Thursday, July 10, 2014

Q3 FAL Goals

Finish Along 2014

I did a poor job during the second quarter of the Finish Along 2014 so the list is going to be very long this time. I'm just going to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.

WIPs and UFOs

  1. The rows are getting so long #stripestudyshawl #knitting #knitstagram
    Stripe Study Shawl: I started this last weekend on a whim. I have completed 10 CC stripes. now it will be a race against time to see if I can finish it before I get terribly bored.
  2. #havendgs #dogoodstitches quilt top
    do. good stitches bee quilt: I still need to finish my bee quilt this month.
  3. Traditional fabrics for a gift quilt
    Gift Quilt: I've been working on a secret gift quilt from Fabulously Fast Quilts.
  4. Rainbow lace #crossstitch #xstitch
    Rainbow Lace Cross-stitch: Doing a little cross-stitch on a dishtowel. The pattern is in A Rainbow of Stitches and i'm using DMC Water Soluble Canvas.
  5. Top is finished! #artgalleryfabrics
    Desert Flower Medallion: I'm handquilting this one and I know it will take awhile but it is a small quilt.
  6. Postage stamp #quilting
    Leaders/enders quilt: All of the blocks have been made. I was going to make one gigantic postage stamp quilt but after I saw this quilt from s.o.t.a.k handmade i've been aiming for something similar. I think I have enough blocks to do both. I'd like to finish at least one quilt with these blocks.
  7. Scrappy Block Swap R1
    X & + swap quilt: i have all my swap blocks but I still need to finish my own blocks and make it into a quilt.
  8. Not a very productive #15minaday  the darn #spindle kept dropping
    Corriedale Spindle Project: I was spinning for 15 minutes every day but then I got sick of it. Maybe I can pick it back up again.
  9. Wonky Bee Round 3
    wonky bee solids quilt: I didn't touch this one last quarter. I still really want to finish it this year.
  10. Just red and blue left #scraprepublic #quilting
    scrap volume: Ditty for this guy. I'm sick of looking at the quilt that hangs on our bedroom wall. I'd really like to replace it with this one.

New projects

  1. Elf Sock MCN -  Bronze
    Spicy's 3rd quarter socks: I have lots of sock yarn from my dyeing adventures. I just need to pick out a pattern and get going.
  2. 2nd DGS quilt: my turn is up again in August and I think I'm going to combine blocks with another swap I'm in. i haven't started my blocks yet but here's what they look like.
  3. #fatcatknits spinalong Mon am I #spinning #spinnersofinstagram
    Fatcatknits Mon Ami: One of these braids has already been spun, but I'd like to finish the other 2 as well.
  4. Pulling for patchwork #quilting
    I pulled this stack awhile ago and I'd like to make a simple patchwork baby quilt.
  5. Some sweet finds from the craftsy sale
    I got these 2 beautiful shot cotton bundles and I'd love to use them in an improv quilt.

It's summertime and I am not in the mood to blog but I'll check back in periodically.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

knottygnome yarns on clearance


Just a quick note: I have decided not to continue dyeing yarn. There are several aspects of the process that I just do not enjoy so I decided it was better to quit now rather than later. The stock that has already been added to the shop is on clearance at 40% off for the remainder of the month. Whatever doesn't sell will go into my personal stash after that point. I will continue to sell my handspun yarns in the yarn shop.

I'll also be selling my stock of dyes and mordants. Give me a shout if you're interested in anything--otherwise I will be posting it in destash groups on Ravelry soon.

Thank you for your support. It's embarrassing to admit to being a quitter but life is too short to spend time on things that don't make you happy.

Monday, June 30, 2014

FAL 2014: Kaleidoscope


After failing to finish this quilt in the first quarter, I was determined to get it done in the second.

The top uses several graphic b/w prints and text fabrics and kona salmon and candy green plus mm cotton couture in black. I also used several Posy prints from a layer cake and a bonnie and camille sundae stripe for the thin border.


