Stashbusting and stuff – 6/14/15

ETA – this is also my design wall Monday post since the project below is the only thing on the design wall. :-)

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First – the stashbusting report (you can see the full tally of things I’m tracking and photos by clicking the Fabric Stashbusting button in the right sidebar) but the nitty gritty is this:

 

  • Fabric purchased year to date”             29.50 yards
  • Fabric used year to date:                         70.00  yards
  • Net stash used:                                             40.50  yards

Not bad for me.  I’ve actually gotten some sewing time in lately  – more than I have in a long time – so finally getting some items I can add in to the tallys.

DSCN4390Here’s what I was working on yesterday.  the quilting in the gold outer borders was finished.  This is my Camp Loopy Safari June project.  All I have left to do is hand stitch down the binding to the back.

When I was nearly finished with the quilting, I spied the Loopy Safari postcard sitting across the room and decided for fun I’d quilt that image into one section of my border.  He would have looked better down in one of the lower corners of the gold border but I already had those quilted – the lower right corner has my first name quilted into it.

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So I quilted Loopy up on one of the side sections.

First I traced the postcard image on to tracing paper.

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Then I pinned that in place and stitched through the tracing paper.  He turned out rather cute on the quilt.

 

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Last night I cast on Therapy (the pattern is on sale for another day or so).    My Color 1 and Color 2 are a bit blendy where they start the first striping section but I rather like the look of it. Now I’m in to the first mesh section.  I really like the way this pattern is written – there are regular written directions but there is also just a line by line short written version which has stitch counts each row.  Super simple to follow and mark off as you finish each row.

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So today’s plan – hmmm – laundry is going, I’ve been out for breakfast with a friend, stopped at the grocery store so the cupboard is stocked, and after I tidy up yesterday’s mess in the sewing room, a bit of quilt binding and knitting and watching movies I think.  It’s very humid outside, dark clouds keep rolling over but so far this a.m. no rain.

Saturday – June 13

Where has June gone – I can’t believe it’s already the 13th.  One of these days I just know we’ll get some sunny, lovely, warm (not hot and humid – I said “warm”) days to enjoy but so far those are few and far between.   Today it’s gloomy and looks like rain again.

First things first….

DSCN4372This month’s installment of PatchKats is now available for download.  When you finish with this month’s sewing, you’ll have seven completed black Kats  – and you’ll be caught up to me.  Here’s my seven black Kats up on the design wall.  I had been sewing ahead on this one but with Camp Loopy starting, I’ve been sewing on that project instead.  Hopefully I’ll get Camp Loopy’s June project finished today and then I’ll have until July 1 before I can start the second Camp project and maybe get some sewing done on the PatchKats while waiting.

ETA — and yes, I know this month’s instructions are a week early – they were done and it just fit into my plans better to get them out there this Sat. rather than next. If you want to wait until next Saturday to retrieve them – that’s totally up to you. :-)  May instructions are still available until next Saturday also.

Yesterday I was trying to decide what shawl project I wanted to work on since I wanted something I could work on that was not in fact a sweater and I finally decided on Therapy, a Laura Aylor design.   I needed three colors.  I knew I had some off white Tosh Lite that would go with just about anything and then I found the two Tosh sock to go with it.  I had been saving those to use in a project together since I think the light purple one will look good with the variegated.   Before starting to wind yarn for this tho I may go back and see if I have anything in the darkest blue in the variegated or a very dark gray to use instead of the off white and see if I find a combination I like better.

DSCN4371Today’s plan – a bit of brunch, need to get dressed, and then on to finishing the quilting on my Camp Loopy project.

On the Needles – Friday – June 12

Yep – it’s the sweater that refuses to be photographed as it’s true color! :-)      I’ve gotten this far on one of the fronts.  I’m not sure if I’ll add any of the lace that is on the back yoke onto the front.  If I do it would  be in sort of the front yoke area but I think it would drive me crazy trying to do the neck and armhole shaping and still maintain the lace pattern.

