Bait and switch: 2021 Year of …

So here we are, 2020 is in the books and we have a fresh and shiny new year ready for the taking. After I wrapped up my Year of Christmas last week, my thoughts turned to my next “year.” I’ve been mulling over ideas for a while, looking at stash and around the house for inspiration. I took stock of my current works in progress, and a few stood out to me.

I don’t usually have projects that languish around for very long. A couple of years at most and I will either finish or frog. I work on socks continuously, and my other projects–both quilts and bigger kntting projects–tend to just get finished up when I decide to really put the time in and concentrate on them. Recently though, in the last couple of years, I’ve started some bigger, longer projects.

These three projects are quite a bit more time consuming than my usual project choice. Let’s have a quick tour of these and talk about where they are and what they need.

My Granny’s Garden Quilt (whew my old phone took bad pictures!) has been going since 2019 and is my oldest WIP. I have about 16 blocks completed at this point, so we need another 26 blocks plus all the border applique before we can put this quilt top together.

Next up is my Granny Stripe afghan. This beauty was cast on last January and I’m over halfway done the stripes, then it will just be the border. Though, I guess “just the border” is a bit misleading since the thing is so darned big.

Finally, my Norah Quilt. Ugh, I love it everytime I look at it. I made the quilt top in pretty short order last spring, but stalled on the hand quilting. We need to quilt and bind this one.

I adore all three of these projects and really want to give myself the space to show them the love they deserve. Are you ready for the twist? Ok, so if you’re like Kevin you might be thinking that I’m gearing up to tell you that my goal this year is to finish these projects. But no! Well, sort of. One of my dilemnas with these projects is that the bulk of the creative energy is already spent. The idea has been had, the project commenced, much of the learning curve surmounted. They are all fully at the process stage, which is a bit of a challenge for me.

I love to finish things. If we’re really honest, a lot of my making comes in smaller or faster projects. Socks are a big part of that but also mug rugs and short cut quilts. I love the start and the finish, but that in-between part sometimes gets me hung up. So I started thinking of my “year of” in these terms – how do I keep the creative energy going with some finishes to keep me satisfied, but still have the time to work on the big guys?

Well, this year at least, the answer is mini quilts! In my ideal state of home decor, there are quilts everywhere–including the walls! I think this year will be the perfect time to boost the quilt to wall space ratio around here. My thinking is these smaller projects will provide the variety and gratification I know I need while also giving me the opportunity to try new ideas and new techniques. The bite size, low investment nature of minis can also leave time to put effort into the big 3.

Think about it – a whole year of minis! Mini quilts here, there, and everywhere! So here we go, a Year of Minis: 12 mini quilts in 2021. I’m not going to worry about monthly goals, that always goes awry for me. The only rule here is size – mug rugs don’t count and neither does anything I can cuddle under.

For a little nostalgic reference point, here’s a throwback to my very first mini quilt back in 2017! I’ve come a long way since and I am looking forward to seeing where this year takes me. This idea has me pretty excited and inspired. I know it was a little bit of a convuluted thought process to get here so thanks for sticking with me. I’m looking forward to sharing my progress on the long-term projects as well as all of the fun for the upcoming Year of Minis!


Happy {mini} making!

Catch-all.

As I’ve started thinking about my end of year review and next year’s plans, I realized that there a few projects that never made it to the blog. Some are finished objects and some WIPs and a few gifts that have now been gifted. Back in the dim and misty receses of the past, one of my goals with this blog was to keep up with all my makes, so what proceeds is a bit of a catch-all to start wrapping up the year.

Way back in September, I pulled out a skein of yarn and thougth that it looked perfect for Kevin’s mom. I knit up a pair of socks for her and mailed them to her for Christmas. Jackie reports they are nice and toasty. The yarn is Plies & Hellhounds in the Isaac base, a 100% Polwarth yarn. The colorway is “I’ve Been Looking For You” – I think it was one of her 2019 advent colorways. The name is a line from A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I just can’t with it.

If we’re going chronologically, I also knit this hat for Kevin over the fall. It was a Christmas gift so the cat’s out of the bag and I can share it here. The pattern is the Tillage Hat by Jared Flood, knit out of Brooklyn Tweed Ranch 02 in the Curlycup colorway. Ranch 02 is one of their single batch releases and is 100% American Rambouillet, let me tell you – it’s a joy to knit with.

