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ALYOF May Goal Completed!

29 May

My goal was to finish my Rainbow Road Table Runner:


And here she is!

I actually finished the Saturday evening before Mother’s Day, so while I wasn’t able to get it mailed to my MIL in time, we did a video chat with her on Sunday and got to show it to her. Which is good because, um, it still hasn’t been shipped out yet. Need to get to the Post Office!


I quilted her with organic wavy lines (using my walking foot) and did a machine-attached binding with Kona black, which I thought would set off all the colors nicely.


On my table – I will admit I was just a bit tempted to keep her!

Another closeup.

I’m super thrilled with how this turned out. Again, it’s the Rainbow Road table runner pattern which is only available as part of Rachel’s (Stitched in Color) Curves class. Fabrics are nearly all various Kona Cotton solids – I used both prewashed and non-prewashed fabrics and didn’t have any issues with either shrinkage or colors running.

Linking up with

A Lovely Year of Finishes – May Goal Party


Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish it up Friday


In case you were wondering, I finished my mom’s Mother’s Day socks as well! We had dinner at her house on Mother’s Day so I was able to give them to her on time. In previous years I haven’t been as well organized so it felt good to get both of these gifts done! I’m lucky to have two wonderful moms in my life.


ALYOF April Goal

07 Apr

Now that I’m finally getting in some good sewing/quilting time again I’m going to try to meet some goals. So once again I’m putting my Winged quilt as my goal for this month! I’m really kind of embarrassed that it’s taken me so long (and to think I was going to get it done before Christmas) – but then again, I picked a more complicated quilting design once I realized that Christmas was not going to happen and it’s just been hard to find time to work on it.

Here’s a progress shot – I’m more than halfway through the quilting but remember it took me 3 months to get to this point!


I do have the binding already made but I still think it’s going to be hard to get it done; hopefully having this as a goal will encourage me to go quilt when I’d rather sit my butt on the couch in the evenings!

So, linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes – April Goal Party


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2015 Q1 Quilting/Sewing Review

05 Apr

As I mentioned previously, I didn’t do so great on quilting/sewing. I already linked a few finished projects – my tree skirt and my Christmas bunting. I am still slooooowly plugging away on the quilting for Mom’s Winged Quilt and haven’t touched my giant plus quilt since before Christmas. I also did poorly keeping up with the projects for the Curves Class. But I did get some sewing done!

I joined my first quilting bee,


I made a blanket for my son (that he loved for 5 minutes and now refuses to use, sigh),

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I made a faux chenille baby blanket as a baby shower gift that came out amazing,



I used the tutorial from Sisters, What! for the blanket and a tutorial from Stitching With 2 Strings for the satin binding and I’m really pleased with the finished project.

I made a bunch of felt play food for my son’s kitchen and also made him a toddler-sized oven mitt. This seems to be an ongoing obsession. I used some of the tutorials linked here but only loosely followed them. There will be more of this!


I started my Rainbow Road project from the Curves class,


I also tried some string piecing and hopefully will turn this into a potholder for a friend.


So I have not been a total slacker in the sewing department!

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Christmas roundup

07 Jan

I had grand plans for Christmas this year, but some persistent ick in my house took it’s toll toward the end of the year. We all got sick mid-November and it was just one thing after another. We’ve been through an ear infection (Davy), sinus infections (Gregg and I), pinkeye for the whole house – once for Gregg and twice each for Davy and I! Davy doesn’t sleep or eat well when he’s feeling crummy, which meant Mama was up a bunch in the middle of the night and thus not inspired to wake up at 5AM to sew. A good lesson to me in planning though, and luckily we are all on the mend and none the worse for wear.

One of my goals for Christmas was a handmade gift for everybody. How did I do?

My mother-in-law and father-in-law got some socks I had fortuitously made earlier in the year:

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My poor husband got nothing – I started a pair of convertible mittens but didn’t get gauge and threw in the towel. It’s really hard to make projects for him in secret.

