Friday, November 08, 2013

Snow and Snowflakes!

Winter has arrived with a couple dumps of snow in the past week...
Fresh snow is always so pretty, until you have to shovel it!
But, it did put me in the mood to get some bee blocks done.
First up are November's blocks for our
Marika asked us to do Plus blocks using low volume background and bright colours for the Plus.
We used this tutorial.
I love doing these blocks, and I think I'll be doing one for myself in the new year!

Next up was blocks for
I'm in the Carmine group, and for November Carla asked for the Circle of Squares block.
Another fun and quick block to do, and because I am doing an extra angel block, I was happy with how quickly they were made.

Which brings me to December's blocks for Sheila!
She has asked for the Snowflake block.
Such a gorgeous block, but not an easy one for me to do!
Again, I am doing an extra angel block, so it was on my mind when it came to piecing this one!
We used this tutorial.
For the first block, I used the tutorial, but I sure had difficulty with it.
I'm not sure why my brain didn't want to line things up!
So, for the second block, I thought I would try paper piecing it!
I just drew it out on paper using the 60 degree on my ruler.
Really, it didn't turn out any better, and, in fact, took way longer to do!
If I hadn't already cut the fabric for it, I would have abandoned it and gone back to the tutorial!
They didn't even finish the same size!
Anyway, they are DONE! 
Sheila will have to do some creative sashing!
Sorry Sheila!
I also finished up some socks this week!
These are Merino wool and cashmere!
So soft and yummy!
I used my favourite pattern from Wendy Johnson's book,
Socks From The Toe Up
I also used the two at a time method on my favourite 2mm, 100cm Addi circular needle.
Because I have a terrible memory, in spite of what Lumosity tells me :-) , I also keep a journal of the patterns I use, the yarn and etc.
Finally, I purchased a clamshell template for EPP. I really like watching Sue Daley's YouTube Videos on her EPP methods.
However, Kissa seems intent of giving me her own lessons on piecing those clamshells!
Not sure what I'll make with the finished product; probably another pouch!
Now I can curl up with a book this week-end......
or maybe start something new???


15 comments:

Jeannie said...

Your snow is beautiful as is your socks!! They go hand in hand :)
Your blocks are wonderful and you can't get better than cat approved!

CitricSugar said...

Sheila's block - yep. I think she's going to have to frame them out to a consistent size... I did eventually figure out the secret to lining them up but it's still a little hit or miss. It was fun to do though!

Love love love your socks! I might have to try that book. I did get the Joy of Sox though... lol

Cheryl said...

Wow, your blocks are just beautiful!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Lovely stuff, really love the plus blocks

Cille said...

Great blocks - the star looks VERY difficult. Well done for making not just bone but two of them.

Heather D. said...

I've seen some pics from my aunt in S'toon of the snow. It sure is pretty but I'm remember your last winter when it began to feel like it would never end...let's hope it's not a repeat performance this year!

Your blocks are all beautiful. Wow, that snowflake one looks complex. Glad for you that they're done!

Karen said...

That snow looks so cold. And, yes, it is pretty!
Very interesting to look at all those Bee blocks.
And the socks look lovely - and warm, too!

Celtic Thistle said...

Love the + blocks, a quilt of them would be gorgeous.

Would love to try a clamshell quilt so will be watching your progress on them, once you retrieve them from the cat!

Judy said...

I always love to see the snow! What wonderful socks, I have that book and have really enjoyed knitting the socks from it. What yarn did you use?

Janine said...

Those are all great blocks, although those snowflakes look off-puttingly tricky! And I like your socks :)

Audrey said...

It is Blogathon Canada this week and it brought me here. What an enjoyable visit. I love the snowflake blocks but can see where they would be challenging. The resulting quilt is going to be stunning. Happy stitching.

Heather said...

I was trying to decide which of your blocks I like best, but couldn't. They are each so appealing. Thanks for sharing them.

Jo said...

All your blocks look great, particularly the snowflake block! And your socks look so yummy!

Debra Kay Neiman said...

New quilter from Oklahoma, USA. Glad to meet our Canadian Quilting Neighbors. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Carla said...

Your blocks are all lovely. I haven't done this months block. It scares me! The socks are so beautiful

15 comments:

Jeannie said...

Your snow is beautiful as is your socks!! They go hand in hand :)
Your blocks are wonderful and you can't get better than cat approved!

CitricSugar said...

Sheila's block - yep. I think she's going to have to frame them out to a consistent size... I did eventually figure out the secret to lining them up but it's still a little hit or miss. It was fun to do though!

Love love love your socks! I might have to try that book. I did get the Joy of Sox though... lol

Cheryl said...

Wow, your blocks are just beautiful!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Lovely stuff, really love the plus blocks

Cille said...

Great blocks - the star looks VERY difficult. Well done for making not just bone but two of them.

Heather D. said...

I've seen some pics from my aunt in S'toon of the snow. It sure is pretty but I'm remember your last winter when it began to feel like it would never end...let's hope it's not a repeat performance this year!

Your blocks are all beautiful. Wow, that snowflake one looks complex. Glad for you that they're done!

Karen said...

That snow looks so cold. And, yes, it is pretty!
Very interesting to look at all those Bee blocks.
And the socks look lovely - and warm, too!

Celtic Thistle said...

Love the + blocks, a quilt of them would be gorgeous.

Would love to try a clamshell quilt so will be watching your progress on them, once you retrieve them from the cat!

Judy said...

I always love to see the snow! What wonderful socks, I have that book and have really enjoyed knitting the socks from it. What yarn did you use?

Janine said...

Those are all great blocks, although those snowflakes look off-puttingly tricky! And I like your socks :)

Audrey said...

It is Blogathon Canada this week and it brought me here. What an enjoyable visit. I love the snowflake blocks but can see where they would be challenging. The resulting quilt is going to be stunning. Happy stitching.

Heather said...

I was trying to decide which of your blocks I like best, but couldn't. They are each so appealing. Thanks for sharing them.

Jo said...

All your blocks look great, particularly the snowflake block! And your socks look so yummy!

Debra Kay Neiman said...

New quilter from Oklahoma, USA. Glad to meet our Canadian Quilting Neighbors. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Carla said...

Your blocks are all lovely. I haven't done this months block. It scares me! The socks are so beautiful