WIP Wednesday: Yarn and Stuff...

Here's what I've been up to on Instagram!

I've been completely taken by spinning yarn!  I made a two ply practice yarn that was fat and loose.  And while it was real yarn that I was able to knit with, I really wanted to make a nice, tight, DK-type yarn.  (Sara at Knotty Gnome spins beautiful yarns, and I've been following her Instagram feed for inspiration.) 

So I pulled some more roving from my friend's stash and set to work trying to make the yarn I wanted.  I spun the single plies tighter and thinner so that I could ply them together tighter.  It wasn't perfect, because I'm still perfecting my ability to eyeball the twist, but it was a lot closer.  I'll keep working on keeping my twist consistent and my plies thin.

And I've started working on some Christmas gifts!  My daughter has gotten very excited about this one doll she has that I've made some clothes for already.  Last week, as I was putting her to bed, she told me that her doll couldn't sleep because she didn't have any pjs, so I obviously pulled some flannel and whipped up a nightgown.  

Then she started making her doll a bed out of a box and an old baby blanket, and I had an idea.  I made a quick pillow and pillowcase, and started working on a mini quilt for the doll's bed.  These are all one inch squares, that finish to a half inch, and they take forever!  So it's a good thing I'm starting now.

Quilts are getting labels and sleeves and heading off to a show!  My guild is putting on a special exhibit at the Quilters Gathering in November, so we finalized our selection of quilts last week and started everyone working on that last step of prep work.  I have four quilts in the show, two smallish quilts and two bigger ones, so I prepped the two smaller ones and handed them off.  The two bigger ones still need a solid washing before they can be sleeved and labeled, so they'll be my project in the next couple weeks.

And if you guys are in New Hampshire next month, you should check out the show.  We have a really great pile of quilts that we'll be showing, and the show has some really great teachers doing workshops.  Should be good times.

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WIP Wednesday!

So this weekend my guild had a great sew-in to work on our QuiltCon 2016 Charity quilt.  We got soooo much done (and it looks really great) but I didn't unpack my machine until yesterday!  

I've been doing some hand sewing on my La Passacaglia (still on that first cog) but I've got it almost done and the next set of fabrics all ready to go.  I'm not entirely sold on my color selection, but I figure the more I add, the better it will look.

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And I pulled my sewing machine out to start making these scrap bins from Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkinson.  (You can see Amanda's bins in her blog post here.)  They've been on my to do list for a long time, but I finally decided that the scrap situation couldn't wait any longer.  

I got through the blue bin really fast, and whipped up the orange one after the kids went to bed.  I think I'll need ten to sort out all my colors, so the kids are going to have to start eating lots of cereal so I can have the cardboard to line them.  

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WIP Wednesday! Updates from Insta-land...

There are so many little and big projects going on around here, so it's time for an Instagram update! 

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I'm almost done the binding on my Lizzy House mini quilt.  I love this mini, and might have to make one for myself.  

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Here's a little peek at the front.  I think I have to add hand-quilting to everything now!  It was one of the most enjoyable parts of making this mini.

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Yesterday I whipped up this Little Vines block.  I picked this block for our guild's block lottery, but the tutorial still isn't back online.  So I made this one so I could put up a little tutorial.  It's a fun block to make, and perfect for little scraps.

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And I've been toting around my other swap mini.  This one is for the Cotton and Steel swap.  Obviously, I've been brainwashed by Carolyn Friedlander, drunk the Kool-aid, and have bought piles of perle cotton and big stitch needles.  

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WIP Wednesday: Instagram Edition

Welcome to Work In Progress Wednesday!  Where I post all the things I put on Instagram this week that were not the things on my to do list!  

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I've almost sewn down the first round of these EPP rings.  I printed enough papers to make nine rings, figuring that was a good wallhanging size, and once I finished them, I'd know if I wanted to continue making more.  With round one nearly complete, I can safely say that I love these and the process.  So now it's on to round two!  And maybe printing more papers.  

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I mounted another customer quilt on the long arm.  It's a beautiful Meadow quilt (with yummy Liberty prints) and I have free reign on the quilting.  I love the original Meadow that was quilted by Angela Walters, so I'm going to use that as inspiration for my quilting.  

First step is to draw draw draw!  These swirls will make up the borders, and since the borders are a huge part of the quilt and solid I need to make sure the swirls are as close to perfect as possible.

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And I couldn't let these scraps sit any longer by my sewing machine!  I won them from Ashley (check out the quilt they came from!) and since they've arrived I've pawed through them a couple times, separated them out into piles, and pulled some bits for possible projects, but hadn't actually done anything.  So I pulled out my solids bucket and got out all the colors that went well.  

In addition to the greens and pinks, I also added a reddish orange, brown and yellow.  I'm not sure that the red really needs to be there, and I think that I might need to add a bit of white.  But I really love the two greens and that pink.  

WIP Wednesday!

So there I was on the couch this morning, enjoying a cup of coffee, watching some Daily Show, when I realized that there was a deadline looming over my head!  AHHHH!  

I'd signed up for Pat Bravo's Quilt for Project Linus challenge, received my lovely pile of scraps, made a top, then sat on it for a month.   I knew how I wanted to quilt it, had backing fabric in mind and in stash, and had a clear spot on the long arm, but still let it just linger in my to do pile.  