My son got some more handmade pillowcases, which I just realized I never posted about so I’ll throw all of them up here:


My sister got the Mod Sampler Quilt – yes, I did finish it (barely) – luckily she was so moved to tears that she didn’t notice my crappy quilting:

My mom got a finished quilt top – I might have been able to finish the quilt but I realized I didn’t have enough fabric for the backing and decided I’d wait on that and finish it later:


She also got a Snappy Manicure Wallet (minus the snaps, because I purchased the wrong snap fastener and so used velcro instead):

My sister’s best friend Kim joined us this year and she got two drawstring bags – one to use for projects and one filled with knitting notions like a tape measure, cable needles, stitch markers, point protectors, and teensy scissors:


I had big plans to make some things for my extended family but only my brother-in-law got something – I whipped up a very fast Soft Structure Cowl for him:


And I even started a quilted tree skirt for our tree!


So really, not too bad in the scheme of things but I’m hoping with some planning ahead I’ll do better next year.

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday – I really do need to finish both Mom’s Winged Quilt and the Tree Skirt asap!

Also linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes January 2015 goal party – though I’d love to finish both, Mom’s Winged Quilt is my January goal.


Mod sampler and some finishes

19 Nov

I’m still sick (Boo!) but since this cold seems to have come with a heaping side order of congestion-induced insomnia I’ve gotten a bunch of stuff done (yay!)

First of all, I finished the top for my mod sampler quilt, pieced the back, and basted it together:




Next up is quilting – I’m thinking I will do my first attempt at large-scale FMQ and do interlocked squares – hopefully I will get started on that this week.

I have a couple of finishes – I completed the Hedwig Owl for my nephew and it (along with the Unicorn bag for my niece) has already been mailed off and delivered to them. Pattern is Obligatory Owl and full details are on my ravelry page.



I also finished a hat and mittens for Davy – the mittens are the same yarn, the photo is just crappy.


I love this shot – he has his hand out and is telling me “pocket” which means he wants me to put my phone back in my pocket and stop taking photos.

The hat pattern is the Dragon Baby Hat, made in the toddler size, which I really like – the hat fits him well but has room to grow, and the pattern was interesting without being too complicated. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh DK  which I’ve used before and really love – the subtle variations in color look really good with this hat pattern.



I could not find a free basic toddler mitten pattern for the weight yarn I was using. Luckily I long ago purchased The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and the smallest size mitten worked well for him. At one point last night I got him to try his hat and mittens on and he ran around the house in glee shouting “mitten! mitten!” Toddlers are hilarious.

I also started a cowl last night for my BIL – I was going to make him socks but I’m starting to feel like I may need to pare down my holiday projects, and a cowl should be much faster. It’s a pattern that I’ve made previously for Gregg and it’s leftover yarn from a hat I made BIL last Christmas so it will match. Hopefully I will have enough yarn!


Thanks for reading! Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!



Unicorn bag Finished!

14 Nov

So that bag I showed off on Wed? It’s completed! I only needed one more evening of work to make the strap, add the magnetic closure (pro tip – do this before you attach the lining to the bag) and sew it all together. Here is is all assembled – the sides with the built in Unicorn pockets (they have the same fabric lining as the main bag):







And the lining with additional pockets on each side, one of which is a divided pocket:



I’m thrilled with how well this bag came out! There aren’t many changes I would make if I did a similar project – I’d probably cut the lining just a bit smaller so it didn’t have that bunchiness on the sides and I’d make sure to add in my magnetic closure first – it was really a pain trying to hand sew that in, especially doing the second side because the magnets kept grabbing each other.

It might be a bit on the large side – the final measurements came out to 12″ tall by 8″ wide – but those were somewhat constrained by the fussy-cut unicorns on the pockets, and it’s a nice deep bag for my niece to store her treasures in. I hope she loves it!




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Secret projects

06 Sep


I’ve been busy, but much of that time has been spent on secret projects that can now be revealed. A friend from our Fri night Knitting/Crochet group is moving away, so I organized a going-away gift. Since she is a fellow geek and the only other RL friend who knows the game Katamari Damacy, I decided to crochet her a giant Katamari and have other friends knit or crochet her objects to go on the Katamari.


I also contributed a few objects – a sonic screwdriver


and a zombie. I think they all came out really good! Details for all objects are on my ravelry page.

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