Moving right along with another gift for Kevin, this one was part of his advent calendar. Kevin is our D&D group’s amazing dungeon master, so I wanted to gift him something fun. I had some fits and starts with this one and couldn’t find a good pattern for a D20 like I wanted. I wound up self drafting this first as a paper pieced pattern which failed miserably. I went back to the drawing board and wound up machine appliqueing it and I think it turned out quite nicely.

Now for the big guns, I finished my Quilter’s Cottage quilt! This one had been kicking around waiting for me to finish the binding for a while. I am immensely proud of this quilt. The pattern is by Lori Holt and I used the quilt kit to make mine. This was my first finished Lori Holt quilt, and boy am I ever obsessed! Her techniques and instructions really make it so easy to make a beautiful quilt.

Of course, my hat is off to Nicole of Kwilt It! for another example of her beatuiful work. The quilting really makes it come to life. I used some of the fun “cheater cloth” fabric from this fabric line for the backing and it is just perfect!

You may recall from an earlier post that I was knitting on a few advent projects. These socks were my first advent finish, I knit up the toes on Christmas Eve. This was The Cozy Knitter‘s 2020 Advent Stripe, and I knit 1 stripe each day of advent. The only time I “worked ahead” was to add in the heels a few days before the 24th. It was a nice and quiet process to knit these one stripe at a time, but a bit odd. I’m used to just zooming through stripey socks in the “just one more stripe” fashion!

Speaking of advent, I was also knitting a lovely Dust of Snow wrap with my minis from the Stress Knits advent calendar. I started out using some scrap mohair and promptly ordered a couple more skeins to finish the project with. Much to my chagrin, I ran out of mohair yarn about 8 days before the rest of it arrived. After a couple of days of letting the minis pile up, I decided to channel The Crazy Sock Lady and start another pair of advent socks. I striped the minis myself, knitting 5 rows per mini. Once I got through all 24, I just finished the pair out with the Christmas day skein and Voila! Another pair of advent socks were complete.

I mentioned in my Year of Christmas wrap up that I had made the whole family some pj pants, well here we all are! I received a tripod and remote for Christmas, so we had a bit of fun goofing off and taking family pics on Christmas morning. This pattern is the Walk the Plank PJ Pants, free from Patterns for Pirates. Astra and Joshua are both wearing smalls in (very) different lengths – I think Astra’s are 26″ and Joshua’s are 35″. I’m wearing a medium and Kevin is wearing a large, both in 30″. They are super comfy and warm in toasty fleece and cozy flannel.

Finally, Astra got to open the Minecraft quilt! She was sooooo surprised, it was hilarious. You can see the whole making process, including a peek at the ender dragon on the back in a super secret post from the summer. Once again, this was quilted by Nicole of Kwilt It! and she did a great job as usual. I love how this came out. It’s a really fun project and it’s even better that this kid liked it so much.

Last but not least, I cast on a new sweater. Don’t ask why, but I felt like it after Christmas, so I did. This is the barest beginnings of the hem, but I’m already enamoured. I’m knitting Pink Fizz by Andrea Mowry in Stress Knits Yarn, Favorite and Halo bases held together. The colorway is Glow and it was the day 1 advent colorway. I knew from the first minute that I’d need a sweater in that gorgeous coppery pink, so here we are.

Well, I think that does it. I’ll be back later in the week with some goals for the coming year. It’s a busy time on the blog this week, so be sure to stay tuned!


Happy making!

Prim and proper.

Well, friends, we’re finally here! It’s week 7 of the Prim & Proper Sewalong hosted by The Fat Quarter Shop – and I’m ready to share my finished quilt with you! First, let’s take a look at the last six weeks of progress:

This is the Prim & Proper Quilt by Lori Holt. I used Lori’s Prim fabric line in a bit of a different color story from the original. You can see the original quilt and read my kick off post here. All in all this was a great project. The instructions were really clear. I did pin pin pin to get some seams to match, but in the end it all came out quite lovely. Let’s go ahead and get to it!

