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.

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

Friday Finish: Rainbow Dash Quilt

This is one of those crazy ideas that wormed its way into my head after scrolling through Instagram and wouldn't be quiet until it was finished.  The original idea was from @_glass_half_full, but I first saw Kitty Wilkin's first few blocks, and had to make my own.

These are seriously easy blocks to make.  I started with six inch blocks, sliced randomly across at any angle, then added a strip of fabric from my scrap bins.  I always love a project that gives me a chance to use up some scraps.  And I was able to make some almost fussy cut, like these animals from one of the Cotton and Steel lines.  

After the first handful of blocks, I settled on a light gray background, which was not an easy choice since I don't have a huge pile of light gray fabrics in my stash.  Actually, the prints I used here are pretty much it, but there was enough variation to keep the scrappy vibe.

After a few more blocks, the rainbow started to become the obvious arrangement.  I seriously can't help but arrange things in rainbow order. 

My original plan was to cut the squares back into 6 inch squares to make everything fit together nicely, but I once I had the rows laid out, I liked how they were staggered.  It was kind of magic how most of the rows were already pretty close to the same length.  So I sewed them into vertical strips then lined the pink row up as I sewed them all together.  I only had to add fabric to one strip, and then trim off the excess in a few other rows.  

When it came to quilting, I had a plan about doing a lot of vertical and horizontal lines, then adding some hand stitching in a rainbow of perle cottons.  That was the plan right up to the point that I loaded it onto my long arm and was about to go.  There was just something about those horizontal rows of quilting space that I just couldn't resist.  So I went for it.

For a quilt that started on a whim, it turned out really great.  It's a little smaller than most of my quilts, but it's just big enough to lie under on the couch as long as you're alone or with a cat.  And it'll be getting a hanging sleeve for now and heading to my guild's show at the Quilters Gathering in November. 

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday.  And crossing this one off my list for Q3 of Adrienne's 2015 Finish-Along.

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