Grassy Creek, Part 3.b

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

Last week, I was only able to do 1 set of clue 3 and I cut all the neutrals, half of my blue (red) and that was it. This weekend, I was able to cut all the necessary pieces for clue 3. But I was only able to complete another 3 sets and then I was done for the weekend. I did print clue 4 so I will have that ready to do when I finish clue 3.

Clue 2 – 12/12/2020

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

Clue 1 – 12/5/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Cross Stitch Update: Tsuru Kame

Tsuru Kame
Artwork by: Haruyo Morita
Heaven and Earth Designs

 
Started: December 2018
 
Here’s what it looked like when I posted this last time in August, 2020.
 

Tsuru Kame
Designer: Haruyo Morita
Heaven and Earth Designs
8/18/2020

 
 
Here’s what it looks like now: 
 
Tsuru Kame
Designer: Haruyo Morita
Heaven and Earth Designs
12/21/2020

I’ve been doing about 100 stitches a day for the last few days on this project and I’ve been enjoying it a lot. But now the diagonal is complete and I put it away.

~Happy Stitching!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 3

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

I finished all of clue 1 –

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

And all of Clue 2

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

I got a start on Clue 3 –

1 set of Clue 3, 12/12/2020

I cut all my neutrals, half of the blues, and none of the purples.

This is the first year I selected different colors. I’ve never been confident about my color selection and in previous years, just took the easy way out and picked standard colors. For the few weeks between the intro and the first clue, I was talking to a bunch of guild mates and I kept saying how I’m not good at picking colors, etc. etc. and I just heard myself say all these negative things. Finally I picked myself up and said, I sound so pathetic, I’m going to challenge myself and pick different colors. I love purples, pinks and blues so those are my colors, in addition to Bonnie’s neutral and gray. I hope it all turns out and if it doesn’t, it’s okay. I’m sure someone will love it.

So for Clue 3, I spent much of my Saturday going through and pulling fabric. I don’t usually pull fabric before the clues are released. I use these mystery quilts as scrap busters and I like to go through my scrap system first before touching yardage. I went through all my neutrals and cut what I needed. Then I went through my blues and cut as long as I could. I really wanted to finish cutting the blues before calling it a night but I didn’t want to mess up and that’s what happens when I try to go on to long.

Sunday, my guild had our first zoom workshop and it was with Jan Krentz. Here’s a pic of my WIP…

Jan Krentz Quick Star 12/13/2020

Don’t mind the messy floor. I need to get a design wall set up but that’s going to be sometime from now so design floor it is.

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 2

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

I finished all of clue 1 –

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

It looks almost the same as last week but with the additional sets I needed to call it complete.

I also got a good start on Clue 2 –

Grassy Creek Clue 2 – 12/6/2020 First set complete

And here is where I finished the weekend at:

Grassy Creek Clue 2 12/6/2020 Not complete

I was able to get 1 set fully complete. 2 sets pressed but I still need to trim the dog ears off. a ton of the sets sewn but not pressed, and 3 left that still needed to be sewn.

I feel like the clues are a bit easier this year. A friend told me it might be that we have better tools and better skills which I think is part of it. But I also think the numbers that are being asked are not nearly the quantity that we used to have to do. I’m okay with that. I’m able to keep on track with everyone and that makes me happy.

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 1

I got a good start on the first clue.

Part 1

I miscounted somewhere and I’m short a few sets!

In this clue Bonnie introduced me to a new way to make HSTs with the simple folded corner ruler. I really liked this method. But I only know how to make the number and size she gave instructions for and I’m not sure how to adjust if I want to make different sizes. So, while I like it, I wouldn’t go buy the ruler just for this. I happened to buy it when I bought Bonnie’s essential triangle ruler so I had it handy. I may have enabled a few friends to buy it when I was showing them the technique. I’m sure there are other things we can do with the ruler going forward. 😬

There are a few hours left this evening but I’ve decided to spend the rest cross stitching. I’ve been on a bit of a break for Thanksgiving and I go back to work tomorrow.

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Happy Thanksgiving!

TurkeyCartoon

This year it’s just me, hubby and the boy.  The girl is with her grandparents in Northern California.  She’ll be flying in on Saturday and will be staying for the rest of the semester until spring semester starts in January (I think).  

We drove back from Northern CA Tuesday and it’s been a nice few days getting some work in, some crafting in, and even a trip to Ikea.  

The trip up north was nice too.  We ended up not doing too much in the garage as it was mostly my sister’s stuff that my mom wanted out.  The remaining items were already things my parents had gone through and decided to keep. So I sat around and knit for the most part.  My mom has been collecting fruit trees for me too.  Now that we have our own place I am being given fruit trees to plant and nurture.  I have a Meyer lemon tree, 3 banana plants – one of which is a java banana (ice cream banana), brazilian guava, mexican mango (2), dragon fruit, sugar apples, and cherimoya.  Hopefully they bear fruit and they are yummy.  I planted the trees in pots for right now until I can figure out where I want them to go.  Since the 2 big trees were trimmed we have a lot more sun now and I have more planting options. 