There she is, in all her pink glory. I love how it came out (and I’m so pleased I redid those stars)! This one finished at a generous 63.5″ x 75.5″. I used one of Lori Holt’s wide back fabrics (also a Prim fabric) for the backing and her large vintage trim in cloud for the sweet binding detail. I’ve been practicing more and more at machine binding and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

Can we take a moment for the beautiful quilting? Y’all know I love working with Nicole of Kwilt It! and she really knocked this one out of the park! I just love the major textural impact of the all-over orange peel design.

All in all, I’m really proud of this quilt. I learned so much along the way and had a blast sewing along with so many other makers. Not to mention how much this sweet pot of flowers has definitely brightened up my snowy day.


Happy making!

A Year of Christmas

Well, we’re here. The holiday season is upon us and I am happy to report that I did one of the things I set out to do this year. I pulled out my stash of handmade holiday items. My stash! Way back in January, I had the idea to dedicate some time over the year to making a little bit of a handmade Christmas so that I could enjoy handmade items around the house.

Looking back over 2020, I’m amazed I accomplished much of anything. I spent a solid month on a near complete crafting hiatus – I’m looking at you Animal Crossing. I knit more socks than anything else and I still have a sweater on the needles that I cast on in March. But! I set out to make 12 holiday makes – one each month. I fell off the month by month pace, but in the end I’m happy with the results.

I wound up putting much of my efforts into quilts and quilted things. I knew that I wanted to make a tree skirt and a Christmas tree quilt. I started both last January and finished them in the summer. Other than that, I just let the Christmas whims take me as they would. Let’s have a look back over the year.

January – Christmas Tree mug rugfree pattern by Threadbare Creations, various scraps (1)

February – Christmas SocksA Homespun House in Whobilation (2)

March – Granny Square mug rug – block pattern from Lori Holt’s Granny Squared book (3)

April – Christmas socksPlies & Hellhounds Yarn in Christams Like It’s 1882 (4)

Imagine a music montage here where I work on Christmas things but definitely don’t finish any until August.

August – Happy Christmas mini quilt – Pattern & scrappy kit from Maker Valley – (5)

September – Happy Christmas quilt – pattern and scrappy kit from Maker Valley, yeah I like her stuff (6)

September – Tree skirt – Joyful Jelly Roll pattern by Fat Quarter Shop, Little Tree fabric (7)

October – Christmas pillowcases – Kits from, you guessesd it, Maker Valley (8)

November – Joshua’s Christmas QuiltFat Quarter Pile Up pattern by Knot & Thread Design (9)

November – Astra’s Christmas QuiltFat Quarter Pile Up pattern by Knot & Thread Design (10)

November – Christmas Kitty mug rug – inner prim star unit from Prim & Proper book by Lori Holt (11)

November – Scrappy Stars table runner – Prim star blocks from Prim & Proper book by Lori Holt (12)

Well, there we go! I made it to 12 with that little mad dash in November. It’s been so nice to see these little pieces around the house. The cats are big fans of the tree skirt. I’m glad I made it a quilt, it’s been through the wash a bunch already thanks to all the sweet soft fur.

I’m going to tag in one more little holiday make, though. The kids decided they needed Christmas pijama pants to really set the scene. We are usually travelling to visit family over the holidays, so we’re really trying to brighten things up and make the holiday at home special. So of course, I relented and sewed them up some snuggly pjs.

December – Christmas plaid fleece pj bottoms – Walk the Plank PJ Pants by Patterns for Pirates (13)

Ok, now we’re done! I really enjoy setting a good arbitrary goal and getting there is just icing on the cake. I hope you are having a lovely wind down of this crazy year and if you celebrate one of the many beautiful holidays this season brings, I hope you are enjoying it. I’m getting ready to cozy up with my last day of advent knitting and dream up where my crafty heart might take me in the new year.


Happy {joyful} making!

Seeing stars.

As you may recall, I’ve been sewing along with some fantastic sewists and The Fat Quarter Shop on Lori Holt’s Prim & Proper Quilt. This week we’re up to week 6 with the Prim Stars block — maybe my favorite block patten in the whole book.

I’m using the same fabric line, Prim, as the original quilt but in a different color scheme. When I first planned out my quilt, I looked through the whole Prim & Proper booklet for color inspiration. I knew I wanted the border to be pink, so I changed up the red flowers for teal. Without the brown, I opted for a gold flower pot and so on.

