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Thursday, March 30, 2017

FO: Sew Portable Tote

There are loads of projects that I finish but never photograph.

FO: Sew Portable Tote

I'm not sure why this happens (although I am the worst with garments), but I am trying to catch up on sharing some older projects. A few years ago, Elliott and my mother-in-law conspired to buy me a featherweight for my birthday/Christmas gift. It was really fun, as we went together to a little shop that repairs vintage machines.
Soon after, I knew I needed to make Jeni's Sew Portable Tote, since (hello) it is designed to hold the machine.

FO: Sew Portable Tote

I would say this bag has been finished for more than a year, and I still love the bright and happy combination of fabrics I chose. The Melody Miller transistor print is a favorite!

I haven't used my featherweight lately, but I think I need to give it a cleaning and use it very soon (and share photos, as well!).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

FO: Big Log Cabin

Log cabin blocks are a forever favorite.

FO: Big Log Cabin

Really, I find them so comforting. And when I was asked to make a baby quilt in navy, grays and white, I decided it was a perfect opportunity to make one giant log cabin.

I used 2.5" strips (I had a roll of precut white strips, which jumpstarted the cutting process) in Kona Nightfall and miscellaneous neutral shades (all Kona).

FO: Big Log Cabin

The scrappy back is a mix of navy prints from the stash. The quilt is 43" x 44".

I have already started a new big log cabin this time with a Denyse Schmidt plaid and bright Kona solids.

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Again, I am using 2.5" strips, and seriously, it is a super speedy quilt. And as always, the log cabin block feels limitless!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

FOs: Lots of pouches

FO: Ice-dyed Petal Pouches

When a dear friend (who is your sister in sarcasm) gives you some ice-dyed fabric, you must try to do it justice.

FO: Ice-dyed Petal Pouches

I decided to make two Petal Pouches (one for me and one for a birthday gift) using this amazing fabric. This was my second time to make the pattern, and it produces such a nice pouch. The shape is fun, and using a metal zipper just feels fancy.

FO: Ice-dyed Petal Pouches

I also recently made a pile of open wide pouches.

FO: Open Wide Pouches

I can't believe this was my first time to make these pouches. Anna's tutorial is nearly five years old, but for some reason, I never got around to it. I used fusible fleece on a second set (I will share those later), which helped them keep their shape.

And most recently, I made two gifty pouches using Jeni's Triplizip pattern. Somehow, I still have a million zippers, so I suspect there will be some more pouches in my immediate future.

Monday, March 13, 2017

FO: Pistachio and Gillyweed

Last year, I knit the Drachenfels shawl using some of my very favorite yarns. I used: Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Pistachio, a gift from Jeni, leftover MadelineTosh Sock in Big Sur (originally used in another green shawl, Daybreak), and Moonrover Wyld in Gillyweed (which I continue to proclaim is the bast green ever).

It was so nice to wear Drachenfels in Wisconsin this month.

The winter there has been fairly mild, but it felt nice and cold in comparison to Houston!

Every stitch of this shawl made me happy (and I have learned that shawl knitting is my favorite), although I didn't stick strictly to the pattern (partially human error, partially wanting a slightly smaller shawl).

More details on ravelry

And currently, I'm knitting the Find your Fade shawl, in a palette that Lisa Frank would appreciate!

Monday, February 20, 2017

FO: Skinny Triangles

FO: Skinny Triangles

I love how I bragged in this post about how fast I finished the quilt top. And then it sat for over a year before I quilted it.
Whatever. It's done! And now it lives with my nephew!

WIP: Skinny triangles

I started with a happy pile of fabric, including Rain Walk prints and lots of other favorites in (mainly) primary colors. I added in a few improv elements, playing on the triangle theme.

Skinny Triangles quilt top

Skinny Triangles

When I started this quilt, my nephew didn't exist yet.

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As I finished it up in January, it felt like the perfect choice for him, and my sister agrees.

