my creative pursuits with quilts and knits

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Happy Halloween!

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These are the pumpkins that my daughter decorated.  From left to right the small ones are a self-portrait, Olaf from Frozen, and her cat Amy.  She picked the bigger one at a Fall Festival and informed me that after Halloween, we need to scoop out the seeds and save them in a jar.  Okay, sweetie!

Here we are at the end of #blog-tober.  I can’t believe I managed to write thirty-one consecutive posts…I hope I didn’t bore you.  Thanks to my new followers!  I will not be posting as frequently in November.  The initial thought was to spend my writing time on a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, but life has intervened and I will set that project aside for another time.  I like the motivation that blogging brings to my craft time so I will aim for three posts a week over the next couple months.  See you in cyberspace!

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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!!]

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?

Freebie Friday #4 – Charm Squares

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.

Jelly Roll Races

**Freebie Friday – Books!  This giveaway is open until Thursday Oct 24 at 9pm MST.  Comment on this post to win**

A quick and easy quilt pattern is the Jelly Roll Race.  Jelly Rolls are sets of 2-1/2″ strips, usually packaged in groups of 40 to highlight a designer collection of fabrics.  The race part came in when a group of quilters decided to see how long it would take to make a quilt from a jelly roll.  The first step is to sew the strips end-to-end, creating a 1600″ length of fabric.  The strip is then folded in half and sewn along the long end.  Repeat the process…folding and sewing, several times to create a lap-size quilt.

This pattern is ideal for beginning quilters and charity efforts because you don’t have to worry about precise cutting and it goes quickly.  Once the strips are joined in step one, you can finish the quilt top (before pressing) in about 45 minutes.  There are several variations – join the strips on a diagonal vs a straight seam, add spacer triangles or squares, slice two finished race tops in half to mix and match, etc.

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I chose a jelly roll with batik fabrics to make a masculine QOV top.  It’s a little smaller than the recommended size, so I need to add some borders.

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And, I can make my own Jelly Roll if I ever get my 2-1/2″ bin of scraps organized!

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New Knitting

**Freebie Friday giveaway is open all week.  Leave a comment to win, on this post.**

Yes, I just shared new yarn last week.  My Dark Side of the Moon scarf is now about 8 inches long and continues to make me happy, which is the ultimate goal of any hobby!

But, there was this knit-along on Ravelry…

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Jimmy Beans Wool is a fabulous yarn store in Reno, NV.  I have to shop online, but their customer service is great – sometimes they warp the space-time continuum and I get my order in two days.  Unbelievable!  They have a very talented staff who design and run a variety on knit-alongs, many based on popular TV shows.  The above yarn was inspired by Elsa from Frozen, who has taken over the ABC show “Once Upon A Time.”  It is actually shades of icy blue and light teal, merging into pink and lavender.

I did not actually join the knit-along, shocking I know since I tend to join everything!  But my daughter has a solo part in this year’s Christmas ice skating recital, and they are doing Frozen.  So, I had the crazy/brilliant idea to make the director a cowl. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, and it is so soft and cuddly!  I picked an easy-to-memorize pattern called “Bar Hopping Cowl,” and I will take better pictures once you can begin to see the pattern.  I have three rows done plus the seed stitch border.

And I have to mention the needles. You can barely see the red tips in the photo.  I made a cost-saving decision to try Knitter’s Pride Dreamz instead of my usual Addi brand.  So far, I am impressed.  They have very sharp tips which is helpful, although the tip is longer than I am used to.  The join on the circular is smooth.  Overall, a thumbs up.

Tis the season – are you doing any handmade gifts this year?

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