Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Modern Curves

For my second quilt, I'm entering Modern Curves in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
Modern Curves

Thanks to my summer hiatus, I never did blog this quilt. Earlier this year, I submitted a design to Quilt Now and was very happily accepted to appear in the inaugural issue. The theme was Sorbet and I picked out pastel kona solids with a white background. I used Kona Ash for the backing and binding. Because it's such a small quilt, the curves don't take that long to piece and once the trimming is done, it's quite an easy quilt to put together.

Modern Curves Modern Curves

I really liked the simplicity of the design with the solid fabrics, but I tried to give it some depth with the quilting. I used coordinating thread colors in each of the 3 foreground sections. I quilted the Ball Bearings design by Leah Day to mimic the curves and give the quilt some movement. I left the white background unquilted.

Modern Curves

These photos are post-washing, and I adore the crinkle. I'm entering this in the Home Machine Quilted category.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Cross Stitch Sparkle

Blogger's Quilt Festival has rolled around again. I'm very proud to enter 2 quilts of my own design this time.
Cross Stitch Sparkle

Today's entry in the Original Design category is Cross Stitch Sparkle, which is my first self-published quilt pattern. This design is made from half square triangles and the pattern comes in 6 sizes, from Wall-hanging to King.

Cross Stitch Sparkle

I made the crib size for the sample and had great fun pulling sweet girly fabrics. For the back I used one of my very favorite fabrics ever and bound it with an orange ta-dot.

Cross Stitch Sparkle Back

I ditch-quilted the blocks to keep them in place and hand-quilted through each X with pink, orange, and yellow #8 DMC perle cotton. I really love this quilt. The pattern can be purchased on my website as an automatic download, if you're interested. Check out the hashtag #xstitchsparkle on instagram for other gorgeous versions of the pattern. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rhinebeck Haul 2014

Rhinebeck 2014

I had a very efficient Rhinebeck. Because I was alone this time, I made a beeline early on Saturday for all the the vendors I wanted to see. I got in, I bought, and I left when I couldn't carry any more stuff, figuring that the maximum I could carry was a good limit. I visited The Fold for STR, Dragonfly Fibers, Fiber Optic, Into the Whirled, Bosworth, and Harrisville Designs where I picked up some Shelter. I wish I could've squeezed into Miss Babs, but the line was too long and by that point my arms were too full.

I totally forgot to look for a blending board and a jumbo ball winder, but that is what the internet is for. I'm not great with crowds and by 11:30 it was fairly overwhelming for me, so I'm glad I left and spent the rest of the day with Spicy and the dogs.

I can see myself going to Rhinebeck every 5 years or so. I bet at least some of this stash will still be around by then. For now I have plenty to keep me busy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2 hats

About a month ago, I bought a bunch of Dream in Color Classy on sale at eat sleep knit. I didn't have any particular projects in mind, but I figured that basic worsted weight yarn would always come in handy. After going to Rhinebeck on Saturday, we made plans to meet up with Spicy's brother and his family at Sterling Forest. Spicy had asked me to make hats for his nephew and niece.

Nephew Rogan in his chunkeanie hat #knittersofinstagram

For his nephew I made the Chunkeanie Hat by Wooly Wormhead. I knit the smallest size using #8 knitpicks 16" circs. The color was Bootcamp. If I had a do-over, I would've made the hat just a smidge longer.

Niece Saia in her purl bee hat #knitting

For Spicy's niece I made the Purl Bee Garter Ear Flap Hat in the smallest size with #8 16" circs. I used the color Blue Sage. The pattern called for smaller needles, but at 6 mos. she was in between sizes so i used larger needles throughout and the fit is pretty decent. I always overanalyze whether things are too cutesy or not but i think the pointy top was just cute enough without being obnoxious. in the adult sizes i think it'd be too much, unless you can pull off the ironic hipster thing.

I'd recommend both patterns. They are both free and easy and they don't take very long. it was reasonably cold and windy at the park and both hats seemed to do the job.

I'll try to be back later this week with the Rhinebeck haul, but the weather hasn't been very cooperative so far. in case anyone is wondering, i got in and out by 11:30 on Saturday. I don't do crowds very well.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rhinebeck + a Cuddle Puppy

Sleepy #dogsofinstagram #dogs

Just a quick note to say that I will be at Rhinebeck on Saturday. I will be wearing my catversushuman tshirt, my Banksy hat, and maybe another new design if i can get it finished in time. I am allergic to people but I promise to try my very best not to be too weird if you speak to me. I'll be alone this year b/c Spicy will be keeping the dogs company and catching up on cable tv.

Can't resist. This one's even funnier #dogsofinstagram #dogs

So see you there! or not. whatevs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oakshot Table Linens Challenge

I am thrilled to have been chosen to participate in the Oakshot Table Linens Challenge by Sew Mama Sew. I was sent a fat eighth bundle of Oakshot cottons in Lakes. Kristin asked me to make a set of trivets.

Oakshot Trivets

These lovely fabrics were telling me that they wanted to be improv piecing, so I cut strips and did some improv curves. The colors and the piecing remind me of stormy seas.

Oakshot Trivets

For the second trivet, I made a friendship braid using the technique from the craftsy class, Cut to it. This was one of the better classes I've taken--I'd highly recommend it. (I am not a craftsy affiliate and I paid for the class all by my lonesome. it was totally worth it). I was worried that the oakshots would stretch out on the bias but they held their shape nicely.

Oakshot Trivets

I used a layer of Insulbrite and a layer of Quilter's Dream Wool batting. I like using wool for potholders and trivets because it's poofier and more insulating than cotton. I matchstick quilted the improv trivet and it really flattened out, while the friendship braid trivet with it's less dense wavy lines retained more dimension. The backing is from the Art Gallery Indelible collection and the bias binding is Timeless Treasures Sketch in Charcoal. I used a pot lid and drew around my quilted squares then cut out the circles.

Oakshot Trivets

I think this set dresses up the table quite nicely, and I look forward to using them the next time we have company! Be sure to check out all of the other participants and Sew Mama Sew is giving away a bundle of Oakshots Oct. 22-25, so keep an eye out.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Banksy Hat

Banksy Hat

I love all the speckled yarns that are so popular right now, but sometimes it can be difficult to find the right project to show them off. I wanted to make myself a lightweight fall hat using this gorgeous skein of sock yarn from SpunRightRound. My criteria: it had to keep my ears covered, it couldn't be plain stockinette (and therefore boring), it had to be a little slouchy but not too much, it had to be relatively easy and fast to finish.

Banksy Hat

Earlier this year I knit Roebling. I loved how the short-row shaping at the brim covered the ears without adding the bulk of a double fold brim. I was inspired to shape my hat in a similar way, and Kirsten Kapur was quite kind enough to give me her blessing to proceed with my pattern. I added a simple slipped stitch cable to the body that gives just a little texture but lets the speckled yarn shine.

Banksy Hat

I'm really pleased with this hat, and I hope to see lots of projects. I'm running a special offer for the first 30 days after release. Post a finished Banksy Hat project with FO photo on Ravelry by Nov. 13 and receive one free pattern of your choice from my Ravelry store. You must create a project in Ravelry with start/end dates, add a finished photo, and PM me which pattern you’d like to receive. Sorry, Craftsy projects are not eligible for this promotion.

Buy the pattern for $6 on Ravelry or Craftsy. Use the tag #banksyhat on social media. I'd love to see pictures!

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