When I got to the stars, I thought I’d pull in all of those elements to the cornerstone stars to tie it together. Pink, teal, and gold and away we went.

At this point, I wasn’t sure sure about this choice, but I chose to forge ahead. Word to the wise: at this point, I wasn’t sure I’d like these stars in the quilt. I should have sewn a test block, but I plowed right on through and made all four.

At this point, I thought this block is really pretty but just not quite right. I started piecing the borders (jumping ahead to week 7) to help clear my mind and then I plopped it down in it’s spot.

Nope. This just isn’t it. Too much of something, perhaps? I was honestly pretty frustrated at this point and having a hard time rethinking the colors. So I did what any maker would do. I started another project.

Those little diamonds on the inner star unit just kept calling to me for a good ole’ fussy cut. I had the idea to make a Christmas table runner out of srappy prim star blocks. At first, I was going to do each star with a different background fabric. When I {began to learn something from past experiences} sewed up a test block, I was a little afraid it would be too busy, since the backgrounds I had on hand are pretty busy. I changed course, and used a single background for the whole thing.

As I was putting together fabrics for these blocks, I realized my error with the OG quilt block. It’s all medium and high value fabrics – there is no true “background” to give good contrast. I finished up my Christmas stars and went back to my Prim fabrics, finally. I pulled some different fabric options and settled on keeping the same pink, going with a more muted teal option, and changing out the gold for the white background. Even then, though, I wasn’t sure so I kept on testing. I tried the inner star a couple of ways before finaly picking the final form.

This version follows the fabric placement in the pattern, but I wound up reversing the pink and white in the inner star. It feels like it pops a bit more that way. I sewed up the one test block and plopped it down with the borders to double check that I was satisfied.

Once those stars were done, I went back to the Christmas stars. I’m going to toot my horn here, this is pretty stinking cute. I’m a little nervous about the ricrac in the binding for the Prim & Proper quilt, so I decided to practice it here. I basted it at about an 1/8″ and the bound the runner as usual, nothing to it! Very pleased.

Gosh, those fussy cuts are too much! I’m over the moon.

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about that little test block version. I hand quilted him up for a super cute mug rug! He’s sitting by my sewing machine now, isn’t this just darling?

All in all, I now feel pretty experienced with making these blocks. I learned a little bit more about putting colors together. I’ll call that a good time.


Happy making!

Little by little.

At work, it honestly feels as though the end of the year is just careening towards me and there is still so much to do. It’s been a host of busy days, so I am making a concerted effort to slow it way down in my personal space. In most years (feels like I’ve been saying that a lot lately, how about you?) I’d be finishing up with work travel and preparing for holiday travel. This year, we’re staying in and enjoying some quiet evenings. I’ve been making slow progress on a few things.

We have embraced the idea of the advent calendar around here, and I’ve got a bit of advent knitting to share. I woke up bright and early on December 1 to cast on my advent socks and open up my other yarn advents.

The advent socks are the 2020 Advent Stripe from The Cozy Knitter. I also picked up the advent calendars from Woolberry Fiber Co. and Stress Knits Yarn – those are the mini skeins sitting by the candle.

I’ve been knitting a stripe a day on my advent socks. It’s the slowest I’ve ever knit socks, much less stripey socks, but it’s an enjoyable process seeing the new stripe each day. I’m knitting both socks in tandem, one stripe each day. I’ve really been enjoying cuddling up with Cosi in front of the tree each morning for coffee and a stripe.

As for the other advent knitting, the Woolberry minis are going into a basket until I decide what I want to do with them. The Stress Knits minis are going straight into my other advent project – the Dust of Snow wrap by Helen Stuart of Curious Handmade. I’m holding the yarn with some undyed mohair silk (Lichen & Lace leftovers from one of my sweaters) and I couldn’t be happier.

This is the most process of process knits that I’ve engaged in in a very long time. I am enjoying it so much! The garter pluss the simple pattern is all so soft and sweet. And the way these colors work together, I just can’t. It is so good, it’s honestly a bit tough having to only knit one section a day.

Other than advents, I’ve got my Prim & Proper quilt going. We’re up to week 4 with the flower pot now. I laid the first 4 weeks out together and I have to tell you, I got pretty excited.

