Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Row 9, Latte Foam

My Doileys had a discussion and the White one did not want to be completed before the Latte Foam.  White #20 thread gave permission for me to complete Latte Foam #40 thread row 9.  I thanked them very much and have worked diligently since I was last here, about 3-4 hours a day.  This was usually evening work, unless it was raining. (Good thing my sewing machine went for a spa treatment.)

Last night at 10pm I was finished with row 9!  I am so glad this row is done.

Row 9, once it moved into my finger memory, was easy to do and, in a way, fun.  The row, to me, just took forever.  Now onward!  The rest of this will seem like a piece of cake, greased lightning, smooth sailing, a summer breeze...... 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Row 10

I was thinking of calling this entry Greased Lightning.  That is what I felt like when tatting row 10.  It moved along so quickly that I was surprised when I was done.  Here is the doiley in size #10.  Now on to row 11.

I have been able to tat both doileys on the same evening.  I have tried to give them almost equal tatting time (I don't want one to think that it is neglected).   

You can see that row 9 is a MUCH slower tat.  I am glad that I did the #10 thread doiley before the #20 thread doiley.  The repeat pattern is better set in my mind and fingers.

Enjoy your day.  We actually had sunshine today, no rain or clouds.
Correction:  One doiley is in #20 thread, white and the other doiley is in #40, Latte Foam (I think it is called).

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Happy Dance!

Ta Da!  Woot Woot!


Totally said in happiness! 
One row 9 down, now onward.  Will begin Row 9 with the #40, but, will also begin row 10 with the #20.  (I need moments of less concentration, I think.  Shall see if doing two different row patterns confuses me.)
Have a great day.  This one has started wonderfully!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Finished Sandwich

One quilt finished!  This is the quilt that Kathy (my quilting cousin) and I made for our Aunt.  Our mothers were sisters.  My mother was sister #1, Kathy's mother was sister #4.  The sister  remaining is Aunt Mary Ann, the youngest, sister #5.  We decided a few weeks ago to make her a lap size quilt for Mother's Day.  This is the fastest that I have ever completed a quilt. 
Kathy designed the quilt with using a Churn Dash blockWe decided on material that reminded us of our Aunt.  We divided the material and each made half of the churn dash blocks.  (This part we worked separately.)  We then gathered to cut the joining squares and sewed them together in rows with the blocks.  Then Kathy put on the two borders.

Together we made it a sandwich.  Then I quilted in the ditch around the churn block squares.  Kathy then made the wreaths in the empty squares.  We both hand sewed the binding.  I then put the hearts in the four corners and cleaned up the loose threads.

This quilt has traveled between two cousins while being made.  It is now on its way to our Aunt in Georgia.  XXOOXX  Aunt Mary Ann!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Row 9: snip, snip, snip

Row 9 at the end.  It doesn't work!?
What did I do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Only 9 repeats from the end, sigh.  Mutter, mutter, mutter.

Snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip
Mutter, mutter, mutter
Now to fix it and onward, sigh. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Row 9

Row 9 has me tatting slowly.  To begin, I didn't like the number of ds in the floating rings.  I thought that it made the ring to big and open.  I like it better a little less open.  I reduced the first ds number to 8, then did 6 ds after the join to the other ring.  It took me four starts before I liked what I was doing. 
Then I joined in the wrong picot and made this mistake.  This is just one of many mistakes I have made on this row.  Last night I was watching Call the Midwife and had to un-tat the same section of ring and chain THREE times before I did it correctly.  (I need to pay attention.) 
I was able to correct it and move on but I am still not tatting quickly.  For some reason (not paying attention), I keep forgetting where I am and muck up with the order of the pattern.  LOTS of un-tatting with this row. 
I am now halfway through row 9 on my #20 thread doiley, then I will begin the #40.  May I get this set in my fingers and mind so I don't do so much untatting with the smaller thread.  Row 10 is out and Row 11 comes out this week.  How long will it take me to catch up?
The weather is wonderful today.  Spent time outside waking up my raised garden beds.  We had to replace one that has worn out after 10 years.  Planted pansies and Johnny Jump-ups, some of my favorite spring flowers. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sandwich and the Run Away Doileys

Last Monday I went South County to see my cousin Kathy, 45 minutes away.  She and I have decided to make a quilt for someone.  We are making it with a four week deadline. 
I hadn't seen her for about two weeks so I brought down some of what I have been working on.  (We like show and tell.)  I brought down my two Spring 2017 Doileys by Renulek (among other things).  I had the White one with #20 row 8 finished and was 2/3s the way around row 8 with the Latte Foam #40.  After show and tell, we went to the planning of the quilt.  
The pattern layout idea was already done, the material had arrived and was prepped.  Now we discussed the making of the blocks and dividing of the material and tasks.  My tatting was getting buried under material.  When I arrived home I realized I didn't have it.  I called Kathy and yes, it had been buried.  What is a woman to do? 
A Farmer's Wife Quilt Sandwich that is.

 My Most Handsome helped me to empty the dining room of almost everything.  Then he left for the gym (smart man).  I laid down the batting and painter taped it to the floor, then the batting and then the quilt.  Made sure that it was as smooth as I could get it.  Then carefully, beginning in the middle, pinned it.  Now I have a FWQ Sandwich.  I have an idea on how I will quilt it and what thread color I will use.  Just need to agree with my mind.
Kathy came up on Thursday and my tatting came home.  Both doileys are now finished and today I begin row 9.  That looks as if it will be a slow row.  The #20 is 11.5 inches and the #40 is 10 inches across.
The quilt Kathy and I are working on is doing well.  We put the blocks together Thursday and she put the borders on to make it a flimsy.  We will sandwich it tomorrow.  Then, after we decide on how the quilting will be, I will be machine quilting it.  Pictures will come.