Thursday, January 31, 2008
If you click on the photos you will see that I discovered stipple quilting. That has become a favourite way to machine quilt for me. I love the meandering of this stitch.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The faster I can finish this, the happier my oldest son will be. He's "mad for plaid" (and one of the outgrown shirt sources for this quilt), and is being rather fussy about what I intend for the backing, lest I mess up the overall, and I quote him here, "manliness" of his quilt. Ha.
While contemplating a manly finish to the quilt, I picked up my languishing knitting needles. Here's the second sock to a pair I've had on the needles since... um... Nov.? Sad, I know. This is the reason why I need to continue to knit socks in self striping sock yarn. It's obvious that the different colours in the striping yarn actually motivate me to finish the socks faster. (Since I'm being honest here, I will also admit to not liking the Kitchener stitch, which if you look close at the top of my yarn basket, you will see the first sock is still on the needles awaiting the grafting of the toe... but I actually do like knitting the socks. Really. I do.)
Friday, January 25, 2008
So why the heck would I be smiling so much this morning?
Yipeeee!!! Look at the giveaway goodies that arrived for me - all the way from the U.K., thanks to the generosity of Jane. A pretty practical tote and a couple of quilting mags. What a wonderful way to start my day. Thank-you, Jane! I see a cup of tea and some quiet time browsing through the magazines taking place later today.
*Just a brief update on my thrifty plaid quilt... I managed to get the extra round on about 10 blocks (not shown in this photo) and hope to finish the rest today. So far, I'm liking the results. Another reason to smile (even as I grab for another tissue...).
Hope your day is filled with reasons to smile!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
How to proceed ?
I will make and send a handmade gift for the first 3 friends who post a comment to this post, requesting to join this exchange, and promising to pay it forward to 3 other persons, etc....
I don't know what my 3 gifts will be, and I can't make them in the next few weeks, but I can promise I will send them within the next 6 months .
What YOU have to do in return then, is pay it forward by making the same announcement and promise on YOUR blog.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Half of this bin has been home to the growing stash of thrifted and culled from my boys' closets, cotton plaid shirts.
My rotary cutter makes quick work of the shirts. An added bonus of cutting up shirts is all the buttons! Yep, I have a button collection too.
This is my progress so far. I plan on making more blocks and I will be adding one more round to each, which will make each block 16 inches square. Nice and big. Exciting to have quilt top coming together quickly and it would be great to make space in my fabric bin. Ahem. You realize any space will be filled as soon as it's cleared. ;o) Such is the life of a fabric lover.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Can you believe that it took me more time to sort out a hairdo and the embroidering of the doll's face than it took to design the simple outfit? I was hoping to make the doll child friendly, knowing that the doll will likely get carried around by her hair and that any small buttons have the potential to be picked off and be swallowed by a wee one. It's been years since my sons were at such an age, but I do remember how little fingers can worry loose parts and pieces on toys. Yikes. Finally, another project I'm happy to have complete is the Irish Hiking scarf. I really enjoyed knitting this and might bravely attempt knitting a cabled hat to match. Wishing I had it knit up and ready to wear since it's become colder here in the past 24 hours.
Wish me luck in finishing up my other works-in-progress before I get to come up with a gift for my soon-to-be 7, nephew. The birthday parade is in full force these days. Lots of gift making to be done.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
For those of you that are curious, if you want to see what the others signed up for the Quilt a-long have used in making their blocks, you can find links to their blogs on Crazy Mom Quilts. I have been visiting these blogs to have peek at what my fellow stitchers have used for their blocks and must admit I love seeing the variety. I can hardly wait to see the resulting quilt tops at the end of the 12 weeks.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Here's Week 7's featured block:
With this one being for Week 8: *ahem, you will note that I had to use two different background fabrics in this block because I just didn't have any more pieces of the one.
After stitching up the two latest blocks, I had to lay them out with the previous six to see the overall effect.
I'm so glad I joined the Quilt a-long ... especially when I look at my completed blocks! It's fun to find bits and pieces to combine to make the blocks. The majority of my fabric stash is comprised of thrifted finds and some leftover bits from previous projects - which means I don't have much yardage in the majority of the fabrics in this project. This is very much a scrappy quilt in the making. My favourite kind!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
For this one, I free hand machine quilted around the flowers in the main fabric in a variegated thread, to add a bit of playfulness and extra detail. The quilting layers also give more structure to the tote's design, which I'm liking.
I strip pieced the band that covers the top portion of the front pocket and added in some gimp trim in white to jazz it up even more.
A peek at the inside shows the pocket I added to help organize the interior of the tote. I hate having to fish around for the smaller items I like to carry. The best part about this design for me, has been that I can wear the tote as a backpack which I like for shopping. I've already transferred the contents from the tote I had been using into this new beauty. Time for me to take it out on a test run. ;o)
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Do you ever find yourself looking to make something for a bit of instant gratification? Well, I hit a roadblock with one of my works-in-progress and decided that I needed to make something simple and quick. I turned to Amy Butler's In Stitches apron pattern for the basics and then made some simple alterations in size and added touches.
I made a flower rather than the original rectangle shaped pocket for the front to go with the Mary Engelbreit fabric. Fun!
This is the reverse side of the apron. Solid colours and ric rac. There is even a tuck between the red and yellow fabric (which doesn't show up in this photo) for a bit more feminine flair.
I love the little sayings printed on the Mary Engelbreit fabric and chose this one for the pocket. I'm now thinking that this apron needs some matching kitchen accessories... but I probably should get back to the other projects already started. Kinda of scary when I look at how many works in progress that are needing attention around here.
What do you do when one project has you stumped? Do you dive into a different project for a change of pace? Do tell...
Thursday, January 3, 2008
This is a simple design for a coin purse that I made using some of my thrifted fabrics and vintage ric rac along with a favourite Amy Butler fabric.
Next is something new for me to tackle. I'm learning to knit cables by knitting a scarf (thanks to Samantha and her beautiful example shown months ago). I'm really enjoying knitting this scarf in pink and for that I am being teased in this male dominant household. Seems I am alone in my love of pink ;o) You may see more pink projects soon as I have been inspired by some pictures and patterns I've been browsing. I'll be sure to share what I get into. Surely, I can't be the only one loving the colour pink?
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson