Friday, January 19, 2018

Knitting sock toes and heels

I have discovered the Three-Needle Bind-Off. This was eminently helpful in my sock-toe knitting last week. (I'm just not very good at Kitchener and Grafting methods of closing up toes, and those always turn out weird for me.)


Turning the sock inside out for the event was odd, but I managed.

 

Next came "afterthought heels", which were new for me, but worked out just fine. Actually, it was just like knitting the toe.


So, my latest new socks are finished! Last I checked, I've knitted something like 9 other pairs of socks; so this makes at least number 10!


The pattern was Geek Socks from Knitty ... I love the variation from the usual "plain" stripes in my self-striping sock yarn. The yarn is Spring Stripe from Red Heart "Heart & Sole". 

Self-striping sock yarn is my FAVORITE, but one of these days, I'm going to try some traditional stripes.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

English Paper Piecing again

So, it's been fun getting back to my Vintage-Inspired English Paper Piecing.

I've got a bunch of basted diamonds ready to finish the current round of cream-and-white diamonds. I probably need one more round of cream-and-white, and then another multicolored row.

Here are some of the pieces I've recently basted.

ProsperityStuff Vintage-Inspired EPP - basted diamonds

More pictures soon - when I stitch some more diamonds to the quilt top!


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UFO Challenge report for the week

What I've been working on this week:

The temperature quilt has every day of 2017 represented by color.

ProsperityStuff Weather Quilt 2017
The side borders (little black squares) got added as each row was stitched. Now, it's got a border of black squares on the top and bottom, too. Here's the side ...

ProsperityStuff Temperature Quilt 2017

This weather quilt project was great for using a lot of scraps. But still, I was a little disappointed at how many precut pieces I had left over (not to mention scraps in general!) So, I planned a use for the precut pieces - and some additional scraps as well.

ProsperityStuff Temperature Quilt back prep

Triangle stripes!
I've been wanting to make a quilt of triangle stripes with neutral background triangles ... And I didn't have a quilt-back planned for the weather quilt yet. So, this is going to be the (elaborate) quilt back!

ProsperityStuff Quilt back - Triangle Stripes

I stitched weather-quilt leftover strips together, then cut triangles, and matching white triangles. 

ProsperityStuff Quilt Weather Quilt leftoversProsperityStuff Quilt Weather Quilt leftovers - aquaProsperityStuff Quilt Weather Quilt leftovers - orange

I even devised a plan for the additional scraps that were leftover from trimming the patchwork down to size. More on that another day.

So, this is progress on scrap-using, and progress on a project I hope to finish soon!

I'm linking this post to this week's UFO Challenge at Jo's Country Junction, and looking forward to seeing what progress others are making on quilt-y UFOs this week.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

UFO Report

I'm going to try to report weekly on my progress with UnFinished Objects (UFOs), and I'll be linking each post to the week's UFO Challenge at Jo's Country Junction.

Here's my update for this week:

The little crumb quilts are looking good ... Here's the front of one, and the back of another. More details in an earlier blog post.

ProsperityStuff Crumb Quilt front ProsperityStuff Patchwork Back for crumb quilt

Here's what my Vintage-Inspired EPP looks like right now:


It's hard to tell from this angle, but the two sides to the left of the picture each have two rows of diamonds; the two sides to the right of the picture each have only one row. 

So my first job is to add the 4 dozen diamonds to those edges on the right. 

Then, I'll be deciding what happens to the border from there ... solid fabric? colored diamonds? neutral diamonds? The quilt top is still small ... maybe 36" x 45"?, and I'd like it bigger, but not impossible to finish!

I basted a few neutral diamonds this week, to add to the ones I already had ...

 

And I decided that there should probably be another row of neutral diamonds, and there should definitely be another row of colorful diamonds in the border, so I cut some diamond papers ...


I also cut some fabric ...


And, I took inventory of the already-basted colorful ones I have ...


That's my progress for the week; I'm off to read Jo's blog post and link party to see who else is making progress on quilt-y UFOs this week!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Little Crumb Quilts

I have two little crumb quilts about halfway done ... Lots of fabric crumbs give these a fun look!

ProsperityStuff Crumb Quilt Strips - scraps stitched to adding machine paper

Last week, I mentioned some background work on these ...

ProsperityStuff Crumb Quilt preparation

Here's the front of one; the other front is in the works.

ProsperityStuff Crumb Quilt Top colorful stripes

Since I didn't have yardage in the right colors for backing, I found some fun fabrics -- already cut -- in my fabric collection. So I'm putting together some pieced backings. 

These triangles were cut ages ago, and they've just been waiting for the right project. I love how the colors work together, and they're going to make a cute quilt back!

ProsperityStuff Triangles for a quilt back

This patchwork quilt back will be almost as fun as the quilt front! These  4½" squares were cut quite a while ago. Some of the squares were cut from sheets -- the adorable cars and trucks were a Pottery Barn sheet! Other stripes, prints, and solids were cut from shirts. I love the organized variety!

ProsperityStuff Squares for a quilt back

As always, a lot happens in bits and pieces, sometimes in short spurts -- it's good to see progress!
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