Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Yarn: Brooks Farm Four Play
Needles: Size 7
Started: Sometime in 2011
My Ravelry Link: Christine's Outside the Box Clapotis
Well I finished Janelle's on time, but his languished for a year unfinished. In my current finishing frenzy I finally got around to finishing it this week. I figured since the next "special occasion" wasn't until his birthday in September I'd just give it to him now. He seemed to like it!
Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Gray and Black
Needles: Size 8
Started: Sometime in 2010
My Ravelry link: Mark's Striped Scarf
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Pattern: Jane Hat
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Charcoal Grey
Needles: Size 8 & 10
My Ravelry Link: Marley's Jane Hat
Monday, January 9, 2012
Pattern: Boystown Beanie
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Charcoal Grey
Needles: Size 9
My Ravelry Link: Boystown Beanie
Thursday, January 5, 2012
I’ve found I’ve slacked a bit with my knitting and crocheting projects, and quite frankly, it really bugs me. I like looking back and seeing everything I’ve made and who I made it for. And with a tool like Ravelry, there really is no excuse for how lazy I’ve become. I usually blame it on the fact that I really despise taking pictures of stuff (I never really learned how to do it well), but I can usually coerce my mom into taking pictures, so this really shouldn’t be an excuse. So I’ve decided that this year I will start being better about this. I know I’ll appreciate it down the road.
The other thing I’ve been struggling a little lately with is who I’m knitting for. Like many knitters, I’ve seen the allure of knitting for charity. We have a romanticized view of some poor child in Africa or homeless person downtown receiving a handknitted item and being overwhelmed with the fact that someone somewhere cared enough about them to knit it. Problem is, I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. I’m sure people appreciate things, but someone who is either not a handcrafter or closely connected to a handcrafter (and therefore stuck listening to why handcrafted items are so special all the time) will probably never appreciate a handknit the way I want them to. Some people are perfectly fine with this. They know the value of their work and that’s all that matters. Or, they figure I’m going to craft anyways, why not for a perfect stranger? But I will admit right now, I’m sort of selfish. I WANT MY HANDKNITS APPRECIATED. There, I said it. I like knowing people like what I make. And knitting for someone you love is part of the fun anyways.
That all being said (and 100 crocheted squares for Knit-A-Square in Africa later), I realized that I do love to knit for other people, it just has to be people I know for the most part. I love to follow Robyn of She Makes Hats (who is an incredible charity knitter), and she loves to set goals for herself (like 10,000 hats for charity, friends and family in her lifetime – WOW!). So I’ve decided to borrow her idea and start tracking what I’ve made for other people.
This was a pretty wordy way of saying I’m making more lists, huh?
I would like to keep track of project totals by year – although the early years are a bit fuzzy. They’re over there ----> in the sidebar, with links to Ravelry pages if I have them. Starting this year I’ll try to document them here as well.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
These are a pair of baby pants aka "watermelon pants" that I knit as a sample with my friend Rue's handpainted yarn. She is going to start selling the yarn and needed a sample of something other than socks. Her yarn is absolutely amazing - the colors are gorgeous and this yarn has a bit of tencel in it which gives it a beautiful sheen. She's going to sell the yarn as 2 half skeins, 1 of each color, tied together. So when I wound the ball the inside was pink and the outside was green. Most people would knit from both ends, striping the yarn, but all I got out of that was a tangled mess so I had to separate the 2 balls and then I flew through the knitting. The pattern is loosely based on Knitty's Cargo Pants, adjusted for the gauge of this yarn (7 stitches to the inch I think?) I hemmed the bottoms and the top to enclose a drawstring ribbon and I think they look very "tailored", as the cargo pattern claimed they would. If I was going to do them again (say, for a new little boy!) I would probably use a thicker yarn since there was a lot of knitting involved with the small gauge, but I think they came out perfect - even if my mother laughs every time she sees them!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
2. I realize that McDonald's is basically one of the only places where you expect to find somewhat obnoxious children, and can't really fault them or their parents for being there. I took advantage of this often when Marley was that age. I forget this sometimes though, when I'm looking for a quiet place to eat and read my book at lunch time.
