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October 11, 2018
rug hooking water from Making A Lather

I try to sit and work a little on a rug every day. And right now on my frame is the Cleveland rug. Some days I barely get a couple of strips in, but other days, I get to play  a little longer. of course, I enjoy it, but it feels good to play with color and to go slow.
It was time to add the blue of lake Erie before I move it on the frame. There was no planned shading, just grabbing a strip of wool and hooking it. The variations are from the colors of the wool ...

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October 7, 2018
Progress.... from Val's Quilting Studio

Having a stitching project nearby is always soothing isn't it.
This one sits at our kitchen table where my Ott Lite is easy to use and 
I can stitch as hubby and I catch up at the end of each day.   
I almost have all the birds and flowers stitched onto their rows.
It's fun to watch the bright wool flowers and birdies brighten the wonky houses.
Happily stitching this morning and quilting our grand-guys SuperHero quilt this afternoon.

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October 4, 2018
more rug hooking from Making A Lather

The giraffe, sailboat, and fernish thing are hooked on my Cleveland rug, And some of the skyline. It's time to figure out what wool I am using as backgrounds, and either dye it or blend it.

Rug hooking guild met Tuesday, and Jan is getting ready for the border. I think the reindeer with knobby knees  are cute.

There was a Bonnie Hunter quilt at the Lafayette quilt show last weekend - On ringo lake - mine is still in puddle stage.

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October 3, 2018
Wool Stitch Along and Making Wool Felt from From My Carolina Home

Our first project for Autumn Jubilee begins today with a stitch along using wool felt.  I thought you’d like to see how to use found wool fabrics, like in garments from the thrift store or yardage from a shop.  Some time ago I got these lovely wool fabrics at a local shop with the intention of using them in applique.  They have finished the aging process (you know, where things sit on a shelf for at least a year before being used!) and I was finally ready to prep them for a wool project for Autumn Jubilee.  If you ...

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Springtime Small Fan Crochet Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the Small Fans Shawl, a free chart available on Ravelry. This is the second time (at least) I've made this pattern. It's easy to memorize and a good travel project if you can sit quietly to count. Not so great if you're looking for mindless crochet because you do need to keep track of what you're doing.

This is the pre-blocked shawl. I wanted to capture the difference between before and after blocking. While is it perfectly acceptable not to block your work, it can change how the work looks. It depends on what ...

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September 27, 2018
hooking a leaf from Making A Lather

I have a leaf hooked in my Cleveland rug. I am guessing it symbolizes the botanical gardens. It's fun to revisit Cleveland and the biennial in memories as I hook this rug.

It has been awhile since I worked on the Christmas snowflake quilt. But I was able to sew another red one. I only need 3 more blocks to begin assembly.

Linda from Friday quilt group has finished a quilt of valor for the vet's home.

and another donation quilt for the police department. This one included donated fabric from the guild.
She collects the quilts from ...

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September 26, 2018
Knitting Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is an unnamed shawl. I had an idea of a design I wanted to try. I also had 200 grams of superwash worsted. I decided it was time to test my idea. I worked on this when I didn't have to think too much about the knitting. Stitched in garter stitch, with simple short-row shaping, and a size 8 needle, it was a quick knit.
Here is the shape of the shawl before blocking. A somewhat wing-like shape.
I expected it to grow, but not by as much as it did. Still, a very satisfying finish. I have ...

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September 20, 2018
Free Block of the Month 12—Thistle from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We have come to one year of our Flora and Fauna of Germany blocks. Originally, the plan was to stop at a year, but we are going to continue for a little while longer because the blocks are so much fun! 

This month's block is a bit prickly but beautiful in its own way and is actually a member of the sunflower family. In Celtic symbolism, the thistle represents bravery, devotion, and determination; however, in Victorian times, the thistle was a sign of meddling or intrusion. 

In Scotland, there is a legend that Viking invaders came to the Scottish ...

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cleveland rug from Making A Lather

Just above Mr Dinosaur is an orbity thing. I had a list at one time of what was on the rug, but I am not sure what this stands for in Cleveland. There is a round thing at the museum of natural history, and it is near the dinosaur on the rug, so maybe that is it. I just used leftovers that I had.

 Let's say that is it.

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September 16, 2018
Evening Stitching from Val's Quilting Studio

With Fall knocking at the door, it was so nice to end my busy week stitching at the kitchen table. The  windows were open and with a glass of "cheer" nearbyI finished my wool birdies and started to trace templates for the flowers that will all be added to my Sunnyside of the Street quilt.

Here's a peek at the birdies finished and blocks awaiting to be stitched together:
A happy weekend of stitching for sure. This week's plan: Once I get these blocks sewn together and it's flowers pinned and prepped for my evening hand ...

