Clue 5. See here for the most recent post.
Scrappy Stars Around the Corner
Dancing with the Stars
Civil War Diary Quilt
Hawaiian block – finished top. At the moment, it’s hanging around where I can enjoy it. I’m still enjoying it so I’m in no rush to do anything with this project.
Raining Cats and Dogs – I continue to work a bit on this every Sunday. I wish I had the time to do a bit of quilting every day as I need the practice. It’s been a long time since I’ve hand quilted and I’m slowly starting to get back in the groove. I forgot how much I like hand quilting.
Rainbow Garden – I’ve not touched this in about a year. I still haven’t touched it.
Simple Days BOM – I started this and you can see my update here.
Halloween quilt – I’ve not touched this in many years. 🙂
My Weasley Sweater – my Q1 goal was to knit the back and I finished that. So I’ve set this aside until Q2.
24 days of Christmas Shawl from Jimmy Bean – finished! I am done weaving in the ends, so I need to get this blocked and then do my glamour shots. The weather is turning rainy and overcast this week so I hope I can do this over the weekend.
Water Lily – finished knitting! I’m working on weaving in the ends during my Thursday knit nights.
Beanie for Kayla
Tranquil Mist – This is on my priority knitting project now and I try to do a row every day.
Orient Express – I work on this one weekly and it’s still small enough that I enjoy it.
Blue Hat – pulled this out of hibernation, wound the second skein of yarn and have picked this back up for knit nights.
Gamer Nouveau – I haven’t touched this in weeks. I tried to get that one page done and didn’t and now I haven’t touched this. This is why focusing on one project doesn’t work for me because then I tend to not want to touch it for a long time. I’m trying to get over this.
A Stitch In Time – I am working on this one and I’m trying to get a diagonal done before going back to Gamer.
Shades of Red
And I realize that I didn’t even mention my to be quilted list… here.
Staycation – is finished! got this done before February ended!
SoCal Quilt Run Area 4 Mystery Quilt from 2012
SoCal Quilt Run Area 4 Mystery Quilt from 2012
saved top from the august treasure hunt some years ago – I’m calling this my Orange quilt top and since this was at the top of my to be quilted pile, this is the one I’m working on next. I hope to get this finished in March but with 2 workshop classes and a very busy work schedule, I’m not going to be upset if I can’t finish it. I just want to be sure to work on it every weekend to help push me forward on getting this done!!!
I hope this isn’t so boring for you as it’s simply a short (but very long) list to quickly refer to everything I’m working on.
Morning Sock Knitting. I will continue to knit socks every morning. This is part of my morning ritual and I enjoy it.
My Weasley Sweater – Finally! it’s my turn to knit my Weasley Sweater. I admit I wasn’t looking forward to knitting this. But I am using a different yarn, Manos del Uruguay, and it’s so luscious! But I didn’t like how Ricky’s sweater came out. I followed the pattern exactly and what I found was that the sweater to pattern was cutest on my daughter Kayla as that was a small size. But as I went up sizes first for Jacob and then Ricky, the sweater didn’t come out right. Now for Jacob I admit I made many errors on his. But when I did Ricky’s I was certain that I didn’t make any errors and it came out weird. It works but it wouldn’t be something he or I would ever wear out in public. So I wasn’t looking forward to doing mine. I even considered doing a different sweater and then just sticking an M on it to call it Weasley. But I felt like that was cheating. What I ended up deciding to do was to take this opportunity to start learning how to customize sweaters according to my size. So that’s what I’m going to do. Now I’m excited to about this project again.
24 days of Christmas Shawl from Jimmy Bean- This is the shawl I started last December (2019) with my Advent Calendar I purchased from Jimmy Bean. It’s not done yet but I’m very close. Based on what I have left to do, I imagine this will be done in February. I love this shawl and this is my priority project right now.
Beanie for Kayla – My plan for 2020 was to alternate every row to finish off a skein of yarn with a new skein of yarn. But I totally forgot about this project. I have the yarn in my bin waiting for me to work on this project. And it’s not high on my list for 2021.
Tranquil Mist – started when I finished the Mix Wave cowl twice before this one. The first yarn was a bit variegated but a teal/black and it didn’t look nice with the lace. So I ripped it back and started again with a new yarn. The second yarn was a silk and was so thin it didn’t look right. I got to chart 2 and then messed up. Finally I just ripped it all back and started again with a third yarn. I am loving how this is coming together now.
Once the Advent Shawl is done I plan to start the Orient Express. And as I finish projects here is what I will work on in this order:
A blue hat that I started in 2020 and still need to complete. It is almost done.
