November has been a busy month, and I haven’t get done all that I had hoped to, mostly because I have begun new projects that weren’t on the original to-do list for this month.
– The Stars-quilt is progressing really slowly. I need to spend more time on this one if I want to have the top ready to be quilted for September next year.
Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 12/84 (+5 from the last stats)
– My second knitting project, a top, is advancing at a particular pace: one step ahead, two behind. I’m working on the neck, and I think it’s the third time I’m knitting the same rows… (so much fun to be a beginner!).
– I jumped in a sew along hosted at We All Sew, the Sugarplum table runner by Faith Jones (Fresh Lemons Quilts). I had been thinking about a new table runner for the Christmas season and I absolutely loved that one! Not that I hadn’t enough projects on my table… For this one, I’m using mostly fabric I already had, which feels just fantastic. At the moment I have to finish the second set of blocks and put the top together. And quilt it….
– The Buttons quilt from the Buttons and Thread pattern by Me and My Sister Designs has seen some progress. It looks like the only thing I needed to do was to have it near my sewing machine. I had it cut and ready to go as a leaders-and-enders project, but hadn’t work on it… until I moved the box from the shelves to the table. So happy about that!
– Christmas sewing: now I need to hurry on these if I want them delivered this year.
The Splendid Sampler is up-to-date (not the blogging part of it, though), as well as the Star-sampler by Amanda Rolfe at 3and3quarters. Fortunately, this one has a relaxed release schedule, so I can easily keep up. And the BoM by Cotton&Color is coming to and end, and it looks like the assembling won’t be a piece of cake…
Last May I learned to knit. In June, I learned to purl. And I needed a project to focus onto instead of knitting rows of stockinette stitch just to practice. So when I came across this yarn that was on sale in a local department store I didn’t second guess and I decided to knit a scarf.
I didn’t follow any pattern, just the advice from a friend to begin each row with a pair of knit stitches to stop the stockinette stitch from curling at the edges and this video tutorial from Oh, Mother Mine DIY (in Spanish). Basically, the pattern I ended up with is 2k, purl, k the last two stitches for the even rows, knit the odd rows, repeat until desired length, or, in my case, until I run out of yarn. Cast on as many stitches as you like to get the desired width.
To be honest, I ended the scarf in late September, but I didn’t block it until a couple of weeks ago. Basically, I needed my ironing table as a blocking area, and these lasts months it was difficult to find a free slot in its currently busy schedule.
Size: 8 x 65″ / 20 x 165 cm
Date: August, 2016 – September, 2016
Yarn: Amelia, Lang Yarns (55% Cotton, 45% Polyamid)
This is the sixth block for the Star-Sampler quilt-along organised and hosted by Amanda Rolfe at 3and3quarters. The main challenge for this one was the fabric selection, as it demands (following Amanda’s interpretation of the block) 4 fabrics plus the background. Still I’m not sure if it would have been better to go with a solid for the star itself…
This was a complex one to piece, with lots of seams and points to take care of, and, of course, the invaluable help of the seam-ripper.
The 81th block of The Splendid Sampler™ is the last block of the three consecutive ones using paper-piecing. “With love from” by Cat Demack was a fun one to piece, and a cute addition to the sampler.
With this one I’ve run out of that grey print. One less from the original fat-eight bundle!
Pattern and link party for this block are found here.
Block n. 80 of The Splendid Sampler™ “Heartstring Star”, by Elizabeth Dackson (Don’t call me Betsy), is the second paper-pieced one of the last three released. Pretty straightforward, I couldn’t resist to highlight my favourite character of the background print in the central square.
Pattern, info and link party with lots of stars are here.
The 79th block of The Splendid Sampler™ “Spool of Inspirational Threads” by Melanie Barrett is the first out of three (for the moment) consecutive paper-pieced blocks. This one wasn’t particularly difficult, although I ended with a shorter seam-allowance at the top piece (it seems it won’t be a problem, though). That happens when you don’t double check the seam allowances once the fabric is pinned to the paper -I don’t normally use glue, and with pinning the fabric may shift a little-.
Great to use scraps, or a directional print for the central part of the spool, pattern and link party for this block are here.
The 78th block of The Splendid Sampler™ is called “Jersey”, by Carrie Nelson. I had lots of fun picking the fabrics for it! This one was easy and quick to put together; for the flip-and-trim corners I left the background fabric, trimming only the excess of the added one. This is the method that seems works better for me right now.
And I don’t know why, there’s no way I can remove the puckers of the background fabric. I hope with the sashing and some starch they will disappear… a good press with (lots of) steam hasn’t work so far…
The pattern and link party for this block can be found here.
The 76th block of The Splendid Sampler™, called “Little Things”, by Jacquelynne Steves, was a pretty intimidating one, with all these tiny hour-glass units. However, I didn’t have any trouble piecing them, and although there are a pair with some mismatching points, I’m really happy with the result. I wasn’t sure about throwing the black prints in the mix, and I’m so glad I gave them a try!
The appliqué cup gives a nice touch to the block, doesn’t it? This central space is also a good one to play with fussy-cuts.
Pattern, link party and other information about this particular one are here.
This little pincushion seems to be the last block of the Cotton & Color‘s BoM, as it looks like in December we will be piecing the quilt together. An easy paper-pieced block, for which the background fabric was given. I kept the embroidery pretty simple; I do have these kind of pins, although I normally use plastic-headed or flower-headed pins to work with.
And here is another milestone, the ¾ of the sampler! –the official one, as I have already sewn 75 blocks so far-. Block 75 of The Splendid Sampler™ is called “Stitch Crazy”, by Kathy Schmidtz. It’s embroidered, and although the designer invited to play with appliqué and piecing, I stuck to the original pattern. The only variations are in the use of some stitches: the upper knots are colonial knots; the remaining ones are all French knots. I used different variations of the feather stitch for the diagonal lines and the leaf veins, as well as chain-stitch and herringbone stitch. One of the flowers is sewn with daisy-stitch, and the vertical line, with blanket stitch.
There are multiple interpretations on the block, as well as the pattern and info, here.