Sunday, September 13, 2015

Smith Mountain Morning progress; Country Cozy afghan (new start!)

Hi everyone!!!!!!
Yes, you betcha, absolutely.....
Can you believe it??  Amy spent some time back in the quilting room!!!!!!
Before I started up the official 'tracking clock,' I spent about 15 minutes cleaning up other crafting messes that my girls and myself have made over the past month.  I've been using my cutting mat to trim the labels for my crochet items, and my girls have been digging into my 'not-so-good' stash, making small pillows and bags.  There were cluttery messes all over!

My only focus today was to try to finish up all 28 connector blocks in the Smith Mountain Morning - greens project.  There were a few final brown strips that I needed to cut from scraps in order to complete the two brown 7.5" side strips before being able to press and move to the greens.

Hour 16 came and went, all the while pressing and cutting 56 green strips, piecing the 112 small white squares, and finally sewing them onto the blocks.  

16 and a half hours in -- all 28 connectors blocks and star blocks are sewn, pressed and ready for assembly into a quilt top center!

In typical Amy fashion, while sitting and looking around my crochet area last week, I was feeling burned out with my smaller cotton-yarn projects.  I have plenty of washcloths, the hat pattern mojo was wearing off, and my king-size manghan for Paul was giving me a small "I'm-done-with-you-for-now" moment.
So... off to Ravelry I went for a little inspiration...
The Country Cozy afghan pattern had been in my favorites for quite some time.  The examples shown weren't really sparking any magic, but when I started looking over some of the completed projects.... the single color finishes were fabulous!!!
I've been wanting a creamy-ish colored, single color afghan ever since I first learned in 2013.  With a full skein of Caron's Simply Soft 'Bone' sitting on my shelf, I was set (albeit, short lived.  The skein was emptied by day's end).

The garden has been processed for the week already, with much thanks to my MIL.  She processed up a case of potatoes (quarts) and a couple cases of carrots (pints).  The tomatoes are kinda stalled, so I don't have any of those to worry about today.  Digging potatoes hasn't really been on my todo list for all the years we've had a garden;  Paul usually handles that duty, so I'll continue thinking he'll take care of them.  The remaining carrots can wait until we decide what we want to do with them all.  The cabbage also awaits Paul's decision.

So.... with the Packer game coming on shortly, and ALL of my school work already finished for the weekend... I simply hope to kick back with some crochet and cheer the Pack to a victory over the Bears.  (and fret not -- I have some newly acquired Bone yarn for my Country Cozy!) ;)

Happy Sunday everyone!


scraphappy said...

Woohoo! Quilitng accomplished, school work caught up on and ready to relax. Sounds like a great weekend to me. Smith Mountain is coming along beautifully. Such great colors!

Deb A said...

Enjoy the relaxing crochet hook this evening. Sounds like you deserve a nice evening before starting another busy week. Love your SM colors - perfect nature colors. (might be because I hail from the green mountains?)

JB said...

Glad to hear you can relax on a Sunday so early into the school year!! And the Bears still .... Go Pack, Go!!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Sounds like a GREAT weekend. Congrats!!

katie z. said...

What a fabulous weekend!

Andee said...

Still loving the SMM. I love the blocks and the colors...I am pretty sure I will eventually be making another one of those! I was happy to sew ALL DAY today..even during the game. Your bone afghan is looking pretty too, Kathy has one in that same color her mom made. It is gorgeous and Afghans last forever..I have several my great grandma made me!

gayle said...

I love your smith mountain project! Colors, pattern, and the fact that you're timing it!
I hope your weekend was the absolute best ever. 8)

gayle said...

I love your smith mountain project! Colors, pattern, and the fact that you're timing it!
I hope your weekend was the absolute best ever. 8)

Helen Keyes said...

I really love your blog and quilts. Hope you will create a beautiful and impressive work with carrots and cabbage.

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The Joyful Quilter said...

Such a cozy color combination!! Your blocks are turning out nicely.