Purple Sweater that I have the yarn for but not a patter
Hat #150 // Kayla’s Beanie…
Anyway, my plan is that every time I finish something is to start another something.
In a previous post, I listed all the quilts that I plan to quilt this year. There are 7 of them. In this post, I will list the quilts I’m working on and my plans to get them to the to be quilted stage….
Jan Krentz – Diamond Star quilt. I’m not sure what this one is called but I started this in December (yup, just this past December 2020) in a workshop and I’ve got the inner top finished. I still need to do the border and I’m planning on putting some appliqued pieces in the center to make it pop.
Bonnie Hunter’s 2020 Mystery Quilt, Grassy Creek – I’m currently working on Clue 4.
I need to figure out where I left on this project. I’m pretty sure I have a bunch of rows pieced together but I’m not sure if this top is done or not. I don’t think so but who knows… It’s been several months since I’ve pulled this project to look at.
Dancing with the Stars by Linda Ballard – I’m also not sure where I’m at here. I know I ran out of fabrics and I can’t make it a queen size quilt so I need to make a decision on what to do to move forward on this quilt.
Radiant Jewel Quilt by Kimberly Einmo – all the blocks are done and my plan was to get this up oh a design wall at a quilt retreat to figure out where the blocks will go and move forward on it. It looks like that quilt retreat will probably not be happening anytime soon so… we’ll see where we are at when this comes up in queue.
Gardenvale – started in 2020. I need to make a decision as to how I want to move forward on this. It’s been percolating and one of the ideas I’ve been playing with is doing traditional blocks around the new round in these fabrics. I need to do the math to figure out how big I want them to be and how many I will need to fill the round. I love these fabrics. 🙂
Allietare – Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt from 2015 – I pulled this out in 2020 to start working on this but I had such difficulty figuring out where I was in clue 1 that I set it aside. I need to put my big girl panties on and just move forward on this one. I did not do too many of these so if I have to start all over, I’m okay with that.
Area Three Mystery Quilt from 2012 SoCal Quilters Run – I actually pulled this out in 2020 to start working on as well but something about it wasn’t sitting well with me. I had a kit of beautiful batiks and about 10-12 instructions and every time I tried to get started, I just couldn’t. So I scrapped it. I pulled the fabric out and it’s now in my basket to pre-wash my fabrics. When that basket gets full it will all go in the wash.
Civil War Diary Quilt – started in 2017 – I’m putting this on the list.
Here are all the quilt tops I have ready to be quilted.
I still need to prepare backing and the batting.
Part of the hold up (other than being scared of the Q20, and moving, and 2020) was that I didn’t know what design I wanted to use with the Q20. So I dillied and dallied.
Back in the summer, I was given the opportunity to purchase some used quilting rulers. And they’ve been sitting here unused. After some thought and consternation, I decided to eff it all and stop thinking too hard on this. These are not show quilts nor are they the perfect quilts. I enjoyed working on them and love how they turned out. But I don’t need to have the perfect quilting motif.
So the plan for 2021 is to take each ruler and use it on these quilts. I’ll put some effort in that I’ll match what I feel is a good design with the quilt. But that’s it. I don’t want another year to go by before I get theses quilted.
Goal #1- Use the Q20 and get comfortable quilting with it.
Goal #2- Learn how to quilt with a ruler especially the rulers I have. I’d like to take a ruler class when we can do those again and learn tricks and techniques. Until then, I’ll check out YouTube for the tutorials.
So now that that’s been decided, I’m ready to move on to the next step. Prepare the backing.
And then prepare the batting. I have a roll of batt so I will do these all at once. Somewhere I have measurements on all these quilts. But rather than look for those measurements I’m just going to re-measure. And then add the necessary inches to all the sides and cut the batting. I like big quilts so this is not an easy thing to do. But necessary.
There is one extra quilt top not pictured here. I didn’t even piece this quilt. At one of the August treasure hunts my Quilt guild hosts, I purchased a finished top for something like $5. My intention at the time was to use the quilt to practice Free Motion Quilting. Life just got in the way and it sat. That quilt will be finished this year. 🙂
Goal #3- Basting – Settle in a technique that works for me. I haven’t had to baste in years. We’ll really baste. I basted Celtic Solstice some how. I don’t remember. But I’m sure I was on the floor pinning and so don’t want to do that anymore. I had been renting time in a long arm which meant I didn’t have to baste and other than Celtic Solstice all the other quilts ready to be quilted have been waiting. I tried spray basting a long time. And I saw some great YouTube tutorials. I’ll try it out and if I love how it turns out I’ll share the tutorial with you. Until then,