Monday, August 9, 2021

Design Wall Monday - August 9, 2021

Good Morning Quilters! This past week was small progress on several fronts, so I thought I’d post today an inventory of where I am on the current UFOs.

When our daughter came to visit, she brought a baby blanket project to finish while here, and donate to a charity.  We discovered it needed tweaking.  She followed the pattern on how many chain stitches to start with, and it made the blanket 36” long.  When it was time for her to go home, the project measured 20” x 36”.  I said I would add some lavender to each side, and I’ve done that, and it now measures 24”x 36”.  I plan to add more creamy white to each side to make it finish at 30” x 36”.

When we took her to the airport, we also stopped at the Grand Rapids house, and I got two skeins of white from my yarn stash there.  Yes, there is a yarn stash.  I was thinking “white” and not that there are many shades of white.  Well, back at the cabin, I saw that our project had a creamy more yellow kind of white, and the white I brought from home wasn’t the same.  So I bought a skein of  creamy white that will work to finish our project up.  Progress picture:

Then, I reasoned in my little mind, I have two skeins of white here, I could make a white baby blanket for a future great-grand baby, and have it ready for when that time comes.  I wanted to test the pattern we had with the crochet hook I had, to get a lesser measurement than 36” on the start, and note it on the pattern.   The pattern says it should finish 25” x 25”.  I know I could crochet a swatch to check the gauge, but this guessing is more fun.   I worked up the first skein and was about a third into the second skein when I took the white blanket in the car with me to work on while riding.  In the bright sunlight in the car, I discovered the two white skeins were different whites!  Enough to bother me forever, so I ripped out what I had done with the second skein.

Now I will search my stash to see if I have enough of the first white to use to complete the blanket.   It is about 30” long and I hope to make it square. Progress pictures:

One was ‘white’ and the other one ‘soft white’.  I hadn’t even noticed that.
(Just because it doesn’t have a dye lot, doesn’t mean I can’t muck it up.  haha). I just had a thought - what do you want to bet that I have more of the ‘white’ but none of the ‘soft white’ that I’ve already started with?

Embroidery projects that are here to work on this week:

Redwork quilt borders, working on 4th one:

May Day basket quilt, working on basket #27 of 30 baskets:

Cheddar quilt embroidered baskets, working on #5 of 13 baskets:

Squirrel kitchen towels, working on last one:

I should have lots of time to look at your blog posts this week, as our guests coming tonight are three Virginia golfing buddies of hubby, and they require very little of me as hostess.  They are here to golf, golf, golf, all day for three days.  I plan to match them with embroidery, embroidery, embroidery.  

What do you have planned for this week, and what is on your design wall? Remember, it’s not necessarily a design wall, physically, but just what you are working on right now.  Thanks for your participation!  Just click below to join the linky party, and remember to mention Design Wall Mondays somewhere within your post, and also provide a link back to my post.

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Gretchen Weaver said...

Have a great week of embroidery, sounds like a good way to spend this hot humid week of August. Happy stitching!

Kat Scribner said...

3 days of golfing is like a quilting retreat for you. Oh happy day!

Vicki in MN said...

Yes I have noticed in my yarn supply that not all whites are created equal! How clever to surround your embroidered basket with pieced minis, it is going to be darling!

LA Paylor said...

crocheting is so calming to me

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

It sounds like your crocheting has been quite an adventure in finding the perfect white yarn . Lol . I am in love with all of your embroidery projects. That little squirrel is too cute. Have a great week and embroider , embroider , embroider. Lol.

Kate said...

You've been busy with lots of fun projects. Love the purples in that baby blanket. Hope you've been able to get in lots of stitching time while the guys golf.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Judy, isn't it frustrating, all of those different whites? I hope you find some in your stash. I love company like that - no need to entertain and you get to do your own thing. Enjoy your embroidery week! Take care.