3. It's a good think that they don't serve Shamrock shakes all year round, since I might end up as wide as I am tall.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
It was pretty nice to be able to bring over some of the packed boxes. Our kitchen and Toby's book room were basically all packed, but we were tripping over the boxes so it was great to get them out of the way. We made 3 trips with both of our trucks - they held a ton of boxes. Unpacking was pretty slow since most of the stuff in our pantry hasn't even been used in the past four years and was horribly dusty, so everything needs to go through the dishwasher over there. I hate this part of moving - trying to figure out where everything is going to go. Who am I kidding - I hate every part of moving! I just keep telling myself it will be worth it in the end.
All in all it was a pretty productive day, just very tiring (and I'm sure it was way worse for Toby and his dad since they're the ones who actually moved most of the boxes!) Unfortunately I think we have many more long, tiring days in our near future!!
PS - Want to know the really worst part of moving? Coming back and having to stay at the old house when all you want to do is stay at the new house!
PPS - After listening to my mom and I for a while, Marley decided she wanted a blog - how cute is that? Of course she thought she would need 2 - one to work on at Grandma's and one to work on at home. We convinced her to start with just one.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
1. I’m a complete and utter slob at home. I’m hoping owning our own home will change that.
2. I’m very organized at work. I’m the type of person who needs everything on her desk lined up (and I’ve been known to do it to other people’s desks as well).
3. I’m pretty compulsive about my checkbook and people who aren’t make me twitch.
4. I was told by a boss once that I pay attention to the details I think are important – not all of them. I think I fit this to a tee.
5. I have a degree in Chemistry that I’ve never used. I set my sweater on fire once in Chem lab and figured lab work probably wasn’t the best vocation for me.
6. I love crafts and making stuff – all kinds of stuff.
7. I don’t understand the point of nonproductive hobbies like video games and sports.
8. I like working for a construction company because I like to see the stuff we’ve “made” (even though it’s piping and I can’t really see it – I know it’s there).
9. I lived in the same house until I was 23. I’ve lived in 2 states and 7 apartments since then (I’m hoping buying a house changes this too!)
10. I’m scared of heights.
11. I’m also scared of open water since I saw a movie as a kid about a ship that sunk and the injured people were just set adrift for the sharks to get them. Freaked. Me. Out.
12. I’m a terrible speller and an even worse proof reader (this is not conducive to the job I have!)
13. I’m a pretty logical person and like logic-type problems (I even liked “word problems” as a kid!)
14. I’m married to and the daughter of 2 of the smartest men I know. This is at the same time very convenient and somewhat annoying.
15. I married my high school sweetheart (although we took a few years off in college before we got married).
16. I have an only child and am okay with this (although she and her father really are not).
17. I’m thinking about getting my nose pierced.
18. I like the idea of being near the ocean, but I’m not really a beach person. I’ve been to the beach a lot more since my daughter was born – she loves it.
19. I would love to live in Portsmouth, NH.
20. I don’t really like to watch documentaries or “learning” TV. I enjoy mindless entertainment much more.
21. I prefer action movies to “chick flicks”.
22. I’m pretty tall (5’ 10¼”) but people usually think I’m taller.
23. I’m horrible at keeping in touch with people and answering e-mails. If I owe you an e-mail, don’t take it personally.
24. I can be obsessive about collecting things – so I don’t let myself collect anything anymore.
25. After 13 years of marriage I’ve finally become a marginal baseball and basketball fan – but I still don’t like football.
Monday, January 26, 2009
The washcloths I really like to use as facecloths, but honestly, how many can one person really need? So I had to start making them for my mom too. Unfortunately the cotton yarn really does a number on my hands, so these can only be worked on for so long.
Enter the toys. Now I have not really ever had any use for knit/crochet toys in the past. In my opinion they were basically the epitome of everything wrong with handmade. They had a million fiddly little pieces that needed to be put together, and mostly the seemed…well, kind of hokey to me. But the soon-to-be, much anticipated arrival of Baby Boy Radtke happened to coincide with a new Lion Brand catalogue I got that featured some crochet animals, so I found myself scouring the web for cute toys to make. Now believe me, there is really a lot of uggg-ly stuff out there. But I was able to find a few cute ones as well. Lion has some really cute ones on their website (who knew?) And then I found these. Too. Cute. For. Words. (Go ahead – click the link, I’ll wait. You’ll be happy you did!) The problem is, although these toys are all super cute, they’re still pretty fiddly with lots of little pieces. This didn’t stop me from buying a few patterns and a ton of colors of 2 different yarns. But even these patterns are beyond me right now. I do have a finished snail body without a shell or face – actually kind of creepy. Hopefully once things settle down, I’ll come back and finish it.
