Monday, March 25, 2019

Quilt Show: Southern Comforters Quilt Guild

Since discovering the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild, and their annual show, I try to get to it every year. It's only a short drive (about two miles) from my house to the show. Here is a summary of last year. This year was another great year.
This year they had a fun vendor hop that seemed like a great idea to me. I try to stop in at each of the vendors to see what they've brought. Working a show is so much work. I decided to join in and visit the different shops. I met some great vendors. 
What did I get for playing along? Why, a goody bag with a few fun things inside. Candies, thread, thread spool hugger, a craft clip, some fabric (even though I was so good and didn't buy any fabric), a marking pen, and a coupon for a local quilt shop. Some of these tools I already have and use, others (like the marking pen) are new to me. I'll let you know how they work out.

I hope this fun vendor hop helped get people to the vendor booths and made it a success for the vendors. Sometimes quilt shows are the only time I see some of the vendors because they're too far for me to travel, or their schedules and mine just never meet up.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
thread spool hugger
craft clips
marking pen

Friday, March 22, 2019

Charity Quilting

This fun little quilt was pieced by Trudy.
This one was pieced by Mary.
This is the stack I dropped off at Annapolis Quilts for Kids last weekend. Not as many as some months, but still a respectable stack of quilted quilts.

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 18

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Comfy Orange Shawl

I have an amazing collection of yarn. My Aunt Betty has gifted me with fabric an yarn over the years. If you have never heard of Aunt Betty, check out this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty.
I've been trying to find the perfect project for what seems a never-ending supply of orange. I don't have a problem with orange. I like it along with the other colors. It's just that there seems to be so much of it. I've cast on with it a few times, and started out crocheting, too. 
Until I found this Moss Stitch Shawl pattern I hadn't found the right project. This is two strands of Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in the color "carrot". This is a cotton/acrylic blend that is washable and soft.
I paired it with a collection of textured yarns from Dancing Leaf Farms called Biggie. It is six different bases dyed in the same colorway (it seems I only have five). I'm holding two strands of yarn together while I work the pattern. Sometimes I'll pair two strands of the solid color, sometimes I will pair one strand of the solid with a textured yarn. The fabric is soft and heavier than I expected but wonderful.

I have no idea how this is going to turn out, but I'm looking forward to the adventure.  

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Crochet hooks: Clover Crochet Hook Set (10 hooks)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Crochet Socks Update

Last week I shared my progress on a pair of crochet socks.
I'm back to update my slow progress. After my first failed attempt at shaping the back of the heel, I tried again. Then, I turned my first crochet heel. This isn't the first one, that one turned out to be a little off-center, so this is actually my second attempt. Learning is a process. A process that I enjoy almost as much as I enjoy creating.
I've worked the heel and the decreases and I'm off to working the instep. I'm not sure these are quite the right size, but I'm learning so much! And self striping yarn is fun, too.

Remember, making something that doesn't turn out perfectly the first time isn't a failure. You used your time and materials to learn. That is not a failure. No one got on a bicycle their first time and set off on the Tour de France. No one put on their running shoes the first time and ran a marathon. Don't expect creative pursuits to be the exception. It takes time, and practice, to get good at something. Give yourself the space to fail. It will make your creative journey so much more enjoyable.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Crochet hooks: Clover Crochet Hook Set (10 hooks)
Yarn from Knit Picks