Monday, October 30, 2017

Wayward Transparency planning

Quilting Jetgirl has a Wayward Transparency QAL going, so when she posted the possible colorways that she sorted out, I went a little insane.

I decided to do a throw sized one (68"x68") in the Regal to Lavendar colorway that I'll likely gift:

Regal to Lavender 
And one in the Orange to Red colorway, but upsize it to work on our new guest bed (double/full, so something like 85"x 90"):
Orange to Red
 which I'll use when my best friend, Kathryne, comes to visit since her favorite color is orange.  Or maybe I'll give it to her as a gift, too.  (If you're reading this, Kathryne, let me know if this is too orange for you, if that's possible) (:

The first set of instructions was posted Oct. 13, but it wasn't until the first set of piecing instructions were posted that I started.  Either way, here are my cutting pictures and my HST from the Piecing #1 instructions
Kona regal, tulip, lavendar
Kona orange, flame and Chinese red

There's a facebook group for this QAL as well as the Magnolia Mystery QAL, so join in to see all the other quilter's progress!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Magnolia Mystery continued

My Magnolia Mystery quilt continues, and I cannot wait for the next steps to be revealed next Thursday!

Here are the half flying geese units for October with some extra HST that the quilt won't use.  I may add them onto the back or the bottom edge of the quilt, just for some extra interest.

I've decided to use some grey fabric as the backing with a stripe of yellow, somewhat like this

I'll add a list and photos of all of my other WIPs in my next post.  I'm sure I have more than I am remembering!

Monday, October 09, 2017

New mystery QAL!

I decided to join a mystery quilt quilt-a-long, hosted by Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs.  The QAL is the Magnolia Mystery Quilt.

Since I'm now feeling 2% more settled into our new home, I decided to pull fabric for it and get started on Sunday, though I am a few months behind! 

Here's the fabric I chose:
Kona iron, palm, spring and butter, from top to bottom.

So far, I have cut most of the fabric (August's task) and made the HST (September's task):
I still need to trim them down to 3.5 x 3.5 and make this month's Half Geese Units.

Since I am leery of mystery QALs, I did request the sneak peek and I am so very excited about it!

I'm also doing the Ravelry Quilters Knitting Austerity Challenge again this year, and I'm proud to say that all of this fabric was stash fabric!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Teal Carpenter's Star quilt and some HST magic

So I said I'd come back and post about the teal carpenters star quilt that I just finished.

I've been having some problems with the previous carpenters stars' points not quite matching.  This isn't something that really bothered me, as I am really just a process quilter; not a product one, but I thought I might poke around to see what I could do to make things (somewhat) better.  I had been making my HSTs by doing the usual draw the diagonal line on a square fabric and sewing 1/4" from the line, but I had seen some quilters use a larger square to make 4 HSTs at once.

Here's one great site that explains this, and another, and here's the math behind it, from the 2nd link / pinterest:

Since I was wondering if the bias edges made a difference, I cut my squares on the bias, seamed around them, and then cut my HSTs so that they would be on the grain / against the grain, not on the bias. 

Here's the resulting quilt, which has much better points than each of the other Carpenter's Square ones.  Now I just need to add a label and gift it to my friend Carla!!

So what are you doing for Ravellenics?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Quilting update!

Hi there!
What's new with you?

Clearly, blogging hasn't been at the top of my to-do list, but I have some new crafty things to share:

First, I've started quilting, and since Christmas 2013 has passed, I can now share what I gifted for that holiday:

To my mom, a quilt in (some of) her favorite colors of teal, purple and light green:
 The quilt uses Breeze charm packs and the pattern was from a tutorial at, and I appliqued a moose on the back of it as she has an appreciation for moose that I don't understand.  (The toy chest in the top right of the picture is her toy chest from her childhood, now repurposed as our dogs' toy chest.)

For my Far, an irish chain lap quilt made slightly short, as per his preference, and backed in some fun fabric from Ikea:

I've made this quilt pattern several times this year:
Once for my friend Kathryne, in orange, without the top and bottom sashing:
and once for my friend Cindy, in blues:
And I'm currently working on another version of this pattern in a teal as a thank you present (maybe I'll remember to post it later).

Finally, I also made this pattern for one of my friend's first grandchild, Hannah, using two charm packs of Dandelion Girl and attempted some more applique.

After I finish the third Carpenters star / four hour quilt, I'm thinking about making Starburst from Melissa's tutorial at happyquiltingmelissa.

In other news, I'm gearing up for some spinning with the Ravellenic Winter Games (see Ravelry for more info)
 and planning some heirloom gardening this spring using some seedsaver seeds!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Random spinning

So as I said a few months ago, I've been spinning!  Here's my first handspun sock yarn:
 Which I made into these socks for me:
The pattern for these was Knitty Twist, found at this Ravelry link.

I also made these socks for my co-worker Kathryn from some handspun columbia:
And then, several scarves for my mom, including this one from some roving from Crown Mountain Farms (pattern is Annis, from which I think is a great pattern)

And, since I don't have enough pictures in this post, here's some more of some roving that came with a spindle I bought, though I can't remember what brand it was.

Yay!  Check out my ravelry stash for more photos (I'm julene144)