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This week has been crazy! Besides trips to eye doctor, dentist and Apple store for a new iPad, I made a trip to Shepherd's Bush and Needlepoint Joint in Ogden with friends from Common Threads. 

Shepherd's Bush has an entry way full of projects. 
The store itself is also full. One of the two women on the job there helped me figure out how to convert my poodle project pattern (say that three items fast) to the colors I wanted to use. I plan on making one black poodle and one brown one, facing each other, instead of the single apricot poodle in the design.

At Needlepoint Joint, I picked up some beads for the bolos on my Yei figures and some buttons for the latest Baby Surprise Jacket for BS2, due in August.

We had breakfast at the Spring Chicken in Morgan and lunch after shopping at the Union Grill at the train station in Ogden. It was Peggy and the four Jays: Julie, Jean, Joanie and Janet. Delightful day!

Common Threads met on Thursday. Julie brought her embroidery:
It was from a mystery embroidery class she took.

Margareth had finished her sweater and brought it to show. 
I didn't finish any UFOs this week, unless you count adding he beads to the Yei Figures Bag (designed by Nicky Epstein). I went to Joanie's after Silver Sneakers on Friday. We went through her beads and selected some to use. She wouldn't take any money for the beads. She still has three Yei figures to finish, but now she has the beads picked out to use.
She had a nice selection, including some turquoise beads, so they made a nice necklace for each of the figures. I sewed them on on Saturday. 

Soren's I-spy quilt is ready to go to Julie for quilting. I made a run down to Sandy, to Quilts, Etc., on Thursday afternoon to get backing and binding fabric for it. I found a nice farm landscape to use. The motifs are big, so I got extra fabric to match up the motifs.
The arrow shows the vertical seam where I pieced the backing. The yellow check is the binding fabric. 

The new Baby Surprise Jacket is progressing. 
As you can see, it moves along very fast.
It will be done soon. In case this is the first time you're reading about this project, I'm using two Crazy Zauberballs in fingering weight (kleiner Fuchs colorway), held together. I got the idea from one I had seen last summer in Knit on Pearl in Jackson, Wyoming. (It pays to stop in at yarn, quilt and other craft shops on your travels. You never know what you'll find!)
My old iPad and I said goodbye to each other on Wednesday, when it was erased and put in the mail to DD and her family. It's soul now resides in my new iPad Air. It has been a great four years. (Today would have been our fourth anniversary.) Now I'm looking forward to a few years with the new one, while my old friend entertains my grandkids.

What's on my needles: BSJ for BS2, Soren's little brother, moving along.

What's on my loom: Waffle scarf, another inch done.

What's on my Featherweight: Waiting for Delectable Pathways to be ready to put together. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished another novel by Georgette Heyer, Regency Buck, from Audible. Now I'm listening to Lightning by Dean Koontz, also from Audible. Still watching "Stranded Colorwork, Basics and Beyond" from Craftsy.

What's my app of the week: USPS Mobile, great for tracking packages, like my old iPad.

What's in my wine glass: Woodbridge Zinfandel 2012. Very nice!

What's my tip of the week: Precise cutting is the key to precise piecing. Instead of lining up your fabric with the lines on the cutting mat, line it up with the ruler, using an extra ruler for cutting. Be careful not to let the ruler slip while cutting. If you have two folds in your fabric, make sure they are even, and use the center fold as your guide for the ruler. A spray starch or sizing is good for making the fabric lie flat after pressing.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by cherylbwaters on April 25, 2014 at 9:53pm

I agree with Peggy, the line by line instructions are the way to go. I even found them a bit confusing but a lot better than the vague ones EZ had.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 25, 2014 at 1:52pm
JB, if you want your first BSJ to go fast, I recommend getting the booklet from Schoolhouse Press. EZ's instructions are sketchy. The line-by-line instructions can reduce confusion and speed things up. You also might want to have a peek at the BSJ KAL here. People have shared their tips and issues, and the construction is divided up into stages.
Comment by JB on April 25, 2014 at 9:47am

Nice work matching up the motifs on the backing material.  If you hadn't pointed it out I wouldn't have seen it!

I think I will have to get the BSJ pattern.  That is so cute!  I love something you can whip out in no time.  I have a little great nephew I may have to make on for. :)

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 23, 2014 at 9:32pm
Staying busy is good.
Comment by angelkarhu on April 23, 2014 at 9:26pm
They lost a package for a quilt kit. I'm taking classes that use precuts like layercakes, jelly rolls, charmpacks and fat quarter bundles. The latest class is for when I get the new sewing machine up and working a class on using your walking foot. Still waiting for the exstension table but new sewing machine my father bought me is now in my own posession so I can finish curtains and some bags that have thicker material after putting in fusible fleece. I have plans for lots of bags for Christmas gifts and a few wall hangings or table runners. When I have room in this microscopic apartment I'll tackle the loom classes. Also doing the April mystery quilt with Tula pink. If I were richer I'd do the may one as well. I have a book on skirts to make a skirt out of. For now doing mystery shawls on ravelry and multiple tee sweaters going.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 23, 2014 at 7:29pm

I know the classes are popular. Another thing I like is the apps are good, and service on them is wonderful. A recent iPhone update had a glitch that made it impossible to watch the video on the whole screen. Comments took up half the screen. I wrote an email and got an answer from a real person very quickly. Next thing I knew there was another update just to fix that.

Comment by Frances Tornese on April 23, 2014 at 7:23pm

I did Eunny Jangs lace class.  I liked analyzing the lace, which made it much easier to fix mistakes in earlier rows.  I,also, took her Design you own sweater class. It helped my really get a handle on interchanging elements in top down yoke sweaters.  I took Amy Detjens's custom Yoke sweater class.  The sweater I made for it is the best fitting sweater I have ever made for myself.  Now I am working on the designing classes and the pattern writing class.  The classes are reasonable in price when I compare them to classes at my LYS which is an hour drive away for me. They all go on sale often, so I buy them when they're on sale and they'll be there when I am ready to take them.  The only thing I'd recommend is IF the class is a new one there will, probably, be a  kit available    If you want it buy it RIGHT AWAY, because once they sell out that's it.  But I have made yarn substitutions and bought the yarn from other sources, too. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 23, 2014 at 7:08pm

I completed Floor Loom Weaving. I also have Mastering Cable Design, Heirloom Lace Edgings, The Top-Down Icelandic Sweater, Pattern-Free Quiltmaking, Sewing Machine 911, Know Your Wool, Ins & Outs of Grafting and Short Rows. I've watched some of most of them. Chain piecing is an amazing time-saver!

Buffy, we'll be here when you finish your forever sweater, waiting for photos!

Comment by Buffy Joseph on April 23, 2014 at 6:29pm

Wow, Peggy, that BSJ looks great!

I'm working along slowly on my "forever sweater". Someday it will get done!

Frances - I've taken the Fit to Flatter Craftsy class too - loved it & the book. I had a class with Amy too - I think she's great! My "forever sweater" is (in this 2nd draft) using her Custom Fit software. So far, so good. :)

I hope everyone else is doing as well as possible. Hang in there, and enjoy the improving weather if you can!

Comment by angelkarhu on April 23, 2014 at 5:25pm
So what classes have you taken Peggy. Mine are all quilting related. Learned chain sewing which really speeds up things a lot! Havent taken any knitting ones.

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