Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Little Hanger

When my children were born they each came home from the hospital in this sweater.

Hard to imagine they were this small - the sweater is so tiny, only 10" from top to bottom, and it was big on my babies. My Mother made the sweater almost 26 years ago when I was expecting my first child. Hard to photograph the colour - it is a lovely shade of grey green, with mother of pearl buttons. The pattern is a classic baby sweater designed by Elizabeth Zimmerman (Baby Sweater on Two Needles).
It just seemed too cute to be sitting in a trunk so I thought I would make a little padded hanger and hang it in my sewing room.

I used Liberty Tana Lawn cotton for the hanger (a folded regular metal hanger is inside).

Finished with a bow.

It goes well with the collection of baby clothes already hanging in my sewing room (the other ones are from my Mother's family).

The hanger was a little break from quilting this medallion quilt. I have stitched in the ditch with a walking foot, and am now deciding what to quilt where!

Another break was over-dyeing some handspun yarn that I just didn't like the colour of.

The ones in the pot ended up being dyed with black (the two skeins at the top), and the lower one was over-dyed similar to a pair of socks I just finished knitting and loved the colour scheme (it had started out a very pale, odd colour). I am much happier with these colours.

Theses are the socks I just finished knitting with store bought yarn that I dyed.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

New Pillows

I decided to take a little break from quilting the Circa 2016 Medallion quilt and make some new pillows (I even repurposed some old feathers pillows and a down duvet to create the insides - quite the mess! I have 2 more covers to make). 

I decided on really simple designs. Here is what I did -

This one is about 8"x16", made with 21, 2" half square triangles (I cut 3" squares to make the HST, trimmed to 2+1/2"). I added a 1+1/2" border around the blocks.

For the appliqué I chose simple circles (even the leaves are circles with points). I used the invisible machine appliqué technique for the appliqué.

The free motion quilting was really simple too - continuous curves in the dark triangles and stitching in the ditch around the appliqué pieces, and border. I used 100wt thread for the appliqué and free motion quilting for both pillows.

This one started with a 6" log cabin block (made with 1/2" 'logs' - from cut 1" strips). I bordered it with a small 3/4" (cut 1+1/4") border and a 3" border.

More simple circle appliqués.

For the free motion quilting I stitched in ditch around the logs, small border and appliqué pieces. The large border was quilted with irregular, parallel lines. This pillow is about 14" square. Both pillows are finished like a regular quilt with a binding (cut at 2+3/4" to accommodate the thickness of the added backing), and they have button closures. Most of the fabric for these pillows is by Jo Morton.

The other day our little visitor was enjoying some sunshine.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Circa 2016 Medallion Quilt Top

The fabric for the plain (floater) borders for my medallion quilt came, and I was able to finish piecing the quilt top.

 With the final border it is about 89"x94". It is all ready for quilting now!

While I was waiting for my fabric to do a scenic tour of Canada (it was lost in transit for awhile), I knit a hat from some leftover yarn that I spun last year. The pattern is Folkston by Susan Mills.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

October Westering Women Block

Today I made the October Westering Women block - super quick and simple this month. The block is called Rocky Mountain Chain - the blocks tell the story of western imigration in the 1800's, so I guess we are getting near the west coast with a Rocky Mountain block.

Only 2 more blocks to go before the quilt is finished.
When I was looking for the pattern today I was surprised to see my last month's block on today's Civil War Quilts blog post - it is my favourite quilt block so far (and the hardest to sew).

This week I finished knitting a couple of cowls, using yarn that I dyed and spun.

I find little cowls really practical since I am usually cold.

Sunset with the laser Christmas lights shining.
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Medallion Quilt Outer Border

I finished piecing the Courthouse Steps blocks, and sewing them together for the outer pieced border of the Circa 2016 Medallion quilt. I am just waiting for some fabric to come in so I can add the plain borders, and finish piecing the quilt top.

My knitting is also coming along nicely - I love knitting gradients.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Ready for Chain Piecing!

All the pieces for the 44 Courthouse Steps blocks are cut out and ready to be sewn. This is my favourite kind of piecing!

