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Monday, September 22, 2014

More yarn stash

I love it when the Haus of Yarn's Yarn Bus comes to visit - they do it about once a month (or every other month depending on their schedule), and it's really a wonderful service. The shop is on the west side of Nashville, which is about a 45 minute drive from me, depending on traffic. I love to visit their shop, but having the Yarn Bus come to my town is the next-best thing. They have so many yummy yarns, and the employees are just so nice and helpful. They fill up their bus with a great selection of their stock to take to the locations they visit.

I have had a pattern in my library on Ravelry for a little while, and decided to go ahead and kit it up - the Saroyan Scarf. Seeing the leaves on the side of the scarf, I thought about colors that might complement that, and came up with Malabrigo Rios in the color Volcan.

I am looking forward to starting this (especially with the yummy yarn), but I will try my best to finish at least one knit WIP first.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Anniversary Stars blocks

This afternoon I put the final Anniversary Stars block together, so they are now ready to assemble into a quilt.

I decided to take Laure's suggestion of checking out the quilting stencils and chose a couple that I thought might work in the borders of Fall Frolic. I am still slowly quilting my way around the appliqué in that center block, but once I finish doing that, I'll see if one of the ones I ordered will work (and even if they won't work in this quilt, they might work in a different quilt). I am still debating about the crosshatching in the appliqué blocks, because it might be too much and unbalance the quilting that I'll be doing in the borders and sashing.

I'll update you as soon as I decide! Thanks for your comments!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quilting Fall Frolic

Working with the wool felt blocks lately has made me think of the other wool felt quilt I pieced and which has been waiting to be quilted - Fall Frolic. Part of the reason for this is that I haven't made up my mind how I want to quilt it, other than by hand and with an outline around the appliqué.

So I pulled it out this evening and put it I my quilting hoop and started that outline quilting in the center block (click photo for larger view).

Have any of you quilted (either by hand or by machine) a quilt with wool felt appliqué? If so, how did you quilt it? Or even if you haven't, how would YOU quilt this? I am leaning toward a cross hatching in the background after I outline the pieces, but I'm not 100% sure about that. I also have quilting to do in the pieced areas, and have no idea how I'm going to do those either.

For reference, here is the finished quilt top.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A quilty goodness weekend

I was looking through my quilting WIPs over the last week and brought out the Anniversary Stars project box. I was surprised at how far along I had gotten before I put it away the last time (in 2013).

I spent the majority of Saturday working on piecing the quarter square and half square triangles for the remaining blocks to be made, and then finished those units up today. They are now ready to piece into those blocks, then I can piece the quilt top together! I may go ahead and finish this quilt up before getting back to Eldon, since there is a chance I can get it completed before the end of the year (and before my longarm quilter retires). At least now it will be easy to sit down and make a block or two when I have a few minutes of time after work during the week or on the weekends.

I recently bought some fabrics at a quilting friend's sale - she was getting rid of some fabrics she no longer plans to use. One of those fabrics is actually from this line - a tone-on-tone red with little red stars. I am planning on using it for the binding on the Chunky Churn Dash, and if I have enough left over, it would make a perfect inner border on the Anniversary Stars quilt.

In what seems like record time (to me), I have finished the blanket (and other) stitching on block 5 of A Rainbow Garden.

So, I have prepped and fused the pieces for block 6!

And I've knitted a little more on the baby blanket for my niece's first child. It is slowly starting to take shape.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Knitting updates

Updated photos of a few projects...

Upstairs Shawl

Falling Water Scarf

Josephine Shawl

Entrelac Scarf

Raglan Sweater

And a new version of the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief