Crafty Vet

And now for something different…
Knitting!  I haven’t been knitting much lately, although knitting was my main crafty love for a couple of years.  I like to knit on planes and in airports, and so I brought this neglected project along with me.
It’s Alice Starmore’s Elephants Waistcoat pattern from the Children’s Collection, but re-worked as a throw pillow.  The pattern is for a double-sided pillow, but I stole an idea from someone on Ravelry and inserted 2 steeks into the pattern (a steek is a vertical strip of “filler” stitches used in stranded color knitting like this, which you then later cut along).  After I’m done, I’ll sew along the steeks, cut the pattern in 2, and then sew each “front” to a backing, probably some nice thick home dec weight fabric, to make the pillows.  
I’m planning to keep 1 pillow and give the other one to my aunt, but my Mom really took an interest in the pattern this weekend, so maybe I’ll give each of them a pillow.  :)  
I have been working on this silly pillow on and off for about 2 years now. It takes a lot of concentration to follow the color chart, so I don’t find that lace or colorwork is really well-suited for me to do in front of the TV or something, for example.  Now that I’m about 2/3 of the way done with the knitting, I’m more interested in finishing it, so I’m trying to bring it to work and get a row done here and there.
The funny thing is that one of the main reasons I wanted to learn to sew and get a sewing machine was to sew around steeks so I could do more Fair Isle (stranded) knitting like this.  I didn’t realize I’d get so addicted to quilting that it would eclipse my knitting!

And now for something different…

Knitting!  I haven’t been knitting much lately, although knitting was my main crafty love for a couple of years.  I like to knit on planes and in airports, and so I brought this neglected project along with me.

It’s Alice Starmore’s Elephants Waistcoat pattern from the Children’s Collection, but re-worked as a throw pillow.  The pattern is for a double-sided pillow, but I stole an idea from someone on Ravelry and inserted 2 steeks into the pattern (a steek is a vertical strip of “filler” stitches used in stranded color knitting like this, which you then later cut along).  After I’m done, I’ll sew along the steeks, cut the pattern in 2, and then sew each “front” to a backing, probably some nice thick home dec weight fabric, to make the pillows.  

I’m planning to keep 1 pillow and give the other one to my aunt, but my Mom really took an interest in the pattern this weekend, so maybe I’ll give each of them a pillow.  :)  

I have been working on this silly pillow on and off for about 2 years now. It takes a lot of concentration to follow the color chart, so I don’t find that lace or colorwork is really well-suited for me to do in front of the TV or something, for example.  Now that I’m about 2/3 of the way done with the knitting, I’m more interested in finishing it, so I’m trying to bring it to work and get a row done here and there.

The funny thing is that one of the main reasons I wanted to learn to sew and get a sewing machine was to sew around steeks so I could do more Fair Isle (stranded) knitting like this.  I didn’t realize I’d get so addicted to quilting that it would eclipse my knitting!

It’s been a while since I posted!  I’m still working on the Leah Day quilt - my sampler of different free-motion quilting patterns from Leah’s Craftsy class.  There are 49 squares and I have 18 left to quilt. 

It’s been a bit slow-going, and some days I’m really tired of this quilt.  But, I want to finish it before I start another project.  I don’t like having too many things going at the same time.

I think that of the 50 quilting patterns, I’ll probably only ever use 10 of them ever again.  A lot of them are too weird or too fiddly.  But I can see my skills improving as I practice.  I know some of the class students are practicing each pattern on scraps before they stitch on the quilt, but I’m not.  I am looking at the quilt as a learning experience.  Plus, I don’t want to spend time getting skilled at those 40 designs I’m probably not going to use again.  

The quilt is definitely, definitely not perfect up close.  Far from it.  But it doesn’t look bad from a few feet away, and I’m okay with that.

grumpystitches:

Glam Clam Quilt by jrcraft on Flickr.

Lol, love the name!

grumpystitches:

Glam Clam Quilt by jrcraft on Flickr.

