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

Friday, October 10, 2014

October Stitch Tease Bee

I'm down to one bee for October, which made for an easy month. Next month a new bee kicks in for me and I will tell you about it as it gets started. For now, it is Jennifer's month in more ways than one.  I wanted to get these blocks made and in the mail before we left for vacation. Jennifer asked for Remixed Flying Geese blocks, with a very open color scheme. These blocks are 6.5" x 12.5" unfinished, so she asked for 4 blocks. I was not happy with the top left block, so I decided to make an extra block.

Jennifer is also getting married next week, so I wanted to make her a little something extra. I decided on two voile pillowcases. A simple, but hopefully special gift. Jennifer runs the Knotted Thread online shop and she is always so generous with her sponsorships and giveaways, I thought it would be fun to send her and her fiancé a little surprise.
I got a surprise myself when the print accidentally matched on one of the pillowcase seams.

I hope these have arrived and I am not spoiling the surprise. I'm looking forward to seeing a few photos on Instagram of the wedding festivities. Congratulations Jennifer and Steve.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A New Sock Knitting Bag

sock knitting bag and pouch

Cotton & Steel fabric collection

I've been having fun with my new camera that I received for a birthday gift this summer. The pancake lens captures fantastic images. This one is of a single bloom in a vase that was originally a sake bottle. I wish I could remember the name of the sake Mr. Romance ordered so I could buy an entire case, just for the bottles, of course.
As we get ready to head off for a fall vacation I wanted a new knitting bag so I used the first of my Cotton and Steel collection to make a knitting bag and knitting accessories zipper pouch. I love the colors and the tiger print made the perfect lining.
I hope to post lots of fall color photos on Instagram. I am @ylmommyx4, if you want to follow along. I have a special request from a friend to post a photo of us jumping in a pile of leaves. I sure hope we can fulfill that request.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Third Quarter Finish Along, the Finishes

Finish Along 2014

My list for the 3rd quarter 2014 Finish Along had four things on it that I wanted to finish.
I've found that 4 is a good workable number for me.
The less pressure I put on myself, the more I tend to finish.

 The Monkey Socks looked like this when I wrote the first post.
They were started while we were in Vancouver.

and now look like this: 

Monkey Socks

You can read about them in this post, including why they are different colors.

When I wrote my list in July, I had 2 blocks made for the Single Girl quilt.
Each 21" square block is made of 4 paper pieced blocks.
I made 12 blocks.

I'm happy to say this quilt is finished and I blogged about it in this post at the end of August.

In April, my friend, Chase started a fun QAL on Flickr. The Pack Patch Mini QAL had some fun prompts for choosing fabrics for each block. Just 3.5" x 4.5", these little blocks were fun to make. My hope was to get this mini quilted by hand in time for the linky party.

I didn't quilt it by hand but I did finish it.
You can read about it in this post.

Also on my list was the selvage quilt.
Started at the beginning of the year, it has been on my finish along list for two quarters now. 
When I wrote the third quarter list I only needed to make 12 more blocks.
This was the pile of 88 completed blocks waiting patiently for me to sew the last 12 blocks.

Finished and blogged in the nick of time. 

So that means I finished 4/4. Yeah Me!