I FMQ feathers on the kaleidoscope blocks and solid border with white Aurifil 50-wt mako, and handquilted in the flying geese border with #8 perle cotton. I used a diagonal stripe from Bonnie and Camille for the binding and solids for the back.


It was a relief to finally be able to cross it off my list. It is listed in the shop.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A little patchwork quilt

I pulled a stack of my naturally hand-dyed fabrics and made a little patchwork quilt. I used organic cotton, some white-on-white prints, essex cotton/linen, and natural linen. The dyes are indigo, cochineal, annatto, and walnut. The backing is a length of dip-dyed organic cotton.

Naturally Dyed Patchwork Quilt

I did a dense stipple with Aurifil 50-wt in white. For the binding, I used a Julianna Horner fabric from Joanns plus a little hand-dyed strip and some Joel Dewberry. I machine stitched the binding by SITD from the front, which is my new preferred method.

Naturally Dyed Patchwork Quilt

This little quilt measures 34" x 38" post-washing. It's listed in the shop.

Naturally Dyed Patchwork Quilt

Monday, June 23, 2014

Just Above a Whisper

I had the brilliant idea to take 3 completed tops and finish them in tandem. It was brilliant right up to the point that I got really sick of free motion quilting the third one and put them all aside for a month or two until I found the motivation get them trimmed and bound. I will say that the binding stage is quite handy to do multiple quilts at once.

Just Above a Whisper

This one is Just Above a Whisper. Although I did not love the process of making my first Scrappy Trips quilt, I did eventually want to make another. The second time around it went much more smoothly. I cut colorful low-volume fabrics for this version and went with a chevron layout. The quilt measures 34x45 post-washing.

Just Above a Whisper

I chose a Julia Rothman typewriter fabric for the backing and the architextures text print for the binding. I really love how this one turned out and I actually have another set of low-volume fabrics cut for an even quieter version. I think that I will wait awhile to revisit the pattern though.

Just Above a Whisper

This quilt is listed in the shop.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Desert Flower Medallion

When I was first introduced to quilting, I quickly fell in love with wonky quilts. I have since moved more towards traditional techniques, but I still have a soft spot for improv. I recently obtained Liberated Quiltmaking II, Liberated Medallion Quilts, and Quilt Improv, and the 3 books had me brimming with ideas. I grabbed a fat eighth stack of Arizona that was sitting on my sewing table, added a few coordinating fabrics, and got to work.

Desert Flower Medallion

It has been fun and refreshing to piece this without a plan. I've been adding each border one at a time and then deciding what I want to do next. Although I like this fabric line, it's very different from what I normally gravitate to, so it's been a bit of a challenge working with it.

Desert Flower Medallion

I'm working on the last border now. I always forget how long wonky log cabins can take to sew, even when you're chain piecing. I sorted the remaining scraps by size and i'm using up all the tiniest pieces on this 4" wide border. It's fun, but a little exhausting. I'll be glad when I'm finished. I've ordered backing and thread and I'm planning to hand-quilt it. Should be fun.

Desert Flower Medallion

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, June 16, 2014

do. good stitches June

do good stitches June blocks

This month, Joey asked for Little Vines blocks. She was proactive and sent us freezer paper and the background and stem fabrics all pre-marked. I was excited to try out the tutorial because I don't have a lot of experience with turned-edge applique. It turns out that I find the process to be fairly tedious and time-consuming. Partly it was my own fault because I tried to be lazy and omit starch at first. I had to go back and re-form my leaves with starch and the second time around they were much flatter. I used Elmer's gel glue to tack down the leaves and it worked ok, but I can see why a thinner applicator would come in handy.

I did find sketch-stitch to be fun though and I love the look. I wouldn't rule out applique in the future but I'd have to be in the right mood to tackle it. Joey's block design is really fun and I think the finished quilt is going to be beautiful.

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