Monthly Archives: November 2013

WIP Wednesday: The (former) frolleague quilt…

If you stopped by last week, you saw that I put together a top for a frolleague’s soon to be baby.

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And this week, I’m calling it the former frolleague quilt.

Why?

Well, in a huge, life altering decision, I have taken a new job. I’ve been at my current position for over 8.5 years. I love my job (fundraising for a nonprofit with a mission about which I’m passionate.) But for a number of reasons, that I’m not going to detail here, it’s time to move on. I have accepted a new job that will be less stressful, and have a significantly easier commute, as well as hopefully provide a great opportunity for my future. I start a week from today… so please, please, send me happy thoughts as I embark on this monumental change! (By nature, I shy from change. If “shy” means avoid at all cost, even when it’s detrimental to me. So this is huge huge huge.)

Meanwhile, I managed to finish the back for this baby quilt. I could have made it out of nearly one solid length of fabric, but I decided that would be too dull. I generally take the easy way out on backs, so this is a huge deal for me, even if it’s not all that elaborate.

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(It really isn’t as wrinkly as it looks- that’s all my ripply, DIY design wall…) I’m hoping to get it basted and start quilting over the weekend- BEFORE I start the new job! Since I’m leaving at what is absolutely the wort time of year for my old job, I’m working up to the day before I start the new job. So, I anticipate being quite wiped out for the next few weeks…

Wishing everyone in the US a wonderful Thanksgiving, as well as a Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate it. Hoping you all make some wonderful memories with your friends and families- and that you also find some time to sew, knit, or otherwise craft!

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WIP Wednesday: the frolleague top

I have a “frolleague” (friend + colleague- saw that word on another blog lately and borrowed it, but can’t remember where I saw it…) who is having a baby, her first, right around New Years Eve. So of course I need to make a quilt! But this frolleague happens to be pretty crafty herself, and also has an excellent and specific sense of color and design. I’ve been dragging my feet about starting the quilt, because I wanted it to live up to some pretty high standards. And of course, she chose not to find out if it’s a boy or girl, so, it had to be nicely gender neutral to boot.

I turned to my trusty Pinterest quilt board, and went through the many tutorials I have pinned. I settled on 3 finalists. Fletcher, Star Bright, and Marmalade Squares. In the end, Marmalade Squares won out, because I had some brownish-grey solid stashed away that was the perfect color for a background, at least for this mom-to-be. It’s a free pattern on the Moda Bakeshop website, by Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt.

I planned to use the grey for background, and many purples from my stash for the prints. Even if it is a boy, mom loves grey with purple. But as I was working on pulling fabrics, it seemed flat, and so I started to throw in greens.

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The pattern is written for charm squares, so I had to cut my own…

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You start with a 5×5 grid of 5″ squares, and then start to surround it with background.

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I feel like the green was a good idea- both more gender neutral AND brighter for baby… Next step it piecing the 4 rows of lattice strips. I repeatedly underestimated the amount of bits to cut (since I wasn’t using charm square packs, I had to cut my own, and I don’t actually even know how many squares are usually in a pack!)

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You also make a little patch for the upper left corner to create an appearance of the strips being woven.

And look, after 3 episodes of the final season of Dexter, a lunch break, and starting House of Cards, I had this:

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I love it! I am so happy with how it turned out, and to get the top done on one Sunday afternoon, well, for me, that’s pretty amazing. Next Sunday is set aside to quilt it. If I can pull that off, and bind it in the following week, it should be done a month before the baby is due. I can do it!

I’m thinking purple for the binding- hoping it will balance the whole top nicely. Not yet sure what I’m doing for the back, so, hmm, maybe I need to rethink that schedule I just typed for myself! Wish me luck.

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Shrooms!

Last night, a friend and I went to a super fun event at the Clyfford Still Museum. Everyone needs to check it out- even if you don’t really know who he is. The building by itself is stunning, but the ability to see the collected works of one master, in a sequential order, while learning about his life, is amazing. If you’re in Denver, or coming through Denver, make it a point to go!

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Don’t you love a party where the centerpieces are art supplies?

Believe it or not, I didn’t even realize that Fancy Tiger was sponsoring an activity at the event. I saw a $10 ticket to a place I’d been meaning to check out, which included yummy nibbles AND two cocktails… How could you go wrong?