As you may recall from my last post, I’m using the same fabric line but recoloring the quilt from the original. This was the first step in seeing some of it together and I am digging it. The golden yellows in this collection are so pretty! The fabric is from the Prim collection by Lori Holt, and this is the first 4 blocks from the Prim & Proper Quilt, also by Lori. There is still a whole month to join in on the sewalong, if you’re interested. It’s been a fun one for sure.

Speaking of Lori Holt, my last slow project to share is the binding of my Quilter’s Cottage quilt. The corners are done now, so hopefully I’ll have a finish to share with you pretty soon!

That’s it for me tonight. I’m all settled in this dark and cold Monday evening with my advent knitting – definitely relishing the quiet and the slow progress of it all.


Happy {slow} making!

Palate cleanser.

About a week ago, I had really cleaned up and cleared out. Preparing for holiday making and the end of the year, I had it all planned out. I’ve got my little end of year to do list all written up, yarn caked, fabric pulled. Spoilers, the list has no check marks – I’ve needed a creative kick start.

I’ve been hemming and hawing with decisions about gift knitting, so naturally I put that on hold and started myself a sock. I’m only just a little sorry, but it did the trick.

This sweet pattern is Coast Range by Lindsey Fowler and the yarn is Stress Knits yarn in the Eucalyptus colorway. This color is just pure heaven! I’ve actually got a second skein tucked away for a colorwork sweater one day.

Sometimes when I have a hard time making a decision it helps to work on something that I don’t have to think too much about. The sock helped me settle down a little bit and now I’ve made a little headway on gift knitting. The one thing I’ve really been searching for is my sew-jo. To be honest, my sewing room has been a bit of a mess with little random bits and bobs that needed attending.

I had several minis laying around to be hung up – one of mine and two of Astra’s. We got hers on the wall in her room, I’ll have to write about her new foray into quilting – it’s been so fun! I also finally got around to hanging my Pineapple Mini. This corner of the sewing room gives me all the smiles.

On the other side of the sewing room, I’ve had a bit of a situation brewing. Cosi, like many cats, likes to be on top of things. Recently his favorite perch has been my pressing board, much to the its detriment. I’ll spare you the gruesome pictures of holes and batting everywhere, but let’s just say it needed an overhaul.

I’ve been putting it off since it’s not the most glamourous use of 2 yards of fabric but I finally relinquished this sweet Lori Holt floral and I’m so glad that I did. Definitely a bright and happy redo. Don’t worry, the board comes off the shelf and goes behind when not in use. No more cat-astrophes!

That shiny new pressing board finally got me in the mood to do a wee bit of sewing last night. I thought a quick, instant gratification project was in order and so… pillowcases!

I used a little kit and instructions from Maker Valley and honestly, it couldn’t have been easier. The whole thing takes a wee bit of pinning and pressing and literally three seams. Three! You even come out with some rather French seams on the inside.

All in all, from opening kit to finished object it took about a half hour. So I made another one. You guessed it, this was another kit. Holly of Maker Valley is a whiz at fabric pairings! I’ve got a few ideas for other fun pillowcases, this was a great pallette cleanser.

I’m very excited to have these paired with the Happy Christmas quilt on the guest bed this holiday season. My #yearofchristmas plans are really starting to come together. I think this makes eight finished Christmas projects!

I think I needed these little puttery projects to get the creative fires burning. I’ve got some weekend sewing plans that I am now super excited to get to. Finally.


Happy making!

Tying up loose ends.

It’s that time of year again, my friends. The air turns crisp (sort of, it’s Maryland after all), we’ve got pumpkins galore, and Christmas and New Year’s are nearly here. Now I know that sounds a bit crazy at the beginning of October but bear with me.

I tend to try to accomplish two goals towards the end of the year: knit holiday gifts and finish up WIPs. I like to have clean needles (of the knitting and sewing variety) come January, to varying degrees of success over the years. The crafty readers among you will know that this is no short order. It all takes time, and sometimes lots of it.

I spent a hot minute evaluating the current state of affairs: I’ve got a few long-really long-term projects going, several rather quick wins, holiday gifts, and a couple of upcoming projects. I’m limiting the new starts to the essentials, but there will be a few new projects coming down the line. With that, I was ready to finish up the projects that were just about done.

