Evening Knitting… Finished ! 

In record time ! But then the weather has been helpful!  It’s been snowy, cold and windy and today isn’t any different 😦

I did have one little set back….I was working on the second sleeve….and didn’t realize that I had started it with a 1×1 ribbed cuffed …..see what I did there?    Yea… one would think by the second sleeve that the pattern would be embedded in my brain and knitting needles would be on auto pilot lol.  No such luck.  It did make a nice big ball of yarn when I unraveled it :)…. and I wasn’t long getting back on track 🙂 

I did find a model….a very reluctunt model. I had to bribe her with yarn LOL (  yea….that’s me )  I think between the yarn which is classified as a worsted weight is actually a heavy worsted and the fact that I do believe my knitting tension gets relaxed as I get going on large pieces. Not making excuses …well……actually…..lol. I could have knitted this sweater in a size smaller , the length is great but over all it fits like a ” boyfriend’s / husbands sweater which is what I was sort of going for….it’s very warm and cuddly . I’ve washed it in cold water and I did dry it in the clothes dryer just to try and shrink it a little ( brave or silly? ) 

Brigg’s & Little yarn doesnt shrink up much at all. It felts up nicely and that softens the fibre so it isn’t itchy on the skin. In the pic my shirt has 3/4 length sleeves and the sweater doesn’t bother my arms at all. I don’t have buttons for it yet. I went to the shop and there was very little to choose from in buttons , once the weather clears up I will get a trip to the malls , but for now it’s fine . 

I’m going to curl up in my knitting spot, turn on a movie and take a look at my next knitting project 🙂   Enjoy your week crafting at what makes you happy. 

Izz

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March 12, 2017 · 12:58 PM

Scrap Basket Blossoms …..Tulip Appliqués 

New fabric and new inspiration



Working on the last quilt sparked a renewed interest in appliqué for me. After looking at a couple of pattern and technique sources I decided on a Kim Diehl book, Simple Appliqué. This was a perfect choice, wonderful instructions ( I need to be reaquainted with appliqué ) and a pattern for a beautiful quilt that consists of 4 panels.


Since before my pennyrugs days, I have loved the look and the process of appliqué quilts. Stitching penny rugs was one of my favourite needleart forms. But remembering a book I had when I was in my twenties ( not that long ago ! ) Ha Ha , and exploring needlework and just how I wanted to apply my needle…we didn’t have the Internet then , it was either books or magazines or someone who would teach you. Between my grandmother and mother I learned about knitting , hand embroidery and basic quilting but I seem to be on my own about the appliqué work…it really intrigued me but my first attempts were sad looking ones but I believe  everything comes full circle….eventually :). That’s where I am now. The prep work is tedious, cutting the template pieces out of freezer paper. Then the fabric. But I love the stitching of each piece onto its permanent home.


Pressing the edges over and making the stems and arranging the leaves. I really did toss the idea back and forth between machine stitching and hand stitching the appliques pieces and hand stitching won 🙂 I’m very pleased with the process so far , it doesn’t take metres and metres  of fabric, just bits here and there. Sometimes a 1/4 of a metre is all that is needed when I see a fabric in rich colours and patterns. I can see the fabric stash growing a little lol


The stems, leaves and blossoms are stitched on the first panel which is 52cm (20 1/2″). This will be the first stage of my journey into appliqué quilting. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by, have a great weekend crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz

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March 3, 2017 · 12:46 PM

Evening Knitting 

Winter evenings were made for knitting, this I am convinced of :). Especially if you live in the colder climates. This month I started a simple cardigan, I found the pattern on yarnspirations.com . It takes a worsted weight yarn. I picked Briggs & Little’s  Heritage 100% wool in blue heather. It’s a beautiful blue, like a new pair of blue jeans. And ! The first project on my new needles ! That’s exciting too lol they are interchangeable circular needles from Knitpicks.com . The needles are so smooth and a dream to knit with , but before I get off in another direction….back to the sweater  


This pic is from the first of the month when I began….now I have the back and left front blocked and have started on the right front .


I bought 8 skeins of yarn , figuring up the yardage since the pattern called for a different worsted yarn. I’m using 4.5mm and 5mm needles and the pattern is knitting up to gauge and matching the mesurements in the pattern 🙂  


Right front started, still have two sleeves to go…..I may have some left overBut that’s better than coming up short, not that I’m worried because there are two local shops that carry this yarn ….I’m in heaven ! Lol 


Oh ..just a foot note…no pun intended 😉  but I thought I would use this post to showcase the boot socks I’ve knitted as well. Again Briggs & Little yarn , this time it Tuffy 80% wool and 20% nylon. A little rough and itchy but after the first washing they are soft and fuzzy . 

Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz 🙂 

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February 25, 2017 · 4:50 PM

BOM Finishing …Quilting is Complete…

Well what better way to celebrate 6 years on WordPress than with the completion of the 2016 BOM quilt. I was surprised when I found out about the anniversary. 6 years already ? Wow . And I’m really happy that the quilt is finished.  😀 . It’s already on the bed ! I started the quilting in the centre and worked my way out using the stitch regulator attachment. I’m still working on getting the straight lines straight but hey, that’s what happens , right ? Enjoy the photos 🙂

 

Thanks for dropping by and have a great week crafting at what makes you happy 🙂

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February 24, 2017 · 1:14 PM

BOM Finishing …let the quilting begin 

 Hi there, long time no see! It has been a long while eh? But I’ve been saving the BOM quilt from 2016 as my first post of this year. I started the Garden quilt BOM just about a year ago and finished the quilt top in June of last year. It got put aside while I was gardening and busy doing other things. But now it is time to get this quilt finished up. I took an afternoon to lay out the layers, which means clearing out the living room and putting the layers together on the floor and using lots of safety pins to hold everything together .  The knees won’t be the same again for a while lol. Probably one of the reasons I took so long to get back at it. That’s day one. Day two is picking out the colours of thread I want to use and start quilting the first section. I’m going to use a pale gold , red and a light teal green on the quilt front and off white for the back.

