Thursday, January 13, 2011

Progress

Every day this week I've woken up thinking this would be the day I'd have time to get things done in the sewing department, and every day it hasn't happened.  When there's no milk or veggies left in the fridge it's time to do groceries, and when there are no more clean socks, that's my cue to get around to laundry.  Let’s not talk about the state of the bathroom...and will you look at the time, it's time to run to school and collect the kids...  In a nutshell, the things I was waiting to finish before writing a post aren't done.
However, I did make progress on various projects last weekend.  First up, the socks.IMG_4559_r1 I finished them Sunday night and they’ve been worn to school already.  I could probably have made them a touch longer in the foot.  I’ll know for the next pair.  They really were not as difficult to knit as I’d imagined.  I’d always heard about the dreaded “turning the heel”, but the pattern instructions were very clear and easy to follow.  Isn’t the internet great?
Next up, remember this quilt? It has been waiting a while for the promised borders and prairie points.
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i I It acquired 3-inch borders on the weekend but is still waiting for the points.  I used the method that yields a continuous string of prairie points instead of having to make and place each one individually.  I was quite pleased with my string of points.IMG_4547

These are made from 3” squares.  They looked great on their own, but I’m glad I set this strip on the quilt before making the strips for the remaining three sides.  The scale was all wrong!
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It looks like little saw teeth or a pinked edge, not quite what I envisioned.  After a moment or two of dejection, I regrouped and cut a few squares to audition point sizes, which I suppose I should have done in the first place!  I settled on points made from 4-inch squares.  I also decided that with the continuous prairie points method the points end up overlapping more than I like for this particular quilt, so I’m making the 100 points individually after all so that I can adjust the overlap.  I’m glad I had enough fabric left to start over in a new size.
Once the points are on (hopefully tomorrow?) this quilt will be ready to baste and quilt.  I want to machine quilt it, so I need to practice.  I know I’ve said that before, but really, I’ve now taken concrete steps towards practicing. Here’s the last project I completed on the weekend:
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I cut a stack of batting and fabric to make practice quilt sandwiches.  Now I can’t use the excuse that I don’t have sandwich fixings to grab when I have 10 spare minutes to practice.  Yup, I’ll be practicing any minute now, if I can just pull myself away from blogs…
One last thing.  Last night I just needed to FINISH something, so I made a cute little wallet from a pattern I got for my birthday.  This only took about 30 minutes to make. It still needs a snap closure, which I didn’t have on hand, but I’m counting it as a finish anyway.IMG_4556

9 comments:

  1. What a cute wallet and socks! I couldn't make either no matter how hard I tried! Your APQ quilt is simply beautiful, and I love the prairie points!
    Maybe your way of practicing machine quilting would help me! I promise you and me that I will try that. I have lots of saved batting strips and some cheap muslin. Thanks for reminding me! ---"Love"

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  2. Love the socks, and I'm almost jealous that you have the swap quilt almost done;) Well, way more done than I have mine;) I haven't gotten much sewing done this week either....oh, well;)
    Happy Quilting!!

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  3. The socks are really funky looking and so much fun! I recognize that quilt, too! Love what you did with it. And the wallet is too cute. You did real good!

    Liri

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  4. Your APQ quilt is a stunner! The prairie points look great and I love the color you chose for the setting triangles. I really need to get busy on mine soon.

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  5. Those socks are wonderful! And I think you will probably be the first of us to finish your swap quilt. My top is done, but I'm nowhere near good enough on my big machine to take on a project like that. The little wallet is cute, too...is it for you?

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  6. The socks look great and warm! I love your swap quilt, it is looking good, too. I really like the blocks set on point. It will be great to see some of those finished! I have worked on mine, but now I'm at a bit of a standstill. I have made a commitment to learn to machine quilt so I have lots of practice to do, too. The little wallet is cute, too. It always feels good to finish a project.

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  7. Wow great job on the socks!! I've tried knitting and crocheting and I always loose my way. I love the APQ blog swap quilt!! The prairie points are really going to top it off. One day I'll get around to mine. I'm inspired by your machine quilting practice. I need to do the same and just dive into practicing. :) Christine

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  8. What great looking socks! Your daughter is one lucky girl. I love the little wallet, too. Your swap block quilt will be lovely.

    Sandy

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  9. I love, love the socks. Where did you get the pattern? I would like to make myself a pair, if it's as easy as you say. The APQ swap quilt turned out just beautiful. I also love the little wallet. My kind of thing. I cleaned out my sewing closet and found a mound of muslin and batting samples that I used to practice on. I must start again. Connie204

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