Anyway, I just dove right in and got started. Binding is kind of at the top of the list. I’ve gotten Astra’s Minecraft Quilt back from the quilter but I need to figure out how to finish that one in secret. The kid’s Christmas quilts will be back soon, so they’ll go on the binding pile as well. But I did have one project that’s been sitting around for months and I finally just up and did it.

It’s a tree skirt! I started this project back in January and just now got around to finishing it. This is the Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt by Fat Quarter Shop – the top comes together pretty quickly with a whole lot of strip piecing. There are a lot of bias edges as you go which did give me some fuss, but I think the finished project turned out just fine.

I used a jelly roll in Little Tree by Lella Boutique, with Moda Bella Solids in Green Apple. I’m typically all about a fun backing but this one is going on the floor, so a solid seemed the way to go. The bias binding is also a Moda Bella Solid in a red I can’t recall. Nicole of Kwilt It! did a great job with the quilting. I’m kind of glad I waited to finish this because I wound up machine binding it. Knowing our cats, I feel as though this one might need to be washed a million times so we need durability on those edges.

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that I’ve been sewing along on the Quilter’s Cottage quilt by Lori Holt. I finished ahead of schedule, but have been waiting and waiting for a sunny day to get good picture that does it justice. Finally!

I really, truly enjoyed this project. It was so much fun to build each block step by step. I’m probably most proud of the cottage, so so cute! I used the kit, all in fun Vintage Happy 2 fabrics. Now I’ve got to ship it out to Nicole, and then it will go back on the list for binding.

Take a look at the left most quilt on the “clothesline” – cute, huh? Well the fun thing about that one is the method in the pattern makes a duplicate of each unit. Add to that the bonus pillow pattern that uses those hourglass blocks and I bet you can see where I’m going…

Cute, right? I love this pillow! I used up some scraps from the Quilter’s Cottage quilt and some Lori Holt stash to put this one together in an evening. It’s called the Quilter’s Quarters pillow; it finishes at 24.5″ square and has an envelope back. It’s as big as my chair but boy does it make for a cozy spot.

My final finish of this recent little flurry is my Waiting for Henry socks. I just cannot. They are so pretty! This is a pattern by Tabitha Gandee, I knit them up in the Eloise sock kit from Stress Knits. The main color is Eloise; contrast 1, heels, and toes is Sunflower; and contrast 2 is Pillowmint. This pattern was a joy and I love how they turned out!

Once these were done, I turned my attention to some holiday knitting. That will, as usual, stay secret but things are moving along. I’ve got one other project I’d like to finish up by the end of the year and it’s about 1/2 complete. Buckle your seatbelt, we’re going way back to the very, very start of lockdown when I cast on a sweater. The body is complete but we still need sleeves and a collar. It’s really been lanquishing, but I think I’m about ready to pick it back up again.

Well, that about does it for the end of the year plan. As the weather has gotten cooler it’s starting to feel a bit more natural to be holed up at home. Astra even had the idea to pretty up the front of the house with some fall flowers and pumpkins. We had a fun afternoon at the local produce stand and decorating outside. I’m usually doing quite a bit of travel in the fall, so this is a nice change of pace. Silver linings, eh?

Happy fall, y’all!


and happy making!

Happy Christmas Quilt

I really like pretty much everything I make. I know I throw around a bunch of loves, amazings, and gorgeouses around here but buckle your seat belt – I’m really about to gush.

Could it be better? I am honestly in love. This is the penultimate holiday quilt to me. I’m really pleased with how everything came together and the finished object is just bright and shiny and joyful.

  • Pattern: Happy Christmas by Holly Lesue of Maker Valley
  • Top: scrappy kit from Maker Valley
  • Back: flannel from Sugarplum line by Heather Ross
  • Binding: ginghma print from Lori Holt
  • Quilting: by Nicole of Kwilt It!

Let’s take a closer look at the quilting, that may be my favorite part – and I didn’t even do it! Nicole did such an amazing job, the pink thread is just too good! The pattern is called simple snowflake and the texture is perfect.

If you recall from a few days ago, this beauty has been sitting around the house just waiting for me to finish the binding on the back. I finally finished it up, and I’m really pleased with how this has turned out. These are my best corners ever!

