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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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A Bunting (or two) for Stash!

The LYS I work at, Stash, is going to have a booth at a local fiber festival this coming weekend so I made a couple of buntings to hang on the front of our tables! Aren’t they adorable?!

Initially, I had planned to use the fabrics I used for our shop aprons. However, when I started gathering the fabric it seemed like too many polkadots. I happened to come across these in my online fabric browsing travels and decided they would be perfect!

I used this tutorial for the bunting and looked at several tutorials for the applique, but this one was the most helpful. The bunting would have been a relatively quick project, but the applique really slowed me down! It was definitely worth the extra time and effort, though.

They look so cute on our fence that I think I need to make one out of some laminated fabrics to keep up there for the summer!


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Wurm Hat…and some aprons!

There’s been tons of sewing and knitting around these parts (and some spinning, too!) lately. I’ve been branching out with my sewing, which has been really fun! I made my very first skirt, which I’ll post pictures of as soon as I get some and made some really fun aprons. I’m hoping to make a dress at some point and even have fabric and a pattern all picked out. Which brings me to the knitting portion of the blog post….our friend Judy offered to help me with the dress in exchange for knitting her a hat! A friend of hers who is a knitter was wearing a hat she liked and she found out the pattern name, picked out some yarn and I knit it up for her.

Pattern: Wurm by Katharina Nopp

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in Clematis

Modifications: I cut out one repeat because the hat was getting quite long and I was running out of yarn!

What a fun pattern! I love that the brim of the hat is doubled and doesn’t require a provisional cast-on in order to achieve this feature. The pattern was easily memorized and didn’t require much attention besides counting rows every so often. The yarn, of course, was glorious to work with. I’ve knit with several of the Madelinetosh bases before, but the Tosh Sport was new to me. It has a nice tight twist and has fantastic stitch definition.

Onto the aprons!

Not too long ago Sonia and I were chatting about what we could do to stand out at the shop so that customers could immediately identify who worked there. We tossed some ideas around and not too long afterwards a ravelry friend posted an adorable utility apron she made. She made it for a fiber festival that she was attending as a vendor and I immediately messaged her to find out where she got the pattern! She pointed me towards this tutorial and I immediately sent the link to Sonia. After a lot of fabric browsing, we finally settled on some Michael Miller fabrics (from the Red & Aqua line…they just happen to be the shop colors!).

We decided to go with 2 different designs for the 4 aprons.

I made the ties longer than the pattern calls for so that we could tie them in front.

Little tab for hanging things.

And because other crafters out there will totally relate to this….

Multitasking at it’s finest. Keeping warm with Dancette and trying to get pictures of the aprons and Wurm hat before the sun went down.


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A Few FOs

I have a few FOs to show off (2 of mine and one that my sister made while she was here). Let’s start with the one my sister made, shall we?

My sister is an early intervention and preschool special educator which means she spends a good deal of time working with kiddos in their home or preschool environment. She mentioned that she had seen a fabric memory game on Pinterest. There were a couple of different ones, but we ended up following this tutorial. Instead of using a printable icon of some sort, she just picked out one semi-solid fabric to use on all of the squares.

Adorable, right?

I let her go crazy with my scraps and she fussy cut 15 different fabrics for 30 total squares. She also made a drawstring bag for all the squares.

Next up is another sample knit for Stash:

Pattern: Turbulence Cowl by Laura Chau

Yarn: Shibui Merino/Alpaca in Suit and Ash

Modifications: Why, oh why am I always running out of yarn?! I aimed to knit this cowl in one skein of each color, but I ran out of the main color (Ash) with 4 rows left of the cowl. Instead of breaking into a second skein for 2 rows with that color, I bound off 4 rows early. I think the culprit was using a yarn that is more dense than the suggested yarn. At any rate, if I hadn’t pointed out that there were 4 rows missing, I doubt anyone would notice.

Yes, I realize it somewhat resembles a tube top. However, it is not. 

I actually made my blogging debut over on the stash blog today, and you can read more about the Turbulence Cowl and the fabulous Shibui Merino/Alpaca yarn over there!

And last, but certainly not least….a new pair of socks! I knit these as part of a Knit-a-Long at Stash and finished them up just in time (the deadline is Wednesday)!

Pattern: Paper Moon Socks by AnneLena Mattison from Knitty, Deep Fall 2011

Yarn: Sweet Georgia CashLuxe Fine in Savory (I think…I’ll have to double check at Stash)

Modifications: No intentional modifications. But honestly? The gusset and heel flap directions could have been more clear. I did what I thought the pattern was telling me to do, but my gusset looks a little bit different and I think there was an extra row that resulted in a little hole (which I closed up by picking up a stitch from the row below and knitting it together with the next stitch). I’m pleased with the finished product, but I think next time I would start with fewer stitches, as the toe is a bit boxy for me.

I love the look of the garter stitch on either side of the cables.

 The Sweet Georgia yarn was a true pleasure to work with. The resulting fabric is really soft and squishy, but seems like it will hold up over time. One of the socks survived a trip around the yarn in Sailor’s mouth today, so I consider that a win. And the colors are gorgeous. I think I’ll be picking up one of the other colors we have at the shop to make a shawlette or possibly even a summer sweater.

Perfect St. Patty’s Day Socks, I think! 

