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Tree Skirt

16 Jan

My first FO of 2015! And at least I have a tree skirt for next Christmas.

Details – inspired by this tree skirt from pepperknit, but with some modifications – I started with 7.25″ triangles (no, I have no idea why I picked such a weird size either). Each wedge is made up of 16 triangles. I bought 10 different fabrics but switched around which fabrics repeated in each wedge so I’m pretty happy with the layout. I had a hard time finding 10 fabrics I liked that I thought went well together. If I was going to do it again though, I’d probably throw in some solids because Gregg thinks it’s a little loud.


This is it after quilting but before washing – my mom still had her tree up so I was able to take a quick shot of it.

I did straight line quilting an inch from each seam, so I ended up with some nice intersecting lines. I was afraid they’d highlight the spots where my points are a little off but I think it looks fine.

I tried to pick a backing fabric that I thought would work as reversible. The binding on the center isn’t the greatest on this side but I think I could still use it since that part will be hidden by the tree. I used regular 2.5″ straight grain binding and attached it all by machine.

After a wash and dry it ended up 50″ in diameter (flat wedge to flat wedge) which I think is a good size. The wedges ended up 28.5″ along each wide side. I was worried about it running since I didn’t pre-wash and the fabric is all cheapo stuff from Joann’s (because tree skirt, I’m not too worried about it being an heirloom project) but I threw in some color-catchers and it came out fine. I’m quite pleased with this!

Linking up with Finish it up Friday at crazy mom quilts.

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2015 Q1 FAL/WIP Wednesday

14 Jan

I have a bunch of projects planned/started with deadlines so I’m hoping that by linking up to the 2015 Finish-Along at On the Windy Side it will help keep me on track. I’m trying to put these in the order that they need to be finished!

First up (of course) is the Winged Quilt that was supposed to be my mom’s birthday gift – I need to piece the back, quilt, and bind it. This needs to get done like, yesterday (and yes, I realize all these photos look the same but there’s really only one angle I can photograph my design wall from).


Second is Gregg’s Watchtower Socks – the dyer of this yarn, Magpie Fibers,  is offering a free skein of worsted or bulky yarn to those who finish a project and post it to Ravelry, Facebook, or Instagram before Valentine’s Day. I went to her trunk show and her colors are really amazing (ignore my photos, taken in my basement at night with crappy overhead lighting); I had a hard time deciding what to get so I’m determined to finish these socks and get my free yarn! I have the first sock done and the second started. This is a great “masculine” colorway that is not blue or gray. The yardage is also very generous – I’m thinking I might be able to squeeze out a pair of socks for Davy from the leftovers.

Third is Mike’s Muffler – my father-in-law kept borrowing a scarf I had made Gregg while my in-laws were visiting over Christmas and he mentioned that he would love one of his own.  His birthday is Feb 26 so I need to get it finished and in the mail by probably the weekend before. I’m several repeats into the pattern, which looks complicated but is pretty easily memorized.


Fourth is the Giant Plus Quilt – I really just want to get this done so the pieces are off my design wall and we can start using it. I have it all cut out and have started piecing it (you can see it at the top of the Winged quilt in the first photo).


Fifth is Rainbow Stripey Legwarmers, for my niece’s birthday in March. I had special-ordered some self-striping rainbow sock yarn with a longish repeat – hopefully you can kind of see that in the photo –  and it’s wound and waiting for a free set of needles. This will just be a simple ribbed pattern.

Lastly is some socks for me! I started these Hickory socks uh, back in October? I have the first done and the second started. My goal last year was to do a pair of socks every month and I didn’t meet that, but I’m finally able to knit when Davy is around so I’m hoping I can do it this year because I don’t have enough hand-knitted socks to get me from one laundry day to the next. Also, I really need sock blockers because there is a cool pattern to this sock that you really can’t see in the photo.


Wow, that doesn’t seem like a lot but I’m also going to be participating in my first quilting bee as well as taking an online quilting class so hopefully I will have the time to finish all these projects up!

Also linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!


Handmade holidays

05 Nov

I’ve had big plans for handmade Christmas and birthday gifts this year. I’ve been mostly working on knitted gifts; so far I’ve finished 2 pairs of socks and did most of the knitting for a gift for my nephew. But this past weekend, inspired by some nice new cutting tools Gregg got me for my birthday and aided by a toddler who took 2 hour naps both days, I did a bunch of sewing.

BTW, what do I do with a Purple Thang and Applique scissors? Gregg found them on lists of useful tools for quilters but I’m kind of uncertain. I can say that the Gingher rotary cutter is pretty awesome though.


First, I made some extra HSTs and cut up some red squares to work on my placemats – this project has been percolating a long time and I’ve finally figured out some layouts I’m happy with and started moving.


Secondly, I finally started piecing the Giant Plus quilt – you can see it at the top of this image.

Thirdly, I pulled out my oldest UFO, a Mod Sampler quilt that I bought fabric for and started sewing back in 2011. I’m hoping to finish it in time to gift it this year. I got all the rows pieced together and now all the quilt top needs is side borders. Unfortunately, you may be able to see that the bottom row is off – by about a half inch, too far to fudge. So it’s sitting on my cutting table and every time I run down to the basement for a minute to grab something or let the dog out I work on ripping out that seam. Sounds kind of inefficient but this is how I get stuff done – I take advantage of all the little breaks in my day.


Once I’ve fixed that row and sewn on the side borders, I have the fabric to make a pieced backing and binding, so that will be next.

