Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ara Jane's FQV

The last Fantastic Quilt Voyage project that I have yet to share with you is for Ara Jane. She wanted blocks with a city or urban theme.

Ara Jane's FQV

I think we are on track with that request so far. The colors she chose are soothing to me, and I loved working with pieced scraps along with a few new cuts of fabric for my blocks.

Ara Jane's FQV

I imagined this to be a sidewalk or walkway (the purple/navy striped section). It was fun to consider these blocks from an aerial view.

Monday, October 26, 2015

FO: Florette

FO: Florette quilt

Here's another recently finished quilt. I feel like that is a really casual description when finishing a quilt takes a lot of work. This is Florette, and I enjoyed every step of the process. The large snowball blocks were great for featuring fun prints.

FO: Florette quilting

And I got to brush off my very dusty free-motion quilting skills with some floral quilting. It seemed like a good choice, and I really got into the groove of it on this twin-sized lovely. The pattern is Jeni's Florette and it comes together pretty quickly and is available in many sizes.

Florette back

The backside. I do love a good quilt back, and I used several large scraps in the making of this back.

I made a list of my in-progress quilting projects last week, and it was an entire page long. Hopefully, I can cross off several more items before the end of the year!

Monday, October 19, 2015

FO: With Love

Last week, I shared two quilt projects in-progress, and I have one finish to share with you today!

FO: With Love

With Love finished at 63" square, and features the happiest pixelated heart. The pattern is from Quilt Now, Issue 1, by Katy Jones. I chose lots of favorite pink and purple fabrics, with a low volume background.

With Love detail

I quilted it simply in a crosshatch design.

With Love back

For the back, I used a large cut of mint Brambleberry Ridge and several soft corals.

FO: With Love

This was a fun quilt to make, and I love the finish.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A few handknit FOs

Looking over my ravelry page, I haven't finished many projects this year. I can say that I love each project I've finished, and the desire to knit hasn't faded, after eight years. And I'm still learning new things, which is thrilling. For instance, I learned brioche this year.

FO: Exploration Station

As part of exploration station, I used lots of treasured yarns and that brioche section is my favorite part. It was challenging at first, but now I'd love to knit a project entirely in brioche stitch.

FO: Exploration Station

This shawl is giant, and I still haven't managed to get modeled photos (but we do still have pretty warm temperatures here in Houston).

I also just learned how to make a pom pom. I've tried once before, but this time I used the Clover tool (a gift from Amber), and now I want to pom pom everything.

Nicke's Hat with a pompom

Just look! yeah, pom poms rule. This hat is Sara's pattern: Nicke's Hat. Highly recommend!

Finally, I made a second Iz cowl, by Andi Satterlund.

FO: Iz Cowl

This is such a great squishy cowl and I wear the first one I made as often as possible in appropriate weather.

So yeah, that's the latest finishes in knitting. I'm working on another pompom hat now, so I'll share that soon!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Two quilt WIPs

This week, I'm working on quilting (some free-motion, which I haven't done in awhile!) this top:

Florette quilt top

It's Jeni's Florette pattern, which is a great pattern that works up quickly and lets large prints shine. I'm quilting it with clusters of flowers, and while time-consuming, I think it will bring lots of depth to the pattern.

Florette WIP

Here's a progress shot, mostly so you can see cats.

I also recently finished quilting this lovely number:

Rapture quilt top

It's the Rapture quilt by Katy Jones, in Issue 1 of Quilt Now.

As soon as I finish quilting Florette, I have three quilts to bind. I don't normally wait to bind a quilt once it's quilted (because for me, binding is the best part!). But soon, binding and some sort of Netflix marathon will be on the agenda.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Citizens of Textile tomorrow!

You may already know about Heather's newest project, Citizens of Textile. If not, in short, it's a small marketplace of handmade goods and fiber love. It's only available one weekend a month, with a few artists featured each month.

And I'm a lucky duck who is included in the October offerings! Tomorrow (Friday), at 5 pm PST, you can find a few of my handmades, as well as loads of gorgeous hand-dyed yarns. Also included this month, is Splendor Falls. She has made some amazing woven pouches!

Speaking of weaving, two of my woven scarves will be available in the sale this weekend.

FO: Oceanic

My Oceanic scarf, which I love so much. The colors are just my favorite, and it's so soft and fine!

FO: Rosy Mariposa

There's also this Rosy Mariposa scarf, woven from some treasured handspun from an old friend and some Malabrigo Worsted.

COT Needle Rolls

I also made a handful of needle rolls, using my pal Amanda's pattern.

Lastly, you can find a few of my quilted pillows, of the Halloween and Autumn varieties!

Oceanic on Ravelry

Rosy Mariposa on Ravelry

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