Sunday, February 18, 2024

Week 7 of 2024

I sewed another pair of pants this week.
 It is the second pair of black pants (both from stretch denim), but this pair is out of better fabric (the other pair has white lines over them). Still $1 a pound fabric. Lutterloh pattern.
Usually socks end up so worn out that I don't mend them, but this fairly new pair always had a bit of a thin spot on one heel (handspun yarn isn't perfect), so I mended a pair of socks for the first time this week (luckily my Mom had given me her darning mushroom and it worked great).
I recovered a couple cushions for a friend of my Mom's.
Some of the ladies at my quilt/crafty group had given me scraps of flannel, and I sewed more little blankets for a local hospital (the ends just need to be woven in).
We had a bit of cold snap this week for the temperature blanket.

Photos from Around-

The hydroponic tomatoes are really starting to come in.
Best friends watching for my son to come home.
Molly trying to share her ball with Maggie - I am sure she wonders why she doesn't play.
Molly has become really concerned about the cat recently - here she is watching Maggie intently.

All the best!♥︎

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Week 6 of 2024

This week I finished up a quilt -
This was a stash buster quilt that I cut almost a year ago, and was my grab-and-go project to sew at quilt group. Made from batik fabric, it is 90" square. The fabric was all cut with the GO! cutter using two sizes of drunkard's path dies, along with some 4" square. There was no planning to the piecing and I am really happy with how it turned out.
The batting is Hobb's Tuscany 80% cotton and 20% wool. Quilted on my domestic sewing machine in an all over meander (my favourite to sew - so I now piece quilts that suit that design), using Connecting Threads Essential Pro thread top and bobbin.
It is now on my son's bed.
While I was trying to hand stitch the binding Miss Maggie felt that it was her bed, so I made her a new quilt too.
A friend gave me some fabric with black cats on it, so I made a black and white to match Maggie.
The pattern is 'Nine Patch Nostalgia' from the book 'Fat Quarter Quilting' by Lori Smith. The quilt is 16"x20", with wool batting.
A new quilt for her little basket.
Another week on the temperature blanket. Today I have to add a special stripe for our 35th wedding anniversary.

Photos from Around-
Miss Molly - she hasn't been feeling well and is hopefully on the mend.
Miss Maggie, the big hunter, stalking partridges (spoiler alert - birds can fly, and all got away safely).
Sunrise this morning - last week most of the snow melted, but the past couple of days brought a bit more snow.

All the best!♥︎

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Week 5 of 2024

This week I finished knitting a cowl. I used just about every bit of handspun yarn (I did have to 'tink' back quite a bit to make the cowl narrower, because I was going to run out of yarn, but the size is still good). The little ball is all I had left.
After blocking I sewed up the back.
This is a polwarth wool that I dyed and spun.
Another week added to the temperature blanket. The kit came with a silk yarn for special days, and this past week was my Dad's 89th birthday, so I added that.

Photos from Around

The skating rink is melting now with all the warm temperatures (hockey sticks and bucket of pucks waiting for colder weather which is sure to come back).

This week we had some lovely visitors - a family of fluffy dogs!
Our pets weren't as excited as we were (Molly was inside barking like crazy).
A mom and her three puppies. After a few phone calls and introducing myself to some neighbours we found out that they had escaped from a neighbour.
We walked them home a mile away (they did all start to run back to our place half way there, but our son came to the rescue with some treats).

All the best!♥︎

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Week 4 of 2024

This past week I sewed another black skirt. This one a winter one in a thick knit (I think a ponte or a scuba - another one that was $1 a pound). It is from a Lutterloh dress pattern that I modified to make a skirt.

 I put another set of tea towels on the loom. A huck lace pattern in 2/8 cotton, woven with two shuttles.

Temperatures are warming up (around freezing) for the temperature blanket. There will be some more new colours this next week with even warmer temperatures in the forecast.

Photos from Around - 

The sourdough journey continues, and the look of the bread is getting better (it always tastes good). I have figured out the proportions of flour (100% freshly milled), liquid (whey from homemade yogourt), starter and salt that work for me, so now I am trying different types of wheat berries, and different techniques. The Emile Henry loaf pans seem the best for me too - they have lids and go into a cold oven straight from the fridge.
We had the first hydroponic tomato of the year this week -it was delicious and there are more on the way.
Don't mess with Miss Maggie.
The pond outside our yard.
The days are getting longer (we always walk Molly at the same time and now there are beautiful sunrises)
The warmer temperatures are perfect for skating.

All the best!♥︎

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Week 3 of 2024

This past week I cut 1600, 3+1/2" squares of fabric (each stack is 100 squares).
To make a queen sized, scrappy, Broken Dishes quilt.
This will be my new grab-and-go project, that fits in a tin (my favourite kind of quilt to sew).
There is enough squares to make 400, 5" blocks. The finished quilt will be 100" square with a 20x20 block layout.
I am almost finished my other grab-and-go project, a Drunkard's Path quilt that I cut out last year, so it was time to get a new one ready.

I sewed another skirt this week. This is my second one in this pattern (I made one for my Mom too), and this one fits just right (the other one is too big at the waist, this one has bigger darts in the back - I am slowing learning how to adjust patterns to fit me). It is a Lutterloh pattern, #16 from supplement Summer 325. I modified it by changing the pockets, and moving the front slit to a kick pleat in the back. It is in a stretch fabric, that cost a few dollars (it was part of a sale purchase - "fill a large box with fabric pieces for $25", I think it ended up being less than a dollar a pound - how the store sells a lot of their fabric).

The colours on the temperature blanket are staying about the same.

Photos from Around- 

Morning walk (the weather was very cold, so we didn't go far).
Winter prairie scene - sun dogs, blowing snow and a grain elevator in the distance.
Jack Rabbits have found the bird feeders.
Molly seemed disappointed when I gave her a piece of orange (she does enjoy them though)
Downtown Winnipeg.
Maggie was pretty excited to see something moving outside - it was just a leaf blowing across the snow, but she was sure it was a mouse.
The hydroponics are doing well - peppers,
and the first tomato is almost ready.

All the best!♥︎

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