Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
In my post on Monday, I had a question about what my stash looks like right now.
This is just for you, Debbie in Wa.
I've been working on stash busting, and I think I've been doing pretty well.
These are 1 yard pieces or less.
I'm excited, because I'm down to only two drawers of fabric.
I use the happy zombie's folding method for these pieces. I love it!
Then I have this large stack...my "flat folds", as I call them.
These are set aside because they will eventually become a king size quilt for my bed.
This is going to be one girly quilt.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
I was successful.
So I thought I would try it again this year.
I only made it 20 days.
These fabrics I first saw on Anna's blog.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
i've been knitting. a lot. it's been crazy cold here, so i have a good reason to finish up all these projects. the sooner the better!
mistake stitch scarf
i love the texture...it's an easy knit...and the name...could you ask for anything better? i mean, it's got mistake in the title! that's my kind of knitting project. :) i'm nearly done with this one...(this photo was taken a few weeks ago). oh, and the fact that it's pink AND orange makes me giddy.
chunky knit beanie
i had this yarn on hand and it was intended for a scarf, but that didn't work out.
so it's going to be a hat for my daughter instead.
this is my second try. i knit it in the round the first time and it had obvious problems. (i'm a rookie.) this time i am knitting it flat, then i will sew it up. it's looking much better. (yay)
my so called scarf
this is for my neighbor mary. she picked out the yarn + color. isn't it fabulous? i knit this pattern once before in orange and i gave it to heather. (she finally started a blog!) next time i knit this scarf pattern, i'm keeping it. :)
this is my first attempt at a sock. it's supposed to be a spiral knit sock (therefore no heel) but it's not working out quite right. i'm going to keep trying.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
normally, i'm not one to hang quilts on the walls.
but i am slowly changing my mind.
this quilt really helps to persuade me to do so!
it's too white for a baby quilt. or a throw.
but perfect for my front entry wall.
this is the back-i LOVE the one little strip of patchwork.
this quilt is all scraps, except for the binding-i even pieced the batting.
all the little colored bits were pieces that were minuscule, but i still couldn't bear to throw them away. i'm so glad that i didn't! that being said, this was a very intense quilt to piece. it took me a long time.
i stitched a sleeve to the top, then inserted a dowel for hanging.
the final piece measures 32" x 47".
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
here are the measurements i used for the whirlygiggle blocks.
the width is 5 3/4"
the height on the left side is 3 3/4"
the height on the right side is 2 3/4"
i made another template (the exact same size) and labeled it for use for the bottom. because sometimes my mind plays tricks on me. and i wanted to do as little stitch ripping as possible. it worked wonderfully until i got to the solids. i had to rip stitches to repair one block. not too bad.
the tutorial for construction is here. thanks michelle!
(i used my rotary cutter and my sewing machine for construction.)
after i constructed my blocks, i needed to do a little trimming, as you can see.
final blocks ended up at 11".
the auction quilt top is almost done. yay!
the quilt in the previous post is something i am helping my friend Darcy make from my stash and scraps. (there is no pattern-it was all pieced improvisationally.) we started it last summer and now we just have the binding to go. i didn't whip it up over night. :)
i have had several questions about the next quilt along...it's coming...not sure when exactly, but i have the idea and a rough draft. I'm thinking it will be a baby size and will last about 4-5 weeks.
have a GREAT monday!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
quilt blocks-11" unfinished
this time we are collaborating to make an auction quilt for our boys' school.
original inspiration quilt here.
many thanks to marie' for providing me with the measurements for the large scale blocks.
i have a feeling we are going to have a hard time letting this one go.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I love the pink line of flea market fancy fabric, and I had several large pieces of it in my stash. The only problem is that they don't match many of my other pink fabrics. Weird, I know! So I put all these pretties into one quilt. There is a little bit of Heather Bailey's Freshcut fabric and an Alexander Henry print in the mix, too.
I used a bias stripe fabric from Moda to bind it. The print is on the diagonal, so you can cut the strips salvage to salvage, but still get the fancy looking diagonal stripes. It's perfect for binding.
