Hands2Help, Vogue 9057, row quilts, novels and knitting

Dear Vi,

Put your hands together and wish a happy 7th anniversary to the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!

Sarah has graciously reminded us that this weekend is the first linky party to show our progress on our quilts.

Yes, I’m one of “those people” who wear socks with their Birkenstock sandals. I wish I could say I’m sorry, but I’m not. I choose function over fashion just about every time, much to the dismay of certain fashion-oriented members of my family whose names I will not mention, lol!

I’ve gone through my box of orphan blocks and picked out 12 that go together fairly nicely. Add some sashing and a nice, wide border and soon it’ll be a lap-sized quilt perfect for donating to the chemotherapy ward at our local hospital. Since chemo makes the patient so ill – and so cold – it will be very welcome, I’m sure.

And remember in this post where I said I was going to sew a top?  Well, I did, and here it is:

Vogue 9057

It actually turned out pretty nice, and I’ve even worn it out in public a couple of times. It does have a few issues, though…mainly that the neck is too wide. I need to put in some back shoulder darts to keep it from sliding down and showing off my bra straps.

The next time I make this pattern, I’ll cut the neck & shoulders a size smaller, then grade out for the body. You can always cut the neck bigger, but you can’t cut it smaller, so there you go.

Oh, and you’ll notice that I haven’t hemmed it. That’s because I can’t figure out how to hem the points. Ha!

What else…

The quilt guild I belong to is doing a row-by-row round robin, and I’ve really been enjoying it. Each person has chosen a theme for their row quilt, and each month we pass along our work to the next person on the list, and then make a row according to the “owner” specifications.  This is the row I made this month for Beth. I think it’s my favourite so far. Sam certainly likes it!And are you wondering where I’m at with the novel?  (insert big heaving sigh here)I’ve been working on my query pitch. OMG who’d have thought writing a query pitch would be harder than writing the entire novel?  Eee gads.

So while I’m pondering how to entice a literary agent in under 200 words, I’ve been knitting. What else would I be doing? Don’t I always knit when I hit the writing doldrums?

This is a sock knit in the most lovely yarn called Regia, which is made in Italy for the German Schachenmayer yarn company. This particular skein is from their special edition Kaffe Fassett design line. Doesn’t it just scream “spring?”

What a mishmash of a letter today. But it pretty much sums up how my life has been going this last month.

And to top it all off, I complete forgot the A-Z in April challenge!

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you’re doing better with the mental organization than I am these days, lol!

 

About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!
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7 Responses to Hands2Help, Vogue 9057, row quilts, novels and knitting

  1. Sarah Craig says:

    Nita, your quilt is going to be beautiful! Thanks for being part of H2H 2017!!

  2. love your blocks and the top!:)

  3. dezertsuz says:

    At least you are getting something done. I’m not that far yet. LOL Query letter – ugh! My least favorite part! Those blocks will make a great H2H. Love the row you made. And, thanks for the tip on making the shirt. I haven’t made mine yet, so I’ll keep that in mind. I like the look of yours with the sleeves different colored. I wasn’t sure I would, but yours looks great! Socks with sandals sounds very practical to me, especially where you live!

  4. Ida says:

    Love the orphan blocks you picked for the H2H quilt. It will keep someone warm!

  5. Wishing you a Happy Easter Nita. You seem to be pretty much in control from what I can see with a lovely collection of projects on the go. Keep going with the book. It will get there. The top looks great and if it is not going to fray then leave the hem as it is.

  6. sue says:

    I too wear sandals with socks. thanks for the tip about not showing bra straps. I Like your quilt blocks going to save you email. thanks. Sue in Mi

  7. What a great collection of orphan blocks! They look made for each other. Do you have a huge selection of orphans, or just a lot of blue? In either case, that’s going to make a sweet quilt for your local chemo center.

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