Tula Tuesday: Blocks 56-58

I’m back, and apparently, in a totally purple mood. (Also, I sewed these BEFORE my recent fabric buying trip, but expect to see those fabrics in these blocks ASAP!)

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Not that purple is my fave color or anything…

Block #56 is my fave of this batch.

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The dotted fabric that looks white is truly a verrrrrrry pale lavender. Instead of the raccoon faces, I used their tales. I’ve already got a few blocks with faces, so tales seemed fun.

Block #57 inspired me to use the exact same fabric scheme as the original.

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Wish I’d paid a bit more attention to the tiny print block- I cut it but not from the same bit of pattern.

Block #58 was the anti-triangle block, and I was very grateful for it.

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The print row is one of my fave Amy Butler fabrics ever, from the Love line.

So, in my next blocks, I think I might need to take a tiny purple break? Good thing I have those pretty new fabrics!

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Do you have any Tula to share? Link up below.

I’ll be jointing in at Sew Cute Tuesday and Let’s Bee Social.

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Sunday Stash, Wherein I Too Succumb to Cotton & Steel Mania (with bonus yarn)

I’m not certain I have ever seen a fabric launch as widely covered by the quilt blog world as Cotton & Steel. I admit, I quite like the line, but goodness, it’s crazy out there.

And yet.

I wanted some for myself (especially the basics/blenders- I’m crazy for those!) I had a brilliant plan. I had a 20% off one item coupon for Fancy Tiger, so why not use it to buy a FQ bundle? Here’s why: they hadn’t actually got any in :-( They had the entire line…

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…but not any of the precut bundles.Since I had arrived in the store ready to splurge, I did go through and pick my absolute fave individual pieces:

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I could have bought that diagonal dot print in every color, I love it that much. But, I wasn’t THAT ready to splurge. Which turned out to be a good thing, because…

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Right there at the register was the leftover yarn from the Stephen & Steven Tour 2014. (For the third consecutive year, I missed Stephen West’s teaching and tour stop at Fancy Tiger. I am starting to believe that he checks my vacation schedule before booking time in Denver…) Several friends went to the trunk show and/or took classes, and offered to pick me up some of the exclusive yarn. But it is VERY spendy, and I responsibly declined their offers. And then, over a week later, there was some just waiting for me. And I still had that 20% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket (or actually, on my phone, since it was from an app.) So when that gorgeous skein called out to me, I was able to answer it.

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The yarn is Galaxy by Wild Hare Fiber Studio and the color way is called Neon Zebra, and it is shot though with metallic silver. I have spent the last 2 days petting it. I cannot wait to find the perfect project for it…

Here’s hoping your week was full of delightful stash additions! (Linking up with Sunday Stash…)

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Colorful Colorado is Coloradical

I thought I’d share some highlights from our mini break last week…

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Tula Tuesday: Blocks 54 & 55

I’m back from a quick but super fun mini vacation up to the mountains. I always feel like, if you can drive there in under 2 hours, is it really a vacation? But it truly was- we had a blast and did all sorts of fun things. And then I came home to all the laundry in the world, and enough time to squeak out THE FINAL TWO TRIANGLE BLOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

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Block 54: worked in some more pink, go me! The colors look kind of easter eggy-esque, they’re so darn bright. But I actually really like it!

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Block 55: maybe I shouldn’t have tried sewing after the trip? This is the wonkiest block to date, and it’s just 9 pairs of HSTs, so really, not tooooo hard. Except clearly it was for me.

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Let’s just pretend it’s straight, ok?

I am so happy to be done with triangles. The next round of blocks looks wonderful to me. I’m grateful that the triangles were all in the middle, and not at the very end… that would have been challenging.

Last night I had my Tula Ladies over for show and tell (and snacks and drinks). We were having so much fun that I forgot to take any photos of everyone’s blocks! D’oh. We’re all close to the same point, and it once again was so much fun to see how everyone’s blocks look. The fabric choices change everything! I’ll have to remember to get photos next time. And have someone else host- I can’t cook to save my life, and I can’t even cook frozen food, as it turned out last night. Sigh.

Here’s where I’m at so far:

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Do you have any Tula blocks you’d like to share? Link up here:

And I’m linking up at Sew Cute TuesdayWIP Wednesday, and Let’s Bee Social… See you there!

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Daenerys Sails Away

I’ve been busy showing off loads of quilting projects here on the blog, and so you might not believe it, but I’ve had a productive knitting year, too… I just finished my 2nd and 3rd pairs of Cookie A 2014 Sock Club socks. And I love them. Want to see?

Like you have a choice…

April 2014- Daenerys.

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Both April patterns were inspired by Game of Thrones, which made me happy. I chose Daenerys, as the pattern was truly lovely. Intertwined cables that proceeded all the way to the toe. The only down side to the pattern is that I ended up with quite a bit of laddering where the needles met. I tried to correct for it, but didn’t have a ton of success. I’m hoping that with wear it won’t be as obvious. I didn’t move super fast on these- they took me an entire month- because I was also working on a shawl for my mom for Mother’s day. (I have no good pics of that, but it came out wonderfully…)

The April club yarn was cephalopod yarns skinny bugga in color way Tyrian Mollusk. Mine was redder than I expected from the pattern, where it had more of a purple tint. The yarn is soft and was great to work with, but, I was disappointed in the dye. It didn’t seem to have seeped all the way into the fibers- I split the yarn by accident a few times, and it was white inside… Still, the socks are lovely.

