Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween! This year George is a bunny bumble bee!

Have a safe and enjoyable day! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dreamin' Vintage Side Braid Quilt

Dreamin' Vintage Side Braid Quilt
Happy Wednesday! I finally have that finished quilt to share with you. This was one of the first projects I cut out when I got my Dreamin' Vintage yardage last Spring! I needed a new sample of the Big Braid quilt from my Side Braid Quilt Pattern, since the first two I made ended up being given as gifts.

Dreamin' Vintage Sidebraid Quilt Top
I cut this quilt out and then like many projects, it sat in a ziploc, waiting until I had time to work on it. I brought it with me to our Chalet Sewing Weekend in June, and managed to get it all sewn together. I think it was the only thing I actually got done that weekend, but that's okay! The chatting and the company is my favorite part. Holly took some really fun photos of the three of us who finished quilt tops. Here are a few, but there are more in her post, here.


(Photo by Holly DeGroot)

Deedrie with her Florette quilt top, Jacey with her Scrappy Trip quilt top and me with my Side Braid quilt top!


(Photo by Holly DeGroot

 Quilt top? Super hero cape? Who can tell!


(Photo by Holly DeGroot

Holly has a gift for making things look awesome. And I love these photos. They're so fun! Make sure and check out her photography site, here!

Dreamin' Vintage Side Braid Quilt
So, back to the story of this quilt. I finished the top in the beginning of June, and then again, it sat waiting to be quilted. Finally in September, I sent it to Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting to be quilted!

Dreamin' Vintage Side Braid Quilt Dreamin' Vintage Side Braid Quilt
For the quilting, I choose this fun Orange Peel quilting pattern. It felt perfectly summery and appropriate for this quilt! I think it turned out really fun! Melissa does a great work!

Dreamin' Vintage Side Braid Quilt
Side Braid takes 20 fat quarters of prints and 1 1/2 yards of background fabric. I used my Dreamin' Vintage collection for the prints, and this beautiful Pearl Lace Elements that I've had in my stash for a while. It was fun using a print for the background! It's hard to see in photos, but it has a beautiful, subtle lacey pattern. I think I have enough left for a smaller project! I used the Sweet Meadow print for the background and Bloomery in Citronelle for the binding.

Dreamin' Vintage Side Braid Quilt
This quilt crinkled up nicely in the wash and has passed the snuggle test, which means it's a win! I love stitching up this pattern. Everything from the cutting to the piecing is quick and easy!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Favorites

Favorites
1. Gave this little lovely to its new owners today. @austinpdash @elmome1 and baby Lucy, 2. floating-shoo-fly-fabulously-fast-quilts, 3. irish chain {all finished}, 4. Vice Versa Quilt top - finished!, 5. Volume quilt, top, 6. Flight Path, 7. Riddle and {Whimsy} B+C Charm Along (top-back), 8. WildwoodQuilt7, 9. Off Kilter - Quilting

Every week I go through my favorite photos on Flickr, and choose nine sewing/quilting related projects to showcase here. These photos and projects are not my own, you can find the original images and creators by clicking the coordinating links! If for any reason you do not want your project featured here, please email me and I'll remove it!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greyhaven Hat

Greyhaven Hat
Happy Wednesday! Little change of plans this week, I have a finished knit to share with you today! I managed to snap a few photos after the fog lifted this morning.

Greyhaven Hat
I fell in love with the Greyhaven hat pattern by Robin Ulrich last year, and started knitting it around Christmas time. I made a mistake a few rows into the lace pattern and had to tear it out. This past weekend, I finally got around to starting it again! Michael took the entire weekend off from work, so I decided to do the same. On Sunday we stuck close to home, watched football, and just relaxed. I started this hat again, and I couldn't stop knitting! Worsted weight yarn projects come together so quick!

Greyhaven Hat
I used Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted in Silver, that I picked up last winter at The Knot House (seriously cute yarn shop!) in Frederick, MD. I didn't want the hat to be quite as slouchy as the original, so I skipped a lace repeat. Next time I think I'd do the same but also cast on less stitches, and do less rounds of the pattern. It's a little big overall. I may try to shrink it at some point, but we'll see!

I love, love, love the top of the hat. The crown shaping is so pretty.

Greyhaven Hat
I loved knitting the lace pattern, it's got some really beautiful details. I'll definitely be knitting this one again! Next though, I'd like to knit either a Citadel hat, a Schwimmen hat, or the matching Greyhaven cowl. Or, everything, haha! I want to knit all the things!

Greyhaven Hat
For more details on my hat, see my Ravelry.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weekly Snapshot

Bulletin Board
Happy Tuesday! It's good to be back in this space this week. I had plans to post some finished projects last week and then the weather was all rainy and dark so I couldn't get the photos I needed! Then I was going to post one of those projects here today, but I managed to delete the photos before I transferred them to my computer, whoops! So, it's a snapshot post today instead.