So now I’m down to cat toys. I’ve made these and Sunny the cat seems to love them:
While searching through Ravelry for some other ideas, I found the Korknisse. I know Melissa had made them before, and at the time I just didn’t really get it. I think maybe I didn’t realize there was a cork with a face on it in there? But for some reason it just made me smile, so I had to try it. It took no time at all and just cracked me up. My friend Christine and I were talking about having to have “Happy Toys” on your desk at work to make you smile, and this fit the bill perfectly. We even have a few corks at home, so I’ll be able to make a few more – and I’m sure Toby won’t mind opening a few more bottles of wine to sacrifice the corks.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Sorry for the crappy picture - it's not easy taking a picture of the backseat from the front seat while you're seat belted in and waiting at a red light. And yes, my car is filled with boxes. My whole life is filled with boxes - packed boxes, empty boxes, half filled, half empty (depending on the day and my mood). I hate moving! But I sure will be glad when it's over. It will be totally worth it.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
In better news, Mark and Janelle found out they're having a boy! It's nice to be able to say "he" and "him" now instead of "Baby Radtke". Not really sure how to deal with baby boys though...this should be interesting. I think Marley was disappointed for about half a second that she wouldn't have someone to play dress-up with, until she remembered that the little boys at daycare also like to play dress-up. Of course I had to ask what they dressed up as (and I'm sure Mark will love this)..."Princesses - with tutus and everything!"
*Does anyone else even say "4F"? My mom has all kinds of weird sayings!
Friday, January 9, 2009
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Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The other night she told me that she had been called down to the office that day at school. I of course thought the worse. I guess it was a testament to her usually good behavior that she never even entertained the thought that she could be in trouble. When I asked what she thought she had been called down for, she said that she thought she was getting out early. Imagine the poor kid’s disappointment when she was given this:
Mommy got her own award! It's laminated and everything! Apparently my anal-ness in filling out forms means I had filled out her emergency cards “neatly and completely” enough to warrant my own award. Of course as soon as I saw it my (ridiculous) competitive streak kicked in and I grilled her on how many other parents got one. Apparently she wasn’t really paying attention, but she did know that she was the only kid in her class that was called down to the office. So I was at least the best parent in her class (or the whole school, as I like to believe). Maybe this makes up a little bit for the pigsty that she usually lives in? Maybe my real talent is filling out forms - not housework. A much more useful trait, if I do say so myself.
Anyhow...after thinking about it a little, I realized that this was a pretty strange award. First of all, we were asked to fill out the cards and send them back. This warranted an award? Doing what we were asked? Of course, I did it neatly, but this brings us to the second point. These cards are what the school uses when they need to get in touch with you when there’s something wrong with your child. Isn’t it in our best interest to fill them out as neatly and completely as possible? It’s kind of amazing that you would be recognized for doing something required and in the best interest of your child. And pretty scary that if they’re recognizing someone for doing this, it must mean some parents aren’t doing it – or at least aren’t doing it well.
But hey, an award’s an award, and Marley was pretty proud of me. I guess at 7 years old you still can be proud of your parents – not just embarrassed. Although I think she may be a little embarrassed about the state of our house...she told me the other day we needed a maid. Which I promptly agreed with!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tonight was her first soccer practice. Unfortunately she's a couple of years behind the other girls, having never played before. And as Toby says, overcoming my "non-sport" genes is a tall order for her. She wasn't too happy out there, really having no clue what was going on, but hopefully it'll get better as the season progresses.
In much more interesting news, she finally learned to knit on Saturday! She's always wanted to, and we tried before, but I'm really not a great kid-knitting teacher. But somehow it all finally clicked and we have this:
Not bad, huh? I realized part way through that I might be teaching her some bad habits. Every row or two she asks me to count to see how many rows she has done. It must be something in the genes. I will say this about loose knitting - you definitely get done with a scarf much faster!