 I want the quilt to feel light and fluffy so I won’t be doing any dense quilting on this one and I will be using a wide pressure foot with a walking foot just to keep the stitches at a nice regular length. I chose to start in the middle section(hour glass and sawtooth border)  just because that’s the way I put the quilt together and I’m hoping it will make quilting easier and there may be less shifting? Yes? I guess I’ll find out. 

Results of Day Two


I’m pretty happy with my stitching although this method means a lot of turning and handling a lot of fabric but I would be doing that anyway. But at least the knees are resting, now the shoulders get the work out! Who ever said quilting is light work?  Lol. My method of working from the centre out is working well so far, I’m basicly following the borders. It can’t get much easier than that 🙂 


The next section is the blue and beige with the star corners. I have a couple of ideas on how I want that to go, but I’ll keep that to myself …for now 🙂 I wasn’t going to give myself a time limit on quilting and finishing the BOM quilt but I would like to see it finished within the next couple of weeks now that it has been stated and of course it would be nice to say I got the quilt on the bed before winter was out , right ? Lol 

Thank you for dropping by, have a great day crafting and what makes you happy.

Izz

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February 9, 2017 · 1:53 PM

Take a Seat by The Sea…or at Least The Harbour

And it’s a seat in the cool breeze. We’ve had a couple of days of warm weather, and yes it did feel like summer but that didn’t last lol. Neither does my memory 🙂  I spent a few minutes looking for an old post that apparently I didn’t make..lol  I was so sure I had written about these patio chair cushions…2 years ago? Maybe it was 3 ??  oh well, and last summer was pretty much a write off for sewing and machine embroidery. So I guess I should get at it… 🙂   We had purchased a very nice patio set..4 metal chairs and a metal table..I don’t want to call it wrought iron because it probably isn’t  but it looks like wrought iron… stay with me here..I will get to the point lol  I love the set but I did NOT like the colour of the seat cushions and they were so plain and being just a little bit handy 😉 I instantly reassured Mr Mister that I could make new cushions covers.

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And thats when I spied the painters drop cloth canvas  ..Perfect!  heavy weight durable… I bought a package that was 8 ‘ X 16’ I washed it and put it in the dryer and it shrunk up nicely.  I printed out the 5 designs that I was going to use on each panel , moving them around until I was happy with how each nautical theme was placed.  A few marking points and we were all set. I took one of the green cushion covers apart to make a pattern and reused the piping around the edges.

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Now fast forward to a couple of weeks ago…where I’m digging around in the closet of the sewing room because I know I put the back cushion fabric in there”somewhere”  already cut out and ready for machine embroidery… mmmm which box… #1 , #2 or… yes of course…#3  funny how what ever I’m looking for is in the last place I look 😉    And the stitching begins

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I bought an inexpensive quilt batting, the lofty kind and rolled in double layers, so it wouldn’t sag . Now all I need is a little warmer weather or a bigger knitting project for my lap lol

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Until next time, have fun crafting at whatever makes you happy…Izz

 

 

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June 28, 2016 · 1:14 PM

Tea Time Table Runner

Another day and another finish… (doing my old woman happy dance) LOL  now there’s something I won’t get out of my head ha ha 🙂

This little project started back in Dec, when I received a gift in the mail from one of my blog buddies Avis at Oh Sew Temptingteacuprunner

A beautiful hand made card and a charm pack of pretty blue and white prints. They are so adorable . Thank you again Avis ! Now , my dilemma , what to do with them ? I really wanted the project to do this pretty pack of prints justice and it wasn’t long before I had my inspiration. teacuprunner2

I had been wanted to machine embroidery these adorable bunnies in tea cups on a table runner or table cover, something to brighten up the kitchen. Between working on the pinwheel quilt and the BOM this year, why not keep with that theme? I was getting brave sewing squares and making triangles and hour glass blocks 🙂 Of course I had to plan this out, I did not want to run shy of blocks. I folded the fabric this way and that and turned the pieces around trying to get a good visual. I do scribble on paper and all that but there is nothing like having the fabric in hand when I am planning or designing. Its also what I do with the embroidery threads, I get a handful of spools and put them together to see if they and going mix or separate like oil and water.

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I had plenty of print blocks and white pieces …whew:) I did add some white around each block and along the sides. Now at this point I had a moment of indecision about the binding and bending Avis’ ear a little lol I got back to sewing. 🙂 I think the solid blue binding set everything off nicely and I got a chance to use the binding tool on the Bernina so its a plus all around 🙂

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Me being worried about running out of fabric.. ha , I had enough left to make 4 mug mats with one each of the print to spare and 2 or 3 white pieces. those will be kept safe 😉 I am a hoarder of keepsakes you know.

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Tea anyone ? Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you have a great week crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz

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June 8, 2016 · 11:24 AM