Apr 2, 2016

unending scraps #scraps4life

I sewed the 2-patches into 4-patches and then the 4-patches into 8-patches (so much chain-piecing!!), prepping to create the 16-patches.

My scraps that would become 16-patches don't really go together to become quilts at this time. Know what that means? I need to make more 8-patches and see what happens, or build frames for 8-patches or tall 16-patches and tie them together that way. Just having a white buddy on each little square isn't enough to bring cohesion.

So this project will continue. I'll keep building new quilts and creating new scraps, and eventually it'll work out. It's all good.


Mar 24, 2016

scrap happy

I went to quilt camp this past weekend. I intended to do the quilting on my round robin top but I just got it pinned. I didn't really have enough room to quilt it there. I also have no idea how I'm going to quilt it. I did get my 12-inch mini finished - I'll be sending that one to the Maritimes for a swap.
And the back is pretty cute too.
It was fun to tinker with. The paper airplanes are paper-pieced and that was really my first time doing that. Then I chopped them down and improv-pieced them back to square. I did pretty minimal quilting, but I'm happy with the jetstreams and the ghost cloud that echoes the back.

I also finished a quilt for a coworker's daughter. They have both been sick lately so I don't know when I'll get it to her, but at least it's done.
I love love love the pink stripe binding on this one. And the owls (Riley Blake) in the centre of each square are totes adorbs. I have a really cute fabric on the back that looks like inter-lined paper. There's the odd word and picture, but it's mostly blank. I don't mind if she writes on it when she's able to - I did. No label required!

At camp I also made a pair of oven mitts that you can't get your thumbs into. I'll head to the store for the Easter weekend sale and get more Insulbrite and see if I can make a better pair. I'll actually have the current set of mitts to use as a template instead of going from memory, which is sure to result in success.

I had a terrible time with cheap flannelette squares on the weekend - I made a few nine-patches and then decided that I didn't like the fabrics or the way they were going to go together. They'll be orphan blocks for a while.

Remember how I was sorting my scraps? I went a little crazy with the 2.5" squares. I decided to sew them to a 2.5" strip of Kona White, and then realized how quickly you could eat up a meter of fabric doing that.
I got 17 squares on each strip and I had about 21 strips in the end. Then I ironed the seams and opened them all up. Then I spent some time meticulously cutting them into their white-and-x sets.
 And sorting them into colour stacks and colour  families.
And then planning all the 16-patches and stacking them for sewing.
It's going to be an interesting design exercise to line up the 16-patches that can go together into a quilt. I still have 2 stacks of 2.5" squares, so I can carry on and provide more options if I need to, and I can also sock them away and wait for more scraps to be born. I'm going to do 2.5" strips instead of squares wherever I can, though. Squares are finicky.


Feb 19, 2016

let's try that again

I wrote a bit and then I paused it (without saving) to go take a crappy cell phone picture. I lost the writing. Rookie mistake.

So I just finished this Hayley's Comet shawl, with a different colour arrangement than in the pattern because I was using odds and ends:
It isn't really properly blocked. Just enough for me to weave in the ends, and then I may block it again with pins. Maybe.

I'm going to cast on the Antler sweater this evening and I'm stoked. It doesn't actually have antlers on it. It's a fingering-weight sweater with interesting details like the saddle shoulders, garter cowl, coloured sleeve ends and things like that.
She's helping me ball the yarn. I do it by hand because I enjoy it.
And here it is all balled. It's four 50g skeins all wound up together with the ends felted together to make it think that it's one big 200g ball. It's a big beast. I can't wait to cast on. But first I shall take my daughter for Thai food and we will grab something from the coffee shop on the way home. That's very exciting - I don't have Thai very often.

This new knitting project is going to live in the new project bag. The yarn is excited about that.

Feb 14, 2016


Ahhhh, project day! And not a planned project day either (that may have been overwhelming so I let it hit me spontaneously).

I finally finished cutting up the scraps to get them under control. This is all the widths going into individual baggies. I'm so happy with this organized state. The 2.5x2.5-inch squares are stacked separately and I have a plan for them now. I'm going to sew them to a 2.5-inch strip of white and then press them and cut them apart. Then they'll all have a white buddy and I can play with layouts and see what sort of scrappy wonderfulness I can come up with.

I started today by quickly sewing up some fleece for lining the guinea pig cage. They have some, but another set was necessary. I hope they enjoy their new mango-coloured bedding.

Then I moved on to the camping ponchos. We had bought $5.99 'beaver blankets', knowing that we'd need three for the ponchos and a fourth to fashion hoods for them. My husband grew up in Beavers/Scouts, so he is delighted to be able to use these type of blankets again. I even had 2/5 of a blanket left for our wee doggie to lie on.

After that, I whipped up a quick burrito-pattern pillowcase using some Batman flannelette with a plain black cuff. Daughter can never have enough Batman.

I made a larger sized knitting project bag and the coolest thing about this flannelette fabric is that it looks like knitting! It's perfect and I love it. I got the fabric at the January destash that was conducted at my modern quilt guild meeting this year.

After that, I decided that I couldn't make anything work the way I wanted to with my leftover purple-and-green rail fence blocks. So I'm going to make a table runner. Who doesn't need a purple-and-green table runner?

And in the middle of all that, I did some grocery shopping, picked up bubble tea and Starbucks and made escargot. Oh, and I watched a movie and did some knitting. What a day!


Feb 9, 2016

chop chop

I'm working on organizing my fabric scraps. I'm about 2/3 of the way through. It's a year-and-a-bit's worth of scraps, so nothing too crazy, but enough that it's taking me days to get through it. It's a lot of work getting organized, and it's a pain in the butt when you cut at a kitchen table. Well, more like a stress on the back than a pain in the butt, I suppose. I'm breaking it up with knitting and eating.

  • I'm leaving big pieces and strips that are at least 6" wide alone.

  • I'm leaving things that look like they want to be strips as strips. I have separated them by width and I have about 10 piles. I don't have a 2.5" width pile because ...

  • ... I'm cutting anything oddly-shaped or 2.5"-in-width down to 2.5" squares. I have plans for these squares. It will involve a LOT of chain-piecing.

Pictures when I'm done. Hopefully by Friday.

Can you believe that I've been collecting selvedges for just as long? And not only my own, but my Mum's and anyone else's who wanted to donate them when I was at quilt camp. I have enough now. I will figure out a way to use them and it will be awesome. Later.