Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pieced Love

The June 2017 UFO Challenge was number 1. Spring Water Designs was trying to keep me on-track to finish so many things this year. I made great progress until June when I was invited to a wedding and couldn't resist designing and making a quilt just to celebrate the occasion. Of course this means I didn't get the June quilt finished.  
I did manage to get back into the swing of things with July. July is number 6, the heart quilt that I have been working on for what seems like forever. The heart blocks can be made in several sizes using a free tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew! Big blocks (mine are 10" by 10") make up quickly and are a great group project for a quick quilt. These were made with some scraps I hadn't yet gotten to trimming down.
I wasn't sure how I was going to quilt this one, but as if by magic the machine quilted swirls and loved it.
To keep with the many fabrics of the hearts I pulled some lengths of leftover binding from my bin of leftovers and pieced several together. This is so much faster than making binding from a single piece of fabric. And I love scrappy.
I attached and finished the binding by machine for a quick finish.

Monday, July 24, 2017

In the Mail Monday

I finally used up the last of the Heat'n Bond featherweight I ordered by accident a couple years ago to make t-shirt quilts. It worked really well for interfacing bag linings so I decided it was time to order some more. Once I decide I like a product, I no longer buy it by the yard. I buy the bolt so I always have it on hand.
I didn't want to have an Amazon.com basket with only on thing in it, so I grabbed a couple other things. The New Quick & Easy Block Tool! because I like new books and block options. And a Star Hex Key Wrench set because I hate not being able to open up my sewing machine and I didn't have a set that could reach into those recessed openings and reach the screws.

At some point I should spend some time reviewing some of these books I get, because I do seem to get so many and never tell you what I think about them.
I also received my latest collection of thread from Superior Threads.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Aunt Betty is a Knitter

I wanted to share at least one more project made with some of the yarn from Aunt Betty If you don't know who Aunt Betty is, you should totally go check out this great video by Professor Pincushion. It is worth the four or five minutes of your time.
Look at all this awesome yarn!
I've been letting some modifications to the basic shape of the Wingspan design bump around in my head. This is what finally fell out. If you have some ombre yarn and want to try out this fun shape, I recommend you check out the Wingspan e-Book on Ravelry. The e-book includes four patterns and loads of information on how to design your own shawl with the information you find inside the e-Book. Easy short rows and garter stitch make for a fast and fun project.
This is more of a shawlette made with two skeins of worsted weight wool/silk blend. I should have used larger needles but the blocking opened it up nicely. I think I need to make another, or two. I wonder how it would be to add some lace to the long edge. Oh, the wheels keep turning.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Travel Knitting

I've shared a couple Aunt Betty posts before, but this time Betty is a knitter. If you don't know who Aunt Betty is, you should totally go check out this great video by Professor Pincushion. It is worth the four or five minutes of your time.
This particular Aunt Betty dropped off several trash bags of yarn. The claim was that it was crowding her creative space and blocking the creativity. I totally understand that! I pulled out all the awesome yarn to share. So many ideas in here.
I caked up a couple skeins for the trip to California. I like to start a project at BWI and see how far I can get before I get home. This little bit was my beginning. I'm not even sure this piece survived as I generally have to rip out my cast on about three times before I like the direction the project is going.
This started out looking like a shawl.
Then, I joined it to work in the round.
I worked through an entire cake before going crazy with the increases.
This gorgeous succulent, found outside Lolo's in Morro Bay California, could have been the color inspiration for this yarn.
Once I got through the first cake, I started to add texture. This lace is similar to that used on Bosc Pear, a free pattern on Ravelry. It is a variation of Slip Stitch Lace using three stitches.
I'm going to add an unknown number of lace repeats to the bottom edge of the tube. This type of cowl is similar to Viajante by Martina Behm, a paid pattern available through Ravelry. I started with my own triangle shape and am placing increases where I think they will work. This project is a complete experiment. The perfect thing when Aunt Betty gives you yarn.