I am grateful that my daughter wanted to plant picking flowers in the garden. They have lasted a very long time. Their burst of color is very inviting and brings joy every time we go to the garden. Sometimes we go to the garden just to pick the flowers.
The other day while I was sewing and P was cutting things at her desk she commented that she wanted us to make a skirt for her. She wanted a twirly skirt. We looked through all my fabrics and I didn't have enough of any fabric that she liked to make the really twirly skirt in this tutorial but she did find a pink print that she really liked.
Today we fashioned a skirt from the half yard of this fabric that I had. I squared it up and cut a 14 inch strip across. I sewed the whole width of fabric into a tube and made an elastic casing at the top. The bottom is finished with rickrack and a folded band of pink fabric so there is not an extra hemming step. Easy peasy lemon squeezey.
She tried it on and it made her want to dance. I call that success.
I went to a garage sale and a rummage sale this weekend. The garage sale was at the home of a retired school teacher. I made some great purchases there.
Some old readers:
They will be perfect for P as her reading skills improve.
I love the pictures in them.
There is family fun indoors and out.
These books will be great for sing alongs. Again, the illustrations are super.
For rainy days like today we can use this activity book.
I also got this super little cookbook for some fun in the kitchen.
What will we make first?
Just before leaving the sale I picked up this book.
It has little color prints of paintings along with observations and questions.
I can't wait to sit and look at this more thoroughly.
I also purchased a bunch of paperback chapter books and some other things that I will save for gifts for P later.
At the rummage sale I found a big bag of perle cotton thread, some vintage iron on embroidery transfers, a bunch of children's dresses sewing patterns and some fun old knitting books that I'll probably share another day. I didn't know if you could handle any more vintage book photos today. The two stop haul was almost too much for me to believe. I was feeling pretty great about it. Then my neighbor came over and asked if I had been to the auction up the road. He said there was a lot of antique furniture there. Perhaps I should have gone there too. I need a new book case or two to hold my new books.
You would think I could have whipped out a crew sock pretty quickly. I
have done it in just a few hours before. Well, not so this time. I have
been working on this sock since back in July. I guess the problem was
that I was NOT working on this sock since back in July. The end of
summer brings so much to do with the garden and harvest that there just
is not time to sit and knit. We work outside until it is dark most
nights which can be quite late in the summer. It is getting dark at
about 8:00 now so I have been squeaking in a little knit time before
going to bed. Ah, fall.
So, here they are, the next in the "Two Make a Pair" series. These are A's. She has been very patient waiting for them. I think she has taken to finishing some of her own pairs in the mean time. Sorry, dear.
I do like the colors in this yarn. Very pretty. And the stripes matched up perfectly!
These crew socks were knit using Sox by Berroco in color 1425.
One of the great things about going to quilt retreat is the uninterrupted thinking time. Often, I get stalled on a project here and put it aside for months or even years. Sometimes when in the daily routine of home it is hard to keep a train of thought going for more than a few minutes at a time.
This year, with the theme "Mixing it Up" we were to mix applique and piecing in one project. I couldn't decide what I wanted to work on so I packed several unfinished projects, my suitcase of scraps, and my collection of solid fabrics.
I had six basket blocks that I made at retreat three years ago. I never knew what to do with them because I didn't think they would make a very large quilt. I decided to add the vines and make a strippy quilt. I only had scraps of bright fabrics so I pieced them together to make the vines and inner border.
The dots, or berries, just sort of happened. When some of the other ladies returned from a trip to town with that
bright green and black dot fabric I knew that it needed something like
that to finish it off. I made my own trip to town and bought some. It is a happy quilt that I
never would have planned from the start but I really like how
it turned out.
After finishing the basket top I moved to the next project. I had started the center applique piece in a workshop a few years ago but never got past cutting out the vase and a few flowers. I finished planning the applique design but still have a good bit of the sewing left to do. Once I had the center design set I started working on the borders. I'll be adding a double round of saw teeth with a white border in between. I plan to quilt a feathered vine in the plain border.
I am pretty happy with how this one is looking too.
I also made design decisions on a few other projects and now can get to work on them here. Sometimes the figuring out what to do next can be the hardest part of a project. It is good to get over that hurdle on a few things.
The last evening of retreat I started working on a project from a "kit."
These are actually triangle scraps pulled from another person's trash! They are cut aways from her flying geese blocks. The colors were so pretty I just couldn't let them get away. P, of course, is waiting to see the fate of this quilt. I don't know how big it will be. I'll just sew squares until I run out of triangles.
I am back from my quilt retreat. I am not as well rested as I hoped I would be but I did get some good creative time. The theme this year was Mixing it Up; we combined piecing and applique. It seems as if I was not as prolific as last year since I was doing more handwork (applique) on my projects. I took a few unfinished items and made good progress on them. I will share more later in the week.
The winner of the pumpkin card give away is Stacey Winters.