I’m getting pretty excited to have some Christmas-y handmades around the house this year. If you’re keeping score, this is make #6 for my year of Christmas. Maybe I’ll catch up and maybe not, but I can’t seem to care when I’ve got this beauty and her baby bro in my house.

I really just cannot. How are they both cuter when they are side by side? I wondered if I was being silly making the mini version of a quilt I’d already done and I can say now that I have no regrets. Worth every stitch.

Happy making!

A summer update in two parts: progress

As promised yesterday, I’m back to talk about all of my current works in progress. I’m focusing on the projects that are actually getting attention lately, so the languishing will continue languishing.

Back at the very beginning of August, I decided to try a new strategy with my slowest WIP and applique for 30 minutes every day. Overall this has worked really well, I made pretty steady progress on my Granny’s Garden quilt for several weeks.

I’ve finished fourteen blocks now. My routine got out of whack towards the end of August with some family stuff, but I’m working on getting back on track. Things have been a little more hand-sewing every day since I need to prep some more blocks, but I’m not mad.

I spent a bit of time with a practice piece learning the basics of big stitch hand quilting and once I was a little comfortable with a technique, I moved on to the real deal. I’ve basted my Norah quilt and started by quilting the center block. It is definitley slow going, but the look and feel is worth it.

I’ve been experimenting with machine binding to some success so I thought I’d give it a go on my Happy Christmas quilt. It didn’t go so well so I’ll be back to smaller practice projects for some more project. All I really got out of this try was a two hour date with my seam ripper.

I have since moved on to hand sewing the binding and this is my last corner! I have to say, the flannel backing makes for a pretty easy, smooth hand sewing experience.

Since I’ve been making such good headway with those other quilts, it seemed reasonable to start a few more, so here we are. This is a quilt pattern called Green Gables, a fun rainbow log cabin quilt in Liberty Fabrics. I “participated” in the block of the month club for this project from Duckadilly, but we should use participated loosely here. Let’s just say I’ve started, at least.

My other new start is another sewalong – the Quilter’s Cottage quilt by Lori Holt. She’s fast becoming a favorite designer of mine! This one is a weekly sewalong and I’m completey caught up and on pace! I am really proud of this project.

I decided to go ahead and assemble the quilt as I go – I’ve learned that assembly and sashing are my least favorite parts of the process. This method has the added bonus of fun in-progress shots like this one! I’ve only got 4 weeks to go, which will be the final row and some borders. I’ve cut out the blocks for the final row already.

A few months ago, when I finished the quilt top for my Fat Quarter Pile Up quilt – the kids loved it. Both loved the big blocks of pattern and the big throw size. Later on, Joshua specifically asked for a Christmas quilt and so I told them they could each pick out fabric and I’d make them holiday snuggle quilts. Once I finshed my bright and cheery version a few weeks ago, I spent a half day on a Sunday putting together their quilts.

This is Astra’s quilt – fabrics from the Polar Magic line from Lemonni.

And this is Joshua’s – fabrics from We Whisk You a Merry Christmas by Kimberbell. Seriously, this is the fastest quilt I can imagine. It’s a really fun canvas for some fun quilting and we went a bit nuts with the backing – you’ll see! My kids never ask for anything so I’m pretty happy to oblige when they put in a request.

Moving from quilts to blankets – my blanket grows. This is 55 rows out of a probable 120 or so and it’s folded into quarters width-wise. It’s postively massive. I’ve gotten much quicker with practice and have been putting several rows on each week. The nice thing about crochet is that it’s usable as a blanket all the time, so it’s cozy to work on.

And finally, I’ve got a pair of socks I’ve been working on. A few weeks ago I had some very stressful waiting time on my hands, so I grabbed the most rainbow skein of yarn in my stash and just started knitting. I got pretty far and didn’t have a tape measure or scales so I switched needles and started knitting from the othe side. I’m hoping to use all the yarn for the tubes and then I’ll cut in some contrast toes. Gosh I love a good rainbow. This is Color Study by Gauge Dyeworks.

I’ll leave with you a sweet shot of my crafting buddy in the quilt hoop. Cosi has been a constant companion with all this sewing going on. I think we’re all caught up and some of these things will be getting finished up soon, so until then.


Happy making!