Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Crochet Wednesday

Added some more rows to my blanket that is in progress...I am really liking this pattern by Lucy over on Attic24...you should go visit her blog if you like crochet...full of inspiration over there...I will be doing a post on the yarn I am using really soon so stay tuned for that...until next time keep those hooks busy.
Wendy

Monday, March 24, 2014

McTavishing Week 4

This week I have been working on this quilt using the McTavishing design...it has been a tiring week, but I have been able to stitch some on this quilt....I am making headway...I try and quilt at least 15 to 30 minutes a day or more if I have the time...I have used tons of thread and had many bobbin changes....I have 2 1/2 sections left to complete and then this quilt will be finished...it is for Jazmine to lug around outside when she is playing or on a picnic...she loves bears so I am using the care bare fabric that I had on hand...I have loads of this stuff and it feels good to use some of it up...
I am linking up over here with Amy who is running this challenge for the month of March...my stitching of this particular motif has greatly improved since the start of the challenge...I have also learned to back track pretty good...still need to improve in that area though...linking up here:
until next time keep those needles stitching,
Wendy

Saturday, March 22, 2014

FNSI....The Results....

 This is what I worked on during the FNSI this past Friday night....I created my own stitching pattern and then started the stitching...only a sneak peek as this is for a swap....when it arrives to its new home I will do a post about it...all in all a great time....
Wendy

Friday, March 21, 2014

More Practice....

squares....one McTavishing and one with paisley style....I like how both of these turned out and they are now bound and ready to use as little mug rugs...these squares measure 8" square and make a pretty good size for a mug rug...you could also use them in the kitchen to set hot dishes on if you wanted to...now on to another project with McTavishing for the week...remember to keep those needles stitching...
Wendy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Little Crochet....

 is good for the soul along with some awesome green tea...I have been working on more crochet this past week as it seems to be so soothing for me...and it won't be long before it is too hot to handle large projects of yarn...I am steadily working on my white rose blanket and hope to have it finished soon and will show the progress for that later...
however, today I wanted to show a new project I am working on....this is my raindrop blanket using Lucy's of Attic24's newest tutorial...she made a wonderful pillow with this stitch and I decided I wanted to do a lapghan with this new yarn I am trying (more on that in another post soon)...the colors are a bit off as it has been grey and rainy here when I took these pics...they are really vibrant colors...I am liking how quickly this stitch is to work and am looking forward to this colorful blanket to work up...until next time keep those hooks flying...
Wendy

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Pillow...

from my practice piece for this week...I filled in a large circle with McTavishing and then used pebbles to fill in the outer corners and the small strip between the corners....sorry for the not so good pic...rainy and grey here all weekend and this morning as well...I will try and get a better pic when the rain ceases...after doing the quilting I thought a small pillow would be the way to finish this one up...I think it turned out well...the back has butterflies since my dd loves anything with butterflies....
I am linking up with Amy over here if you would like to go on over and check out what everyone else was up to this past week...
this has been a great challenge and I have seen major improvement in my stitching of this pattern...until next time keep those needles stitching...
Wendy

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Finish....


From a practice block...this little mug rug was made using the block I used as practice for this weeks McTavishing...I am loving how this design makes the quilting look so good...I plan to use this in a quilt I hope to start quilting this week...just need the thread to start...it is a Christmas quilt that has been languishing for some time now...hopefully I will get a start on that this week...I am linking up with Amy here as she has issued this months quilting challenge to be learning to mctavish or improving your mctavishing...for me it is a new learning curve....I have seen this design and have even watched videos for some time on this stitch and just have not put it to use...now is the time...
Now I have a sweet little mug rug and I am so pleased with how it turned out...since this challenge runs the whole month with the idea of learning and improving, I think my next project will be a table runner....small, yet big enough for lots of practice on this stitch...come back on next Monday to see how I have used this lovely filler stitch...
Wendy

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Nice Change....

I just wanted to take a moment and thank my youngest daughter for updating the look of my blog...I think she did an awesome job of it! Thank you Bliss for all your hard work to make the changes for me I so appreciate and love you for it! If you get a chance stop by her blog and say hello as she is new to blogging and has started a crochet blog...a recent pic of mom and Bliss together...another thing I wanted to share was that my mom and dad celebrated 60 years of marriage on March 1, 2014!!!!!! How awesome is that! What a great example for not only us but for future generations as well...congrats again mom and dad!
Wendy

Thursday, March 6, 2014

McTavishing Part 2...

Well it has been grey and rainy all day here today...I spent a little time finishing the piece I was working on yesterday...first I ran out of red thread and could not find any red in all of the thread that I have...
I did come across a brown that goes a bit with it so I used that instead...of course I had to change how I was going to finish this piece because of that...but I think it turned out ok in the end since it is just a practice piece...what do you think? I am calling this one finished since the red thread is out...
I am loving this filler stitch and cannot wait to use it on a quilt...will be making a few smaller items first just to improve my stitching...
Amy has issued a challenge for the month of March to learn or improve your McTavishing... you can go here to see what everyone else is doing with this lovely stitch or to join the challenge with us...it is always good to see what others are doing and know that you are not alone in your learning curve...challenges such as this gathers us in one place to encourage each other to continue on...
Wendy

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Practicing....

This was the first time since I was sick that I sat at the sewing machine...I practiced drawing first and then hit the machine...the drawing is better than the actual machine work this time...it is going to take some time to get this right...also my machine had stitch problems as well......
I have added more to this sample since this photo was made yesterday....I will do another post when I finish the project...
I am linking up with Amy here for this challenge...hope you will join us as we learn and improve this stitch throughout the month of March...until next time, 
Wendy

You can go to the next post up and see how this turned out...:)

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