Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall 2014 Blogger's Quilt Festival, Large Quilt

This is my entry in the large quilt category. I loved making this single girl quilt, the paper pieced version.  You can read all about this quilt in the post I wrote after I completed it here.

I also entered my Trash to Treasure quilt in the scrappy category.
Single Girl Quilt

Here are the quilt stats:
Quilt Stats:

Name: Double Date
Pattern: Denyse Schmidt's Single Girl pattern, altered to make a paper pieced version
Fabrics: All Denyse Schmidt fabric including Flea Market Fancy, Katie Jump, Hope Valley, Ansonia, Shelburne Falls, Chicopee, and DS for Joann's. Low volume prints from stash.
Batting: Warm and White
Backing: Flea Market Fancy print
Binding: Aqua print DS for Joann's
Thread: pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. #2310 
Finished size: 56" x 78"

Fall 2014 Blogger's Quilt Festival, Scrappy Category

Thank you to Amy for hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I can't believe this is my 6th time to participate. This time I am entering my Selvage Block quilt in the Scrappy Quilt category. This quilt is the definition of "scrappy". It is made from selvages cut from the edge of the fabric that so many people throw away, all scraps.
I wrote a detailed blog post here, that explains all about it.You can also see more photos of it in that blog post.

I also entered my Single Girl quilt in the Large Quilt category.
Trash to Treasure

Quilt Stats:
Name: Trash to Treasure
Fabric: selvage remnants 
Backing: Architextures 108" extra wide in Blue
Batting" Warm and White
Binding: Madrona Road text in black
Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt. color 2310
size: 74" x 74"

Looking back at my other entries I can tell I usually go with an emotional entry. Usually a quilt that I have gifted or that had a big impact on my quilt journey.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Nine, that's how many pairs of socks I have knit since I started making them in September 2013.
I really like the way these turned out and I can see so much improvement in my knitting.

opal hundertwasser yarn

opal hundertwasser yarn

opal hundertwasser yarn

opal hundertwasser yarn

opal hundertwasser yarn

opal hundertwasser yarn

opal hundertwasser yarn

My two biggest improvements are that the place where the rows join on my circular needles is no longer a visible line. That is a huge improvement from my first pair. The next improvement I have made is to memorized the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern and it turns out good every time. I also discovered that starting the toe with 16 stitches and then increasing to 32 stitches fits my foot perfectly. You might not think there is a fit to socks but when you hand knit socks and they don't have a lot of stretch, the fit is very important. As a bonus, the pattern almost lines up.
This yarn was a fun one to work with and see the pattern form as I continued knitting. I am finishing up another pair of socks now, but after that I think I am going to try knitting with double pointed needles and also try using an elastic thread in the cuff to help with the baggy cuff.

Sock Stats:
Yarn: Opal Hundertwasser Sock Yarn color 2104/625
Needles: Addi Turbo US size 1 (2.5mm)
Pattern: Simple stockinette stitch with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel.

This is my first completed project from my 4th quarter Finish Along list.

Finish Along 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fair Isle Sew Along

I am home from vacation and need to spend some time writing a really good post to tell you all about it. Needless to say, Vermont was beautiful. It was the perfect vacation to get me in the mood for a new sew along. Have you seen the news that Lee of Freshly Pieced is having a Fair Isle Sew Along? 
From the moment I saw some photos of her poinsettia pillows I was smitten and now she has gone and designed a whole quilt. 
You can see Lee's original plan in the link above but I decided to load her photo into Photoshop Elements and recolor it to audition other color choices. 
Here is what I came up with. I think it looks like an Amish style quilt and I am very excited to start this. 
I thought I'd go a little more traditional and add in brown reindeer.
I have chosen to use all Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids in these colors:
Black for the background, Cranberry and Lipstick for the poinsettias, Cappuccino for the reindeer and Turf for the trees. 
I just placed my order today so I hope the fabric arrives quickly, otherwise I will be starting a little late. Is anyone else going to play along? This will be a fun, no pressure sew along.

Monday, October 13, 2014

2014 Finish Along, the 4th Quarter.

Hi everyone. I am enjoying a beautiful fall vacation with Mr. Romance in Vermont. The colors have been incredible and I think we timed it perfectly to see the peak colors.
I will write a quick post to tell you my plans for projects to finish by January. 

First up is to finish the second sock for this pair that I brought along to knit on vacation.

And when I finish that sock I have the second sock to finish on another pair. This one has a simple cable going up each side and is very fun to make.

Then there is my Posey Patrol quilt made out of Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I think I have about 60 blocks finished and want to make about 40 more, then get them all sewn into a quilt top, quilted and bound. That should take me a while.

The last is a super secret project I am making for my sister's big birthday in November. I hope you will trust me on this one. All the fabric is starched and I have started cutting some of the pieces, but I don't want to ruin the surprise. She has requested a quilt, so you know I will be making a quilt and gifting it by November. 

That's my four projects. It seems to be a good number for me. I am linking up with Katy, who has worked so hard to make 2014 Finish Along a great success.

Finish Along 2014