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Is there a ravelry for quilting?

I’ve been knitting more these last few months just because it’s easier to grab and take around with me.  So I’ve been using Ravelry more and more.

It got me thinking – is there a Ravelry for quilting?

Let me know!  I’d love to try it out.

In the meantime, I made a project bag

Another Project Bag
4/22/17

My husband and MIL took off to the Philippines last Thursday because my Brother-In-Law passed away suddenly.  I gave them all the bags I’d made so far for them to give away as they saw fit.  It’s a great feeling.  Now I need to make more bags to put my projects into.  🙂 Anyway, here is the latest one.  I’ve still got a ton of that fabric (the floral one).  It’s like a home dec fabric and it works great for making bags with substance.  I’m trying different stitches on my machine because I want the stitch definition at the top of the bag to be more defined.  I am using 28W Aurifil to help with that.  This is why I buy thread.  I stopped just buying thread because I want to use what I got but I think I want to try the 12W or thicker.  I don’t know if I have that already in black.  I want the stitches to stand out on top of the fabric.  With the 50W it sinks into the fabric and gets lost.  I like it how the 28W looks better than the 50W but it’s not quite where I want it.  So I’ll try the 12W next.  I need to play with more stitches on my machine too because I might just find something that works with a different stitch.

I am also using parachute cords because it helps with drawing the bag open and closed.  I like it!  I was using fabric at first but it was difficult to open and close the bag.  I also discovered that you have to burn the ends so that they don’t fray.  Last weekend I burnt the ends but I didn’t burn them enough and it looked weird.  Here’s how they look this weekend.  I like them better but, boy, do they stink!

I’m going to try to get around to some quilting today too.  With the hubby out of town for a few weeks, I hope to get some serious crafting done.

~happy quilting and knitting and sewing…

~Melanie

Women’s March

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Just a quick post before I head over to the Women’s March this morning.  I’ll be there with my daughter and a friend.  I’m just a bit excited as I haven’t been to a march/rally in years and never with my daughter.  This will be a new experience for us.

In crafty news, knitting continues to be my go to craft on a day to day basis.  I’ve worked on the boy’s hat while waiting in the car for various reasons.  I’ve worked on my magenta/gray socks.  And I am currently trying to get gauge on a sweater.  My focus this weekend will be my pink/blue socks:

pink/blue socks 1/17/17

pink/blue socks
1/17/17

This is how they looked last Tuesday.   All I need to do is graft those toes together and then it will be done.

In addition, I want to make project bags.  I’ve been wanting to make these for awhile as I’ve been seeing so many cute project bags lately.  I’ve been watching a lot of you-tube shows about knitting and quilting lately.  I’m drooling over those project bags.  I don’t want to spend $20-$40 since I know I have the fabric and supplies to make them myself.  Zippers scare me though so I’m going to start with a drawstring bag.  I made one years ago… and I found a picture…

1st Drawstring Bag

1st Drawstring Bag – 10/2013

I figure I’ll start with these and move on to the zippered bags at some point.  I am planning on doing some this weekend.

On the quilty end of things, I was able to get the inner top to Celtic Solstice complete.  After it was all pieced, I noticed a few of the blocks (block A) turned the wrong way.  It’s not hugely noticeable and I’m not going to rip to turn them the right way.  This weekend my plan is to take a picture of it and work on the border.  It looks like there are supposed to be 3 borders and one of them is a pieced border of chevron units.  I believe that we’ve already put together those chevrons in a previous step (I really hope so!  If not, I’ll be doing something different.)

On a personal note… more bad news this week.  It seems like every time I feel like we’re leveling out and may even have a bit of calm something else happens.  I guess in the true sense of things, it’s not really bad.  We have our health.  We have each other.  I have my sewing machine and my fabric. 🙂  and now my yarn.  I did have to say no to a request my quilt guild made of me.  I felt bad to have to say no but I knew there was no way I was going to be able to help them.  I really have to say no more often.  I started my gratitude journal again.  A year or so ago I was posting a gratitude post every day and at some point it fizzled out.  But since I’ve been going through this negative period right now I felt like I needed to jot down things I’m grateful for.  Unlike before where I was doing this at the end of the day, I actually am writing my gratitudes as I see them.  That way by the end of the day I have a list of things to reflect upon and be grateful for.  It is helping.  I’m also not posting them online.  Maybe I will, I don’t know.  I just started a few days ago and I’m keeping things real simple for now.   Thanks for everyone who reached out with positive words via comments or emails.  They help also!

Well, on to the march!  I can’t wait to see all the pussy hats!  (btw, I really hate that word.  It makes me cringe.  But that’s what their being called.  At least it’s easier to write than to say!)

~happy marching, ladies!

~Melanie