31 January 2019

January 2019

Well, Happy New Year!

It was a quiet one here at Casa Del Quilter. Both hubby and I were ill and we hid inside, out of the cold.

Work will soon commence on the hoarder house again. We filled the second 30-yard dumpster at the beginning of December. How can one person have so much junk? The majority of it was broken and useless.

Over the holiday break, as I was convalescing, I decided to pin baste some of my quilt tops in preparation to quilting them. Imagine my surprise when I realized that I had ten tops! One king, one queen and the rest were twin. I got the king and the queen basted and 4 of the twins until I ran out of safety pins. The other 4 will have to wait until I quilt some of these.

31 December 2018

December 2018

Well, let's say that December hasn't been the best. It started out all right but then degenerated into a month of sickness. I went to the Project Linus meeting on December 8 and had to leave early because I just didn't feel well. Hubby and I had to cancel Christmas with the family because by then we were both ill. Some kind of upper respiratory infection. We are both on the path to recovery now so maybe this is my one sickness for the year.

I have been knitting socks. I know: surprise! I swore I was done with knitting socks, but you see I have been knitting 8" squares with leftover sock yarn. Each square represents a pair of socks that I have knitted. I laid out the squares out and realized that I needed nine more squares to make the blanket queen sized. And so, here are the socks.

The squares have been made and the black borders added. Now they are waiting to be put on the design wall for layout. I think once I get a good layout, I'll take a photo so if they somehow get rearranged in the removal process I can go back to the photo. It will take a while to stitch the squares together.

One nice thing, though, is that all the socks you see have been sold. After all, how many pair of wool socks does one person need?

And so I wish you all a happy new year. I'm hoping for a healthy one.

05 December 2018

November 2018

I have been sewing a little bit. I've been making quilt tops. That makes me a topper. How many do I have stacked up in that photo? Six, all ready to sandwich. The tops and the backings are there along with the batting and binding for each quilt. There is another one out of sight that is already sandwiched and waiting for quilting.

I was searching for something in the house the other day and stumbled upon these five small afghans. Two are knitted and three are crocheted and all are infant sized. I added a Project Linus label to each and now they are ready to donate.

Hubby and I filled one of the biggest dumpsters that can be rented, a 30-yard dumpster, in 5 days. We have another on order. It is expensive to rent these so I hope we won't need more than two.

31 October 2018

October 2018

Today is Halloween. Boo to you. This is one of the nine embroidered blocks I did for a Halloween quilt several years ago. I loved playing with the colors.

This month has been very stressful. An in-law died with no will and was a hoarder. All the siblings live distances away except for Hubby and me. So it is falling to the two of us to clean this horrible, smelly place out. We are trying to sell as much as we can so we can pay the utilities, dumpster fees, and taxes. If we can keep the lights on until probate is settled then we can sell the place and be rid of it.

I am having to suit up in one of those Tyvek hazmat-type suits to work in this house. I wear rubber gloves and a respirator. I tried a dust mask the first day and that did not work well at all so I bought a respirator with charcoal filters. Relief.

I don't wish this type of job on anyone, but you do what is necessary. The neighbors are appreciative.

30 September 2018

A Counted Cross Stitch Wall-hanging

My sister-in-law asked me if I could make some counted cross-stitch blocks into a wall hanging for her. After measuring them to find the largest one, I backed them with fusible interfacing (like what you use in a t shirt quilt), drew a square around each one to the measurements of the largest one and then I carefully cut and serged the blocks. A 2.5" sashing and border was added and then the fun of the quilting began. I used Warm and Natural batting and with the backing and the (old, linty) aida cloth the lint accumulation in my machine was horrendous! After I was done, my HQSS machine had a spa day at my local retailer.

My SIL asked why I didn't enter it into the local county fair. I said that she did the work, I quilted it so it is technically her's. I told her to enter it into her county fair. She did and it won a blue ribbone. How 'bout that!

31 July 2018

July 2018

One would think that it is too hot to knit or quilt, but I have a finished object in both categories.

My grandson is three months old and I finally got his quilt finished. I had a bit of fun with this quilt. The pattern had the bubbles as applique, but I have always wanted to try piecing circles so I did! It is easy peasy lemony squeezy. I also played a bit with the quilting. I quilted bubbles in the bubbles, sand at the bottom of the quilt hides a starfish and a snail. There is also a bit of kelp.

 My best friend knitted the little boy Knubbelchen but couldn't finish the girl because of a pinched nerve. Since these were for my grandson, I finished the knitting. Aren't they adorable? This is a Ravelry patter, BTW.

04 June 2018

Blogger and Email

Hi all! I'm not ignoring you on purpose. It seems that Blogger isn't forwarding comments to email. :(
Let's hope they fix it soon.