Posted in Friends, Knitting Machine, Pfaff, Quilting

Half Year Review – 2015

Well, howdy, Internet friends!  Seems that I sort of disappeared from blogging the last half of 2015.  So, it may take awhile to catch you all up; I’ll resist my initial inclination to do it all at once!

Connie_CDA_June_2015I started a new job last year, in May, which coincides with when my blogging dropped off the map.  I’d been at my previous employer for almost 10 years, so it’s been a bit of a transition.  I’m still in the same tech field, though it’s a much smaller department, and even get to travel and go to conferences.  I think I’m finally getting comfortable and I really like the people I work with.

I also started a small quiltscrap_explosion group.  It wasn’t an intentional decision, just a group of my friends who I wanted to spend time with and, well, it just sort of blossomed.  This photo is from one of those sessions where they helped me with a collection of scraps; what happens at sew day, stays at sew day!

Interestingly enough, the majority of the group are teachers, whether by formal training or natural ability.  We call ourselves the Grateful Threads and we meet once a month, working on both personal and group projects.  There’s so much laughter, fun, and learning that goes on, I can’t believe how lucky I am to know each and every one of them.

Pfaff_7570I bought a Pfaff 7570 sewing machine this summer because not only do I love my Pfaff machines, this one is capable of embroidering and came with the original cable that will allow connection to an (older) computer and a TON of embroidery cards.  I’ve had some challenges getting it connected so I can make up the embroidered quilt labels as I intended, but that’s an ongoing process.  I’ll keep you posted!

Fast forward to the recent holiday season, and I had several customer quilts I had promised for Christmas.  I finished by the 12th of December, so I helped a friend with her first quilt, which was made up of a variety of 5” blocks sewn together and a dark blue minky back.  She wanted to give it as a gift for Christmas and it was so much fun watching her gain confidence in the process.  I didn’t get any photos of the quilt, but I’m sure she did so I’ll post them later.

20151220_094040I also made 4 hats on my bulky knitting machine, 3 of them using this EASY pattern:

http://knittsings.com/how-to-machine-knit-a-basic-easy-stocking-hat

 

20151220_093647For the 4th one I adapted a hand knitting pattern that allows for a ponytail at the top so that my long-haired niece could wear it:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/holey-hat-2

It was fussy to do because I don’t have a garter bar for the bulky, much less know what I’m doing with adapting patterns or moving stitches around!  LOL!

I’m planning on getting my ribber set up in the next couple of weeks because I really want to start making a sweater that uses ribbing and I REALLY don’t want to hand knit it.

I’m also looking forward to trying a  new pattern for a Quarter Crown hat pattern that not only is it a new technique to learn but I’d like to contribute some chemo hats to a gal who only takes hand knitted hats made in the round because a seam is too rough on the chemo head.

http://slisen.blogspot.com/2016/01/quarter-crown-for-hats.html

I’m definitely looking forward to this coming year.  There will be many challenges but I’m going to embrace them all the best I can.

Happy New Year!

Posted in PSQ

PSQ: Postage stamp swap

PSQ_swap_Indian_OceanYou know what amazes me?  I got a package in the mail today all the way from the Indian Ocean!

How, you ask?

Well, I signed up to swap 7 packages for the spring swap hosted by The Curious Quilter.  She generously donates her time putting on a swap twice a year and this time I signed up for international swaps.

I’m doing a traditional alternating dark/light pattern with mine, and it’s taking me awhile because I use them as leader enders instead of focusing on them, but that’s OK with me.  It’s really fun seeing the progress.20150504_071518

My original plan was to make a king sized quilt, but I think it would be way too busy with this pattern.  Maybe next time.

You should check out Mary Wilbourn’s site even if you don’t think you’ll ever do a postage stamp quilt.  It’s fun to see the variety that can be made from them, but Mary is fun, too.

Posted in Quilting

What’s New?

20150308_162656I have been thinking of several topics for blog posts over the last 2 months, I’ve even taken photos!  However, life has simply gotten in the way of posting.  Seriously, maybe I need to re-think how I post; Mary from MaryQuilts.com posts something almost every day!

 

I, however, try to post on both WordPress, Blogspot and my own website and that means keeping them all updated at the same time.  Simplify?  Yes, I need to do that!  But I also want to reach the widest audience possible.  Why?   It’s my social side; I’m also planning a podcast!  I like to talk to people and share what I know.  The problem is trying to figure out the technology and schedule.  I know I love being able to share my ideas and conversations. And then I also think about the need to update my website…aarrgh!

 

What’s new?  I started a new job!  That is, I left my employer of 10 years to start providing tech support at a new place.  So, in some ways I feel like I’m starting a new career.  It just happens that I am still providing tech support, which I love, ‘cuz I love helping people.  It’s just who I am.

I’m also going to be teaching another beginning quilt class in June; the first one was in  March at Jones Sew and Vac.  I made the quilt that is shown to illustrate how a rail fence pattern looks without a sashing in between each block.  I love the design and it’s great for a beginner.   I really enjoyed the last class and learned a lot.  I think everyone had fun and I even made new friends.

 

Now, I’m back to quilting customer quilts and my June is totally booked!  No surprise there!  I will be teaching new quilters in June and I’m hoping to attend a family reunion.  My step child is also graduating from college but because of the new job I won’t be able to attend; I have no time off now!

 

I hope you are all working on projects and enjoying yourself; life is just too short.

 

Happy quilting!