Stars-quilt August’17 update

The Stars-quilt is on track! A weekend trip helped to do some extra stitching, so from now on I only have left three months at the set pace of six stars per month. In December I should be able to start putting this quilt together!

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 66/84 (+9 from the last stats)

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A pair of socks

Last post I shared my first ever finished toe-up socks -or pair of socks, directly-. However, those were not the first socks I’d ever casted on: meet my first pair of socks, top-bottom, which I begun in order to learn how to work with magic loop some months ago.

And my inexperience with the technique shows on resulting ladders where there was a change of needles. The first sock took me ages, and then “the second sock syndrome” appeared, and I kept postponing working on the second sock until, after finishing my Mediterranean socks, I decided that despite all the errors, finished is better than perfect.

So now I have a pair of socks to wear with my winter boots. They might not be perfect, but will do the job!

Project: Socks
Date: February – August 2017
Pattern: 6 stitches per Inch, by Ann Budd (from the book “Getting Started Knitting Socks)
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Fabel, colour 659.
Needles: 3.5 mm / US 4

Mediterranean socks

In June I joined a test knit involving a socks pattern designed by a friend of mine. Although I’m an absolute beginner when it comes to socks, I was over the moon to be able to knit something from her, and to help her along the way.

My inexperience showed a lot while knitting the first sock: who, being a total beginner, starts a heel without a life-line under it? (sigh). It took me ages to finish it! Anyway, the second sock went together extremely quickly, which I think is a more accurate assessment of the pattern difficulty.

It was also my first time working with metal needles. It added some extra difficulty to the first sock, but once I got used to them, I’m finding it difficult to work with wooden needles again… I miss that slipperiness!

This was a public test knit, and I posted some progress pictures on Instagram and Ravelry along the way (you can tell I learnt my lesson- lifelines everywhere!):

Being part of a test knit is quite an experience, and it allowed me to get to know some amazing knitters. I’m really happy I took the plunge and tried the pattern. I love the resulting socks, and with that yarn, they do remind me of the Mediterranean sea.

Project: Mediterranean socks
Date: June – July 2017
Pattern: Mediterranean Socks, by Teresa Sánchez (Ovejita Be!)
Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Marmi, colour 7006
Needles: 2.5 mm / US 1 ½

Pack your bag n.8 (August): Sewing bag

This is my version of the August’s pattern for the Cotton & Color Project of the Month program. And I just love it! I thought this would be a very useful bag for my EPP projects, so I indulged myself in buying fabrics specifically for it.

And of course, I went with some Cotton+Steel prints, paired with some Zen Chic designs. For the outside I decided on a canvas fabric -I foresee a lot of use for it!- and for the lining I couldn’t resist this dotted, stained print (how fun is that, a stained-on-purpose fabric?). I love to work with dark blues and denims, so the colour scheme was really easy on this one. To complement them, I threw in this salmon-reddish print from an old Zen Chic collection, whose big pattern worked really well as outside pocket. The denim pocket is, in fact, a denim piece of fabric, left over from some garment sewing.

The use of a bobbin print underneath the bobbins is included on the pattern instructions (yep, more Cotton+Steel for this particular one). The construction of the bobbin holders was quite tricky, but nothing that a well sorted tool box couldn’t fix.

Overall, I had lots of fun sewing this one, and as said, I can see it being very useful for my EPP projects, or to carry the basic notions when attending classes.

Project: Sewing bag
Size: 3/4″ x
7″ x 10″ / 2 x 18 x 25 cm (aprox.)
Date:
August 2017
Pattern:
Sewing bag (PoM #8), Cotton & Color
Exterior fabric:
Mesa (canvas), by A. Marcelle Abegg, Cotton+Steel
Lining fabric:
Bluebird, by Melody Miller, Cotton+Steel
Inner pockets fabrics: Figures, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Hey Dot!, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Bluebird, by A. Marcelle Abegg, Cotton+Steel
Trinket, by Melody Miller, Cotton+Steel
Denim fabric
Handles fabric: Mesa, by A. Marcelle Abegg, Cotton+Steel
Batting:
medium-heavy interfacing (unknown producer), Thermolam TP971

Small gifts

Our group of friends has grown recently with two new babies, so I made a set of small welcoming gifts for each of them.