Friday, January 09, 2009
quilt top, measures 32" x 47"
made from 100% scraps, even the background fabric!
destined to be a wall hanging for my front entry way
for those of you who asked, there is a stippling tutorial here.
one more thing...it's Roxanne's 30th birthday, so why don't you stop by and wish her a Happy Birthday. she is the happy recipient of the first flea market fancy quilt. yay!
Thursday, January 08, 2009
today i am trying out the taco soup recipe.
more crock pot use=more quilting time!!!
several of you had asked if i could pick a favorite quilt from 2008. no, i can't. my least favorite was the green quilt. it turned out ok, but i don't LOVE it.
in my new year's post i said i was going to make fewer lap quilts, since i have 20. did you know that all 20 of them are in use throughtout my home at this time? none are sitting in my quilt cupboard. not one. granted, my boys have 5 or 6 quilts each on their bed right now. they love quilts, just like their mama. (insert large cheesy grin here.) i just might toss out that goal...
my daughter (2) has been calling me "sir" the last few days. she cracks me up. it makes me think that she's been watching too much Charlie Brown lately.
and did you know...I LOVE TO STIPPLE????
i really, REALLY do.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
here's another flea market fancy quilt top.
Monday, January 05, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
knit scrap rug--30" x 19"
i finally finished the knit rug that i started back in october. i first posted about it here.
scraps leftover from cutting quilt pieces, including some selvages. ALL pieces used in this rug were originally destined for the trash can. pieces varied in width from about 1/3" -1" and were various lengths as well. (the longer the better.)
what i did:
cast on 65 stitches on size 17 needles, knitting in a simple garter stitch throughout the rug. i joined new strings as i was knitting, knotting them end to end as i went.
i am pretty happy with the result. it is very satisfying to use up every last bit of fabric. this rug is currently in one of our bathrooms. i'm going to see how it wears before starting another one. i do love the results-it feels great under bare feet. and it will match ANY color that we choose to paint our bathroom. :)
Thursday, January 01, 2009
2008 was a big quilting year for me. I finished 34 quilts.
My goals for last year were:
1. Make more charity quilts.
I donated 6 quilts to the Linus Connection yesterday. I also donated two for silent auctions earlier in the year-one for a family in crisis and one to my church.
2. I have a few friends that I have known for a long, long time that don't have an Amanda-made quilt, so that needs to be remedied.
One went to Linda.
And one to Nancy. (those were the two i was hoping to cover last year.)
3. Finish the 4 quilts that I currently have in progress.
I think I did.
4. Make more quilts with triangles in them.
I made 4.
5. Make another 2 color quilt.
I was pretty close with this quilt.
6. Beyond that, I just plan to do more of the same quilting that I have been doing...scrap quilts, improvisational piecing and pretty much quilting like crazy. And working on my list.
Yes, I can safely say that I DID quilt like crazy. And it was great.
Now, looking ahead to 2009...
I hope to make my in-laws quilts this year. Only my MIL has a quilt made by me. I think the rest of the family could use some quilts, too!
I would like to donate at least two quilts to Quilts of Valor, which is an organization that gives quilts to wounded soldiers. I found out about this program through one of my local quilt shops. What a great cause to quilt for!
I need to start making more quilts that fit beds and make fewer lap quilts. Last time I counted, I have 20 lap quilts in my house. That's a great plenty. I want to make more quilts for our beds so I can change them out with the seasons...but I'll start with changing them out twice a year. I have such a hard time committing to a color scheme and design for bed quilts, though.
And I hate to say this, but I really, really need to slow down. My arms hurt. I have been in a lot of pain due to my obsessive quilting. It scares me. I'm only 33, and I really, really don't want to have to give up this hobby of mine.
I don't really want to end this post on a down note...I am excited for the year ahead. I have given myself some time off over the holiday and am anxious to start all kinds of new quilts. I have a feeling this will be a big year for me...I'm looking forward to good things.
Happy New Year, friends.