Category Archives: Quilting

WIP: Wonky groovy hippie 60’s inspired log cabin quilt

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I had to enlist the help of one of my tall boys tonight to get a photo of the finished quilt top. I dragged him out to the deck and got a few shots, but it was pretty windy and my phone isn’t great. However, I think you get the picture. The appliqued vehicles at the intersections of the sashing are (I hope) disguising the fact that some of my blocks are not particularly well lined up vertically. I used Heat ‘n Bond Light on them and will anchor them down properly when I do the quilting.

This project is huge – about 65 inches square – and I am currently in the process of piecing the backing from the leftover fabrics. I’m nearly there, but there’s no rush (although I always feel like I want to get my projects done fast) and I can do more tomorrow.

Getting up early is great, because I can get completely ready for work and then have time to sew as well.

I may have to buy batting. I think I only have a small number of bits and pieces in my stash, so I’ll have to check out prices when I go to work on Monday. I still don’t know how much quilting I’ll actually do on this.  It’s been so long since I did any quilting and I may even try out a spray basting method this time, rather than safety pins. Then perhaps I’ll quilt large flower shapes on it using free motion quilting with my darning foot.

Quite the adventure!

A change of pace

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I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks because after my productive July I felt like I needed a little break from crochet. Whaaaaat?!

There has been a teensy bit of knitting, but nothing worth showing, as it was a gauge swatch for a sweater that I have changed my mind about, at least for now. The gauge on the pattern is 21 sts/4 inches with DK yarn, and I tried three different needle sizes and still was getting too many and I liked the tightest gauge the best. Rather than do the math, I shelved the project.

I have the seed of an idea germinating in my head right now, but I haven’t done anything about it yet because I have been sewing instead.

I’ve had a couple of days off and I was motivated to get down to my sewing room and dedicate some hours to a couple of projects. This one was an impulse make, after a customer at the fabric store where I work told me about the cartwheel skirts she makes for her granddaughters. Basically it’s a skort, where the shorts or leggings and skirt are joined at the top. You can do cartwheels in them without flashing your knickers! (I need some for ME!)

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(Before adding the elastic, while waiting for my sister to confirm waist measurement.)

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(After adding elastic. This fabric is really cute, but you can’t iron it or the dots come off.)

A couple of weeks ago, in this post, I showed you some quilt blocks that I had made. Well, I have been adding to them bit by bit, and at this point (below) I had 25.

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I have five of each – Pink Panther, Scooby Doo, crazy cats, camper vans, and VW bugs. All wonky log cabin blocks starting either with a 4.5″ or 5.5″ cut square, depending on the pattern I was fussy-cutting.

Today I started cutting into and sewing on my sashing fabric, which is just a solid black, and it makes so much difference to how things look. I will get some photos of the quilt top when it’s ready. I have a feeling I will need to add some sort of colourful border outside the black, so will have to see what I have left from making the blocks. And then I’ll need to layer it up with some batting and backing and figure out the quilting part.

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I have more projects lined up already. The top on the left will be made with a blue rayon and the dress on the right is going to be bright pink (it’s going to be part of my Hello Kitty outfit for Halloween which I’ve only been planning for, like, 5 years)! The fabrics were washed today, so next time I have a sewing day there’s nothing standing in my way.

Signing off now – going to put food on the table for the troops, but I won’t be eating any yet – I have signed up for a Booty Burn class at 5.30 followed by yoga, so I have to be careful to go with a relatively empty stomach. Ta ta for now!

Crochet and fabric play

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She is done, my Mimic shawl. She had a bath and a lie-down on the blocking mats, and  a bit of steam, and she grew to 16.5 inches by 87.5 inches. Yup, pretty long, but lovely with it.

This used 260 grams of Lion Brand Mandala in the Troll colourway, so about one and two-thirds of the 150 gram cakes.

My stashbusting has been epic this month. Two shawls, a blanket and a hat completed and I also cleared out a bit of undesirable yarn from my stash. That’s a total of 2320 grams of yarn OUT! And none in.

The other small project I finished was this Walking Hat, so named because I crocheted it on my walks around the neighbourhood. I used up the last of my Caron Big Cakes in Shadowberry. I wouldn’t buy this yarn again. It’s not the nicest acrylic, in my opinion. It took three and a half walks to make. I probably got some second glances as I carried my yarn and hook around with me this week!

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In the grand scheme of checks and balances, I should be picking up  my paycheque today, which will include some extra hours and overtime. However, when I was at a coffee shop with a friend yesterday, my car was parked outside on the street, and during that time someone swiped it with their vehicle and took the paint off. Grrrr! I am claiming off my insurance, of course, but there is still a $500 deductible to pay. I had to spend some time on the phone to the insurers yesterday and book my poor car in for an estimate at the body shop.

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So what else is new? Ah yes, my quilting. I have been itching to make a quilt again. I started back in 1998, when I was expecting son #3, and took a class to learn how make a large quilt. It was definitely worth it and from then on I quilted like a crazy person for six years, until I got back into yarn crafts. I haven’t really felt the pull since, even though I now work in a fabric store, but that doesn’t stop me from bringing home pretty cotton fabric remnants now and then. If I really like something, I’ll buy a metre.

Anyway, I’ve recently been watching The Midnight Quilt Show on YouTube and have been enjoying watching Angela piece and machine quilt like the pro she is and it’s inspired me to get going again. I also have a pile of quilting books from the library. This week I pulled out a bunch of fabrics and decided on a theme. I am fussy-cutting squares from Pink Panther, Scooby Doo, camper vans, Vespas and colourful cats and using a backing of broadcloth to stitch-and-flip crazy log cabin blocks. I have six so far.

It’s a lot of fun and deliberately cutting the pieces a little wonky with scissors means no need for precision.

I have no plan as to the number of blocks to make or how it’s all going to come together. I’ll scratch this itch and see where it takes me.

Have a great weekend! (I’ll be working, and I’ll still do my best to have a great weekend.)