Crafty Vet

This weekend.  Quilting.  It’s on.  I’m starting a new project.  You’ve been warned!

maranon:

Miniature improvisational quilt, done!

maranon:

Miniature improvisational quilt, done!

(Source: lorenamaranon.com, via threadparty)

I got some fabric!  This is a 1/2 yard bundle of Far Far Away by Heather Ross.  I pre-ordered it months ago and had mostly forgotten about it until it arrived yesterday.  I also got 3 yards of the blue unicorn print.

It has a princess and the pea print in 2 colorways, unicorns in a field in 5 colors, snails in 3 colors, frog princes in 3 colors, and dandelions in 2 colors.  

It is SO cute.  Now I just need a little girl to make a quilt for…

itreallyisthelittlethings:

itreallyisthelittlethings:

Want an awesome Star Trek Backpack or Messenger bag? Want it for free? Then this is the post for you!

With school starting up all too soon (sorry for the reminder) I figured it was a good time for my etsy shop To Boldly Hold to have another giveaway,

There will be TWO prizes: ONE custom backpack and ONE messenger bag with the fabric of your choice!

There will be TWO winners selected. The first winner has their pick between backpack and messenger bag; the second winner receives what the first does not select.

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 have to follow me to enter- however, if you like Star Trek enough to use one of these bags, I’d say you have a good chance of liking my blog.

The giveaway will close on Friday August 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 winners 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!

Ok wow… this post is nearing 10,000 like/reblogs and there is still 10 days to go! I was really, honestly not expecting that type of response.

SO! I’ve decided to add one more prize- anything in my shop! And yes, that includes my quilts!

The first winner has their pick between a custom backpack, custom messenger bag or any already made item in my shop; the second winner chooses from what the first doesn’t select, and the third winner receives what is left. Fucking sweet, right? 

(via itreallyisthelittlethings)

lolshtus:

Warning: Quilting Is The Gateway Into Harder Textiles

lolshtus:

Warning: Quilting Is The Gateway Into Harder Textiles

(via threadparty)

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?)