As most crafters/knitters/quilters/sewers (or whatever creative title you give yourself) I have a ton of unfinished projects, otherwise known as UFO’s. When you have more than one passion it tends to lead to more projects. I call it my crafty ADD. Since I have a newly re-energized passion for knitting I have a long list of projects started and not completed just yet. I talked about my baby sweater I began knitting. I will admit that it isn’t quite finished, but I jumped ahead and started on a sweater for myself. Look at the yarn I chose. How could I not? It’s Cascade Yarns Luna Paints Color No. 9703 in case you can’t resist either.
I started taking a class on Craftsy.com. If you haven’t heard about Craftsy you should head over there right now. You can sign up for a ton of classes on everything from knitting to quilting to cooking.The class I signed up for is The Perfect Knit Seamless Crazy Lace Cardigan. I have taken a few quilting classes on Craftsy and really enjoyed them. The great thing for a visual learner like myself is I can watch the video as many times as I need to. You can even make notes and refer back to the location in the video you want to come back to. I’ve already had to start over
once three times because my gauge was a little off. Let’s hope that’s the last time. I’ll keep you updated on my progress!
Laying in bed, enjoying the extra hour of sleep, green tea in hand and emptying my DVR all while tucked in underneath my fall leaves quilt with the completed hand binding. Makes for one happy girl.
One of the perks about moving to Georgia is that I get to experience the changing of seasons. The problem is when you live in Florida you don’t really have seasons. Fall lasts maybe a week total and that usually isn’t a full week. It only lasts for a few days here or there. Fall is by far my most favorite season and it is certainly in full swing around here. It was 46 degrees when I woke up and the leaves are changing all around. I love the vibrant colors that are popping up everywhere.
Why is it with the cooler weather approaching it makes you want to do a thorough cleaning? Since we just moved in we did a major clean out of our items while unpacking. We donated quite a bit to Goodwill. Since living here for a few months now I’ve discovered that I can donate more. Some of items I’m even wondering why I decided to keep in the first place? Does anyone have that issue? Needless to say I’ve spent this past week filling more boxes to be sent to Goodwill. Happy Fall and now I’m off to continue my deep cleaning around here. Clutter beware.
P.S. Look for lots of finishes in the next few weeks. I have a few things brewing and maybe even you’ll want to join in and finish up all those projects you have left laying around. (Or maybe tackle a big chunk of them before the new year)
It seems as if this quilting blog could be mistaken for a knitting blog. I know I have written about my knitting projects a lot, but I promise there has been sewing taking place. I have the pictures to prove it. Please see attached pictures below
Lots and lots of hand sewing the binding of my HUGE quilt below (I’m kind of on a deadline. This is supposed to be my Fall quilt!)
The start of my Tula quilt along. I know I’m late to join the party that has been taking place so I decided to create my own schedule. And two rules for each block. I should be able to sew 2 blocks a week. My goal is to sew all 100 blocks.
1. Keep each block within the same color palette
2. Use a solid fabric in each block
Block 1 & 2
Now it’s off to enjoy my weekend and bake chocolate chip cookies. I couldn’t resist buying the ingredients when I went grocery shopping yesterday.
Lately my time has been filled with unpacking boxes and getting settled in. I’m happy to report that we are just about 95% settled in. When I wasn’t unpacking boxes I was knitting. I knit every spare second I had. Many of our trips driving back and forth between Florida and Georgia was spent with me feverishly knitting away. Even though I love to knit I missed quilting. Knitting is such a great portable hobby to have, but there isn’t anything like cutting and sewing fabric.
I began to knit a few years ago. I was basically a self taught knitter. I knitted a bag and a few scarfs then gave it up. A few months ago a friend asked me to go to a crochet class with her and I agreed to go. I had never crocheted before. It inspired me to want to pick up knitting again. I began to attend classes at a local knit shop.
Now that I’ve taken a few refresher courses I have set out to expand my knitting skills. I really wanted to make a sweater for myself. At the local yarn shop they suggested that instead of starting out with a sweater for myself I start with their baby sweater class. I quickly jumped at the chance and even convinced another friend to join in. I haven’t quite finished it yet, but I’m very close. Just need to make the button band and weave in the loose ends. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of the sweater.
It’s been about 3 months since my last post and a complete whirlwind. There have been so many BIG changes in my life. For one my boyfriend came home safely from Afghanistan in July after being away for almost a year. Thank goodness! The second exciting thing is I decided to relocate to Georgia. I had to keep that one quiet because I had to wait for the right timing. So I quit my full time job and moved up here. Oh yeah there was also a vacation in the middle of all of this.
Moving to a small town has had it’s perks. I grew up in a big city in Florida and was used to a fast pace of life. What a culture shock for me! I now have to plan my trips into town. It’s 9 miles to the first traffic light. My neighbors actually have horses, chickens, and goats. Those are just some of the animals I see on my way into town. I am so excited for what this new chapter of my life brings.
Wow! Time really had a chance to get away from me. It was a busy, busy May. Even though I didn’t blog I certainly wasn’t lacking in keeping up with my quilting and knitting projects. Although I mostly worked on knitting projects because they were portable easy to take on the go. I did end up taking a trip over a long weekend last month out of state. Although I can’t reveal where I went or why I will be able to shortly. There are a lot of big changes happening around here and I couldn’t be happier. They have been a long time in the coming and it’s nice that I can finally see them starting to take place.
Onto quilting news… I received a package in the mail today containing what I think may be my favorite quilting book ever. If you know me that says a lot. I have this bad habit of buying probably almost every quilting book known to exist. (Not really, but it sometimes seems this way) I can’t help it if I am prone to hoarding fabric and crafty/quilting books.
My new favorite all time book is Tula Pink’s City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.
I do love Quilts from The House of Tula Pink, but there is just something about her 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. I love everything from the amazing, bright and colorful fabric used in the blocks to the hand sketched drawings of every block on top of grid paper I might add. Each page has a simplistic look with a close up of each block finished along with directions to create your own block. I love the little tips scattered throughout the book as well. I think that I have discovered my plans this weekend. Now I only have to decide which fabrics to choose. Maybe tomorrow I’ll take some time to pull fabric from my stash to get started on these amazing blocks. I’m determined to make every block in the book. Who knew I needed another long term project!
I briefly mentioned back on Valentine’s day that my boyfriend is deployed. He has been gone for quite a few months now and I miss him a lot. Today I received these out of the blue. He’s so thoughtful even when he is a million miles away.
Back to sewing… I have done a ton of sewing lately. I finished this quilt up Thursday. It is now safe to post the pictures. The recipient has received the quilt. I hope they enjoyed it. I think it really came out cute.In case you were wondering the name of the quilt is The Gift Quilt by Brandon Mably. The pattern is in the book Kaffe Fassett’s Country Garden Quilts. This is the second time I’ve made this quilt. I still love it just as much.
Last Friday the Original Sewing Expo was held in Lakeland. I took the day off and rode over with a friend. We had a great time. I even came home with quite a few goodies and another new hobby. I need more days like that. It was nice to just get a break and enjoy the day. I’ve already started on my next project. Here is a sneak peek. I hope everyone has a great week.