Sunday, February 2, 2014

Weekending

I had a chance to spend some time in my sewing room this weekend.   I was supposed to go on retreat but felt that my foot (with achilles tendonitis) probably wouldn't do well with so many hours of being on the foot pedal.  I was right.  I had a good time on my own though - just not as much of it.  I was able to get this block sewn together this afternoon.  This is a large block - 22" or 24" from a BOM from 2012 from the Michael Miller Clubhouse BOM.
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In the past week, I've also spent some time cutting out the monthly blocks and labeling the segments. This has taken a lot of time but I'll be happy it's done later.  I'm up to month 9.  The quilt shown to the far right (the red and white version) in the photo is the version I'm making. 
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I'm glad that there are a lot of scraps left over!  I have mis-cut a couple of times.  The fabric included is generally either a WOF cut or a fat quarter so my mis-cuts haven't been a problem thankfully.  My scraps drawers are going to welcome this red polka dot!  The white fabric is a white on white polka dot.  I love a nice dotted fabric!
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I've also been knitting - primarily on The Follow Your Arrow Mystery Knit Along project hosted by Ysolda Teague.  Week 4 clue is out tomorrow morning and I have just 2 rows left on Clue 3.  I'm surprised I'm keeping up!  The yarn is MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light in the Venetian colorway which is a deeper purple than shown in this photo.
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On my last post, I offered up some HST's...they'll be going out to Dortha this week!

While I've not posted (Blogger has been fighting me with photos) lately, I have been doing better about using my free time more wisely.  That's mainly showing up in my knitting.  I also spent some time this weekend searching for a Blackbird Designs Stocking that I had stitched.  Clearly it's in a really safe place.  Ugh!  

What did you do this weekend?  I hope you had a chance to do something fun.  Thank you for your visits, your comments, and your inspiration!  Happy Stitches!

29 comments:

Susan said...

Great projects, Jackie! Sorry you had to give up the retreat, though. I've been stitching this weekend and did a little piecing on a table mat this afternoon.

Annette-California said...

Love your quilt your making and your knitting I am just amazed by. What lovely colored yarn your using.
We watched the super bowl and I stitched mostly this weekend. So sorry to hear you did not make the retreat but sounds like you made the right decision. Hope your foot gets better. love Annette

Brigitte said...

Jackie, that's an amazing block you made. And well, all the cutting that you must do before it comes to sewing is not the most appealing part of quilting, lol. Mis-cutting is my biggest fear whenever I cut something. That's why I alway try to have some extra fabric on hand.

I also love your knitting project. And hopefully you'll soon find the very safe place where that BBD stocking is hidden, lol. Looking forward to seeing it.

I spent nearly the whole weekend reading and also stitching. IT was very relaxing.

Lois said...

What a gorgeous quilt block and I love your knitting project too!! I'd a busy weekend but did get some stitching in yesterday, that was the first I'd done in a few days so it felt good!!

Chris said...

I hope that you foot is healed soon. I am glad that you made the most of the weekend at home. It is so nice to be all organized. The quilt and knitting are lovely.

Karen Nason said...

Your BOM is just lovely and perfect points too! I like what you have done on your Folllow your owN arrow, not spending time on the computer does make it easier to get knitting done.

Annie said...

Sorry to hear about your foot problem. But it doesn't seem to have affected overall productivity! The block looks just perfect. And your mystery knit is beautiful!

Aunt 'Reen said...

I love that Red block from your BOM project! Your knitting project is looking exquisite too!

Hope your foot is feeling better.

Shelley said...

Blogger has been fighting me with photos too since first of Jan. very frustrating!! thank heavens you got that gorgeous red block loaded :)

Margaret said...

Your BOM block is gorgeous! It's going to be a beautiful quilt! It's great when there's lots of extra fabrics for those cutting mistakes. I love your knitting too -- so beautiful!! Don't you hate when you misplace something and can't find it? Happens way too often to me.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Your square is gorgeous! And smart getting the months cut out in advance :)
Love that knitting!
I had to work this weekend :(

Ramona said...

Love your block! Hope your foot is back to sewing shape very soon. In the mean time... your knitted shawl is just gorgeous. I really enjoy working with Madelinetosh yarn. Just Beautiful.

Carol said...

I just love polka-dot fabric, Jackie, so your newest block looks just perfect! Nothing like red and white and polka dots to bring a smile :)

Sure hope your foot problem disappears soon--I've heard that's especially painful... Take it easy now!

Anne said...

Amazing quilt Jackie! I adore the polka dots a lot!! Looks like you had a productive weekend...I spent mine somewhat productive if you discount the frogging! I hope your foot feels better!

valerie said...

Sorry to hear you had to cancel out on your retreat but at least you were productive! You're red/white block is really pretty and your KAL piece is lovely. That shade of purple really pops!

yarnjourney said...

I love your red and white quilt block. The quilt looks like a very fun project. Your lacey knitting looks great too.

Andrea said...

Beautiful quilt block, love the colours and fabric choice.

woolwoman said...

love the block Jackie - OH OH - your MT ML mystery shawl is gorgeous !!!!!! YGG - glad you are keeping up. How do you like that yarn? I keep thinking I should add some. Just bought the MT Sport for the first time recently so I am working my way thru their offerings. Take care of that foot - Mel

Mylene said...

The quilt, what a striking colour...LOVE it!

Melanie said...

Red and white - perfect for this time of year with Valentine's around the corner. :)

Don't you just hate when you can't find something you KNOW you own? I just did that with a book the other day. Never could find it either. Grrr. (Broke down and got a digital copy of it. Sigh.)

Lovely knitting as well. She has some wonderful patterns. I wouldn't do a mystery knit with just any designer, but I would definitely do one from her. Her stuff is fabulous. Can't wait to see it when it's done.

Miss Jean said...

I saw your comment on Nicole's post on lighting. I have a 440 as well. Let me know about switching up the lighting to the 780. How would they do that? Is it that much better? Thanks!

geeky Heather said...

The color of your mystery shawl is glorious!! I'm always amazed by your quilting!! Hope your tendon is on the mend!

Loraine said...

Sorry you missed your retreat, but it looks like you made great progress anyway.
Love your knitting! Your quilt is great too.

ruthsplace said...

It's going to be a lovely quilt. Sorry to hear about your foot issues. You have my full sympathy.

This last weekend I spent it cleaning the house. Saturday this coming weekend is going to be frantic, but I'm hoping for a good block of sewing time on Sunday.

Barb said...

Oh....love the block and your header is just amazing!

Sally said...

Wow you have been busy Jackie. Love your quilt block and your knitting is beautiful. Love that colour.

Hope your foot is much better soon.

Lynn B said...

I am loving that quilt block, it is perfect and I love your knitting!

Lynn B said...

I am loving that quilt block, it is perfect and I love your knitting!

Suzanne said...

Lovely quilt block, I love the red and whites. Your knitting is very pretty.