Be-specked

Bjorn Bear has gotten his new spectacles.  I’ve decided he’s going to live in the sewing room so I have him some glasses printed with little HSTs.  The camera doesn’t really like the grid of that print so it looks all blurry.

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I may decide  to trim that outer border down and then add another plain border but will decide that another day.

Bjorn Bear

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Isn’t he cute?  He looks a bit serious though so that will soon be fixed by his trip to the optometrist to get a new pair of “fun” colored glasses.  I haven’t decided on the eyeglasses fabric yet but got my block all done last night.

I also haven’t decided what sort of borders to put around him but I think I will make him into a large throw pillow for the couch so need to pick up a pillow form first to decide how wide the borders need to be.

More quilting progress

No, I have not started stitching down the binding on that last quilt I finished quilting — but will get at it soon.  Today I decided to layer the peacock wall hanging made from my Turkey Tracks block and the free pattern setting I posted for the blog tour.

I found some fabric with peacock heads all over it in the stash to that is what’s on the back of it.  I stitched in the ditch/outline stitched all the colored sections20160521_6 I also meandered all the background fabrics with a two-tone gray thread except those to rectangles that go the width of the wall hanging – I used some purpley variegated thread to put in some meandering feathers.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get the binding cut and added to this one tomorrow – making two projects to hand stitch down binding on.

In the meantime I started on one of my Loopy Ewe Monthly Mixer projects – making a pattern by a favorite designer.

animalsAnd I think I’ve mentioned bought this Craftsy class because I like Elizabeth Hartman’s animals so after debating deer…bear..deer…bear…I decided to start with Bjorn Bear.  Of course I also cut all the main pieces for Bjorn from the opposite fabric  that I planned to use for his  main face color.  Starting like that does not bode well, but I recut the pieces and am back on track.  I’m working from the top down so once I join the ears to the top of the head, I’ll be ready to start on the part below his eyes – muzzle and bottom of head. It’s simple sewing but in some cases a lot of pieces.  Each ear has 10 pieces of fabric — but it’s all stitch and flip corners and simple straight piecing so I’m enjoying building up each section.  the hardest part will be decided what fabric his eyeglasses should be.

And just a heads up – since I noticed this when I was watching the above class today – Craftsy does have a sale going  – 50% off favorite classes.  There’s a free motion quilting one I’ve been contemplating so I may have to go back and look at that one..

 

Very nearly done…

20160515_12   I finally finished off all the quilting and clipped all the threads and got the binding attached.   Just need to pin the binding in place so I can hand stitch I down

 

My photo is taken from a weird angle because that wall hanging behind the couch is hanging straight.:-)

Just maybe by next weekend I’ll have all the binding stitched in place and this one finished off.

Warm Wishes Gift Tags

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The pattern for the Warm Wishes Gift Tags design is now available on the free download page on the Hoffman California Fabrics website.  The black circles on the gift tags could be appliqued but in this case it is written for black buttons to be added.  Simple design that shows off those larger print fabrics.

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I had kind of forgotten about this pattern since I think I was working on it last Christmas season but the fabrics for the Warm Wishes fabric line should start showing up in shops very soon.

Tossed on the Breeze is another quilt available on the Hoffman website for their Frosted Fall fabric collection.

FF12 - this isFF 8 with some blocks redrawn to get rid of clumps

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Keepsake Quilting also requested a similar version of this quilt – done in batiks – which will be available as a kit soon also.

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Keepsake Quilting Tossed on the Breeze Kits

 

 

Barn Dance -final installment

barn    The final installment of Barn Dance is now available.   I haven’t started sewing my blocks together yet but soon – need to finish off a couple other projects first.

The pattern instructions will remain available but the button in the side bar  for the QAL will eventually be taken off the blog.  You can find all free patterns under the PAGES section in the right side of the blog so even if the button is gone, you’ll find the link to the page there.

Zen Pleats

Now that I’ve selected a different April TLE Mixer project, I am cruising right along on it (maybe it’s that “Zen” thing – knitting is very zen-like).

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And that Finito yarn – I have many yarns I like a lot but I think this one may be my favorite.  It feels so soft and squishy and is great for cowls and scarfs since it’s so soft and cuddly against your skin.   I also like the way the colors are sort of striping in a spiral effect.

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A dreary and chilly day in May here but at least it is not raining – at the moment anyway.  Today I keep hopping between projects and chores.  I decided I was really losing interest in the chores so maybe tomorrow.:-)

I now have three of the four sides of the wide borders on the Asian fabric quilt quilted.  All my bobbins ran out again so taking a wrist and back break before winding up what will hopefully be the last batch of bobbins and finish off that last side.

Last night I was checking out the status of my Loopy Monthly Mixer projects.  I’m not doing knitting and sewing mixer projects for every month.  A couple of them so far I plan to do both, but like for May, I’m only going to be doing a sewing project.   I have a couple mixer projects done, but I need to finish that Asian quilt because I have sewing mixer projects waiting to be quilted.

For April I had planned to do both knitting and sewing mixers.  I know what I’m doing for my sewing mixer  – I love Elizabeth Hartman’s animals.  And who can resist an animal in glasses?!

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I haven’t decided between the deer or bear yet, but eventually I’m sure I’ll make both. Added bonus that when I happened to be seeing what new classes were at Craftsy, it was on sale.