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I am thinking I might need a project other than sweaters to work on — okay  — or maybe I saw a project I just love and realize I have yarn in the stash that just might be perfect for it — yep – actually in the stash.  And it might make a great gift for someone so those are all my excuses for needing to cast on a new project even tho I have several sweaters in various stages of “not done-ness”. ;-)

I really like the combination of mohair and other yarn in  Non Troppo  and while I have several colors of mohair I don’t think I have enough of any of them but I might be able to combine two of them – need to think on that one.  I also love the simplicity of A New Slant  and also Laura Aylor’s Therapy.  I think Therapy will win because I believe I actually know what storage container the yarn is in that I would want to use for that.  And since I need to wind more yarn for my red sweater tonight – why not wind a bit more while I’ at it.

I am hoping to get at least one sweater blocked this weekend so I can start the seaming on it and get it finished off.  That is if I don’t just twiddle the day away like today.

Although I haven’t gotten yet to the machine quilting I planned to do today, I did look at a bunch of patterns on Ravelry, check out the various TLE ravelry forums to see what is being planned for the next Camp Loopy project.  Although I am not doing the knitting Camp, I do check out the photos in those groups from time to time – it’s a great way to see patterns I may not have found on my own.

My fabric Camp Loopy package is off in the mail to me today and will include the “reward” for finish Freshman Year of Loopy Academy.  I won’t say what it is yet  – I’ve seen it in a spoilers thread – but will post a photo when it arrives.

Well since it’s been rainy all day and I never did make it out to the grocery store – I think I’ll give up on that plan for today and let my friendly pizza guy bring me dinner.    Enough rambling – time to order dinner.

 

 

 

Camp Loopy Fabric Safari – Project 2

Today the announcement for the July project for Camp Loopy Safari – the fabric version – was announced so the shopping and planning could commence.

The challenge for July is to pick six different half yard cuts of fabric (you could use more but that’s the minimum) and somewhere on your project there must be a bit of applique or embroidery.

Here’s the fabrics I chose:

camp2  I know I’ve said this before but I love the Project Planner feature that was added to TLE website.  You can add fabric (or yarn) and see them side by side and then with a click – it turns into a shopping list so you can edit how much of each one, and another click, it dumps those fabrics with the yardage you listed directly into the shopping cart.

I’ve been coveting the fabric that is in the bottom row middle for a while — these are all batiks and I can’t say I’ve ever met a batik I didn’t love — but I especially love that one.   I recalled a pattern I had wanted to make and so found the others to go with them.  It will be another large wallhanging and look similar to this pattern from the Robert Kaufman website called Asymetrical Diamond.  All just simple HSTs.

 

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The yellow/goldish batik will be my background (used where the white is in the quilt image), the three batiks with black in them will make up where the darker shades of blue/purple are and the three lightest batiks will be where the lighter shades of blue/purple are in the quilt.  The bright pink will be the binding and as for my bit of applique (because you know I will be doing applique rather than embroidery) :-) I’m thinking I’ll add a pink heart in the diamond area where the blocks meet to make sort of the center – the asymmetrical center.  Either that or one of the prints is butterfly wings so I may applique a few little butterflies flitting across it.

 

So my order is placed and my plan is in place.  Now I just have to finish off the June project and then wait for July to start this one.  But, at the last minute, I decided to  give myself a three-day weekend, so I should have my final border area quilted in no time tomorrow and get the binding on and hopefully have a totally finished project done before the end of the weekend.

Squiggly Antelope quilting

DSCN4365  I think I have the Safari wall hanging nearly completely quilted.  Here’s sort of a side shot where you may be able to tell I pretty much stitched in the ditch.  The majority of the top is made up of two inch finished strip width vertical strips so I stitched along those and added a bit more straight line quilting within the “head” area.  The borders are all stitched in the ditch too and the last thing I want to do is just a bit of meandering in the gold triangles of the outer border.  But that’s enough quilting for one day.

Autumn Ripple and Fern Garden Patterns now available

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Autumn Ripples and Fern Garden patterns have been added to the page for my Hoffman California Fabrics patterns that have been retired on their pattern download page so you can now get them on my blog.

Autumn ripples – don’t let the curved piecing scare you.  It’s a gentle curve and I didn’t even have to pin it.  I made a larger version of this quilt and a smaller one with the actual fabrics form this fabric line.  You can see those at the end of this post.  The two I made I set the blocks square, rather than on point as in the original design.

