Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quilt Journal

I just printed out the photos of the last 35 quilts I have made. I was pretty surprised to see how many I have made in less than two years. Some are just mini quilts, but most are lap sized or larger.

How do you keep a record of the quilts you have made? I bought this Quilt Journal a few years ago when I went to my first Road to California quilt show. I like filling the pages up with photos and notes about each quilt. I have been a scrapbooker for over 20 years. I love keeping a tactile journal of family events and travel experiences so that some day, when I am gone, future generations will be able to see and read about what was important in my life. That is also why I blog.
This journal has the records of the first 60 quilts I have made. Of those 60 quilts, 43 have been gifted or donated to charities. That makes me very happy. It's also fun to see how my quilt style has evolved and also how my quilt photography has improved. 

I really wanted the same, simple journal that I had before, but I could not find it anywhere. This one has a lot more room to write and is a little larger, but I will enjoy filling the pages with photos and memories. 

I better get busy filling those pages with the memories of making each quilt before I forget. It's also exciting to think I am getting close to the magic number of 100 quilts completed!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bridges, Beer and Leaf Peeping

Bridges, beer and leaf peeping.This pretty much sums up our Vermont vacation. Mr. Romance and I have now been home one week from our fabulous Vermont vacation. It's taken me that long to get caught up with bills, errands and paperwork. I' worked on this post a littlle ata time, but it is very long and full of lots of photos. I hope you enjoy our photo recap of a wonderful two weeks in Vermont.
We spent most mornings sleeping in until nearly 9 am., and then started our exploring around 11 each morning. Every day involved driving around and finding beautiful, hidden, tree lined, small country roads.
Instead of giving you a day by day account of our travels I thought I would just write the words that come to mind when remembering our fantastic time in Vermont. The only thing we didn't do on our Vermont Bucket list was go fly fishing. The streams were really low and we did not see one person fishing, so we figured they weren't catching much.

Colorful leaves and trees
Delicious crunchy apples
Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Long, relaxing drives
Beautiful lakes and streams
Peaceful places to hike
Small town America
Trails for biking and walking
Gondola ride
Cooking Breakfast in our room
Fall Colors
Good beer
Cool, crisp weather
Shelburne Museum
Wool sweaters, socks and boots
Quilt displays
Hot and humid
Trapp Family Lodge 
Outlet shopping
Great hotel rooms
University of Vermont Hockey
Beautiful Covered Bridges

Showing you lots and lots of photos, almost all taken with the iPhone 6

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