Friday, October 30, 2015

Few Words Friday

I finally finished machine quilting my Double Wedding Ring quilt - time to cut all the threads on the back.

I practiced 'Plumifying" - from a Patsy Thompson Craftsy class on feathers.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Few Words Friday

Finished up the L'Enveloppe.

Starting knitting a Seeds to Flowers Cowl.

Still machine quilting!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Another Tumbler Quilt

I  finished the tumbler quilt I made over the summer.

The 3.5" tumblers were cut with the GO! when I was stash busting in the spring. It is 68"x95" (twin quilt size). There are 650 tumblers, set at 25/row and 26 rows. For this one I used the same fabric for the tumblers on the ends of the rows and added the same fabric as a border at the top and bottom, to have the tumblers 'floating'.

I quilted Hooked Feathers in the outer (5") border. I started by marking the curving spine with white marking pen that irons out (this is the one that doesn't look like it works until you let it sit for a few seconds, then the line appears). I am amazed that some people still recommend the Frixion pen with all that is known about it.
I stitched the spine first and then the hooked feathers on the side closest to the little inside border.

Then I added the binding without cutting away the excess backing and batting.

This way I had room for my hand, and could easily stitch the second side of the feather right up to the binding. Otherwise I run the risk of covering up the quilting when I bind the quilt. I know I could mark where the binding would go, but marking isn't my thing - the only marking I did on this quilt was the feather spine (I wanted it to curve back and forth evenly around the border), and the 45º at the corner.

For the corner I marked a 45 degree angle and worked the feather around.

For the other free motion quilting designs I chose to meander over the tumblers (just because I love stitching meanders), an angled 'bumping background' for the border created by the tumblers, and a small swirl in the 1" border.
All the free motion quilting was done on my domestic sewing machine using Bottom Line thread in the top and bobbin (all done in the same taupe #617 colour - a great thread that matched everything). I had a #80 regular Organ needle in the sewing machine. The batting is silk, Hobbs Tuscany. The backing is double wide flannel.

Silk batting is lightweight and warm, and so easy to quilt on a domestic sewing machine. After washing it shrinks slightly and has that nice crinkle look.

This lace hat is another finish this week. The pattern is from the Craftsy class New Directions in Lace (more details can by found on my Ravelry page if you are interested). It is one of the classes I have watched since buying the month pass. 
I am going through as many classes as I can, watching parts that I find useful, some I watch at 1.5 or 2 times the speed - it is still perfectly clear and easy to follow, I also have been downloading the class material from many classes that I might not have time to watch. 

I find the baking/cooking classes really nice and I am amazed at what I have learned (classes that I wouldn't have thought of buying).

This bread is from 'Artisan Bread in Minutes'. The recipe makes a large batch of dough and it is kept it in the fridge (for up to two weeks, but mine has never lasted that long - we are on our third batch in less than two weeks!), then you just take out as much dough as you need. The class shows all kinds of ways to use the dough.

We have been making pizza - quick and easy - the dough rests on the counter while the pizza stone heats in the oven.

These cinnamon knot buns I made with the brioche dough I made from the class ' Classic and Creative Brioche Pastries'.

Some WIPs -

I am knitting L'Enveloppe by Sally Melville, with some yarn I blended and spun.

The cowl I am knitting with yarn from New Zealand is coming along nicely  - this is my take along project because the lace is so easy to knit.

I am free motion quilting the double wedding ring quilt I pieced earlier in the year. It is wool batting and much puffier than the silk.

This work in progress is one that I am amazed by. I have been trying to grow avocado pits for years, and this one is growing!

In the summer I won a set of knitting needles during the Tour de Fleece. They were Knitters Pride needles, well KP had a photo contest recently and this was my entry (the theme was what our KP needles matched) -

I was surprised to win a set of double pointed "Marblz" needles.

They are so pretty!

Since I rarely use DPN's, and didn't want them to just sit in a drawer, I put them on display in my sewing room - with a crochet heart from my niece.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!♥︎

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Share (or Two)

I wanted to share this link for an 'All Access Class Pass' on Craftsy.
I don't have any affiliation to Craftsy (I don't get anything from sharing this link), I am sharing it because I first found this on someones website for $19US, but the link I am sharing is for $9US ($12.71 Canadian today). I bought it for the higher price believing it was a good deal (I don't know why Craftsy has different prices for the same thing, they do this often). The pass is for unlimited viewing of all the Craftsy classes (over 800) for the month of October - plus all the downloads (patterns, recipes....).