In grownup knitting news...I've deep-sixed the ugly orange scarf. I finally realized that destashing doesn't have to mean actually using up your old stuff. Getting rid of it is just fine. As I've said before...life is too short to knit crap!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
So I decided to go to Webs, since I'm looking for a new organizer for my knitpicks interchangeable needles. I love the needles themselves, but the case is awful. After searching a little bit, I decided to check out stick sacks, which the website said Webs carried. Of course they didn't, but when I was there I was sucked into this scarf (sorry Mom, it's a Ravelry link and probably won't work for you.) So I bought the pattern and the yarn (Jojoland Melody) and it was a disaster. All the hexagon's are made from the outside in either on dpn's or magic loop. I tried both and both were awful. I had some suspicions reading the pattern before I bought it, but the store sample sucked me in. That seems to happen alot. So now I have MORE yarn I need to deal with in my use-up-my-stash frenzy. It's really a gorgeous fingering weight superwash merino, but without any nylon in it I'm scared to try socks. I've always wanted to make a fingering weight clapotis, so we'll see...
Speaking of destashing, I've started another Ribs & Ruffles scarf in some pretty hideous Adhoc Salsa yarn which I originally bought to make Marley a beach sweater, but she outgrew the one I was making before I finished it. I can't decide if it's kind of nice or just awful. If nothing else, it's awfully bright:
I also started a new pair of socks for Marley. I'm using some knitpicks yarn I got for myself originally, but didn't really like (in fact this yarn caused my original knitting hiatus last year). Hopefully I'll be able to overcome this in a kid size pair:
Here are my finished Franklin socks, for posterity's sake:
And the pumpkin hat I made for the pedicurist my mom and I go to:
I think that's it for now...unless I start something else new...
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Having just finished a pair of socks and started a new scarf, I was musing over what about these things I like and I came up with the following:
1. They’re portable, which is my #1 craft priority.
2. They’re full of little victories – getting the leg done, the heel turned, the foot…
3. They can be pretty mindless – I’m partial to stockinette.
4. They have very little finishing.
5. They’re a huge hit as gifts.
1. I absolutely love wearing scarves in the winter, especially squishy ones – like the Clap.
2. Also portable.
3. It’s fun to try out new patterns/yarn/techniques.
3. They’re also pretty mindless.
4. No shaping and very little finishing.
5. Also a popular gift.
Seems like I have a few prerequisites overlapping here. Funny thing is that I love stockinette socks, but don’t think I could handle a whole stockinette scarf.
The new scarf I started is the Ribs & Ruffles. I actually started it with some of the called for Misti Alpaca I had which has made it through all of my destashing (it’s just soooooo soft), but I want to get a pair of knitpicks size 13 needles (they’re on their way as we speak (or write). I will have to make it a little wider though, since it was pretty skinny as written.
Right now I’m working on this:
It’s the same pattern (with a few tweaks) in Classic Elite Wings. This yarn is why I don’t buy stash. I bought it a few years ago at a Webs sale with no project in mind, and it’s been bugging me ever since. Everything else I buy has a purpose – at least to begin with. Very rarely does the yarn and the original project actual coincide, but I can handle that (see above re: this being all about me). Non-earmarked yarn just makes me twitch. I’ve tried a few projects with it, and haven’t really liked anything. Hopefully this will be “the one”. I like it so far – it’s very squishy and sort of ribbed, but involves no purling (win-win in my book).
I tweaked it by adding 5 garter stitch rows before each decrease to make the ruffle longer and started with 124 stitches which gave me 31 stitches for the body, so it’s a little wider.
In other news…catching your kid’s summer cold really stinks.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
In craft news...I FINALLY FINISHED MY FRANKLIN SOCK!!! Thank God, I thought this one was going to be the death of me. I do like the end result, although I don't think the fabric is as soft as I would like. Maybe once it gets washed it will be better. I decided to make a pair for Marley next (quicker gratification - she has the smallest feet around here, but not by much. The poor thing has her father's feet). I'm using some knitpicks yarn that was actually the cause of my last non-knitting rut. I wasn't crazy about it, but I figure it'll be better in a smaller sock. I even did a (very little) swatch, but I think they lie. I measured her ankle while she was sleeping (which was interesting, trying not to wake her up) and it was 7". My gauge was 8.5/inch. Which comes out to 60 stitches around. The socks I just made myself were 64 and none too tight. So I compromised on 56 and I'll rib the leg. Hopefully that will work. After knitting so many socks I can't understand while I still have issues with gauge. I have a degree in Chemistry - gauge math shouldn't be such an issue! I even added a square to my sock blanket with the Franklin - I'll try to take some pictures soon, but now I gotta go to bed!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Anyways, we try to work on the sounds when they come up in conversation and the other day in the car we were working on her R's. I was saying "AAARRR - like a pirate" and she was working on it. Of course when I realized what word we were using for this little exercise, I turned to Toby and asked, "how bad is it that we're practicing her Rs on the word FART?” Apparently no bodily function is off limits when it comes to teaching your children how to talk better.
