my creative pursuits with quilts and knits

Souvenir Fabric

We decided to be wild and crazy this summer and travel to Europe.  I have a friend from college who lives in Hungary, so that was our destination.  There were some lovely tile roofs in Budapest that are perfect patterns for a future hexagon quilt.

In the little town of Papa, my friend took my to the local fabric store.  I left my camera with my husband, but just imagine floor to ceiling bolts of everything, piles cascading onto the cutting table – cottons, vinyl, silk, knits, anything under the sun.  The clerk was just as wild – orange hair and black leather pants.

I wanted something that had a “traditional” Hungarian feel, so my friend directed me to these small prints.image

I am not sure what to make with them.  Friendship stars maybe, with sunflowers, which are a big crop in Hungary.

Another traditional fabric/craft is indigo dyeing.  I found this small piece in a gift shop and it might become a pillow.

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What fabric souvenirs have you brought home from traveling?

Knitting Progress

I am dividing my time between two projects.

For me, the Dark Side of the Moon Diagonal Scarf:

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I love this colorway of yarn!  It is sock-weight, and the pattern is straight garter stitch.  I am having fun watching the bright yellow inch across the stripes.

#2 is the Bar Hopping Cowl in Frozen-inspired yarn

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This pattern uses yarn-overs and slipped stitches to create a lacy effect.  I have been trying to alternate between these two projects, keeping them both in the car for my wait in the parent-pick-up lane at my daughter’s school.  The Frozen cowl is a gift, so that has a deadline.

[By the way, this blog-every-day-in-October goal has become quite a challenge!  I have to really plan ahead to schedule posts during the week when I am busy with club meetings and skating practice.  Speaking of the prep that needs to be done...I should go take pictures for the rest of this week!  You get to see alot of old stuff since I really am not that prolific.  My silly day job gets in the way!!]

Short and sweet

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I made two more blocks for my True Blue 92 quilt.  This pattern is called “Midnight Moths” from http://www.quilterscache.com although I used one dark fabric instead of the scrappy six fabrics specified in the pattern.  And there are white corners blending into the white batting that is pinned up as a  DIY design wall ;-)

Fall 2014 BQF Button

I am entering my Rainbow Twister in the ROYGBIV category.

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I made this quilt in 2012, but this is the first time I have entered the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This quilt was born out of a fabric swap.  Each person chose a color and we swapped 5″ squares.  I laid out the colors from light to dark, and I had enough squares to make two rows of each color, so I alternated the gradient with each row.  Once I had the squares sewn together, I grabbed my Lil’ Twister ruler and cut it apart again.  It was so fun watching the pinwheels appear!

The reward for chopping up a quilt top with the Twister ruler is the bonus squares.  I put some of the leftover scraps to use in the corners, keeping everything in proper order.

Then it was time to choose quilting designs.  I spent alot of time on Leah Day’s website for inspiration!

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And I made little rainbows in the background:

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Here are my names for the quilting designs.  Each row had it’s own unique free motion design:

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The quilt finished at about 33″ x 39″.  It was machine pieced, then quilted on a Gammill longarm with rainbow variegated thread.

Long Term Projects

** Comment on the Oct 24 post to enter a charm square giveaway!  Open until Sunday Oct 26**

Before there were online quilt alongs, local shops would entice their customers with BOM projects – Blocks of the Month.  Many designers still offer these projects, and it’s a great way to tackle a large quilt.

I have been working with some friends on a year-long Bible Study/quilt project called “Women of the Bible” and tonight I finished block 52!  Here are the second half blocks, but it looks like I misplaced one.  ARGH.  That is certainly a sign that it is time for a deep clean of the sewing room!  The other 51 blocks have stayed nicely in their pile, I don’t know what happened to the Shunamite Woman…

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Some other BOMs have been patiently waiting for attention for many years.  I have all the blocks done for the 2007 Marti Michell quilt called Hidden Stars…

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A couple years ago I joined the Fat Quarter Stars QAL:

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I stalled after putting the sashing on.

And the Block Lotto patterns from this year will make a nice QOV…I have seven months worth done.

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How old are your projects?  Would you start with the project that is closest to being done or whichever strikes your fancy?

This week’s prize is a set of 100 charm squares (2 1/2″)

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I recently participated in a swap and I have some extra sets!  The winner will receive two identical sets of 49 squares, plus a couple odd balls to reach the magic number of 100.  You can see the sets I cut for the swap pictured above.

I will ship internationally.  THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED.

TBT – Socks

** Last chance to enter the Oct 17 Freebie Friday!  Comment on last week’s post for a chance to win**

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Here is my collection of hand knit socks. In 2007, the popular pattern was Jaywalker.

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I joined the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin SOck Club for a year.  They have fabulous colors and the yarn feels great too.

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Some other random patterns that caught my fancy…(L – R: Tofutsies, Dizzy Blonde Studios, Blue Moon Socks that Rock)

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Collector’s edition Lorna’s Laces Franklin Habit on the left and more Socks that Rock…image

And more self striping fun:

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Alas, I rarely wear these beauties!  It seems a shame to hide them under worn out tennis shoes, and Phoenix is a little warm for wool socks anyway.  It was a fun phase while it lasted.

So…if you know any fun knitting patterns for fingering weight yarn, I am in a sweater mood, and I still have some skeins from that sock yarn club…

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