I changed my mine multiple times and started and restarted and switched patterns on the April knitting mixer.  I ended up working on a lace weight shawl and I’m just not loving it.  I decided last night that that was not what I wanted to make.  I haven’t ripped it off the needles yet – I may finish it eventually but not as a mixer.  I’m just not fond of working with lace weight yarn.   So I decided to pick a new project with different yarn.  I knew I wanted to use some Malabrigo Finito yarn I had purchased not long ago – so incredibly soft against your skin that I knew I needed another Finito cowl (I have one other one out of Finito yarn which is my favorite cowl that I wear a lot – That Nice Stitch.  So I decided to go back to the same designer (Susan Ashcroft – Stitchnerds Designs on Rav) of the That Nice Stitch pattern to find a new cowl pattern to make.

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will become a cowl called Zen Pleats.   It’s written for different yarn weights so you can make it out of all kinds of yarn and totally super easy stitch pattern and weird the way the edges seem to pleat up as it’s on the needles  from that simple stitch pattern.   I cast it on earlier today and got one full repeat done and I think I’m going to love it.

 

 

On the Needles – May 13, 2016

Heck I didn’t even realize it was “Friday the 13th” today until just now. How many times have I looked at or typed the date today….duh!

On needles, off needles, blocked and ready to wear, blocked and deciding what it should be – I have all those categories going on here.

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I had hoped to have both sleeves finished for the green sweater.  Well there is one, but the other is still on my needles but hopefully will be finished before I go to bed.  I just got past the first two rows of underarm decreases so just the sleeve cap to go.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted the sleeves to end at my elbow or be longer.  I think these will end up being about 3/4 sleeves or just a tad shorter when all is said and done.

My blocked swatch I was knitting up last week.  Love the look of this yarn but need to figure out that it wants to be.  It will probably wait tho until after Camp Loopy.20160513_2

And I finally got photos of my February Monthly Mixer for TLE.   It’s a cowl called Twilight.  A little bit of lace and a little bit of beads – really easy.

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And the TML yarn is such a gorgeous rich brown called Resin.  Love the color.

Check out patchworktimes.com so see what others have on the needles.

My Most Favorite Time of the Year…

What time is that you ask?  camp logoWell it’s Camp Loopy time at The Loopy Ewe of Course.  If you knit or sew – it’s a fun virtual camp where you can join in on various projects that you make in the months of June, July  and August and if you meet all the requirements and timely finish and post your photos, there are goodies you get for completion, along with a discount on your “camp supplies.”  Click the link above and it will take you to the announcement on TLE Blog with all the details.  (Isn’t that the cutest logo – yarn balls for cannon balls, knitting needles and yarn for the jolly roger Loopy flag, socks and mittens on Loopy and the monkey and the socks blowing in the breeze on the S.S.Loopy.

I have participated in Camp Loopy ever since it started back in 2011 and thoroughly enjoy it.   Two years ago in addition to the knitting Camp Loopy, a fabric Camp Loopy was also added.  The first year they did the fabric camp, I did both knitting and fabric camps and boy was I busy.  Last year I decided I’d come to my senses and only did fabric camp.  But this year, before I knew it, arrrr avast ye mateys insanity took me  and I had joined in both knitting and fabric again.:-)

So what am I making you ask?   Well, for knitting you need to use 400 yards of yarn in your project and have a choice of different techniques you need to use in your project but otherwise the actual project is up to you.  There are also groups set up on TLE Ravelry group for each one of those different types of projects where those that wish chat, share what they are making, ask questions or get help from others — lots of fun and I see so many patterns I’ve never see before.   I will be in the “Lace Lagoon” group since I chose a project with some lace in it and it seem appropriate for the pirate/sailing theme.  I’ll be making the Seashell Shawl.  That link will take you to my project page where the link so you can see the pattern is located.  It will be in some lovely “lagoon” colored Malabrigo Mechita (the actual color is called Impressionist Sky”)

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The fabrics are for, of course, my fabric project where we’ll be sailing the “Fat Quarter Coast”.  I came across a pattern not long ago and I knew it was going to be a pirate/sailing theme so I saved it because it was so perfect and fit with the requirements – you need to use at least 2 yards of fabric and of those 2 yards must include at least 2 fat quarters.

It’s called Make a Splash

mmake.PNGThe pattern can be found on the Moda blog at that link.  I got the various shades of blue above – Kona solids – and have some others in the stash I may mix in with them.  Except for the darkest blue and white, I got all fat quarters so lots of choices.  If I want to stay really true to the original colors, I do have the green shades I my stash but I wanted to make sure I had enough blue shades to work with.

New this year as an optional thing in connection with camp was “Camp Club” where you could join/pre-order and each month a surprise hank of yarn and other “pirate bootie” would be sent along with your camp supply order.  I’ll wait to show you that until I comes but the spoiler photos (yes I peeked) show it is great.  The special yarn color that was dyed is called “Pirate’s Ransom.”

Now the hard part….. waiting until my goodies arrive (which won’t be too long) but then waiting again because we can’t start our projects until June 1… perhaps I need to take a vacation day from work that day to get a jump start!:-)

Are you going to be sailing along in the S.S. Loopy and joining Camp this year?

(back to working on my green sweater – I finished one sleeve over the weekend and have started the second.  I hope to have all the pieces done by Friday’s On the Needles report…maybe….)