Friday, February 20, 2015

A (Belated) Friday Finish

I can't believe I never posted the February Jelly Roll Party quilt!

Or the March one, but that can wait. For now, here is "Twirl," pattern by Fig Tree & Co.

Wow, not the best photo!  Here is the one from the pattern cover at Fig Tree & Co. so you can see the whole quilt!

The fabric I used was also from Fig Tree, "Somerset." Here is a look at the fabrics in the collection:

(Photo lifted from

The stems on the leaves are applique'd. I didn't realize that until I started sewing the quilt (four days before the sample was due!). So I used Wonder Under and raw edge applique'd them in place. While the quilt was hanging above the register counter at Ruth's Stitchery, it wasn't even possible to see my sloppy applique' job!

The fabric were so pretty, more than one "partier" used the same jelly roll for her quilt. I quilted it on my Viking Mega Quilter using my favorite "loops and swirls" pattern.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursdays are for Knitting

I'm ahead on my "52 Hats for Sailors" goal, so I joined a KAL at Serendipity Yarns in Buena Vista. And I cast on for another shawl!

Depending on which weather forecaster you believe, Colorado Springs will receive from 8 to 20 inches (that's 22 to 55 cm for my Australian readers) of snow this weekend.  Eeeek! Knitting weather for sure!

Before I show you the photos of my "beginnings," here is a "finish." This is hat #19 of my 52  Hats for Sailors project. The pattern is Noctilucent Cloud by Kate Agner, and the red yarn is Cascade Yarns Superwash Aran. The variegated yarn is a one-off from Colorful Yarns by the Mineville Yarn Project. A fun, and fast, knit!

I'm trying to make more "XL" hats for Sailors. Both my DH and My Little Sailor wear large-sized hats, so I figure there must be a lot of XL heads in the Navy!

My first "cast on" project is the Brickless Shawlette. I fell in love with this yarn at Ewe & Me. It's "Yowza" by Miss Babs. The colorway is "Perfectly Wreckless," a Babette colorway. "Babettes are one-of-a-kind, unrepeatable colorways. Several knitters chose the same colorway when Deb received the order from Miss Babs, and it's amazing how different each giant (560 yards!) skein looks.

Two weekends ago, when the weather was springlike, the DH and I took BlackJack for a run across the mountains to Buena Vista. I visited Serendipity Yarn and Gifts while he went for a 6-mile run up Cottonwood Pass. Sheryl announced the next KAL, the Multnomah Shawl. The designated yarn is a new one, Uluru, from Queensland Yarn. I've managed to lose the label, so I'm not sure which colorway I chose -- but it's turning out to be gorgeous!

[Note: Thanks, Sheryl, for letting me know I purchased Color 19, Spring Lilac. Isn't it gorgeous?]

Although this yarn looks like mohair, it's made from cotton, acrylic and polyester. I love mohair, but I go nuts itching when I wear it. I'm hoping this will be wearable for me. If it's not, it can go into the Christmas-gifts box!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Contemporary Twist

The sub-heading for this post should read "and a lesson learned!"

Can you see why? The lower left seam  doesn't line up. It's not that I cut the dark purple too short. The fabric shrank when I pressed it using steam!

I love the colors in this fabric (American Made Brand) so much I bought a half-yard of every color in the collection (thanks, Nancy, for all that cutting!) at Ruth's Stitchery. Now, I've said many times I'm a "don't pre-wash" quilter. On the rare occasion I do pre-wash, it's because someone reported a problem with the colors running.

But I've never had a cotton fabric shrink this much! That's nearly 1/4" shrinkage on a 7 1/2" strip! I'm glad I always make a sample block before I cut the fabric for the entire quilt. I'll wash the rest of the fabric before I cut it.

BTW, the pattern is "Twist" by Beth Lohnquist at Ruth's Stitchery. It's for the "Contemporary Quilts" class.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Celebrate! 600 Posts Giveaway

While the "Grow Your Blog" party was underway, 52 Quilts published post #600. I didn't want to compete with the GYB giveaway, so I waited until this week to kick off the celebration.

Oddly enough, I don't seem to have observed the milestones of 100, 200, or 300, or 500  posts. Only 400 and 500! The very first post was published on November 21, 2011. I remember being so excited when we reached 50 followers. Now, 52 Quilts has more than 700 followers on Bloglovin' and the same via Google. I have no way to verify how many follow by email -- but that's a lot of readers, huh?

Thank you!

I appreciate you, each and every one. And to say "thank you" I think there should be a giveaway, don't you? How about this?

It's a Timeless Treasures "Tonga Treats" package of 40 strips in the colorway "Java Flame."  Plus some additional goodies that will be a surprise.

Want to win? All you have to do is:
  1. Comment on this blog post. Tell me how you would use this Tonga Treats pack.
  2. If you're a no-reply blogger, please include contact info. If I can't find you, I can't send you the prize.
  3. My blog is set not to allow anonymous comments so that the robots cannot find me. If you do not have an ID, you can still enter by email at the address listed under "About Aunt Marti" in the right-hand column of this page and I will post your comment for you so you have a chance to win. 
  4. International entries welcome, of course!
  5. Giveaway ends Saturday, February 21 at midnight Mountain Standard Time. The winner will be announced on Sunday, February 22.
600 posts! It's been a fun ride -- thank you for coming along!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Grow Your Blog: We have a Winner!

Thank you, Vicki at 2 Bags Full, for hosting this year's "Grow Your Blog" party.  

More than 400 bloggers participated, and 52 Quilts received 179 comments on the giveaway!

Grow Your Blog Party -- 2015

For my giveaway this year, I have seven of Miss Rosie's "Schnibbles" patterns plus two charm packs of Bonnie & Camille's Vintage Modern to give away. 

I used a random number generator to choose the winning comment:

The winner is Helen, who wrote:
I am a recently retired (yea!!!) quilter and I sew and crochet. My quilts are more traditional and practical as I make 10-20 charity quilts a year for the Pediatric Infusion Therapy Unit (kids chemo) at Mayo Clinic/St. Mary's Hospital when I go there for my own follow-up visits.
Congratulations, Helen! 
I've send you an email asking for your postal address. 

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