In other knitting news, I’m still plugging away on my Julissa sweater and am finally working on the sleeves. Tragically, one of them needs to be ripped out because the yarn I started using is much lighter and it’s pretty obvious. Thankfully it’s only about half a sleeve’s worth of ripping and not the whole thing!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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Drawstring Bags for Stash!

The Grey Poodle Designs drawstring bags have been selling like hotcakes at Stash, which I am so grateful for! It’s been really fun to watch people look through the different bags and choose one that suits their personality. There were only a few left after the Christmas rush, so Sonia placed another order which I’ve been busy working on this week. I finished them up today!

There’s a little something for everyone, I think….

Does it get any cuter than knitting sheep?! 

Cupcakes to satisfy someone’s sweet tooth

This is currently in a tie for my favorite with the knitting sheep. 

The colors of Stash are red and aqua, so I couldn’t resist a fabric line called Red and Aqua! And I’m also in love with those little tiny green shoes!

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

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Leaves Long Beanie

Boy, I’m totally slacking in the blogging department as of late. I blame this on several things. First, I’ve been doing mostly knitting of the top-secret Christmas variety. Thankfully, some of those will be going to their recipients next week and I’ll have something to share! Secondly, I’ve been doing quite a bit of drawstring bag sewing because they’re selling like hotcakes over at Stash! And lastly, we’re headed back east on Friday so I’ve been doing last minute Christmas shopping, packing, laundry, wrapping, and knitting!

Before I show you my most recent FO (well, my most recent that can safely make an appearance on the blog), let me just show you what making many drawstring bags does to ones brain. I sewed up a few bags for Black Friday shopping and then Sonia asked me to make 6-8 more for December. I did all of the cutting in one sitting, sewed up the layers the next day and went to put them all together. Two of my bags looked something like this:

Ummm, why were the outsides an inch smaller  than the linings? No idea. No worries though, I trimmed the linings and everything worked out in the end! Now onto the Leaves Long Beanie!

Pattern: Leaves Long Beanie by Melissa LaBarre from the book Weekend Hats

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in a color whose name I can’t remember!

Modifications: None!

Please excuse the sorta creepy picture. It’s the picture that best shows off the pattern motif on the hat! 

This is the second hat pattern I’ve made from Weekend Hats and both patterns have been well-written, easy to follow, and has a fantastic finished product. I think I’ll be reaching for this book over and over again for gifts. This particular hat was made for one of Seth’s co-workers as a Secret Santa gift. She loved it and it fit her perfectly!

We’re headed out on Friday to visit family for a week or so…I might be back in this space before we return, but possibly not! I hope you’re all having a lovely December so far!

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A bag for every occasion

According to my husband and father-in-law, a) one can never have too many backpacks and b) each backpack serves a very specific purpose.

I think that this school of thought can certainly be used when discussing any kind of bag. One can never have too many bags. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. So, today I sewed up a bag for a very specific purpose (but of course, can be used for a variety of things). Any readers who knew me “back in the day,” can tell you that I was an avid dancer throughout elementary school, junior high and high school. I also dabbled a bit in dance during college. Since then, however, I haven’t so much as put on a pair of ballet slippers or tap shoes. Every once in a while I get an urge to join an adult ballet class, but I just haven’t done it.

A couple of weeks ago I was out and about with my friend Betty and her daughter E (I’m teaching them to knit!), and we had to stop so that E could register for dance classes for the fall. Betty was telling me that there was an adult tap class starting and that she was thinking of signing up. Well, that was all the motivation I needed! So Betty and about 8 of her friends (including me) are all signed up to take tap starting tomorrow with a fellow from The Hot Shot Tap Dancers (he’s the one wearing the hat) who were on “America’s Got Talent.” Poor guy…he has no idea what he’s gotten himself into.

Anyways….today I decided I needed to whip up a bag to carry my tap shoes to and from class.

Pattern: Simple Bag from “Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts”

Fabric: High Society by Anthology

Modifications: Oh, at this point do we really expect that I haven’t made any changes? I didn’t think so. I only made a couple of really small changes this time around. I made the straps differently than the pattern called for (and will probably make them a touch longer next time) and used lighter weight fabric. The pattern calls for heavyweight cotton, but I used some medium-weight quilting cotton and used some fusible interfacing to give the bag a little sturdiness. The pattern called for 1/2 yard of each of the fabrics used on the outside of the bag, but I was able to get the pieces cut from fat quarters. I think that the pattern calls for 1/2 yard cuts so that the straps can be made as one long piece and then cut in half. But, it worked perfectly using fat quarters instead.  I also think there might be an error in the pattern. The pattern calls for the lining to be cut 13×31″, but then when you sew up the sides of the lining, it states that you’ll be sewing 16″ up the side. Well, maybe I’ve forgotten how to add…but I’m fairly sure that 16 + 16 = 32 and not 31. Ah well, I just made some adjustments when attaching the lining to the outside of the bag, and it worked out just fine. The pattern was really easy to follow and took far less time than the pattern predicted. I think it took me an hour at most, and the book estimates 2-4 hours.

I’m now feeling the need to make one of these for every day of the week! 

My tap shoes fit perfectly with extra room for a few other things.

Yes, my tap shoes look like old lady shoes. 

I’ll be sure to report back on the hilarity that is sure to happen during tap class tomorrow night!

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