June 2013- Sail Away

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I LOVE these socks. These are officially the fastest pair of socks I have ever made. Under 2 weeks from winding the yarn to binding off the final toe. The pattern is wonderful, meant to look like sailboat sails blowing in the wind. It was very very easy to memorize- the exact opposite of Daenerys’ cables.

The one problem? I ran out of yarn. The club yarn this time was Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock Yarn- from here in Colorado!- in Out to Sea. The yarn is only 370 yards to a skein, a bit shorter than most sock yarn skeins. I made my socks in size L, and ran out of yarn at the end of the 2nd toe.

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I started to panic about there… I didn’t think I would have enough left to finish, but I plowed on. Sadly, I was right. I ran out right before the final toe rounds. My long tail cast on had left a fairly long tail, so I stole that little bit to eke out an extra row. One sock is 2 rows shorter than the other :-( I doubt anyone will ever know, but it made me sad.

The next club yarn shipment will be in August. Until then, I’ve got a Hitchhiker shawl on my needles, just past the halfway point.

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And up next, I think I’ll make the Drogon socks from the April 2014 Cookie A packet, in some lovely STR that I’ve had stashed for 4+ years…

Anything fun on your needles?

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Sunday Stash: the Fancy Tiger Party edition

I’ve been trying very diligently to NOT buy fabric or yarn. Primarily for budgetary reasons, but also because after moving everything to the new sewing room, and refolding it, and being able to see it ALL, I truly know I don’t need any more. Perhaps ever, but at least for the foreseeable future…

And yet. Designers keep making pretty new fabrics. Amazing new shades of yarn show up on the shelves. And I lose my resolve. Especially when Fancy Tiger is having their annual Anniversary Party. For the first time in years, I was NOT camped out in front of the store hours before opening to score one of the famous swag bags- we made a decision as a family to go to the Renaissance Festival- and I didn’t realize the date confusion- and I wasn’t about to tell the kids “oh, sorry, mom needs to go shopping…” And it was a good choice, and we had a blast!

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It was a cub-ray-zee day- after spending all day at the festival, we had to get Annie back to theater camp for her final performance of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum… we dropped her off, and had time to sneak over to Fancy Tiger before the show! So, no swag bag, but I did do a bit of shopping…

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With every purchase of $20 or more, you got your pick of a custom knitting or sewing kit. After examining the contents, I went with knitting. I later realized that had I made Rich buy part of my haul, I could have had one of each. Ah, well…

I came away with the knitting kit and a wonderful new FT t-shirt. Their shirts are always adorable, and super duper soft. There was also a new skein of yarn:

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The Manos Del Uruguay Alegria is some of the softest yarn ever- even softer than Malabrigo. And the neon of this skein makes me smile so much. I think it might become a Westknits Spectra, with black as the solid. Cheerful for gloomy winter days…

And of course, there was also fabric. You’ve seen two pieces of it already, in my last batch of Tula blocks.

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Michael Miller Neo Dots in grey w hot pink (I want it in a lllll the color ways now) and also Lizzy House Pearl

Bracelets in tonal purple… Another one I’d love to have in a llllll the colors.

And the last piece of fabric? Henry actually found it for me!

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Isn’t it hysterical? It’s part of this collection by Windham. I never make bags, but this is screaming to become one, don’t you think?

Then we just had enough time to race back to the theater to watch Annie as Vibrata, the courtesan.

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(She’s the one with the yellow sash…)

What a day!

Linking up with Sunday Stash to see what you’ve all been buying…

 

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Tula Tuesday: Blocks 51-53

It’s all downhill from here- in that, I’ve summitted this hill. I dunno, I’m not a mountain climber, but you get what I’m trying to say, right? Each block from here on out takes me even further from that magical half way point!

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In fact, I was only planning to make 2 blocks this weekend, but I was on a roll, and plowed through 3- plus, I admit, #53 was super fast! I may end up taking next Tuesday off. We’re off to the mountains for a few days, and I’m not sure if I’ll have time to sew before we leave.

Block #51: brand spanking new Lizzy House tonal pearl bracelets, and my fave Acacia print.

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Block #52: brand spanking new Michael Miller neo dots. I may go back and get some with the green dots, I love it so much. and grey. Basic grey. Lighter than some that I have used before…

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Block #53: both new and vintage AMH, along with a green that turned out to be more olive looking than I had expected.

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I didn’t realize until I placed the block on the book for the photo that I had pointed my arrows in the opposite direction from the original, but I don’t think that really matters.

You know what the best part of all this is? ONLY 2 MORE TRIANGLE BLOCKS TO GO!

Block #55′s completion will signal time for a big drink!

