Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What a Whit of a table runner!

This is my entry for this month AYOS using the Whit pattern from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. that you can see here. Instead of a little quilt I made 60 different teeny tiny flying geese and turned them  into a table runner. I fussy cut these little guys just like I fussy cut the bigger ones I working on for my bed size Halloween quilt that I showed yesterday. If you click on the picture and make it bigger you can see spiders, eyeballs, bats, ghosts, an owl, candy corn, a mummy and even the date of Halloween - October 31 - so I don't ever forget - LOL!

Here it is from two different angles -

I wasn't sure how to quilt it as it is quite busy and then I got the idea to quilt a spider web over teeny tiny flying geese. I didn't want to mark on the front so I turned it over and sketched some lines on the back and quilted it on the back with my variegated thread in the bobbin.

It isn't real noticeable on the front but I know it is there and that's enough for me. I can't wait to put this on my dining room table. I think the polka dot pumpkin my son gave me will be the perfect topper, don 't you?

happy stitching-
carol fun

Monday, September 29, 2014

My geese have changed direction on Design Wall Monday

I've had this Halloween quilt on my design wall for over a week and while I LOVE the individual geese the whole gaggle of them just left me feeling - meeeeeehhhh.... but then I was cruising Pinterest and saw a quilt with the open blocks on point and I knew that is the direction my geese should be flying in!

I don't know why it hadn't occurred to me, because I've done lots of quilts with blocks set on point and think it adds a lot to a simple design. I also decided that a little structure with the colors might add another facet... so orange geese are pointed into the orange cornerstones and black geese have nestled up to the orange cornerstones. Now I'm not certain that these are the orange cornerstones that will be in the final design. They are the best of what I have in my stash but I'm hoping a trip to Fabric Shack later today may yield a better candidate.

I'm going to use this Deb Strain Happy Howl-o-ween  text fabric for the border and there may be a little inner border too when all is said and done.

Right now I have it all on the design wall but there is a lot more sewing to do.

I like the dancing skeleton with the top hat... very dapper!

And I found Snoopy chilling on the Great Pumpkin... a great addition to the Peanuts gang.

So now I'm happy with the design, just need to tweak the fabrics here and there. I had no intention of making a Halloween quilt this year. I told myself I should make a nice Fall quilt for my bed... and I should...right after I finish this one!

happy stitching-
carol fun

Friday, September 26, 2014

Oh look... another shiny ball of yarn!

As I've confessed before I have crafty ADHD. So many projects I want to work on, and so many new shiny things that catch my eye - it is hard to stay focused. Which is my excuse for why I have 2 half knitted pairs of socks when I could have one finished pair and one half knit pair.

This is my start on the second sock for the one I showed last Friday. I love this Regia yarn and the lumpy bumpy texture of the pattern. A 4 row repeat -  Row 1, 2, 3 Knit. When you get to Row 4 K1, P1 all the way around - easy peasy.

Suddenly I spied this ball of yarn and I had to cast it on - RIGHT NOW!

Plain vanilla sock but oh do I LOVE the scrappiness of this yarn. Its another Regia. I got both of the yarns here on ebay. The multi color one I showed first is Istanbul Mosaic 5560, and the hot pink, yellow, navy scrappy one is Avenue Passion 1116.

And somehow these four skeins of Malabrigo Rios sneaked into the house when I wasn't looking. I think they squeezed themselves through the mail slot as I found them on the floor right inside my front door, making themselves at home.

I assume they came to live with me because they knew I want to a knit this shawl called Jimi -
 you can see it here. I love that it has stripes and it is suppose to be a quick knit for a beginner. I'm more than a beginner, but my recent trouble with shawls has led me to think an easy project would be good idea. Now to find time to cast one one. And yes, there is enough yarn there for 2 shawls...making choices can be hard when you are crafty ADHD, dontcha know?

happy knitting-
carol fun

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Gaggle is Growing on WIP Wednesday

The week is off it a great start - I've been able to sew everyday! I hope this continues as my gaggle of Halloweenie flying geese is growing.

I'm not sure this will be the final layout of the geese. I want to play around with the directions they are heading. Right now whatever way you view the top from, some geese are right side up, and some are wrong side up, and some are sideways. I like that but I think the design could be more balanced.  I would like to put this quilt on my bed during October. My plan is to get all the flying geese sewn and then assemble them in groups of 4 and play with the layout a bit more.

I did find my Peanuts Halloween fabrics and was able to include Charlie Brown, Schroeder, a bit of Snoopy, and Lucy.

These images come from some new fabric I just got. I love the tags on the bottles - Eye of Newt and Dragon's Fire Breath.

