I finished my first quilt of the year, a piece commissioned by a coworker. It was inspired by this lovely quilt by Blue Elephant Stitches.
It’s queen-size, 86″ x 94″. I used Kona for the background and a mix of solids and prints for the triangles. I’m particularly fond of the striped batik triangles, the red and aqua stripes pull everything together. The quilting was done by Marilyn Kidd (kiddsrweAThotmailDOTcom), whom I highly recommend!
The back has a scrappy rectangle and a Kona background. As usual I did a lot of math for this quilt and had very little fabric left over.
I used a new (to me) technique for the binding, following this tutorial for Susie’s Magic Binding. I’m really happy with this method. I made this binding a little wider than the tutorial, and I stitched it so that my “stitching in the ditch” on the front caught the binding on the back. It was just easier for me that way. I think this binding technique looks really sharp with this quilt, and I’ll definitely use it again.
The Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild held a swap with the New York Modern Quilt Guild this February. We swapped 12″ mini quilts with the theme “love”.
I made my mini quilt with a small piece of Umbrella Prints fabric, Kona solids and Kaufman quilter’s linen.
The back is a paper-pieced heart. I used a pattern from Piecemeal Quilts.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’m a long-time fan of paper toys. They can be simple or complicated but they are always clever. As an added bonus they are eco-friendly and you can recycle them when you’re done. I most recently made two paper toys from the book Papertoy Monsters. The first is a yeti. He’s pretty sturdy but either the cats or the kiddo have broken his arms off multiple times. Nothing a little extra glue won’t fix!
The second is a cyclops. I didn’t do a terrific job of gluing his legs so he’s a little wobbly, but still cool. He’s (so far) unscathed by cats or kid.
I highly recommend the book. It includes a great selection of (mostly non-scary) monsters by many different artists. Punching out the pieces is a little fiddly but the pieces are pre-scored and two-sided, something you don’t get on models you print at home.
After finishing these last year, I finally blocked them this year. It sounds silly, but I am waiting for the weather to warm up before I can wear these! These are not warm enough for subzero temperatures and windchill warnings. They are warm enough for late winter / early spring, which is (hopefully) just around the corner.
Pattern: Squirrelly Swedish Mittens
Yarn: Knitpicks Palette
I’m joining the &Stitches Finish-Along this year.
I probably should’ve joined the Finish-Along last year. I started working on these super cute embroideries by Penguin and Fish over 2 years ago. The color selections were holding me back. I wanted to use at least one common color between the hoops but I couldn’t decide. I finally settled on a palette – orange, brown, yellow, and purple. The giraffe is getting purple spots, the monkey is getting an orange belly and the cat will probably be orange.
Making a zip-up sweater was one of my knitting goals for 2013. I finished it back in October and I’m glad I did – it’s getting a lot of wear lately. It’s already getting short in the torso, so this is (sadly) a one-season sweater. I wish I had had more yarn to make it longer, but I had literally only inches of yarn left after the i-cord edges.
Isaac’s favorite colors lately are brown and orange. I wonder if the sweater has something to do with it?
Pattern: Child’s Cardigan, by JC Briar
The zipper is working out so well, I’m not sure I’ll ever make a button-down kids sweater again. It’s pretty easy to swap out button bands for zippers, I just added a few stitches on each side of the front and did an applied i-cord to finish the edges.