Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Finish

This quilt isn't the oldest UFO in the bin, but pretty close!

It was a row quilt from several (maybe 10?) years ago. When my long-time friend wanted a quilt for her niece, I invited her to look through the "pile." She picked this one, so I had to put the borders on it and get it quilted.

The fabrics are all batiks. Some of the blocks were paper pieced -- and look, there is an entire row of flying geese!  Cornelia did a lovely job on the quilting. This quilt is featured in my soon-to-be released YouTube video about Susie's Magic binding.

Here is Leah holding her quilt. Isn't she pretty? And her Mama raised her right -- she acted excited about the quilt, and gave me a thank-you hug!

I dropped the ball on counting quilts this year -- I have no idea what number this one would be!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Playing Catch Up

After taking the entire month of September off, I'm seriously behind with swap blocks, Jelly Roll Party Samples, and pretty much everything else!

So today I sewed like the wind, and I have my Front Range Modern Quilt Guild swap blocks finished:

Angela asked for Erica Jackman's "Simply Style Stacked Squares Quilt" blocks in warm colors. Orange is warm, right?

Both Emily and Peggy asked for wonky log cabin blocks. Wonky is not my best thing, but I think they turned out OK.

And the next-to-last block for the 2013 Quiltmaker Magazine Scrap Squad swap:

Carol asked for "anything that reminds you of the beach." I actually bought this fabric when I was on vacation at the beach last month. The block is "Storm at Sea," in honor of My Little Sailor missing not one, but two typhoons while he was home on leave (whew!).

And the flimsy for the November Jelly Roll Party sample:

The pattern is Parallel Universe from Cozy Quilts. The fabric is from Sweetwater, their new collection, "Elementary."

I have one more Jelly Roll Party sample to make, then I'll be more or less caught up. With the quilting that is -- the knitting and the housework? Not so much!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Road Trip Stash and De-Stash

Road trips by car are dangerous for quilters and knitters.  All that room to fill with purchases -- even in the Mini Cooper!

Just for fun, here's a photo of Jack-in-the-Trees at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park:

Definitely a "bucket list" trip.

So did I buy any fabric on this trip?  Umm -- yep!


Enough Cotton + Steel deco weight to make a Noodlehead Super Tote for me.

Some "beachy" cottons from Creative Fabrics in Wheeler, Oregon. These are to make a block for one of the members of the 2013 Scrap Squad. She wanted "anything that reminds you of the beach." What's better than fabric from the beach?

I love to visit the shops in Quilt Sampler's Shop Hop magazine. We "happened" to duck into Boersma's Sewing Center in McMinnville (the GPS really, really wanted us to drive I-5 from Portland to California!). This is quite the shop -- at least a half-dozen long-arms in their basement classroom and at least as much fabric as Ruth's Stitchery! Their project in the magazine is my favorite, so how lucky that this is the one shop I got to visit.

The one place I wanted to visit in San Francisco was Britex Fabrics. So after touring numerous historic ships and Fisherman's Wharf, My Little Sailor followed me to Britex. Wow. Just. Wow. I was so overwhelmed, the only thing I bought was buttons for two sweaters, and big metal rings for Friend Mary to use on our next Abbey Lane Beatle Bag.

I missed one skein of yarn on Thursday's knitting post. This lovely thing is from Tangled Yarns in Tillamook. 

As is the lovely matching shawl pin on the left. The Julie Ueland pin is from the Latimer Quilt & Textile Center. Years ago, when I worked at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Julie also lived in Tacoma. Each season she had a special sale of her jewelry. So I had to buy this just for old time's sake!

Wonder what this is?

It's the ends of these glass knitting needles gifted to me by DD. Aren't they gorgeous? The "needles" are size 10, so I'll have to find some chunky yarn to knit a scarf using them.

Last purchases from our trip are not fabric, nor yarn. This Lucky Cat, or Maneki Neko, is black to protect family. Appropriate, as MLS returns to Japan tomorrow!

And I added a "few" Starbucks mugs to my "You Were Here" collection:


As a reward for reading all the way through this long post, I have 8+ yards of batik fabric to offer you! The first person who comments on this post with your PayPal email address and zip code, gets the de-stash for the cost of postage. It will fit in a medium-size flat-rate box, so US postage will be $12.65.

Think of me tomorrow as I make the early-morning trip to the airport to send My Little Sailor back to Japan for two more years!

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Friday, October 10, 2014

I Love Yarn Day

Warning: photo-heavy post. And it's all yarn today! If you're not a knitter, or you don't want to be tempted, it's OK to skip this post!

Yes, it's the Craft Yarn Council's "I Love Yarn Day!" My Little Sailor and I took our own "Yarn Crawl" while we were in Oregon last month. 

Here is the complete 2014 Yarn Crawl 101 stash:

And here are the individual yarns and details. First, from the very tip of the Long Beach Peninsula and Tapestry Rose: Cascade's Tangier. The pattern is a great "Man Scarf," promised to MLS.

I really went "overboard" (sorry for the pun) at Purly Shell Fiber Arts in Ilwaco. You know how I love a shop with yarn I can't get anywhere else -- and this shop is the best! Lots of hand-spuns, hand-dyes, and just generally yummy yarns!

Astoria Fiber Arts is a fascinating place. Not only do they sell locally hand-dyed and hand-spun yarns, they have a weaving and spinning school.  I wish I lived close enough to take classes there.