Sunset last night
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Growing Medallion Quilt

I finished piecing the Saw Tooth block border (I need to buy some fabric for the plain fabric border/floater border, so it isn't attached yet).

I also starting piecing Courthouse Steps blocks for the outer pieced border on the quilt. This quilt will be a full sized bed quilt when finished.

Recently I have had to take apart a couple of knitting projects that were not working out, so I decided to start something new, and I did some dyeing.

This is the first gradient spun up, and I have started knitting a cowl. This was a quick spin to make 'Energized Singles' - there is a lot of twist in the yarn, which creates an interesting texture to the knitting (because of all the twist it is knit straight from the bobbin). This is the first time I have tried this technique - it is always good to try something new! This gradient is the bottom one in the above photo that shades to green.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

A Little Knitted Project

Yesterday I made a little knitted pumpkin with some leftover wool.

The pattern (Chic Little Pumpkins) is free on Ravelry until the 2nd of November 2016. It was a fun, little knit, and a perfect fall decoration.

I also finished sewing thirty four 5" Saw Tooth blocks for the next border on what I am now calling the Circa 2016 Medallion Quilt.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Slowly Growing

I am still working on the Sawtooth block border for the Circa 2016 quilt - I am really pleased with how it is coming together.

Grackle at the feeder.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Growing Circa 2016 Quilt

I added the Sawtooth border on the Circa 2016 quilt top,

and began auditioning for the next border. I am thinking of 5" Sawtooth blocks with 4 Patch centres, set on a diagonal. Lots of fun!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Almost Finished Circa 2016

I finished sewing all the Circa 2016 blocks together, just haven't added the borders. After looking at it and realizing that even with the 5" of borders it is still a pretty small quilt (it measures 39"x47" now), so I think I am going to add more blocks and continue on the medallion quilt.

Someone asked me if the yardage required for the background was over estimated, and now that I have pieced it I can say that I have about a yard of extra fabric (I did use a different fabric for the centre - but that didn't use much - about a fat quarter).

It sure was a nice quilt along and I am glad that I decided to join in, this is a good start for my first medallion quilt!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Can't Avoid the Y-Seams/Conquering the Y-Seams!

When I first saw the September Westering Women block, I was looking for an alternative block like last month that omitted the Y-seams, but no luck!

I am so pleased to say that after sewing twelve (12!) Y-seams I think I have finally conquered my fear of Y-seams. I am really pleased with how this block turned out. It is a 12" block called Sage Bud.

I have learned that marking, and careful sewing from the 1/4" mark are the secrets to Y-seams. I recently saw on a Craftsy class that a little piece of sandpaper under the fabric helps with marking, and it did.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Last of the Circa 2016 Blocks

I finished the last couple of Circa 2016 blocks, as well as the last of the 150 half square triangles. The instructions for how the quilt is put together comes out on Friday.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Couple Knitting Finishes

I finished off some knitting projects this week. Both patterns are from Martina Behm. Her patterns are so well written, and a joy to make. Both are made with my hand spun yarn.

This pattern is Heaven and Space. I used some yarn that I dyed and blend. About 50% silk (noils and mulberry) and 50% wool (Polwarth), plus a little silver Angelina for sparkle. What I really like about this scarf/asymmetrical shawl is that it is reversible. The stitch pattern that was easily memorized.

Fibre and yarn-

The pattern for the hat is Langfield. It had really interesting construction, and had some 'new-to-me' elements. Perfect for a long colour repeat yarn. The yarn was made from BFL fibre from SweetGeorgia Yarn - a March 2014 Fibre Club fibre called Spring Thaw.

Fibre and yarn -

I also managed to keep up with the Circa 2016 blocks this past week! We are almost finished, and now the quilt is on the header picture of the Temecula Quilt Blog - no surprise anymore. The free patterns for the quilt blocks will be taken down when the quilt along is finished, and the pattern will go for sale.

Since I know what we are making I decided on the fabric for the background and started the centre (the instructions for this was near the beginning of the quilt along).

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