A new quilt design to share

I’ve been planning what my project will be for the July Camp Loopy challenge and settled on a simple baby quilt.   One of the fabrics I wanted to use was a large print of animals from the Hello Bear line of fabrics which I have thought was so cute ever since I first saw it.  Luckily I bought it during Camp Shopping Week because I see the animal print is no longer available in the colored background I chose – the other is cute too but I liked the light aqua background I got better.

This is the design I came up with – all except the gray are images of the actual fabrics I will be using.    Super simple to make and should go together quickly.  And I was able to make the yardage amounts I purchased work for this design (since I didn’t know when I ordered the fabrics  what design I’d use until I went back through some old EQ designs I’d done).  Now that I have a plan that works with my yardage, I will be ready come July 1 when we can start the next project.  This pattern, which I’m calling “Camp Critters” can  be found in my Free PDF Pattern Pages.

At 46″ square, it would also make a cute table topper turned on point on a table done in holiday fabrics.

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A few things finished

I’ve been trying to get some projects finished off – Camp Loopy and Loopy Mixer projects – so yesterday in between running some long put off chores – I finished my June Loopy fabric Mixer project.

I haven’t been keeping track of incoming yardage (yarn or fabric) but am tracking used yardage.  So 7.75 yards fabric used between the two finished projects below (which brings me to the whopping totally of 17.5 yards used YTD — I need to get those large projects finished because I certainly have used a lot more fabric in that but I’m not counting until finished and the final photo added to the separate page for finished fabric projects (see button in sidebar for those).

As for knitting, 400 yards used for Mistress Tippet below so yarn used to date is 6,855 yards (which of course many more yards knit into not quite finished projects) — more stuff to be completed once Camp Loopy is over.

So here’s the recent finishes.

Here’s Dwight Deer.  20160619_12 He turned out very bookish looking – incognito with his teal eyeglasses.

Now I have to look at my list of Mixer projects to see which ones still need completing.

 

The binding was stitched down on my Project 1 for Camp Loopy.

Making Waves, a Moda pattern – with Pirate Loopy with his spyglass and parrot raw edge appliqued onto the anchor.

 

The background fabric is foxes in sailor outfits. It appears for these two projects – although the fabrics were purchased at different times – that clearly navy and teal colors were appealing to me.

I also got the buttons sewn onto my Mistress Tippet June Mixer project.

Love those buttons.  This was a very fun knit and I love how it turned out but I need to make a second one to make it a bit larger.  I think this one will go in the gifting pile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design Wall Monday

Well in addition to finishing off the Camp Loopy June fabric project I posted yesterday –  (okay I did not get the binding hand stitiched yet so not officially finished.)  Okay I have have to include another image of Loopy sitting on the anchor cause it’s just too cute

20160612_5 — anyway after finishing that I started cutting out the pieces for TLE June Mixer project – Dwight the Deer.  There are a lot of pieces to these critters – but finally all cut and started sewing on it.

Before I called it quits for the day, I had his head all done and now just have all his antlers to make.  After that, I need to audition some fabrics to see what sort of eyeglasses he will wear.

Here he is so far  dwight   — he sort of reminds me of an African antelope or some other such animal right now- I think it’s the striped start of his antlers — or I could see making him into a giraffe as well with the right fabric and just putting little round knobs at the top of the little antler sections.

I think he may need some teal colored glasses to match the background print color.:-)

TLE June Mixer project

My June mixer is done except for the buttons – Mistress Tippet.

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I’ve ordered some buttons that need to be added yet.  Each of the “wings” shown hanging down in the photo below can get buttoned in the shoulder area to get the drap shown in the top photo.

20160612_11This turned out very pretty.   I ended it about 2 rows shorter than the pattern called for because that way I didn’t have to break into the third hank of yarn and can safe that for something else.

This one will likely end up as a gift but I want to make another one for me and make the lacey pattern quite a bit longer so it will look better on my wide shoulders.

More of the same

actually lots more of the same  – more sewing  – more knitting – more redoing the sewing because I did it backwards. :-)  But I have been very busy this week on my Camp Loopy quilt and my June mixer project.  Then there was also the announcement of the July Camp Loopy projects so we could figure out what to make and timely get our orders in.

First things first – after several issues with this project (all created by me not really paying attention to what I was doing) all I have left is to hand stitch the binding to the back. 20160612_4 I started the quilting late yesterday and finished it off this morning.

The pattern is Make a Splash – freebie on the Moda website.  I love the simplicity of the colored waves and the anchor hanging down.

I had been joking about adding “Loopy” to the anchor (sort of like that company that has the kid fishing off the crescent moon) and was able to get him put in place.

Here’s a close up of Pirate Loopy looking out to see from his anchor perch.

