Monday, January 29, 2018

Something New

Recently I was talking with a friend about starting new projects (the start of the year seems to always bring an abundance of quilt alongs, knit alongs, spin alongs...). She suggested it would be a good idea to remember being excited about projects we already had on the go when they were new, and to work on them for a week at a time to get them done. Brilliant idea!

So for the past week I worked on a project that I started exactly two years ago - a Pineapple Quilt. All the pieces had been cut and I had pieced 18 blocks before I got sidetracked by a few new quilt alongs that year (two of them I finished, and a third has morphed into another project). This week I finished piecing the rest of the blocks!! It was amazing how the thought that I was just doing this for one week made piecing these so much better (these blocks were not a joy to put together - 14" blocks, 53 individual pieces per block, they would have been better if they were 10" blocks).

I pieced 31 blocks last week. These are 49, 14" blocks in a 7x7 layout, the quilt will be 98" square. Sewing the blocks together and quilting will wait until another week!

For my 'Year in Craftsy' this week I dyed some fibre following a 'recipe' from the class Next Steps in Yarn Dyeing with Sarah Eyre.

I happened to have the dye colours called for in the recipe, and it was the first time I have dyed fibre this way (in citric acid in a shallow roasting pan).

It came out so nice, and definitely a technique I will try again.

the full bobbins
finished yarn
This a Merino/Nylon blend for socks, which always spins so easily.

All the best!♥︎


PaintedThread said...

Love the yarn. Those pineapple blocks are fantastic!!

Sue SA said...

The pineapple quilt is fantastic, this pattern is on my to do list, one day!

Lynne Stucke said...

What stunning pineapples!!! I was ALMOST inspired to start one myself . . . . until, that is, I read how many pieces went into each block. Then, common sense reigned. Still, it WILL be a beautiful quilt!

Quilt Rat said...

As usual....every one of your posts find me saying WOW! I LOVE the way your fibre turned out and the resulting yarn.

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