Monday, December 16, 2013

Belated Finish

I actually finished this quilt quite a while ago... like just after Thanksgiving.

But then the Christmas rush started.

And then I became obsessed with knitting.

And then finals.

Excuses, excuses. I'm a bad blogger.

SO. Here she is, California Dreamin, in all her FMQ'ed glory.


This is the first time I've edge-to-edge free-motioned a quilt this big. I have to say it turned out better than I expected!

The back is an amalgam of Denyse prints from Joanns (that middle yellow flower is such a fave of mine!), and some pearl bracelets. It took me ages to decide what to bind it with (a really long time... remember this?), I really wanted to do something colorful, but everything I tried competed with the top too much. So I just threw in some scraps from the leaves and used the dark gray pearl bracelets. I love how it turned out!

I know it's not a Christmas quilt by any stretch of the imagination, but it's currently on the couch, along with Good Morning Starshine. They're friends. :-)

California Dreamin
Fabrics from stash - Denyse Schmidt, Juliana Horner, V & Co, Lizzy House among others
Pieced and quilted on my Bernina with Aurifil 2600

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I actually do still have a sewing machine...

But she's been feeling neglected with all the knitting that's going on. So the other day I was planning to go to visit my family for the day and I wanted to take some knitting with me.

But I couldn't have it rolling around in my purse or something, getting all unraveled and nubby and whatnot. So I needed to rectify that, right?

I whipped up this little cutie before breakfast, and then headed out for a mini road trip.


I love how Charlotte totally photobombed this one. She burrowed under the maple quilt a few seconds later. This is definitely snuggling season!

Have you been doing any quickie sewing lately? Some instant gratification perhaps?

the deets:
Fabric: Sunnyside by Kate Spain
Pattern: Noodlehead's Open Wide Pouch
Sewn on my Bernina with Aurifil 2600 (the perfect gray that matches literally everything!)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Re-Learning Curve

I mentioned a while back that I had taken up knitting again. Again, meaning that I had knit before. Before, meaning in elementary school.

Needless to say, I was pretty much starting from scratch.

Here is the first photo I showed, a project from the Craftsy class I'm taking that is my 'refresher-but-really-from-scratch' class. I think it's funny that you can see where I first started how the sides were all lumpy, but then I figured it out ;-)


So I'm basically addicted now, and I've since finished the lace scarf. Here is Charlotte being very generous with the reluctant-model side-eye.


I've also casted (casted? cast?) on a couple more things!

The blue scarf on the left is the next project from the Craftsy class, and I'm working on seed stitch and different sizes of basket weave.

The purple-ish one is a cowl pattern I found on Ravelry, and it's a very simple offset rib. I've actually made a good bit of progress on this, and have finished the first of three skeins. I'd like to be able to wear it while it's still cold out!

I know that most of y'all are quilters, but I'm finding that a lot of quilters are also knitters. Are you? What have you been working on? Do you find that there seems to be a knitting 'season'? I'm loving the coziness of this!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Skill Builder BOM - July Blocks

So I'm guessing that this BOM won't be done before the end of the year. Especially since the blocks aren't finished, the quilting is barely started, and then I'll have to join the quilted blocks.

But anyway, I've made a little progress.

Here are the July blocks - the wave block actually made two blocks, so I'm going to use one of them as the back of one of the blocks.

Skill Builder BOM - July Blocks

Skill Builder BOM - July Blocks

Skill Builder BOM - July Blocks

Hopefully my attention span will let me finish some more of these soon - but to be honest, I've cut a new quilt, pulled fabrics for two more, finished a scarf, and started another since these blocks were finished!