FO: Skinny Triangles

Monday, February 13, 2017

(oldish) FO: Tula 100

FO: Tula 100

When the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book was released, I thought it would be a fun introduction to sample quilting. I have wanted to make a Farmer's Wife quilt for years, but thought this would be easier.

First three

So, in 2014, I started making blocks.

For 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

I chose my fabrics at the beginning, but then I would select specific fabrics for a handful of blocks at a time. It was a nice way to make progress sporadically, but often months would go by before I would choose for the next set. Enough time passed that I realized I needed to finish the project, as it was starting to be less enjoyable. There was nothing wrong with the block patterns, I think it was just my personal tastes. And honestly, it might also be due to how many projects I work on at a time.

So, somewhere around 55 blocks, I quit.
Which is okay.
Life is too short for projects that don't bring you joy.

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I finished the top at the beginning of 2016 using some Essex yarn-dyed linen in an improvisational fashion. it was really fun to lay the blocks out in groups and I used some strips of fabric from my stash to add interest. I didn't even use all of the blocks in the top (I have a small pile left with an unknown purpose), but it feels good to have it finished and usable. And actually, it's been done since September (or maybe August).

FO: Tula 100

I especially love the back of this one!

FO: Tula 100

Maybe someday, I will try the Farmer's Wife or another sampler quilt. Who knows?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Round Robin start

I was asked to join a new round robin traveling quilt bee, and I am really excited! There are just four other members, and I feel like each quilt will be unique and challenging. It is always fun to work within someone else's vision, and it often makes me consider something I wouldn't normally.

Round Robin bundle

And you know, it is an excuse to start something new! I chose a more subtle palette than I normally do, although it has lovely pops of bright citron!

Round Robin start

My starting piece was a block from the first issue of Quilt Now, which is a drunkard's path with a star pieced into the center. I really love it, and I added a little asymmetry to it, with some leftover pieced solids and a strip of Dreamin' Vintage.

Two WIPs

I left it hanging with a batch of quarter log cabin blocks, until it was time to send it off (but those log cabin blocks are still hanging!). I can't wait to see how this quilt evolves!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FOs: Wholecloth pillows

I was looking through my unblogged projects, and I noticed a few wholecloth pillows from late last year.

FO: Echino pillows

Sometimes, a fabric is just too happy to cut up into patchwork. I made this pair of pillows from a yard of glorious Echino, and I loved quilting along the strong geometric lines of the fabric.

FO: Echino pillows

Penguin Pillow

On the other side of the print scale, there was this cute pillow I made for Jeni. This penguin print was just so happy, and I knew Jeni would appreciate it!

Penguin Pillow

Funnily enough, I quilted both projects with yellow Aurifil (one of my most used thread colors, for sure!).

I'm as big a fan of patchwork pillow as the next crafter, but sometimes it is nice to let the fabric take the lead.

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 crafting

WIP: Diamonds

Since January is nearly done, it's probably wise to finally share my goals for the new year. I am keeping the goals fairly broad, so here are the bulletpoints (accented by some WIP photos, which will hopefully be finished this year):

  • Carry less WIPs into 2018 - I started the year with 26 quilting WIPs, and I would really like to finish the year with 10 or less
  • Sew one garment a month
  • Knit/weave at least 1000 yards of worsted/DK weight
  • WIP: Favorite Things

  • Knit/weave at least 1600 yards of sport/sock weight
  • Knit 15 minutes a day in January (I am considering making this a full year goal, as it has been really motivating for me!)
  • Reduce stash/buy less

Star WIP

I'm working on my second quilt finish for the month, and I hope to share both with you in the next few weeks. It feels nice to focus on finishing, although I am also a big fan of an indulgent beginning!

Bird's Eye View bundle

I hope to start something with this bundle in 2017 (Bird's Eye View by Sarah Watson and some stash favorites).

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WIP: Aerial Grove (top is finished!)

Oh, man.

WIP: Aerial Grove

I am super excited to share my finished Aerial Grove (pattern from Savor Each Stitch) top with you today. Well, to be fair, the top is a little bigger than these photos indicate. I was at a little weekend retreat, and I didn't have just the right fabric to finish. But this is most of it, and I love, love, love how it turned out!