Happily a day or so later I got a call from Marley..."listen Mommy, AAAAARRRRRRRR". Once I figured out what she was saying I was pretty proud. Apparently using pirates with gas as a teaching tool works quite well.
I crafting news…one quilt is pretty much done. I just have to baste down the points on the 2 short sides so they’re straight. Here it is before I added the partial rows, modeling courtesy of Sunny the cat (who was actually quite annoyed with me when I made him get off).
As for the other one, I’m thinking that if my brother ever gets on the ball and actually proposes, this would make a much better wedding shower gift than Christmas. So I’m not going to rush too hard to finish it (I might be a little “quilted out” for now). AND I’m actually knitting again – I’m on the gusset of the second Franklin sock that’s been languishing in my knitting bag forever. I’m also almost done with a pumpkin hat I need by September 4th – plenty of time. I actually made it to Webs for drop in last week, which was great. It’s been too long since I’ve been there.
PS – I’m doing pretty good on my “craft no-buy”. I did have to buy a new pair of DPN’s for the pumpkin hat, since I couldn’t find mine. But with a coupon there were $2.76 at AC Moore. I think the house fund can manage it…speaking of which, only 1 more week to pay for day care!! Yeah!!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Anyways, I figure it’s time to start cutting costs around here, and the most obvious one for me being all of my craft-related expenditures. I think I’ve been pretty good lately – most spending is done at the beginning of a new obsession, and I haven’t had one of those in a while. But I guess I should still make a little mid-years resolution – No new craft expenses for the rest of the year (!) With 3 exceptions, of course (this is the part where Toby rolled his eyes…)
1. Deleted - super secret project
2. I will probably need more paper templates for the quilt I’m making Mark and Janelle. I think I’ve figured out the way to utilize what I have the most, but eventually I will run out. Seeing these are about $3.50 for 100, I figure I won’t break the bank buying a few more packages.
3. Rhinebeck – I figure this one doesn’t even need any justification. But even so, in the past I really haven't come home with toooo much, comparatively at least, so I figure I’m pretty safe there.
So there it is – and now that it’s out there, hopefully I’ll be able to stick with it! Of course I really need to address a few other areas (namely the fact that we eat out way too much and my new troll bracelet that needs a few more charms), but we’re taking baby steps I guess.
In crafting news…I’m plugging away at both quilts. Here’s where we’re at with Mark and Janelle’s – plus a bunch of partway finished flowers…
I’ve also started 2 baby pumpkin hats for gifts. They always seem to go over well.
I guess I don’t really have this blogging thing down yet. I haven’t quite figured out where people find the time, between working full time, kids and actually doing the crafts they’re blogging about. We've had a family wedding and a while learning to make pickles escapade I wanted to address, but never got around too. Guess I’ll have to work on some time management skills…
Friday, July 11, 2008
Anyways, I did find a great beige, but don't have a picture since I'm at work (shhh!), but trust me it's pretty. So I figured out yesterday I need 630 (!) hexagons of this color, so I started cutting them out. Well, I was thinking maybe it would be a good idea to count the squares I had cut out of the other colors just to make sure I had enough. I mean, I was pretty sure I did, I am pretty anal about these things. But I did change the size I was making half way through the planning stage and had to redo the math pretty quickly, so I just wanted to check things out. Thank God I did now and not when everything was almost finished since I realized I was 3 red squares short. 3! Out of 210! So close and yet so far.
I studied the pattern for a while to see if I could fudge it somewhere, but as anyone who knows me knows, I really am not a fudger. Just goes against my grain. Then I almost went over to my MIL's house to see if there was anymore. I'm pretty sure there wasn't, but maybe...but then I realized it was 10:00 PM and she might not appreciate me skulking down in her fabric room (yes, it has it's own little room) when she was probably asleep. So guess what Toby and I will be doing on "date" night tonight after we drop Marley off at my mom's? Yep, stash diving to find 9 more inches of red fabric.
The only good news in all of this is that of all the colors in the quilt, I'm least committed to the red. I like it ok, and it was free, but it's not really perfect. I know my MIL doesn't really like it. And I've only completed 1 flower so I could probably just use another color if I had to. But what a pain in the neck...
