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Sunday, March 26, 2017

I met Tula Pink!

And she is wonderful, of course! She is a great teacher, and I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend workshop I took with her and several others this weekend at CraftSouth. I learned so much and had a ton of fun.

We started Thursday night with a trunk show, and I had a front row seat, so I got to see her beautiful quilts up close and personal. They are even more beautiful than the photos appear. And I got to have my picture taken with her. :)

Friday and Saturday was our workshop with Tula. She taught an English paper pieced quilt that she designed for this class. Even though I have some experience with EPP, I learned a lot more about fabric selection and fussy cutting. Plus, I learned the glue basting technique that she uses instead of basting with thread.

Friday we worked on choosing our fabrics, cutting them, and basting them to the papers. I thought I knew what fabrics I wanted to use with my Tabby Road kitties, but when I got several cut out, I changed my mind and had to go back and cut a little more. Here are the kitties basted.

And here are the 2-inch kitties with the pieces for the rest of the block. I knew I wanted to use the cat's eye print for the center. I started out originally thinking I would use the stripes as a full hexagon, but realized that was just too overpowering so I cut them into half hexies instead. Then I thought I would use the lighter green print as a 2-inch triangle, but I didn't like how stark that seemed. It needed something more. So, back to the cutting board. I cut those into half hexies as well, and added a small 1-inch triangle in the medium green print. That was it, a much better transition.

At the end of the day, we also had to choose the solid color that we're going to put together as 6-pointed stars around this block. I decided on a royal blue.

Saturday we learned how to put it all together. She had so many tips to share, and again I learned a ton. I managed to get the block pieced and then one 6-point blue star pieced as well.

I am very excited by the possibilities of this quilt. Here is Tula's full design, which she named "Tula's Bloomers" this weekend, soliciting suggestions from the workshop participants and of course our wonderful hostess, Anna Maria Horner (designer of many things including fabric, and owner of Craft South). I was so lucky to get to spend time with both of these wonderful women and the other "bloomers". It was my first time visiting Craft South, but it won't be my last.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grandmother's Flower Garden update

It has been a little while since I updated where I was on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, so I thought I'd take a moment to share with you my most recent progress picture.

The quilt was getting heaving and pulling on the seams as I added more rows, so I decided to start a second "half" and once it is finished, I will piece the halves together.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

City Sampler blocks 31-34

I always enjoy working on my Tula Pink City Sampler quilt, and today was no exception. These fabrics just make me happy.

Here are newly created blocks 31-34.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Choosing fabrics

I'll be taking a couple of classes in March, the first of which is a Judy Niemeyer paper piecing pattern called Compass Rose Table Runner. I went and picked out some batik fabrics today for it. But I'm undecided on the border fabric. Here are the two choices (border / binding / backing at the top of each photo). Fortunately, I don't have to decide on that until after I get the blocks pieced. Which one is your favorite?

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Finished mitts, so a new shawl start

I finally finished my Cozy Thermal Mitts that should have only taken a few days and ended up taking just over a month. Such is everything in life these days, it seems to take much longer to get anything done - probably because I'm trying to do so much at once. Ha!

Anyway, here are the mitts, done!

Saturday I celebrated by buying some Plucky Yarn (my first), just to see what all the hubbub is about. I bought three different bases - two fingering weight and one worsted, and I think the worsted will make a nice hat.

I have been considering starting a Find Your Fade shawl, since I've been seeing them pop up here, there, and everywhere. And now that I have my Plucky yarn, I pulled other skeins from stash and decided on my plan!

I immediately cast on, and made it through the first color.

Of course, it gets progressively larger as you go along, so I expect the second color to take considerably longer than the first. Here are the yarns I'm using in order:

Color A: KnittyandColor Glam Rock Sparkle Sock mini-skein (colorway unknown)
Color B: Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper Venetian Sunset
Color C: Sheep Dreamery Patapsco Ginger and Wasabi
Color D: Voolenvine Yarns Blitzed Grass is Greener
Color E: Plucky Knitter Lodge Fingering Happy Glamper
Color F: Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock Lava Flow
Color G: Western Sky Knitters SW BFL-nylon One Pot Wonder
Color H: Dream in Color Jilly Brilliant