I started this two years ago, in February of 2016.

Aerial Grove progress

I attended Carolyn's Quiltcon workshop, and then slowly stitched my way through the squircles. This quilt feels like me, although the neutral background is a stretch! The squircle fabrics and strips that they are stitched on, though = pure Jacey.

I intend to figure out a quilt back quickly, and add this to my quilting queue (which is nearing the double digits. yikes!).

WIP: Aerial Grove

Hooray for hand stitching, and an enjoyable process!

Monday, January 16, 2017

FOs: Jane Market Bags

For the past few Christmases, I have tried to make a small handmade something for a group of family members. Last year, I made these potholders, which, honestly, feels hard to follow!

FO: Jane Market Bags

This year, I decided to make a small pile of Jane Market Bags.

FO: Jane Market Bags

It is one of my go-to patterns, when I need a fail-safe gift. I have a kept a few, which I use for groceries. It is always fun to come up with fabric combinations, and I used webbing for most of the bags, rather than making my own handles.

FO: Jane Market Bags

FO: Jane Market Bags

I think a good, sturdy tote is always a good gift idea (or wrapping for a gift, in some cases!).

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2016 quilts

I used to do recap posts, and I always enjoyed the process. In the new year, I hope to keep better track of my projects, and whittle down my WIPs (currently, I have 27 quilt WIPs). Looking back, I finished 13 quilts in 2016.

I haven't shared a few of them here, but pictured above:

Magic Stars (pattern by Aneela Hoey)
xplus 2.0 (block tutorial by Badskirt Amy)
Waypoint (pattern in Patchwork Essentials by Jeni Baker)
Brushstrokes Plus (pattern by Jeni Baker)
Feathers (pattern by Alison Glass & Nydia Khenle)
Log Cabin for a Whale
Envelopes (block from Jeni Baker's Patchwork Essentials)
Hearts (block tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew)
Tula 100 (the back shown here)
Baby Swoon (pattern by Camille Roskelley)

I am currently handsewing the binding onto my first 2017 finish. Onward!

Monday, January 9, 2017

FO Handmade Style Bench

Anna's Handmade Style book has become one of my favorites, and this bench has been on my list since I got the book.

FO: Grellow bench

I collected the materials early last year, and then I kept putting off the actual making. The actual making time took just a few hours, so I'm not sure why I waited!

FO: Grellow bench

Especially because the cats have been using it nonstop since I finished.

Elliott helped me sand and apply the foam, and we both agreed we can do even better on the next upholstery project. Taking the time to cut the foam level on the sides is worth it!

I used a variety of Ellen Luckett-Baker Garden prints, which are cotton-linen blend (and have also been interfaced). I have had them for years, and am glad they will be enjoyed in bench form (bonus: gray cat hair blends nicely).

FO: Grellow bench

Oh, wow. After checking etsy to share the source for the legs, I bought them in September of 2015. I bought the legs from this shop, and the quality is excellent.

As usual, Anna's instructions are clear and concise.

The bench lives in my sewing room, in front of the window (a perfect cat nap spot).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

FO: Hexagon Wreath

Happy new year! You know, this post would have been more relevant a couple of weeks ago, but here is a Christmassy project for you.

FO: Hexagon Wreath

So, I intended to make this before Christmas 2015, but it never happened. I had the fabric picked out and everything. Magically, when I got to cutting in early December, it was pieced within a day or two (amazing!), quilted, bound, and ready to sparkle. I used a Spoonflower Heidi Kenny print, and a bunch of awesome OOP Cosmo Cricket Dear Mrs. Claus prints, plus a nice gold metallic dot for the background.

Decorated

I really love it, and I kind of don't want to take it down. And as you can see, I'm using my Marcelle Medallion as a tree skirt (which the cats have thoroughly enjoyed). I used Jeni's clever Color Hex pattern, and just left off the borders (it makes a pretty generous 45" square as written). I think I'll keep this pattern in mind next time I need a baby gift! Okay, time to take the tree down..

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