Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Florid Bloom Quilting

This quilt has waited longer to get quilted than most. You can learn more about this quilt in this post from September 2020, or this one also from September 2020. Those posts will tell you where to buy the Florid Bloom template set and Double Wedding Ring Quilts book from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
I chose this fun daisy pantograph and let the machine do its magic. All this quilt needs now is some binding so it can be the quilt it has always wanted to be. 

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Quilt Finish: Assemble!

I've had this fabric in my collection for a while. I knew it would become quilt binding one day. This past weekend was that day. I cut my strips and made that binding. The stripes on the fabric are not straight but sort of wavy. Striped binding is one of my favorites because it is just so much fun. 
Then, I attached it by machine and finished it with the machine for a quick finish. I rarely finish binding by hand any more. 
Second quilt finish of 2022. It took nearly a year from start to finish. Not because it was difficult but because I can't maintain focus on a single project to get it finished quickly. Buying backing slows things a bit, too. 

Learn more about the construction of this quilt in this post from April 2021.
Learn more about the quilting of this quilt in this post from December 2021.

Do you have a panel you aren't quite sure what to do with? I highly recommend Panel Pals from Hunter's Design Studio. This pattern (available both as a pdf download and paper pattern) will walk you through creating a pieced border for your panel and the addition of borders to bring that panel up to quilt size with great results. I even used techniques I learned in her book Quilt Talk to paper piece the corner blocks on my border. She is moving away from paper patterns so check out the deep discounts she has on paper products including an autographed copy of her book. 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Cranky Socks

This wonderful yarn from Knitterly Things has waited long enough. While I do enjoy a good bargain, I also like to support small business when I can. Both of these were part of the Knitterly Things Fall Sock Club. If you have the ability I highly recommend joining the club at least once. You can learn more by checking out the Vesper Sock Yarn Club 2022 page. I am seriously considering signing up for the next one. 
I love this look down into the sock. 
All that's left is to knit the toes closed with the Kitchener Stitch. I love that the kits comes with a coordinating color for the heels and toes. Such great results. Do you have a favorite small business that you love to support? 

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):

Knitter's Pride Aqua Sock Blockers, Medium
Fiskars 7 Inch Softgrip Student Scissors (snipping yarn)
5 Pieces 5 Different Size Bent Latch Hook Crochet Needle Hook (picking up dropped stitches)
Cable Clamp PRO Cable Management 4 Pack (used in place of weight buckle)
Brightech Lightview Pro Flex - Hands Free, Magnifying Glass Desk Lamp for Close Work (lens removed)
Zibra PB100LZR Grip-n-Glide 1-Inch Round Trim Paint Brush (to clean lint/dust from machine)
24 Pack Metal Rectangular Empty Hinged Tins (hold extra machine needles)
addi Express Hook (picking up dropped stitches, hanging setup bonnet, finishing missed stitches)
Do4U Drinking Home Office Table Desk Side Huge Clip (I use it to hold the ball/cake of yarn while I crank but it could hold your drink, too)
BLACK+DECKER WM225-A Portable Project Center and Vise (this is my machine stand, slightly modified for a larger work surface)
RuMe Bags Baggie All (Aspen) (to hold my hand-finishing supplies: yarn needle, needle threader, scissors, Kitchener directions, stitch markers, etc) 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Crochet Crazy

I continue to make solid progress on my granny poncho. I try to take a photo every day or two. This is from after I finished the first ball of yarn. 
Each new color is a joy to hook. 
I'm almost to the end of the second ball of yarn. I'm not sure it will be all that big but I'm excited about it anyway. Have you started any new crochet projects this year? 

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