Just because I can't blog without a photo, I am sharing a photo of some boxes my husband and I recently made from the wood of an old tv stand we took apart (older style that didn't fit today's flat screen tv's) - perfect for holding quilt tops waiting for quilting and fibre waiting to be spun. The images are from The Graphics Fairy, transferred with wax paper.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

About Time I Blogged!

Almost a month has gone by since I blogged, I am still making things - life is good! Picture heavy post.

I machine quilted a quilt top that my Mother pieced - 

The pattern is Emma by Bella Moon. It is a great fat quarter pattern.

This quilt is a fraternal twin to a quilt I made earlier in the summer (these will be gifts).

I have a few knitting finishes -

Hand spun socks,

and a bulky cowl - this is the Tanis Fibre Arts Year in Colour project for September.

I also started spinning again (I took a month off after the Tour de Fleece) -

This is Polwarth wool that I spun lace weight.

It is from this wool top that I gradient dyed.

Now I am working on a blended yarn - 
I started with Merino wool that I dyed shades of pink, purple, red and black, natural Gotland Grey wool and black silk.

I blended it on a blending board.

The above photo is of the rolags (the cinnamon bun shaped fibre), spun yarn and knitted sample.

Fall brings a bounty from the garden, and I have been doing some preserving - yum! 

Fruit Chutney
Tomatoes ready for roasting
After roasting and being pureed into tomato sauce
Lots of Canada Geese in the field behind our home - a sure sign of fall too-

This was the best photo I managed to take of the lunar eclipse on Sunday- it was a perfect evening to watch it.

butterfly in the garden
freshly unfolded poppy in the morning light
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

This Week's Finishes

I finally finished quilting this buffet runner - 

Hot (32℃, 41℃ with the humidex), windy days are perfect for staying inside and quilting.  The fabric and blocks are so 'busy' that I kept the quilting relatively simple (radiating lines and continuous curves mainly).

It is 22"x49". I used a thin poly/cotton batting, and Bottom Line thread for the free motion quilting (top and bottom).

The block patterns come from this book by Judy Martin - Knockout Blocks and Sampler Quilts. I am a huge fan of her books (the Courthouse Steps quilt I finished this summer was based on her Log Cabin book) and this one has lovely blocks. I had pieced these blocks years ago and they just sat around waiting for something to be made.

The book has so many blocks (mainly stars), and the rotary cutting measurements are for different sizes of blocks - a great reference book.

I also finished knitting this scarf -

The pattern is Lintilla by Martina Behm. I made this with hand spun yarn - merino, bamboo, and sparkling Angelina that I blended, and spun during the Tour de Fleece this year.

Now I am knitting a cowl with yarn all the way from New Zealand (thanks Raewyn!)-

The yarn is a Cashmere, Possum Down and Silk blend that is lovely and soft. I thought that I simple pattern would show it off best. The pattern is a 'feather and fan' cowl - a free pattern from Knitty called Ice Queen by Rosemary Hill. I decided not to add beads (they are too cold for our winters), I also did a picot cast-on instead of a provisional cast-on (much easier).

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!♥︎

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Ready for Free Motion Quilting!

First thing I want to mention is that I am hoping to teach another Free Motion Quilting class at our local school. If you are in the Winnipeg area and are interested in learning to free motion quilt your own quilts here is the LINK. Thanks!

I am ready for more free motion quilting! This weekend I finished piecing two projects.

This first one is a table runner that is about 22"x49". The blocks (15" and 6") are ones I pieced about 4 years ago and had set aside - I thought it was about time I did something with them.

This next project is 3" tumblers I cut with the GO! earlier in the year, when I was stash busting. I thought I would make a lap quilt - about 55"x74", but now that it is finished I am tempted to add some more borders and turn it into a twin bed quilt.

It is not like I don't have enough fabric.

I am also knitting with some more hand spun from the Tour de Fleece. This is a lovely scarf pattern called Lintilla.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!♥︎