Friday, October 23, 2020

Baby Quilt, and Some Other Things

This week I finished quilting a baby quilt that my Mom and I made.

My Mom pieced the tiny thimbles, and I sewed on the borders and machine quilted it. It is a gift for a family member.

The quilt is 33"x42". 

I free motion quilted it with regular cotton sewing thread in the top and bobbin. It has a 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting, and a flannel backing.

Other recent sewing is that I made my first coat!

It is made from a camel coloured wool that I bought as a remnant from a fundraising sale at the Costume Museum of Canada ($30 for over 3m). I am just waiting for buttons to finish it up. It looks like another 'artisanal burlap sack', but that seems to be what I sew for myself.

The pattern is from this Japanese sewing book.
The pattern was for a much lighter fabric, and so I had to line mine (with lots of advice from my Mom!).
All the patterns in the book are very straightforward.

Since I don't seem to blog much anymore I have had a few more finishes, this time spinning and knitting.

I finished a pair of socks, made from some handspun Merino/Nylon.
I also spun up some merino that I dyed.
To make a 3 ply, about DK weight yarn.
I used it, along with a strand of mohair/silk to knit a hat.
The hat is so soft and warm. I added another section of increases to the pattern because I was like a beanie of my large head at first, and I wanted it to be a beret.

The hat is finished just in time for the snow-

Molly was amazed by the snow - I guess she doesn't remember last winter.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, September 28, 2020

New Wallhanging

This month I made a wallhanging using more pieces of cross stitch that my Dad stitched.

The wallhanging is about 28"x35". 

I made this one for my parents.

I free motion quilted it with Essential Pro thread from Connecting Threads.
I used a layer of cotton and a layer of wool batting so the wallhanging would be flat but puffy. I just stitched in the ditch around the pieces of embroidery.
The cross stitch designs are from the book Repertoire des Motifs by Valerie Lejeune.

Photos from around-

No wind.
Fall colours.
A couple of Yellowlegs in the pond (right edge).
Wrong end of a skunk
We scared a fox.

All the best!♥︎

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

An August Finish and a September one too

I made a new bag-

This one is for the game Rummikub.

The bag fits all the tiles and the stands.

Plus it is very easy to pick out the tiles when playing.

The pattern is one that I have made before from this Japanese magazine. 
The fabric is from Japan too - my son picked it out on our last trip.

This is the bag with lots of modifications. My modified pattern is basically a 7.5" circle, and an 8"x23" rectangle, plus seam allowances. For the lining I cut the rectangle 17"x23". 

This gnome is something I made in August. The pattern is Nice to Gnome You by Sarah Schira - it was a mystery knit along. I used leftover commercial sock yarn for this one, since the yarn was all held double and I wasn't sure it would work in handspun (I thought my uneven spinning would be more noticeable). Like the other mystery gnomes I have made this was lots of fun - something to look forward to every few days.

Since it has been so long since I last blogged there are lots of photos from around-

There has been amazing storm clouds.
The canola field around our property was cut (then harvested).
Still lots of canning! All those little jars are 16 pounds of tomatoes.
Some pasta sauce, pizza sauce, and ketchup (for the first time and it won't be the last, I don't think I could eat commercial ketchup again - it's amazing recipe link I made a half recipe).
Misty sunrise.
I think she is lecturing her on how to behave.
Molly is 11 months old now.
Miss Maggie.
A dewy spider web.

All the best!♥︎

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Summer Time Fun

It is always amazing how fast summer flies by! 

The garden has done so well, and we are canning or freezing something everyday.

We even have proper corn to eat (we have tried on and off for years without much luck).

I finished making a few things recently-

I sewed a dress with fabric that I thought I would make a skirt with last month.
The pattern is from this Japanese magazine (vol 10 - Amazon link).
My Mom and I have made so many things from this one issue, that the magazine is bulging with the traced tissue paper patterns.
This is the pattern I used.
I made it with some fabric I was given and then dyed with indigo last summer.
I finished knitting a pair of socks from some handspun yarn. This is a BFL/Nylon blend that I dyed then spun.  They are 56 stitches, toe-up socks, knit magic loop, two-at-a-time, on a 2.75mm circular needle, with a slip stitch heel flap, and gusset.
I didn't quite have enough of the yellow/grey mix, and added some grey stripes on the leg.
These are the latest socks on the needles - a merino/nylon blend this time.

Photos from around-
 Molly waiting for someone to join her on the trampoline.
I can never resist great clouds.
The next place down the road just has some old buildings.
I think this barn is interesting with the boards on the diagonal.
A Great Blue Heron came to visit.
The surrounding field of canola is almost ready for harvest.
We have a new windmill to aerate the pond (we are trying to get it cleaned up since we swim in it).

All the best!♥︎

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