I have been working on piecing this week. So many pieces. It’s beginning to feel like a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. Make 150 of these, cut 475 of these, combine these to make this. I’m happy that this is just a double bed size quilt. I also went and got more paper foundations printed, the right size this time. When did printing get so expensive? I went to a mailing center for the first set and it was 18 cents a sheet, I asked for a discount, due to volume and got them at 16 cents. This time I went to a chain printing shop and used their DIY machine for 13 cents a sheet. I am wondering if it is cheaper to just print at home. The ink cartridges are so expensive, and laser toner is too. Quick math: a black ink cartridge for my machine is 38.99 and it will print ~480 sheets which works out to about 8 cents a sheet. Answered my own question there.
In between the sewing marathons, I have been knitting a sweater pattern called “All Over Lace”. I’m using hemp yarn, which isn’t the easiest yarn to work with, but I didn’t know that when I bought it. I got the yarn/pattern from Lana Knits at Stitches West back in February. I saw and felt the sample sweater and really liked the drape and look of it. I didn’t realize that the sample sweater had been washed and handled into its soft drape-y-ness. Hemp yarn is a lot like linen, crunchy feeling, sometimes I feel like I could fold and crease it. This company has a few different kinds of hemp yarn, AllHemp and AllHemp Lux are the ones I got. The Lux is a bit more processed, so it is softer to begin with, sort of like new jeans compared to old broken in jeans. I started the sleeve yesterday, hoping I don’t end up with a one sleeved sweater due to Second Sleeve (sock) Syndrome.
I did some straightening of my sewing room, not quite spring cleaning, but now there are a few less piles and a bit less clutter. I changed out a short book case for a taller one, and got the books in it organized. I am trying to get a list together of all the projects I have in my to-do box. These are projects that I haven’t started, and aren’t UFOs. That’s a different list. I try to keep things together for each one, but as time passes, the ideas/patterns get lost, or separated from their pile. I thought a Master list might help, it seems to be having an eye opening effect as well. So many projects so little time, so much fabric…nah, that’s not a problem.
Linking up with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday today. Judy is finishing up her Dear Jane quilt, only three more blocks, wow.