And in the next day or so I need to order fabric for some new projects – a bag for my niece (for her birthday at the end of this month, so I need to hurry) and background/backing/binding fabric for a quilt I have planned for my mom – but that will be another post.

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

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FO – Hexie Zip Bag

14 Jul

I finished my first English paper piecing project! I made some 2″ hexies, sewed them into strips, and appliquéd them onto fabric which I used to see a bag.
Hexie strip:



Finished bag:


I kind of winged the bag making using this tutorial as inspiration (basically used the instructions but not measurements). The hexies are all from the 30’s Playtime collection and the background is Kona white. Lining is random cheapo fabric from Joann’s. I did straight line quilting with my walking foot, going from point to point on the hexies. Thread used to quilt is Sulky 30 wt.

Incidentally, there is a huge difference in the feel between the premium quality fabric and bargain bin stuff.

Now on to the not so great stuff. I cut the EPP templates myself and they were not all the same so my hexies could be better/more uniform. Also, I used a fabric glue stick to attach the fabric to the paper templates. I had trouble removing them later and I found that since they were so tightly wrapped, it was a little unforgiving. Next time I think I will try thread basting.

I was rushing a bit on the quilting so there are some spots where the lines don’t intersect right.


I didn’t account for my seam allowances when I did the fabric ends on the zipper so it looks sloppy.

And I probably should have cut the lining fabric slightly smaller than my exterior panels because it lays kind of funny.

Still, I’m very happy with it overall, and I have already ordered precut 2″ paper templates for future EPP projects.

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WIP Wed – doll quilt time

09 Jul

I have only one in-progress project to show – I’m using an orphan block to make a doll quilt for a friend’s daughter.


I added some borders and now I just need to figure out what fabric will work for backing and quilt it. It’s kind of a win-win project – I get to practice some FMQ and friend’s daughter gets a doll quilt.

So the block is a rolling stone block – I used this tutorial from Lillian’s Stitches. I was originally thinking of making a couple and using fabric choices/placement to make them more flower-like, with the idea of making a table runner. But I ran out of time on that deadline, so the hexie bag was born instead. I’m still really slow at cutting/piecing/pressing and this one block took me forever.

I finished my hexie bag and so will hopefully have a FO post up once it is gifted to the intended recipient. I have some in-progress shots up on instagram (link in sidebar).

No progress on the charity quilt because my focus has been on finishing the hexie bag. I could have worked on it this morning but since my son wakes up anywhere from 530-730, I didn’t want to start anything I couldn’t stop in the middle of. Now I really need to do some quilting though! I’m trying to stick with just a few projects at a time so I’m forcing myself to finish this quilt before I start another one.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday!


Progress and frankenbatting.

07 Jul

I have made some progress over the long weekend. Since the fourth was Fri (which is our usual knit night), I had an impromptu get together with a knitting friend on Thursday. We chatted and had a good time and I made it to the heel of my Turkish sock.


I also got some decent sewing done. I finished the quilt back finally (no photo since it looks pretty much the same as last time, just with borders on the sides).

And I repaired a mistake on the front – I don’t think I’ve shown the front before so here it is:


Here’s the oops. I cut one of the squares too small while trimming and just used it making sure it was an edge piece. Not sure what my logic was. So I went back, ripped out the seam partway and added a strip of background along that edge. Not very pretty but hopefully it will be somewhat hidden by the binding, or I might use it as a spot to label the quilt. I would have remade this if I had the fabric but I didn’t, and I’d already messed up making the squares and had to trim them down a bunch.
I also made some frankenbatting out of a bunch of scraps. I did two smallish pieces so I can do some practice FMQ before tackling this quilt. And because the quilt top is an odd size, I had to lop off one side of crib sized batting and sew it to the other to make it square.


I make sure both sides have a freshly cut edge (they pull out of shape easily), put them with edges touching but not overlapping on either side of my blind stitch foot (I also have an edge stitch presser foot that would work – to my untrained eye they look almost the same). Zigzag on widest setting and go. I would be concerned on a project that was going to be tied or very widely quilted but for what I’m doing it should be fine.

I also finished my hexies, got them appliquéd to some fabric and added some fusible fleece. Now I need to quilt the panels.



This is the only project I have on a real deadline so even though I made good progress on the quilt I doubt I’ll work on it this week. The plan for the hexies is to echo quilt following the shape of the appliqué using my walking foot.

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WIP Wed – 2 x 2

02 Jul

I have 4 WIPs to show off today, 2 quilty and 2 knitty. First off, I am almost done with the pieced back for my charity baby quilt!

The only thing left is to add the left and right borders. I’m really happy with how it’s looking – I might like it better than the front.

I’m also plugging away on my first paper piecing project – 2 strips of hexies I will appliqué to a bag. One strip is done and I’m partway through the second.



In knitting, both my current WIPs are future Christmas gifts. The first is a simple sock good for working on in the car. Not sure who they will go to but they are a good color for most of the womb in my family.


The second is a sock I’ve been planning to knit for several years (and have had the yarn in my stash for some time). Stranded color work, but one of the yarns is a self striping with longish repeats. I know who these are for!


Details on the socks-in-progress can be found on my ravelry page. I’m composing this post from my phone so hunting down the info for patterns and yarns is a bit of a pain.

I’m hoping to get the quilt back finished so I can at least baste and hopefully start quilting over the upcoming long weekend. I’m itching to try some FMQ!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday!