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!

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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Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

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.  

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!