Lol, love the name!

threadparty:

downerpress:

i joined a quilting group at work and today we started our round robin quilt. this is my center block.  i had this amazing idea for an applique eye with some arcane/occult symbols (because 1. that shit would be awesome and 2. it would make the old ladies in my quilt group shiver) but then…it turns out i need a lot more applique practice.  so i did a simple fussy cut block with this amazing food truck fabric i had.   when i got to the last black border, i realized my block looked very Lisa Frank, so i added my signature wonky stripes to the sides.  whew.  that saved it and made it look way more me and way less 1985.

i love it !
(also, YOU WORK IN A PLACE THAT HAS A QUILTING GROUP?)

threadparty:

downerpress:

i joined a quilting group at work and today we started our round robin quilt. this is my center block.  i had this amazing idea for an applique eye with some arcane/occult symbols (because 1. that shit would be awesome and 2. it would make the old ladies in my quilt group shiver) but then…it turns out i need a lot more applique practice.  so i did a simple fussy cut block with this amazing food truck fabric i had.   when i got to the last black border, i realized my block looked very Lisa Frank, so i added my signature wonky stripes to the sides.  whew.  that saved it and made it look way more me and way less 1985.

i love it !

(also, YOU WORK IN A PLACE THAT HAS A QUILTING GROUP?)

threadparty:

Fabric giveaway at Lily’s Quilts, if you’ve ever wanted to give Oakshott cotton a try. I know I have…
(via Lily’s Quilts: An Oakshott giveaway)

Timely since I’m just getting obsessed with shot cottons!

threadparty:

Fabric giveaway at Lily’s Quilts, if you’ve ever wanted to give Oakshott cotton a try. I know I have…

(via Lily’s Quilts: An Oakshott giveaway)

Timely since I’m just getting obsessed with shot cottons!

More shot cottons! These are Peppered Cottons by Pepper Cory. Some nice shades to complement the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons (seen stacked up).

I prefer the Fassett ones but they are all nice.

Now to decide what to do with them!!

itreallyisthelittlethings:

I’m having a giveaway for my shop! Woo!

I’m feeling a bit blah lately, so I’m doing this because making someone else happy is a surefire way to make myself happy. :)

There will be ONE prize: $30 off anything in my shop! This includes made to order items as well. Awesome right?

To enter you are allowed ONE REBLOG and ONE LIKE per day. Each note gets you one entry and I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner. (I’m not responsible for any tumblr fuckary i.e. lost reblog’s or likes.) You do not need to be following me to win.

The giveaway will close on Thursday May 15th at 9PM PST. The winner will be tagged in a post and I’ll also send an ask, so be sure yours is open. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the message. If I don’t receive a response within 24 hours, I will select another recipient.

Good luck, and check out my shop To Boldly Hold to see what you could win.

A QUILTER that’s into STAR TREK?!?!?!  I can’t even.

heatherkisaquilter:

Wedding album quilt is really and truly done. Label embroidered on the back and all washed and squinched up beautifully.

Beautiful!  :)

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happyspider6:

Now the top’s done, in playing with ideas for the back. Baby star! #luckyquilt #patchwork #modachantilly #blue #quilting #stars

I like this block!

happyspider6:

Now the top’s done, in playing with ideas for the back. Baby star! #luckyquilt #patchwork #modachantilly #blue #quilting #stars

I like this block!

(via threadparty)

This is where I sew!
That’s my dining room table, and for quilting I put a folding banquet table to the left to help hold the quilt.  I have a little coaster for my tea, seam ripper, and thread snips to the right of the machine, and a 3 drawer cart at the left there to hold all my sewing supplies (except fabric, hahahaha my fabric has its own room at this point).
And I usually have a helper under the table (pictured is Laika) to sit close to the foot pedal and act annoyed if I touch them with my foot.  :)
I’ve just started the FMQ on this quilt and I just have to say how much I love my Juki.  Ever since I got the walking foot replaced, it has been smooth sailing.

This is where I sew!

That’s my dining room table, and for quilting I put a folding banquet table to the left to help hold the quilt.  I have a little coaster for my tea, seam ripper, and thread snips to the right of the machine, and a 3 drawer cart at the left there to hold all my sewing supplies (except fabric, hahahaha my fabric has its own room at this point).

And I usually have a helper under the table (pictured is Laika) to sit close to the foot pedal and act annoyed if I touch them with my foot.  :)

I’ve just started the FMQ on this quilt and I just have to say how much I love my Juki.  Ever since I got the walking foot replaced, it has been smooth sailing.