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A Great Week For Quilts And Socks!

This was a better week for our family for sure! Amanda is all better and back to school and Leah is feeling a bit better too. It was a little hard to get back into the groove of normal life but it felt good once we were doing it!

Tuesday was the first day everyone was pretty much out of the house and so I decided to go to Joann’s and buy some yarn. Retail therapy was much needed. The night before I pulled out a book on crocheting socks and I got discouraged very quickly.

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I consider myself a beginner when it comes to crochet and everything in the book felt overwhelming. Then I remembered that a few years ago I bought a sock loom. I loved knitting the scarves on a loom at Christmas time so I thought I’d pull this back out.

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I found pretty sock yarn at Joann’s and yarn for another scarf on the bigger loom.

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I started the socks this week and it take some time but I am enjoying the process! It’s relaxing for me and I’ve been watching either The Quilt Show while I knit or shows on Netflix. I love that the yarn is self striping. This is Deborah Norville sock yarn in the super fine weight.

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By Wednesday, I was itching to get on the long arm! I’ve had Nancy’s beautiful star quilt loaded on there since last weekend and I couldn’t wait to begin the quilting. Nancy requested a large stipple as she’s wanting it to have a nice texture without being too dense. I finished it this morning and then delivered it to her door!

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Look how beautiful the backing fabric is that she chose…

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Once I get past the initial ‘heart attack’ of quilting someone else’s creation, I truly enjoy the rhythm of the work. It has a zen like nature to it. I’m eager to use the pantographs I received last week, so I pulled out the Seaglass quilt and I have that ready to load on the frame next.

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I chose the Swirling Feathers pantograph and I have a beautiful blue variegated thread for it.

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Last week when I went to my doctor’s appointment, the doctor pointed out that my spine is starting to get a slight curve to it. EEEEEKS. I said I believed that to be from years of poor posture but she thought it to be an occupational issue where years of bending over sewing machines, ironing boards, and cutting tables might be more to blame. So….being sufficiently freaked out, I ordered the Body Rite counter weight to use while sewing and long arming. I think this is the same one that Leah Day uses.  I’ve used it a few times this week and it has been nice. It won’t cure anything on its own but it does pull the shoulders back while you work so your back stays straighter. I’ve noticed I’m much more aware of my posture when I’m not wearing it than I was before. Nancy’s Notions sells this but I did find it a little cheaper on Amazon.

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I’m looking forward to the weekend! What are you all working on?

Sandi

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Fresh Start Monday

Fresh Start Monday

Happy Monday to everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and you are ready to start the week off with some great projects and a recipe. Fresh Start Monday will be a new blog series that will bring you interesting articles, products, and recipes to start your week off right. The information here will be curated by me as I go through my week and find items I feel you might be interested in reading and seeing. Not every item will pertain to quilting but many will as I know we all enjoy that!

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All People Quilt has a free pattern for this adorable quilted camera case that would make a great Christmas gift! You do have to register with All People Quilt but it’s free and easy.

Top Crochet Patterns has an interesting article called ‘How Knitting Helped During The First World War’. It’s an interview with author Barbara Smith.

Accuquilt has new die sets that allow you to mix and match the dies to make more than 72 quilt blocks. The possibilities are endless as you can come up with your own designs as well as the ones provided. The Go!Qube comes in 6″, 8″, 9″ or 12″ sizes. I ordered the 8″ one for Christmas!

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Karen Ehman had this super easy recipe on her blog for Cookie Crack. I haven’t tried it yet but I will be soon.

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And HandiQuilter has a new long arm machine that comes on a smaller frame for folks who have limited space. It’s called the Simply Sixteen and will set you back $5,995. Maybe if you’re really good, Santa will bring you one!

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Friday is my day on the blog tour for QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks! You can enter that day for a chance to win a copy of Volume 12.

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Have a super day!

ps. Don’t forget to check out my Craftsy Store for fun and easy patterns like this one…

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