Meanwhile, here’s where I’m at…

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Did you do any Tula work this week? Link up below…

(I’ll be linking up at Sew Cute Tuesday, WIP Wednesday, and Let’s Bee Social…)

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Still Trippin’

Back in May, I started making some Scrappy Tripalong blocks. Because I’m nothing if not late to the party. (See also: my catvent, my plus quilt.) I’m not feeling rushed to get them done. I realized they’d become my backup project- ready to go when I’m between other projects, or not able to pay tons of attention (they are pretty simple blocks to make…) I thought my pile of leftover scraps from my Modern Cross quilt was huge, but in fact I had barely gotten started when I ran out of green strips, and then blue ones.

That’s where I left you… 11 blocks, and in need of more strips. So, I spent a few nights watching True Detective while pulling apart my stash for blues, greens, and purples to cut into strips.
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When I had a huge pile good and ready to go, I got back to making blocks.

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I picking the fabrics for each one of these to be so much fun. Each one is a complete story all by itself, and then they end up all jumbled together.

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And they tell an even bigger story. There are pieces of so many previous projects in these blocks. So many fabric based memories. And some things to make you laugh, too…

Like this one.

IMG_9544 IMG_9549Years and years ago, I got THAT fabric at a quilting expo. I got two FQs, one in purple and one in white. I have had so much fun sneaking them into projects over the years. Because apparently I have the sense of humor of a 10 year old boy… Hee hee hee.

I’m up to 30 blocks now. It seems like it should be more, but that’s it. I have decided to make this a queen+ quilt, to top our bed. So that means I need 70 more of these. Yikes! At least I’ve gotten far enough that I can start to play with layout ideas.

Like this.

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And there are so very many other layouts that could be possible. Good thing I have 70 blocks and probably many months to go before I have to decide on one…

Linking up with WIP Wednesday and Let’s Bee Social.

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Tula Tuesday: 48, 49, and 50

I made it!

I’m keeping to my goal of 10 blocks per month, and that makes this my halfway point!

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Blocks 48, 49, and 50!

Woo-hoo!

(Aside from being halfway done, I also made it past #50, also known as the 6″ block with 30 freaking pieces.)

Block 48:

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Purples and the teeniest bit of leftover blue from binding Meow Mix, as well as some horses from Fox Field.

Block 49:

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Simple grey triangles, also leftover from Meow Mix, floating in a see of green- the green is my fave print from The Birds and The Bees.

And finally, Block #50:

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Block #50 went together much more easily than I anticipated. Truly. Except for one minor issue- my fabric choices didn’t work at all. They looked great up close, but as soon as you got more than 5 feet away, the block turned into a blob, and might has well have been cut from one piece of fabric as from 30. I despaired. I didn’t want to start it over, what with all those little bitty triangles, but really, I needed to. What was the point of making the most fiddly block in the book if no one could see my hard work? So I started from scratch, and ended up with this fabric combo. I saved the first block. Maybe it will be part of the back, or a label, or something, someday.

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50 blocks! I think Tula must have put 50 where she did in the book just for folks like me- the toughest block signaling the halfway point…

Did you have any Tula progress this week? Link up below…

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Here, Kitty Kitty…

So, summer has been flying by for me. Not only did a Tuesday get by me with no Tula blocks, I also totally forgot to officially pick a project for A Lovely Year of Finishes. D’oh. Because, really, I only forgot to post- I had the project all picked out. Remember my Catvent quilt, Meow Mix? It was intended as a wedding gift, for a wedding in June. Yeah, I bet you know where this is going, right? I missed my deadline. To be fair, the wedding was June 2nd. I totally should have thought of it as a May deadline and then all would have been well. Sigh.

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Anyway! The Meow Mix top was totally done, just waiting to be quilted. I finally got around to it this past week. I stayed simple, and inspired by the original- why mess with something so lovely? A simple crosshatch pattern, though not as tight as the original.

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I think it works well. I extended the lines into the border, which helped to make it disappear- an effect I really like on this piece.

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The piece is so small, I used one piece of fabric for the back. I went back and forth- use a themed print, or pick up a color the brides like best from the front? In the end, I saw this fun print on sale, and couldn’t resist.

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Cute, right? And the print dictated the binding color- perfect for the back, works on the front, too…

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Oh, and when I picked up the backing and binding fabrics, I splurged on some of the Clover Wonder Clips (which were on sale for 50% off!) I’ve heard so much about. Totally worth it! I love them! The held so well, and were faster to put on and take off than the old school clips I used for years. What other new fangled notions are out there that could be making my life easier? Tell me about your faves…

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I have to say, I’m really happy with how this one turned out. It met my original vision, which doesn’t always happen. It’s super ME- fabrics and colors and patterns that I love- and at the same time, I think it will please the newlyweds. I’m less than 3 weeks late, which is not bad, for me. It is such a great feeling to finish a gift, and be pleased with it. I can’t wait to gift it-hopefully soon! We’re setting up a time so I can pass it on in person.

Linking up with TGIFF, Finish It Up Friday, and Fabric Frenzy Friday.

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