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
This is another MIL’s stash quilt. It’s actually really pretty fabric which she had earmarked for another project that she finally admitted she’d never get to. I usually don’t get to steal earmarked fabrics, but she made a very kind donation since it’s (supposed to be) a gift. She didn’t have enough of one of the colors, so I will have to buy one, but that’s still a lot better than buying it all!
Through the magic of Microsoft Visio, which I have at work but have used much more for craft related endeavors than actual work, I was able to map out the quilt, which is another variation of the GGQ which looks like stars:
Even though I’m really trying to finish my other quilt, I did let myself make one flower and some of the star point triangles:
Pretty, huh? The picture really doesn't do the fabric justice. I love fabric with gold in it. I still need a beige to go around the outside. I’m going to try to get it soon, since I don’t want to be left doing all the beige at the end (this is tedious enough to begin with, even mixing it up a little with the colors).
Being the completely anal person that I am, I finally did the math on how many hexagons I’m going to need to make a quilt that’s 5 flowers wide by 7 flowers long, which I’m hoping works out to a good size:
Centers – 38
1st Layer – 210
2nd Layer – 426
3rd Layer – 630
Triangles – 436
This adds up to a whopping total of 1,740 hexagons that each need to be cut, basted and then sewn together. I must be nuts. But I really like the fact that since it’s not a scrappy design I don’t have to think too hard about it. I’m sort of in the zen zone of basting.
At least I will be until I run out of the paper backing and either put some flowers together so I can take out the papers and reuse them or (much more likely) buy some more. Hopefully when I buy the beige fabric.
In a perfect world I’d love to give them a finished quilt for Christmas, but realistically I’m probably looking at giving them just the finished top since even if I got the top done relatively soon (which is a joke in and of itself) it takes forever to get them quilted. But that’s okay – Mark and Janelle are used to me. Last year I gave them each 1 knitted sock for their birthdays (which happened to be right around the same time).
They eventually got the other one.
Of course all of this might be moot for awhile. Toby’s cousin’s wife is having a baby which I think I need to make a pumpkin hat for. She’s due in December and at first they said they’d be having a shower the Saturday after Christmas, which gives me plenty of time, even given as craft-fickle as I am. Last I heard the mom-to-be’s mother wants to have the shower on Labor Day weekend. For a baby due in December. Doesn’t that seem a little early? And who wants to go up to NH for a baby shower on Labor Day. Maybe I’ll just be sending a gift…
Saturday, July 5, 2008
But the Grandmother's Garden quilt seemed to satisfy most of my requirements. I could do it anywhere, with a little pre-planning and it was all done by hand, which I really like. There's a great tutorial of how to make one here so I won't get into the specifics of how to do it. Needless to say it's pretty tedious and time-consuming. Right up my sock-loving alley.
Most GGQ's look sort of like this:
With a connecting color or "grout" as I called it, in between each of the flowers. I didn't really like this at first, so I tried something different, without the grout, which gives me this:
It's a pretty crappy picture, but this is what it looks like without a connecting row. I kind of like the more modern look this gives.
The strangest thing about putting the flowers together this way is that the rows sort of go on the diagonal, with partial flowers used to fill in where you need them. Again, I like this modern twist, but I know it makes my MIL twitch when she sees it (I figure it's good for her). Trying to figure out how many more flowers I need to finish it is a little tough though. By my best guess I need 3 more whole diagonal rows and then a bunch of partial rows to square it off. I have quite a few flowers finished, and we'll see how far they get me. I'm pretty much ready for this to be done, since I've already started another GGQ for my brother and his girlfriend for Christmas - a not scrappy and more traditional pattern, but that's for another post.
Oh yeah I forgot the best part of this quilt. I'm using all different fabrics - no flowers are the same. I'm reusing about 10-15 different yellow centers, but I'm trying not to put like centers next to each other. Anyways, I haven't had to spend a dime on any fabric - it's all my MIL's scraps. She probably has enough fabric to make a million of these quilts. I'll eventually have to pay for a batting, backing fabric and the quilting, but for now it's nice to have a "free" project.
Well I guess this is probably long enough for an inaugural post. I tend to ramble when I type as well as talk I guess. Hopefully I'll be back - I definitely have enough projects to ramble on and on about.