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It was  a fun project – once it quilt messing with me.

The fabrics for my July project has arrived and is patiently waiting until we can start 20160612_8that project.   I love the animal print and the leaf print in these fabric lines and will be making a very simple baby quilt out of these fabrics I think – unless I change my mind several more times before July 1.

My yarn for my July project — and yes I’ve changed my mind at least twice about what project I was going to make for July, will be in this yarn.  Sometimes the yarn looks very different caked than in the hank but in looking at them both I think this yarn will knit up into a nice blend of colors where no one color stands out a lot.  I think my final plan is to make the Upwards Shawl and just knit until I run out of yarn.  But there are still several weeks before our start date so who knows if I’l change my mind again.

Along with my next camp yarn, also included was the special Camp Club yarn and gift.  The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy in the exclusive color “Walking the Gangplank.”  Very pretty shades of blues — this will wait until after camp for me to decide what I want to make with it.  There was also a nice water bottle and infuser which I may have to try out later today.

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And last but not least – look what I found in my mail when I finally collected it al from the mailbox.

20160612_1 A new mousepad with images of all the blocks from the last issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks on it.  They must have stopped doing the coffee cups with all the blocks printed on them (which must have been a headache to package and wrap and mail out) to mousepads.  The one I have at work is looking shabby so I can replace it with this.

Groceries have been delivered and put away (poor delivery guy – I was watching it get blacker and blacker outside at 8:30 in the morning until it was about as dark as 9 p.m. and of course just as he arrived it started pouring).  Rain didn’t last long but even tho a gloomy short of day, at least it’s not mid 90s and a humid sauna outside today like it was yesterday.  It’s 30 degrees cooler than yesterday and not humid but down right chilly in comparison.  Laundry is underway and that was really the only chore I planned to do today so I think I’ll start cutting out my June mixer project – Dwight Deer. I’ve had numerous people ask me about the patterns for Bjorn Bear and Dwight Deer.  Just  a heads up – the Craftsy class for those patterns is on sale half price right now – the name of the class is in the image below.  I’ve purchased several knitting and quilting Craftsy classes and never been disappointed and all classes are on sale right now – no affiliation- just a satisfied consumer.

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Sewing Central

Today was a busy day of sewing.  A friend and her daughter came over to get some advice on a t-shirt quilt her daughter wanted to make from her sorority t-shirts so while they worked on that, I started sewing together the sections of my Barn Dance quilt.

20160605_4It’s now two-thirds done.  The remaining third will go off to the right side of the photo.  Somehow I seem to have lost 3 or four of the littlest hole in the barn door blocks.  I think when I was picking up fabric that needed to be put away I must have accidentally grabbed some blocks that were on the floor.  So if a quick search doesn’t turn them up, I’ll just make new ones.

I also fixed my problems with my Camp Loopy  “Make a Splash” quilt top.  No only did I have to redo all the HSTs to make them smaller, but when I went to sew the rest of the background to the top of the waves…yep, you knew it was coming…. I attached the waves upside down.  This is now fixed and hopefully I can get the anchor line and anchor attached without incident.

20160605_2I plan to trip down a bit of the top of the navy blue so it’s not quite so long.  I do really love the simplicity of this design.  I’m still deciding if I’ll hand applique or machine applique the anchor and anchor line.

Just too busy

I never did get to the on or off the needles report last night because I was just too busy knitting.  Can I say one more time how much I love the Seashell Shawl.

Finished it off earlier today and immediate got it blocking. Still a little damp but I wanted to get photos before the daylight went.

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I absolutely love it.  It ended up blocking out to about 64″ x 11.5″  Now for me that’s not really a shawl – it will be more of a scarf.  But I definitely plan to make a longer and wider version of this.  It is probably my favorite Camp Loopy Project of all the years I’ve been participating in Camp Loopy — I starting “camping” the first year Camp Loopy was created and I think most of those Camp projects have been gifted away.  This one, I think will be staying right here with me.:-)

Today the mailman brought my Box of Fun from TLE which contained my fabrics or my June Mixer project, Dwight Deer wallhanging

20160604_6 and it also contained the yarn for my June Mixer,

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Lovely in Pendleton Red – I can’t wait to get started on Mistress Tippet

Last night I also started ripping back part of the shoulder of my CF KAL Cardipalooza sweater.

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I need to fix that area on the right front where I left out the lace thinking I wouldn’t be able to fit it in with the decreases correctly.  Well I figured it out when knitting the left front so just need to see if I can figure out how to do it in reverse. :-)  The pieces for this sweater will then be ready for blocking.

