Monday, October 24, 2016

Slowly Growing

I am still working on the Sawtooth block border for the Circa 2016 quilt - I am really pleased with how it is coming together.

Grackle at the feeder.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Growing Circa 2016 Quilt

I added the Sawtooth border on the Circa 2016 quilt top,

and began auditioning for the next border. I am thinking of 5" Sawtooth blocks with 4 Patch centres, set on a diagonal. Lots of fun!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Almost Finished Circa 2016

I finished sewing all the Circa 2016 blocks together, just haven't added the borders. After looking at it and realizing that even with the 5" of borders it is still a pretty small quilt (it measures 39"x47" now), so I think I am going to add more blocks and continue on the medallion quilt.

Someone asked me if the yardage required for the background was over estimated, and now that I have pieced it I can say that I have about a yard of extra fabric (I did use a different fabric for the centre - but that didn't use much - about a fat quarter).

It sure was a nice quilt along and I am glad that I decided to join in, this is a good start for my first medallion quilt!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Can't Avoid the Y-Seams/Conquering the Y-Seams!

When I first saw the September Westering Women block, I was looking for an alternative block like last month that omitted the Y-seams, but no luck!

I am so pleased to say that after sewing twelve (12!) Y-seams I think I have finally conquered my fear of Y-seams. I am really pleased with how this block turned out. It is a 12" block called Sage Bud.

I have learned that marking, and careful sewing from the 1/4" mark are the secrets to Y-seams. I recently saw on a Craftsy class that a little piece of sandpaper under the fabric helps with marking, and it did.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Last of the Circa 2016 Blocks

I finished the last couple of Circa 2016 blocks, as well as the last of the 150 half square triangles. The instructions for how the quilt is put together comes out on Friday.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Couple Knitting Finishes

I finished off some knitting projects this week. Both patterns are from Martina Behm. Her patterns are so well written, and a joy to make. Both are made with my hand spun yarn.

This pattern is Heaven and Space. I used some yarn that I dyed and blend. About 50% silk (noils and mulberry) and 50% wool (Polwarth), plus a little silver Angelina for sparkle. What I really like about this scarf/asymmetrical shawl is that it is reversible. The stitch pattern that was easily memorized.

Fibre and yarn-

The pattern for the hat is Langfield. It had really interesting construction, and had some 'new-to-me' elements. Perfect for a long colour repeat yarn. The yarn was made from BFL fibre from SweetGeorgia Yarn - a March 2014 Fibre Club fibre called Spring Thaw.

Fibre and yarn -

I also managed to keep up with the Circa 2016 blocks this past week! We are almost finished, and now the quilt is on the header picture of the Temecula Quilt Blog - no surprise anymore. The free patterns for the quilt blocks will be taken down when the quilt along is finished, and the pattern will go for sale.

Since I know what we are making I decided on the fabric for the background and started the centre (the instructions for this was near the beginning of the quilt along).

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Monday, September 5, 2016

QAL Blocks and Vacation Photos

We came back from vacation last week, so I got caught up on quilt along blocks (the story of my summer!).

The Westering Women block for August. When I first saw this all I saw was templates, and lots of Y-seams, I was so pleased there was an easier version! This turned out to be one of my favourite blocks.

These are the latest Circa 2016 blocks, plus more of the half square triangles.

For our vacation we went out west to the Rockies in British Columbia. Although we have been before, it was our first road trip without children. We had a lovely time, and saw such beautiful sites.

Alberta -

Of course it is always exciting to see the mountains (we are from the prairies). It was the coldest day of our trip and snowing in the mountains.

Yoho National Park, BC -

Takakkaw Falls - one of Canada's highest waterfalls
 - there are people in the photo 

Natural Bridge

Emerald Lake

Glacier National Park, BC -

Roger's Pass
Meadows in the Sky, Mt Revelstoke National Park, BC -

Shuswap Lake, BC -

Margaret Falls

huge old growth cedars, Margaret Falls
Sicamous Beach

Osoyoos, BC -

lots of vineyards and orchards

Kootenay Lake, BC -

on the world's longest free ferry
Glass Bottle House
view of the lake at the Glass Bottle House
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Recent Projects

Once again I have been catching up with quilt along blocks -

these are June and July's Westering Women blocks from Civil War Quilts blog.

I really have enjoyed making these blocks - they are big (12"), which makes a nice change, only one a month, not too hard to catch up on after a two month break from sewing, and it seems that one month is easy and the next a bit tricker, so it is a nice balance.

These are my Circa 2016 blocks for last week, 3 this time.

This is a knitting project I recently finished -

I can't seem to resist knitting lace! This one is knit with commercially hand dyed yarn that I bought in Montreal - WalkCollection Luxe Light in South Sea Pearl - alpaca, silk and cashmere - so light and soft!

The pattern is Arietta by Åsa Tricosa. It was lovely to knit, but did take a bit of concentration. More details can be found on my project page on Ravelry.

Now on my needles I have a couple of projects using yarn that I spun during Tour de Fleece-

I don't need any more scarves, but they are so much fun to knit. This one is a lovely easy knit, perfect for a car trip,

and this one is a bit fiddlier with all the picked up stitches, but so interesting. It is from the Summer issue of Spin Off magazine and something I had never tried before, so I couldn't resist. The fibre was divided in half and spun in two different ways.

This fibre is one that I won during Tour de Fleece. It is a silk and merino blend, dyed in the most beautiful colour way. I am so used to spinning fleece that I have dyed, and even though I dye them different colours, they are always pretty similar, so this was a nice change.

I spun it into a lace weight, gradient yarn (about 800m, and 107g).

In real life the colours are truly magnificent.

Since I always end my blog posts with a garden/nature picture I thought I would add this picture of my old bike that I spray painted silver - my family thought it was a bit odd, so I called it the Tin Man's bike and added a couple of bricks that I painted yellow - my family thought this was even odder!

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