Stars-quilt September’17 update

Another month with the goal achieved! Only 12 stars to be completed…

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 72/84 (+6 from the last stats)

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EPP Party #10: Geese Encounter

Well, another block with difficult fabric choices! The combination of the light pink print with the green central triangles on two of the flying geese units doesn’t quite work (although in the beginning it looked just right –sigh-). I will assess it again at the end of the QAL and re-do it, if needed, according to the overall look of the quilt.

Total block pieces: 61

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

EPP Party #9: Sugar wheel

Another block with a fabric combination that doesn’t fit in my normal scheme. In this one I was trying, more than to picture something specific, to bring the different fabric and colour combinations already used in different blocks together in one piece, to give cohesion to the overall quilt.

I also shifted the position of some of the pieces. At the end, I do quite like the final result.

Total block pieces: 58

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

Triangles QAL #1

It’s a known fact that I love quilt-alongs. Also, that I love Brigitte Heitland’s (Zen Chic) designs. So it shouldn’t be any surprise that I joined the Triangles-QAL hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog (original post in German here, the English version here).

This is a monthly QAL, and the first step really just needed an afternoon work (preparing fabric and cutting included). I say step because there are 15 triangle-blocks that needed to be done.

For this quilt I’m using selected prints from the collection Doe, by Carolyn Friedlander, for Robert Kaufman fabrics; all from a fat quarter bundle I purchased on early 2016. It just seemed the right choice, and I’m really happy I have finally put these fabrics into use. I still have to decide on the contrast fabric, though. And I have a new design board, made just in time for this project.

 

EPP Party #8: Anana

A pineapple block English-paper-pieced? Yes! Although I think that if I need to sew some of these again I will turn to traditional piecing, it was interesting to play with it. The biggest issue were the long seams – they were endless to sew!-.

At first I wasn’t sure how to tackle the fabrics for this one, but then the “pineapple” shapes reminded me of the pillow I did some months ago, and it was clear how this block needed to look like.

So four new succulents for my particular garden!

(Btw, I’m in love with the colour scheme of this one. I may keep it in mind for future inspiration…)

Total block pieces: 37

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

EPP Party #8: Anana

A pineapple block English-paper-pieced? Yes! Although I think that if I need to sew some of these again I will turn to traditional piecing, it was interesting to play with it. The biggest issue were the long seams – they were endless to sew!-.

At first I wasn’t sure how to tackle the fabrics for this one, but then the “pineapple” shapes reminded me of the pillow I did some months ago, and it was clear how this block needed to look like.

So four new succulents for my particular garden!

(Btw, I’m in love with the colour scheme of this one. I may keep it in mind for future inspiration…)

Total block pieces: 37

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

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)

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