Saturday, August 31, 2013


Lesson 8 and 10 -- all caught up!

Here's the view from the design bed.  It's my only off-floor surface large enough, and there's getting to be too many to move to the floor to arrange.  This is our queen size guest bed.
There are only 16 lessons, so I'm 10/16 finished with the top, or 5/8 done, in simplest form:)

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Here's my Aiming for Accuracy Lesson 9.  Lesson 10 came out today, and I still have to do 8.  Yikes!  Playing catch up.
This is all my blocks so far, spread out on the floor, sort of as they will be in the quilt.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Here's my crochet-along project so far.  This is a first -- using recommended size hook to get gauge!  I always knit and crochet loose and need to go down a size, if the item has to fit.  That said, I usually don't crochet or knit things that have to 'fit'.  I generally make afghans, scarfs, etc.  But this is a cardigan, and this is the bottom back.

I'm also using the recommended yarns, as I love them.  Two skeins are Vanna's Choice and three are Unique, a new yarn from Lion Brand.  The Unique is very soft and nice.  A bit like Homespun, but not nearly so 'hairy'.

Oh, and as to watching Downton during a stitching marathon, forget that!  You'd miss a raised brow, or curious look!  It is just all-engrossing!  Even DH is caught up in it.  I'm enjoying it so much more than the hit or miss I did with it when it played on TV.  Now I understand the whys and whats.  We are half-way through Season 3.  Season 4 doesn't play in the States until January.  What to do; what to do?  Perhaps check The Tudors out of the library?  Sure beats anything on TV!  And, if I'd go back to crocheting ruffle scarfs or similar, I could hook and watch at the same time maybe.  But not during Downton.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


I feel a hand-stitching marathon coming on!

Friday, August 16, 2013


While Pat's Patter is usually about quilting, my other crafts slip in sometimes.  I'm joining the Crochet Along with Lion Brand Yarn and Ravelry.  4 or 5 of my friends are joining too.  Any other hookers want to play?

This week is just get your supplies.  You can buy local or order from Lion Brand (25% off, since this was selected for the Crochet Along).  Check it out here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Here's my Lesson 7, and below is my updated chart (thanks to Helen).

I'm actually keeping up with this Quilt Along!  Yeah!

Thursday, August 8, 2013


These are some of the spools I've been working on for a quilt for my sewing studio in FL.  They are from Edyta Sitar's Friendship Strips and Scraps book.  Next I need to cut the borders out and start planning the applique.
Tom and I took a hike on the Lake Superior shore today, and stopped by a county park to get pictures of these quirky outhouses.  They've been sand-blown-in since we've been coming here:)  I think I should get the pictures blown up and framed for our bathroom.  Hmmm..........................


Sunday, August 4, 2013



Unit 6 is finished and charted.  I love having a place to use the text fabric:)

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Unit 5 is done.  Really, it is straight.  But my photography leaves a bit to be desired!  I'm really having fun with these perky fabrics.

And here's the mock-up, showing progress.