Whew! I have finished all my homework for Loopy Academy.
Freshman Semester 1 Fabric projects all had to use a minimum of 1.5 yards of fabric each and the homework was
Make four placemats (with or without quilting – mine were quilted as I added the strips)
And drawstring bag(s) – I made two – one for my loom supplies and the other my hand knit sock laundry bag. Both bags are fully lined and the sock bag should hold at least a month’s worth of socks (since I usually only wash them once a month and all at once).
and a seasonal wall hanging that had to include some quilting. I made Winter Wonderland. The kit was just the top section with the embroidery and mini quilt but I added blocks to the bottom from a coordinating panel to make it larger – it should be the perfect size for the small half wall on the side of my desk at the office.
And the Sophomore year, semester 1 knitting projects:
Something with cables – the cowl my friend
stole was gifted.
Something with texture – the baby sweater
and a pillow – different designs on both sides of the round pillow.
So now on to some quilting and knitting and weaving projects that have no real deadline – well I do have a two quilts to finish before Christmas – good thing all my homework is done! It was all great fun and I’m looking forward to seeing what project assignments there are for next semester to decide if I’m going to continue or take a break from “school”. Hmmm… does TLE offer a semester abroad Academy?
My Loopy Legend yarn has arrived at The Loopy Ewe!
What’s a Loopy Legend – someone who has purchased many many hanks of lovely yarn and reached the award level where you send in an inspiration photo and they have a yarn dyed based on that photo in your name and you get a free hank of it.
Here’s the photo I sent in of a Gannet – I love the shades of yellow and gold on his head and the blue/gray of his beak.
And here’s what Lorna’s Laces did with the dying of the yarn.
I absolutely love it!! Yes, more yarn had to be ordered and is on its way to me. I think I will be making a sweater out of this. I will need to do some swatch to see how it looks knit up – will it pool or not – then again I may just wing it and if it pools so what. But I absolutely love all the colors in it.
Do you need some Gannet yarn – check out The Loopy Ewe to get your own.
Not only were there Boxes (yes plural) of Fun coming this week with yarn (Wollmeise update) and then yes, tho I wasn’t gonna do any Black Friday shopping at TLE, I couldn’t pass up some Cascade sport weight yarn which was on sale – two shades of blue which will make a lovely sweater – and at the price, especially on sale, it was a bargain for a SQ since it takes a whole lot of yarn. But then, after cleaning up the sewing room, I had an idea stirring for a new project. So, off to find the fabrics I wanted to use for it (no not in my neat and now tidy stash – but at TLE). So one more Box of Fun will be arriving. Now to finalize my plan for these fabrics so I can get started on it over the weekend.
Have you checked out The Loopy Ewe’s Project Planner feature they added not long ago. It’s great – you can add yarn or fabric to them – have several different projects planning at the same time – and see things side by side without hopping back and forth to check out color combinations, etc.
While the fabric I ordered was all from the same collection – Merriment – so I knew the colors were going to go together, it’s still nice to see the ones I ordered all together.
I love these fabrics because they “could” be Christmas fabrics but then again, not strictly so.
So what to do with them…. what to do……
And did you see friend Judy’s new Loopy Legend yarn?? Crawfish anyone? 🙂 Pretty shades of orange. My Loopy Legend yarn (yes, I know, we were supposed to be knitting from the stash yet somehow we both got Loopy Legend status again) will be coming in the next batch from the dyer sometime early next year — which isn’t too dang far away anymore!
Two long days of cutting and sewing and making a mess all over my sewing room but look what I’ve got to show for it. My quilt top for Camp Loopy Project 2 is done! (I’m going to have to come up with a better name for it than “Camp Loopy Project 2”) 🙂 Just finished pressing the final borders.
I had planned to use the dark blue that is the sashing squares for the binding which would have tied that darker color in a bit more but just remembered what that dark fabric is left over from – and its a project that is not yet finished so I’d better save it rather than use it for binding.
So tomorrow I’ll make some binding and see if the backing fabric I bought is large enough. I think I’ll probably have to add to it since this project turned out larger than what my original quilt plan was.
And, if I’m really good and clean up the sewing room, I might even get the table cleared off so I can start layering this one …. but as for tonight – I’ve got no interested in cleaning the sewing room and think perhaps a bowl of popcorn and then may be some knitting are a much better way to spend my time.
It’s blocked, the ends are woven it, and it’s ready to go in a drawer until I need to use it.
I love the way it turned out and the Shalimar Breathless yarn is so nice and soft. I need to stop making purple shawls tho — the TGV shawl I made for a past year’s Camp Loopy project is overall similarly shaped to this one except for wide ruffle rather than lace and is also purple – but a brighter shade.
He turned out pretty cute. I think I’ll maybe used a dark thread to satin stitch around it so it looks more like a coloring book page and the fabric edges stand out more.
The red fabric I had received in a prior TLE order – fabrics I’m going to use for a Komen Fund Raiser quilt – but it was just perfect with these fabrics so I snipped a bit off that stack of fabrics.
He’s all fused in place and there’s Décor Bond fused to the back so once I pull out the other sewing machine (which I just put away yesterday after mending something) I may see if I can get him stitched down and contemplate the rest of my bag. I’m going to have to make a little shopping list I think. Since I don’t sew clothes anymore, my supply of more clothing type notions — like elastic which I want for something — are pretty much nonexistent. So will have to figure out what else I might want..
That’s what I’m going to call my Loopy Ewe Challenge Bag. When I chose the fabrics I wanted for this challenge project, once I saw the owl print I was thinking I wanted to use my applique owl block design from the Too Tired to Give a Hoot wall hanging (which I did for the first Loopy Fabric Challenge) as the flap of the bag. But today in looking at this fabric I decided I wanted to change my owl to look sort of like the red headed winking owl. I think he’s so cute.
So I pulled up my file in EQ7 and made a few changes to my owl design. It’s not an exact duplicate but close enough.
Here’s what my owl on the front flap will look like – not in these colors – but the general look of it. Where I’ll go from there, I haven’t totally decided yet but I’ll start with the flap.