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September 13, 2018
rug hooking dino from Making A Lather

Mr dinosaur is finished for my cleveland rug. There are not any real dinosaurs in Cleveland - I checked- but it represents the natural science museum.  Oh, and I included a nifty seagull or two as well. This was a leftover piece of hand dyed wool that I had done for another project.

 and we beat the critters to the grapes for the first year in a long while.

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September 6, 2018
I See Appliqué from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

I (Kara) am not sure how it happened, but it's September, and I feel like I blinked and the summer was gone. It may have had something to do with the fact that we had a non-stop stream of people visiting us, and there are still people filling our guest rooms as I write! It is fun having visitors, as we get to take them to some wonderful places and see some amazing things. While our guests see beautiful vistas and history, I see appliqué. My phone is full of painted shutters, wooden carvings, and more—all of which ...

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September 5, 2018
Travel Knitting Holey Chevrons from Becca's Crazy Projects

I like to start a project at the beginning of any trip. This time I decided to make Stephen West's Holey Chevrons. I didn't want serious knitting and this qualifies. Simple garter stitch is perfect for travel knitting. No (or little) counting and you don't have to focus too much.
I grabbed two cakes of striping yarn I dyed in June. I just went with whatever color I wanted to use next.
I made good progress by the time we had boarded for the outbound flight. 
Once we reached our destination, I had make excellent progress. 
I ...

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August 20, 2018
New Ball Winder from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this plastic ball winder from Knit Picks (affiliate link) for a few years now. I wanted one (along with the beautiful swift from Knit Picks (affiliate link)) since I borrowed the tools from a friend to wind up some hanks of yarn. The plastic ball winder had started to give me some issues and I was frustrated by it more often than not.
It seems it had slipped some internal gear and wasn't winding correctly. Here is one of the resulting winding sessions. I even took it apart a time or two and just couldn't ...

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August 19, 2018
My Hand-stitching Tote Finish! from Val's Quilting Studio

Ta-Da! I finished the cover for my new little hand-stitching bag this morning:

It's a little Yazzii tote I got on clearance earlier this month. Closed, it measure 7x9.5x3 inches and will make the perfect keeper of all my hand-stitching supplies and travel projects. 
It has eight  zippered compartments that have see-through panels.
Here's a peek inside mine:
 Needles, pens, pencils, nail files, binding clips, mini rulers: 

Applique pins, seam ripper, scissors, and there's another pocket for my thread:

My travel pin cushion, thread catcher, and project are kept in the final pouches:

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August 13, 2018
Marled Dotted Rays Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this shawl for what seems like forever (it wasn't forever). On Sunday morning I made it to the bind-off. The pattern is Dotted Rays from Stephen West. I knit it using two strands of fingering held together (more info on the yarn at the bottom of the post). This meant it knit up pretty quickly on size 8 needles. I also blended the colors together like in the Marled Magic Shawl
During the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild meeting I continued working on the bind off. I was pretty pleased when I made it to ...

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August 12, 2018
A Little Creative Stitching... from Val's Quilting Studio

THANK YOU for your kind comments and support as I make this big transition in my teaching career. Your comments are a continuous reminder of how valuable our quilty friendships are. And not being one to be without a hand project, I had a "Squirrel moment" and I bought a Yazzi bag on clearance and started yet, a new project without finishing that which is already at hand. LOL!
I dug out this adorable Sue Spargo Needle Keeper kit I've had in my stash for years and am using it to create a cover for my new little supply ...

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fanfare . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

When I look back over the blog content for the last year and a half, it really makes me sad.  My little hiatus cost me the published 'memories' of what I'd done, both in and out of the quilty world.  Normally, I'd have shared the fan BOM that my guild was doing . . . the fan is our logo . . . a different fan block each month (for a total of nine), getting more technically difficult to piece as the year went along. It started easy, with this little fan . . .
And ended with a Cleopatra's Fan, that I opted out of ...

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August 5, 2018
stash report August 5, 2018 from Making A Lather

When whimsicals was a presenter for our quilt guild here, I bought a fat quarter bundle from her because, it was so cute. It was called persnickety. My favorite is the white cats on black.

My daughter is here and is helping send fabric to goodwill, so far we have sent 138 yards approximately.
And just for fun, My daughter in law sent this photo of my Grandson helping my son with the plumbing. Which I am sure I have a picture somewhere of my son helping his Dad just the same.

I have started cutting pieces for a wool ...

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July 30, 2018
Bubblegum Pink Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

During the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this year I picked up entirely too much yarn. I'm constantly looking for new projects to use some of that yarn. This project uses the two sock blanks you see above, from Flat Feet.
I grabbed two cakes of yarn, my crochet hook, and did a couple test pieces to decide which fabric I liked better. In the end, the one on the bottom won.
I used that sample to get started on a new shawl. I crocheted in the car.
I crocheted at breakfast.
I tested out edging and ripped it ...

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