Here’s what I’ve been doing today while the turkey is in the oven. 

I was practice quilting. I have 1 more orphan block to quilt and then on to the quilt tops I’ve finished this past year!

But first, tomorrow is the start of Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt and I can’t wait!!!

~Happy quilting!

Melanie

Getting ready for BFSI

I’m writing this in advance because I know the week of Thanksgiving is going to be busy and I want to continue posting on a weekly basis. Knowing that and if everything goes as planned, here’s what I imagine posting on Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

BFSI stands for Black Friday Sew In. Back in the day, we used to do #BFSI on Twitter. I’m wondering if anyone plans on doing anything this year… I’m not on Twitter as much but once in a while I’ll jump on and see all the missed notifications and comments. My blog links to my twitter page so any blog posts get tweeted automatically but I don’t get notified of any comments or likes until I log in, which I don’t do much. It’s always fun to see who comments and such. There are usually 2 or 3 of the folks still on and I try to respond when I see it.

The Quilter Twitter community became the Twilters and then a group was created on Facebook. I jump in once in awhile to see what’s going on and sometimes I even comment. A few months ago I tried cutting back on my Facebook/Instagram addiction and it worked until the week of the elections. I was on there so much that week. I’m slowly weaning myself off again.

For Thanksgiving this year, the hubby, baby boy, and I drove up last Friday evening. My mom’s birthday was 11/22 (Sunday) and all she wanted was help to clean her garage. So we trekked up North despite Covid and all the risks (I know!). Baby girl joined us later via direct flight from Boston to SFO. She’ll be staying with us until the start of next semester taking her remaining classes online. And we got the garage cleaned. Yay! We decided not to stay through Thanksgiving to avoid the traffic. Who knows if there will be traffic this year but we didn’t want to risk it.

Truthfully, we I wanted to be with my sewing machine and my stash on Friday – #BFSI. As always, I look forward to Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt each year. I don’t always get them done or even started, but I am excited to work on this one. Here are her links…

Bonnie’s Blog

Bonnie’s Website

Grassy Creek Tab

You can see all the details of the mystery quilt under the Grassy Creek link. But the Blog and Website will provide more info on her, what she does and her shop. I can’t imagine not knowing about Bonnie, especially if you read blogs and have been online for years. But I run into quilters in my day to day life who don’t know her so, check her links out if this is the first time you’ve heard of her.

I recently looked at the first mystery quilt I did and it was Easy Street from 2012. I heard of Bonnie through Katie’s Quilting Corner which was one of my favorite podcasts. She no longer podcasts but maybe she still has the old episodes up. I haven’t looked. I’m doing the mystery this year because I enjoy the community around this mystery quilt. This year, most especially, I miss the community around quilting and such. My quilt guild and my quilty friends have helped a lot with our Sunday Zoom days and our mini group meetings twice a month (on Zoom, of course).

Anyway, apparently it’s not enough and I need the online quilting community too. For blogs, we post a picture on Mondays and link to her linky. On Facebook, there’s a friendly group that shares all they are doing on the mystery quilt. For Instagram, we find each other with different hashtags. Usually something like #bonniehuntermysteryquilt2020 or #grassycreekmysteryquilt. This is what I plan to be doing on Black Friday! 🙂

~ Keep on Quilting

Melanie

Update on my current socks

Geeky Girls Knit 5th podiversary Current Status 11/17/2020

I’ve not been very good taking progress pictures and posting them anywhere, here Instagram, Facebook… So here you are. It’s been about 2.5 months since I started which is a really long time for me. Mentally, I’m already done with the project.

What you can’t see in the picture is that the heel is already done and I’m working on the leg. I realized that I can finish this now because I’m not one for a long leg and in fact, really like shorties instead. So, I’m finishing up the pattern and will start on the cuff shortly. I think I’ve got 4 rows or so left in the patter. I am very close to a finish.

You might be able to tell some weirdness in the toe area. The original pattern has you purling and purling and purling but after a weekend of purling the toes my hand/thumb/wrist were in so much pain I couldn’t knit for 2 weeks. I decided to turn the toes inside out and just purl where I needed to in the front to keep the pattern but then knit the back side.

~ Knit on my friends

Melanie

Apple Pie

I forgot to show off the lovely Apple Pie my friend made with the fresh picked apples. Because she was smart and mixed the tart and sweet apples, it was delicious. My family and I couldn’t finish all of this. We tried but only ate half of it. The rest, we cut into 2 quarters and put one quarter in the freezer while the 2nd quarter sits in the fridge for us to snack on.