So we’ll see what happens tonight – do I finish the green sweater or start on Mistress Tippet…. you probably can guess the the answer to that. LOL

Off to a Rocky Start

I can’t believe I messed up my Camp Loopy quilting project. I had planned to make Make A Splash in a smaller size than the original pattern size, figured out the size I wanted before I placed my order for fabric – forgot to order one fabrics so had to place a second order – but it’s all been sitting here waiting for the start of Camp.

First step was to make those HST waves

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I like the fabrics I picked and how they look together but when I went to cut the large piece of dark blue that goes above this section, not enough fabric!  I made the HSTs too large.  I thought I knew what size I had finally decided to make them but did I walk the 12 feet into the other room to get my notes to make sure??  of course not!!

I could order more fabric but the quilt would still turn out larger than I want.  So now to grab the scissors and cut the blocks apart so I can trim the HSTs down to the size I actually want.  Good thing they are just HSTs and won’t take long  to trim down and stitch the rows back together but ahrrrr avast ye mateys – I should be walkin’ the plank for such a blunder (yes Camp Loopy is pirate themed this year).

Knitting and Quilting Insanity

Is there such a thing as too many projects going at the same time? Don’t answer that  – it was only a rhetorical question (and don’t tell me you start and finish one project at a time before moving on to the next because that’s just crazy talk!):-)

Today is the start of Camp Loopy — I love the challenge of the projects and the challenge of meeting the deadline even if I’m only challenging myself to try new things and get them done.   I woke up very early this morning (could because I fell asleep in front of the tv last night so had a cat nap before actually going to bed).  So I was up early, cast on my 318 stitches or so for my Seashell Shawl and got started.  I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to work on it on the bus but I got all the set up rows done and got the stitch markers placed for each repeat and it’s actually quite easy and I think I’m going to love it. I’m already thinking I may need to make a larger one with more rows of the Seashells.  So off to a good start and hope to have the first shell repeat done tonight.

Also came home and got all my pieces cut for the quilt I’ll be making for Fabric Camp.  It’s made up of large HSTs on the bottom so have most of those stitched and need to spend some quality time with my iron pressing them all.

Then, the June Mixer project at The Loopy Ewe was announced today.  You can see all the info about it here on TLE Blog.    So of course I had to decide what I wanted to make for the mixer.  Both (fabric and knitting) are a project you’ve recently added to your list of must make now projects.

I’m making Mistress Tippet – I love the look of this shawl and absolutely love that the ends can be pinned in place.  It looks like something that you can move around in and not have to be constantly adjusting shawl ends that get in the way or come loose.

Friend Judy made a gorgeous sweater in Madelinetosh DK Twist and I fell in love with the color and could not get that color out of my head.  So I found that color in Tosh Vintage and got that for my Mistress Tippet.

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The fabrics are for the June Mixer sewing project – I’m going to be making Dwight Deer – the Elizabeth Hartman pattern from her Craftsy class.  A deer with eyeglasses – friend of Bjorn Bear which I previously made.

Good thing the mixer projects don’t have deadlines like the camp projects do.  It’s going to be a very busy summer of sewing and quilting.  Wonder who’s going to be doing the laundry and cleaning around here?????

April Monthly Mixers both finished…

I’m making great progress on many projects this weekend (which means I may need to give the sewing room a tidying up today since I’ve been tossing things around as I worked in there).

So here’s two finishes.  Both The Loopy Ewe (TLE) April Monthly Mixer projects (fabric and yarn) had the theme of making something using a pattern from one of your favorite designers.

For my knitting project – I chose a Susan Ashcroft (Stitchnerd Designs on Ravelry) cowl pattern called “Mistakes – I’ve Made a Few” which uses the “mistake rib” stitch.

ETA – this is actually my March knitting mixer not April as I previously listed above.  March criteria was to use a pattern or yarn or designer with “M” (for Mars) in it. – So the name of this pattern is what qualified it for March (even tho Stitchner Designs is one of my favorite designers too).

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I started out using two strands of Bebop yarn held together.  In order to get a bit more width as I was running low on the Bebop, I added in a Loopy Solids yarn in Navy (which I think I received as one of the Loopy incentives at some point) so switched to one strand of each.  That’s where the pooling occurs along the bottom 2″ or so.  The Bebop has a small section of navy too but it evenly spaced the pooling all around the bottom edge in about six places and I like it.  I have a boring blue sweater so next winter I can wear this with it to liven it up.

For the April sewing Mixer – I made Bjorn Bear, an Elizabeth  Hartman design from her Craftsy Class “Patchwork Piecing Woodland Animals.”  It was a very fun little project to make.  I used it as a practice quilting piece to try out a few different filler stitches from another Craftsy Class on machine quilting  “Free Motion Quilting Essentials.”

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I like how he turned out and am looking forward to trying the other animal pattern from the class which is Dwight Deer.