Anyway, the quilts need to be mailed by Friday, and I already have a full couple of days, so I'm glad I realized all that this morning and not tonight.  It's already on the long arm and in progress!

And in other news, my little EPP project is coming along nicely!  I've pieced together a bunch of these rounds, and I'm now working on appliqueing them onto my black backing fabric.  Once I get the first set sewn down, I'm going to reuse my papers and start on another set.  We'll see how many times I can repeat the cycle before I'm tired of these shapes.

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WIP Wednesday: Snow Day Number Two!

So it snowed all day yesterday.  Sure everyone knows about the blizzard, and everyone got snow, but it never stopped!  I don't think we've ever had a storm that didn't at least take a 20 minute break in the midst of snowing.

Yesterday, while we were all penned into the house, I managed to get a binding done and a bunch of pressing but today I decided it was quilting day!  Last night I pulled backing and batting and got it all loaded up on the long arm so I could just start as soon as the coffee kicked in.

And of course I waffled about how to quilt it.  I spent an hour scrolling through Instagram, then watched video after video on YouTube, then flipped through my sketchbook.  I finally just decided to do more graffiti quilting practice.  (Which was my first idea, so I don't know why I didn't just trust my gut instead of wasting hours.)

Luckily, once you get started, it's pretty easy to just keep going.

And one more picture of the snow.  Lucky has decided she likes the snow in the North better than the heat of the South!

WIP Wednesday!

So my job today is to get these quilts bound.  Both are gifts that are long overdue, though no one is expecting them, so no one knows they're so late!  Ha!

There's also QuiltCon supplies to gather, more quilts to quilt, and swap extras to make before popping my

Schnitzel and Boo mini

in the mail.  So I'll probably just go and get to it!

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WIP Wednesday: A Very Do. Good One

So August was my turn again to lead our circle, and I wanted something a bit easier than my first (Pyramid Scheme turned out great, but was a bit more work than I realized).  So while I was scanning Flickr and Instagram for ideas, I came across

this quilt by Jeliquilts

.  I loved it, and figured blocks of half square triangles had to be easier.

All my bee-mates sent a nine-patch of warm HSTs and cool HSTs.  I waited until I got the blocks in, then made single HSTs and made strips of them to better blend the line between warm and cool.  I'm hoping to get to the quilting this weekend, but I was to excited to not share an early picture of the top (and also get it in to be eligible for showing at QuiltCon 2015!).

Also in the works this week, was getting these blocks done.  They're for the October round of do. Good, but I'm just a tad behind, but they're in the mail!

And that pile of yarn from last week, I finished one cowl out of it, then started on some

Endpaper Mitts

, realized there wasn't enough contrast to see the pattern, ripped it all back, and started these

Diamond Mitts

.  They're a really quick knit, especially because I cut down the ribbing quite a bit, so I'm hoping to have them done by the end of the week when the weather really gets cold.

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WIP Wednesday: All The Yarn!

Last night a friend came over because I wanted to wind two hanks that I was planning on knitting into another warm and fuzzy cowl.  But once you have the swift and winder set up, you might as well ball every hank in the house.  I knew about two of these, but apparently I subconsciously hoard yarn, so I kept pulling hanks out of bins in my sewing area.  Surprise!

And, yes, those pinks are as neon as they look.

So today, I'm knitting up the two balls that started it all.  They're a really strange color.  It's chartreuse, and fuchsia, and lilac.  Pretty much so ugly it's pretty again.  And it's Malabrigo, so it's super soft.  The pattern is

Thirty-Eight by Jane Cochran on Ravelry

.  It's all seed stitch and ribbing, which is not my favorite way to knit, but I love the texture, so I'm stuck with it.

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WIP Wednesday: LV Edition!

It's kind of a low volume with pops of color kind of WIP Wednesday.  I got my

Orange Peel QAL

top sewn together last night, but it still needs top and bottom rows of LV squares, plus any borders I decide to add.  I love it though.  I just want to quilt it because it looks like it will be so much fun.

And I started on this

Honey Cowl

, even though it's pushing 90 degrees these days.  I got this yummy

Tosh Merino DK

in Cosmic Wonderlust from

Purl Soho

on our last vacation to NYC, and I've been trying to figure out what to do with it.  A cowl will be perfect since it's so soft.

WIP Wednesday: Orange Peels!

Orange Peel QAL!
Orange Peel QAL!

So I'm taking part in the

Orange Peel Quilt along

over at

Quilty Habit

.  It's one of those shapes that I've always loved how they look and have always wanted to try them, because there are so many great tutorials that promise to make it really easy.  

Last night I just got the urge to do it.  It was weird, and I was just going to work for an hour or so to get the peels started, but hours later, I was still going.

This tutorial

from

Crazy Old Ladies

is so simple.  You just trace the peel onto interfacing, sew it to the right side of your fabric, then trim and turn right side out.  Magically, you have all your raw edges inside and a nice peel that will hold it's shape when you sew it down.

Pay no attention to the gross carpet.  Weeks of rain + two kids and a dog = nastiness.

I combined that super simple method with glue basting, and by the end of the night, I had enough blocks for a decent wall hanging if I went with the random layout, but I laid them out in a rainbow vine, and they were just awesome.  It'll probably still be a wall hanging, but I might end up making it a lap quilt that I hang on my quilt rack in the living room.

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WIP Wednesday!