Quilting
I sent some quilt tops that had been hanging around to Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting last month, one is bound (hopefully I'll be sharing it later this week!), and the other has binding waiting! I am totally addicted to having things quilted, I'm not going to lie. It relieves a lot of stress for me, and I feel like I can focus more on the parts I truly love. Win-win!

Knit Scout Tee
Two weekends ago I sat down to experiment with sewing knits on my serger. My Geomteric Bliss knits arrived, but I wanted to practice before cutting into them. I was able to make a successful knit Scout Tee! I still can't believe I made it honestly! I will take photos of it on at some point! I used Jen's tips for making the pattern from knits here.

Daybreak
I started my Q4 challenge project for the Eat Sleep Knit Yarnathon at the beginning of the month! I am making the Daybreak shawl by Stephen West. I am really loving it, and was so excited to try knitting stripes for the first time, they're really fun. I'm using Madelinetosh Pashmina in Moonstone and Cephalopod Bugga in Bold Jumping Spider. I now have seven stripes of each color knit, woo! See more on my Ravelry.

Pumpkin Patch
This past weekend, Michael and I headed down to Fitchburg to pick apples and pumpkins! It was a little chilly, so we had to break into the emergency bag for hats when we got there, but we warmed up pretty quick. I had never picked apples before, so I had been wanting to go for a few years now. I'm glad we finally got around to it, it was so cool! We had a great time.

Apple Pie
The only natural thing to do with a bunch of apples it bake a pie, right? I had never baked an apple pie before, so it was fun to try out something other than pumpkin pie. I used this crust and filling recipe from Smitten Kitchen. It turned out really good! We didn't have the right apples, but you couldn't really tell. The crust was perfect, I will definitely use that recipe again.

George
George baby!

Have a great day!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Favorites

Favorites
1. image, 2. wonky kite quilt 2, 3. @sewkindofwonderfuljenny Finished #freshandtrendy #quilttop. Pattern from #contemporarycurvedquilts by #sewkindofwonderful. #qcr., 4. Mini disco, 5. Kitty Mini Quilt, 6. My kaleidoscope passacaglia Quilt top, 7. Rainbow and low volume pillow cover. Hand pieced, machine quilted., 8. Irish Chain Variation, 9. Finished: Ascent

Every week I go through my favorite photos on Flickr, and choose nine sewing/quilting related projects to showcase here. These photos and projects are not my own, you can find the original images and creators by clicking the coordinating links! If for any reason you do not want your project featured here, please email me and I'll remove it!

Happy Weekend!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Favorites

Favorites
1. Windr├Ądchen / Tiny Pinwheels, 2. Out of the box quilt, 3. DopplegangerRaffle_1, 4. Shoreline, 5. Slowly stitching along..., 6. Build Me Up Buttercup, 7. SHIFTED - Kristy Daum, 8. Hooray for Rain - Far Far Away Sawtooth Star, 9. Nurture Circle for June

Every week I go through my favorite photos on Flickr, and choose nine sewing/quilting related projects to showcase here. These photos and projects are not my own, you can find the original images and creators by clicking the coordinating links! If for any reason you do not want your project featured here, please email me and I'll remove it!

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Aurifil Thread Collection Projects

Favorite Things Aurifil Thread Collection
Happy Thursday! Today I have a few projects to show you that I made this past Spring to feature my Aurifil Favorite Things Thread Collection. I found the photos hiding on my desktop, and realized I had never posted about these projects!

Nordika Logcabin Mini Quilt
First up is a mini quilt! I love to make mini quilts, and was in the mood to play with really simple log cabins. This came together in an afternoon! I used Nordika for this mini, and I love the play between all the different prints.

Nordika Logcabin Mini Quilt
For the quilting I used a triple zig-zag stitch (with the stitch length and width turned up), and the teal thread from the collection. It's super quick using this stitch for quilting.  The thread looks so shiny with the rich colors of Nordika!

Nordika Logcabin Mini Quilt
To finish this mini quilt up, I used a teal Squared Element. They're perfect for bindings!

Dreamin' Vintage Patchwork Pillow
Next up, a simple patchwork pillow! I never tire of plain old patchwork, and it really suits Dreamin' Vintage. Adding quilting to a pillow gives it so much comfort in my opinion!

Dreamin' Vintage Patchwork Pillow
I quilted this pillow using the light blue thread from the collection with a simple loopy meander.

Dreamin' Vintage Patchwork Pillow
The pillow is finished off with a zippered back, which is my preferred way to finish a pillow!

Rainbow Zipper Pouch
Finally, I wanted to come up with a project that not only used all 12 threads from the thread collection, but also used fabrics from all four of my fabric collections. Enter this funky zipper pouch!

Rainbow Zipper Pouch
I knew I wanted to use strips of my prints, but I added the solid portion so that you could better see the different thread colors. I was surprised by how well the prints from my different collections play together! Maybe a quilt with all of them is in order!

Rainbow Zipper Pouch
I quilted the back of this pouch with a serpentine stitch using the dark purple thread in the collection.

You can find both the small and large thread boxes in my shop!