Monday, January 22, 2018

Royally Striped Finish!

It has been so long since my last update on my Royally Striped sweater.
That was December 2017! In case you haven't heard about this sweater, it is Stephen West design. You can find the pattern on Ravelry (link at the bottom of the post).
I finished this one up in January. Not a bad first knit-finish of the year. This sweater is so warm and squishy!
The construction is such that it didn't take long to weave in the ends.
One of my favorite things about this sweater? westknits liked it on Instagram! How cool is that? Totally check out his feed to see all the amazing things he creates.

Pattern: Royally Striped by Stephen West available for digital download on Ravelry
Needles: Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Nickel Plated Circular Knitting Needle Set
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted (available in over 40 colors)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Charity Quilting

I made a big push to get a handful of charity quilts quilted before the January Annapolis Quilts for Kids workshop. 
There were so many great quilts from 2017 that didn't get quilted before December so they were waiting for the beginning of the year. 

It was nice to get them quilted up.
In January I passed nine quilts to other members of the group to get the binding done. I have more pieced tops ready for quilting so I have plenty to keep me busy in 2018.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 5

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Green Hour

This was my mashup of Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Leaders and Enders project. I wanted to use up a bunch of my 2.5" strips but I didn't want to make a bunch of tiny hourglass blocks. I decided to use the same fabric for the center strip of my strip unit and made hourglass blocks that way.
The result is an interesting effect. I pieced until I had used up most of my green 2.5" strips (almost all of those width of fabric) and had enough for a top.
The layout is 6 blocks by 7 blocks, each block finishes at 12" by 12".
I added a 3.5" wide border. The border was cut from leftover backing fabric. I used two different fabrics. I really like how it frames the blocks. The finished size will be around 78" by 90". That isn't bad from a bunch of leftover fabrics. This one is number 1 on my Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018 list.

Cutting tools:
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle Quilting Ruler
EZ Quilting Easy Angle 6.5-inch
The Strip Tube Ruler
Tucker Trimmer III

Monday, January 15, 2018

Geese in Flight

When I join in block bees at guild I seem to have trouble picking a block. This year I decided to ask for flying geese blocks. In 2017 I joined in the stash bee. Meaning you were supposed to pull fabrics from your collection and not buy new fabrics. You can read the directions for my bee blocks in this post from April 2017. A paper piecing pattern is available if you want to make big flying geese.
During the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild retreat I pulled out a bunch of geese and decided to use up some of my leftover fabrics, add in some low-volume blocks, and add some black geese to the mix. I played with layout but didn't make any decisions. In January I decided to pull out the blocks and come up with something I liked. I tried the geese in different directions, but decided I wanted to limit the geese to flying either North, or East. Why? Because I needed some sort of rules for the layout.
I made some changes as I went along.
Another challenge came in when I got to the borders. I still had a couple geese left over. I also had a few black and white half-square triangle units that I thought would be great for cornerstones.
Then, I put together a border with only low-volume background fabric. I think it is big enough to be a quilt now. Maybe not a big quilt, but a quilt. Now I just need some backing so I can get it finished up. This one is number 4 on the Get It Done UFO Challenge for 2018.

Cutting tools: Wrights 4.5" Easy AngleWrights Companion AngleTucker Trimmer IICreative Grids 6.5" Square, and Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper II