Ongoing projects: November update

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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!).

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– 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…

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A knitted scarf

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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.

Project: Scarf
Size: 8 x 65″ / 20 x 165 cm
Date: August, 2016September, 2016
Pattern: Improvised
Yarn: Amelia, Lang Yarns (55% Cotton, 45% Polyamid)
Colour: 897
Needles: 8mm

Star Sampler Quilt (6): “Amish Star”

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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 Splendid Sampler™: Block 79

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The 79th block of The Splendid Sampler “Spool of Inspirational Threadsby 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 Splendid Sampler™: Block 78

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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 Splendid Sampler™: Block 76

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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.

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: November

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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.

The Splendid Sampler™: Block 75

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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.