And what would Halloween be without the appearance of Dracula and the Wolfman?

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced and want to thank Lee for the wonderful giveaway she has every week on her blog. I was the lucky recipient of a $50 gift certificate from LiMa Sews - you can see there website here. Lots of pretty fabrics and they do long arm quilting. I haven't decided what goodies to get yet but there sure are a lot of wonderful choices.

happy stitching-
carol fun

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Gaggle of Geese on Design Wall Monday

Well last Monday I told you I enjoyed making the flying geese blocks for Whit... and I did...so I made more flying geese blocks... a bunch more. First I put together my version of Whit for this month's AYOS entry.

I decided to make a table runner out of 60 different teeny tiny Halloweenie flying geese. I love the fabric at the ends with all the Halloweenie words too. Now to get it quilted.

As I was making the teeny tiny Halloweenie flying geese I knew I wanted to make bigger ones so I could showcase more of my Halloweenie fabrics. This is the start of another quilt I have no business starting but I could not resist. I told myself it would be a good use of my time as I already had both bins of fabrics strewn all over my sewing room. So before I picked them up and folded them I cut more flying geese. These will finish 2 1/2" X 5".

I hope to have enough of that yellow spider web fabric. According to my calculations, and anyone who has read this blog knows my math skills are quite rudimentary, I will have just enough fabric to make 180 different flying geese and the spacer squares. Cross your fingers and maybe say a novena that I got the math right this time.

So far here are some of my favorite blocks...I love this little mummy, he has heart!

I've always loved Charlie Brown and I think I have some fabric with the Peanuts characters dressed up for Halloween. I need to look through the piles on the floor for it today.

And the night has a thousand eyes... spooky!

But this one really cracks me up... its a skeleton...which you can plainly see, but look closely at his hand... he was knitting before his demise - LOL -this could be me someday!

I'm not sure how many more geese I need to cut out. I just pick a piece of fabric up off the floor and find a motif I like and cut it out and then fold the fabric up and put it back in the bin. I'm not sure I have 180 totally different Halloweenie fabrics but I figure lots of them have several different motifs in the same piece and I can cut different images to give me 180 different geese. Yes, I am crazy... I've told you that before...but its a good kinda crazy... that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

happy stitching-
carol fun

Saturday, September 20, 2014

What a lovely birthday week it was!

Today is the official end of my birthday week and it has been lovely. I had dinner with my family last Sunday - a yummy meal from my favorite Italian restaurant, followed by cupcakes and cake pops... and this one was just too cute to eat!

It a flying pig and its a big deal here in Cincinnati. The local marathon race is called the Flying Pig and some people run it dressed as pigs, and we even have flying pigs in our parks.

Close up shot...

And all over our downtown...

This one is dedicated to the Cincinnati Ballet Company.

And Queen Porktunia pays homage to several city landmarks and our heritage as  the Queen City and Porkopolis.

This guy is a nod to our German roots, so appropriate for this weekend when we celebrate Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Sorry - I got carried away there...anyway I received some lovely cards and that beautiful pot of mums.

Here is Big Dude protecting them.

And this is the card I received from Big Dude... I think this is his first cousin, once removed.

So now I need to get to the winner of my birthday giveaway that I posted last Sunday, drum roll please. The winner of a $25 gift card to the crafty store of their choice is Barb from Wicked Stitcher. Thank you to all who left wonderful comments on what the best age would be. I think we can all agree that we want our health and our families and our crafty pursuits as part of the total package.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend...

and remember sometimes pigs do fly!

carol fun

Friday, September 19, 2014

Back to socks

After putting two shawls in knitting time out, I picked up my needles and went back to my socks. I finished the mate for this yarn, DROPS Fabel 677p - you can see it here.

Plain vanilla socks where I reversed the stripes so they'd be fraternal mates.

Then I picked up this Regia yarn. The colorway is called Istanbul Mosaic and I purchased it here.

I love all the colors in this yarn and wanted to do something a bit more than a vanilla sock and found this pattern on Ravelry - you can see it here.

I tried and tried to get a picture that captured the pattern without success. Look at the pattern link for a clearer look. The pattern is a 4 row repeat. Row 1 - K Row 2 -K Row 3- K Row 4 - K1, P1 repeat till end of round. The link on Ravelry calls andalucian stitch. It makes a wonderfully bumpy texture which reminds me of an alligator's skin. Yeah... my mind wanders off in strange directions - LOL

I'm happy that I went back to my sock knitting. It feels great to knit a successful project and the weather is changing. I even wore a pair of hand knit socks the other evening and they felt sooooo good.

happy knitting-
carol fun