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Fern Garden is definitely a super simple beginner  pattern — perfect for those large prints you want to showcase and not really cut up much.  And one of my favorite things about it is the way the sashing stairsteps diagonally alternating colors across the quilt.

 

Autumn Ripples Revisited – 4/4/15

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Sweater Back is off the needles

DSCN4361I finished off the back of my sweater last night when I finally  got out of the sewing room.  I was going to put some of the lace pattern on the front of my sweater but am debating whether or not I will do that or just leave it plain.  I was thinking about adding it on the front of the sweater in about the same area where it is on the back but I think that may be a bit to tricky to do  – need to check out how my neckline is shaped on the front first.

 

Below the sweater is my Camp Loopy fabric safari project — all pinbasted.  I got the backing all pieced out of my leftover fabrics and then called it quits about 1:30  last night since I’d been in the sewing room nearly all day.  This morning –   back in the sewing room and got the wallhanging pinned and have started quilting on it.  I think the quilting will be relatively plain stitch in the ditch – once I get all that done, I’ll see if I want to add any other quilting to it.

It was sprinkling earlier (I really didn’t want to go out and run errands today anyway) ;-)  and is a bit on the gloomy and breezy side today so a good day to spend in the sewing room.

Border Blocks

Aha! I now have border blocks — actually border block strips.  The blocks are all joined into the three strips I need and I just need to sew the strips onto the top.  I’m going to piece my leftover fabrics into the backing but think I’ll still need to go search in the stash for something to add to them to make the backing big enough.

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Just Flutterin’ and Woven Ribbons

Two more patterns that were on the Hoffman California Fabrics website that are now back out of retirement and the patterns are available in my free pattern pages…

Just Flutterin 58 x 67

 

Woven Ribbons - Sand In My Shoes Collection

Woven Ribbons – Sand In My Shoes Collection

and here’s the version of Woven Ribbons that I made from these fabrics

wovenribbonsAs I was looking for the pattern instructions above, one of the other things I’m finding are other potential quilt designs that I did for the same fabric lines but were not selected as the final quilt design to use.    I had forgotten about this one, which I called low tide, and was one of the potential designs for the Sand in My Shoes fabric collection.  It reminds me of a beach where the tide has gone out and left that bit of blue water running diagonally through the design in  low spots on the beach.  I still have fabrics from that  collection in my stash so I may have to see if I have enough to make this quilt.

LOW TIDE Now that I’ve dithered away the better part of the day looking through old files, paying a few bills on line, and ordering some new clothes — I think I’ll actually get to sewing on my Camp Loopy project border blocks.

On the Needles –

I didn’t even bother to try to get a photo of this to post last nice since I new the color wouldn’t come anywhere near true.

This is a slightly better photo in the light of day – it looks a bit red at least but not the bright cherry red it is and the lace pattern shows up a bit.

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This is the back of the sweater and the lace panel is across the upper back.  I’ve got about 13 more rows and then will bind off the back neck stitches – so not much more to do on the back.

I did not manage to get my CustomFit Cardipalooza cardigan done during the KAL but I knew I wouldn’t make it – which really only means I’m not eligible for the prizes they are giving away.  I do plan to pull it back out this weekend and finish off that cap of that sleeve so I can get that one blocked and start stitching it together.  The CF Summer Sweater KAL has started and as long as the sweater is “finished” during the KAL it doesn’t matter when it’s started  Maybe must maybe the pullover lace sweater I started for last year’s KAL will get finished for this one.  :-)

If you are a regular blog reader,  I know you’ve heard me say how much I dislike pin basting quilts — well it’s the same sort of thing when I get to the stage where I have to block something.  Not my favorite thing to do but then I always wonder once I’ve done one why I hate it so much.  It really doesn’t take that long to block sweater pieces  — I follow Amy Herzog’s method of blocking and it works great and you’re not pinning out every inch of every edge – just the strategic points.   Actually the real problem I procrastinate may be because I usually have to clear off the sewing room table of it’s mess so I have a place to lay out the blocking mats.

Maybe I’ll go put those lace pullover sweater pieces into the sink to soak – then I’ll be forced to get it pinned out to block.