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The cocktails from City O City were excellent, and the nibbles from The Populist were to die for. Teeny tiny butternut squash pancakes with bourbon maple syrup and candied pepitas, as well as shots of cauliflower pear soup. Rich and I will have to find a way to dine out there soon. Nom nom nom.

I only snapped a photo of one painting, my absolute favorite. When I saw it, I just had to sit down and take time to absorb it.

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The impact of all that color was stunning. And this is only one teeny tiny corner of one piece.

After munching, and drinking, and looking, we joined up with Amber and Jaime to make some needle felted mushrooms. (They have kindly posted a tutorial over on the Fancy Tiger Blog.) I have never really done any needle felting before, so, don’t judge my mushroom too harshly… It was SO much fun, and I can easily see how it would become addictive. We even own a needle felting kit- purchased for Annie at the Estes Park Wool Market many years back- so I can start playing at home right now if I’m so inclined…

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The roving we used was luscious- it took loads of willpower not to just pet it all night. My date and I decided to give our mushrooms polkadots on top. That’s my mushroom posing for photos below the Fancy Tiger samples on their noble branch.

And here’s mine along with my friend’s…

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Hope your friday was equally fun!

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Finish it up Friday: November’s Harmony

My October do. Good Stitches Harmony Circle blocks may have been late, but at least my November ones are already done! And, even better, I finally got to try out the Scrappy Trip Around the World that swept through blogland like a brushfire last year…

The color scheme this month is anything goes. Kind of stressful- but someone else finished theirs first, so I tried to keep sort of near her scheme.

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Mine came out bolder and brighter, which is probably par for the course for me.

I totally see why everyone was so crazy for these blocks! They are so fast and simple- and fun! And possibly addicting to boot…

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The trickiest part was laying out the strips in the right order. How to pick? But I did… and I ended up with two blocks that made me very happy.

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Yup, I’m totally addicted. I happen to have a huge pile of 2″ strips leftover from my (ahem, sadly still in progress) Modern Cross quilt… They have been waiting for just the right project- and this might be it. How long would I cut the strips if they are 2″ instead of 2.5″? How big will the blocks finish?

Linking up at TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday

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Wordless Wednesday: Mythbusters Exhibit

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Friday Finish: October Harmony blocks

Yikes- even though I had an entire month to create these 2 relatively simple blocks for the Harmony Circle of do.Good Stitches, I didn’t manage to get them done and mailed out until the first week of November. I have zero excuses, especially because, as you can see from the photos below, the colors were totally up my alley!

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This month’s block was created from a tutorial over at Clover & Violet. It’s a simple block with a nice impact.

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Make 2 pinwheels, cut 7 other squares, sew together and chop apart and sew back together, and you get… this.

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And this.

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I used the same colored fabrics in each block but switched up the black and white print.

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I’m sad I was late, but at least it was only a few days…

Meanwhile, in the group pool, photos of finished quilts including my blocks have been posted! Since I only joined the Circle a few months ago, this is super exciting to me. See the finished Octagonal Orb quilt (July) here– (not my Flickr photo and it’s not set up for sharing) and my block here.

Here’s August’s Wonky Churn Dash (August) Harmony. do. Good. Stitches. Finished Quilt

…and my blocks here… I hope those quilts go out into the world and spread happiness!

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday and TGIFF.

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WIP Wednesday: First Frost (November’s Sugar Block Club)

11 months in already? Only one to go? For real?

Yikes.

For once, I didn’t agonize over my fabric choices. I went through the previous blocks, and chose the least used fabrics…

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And now, after a Saturday spent binge-watching Top of the Lake and sewing, my November Sugar Block Club blocks are done!

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I now have a total of 22 blocks, 11 for each quilt. I’m still torn on a few of them- should I go back and re-piece the messy paper pieced February blocks or let it go?

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Only one more month to go! Can’t wait to see that last block…

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My Kids are Creep(er)s!

I finished the second hat!

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I made this one downright huge, after the first one turned out so small. I cast on 112 stitches instead of the 90 called for in the pattern, and changed up the decreases and numbers of stripes as well. Annie got a black pompom, as I had significantly more black yarn left.

To prevent another exploding pompom like on the first hat, I splurged on a Clover  pompom maker. It worked quite well, and for the $7 investment, I am totally satisfied.

Hopefully by sharing this next photo, I can discourage Annie from her current favorite photo pose:

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I’m afraid we’re only one small step away from her going full Miley…ugh. Well, not really. She’d never be that bad. But I am getting sick of photos of her sticking out her tongue… Ah, the tweenage years.

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