The first item is a double gauze blanket. I know how useful these are for little babies, and this whale print was love at first sight. However, I discovered that sewing with double gauze is not easy – the fabric is extremely difficult to keep straight!!-.

Instead of wrapping the blanket with paper, I decided it would be more useful if the wrapping was something that could be used too. So I picked one of the patterns I have already sewn this year and made two waterproof bags with nylon fabric. One of them is already being used for carrying nappies!

Project: Blanket
Size: 71.5 x 110 cm / 28 x 44
Date: July 2017 – August 2017
Pattern: (none).
Fabric: Riley Blake Designs Pattern 6580 (double gauze)

Project: Waterproof bag
Size: 35.5 x 28 cm / 14 x 11”
Date: August 2017
Pattern: Cotton&Color Project of the Month 2017 #4 Drawstring bag
Fabric: Kyururu 100% nylon, Lecien

Marilyn

Last January I took a course at Cotton&Color about Laura Heine‘s collage quilts. Although I was hoping to finish the resulted quilt back in February, I kept postponing it looking for the right quilting approach. And half a year later, here it is!

Collage quilts aren’t difficult -technically speaking- but getting the image you want, that’s a different story! I find it more like painting: playing with colour until something clicks in the right place.

With the coquettish look the cat was getting, someone in the course pointed out that it looked like Marilyn (it also has a speckle!!), and Marilyn it has been since then.

I just love all the detail in this technique. I used mostly Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Amy Butler fabrics. I also swapped some flowers, so some fabrics I can’t even say where they are from.

The quilting needed to be pretty dense to keep everything in place, and finally I decided for a simple straight line quilting using a walking foot, following the cat’s gaze.

This particular squirrel is from a print by Tula Pink, and it seems made to be placed there. For the binding, and after some consideration, I went with a dark print to enhance the whole quilt. This particular one from Cotton + Steel, with the little mice (or are they cats?) peeping from behind the buildings, is just perfect.

Project: Marilyn (Wall hanging quilt)
Size: 96.5 x 52.5 cm / 38¼ x 20½”
Date: January 2017 – July 2017
Pattern: Purrfect…, Laura Heine
Fabrics for the collage (among others):

Asian Circles, by Kaffe Fassett, Westminster Fabrics
Sprays, by Kaffe Fassett, Westminster Fabrics
Farmers Market, by Shawn Jenkins, Spectrix
Chipper, by Tula Pink, Free Spirit Fabrics
Bright Heart, by Amy Butler, Westminster Fabrics
Birch Farm, by Joel Dewberry, Free Spirit Fabrics
Elizabeth, by Tula Pink, Free Spirit Fabrics
1000 Colors Collection (light green), Lecien
Quilter’s Basic, Lecien
Fancy Hill Farm, by Robin Randolph, RJR Fabrics
B
ackground and backing: Black and White Collection 2015, Jennifer Sampou, Robert Kaufmann
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Cotton 100%
Quilting: machine-quilted,
Guttermann 100% polyester c. 111
Binding:
Tokyo Train Ride (lawn), by Sarah Watts, Cotton+Steel

Stars-quilt July’17 update

This month was mostly about knitting, finishing things and trying to keep up-to-date with the EppParty. However, having a set goal helped in keeping this project on track and six new completed stars were added to the pile.

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 57/84 (+6 from the last stats)

EPP Party #6: Honeycomb candy (in progress)

This is the current state of block n.6 for the EPP Party. It lacks the border, but this requires lots of tiny pieces that will consume lots of fabric. As I haven’t decided on a fabric for them, and I’m using an old collection which I’m afraid would be out-of-print, I will wait to the end of the sew-along to finish it, so I don’t compromise future fabric choices on the up-coming blocks.

On this one I went back to use thick paper instead of light card stock. With so many pieces and folding involved, it is more comfortable to work with the paper.

(The party is hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo and runs on Instagram under the hashtag #EPPparty).

EPP Party #5: Radiant Star

A little bit late, but here is block n. 5 for the EPP Party! Although these big pieces aren’t difficult to stitch together, I struggled with the fabric selection – again-. I’m trying to make a coherent quilt following a theme, and for the moment I’ve decided that I’m going to highlight the bigger prints on the blocks with bigger pieces in them, but keeping in mind that the overall quilt is picturing a succulents garden.

Total block pieces: 20

(The party is hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo and runs on Instagram under the hashtag #EPPparty).