Friday, March 20, 2015

A Quilt Block a Day: The Spring Edition

The Facebook group, "A Quilt Block a Day" has more than 3000 followers.  Each season, a new "quilt block a day" tutorial is posted here on 52 Quilts. This season, we have a guest tutor, Sue, of Sue's Quilty Bits and Bobs.

Sue submitted this fun quilt for the March 1 UFO Parade. I fell in love with it! When Sue said she was writing a tutorial, I immediately emailed her and asked if we could use the pattern for "A Quilt Block a Day" (AQBaD). She graciously agreed, so let's get started!

Here is Sue's finished quilt, Rainbow Lattice:

Isn't the 3D effect great? 

Click here to go to Sue's tutorial.

Of course, you don't have to make your Rainbow Lattice in the same rainbow colors. After all, you are the boss of your quilting! I'm using the stack of 2014 new Kona Cotton colors from Robert Kaufman for my colored squares. I scored this great black and white print on the sale table at Ruth's Stitchery (40% off because I finished the bolt).

I'm really excited to start my new AQBaD -- but first, a weekend retreat in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I'll try to post some photos, but if I can't, they'll be on Instagram (where my username is 52quilts).

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursdays are for Knitting (and kittens!)

My knitting goal this year is to knit 52 Hats for Sailors. Since it only takes about one afternoon and one evening to knit a hat, I should be able to reach my goal!

Here are the two most recent hats.

#21 is a color test for a wishlist cardigan. The cardigan is the Marysville Cardigan from the book Modern Country Knits: 30 Designs from Juniper Moon Farm. I love these colors, and the two-color design is really easy to knit.

I just saw a new book, Cats in Hats, today. It looks like Samosa want a hat for himself! Wendy Knits has a review of the book on her blog where you can see some more cute kitty headgear.

The second hat was knit for Pi day, March 14. If you're a math geek, you'll notice the number of knitted rows represent the digits of Pi: 3.1415926535. The white row is the decimal point. I ran out of stitches before I could complete the 11th decimal place.

Details are on my Ravelry project page, where my user name is AuntMarti.

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