Monday makings and to do’s, 11/6!

Last week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  • Secret Project #2 – Quilt this! – PARTIALLY DONE. I’VE GOT MOST OF IT QUILTED BUT I STILL HAVE 3 BORDERS TO FINISH UP.
  • A Rainbow Garden – continue working on block 8. – DONE
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3-4 rows per day – DONE
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day. Finish the back piece, bind off, and start the next part. – DONE
  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 1 – My goal this week is to stitch the third line on Row 1 – DONE
  • St. Patty’s Socks and Secret Mandala sock blank that I’m knitting up congruently – 5 rows per day.  I would like to get the leg completed this week so I can work on the heel over the weekend. – NOT DONE. I MISSED A HANDFUL OF DAYS AND 5 ROWS WERE JUST TOO MUCH.
  • Maxwell Bag – finish hand stitching the second handle – NOT DONE

My List for next week:

  • Secret Project #2 – Finish quilting this!
  • A Rainbow Garden – continue working on block 8.
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3-4 rows per day
  • Harry Potter – I started the Front piece last week and now I’m working 2 rows per day on the Front piece. I printed some graph paper and I need to figure out how I’m going to know a K instead of the H that the original sweater boasted.
  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 1 – My goal this week is to stitch the fourth line on Row 1
  • St. Patty’s Socks and Secret Mandala sock blank that I’m knitting up congruently – 2 rows per day.  I’d like these socks to be done this month.  But my Christmas knitting takes top priority since I plan to not be doing any Christmas knitting in December.
  • Maxwell Bag – finish hand stitching the second handle

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

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Stash Report – Week 44, 2017

Some movement in the stash this week.  My mini group is putting together a basket for our quilt guild’s holiday party.  Our theme is “tools of the trade” and we are going through our stash and donating things (fabric and tools).  Well, I’ve got a bunch of tools that I tried and decided I didn’t like along with fabric that I’m no longer in love with.  So to help make space in my fabric bins, I donated 11.25 yards to the basket.  I have some yards to add as well because this coming Saturday I will be at the last workshop of the year and I needed 5 yards of a background fabric.  I do not have 5 yards of any 1 fabric so I went to my LQS and found something I like.  I still need to cut a bit before the workshop so I’ll be doing that this week.

Today I’ll be heading down to Torrance to a Weaving and Fiber Festival.  I’ve never been before and I’m excited to attend.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 11.25 yards
  • Used year to date: 42.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 5 yards
  • Added year to Date: 124 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 81.75 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
10/15/2017

Here’s where I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
10/29/2017

~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 – November

October was a busy month but I was able to get everything done on my list.  November will be another busy month with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner.  I’d like to get all the Christmas shopping done this month so I can enjoy the season fully.  Isn’t that everyone’s wish? So here are my goals for this month:

  1. Starting Point Wrap – Finish Clue 4 and get started on Clue 5.  This is a Christmas gift so I would like to get clue 4 and clue 5 finished by the end of November.  I don’t think that’s going to happen and I’ll just keep it at Clue 4 for now.  I think I heard that Clue 5 is not very much but putting the two halves together. But I don’t know if that’s true.
  2. Secret Project #2 – Quilt and bind.  The label is already done so I’d like to get the label on too.
  3. A Rainbow Garden – continue to work on block 8.
  4. Mama’s Bukid – Finish Row 1 and 2 of Page 5
  5. Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – Continue to knit 2 rows per day on whatever part I’m on.  I don’t think I’m going to be close to getting this done for Christmas so I’m taking it off my Christmas list.

My Christmas Project List –

  1. Starting Point Wrap
  2. Secret Quilty Project #2
  3. Secret Knitty Project #3
  4. wrap the stuff in organza bags
  5. fill purple bags

I’m sorry I need to keep these vague just in case any of the recipients read my blog.  I don’t think any of them do but they all know of the blog so they just may happen on to it.  🙂

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

2017 Crafty Plan – October Update

  1. Kimono (my first knitted sweater) – This is almost done. I need to bind it off, weave in the ends, and block it. – DONE
  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. — DONE WITH CLUE #3 ON 10/24 AND GOT STARTED ON CLUE #4 ON 10/25.
  3. Secret Project #1 – Take a picture of this so that I can post about it after I’ve gifted it. – DONE
  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. – I GOT THE BACKING DONE, PIECED SCRAP BATTING TOGETHER, AND PIN BASTED THIS.  NEXT I NEED TO QUILT 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. – I WORKED ON THIS PROBABLY ONCE OR TWICE IN OCTOBER.
  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. – YES, I GOT PAGE 1 FINISHED AND STARTED 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. – DONE. I AM ALMOST DONE WITH THE BACK AND PLAN TO GET THE BACK DONE THIS WEEK AND GET STARTED ON THE NEXT STEP.  I DON’T THINK I’LL GET THIS DONE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

 

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

Monday makings and to do’s, 10/30!

Last week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  • Secret Project #1 – post about this; put my page up. – DONE
  • Secret Project #2 – tackle my batt scraps and make frankenbatting. – DONE
  • A Rainbow Garden – continue working on block 8. – NOT DONE
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3 rows per day – DONE
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day – DONE
  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 1 – My goal this week is to stitch the first line on Row 1 – DONE
  • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – Finish the foot. – DOE

My List for next week:

  • Secret Project #2 – Quilt this!
  • A Rainbow Garden – continue working on block 8.
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3-4 rows per day
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day. Finish the back piece, bind off, and start the next part.
  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 1 – My goal this week is to stitch the third line on Row 1
  • St. Patty’s Socks and Secret Mandala sock blank that I’m knitting up congruently – 5 rows per day.  I would like to get the leg completed this week so I can work on the heel over the weekend.
  • Maxwell Bag – finish hand stitching the second handle

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 43, 2017

Guess what?!?  Nothing In and Nothing Out!  And it was my birthday last weekend.  I almost succumbed to the pressure and almost went to my LQS on Friday but I didn’t.  I had no reason to go other than to buy and pet fabric.  Which I could do at home.  I ended up heading home, finishing up the frankenbatt for Secret Project #2.  I even basted everything together.  All I need to do now is quilt it.  On Saturday, I pulled everything out of my fabric closet to put the batting bin back when I had the very intelligent thought that I should probably get the batting ready for my next project.  That way I wouldn’t have any excuse not to do it and it was already out anyway.  I am feeling pretty smart about that decision, thank you very much.  Anyway, in reality, my next project is Celtic Solstice.  And if you recall, that baby is a pretty BIG quilt.  Capital letters B-I-G!  BIG!  So, I’m not going to frankenbatt that.  I’ll pull the batting for that from my roll.  The next one after that is Quilty Little Christmas.  And that is 2×5 and is going to be a wall hanging.  A great project for frankenbatting.  I laid it on the floor and got the pieces ready for another frankenbatt.  I was not in the mood to actually piece it together (everything from my closet was strewn about on the floor.)  So I cut where I needed to cut and pinned the sides I wanted to be together so I wouldn’t have to remember.  The batting is now happily in my project bin for that quilt.  Right now, my quilty mojo is still missing.  However I am able to work on one project at a time.  Right now that project is Secret Project #2.  It’s very slow progress but progress is progress and I’m happy with the little bit I’m able to do.

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: 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

Here’s where I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
10/15/2017

And here’s my project all laid out on my workstation:

My workstation
10/15/17

Just a progress pic working on block 8. I was doing a blanket stitch on that leaf.

~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

 

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