Monthly Archives: July 2012

Go Big or Go Home

By now, you all know that I’ve made a fair number of quilted project bags. My quilted bag making started when I became interested in quilting, but didn’t have the attention span (or enough coordinating fabric!) to make a full quilt. A while back, I ordered a pack of Fat Quarters from David Butler’s “Curious Nature” fabric line and it sat untouched because I felt like I really wanted to use it to make something large. And epic. Then I came across a quilt pattern that called for 12 FQs and some sheets from Ikea. I had 12 Curious Nature FQs, so I decided I’d make the quilt. A queen sized quilt. Dudes. Queen sized quilts are large….in case you didn’t already know that (90″x96″ for those wondering). Anyways…I ended up swapping out a couple of the fabrics to bring a little bit more feminine touch to the quilt and a brighter aqua color to brighten it up.

I spent the better part of today piecing the sashing and putting the quilt top together!

It’s awfully difficult to photograph a quilt top sitting on the lawn when it’s windy out!

Pattern: 12 + 2 = Q

Modifications: I ended up not using IKEA sheets for the sashing on the front of the quilt. When I went to IKEA, they only had 1 color flat sheet and it didn’t really go with my fabrics. I did end up buying a king size sheet set for the back (it was still cheaper to buy the whole sheet set than it would have been to buy fabric to cover the whole back), but went with some Kona Cotton for the sashing. I had to buy a little over 4 yards to piece together the sashing and I went with a darker color to hide the dog dirt that will inevitably make it’s way to the quilt.

Of course, there’s still the quilting and binding that need to be done! We’ll see how long that takes me or if I piece another quilt top before this one is even finished!

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Spring Garden Tee and a TDF Update!

I’ve been knitting and spinning my fingers off lately and I have quite a few things to show off as a result! The Tour de Fleece has been going on, and while I haven’t made too much progress with my spinning I have finished a couple of skeins of yarn!

Left: Nuclear Pie on Falkland, Top Right: Boardwalk on SW Merino, Bottom Right: Heather Violet on Organic Merino – all fiber by Two if by Hand

I’ve also been participating in the Summer KAL at Stash, and recently finished my Spring Garden Tee!

Pattern: Spring Garden Tee by Alana Dakos

Yarn: Be Sweet Bamboo in Light Aqua

Modifications: I made the top several inches shorter than the pattern calls for since I wanted a tee instead of a tunic. However, the 100% bamboo yarn grew quite a bit and I now have a tunic length top! I picked up all the underarm stitches and did edging just as I did for the neck. I had hoped that this would prevent the armholes from stretching out too much. I ended up leaving out a couple of raglan increases in order to make the finished chest measurement slightly smaller to account for the stretch I knew would happen. The last mod I made was to add a lace hem to the bottom of the top (I used the lace pattern from the sleeves).

Lace detail at the hem.

The Be Sweet Bamboo makes a lovely, drapey fabric…though, I don’t think I’d ever use it for an adult garment again. I do think I’ll get a lot of wear out of the top, but it definitely stretched over the course of the day wearing it. That said, it’d be lovely for lighter, summery accessories or baby/toddler/child tops!

Last weekend, our friend Laura was in Portland on a little West Coast adventure. We took her to Cannon Beach, Tillamook Cheese Factory, the Portland Saturday Market, and had a little knitting lesson!

Anyone recognize Haystack rock from the movie The Goonies?! 

I just cast-on for several new projects, so I’ll be back soon with progress pics of those and another TDF update!

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