This month’s block is titled “Explore”
Some paper piecing, which I find fun. And half-square triangles, which I do not find fun. It was a bit fiddly to put together, and my seams don’t exactly line up. So don’t look to closely, please.
I love this little kit.
I used a well written tutorial by Amy at Lots of Pink Here, and it is the perfect little kit for holding my paper pieced hexagon supplies. My favorite part? The thread spool holder – such an ingenious idea!
I was using a plastic box to hold all my fabric, paper templates, needles (which would get lost in amongst all the things), thread and scissors. It was a hot mess, if I’m being honest. And not terribly portable due to the size. But this little kit is small enough to throw in my purse or bag.
Amy’s tutorial is very clear and easy to follow. The only change I made was to interface the pocket pieces, including the scissor holder, with craft fuse to make them a bit sturdier. It did not take me long at all to make this. Probably the hardest part was choosing the fabric! I dug through my box of scraps for the interior fabric, pockets and binding. For the exterior, I cut into a 1/2 yard cut of this print from Kate Spain’s Central Park. I had been hoarding that piece for way too long.
I love it! I can see myself making more of these as gifts for crafty friends or to add into swap packages.
Hello again friends. It has been a busy busy few weeks for us around here. And to be truthful, February has kicked my ass. *sigh*
I made a deal with myself to NOT start the 2014 Sugar Blocks until I finished putting together the blocks from 2013 Club. And I did finish the quilt top – getting the quilt basted is another story for another time. And I’m not quite there yet. Soon though. Soon.
For the 2014 blocks, I am using a fat quarter set of Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie Paper Company. Super super cute collection with some nice blenders thrown in too. At first I was concerned about the prints and how they would look all patchwork-ed, but honestly, I have other things to worry about. I’m just going to go with it, and see how it looks when I’m finished. Take that, Quilt Police!
Here’s January’s Block:
And February’s Block:
So, the quilt isn’t technically finished. I still have to piece together the back. And then sandwich a piece of batting in between the top and the back. And then baste it. And then quilt it. And then bind it. hmm. I still have a ways to go. No matter. I have the top together and I’m damn happy about it.
So, the 2013 Sugar Block Club has transitioned to the 2014 Sugar Block Club – which, yes, I joined again. I really love what Amy does with these traditional-ish blocks. I think they’re great. But back to my quilt top! I’ve steadily worked on this all of last year, and I’m really excited about it.
To put all the blocks together, I totally stole the layout from a quilt made by Faith Jones, featured in her (and two other quilty peeps’) book Vintage Quilt Revival. I added a thick turqouise border, then a skinny white border followed by a skinny navy border to frame the blocks. I have some ideas, and some leftover half-filler blocks, for the quilt back. I just need some time – ok, lets be real here, more energy – to get it pieced together so I can finish this one.
Stay tuned, friends. I hope to have a finished quilt to show you soon.
I finished this one up today. And yay! Its my new favorite quilt. I really like how it turned out.
While finishing this up, I watched the end of Sons of Anarchy Season 4. And ugh. It did not end the way I wanted it to. I was hoping for Clay to get what he deserved, but oh well. There’s always Season 5… which is playing right now as I write this blog post! Enough of that. On to the quilt.
Titled: For Seester
Quilted with Gutterman 100% cotton, 50wt quilting thread.
Fabrics: Terrain by Kate Spain, Kona solids,
Here’s the back. Please ignore the fuzzies. I washed it with some towels and … well, I probably shouldn’t do that again.
(Someone wanted in the photo)
And a close up of the quilting:
This year has been my best quilting year! I’ve finished five quilts this year, and four of them were fairly large lap sized ones. I am slowly improving. I’ve picked up some really good tips and techniques from my guild members. I’m really glad that I joined this year, and am looking forward to learning more in the coming year.
And I’m done! I finished up the last Sugar Block of 2013. This month’s is a paper pieced block, and I love paper piecing! The end result is always precise and perfect, but I like the process. Stitch, trim, press, fold, stitch….
And I’m a little bit sad. I mean, I’m a lot excited to have the blocks finished and all ready to put together into a quilt top. But I can’t believe that it is December. And that the year is just about over. *sigh*
I am not sure how I’m going to arrange these 12 blocks just yet. But Amy just posted on her blog some pretty suggestions for block arrangement – some of them I hadn’t even considered. I’ll probably also poke around the flickr group in hopes that someone has already finished their quilt top.
I’m really excited that Amy’s hosting another round for 2014.
Yay! This one is done.
I finished up the quilting and the binding over the weekend. Although, now that I’m looking at it again, I should redo how I attached the binding to the quilt. Or at least I should have used thread that matched the dark gray binding since you can definitely see the thread.
The free motion quilting was quick and easy. The quilt is a small size and therefore quite manageable. I used a King Tut rainbow thread I picked up on clearance at Joann’s. I decided to do a zig zag pattern in the middle and then a series of radiating waves out towards the edges. Well, that’s the effect I was shooting for…. I’m happy with the quilting.
Making this mini quilt was fun.
Yikes. I am the worst swap partner. At least lately. My guild hosts a monthly Adventure Block Swap we sew a block of our partner’s choosing. I think its fun because I get to sew new to me quilt blocks using my fabric.
I was a month behind on completing Megan‘s blocks. She asked for nine of these simple blocks (tutorial here) and I really had no excuse for not finishing them on time for last month’s meeting. I’m really excited to see what Megan does with all the blocks she collects from the guild.
And for this month, I made a Greek Cross for Julie. This one was a simple block as well, and I think its just pretty. She wanted solids – which is good, because I have a pretty extensive stash of solids.
Its been month (months!) since I’ve knitted anything and my needles have been feeling neglected. And one of my goals for the month is to start knitting a sweater. Before I jumped right into a project as big as a sweater, I knitted this thing.
There was a sample sitting on the counter at Fancy Tiger with a link to the free pattern on the attached tag. It was knitted up in one skein of Cascade Baby Alpaca and boy, was it soft. Mmmm soft. So I grabbed a skein of my own and cast on that evening.
It is a very easy pattern. Full disclosure, though, I did rip it apart and started over because I forgot the initial knit stitch at the beginning of each row resulting in a bunch of weirdness at the end of every row. Oops.
Oh, my. I did not know that baby alpacas were so soft! Knitting this was awesome. The yarn felt so smooth and so luxurious weaving between my fingers. I just enjoyed it so much. I’d love to have a sweater done up in this. At $12.95 for 108 yards, I just don’t have the yarn budget for a baby alpaca sweater. Or I guess more realistically, I’m scared shitless to buy $100 in yarn only to completely fuck up the sweater.
In fact, they fit so poorly, that I’m not going to subject you to a modeled photo of them.
Trust me, you are not missing anything.
Despite that these leggings look like ass, I do have a plan for the next pair. And then the next. Really, these are so easy to sew together, I’m planning on making a bunch.
I spent a few hours on Saturday learning how to draft a pattern based on my own measurements. I learned it from Christina at the class she teaches at Fancy Tiger. If you are in the Denver area, and you want to make your own leggings, you should take her class. She’s thorough, she’s fun. She also helped me tweak my pattern so that they’ll fit the next go around.
In my opinion, however, the real flaw in these leggings is in the fabric. Next time I’m going to go with a knit that has four-way stretch instead of two-way stretch. Then I can make them smaller (adjust for negative ease
in pattern drafting lingo) and they will be more form fitting.