This one is superwash, so it's tagged for Hats for Sailors.

Creative Beginnings in Seaside offered this incredibly soft "Mink" laceweight, hand-dyed for Trendsetter Yarns. (Don't tell, but it's a birthday gift for a knitting buddy!)

We had so much fun at Coastal Yarns in Cannon Beach. The designer of their Yarn Crawl pattern was also the clerk -- so I had her autograph my copy of the pattern! And Twisted! All colors, all weights -- such temptation!

Our home base for the week was Manzanita, Oregon. T-Spot Yarns saved a skein of their special "September in Manzanita" color way for me:

Here's the "I can't remember where I bought this, but isn't it gorgeous?" skein. Madelinetosh ASAP, super bulky superwash, and perfect for Hats for Sailors. Good reason for shops to include their shop name on the price sticker!

Custom Threads, also in Astoria, featured Cascade Eco Duo. Not a unique yarn, but one that is new to me.

I also scored some sale yarns for Hats for Sailors:

Back home in Denver, post-vacay, I promised a Halloween "Viking Beard" hat to Elder Son for Halloween. Rather than make the hat "Viking" style, he chose "Skiff" from Jared Flood. Whoo hooo, Fancy Tiger carries JF's yarn!

To celebrate my birthday, I picked up this Madelinetosh, "Marte." It has my name on it!

Whew! That's enough yarn to see me out! Fabric stash and de-stash returns on Sunday, see you then!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014


It's hard to get back into the swing of things after a month-long leave! 

I'm desperately trying to get the November Jelly Roll Party sample finished. Usually, I have the sample finished the month before JRP. But as you know, I've been enjoying the company of My Little Sailor, home on leave from Japan. (And grateful to have missed the recent typhoon!)

Lucky for me, the November quilt is a fast-and-easy one, Parallel Universe from Cozy Quilts:

Parallel Universe
I'm using Sweetwater's most recent collection, Elementary, for my sample.

And as you can see, I still have a bit to sew!

Photos from our Oregon-California adventure to follow this weekend!

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

UFO Parade: Late September Finishes

My Little Sailor, the co-author of 52 Quilts is stationed in Japan with the US Navy. He extended his assignment to Japan for two more years, so he got to take an entire month's leave. We enjoyed a lovely family vacation in Manzanita, Oregon (thanks, Betty, for telling us about your town!). Then MLS and Mom drove down the coast to San Francisco and across The Loneliest Highway back to Colorado. We had a wonderful tine, but now I need to get back to work!

First on the agenda, in case you didn't see the October 1 post, the UFO Challenge number for October is:

 And now, for the September finishes . . . .

The first finish sent in was this cute BOEOW -- that's Block of Every Other Week -- "Deckade," made by Debra. She reports the QAL was from June 2013 to October 2013. and the quilt finishes at 62 1/2" X 71 1/2". Sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop, go to their blog, Jolly Jabber, to find the pattern.

So cute, Debra -- and what a great scrap-buster!

Sandi finished this Bonnie Hunter design, "Fourth of July," that is FREE on her website   

I'll let Sandi tell you about this quilt:
I've decided to donate mine to a veteran as it is just too symbolic a quilt not to.  My project is called Kadence.  Kerry quilted it for me in the best patriotic theme stitch around.  It is by Anne Bright called American Heroes.  It has several iconic statues in it along with fitting words like respect, pride, honor, and thank you. [The photo is of] my project just before I attached the sleeve and binding. Here is a link to a full photograph before the quilting.  It is #5 in my list of 2014 UFOs.
Sandi, some vet is going to love this quilt -- thank you for supporting our veterans!

Sue sent a photo of her finished Mariner's Compass flimsy. I can certainly see why this became a UFO, Sue -- wow, what an undertaking!

See the story behind Sue's Mariner's Compass and more photos of her crumbs blocks at Sue's Qulty Bits and Bobs, here.

Donna is planning to quilt her watercolor quilt using skills learned in the Craftsy class on walking foot quilting. If you're not a member of Craftsy (it's free, and they often have free patterns!) go here to join.

Donna explains her second finish:
The second is a group project where my quilting friends each made a block based on a post card that had 6 birthday cakes. I made the bottom right pineapple block since I went to high school in Hawai’i. I used variegated ribbon to make the pineapples. We share the quilt depending on whose birthday it is and I am September so it is currently at my house for the first time so I included it this month. 
What a fun idea, Donna!

I have the same quilt Kerry made in my UFO bin! You inspire me to dig it out and finish it right quick before Halloween.

Kerry says "It's like making a quilt twice, but the results are worth it." She is so right -- see the details on her blog, Kerry's Quilting, here.

I love the Thanksgiving table runner Martha finished this month. The colors are just perfect for Fall!

Heather finished an oldie-but-goodie from 20 years ago for her first September finish:

As well as whipping up a wedding quilt for her sister:

Read the details of both "Peaches  & Dreams" and "Woven Together" on her blog, Peachy Pages, here.

RNG brings up Sandi as the winner for the UFO Parade giveaway. Sandi, I've sent you an email asking for your postal address so I can send you some Moda candies and a Little Bits pattern!

Of course, you already know I finished nothing -- nothing! in September. But I had a great time visiting with My Little Sailor, and I'm ready to sew like the wind through October. 

Can't wait to see what you all finish this month!

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