Saturday, February 24, 2018

FO: Woodland Ballet

Earlier this week, Mom stopped by with the almost completed Woodland Ballet quilt. I'd sent if off to her for quilting and it was finally done. All I had to do was sew down the binding.
I put on a movie, got comfy on the couch and under the watchful eye of my snoopervisor, I got to it. By bedtime, it was done and the bed.
It's hard to get a decent picture of the whole thing right now - it's far to muddy out for an outdoor photoshoot. But this really is the quilt that started it all. It was a couple years ago and Mom was just getting back into quilting. I'd done a few small tied baby quilts, and there was a fat quarter pack of all the fabrics you see in the bear paws. It's been a long road from here to there.
I collected fabrics from the clearance bin and used up scraps from Mom to to the borders.
Mom did a fantastic free-motion free-hand leaf pattern all over the quilt. It's just perfect! (though she's asked me to give her a bit of a break so she can work on her own projects for a bit).
I got lucky and got this gorgeous floral fabric for the backing on clearance too. I still have a couple yards left, so I think some of it may end up in the Eternal Autumn quilt.

Finishing this one is really motivating me to finish more!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

February dyes

As I mentioned yesterday, February is fading fast, so it was time to get down in the studio and dye up this month's batch of yarn.  I went in with  a plan, a few colourways I've been thinking about for a while. Unfortunately, nothing was working out like it looked in my head. So I decided to throw my plans to the wind and just wing it!
It worked out in the end. These are all Barn Cat - clockwise from top left, we have Spring's Promise, Bamboo Shoots, Lady Orchid and Bird on a Wire.

Hopefully it won't be too long until they get to the shop. It might not be by the end of the month, but it won't be long afterwards.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Half aboard at Aldershot

The first Aldershot sock is done!

I really couldn't be more pleased with it. I love everything - the cables, the colour... the yarn...

I've mentioned before that I'm using our Jungle Cat. It's a merino/bamboo blend and it's so lovely to work with. It's soft and squooshy and the bamboo gives it just a touch of silkiness. It's so nice to knit with, and even nicer to wear.

I've just cast on for the second one, and I'm challenging myself to see if I can get the second one done by the end of the month.  A week to go (how did February fly by so fast???) but I think I can do it.

Anything you're hoping to wrap up before the month is out?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Starburst

It's time to show you that pretty purple quilt I mentioned the other day.

Way back in autumn of last year, I got this lovely collection of 10 inch squares...
...and I picked up a chunk of dark grey floral for contrast. Mom very kindly cut it into 10 inch squares for me. The plan was to turn it into a Starburst Quilt.

While the quilt is easy to assemble, it does take a little work to get going. I worked in stages. One day I sewed all my blocks. The next day I cut them into HSTs. The day after that I pressed them all open.
I'll leave assembling for another day, but I did take some time to settle on the layout.
I think this one is going to be just stunning!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Among the wildflowers

Thank you for all your ideas and advice for Carbeth. I think I'm going to take a page from Araignee's book and try to put two rows on it every night. That should help it progress without killing my hands.

For the rest of the time, I'm finally getting back to some WIPs.
It's been a long time since I've played with this one. It's a design of my own, and the last time you saw it, it only had part of the bottom lace edge complete.

A few nights of steady work saw it complete, as well as one of the sleeve edges. It's rolled up right now, so it doesn't look very impressive. This is definitely a knit that will benefit miles from blocking!

Just one more sleeve edge, and the the fronts and neck edges.  It will be nice to have this one wrapped up!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

No where to go

As I've mentioned before, in order to keep my quilting projects from getting out of hand, I've got five boxes that hold projects in progress.

Currrently, those boxes contain
  • Deep Sea Stars quilt
  • Happy Little Hooter wall hanging
  • Eternal Autumn quilt
  • Tuxie Love quilt
  • A pretty purple project I haven't shown you yet
But I suddenly found myself in a bit of a holding pattern. Deep Sea Stars is awaiting a few more yards of batiks so I can finish the borders. Happy Little Hooter was together, but needed borders and I had nothing in the stash that was working for me. Eternal Autumn quilt needed borders, but I had nothing for it. I've been surrounding the Tuxie Love blocks with plain white, but I ran out. And the purple project was awaiting some squares Mom was cutting for me.

So  I couldn't work on anything without starting something new. It was time for drastic measures! A trip to Lens!
I got some pretty blue floral cotton to set off this cute little Hooter. I've decided he's going to be a pillow instead of a wall hanging.
 The clearance bin yielded up three pretty fabrics that will frame the Eternal Autumn quilt quite nicely.
And Tuxie Love got more plain white cotton so I can finish surrounding those blocks. Once that's done, the black and pink fabrics will become sashing.

And while I was there, I picked up some fabric for another project, though I can't start it until I empty a box.
Mom had three blocks leftover from a quilt she made last year. When I was working on the Bear Paws, she gave me her leftovers, along with the blocks. My cousin is pregnant with her fourth boy and due this spring. I thought the blocks would make a lovely little quilt for the new guy, but there wasn't enough leftovers to make a full quilt with the blocks.  So while I was on my little spree, I grabbed a chunk of solid green, and that funky mosaic for the backing.

So now that I'm fully supplied, I better get sewing!