Green Gables Quilt

I don’t even want to delay the cascade of pictures of my new finished object. It’s too pretty to wait even a minute!

You guys! I did it! I finished my Green Gables Quilt!

I finished the last bit of binding last night and just couldn’t wait to get some photos. As always daylight savings makes it tough, but Joshua and I managed to sneak some pictures in the fading afternoon light.

This beautiful log cabin quilt is made up in all Liberty of London tana lawn and was a block of the month club from Duckadilly. I have to tell you, this club was the bees knees! So easy to sew, so easy to follow. I’d estimate that there are over 100 different fabrics in the quilt top – this was incredibly fun to sew up. I made the 6 month rainbow version, it’s 36 blocks and came out 57″ square.

I fussy cut all the center squares – they feature cute elephants, owls, bears, and even cats with sunglasses and pearls on.

The beautiful quilting was done by Tera of The Quilting Smith – we went with a lovely fancy feather pattern. I couldn’t help but go wild for the backing – that’s Liberty Adelajda A, one of my favorites. The binding was a long debate, with many audtions. I would up thinking a sweet teal/blue floral wouldn’t compete too much with the front and would tie in to the aqua stars on the back. I used Liberty Amelie Blue A and I think it’s pretty swell.

Those stars y’all – those stars.

I’ve always loved log cabin quilts and rainbow log cabins is just a match made in heaven. This one a couple of firsts – first full Liberty quilt AND first log cabin finish (I started 2 log cabin quilts a million years ago, we should talk about that sometime)!!

I almost wish I could make it again.


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Socks all the way down.

I’ve been feeling more and more like crafting these days, finishing a quilt and doing some other sewing this week. As I often do, while I wasn’t feeling so makey makey – I knit socks.

I finished up these cuties a while ago. The yarn was my sweet mom and Christmas a few years ago. All the siblings and their partners got socks – except me. I got sock yarn. Mom gets it. Anyway, the yarn is Wisodm Yarn Pix in 106 Succulent.

I’ve been an avid audiobook reader for about five years and that’s been a great pairing with my crafting life. This year I’ve been picking up physical books (via a kindle, mostly) more and more. About a month ago – I tried knitting while reading and it was like a revelation. I’ve been trying to practice and I’m getting better and better. These socks were my reading buddies all month long. It probably slows me down on both acitivites but I don’t mind. These are some good ole’ workhorse socks in Patons Kroy Socks in the Rose Brown Marl colorway. Highly recommend both yarn and book.

Speaking of moving slowly – I’m not a fast patterned sock knitter, but these are so worth it. That sweet texture is just beautiful. These are the Coast Range Socks by Lindsey Fowler of Larkspur Knits. The yarn is one of my absolute favorites – Stress Knits Yarn in Eucalyptus colorway.

And last but not least, I had to have a vanilla sock on the go in all this. After knitting Kevin’s Opal yarn socks, I had to have a pair for myself. This is the 9851 Juniper Height colorway. Fun fun fun.

Well ok, the final socks are future socks – check out this gorgeousness! This is the Moody Pumpkin sock set by Woolberry Fiber Co. It’s going to be the Grange Socks by Hygge Canyon Knits – part of the Knit + Read Circle read/knit along for Nov/Dec. We’re reading Wuthering Heights and it’s not too late to join in! It’s a pretty awesome little book and knit club.

I think that’s it. I’ve got some more exciting quilts on the way but around here – the socks ain’t gonna stop.


Happy making!

Joseph’s Quilt: In memory of a blep.

Way back in the spring, I was playing with some fabric when Joseph came along and claimed it. He was usually super easy going, but refused to move off the fabric I had piled in the floor. I had been playing around with a bundle of random cat themed fabrics and with Joseph’s endorsement, it seemed clear that we needed a full on cat quilt.

I wound up sewing this one up in short order before we found out we were moving. Along the way, my sweet boy lost his battle with cancer. When I sent the quilt off to be quilted, I titled it Joseph’s Quilt, and that’s how I think of it now.

Tera of The Quilting Smith did the long arm quilting on this one and we went an all over hearts pattern – I just couldn’t help it with the sweet and snuggly kitty vibes of this one.

Because I’m nothing if not a stickler for sticking to a theme – I had this wide back cat fabric in stash so it seemed perfect. (2 images above courtesy of Tera)

I finished the binding today – this wide stripe is just everything! It turned out so well. I used a handmade, pre-made binding from Lynny Lou Fabric – let me tell you, pre-made binding is the ultimate luxury! I’m starting to keep a few in basic strips and others on hand, it’s just so nice to be ready to go!

And here it is all done! The bundle was curated by Holly of Maker Valley and the pattern is Fat Quarter Pile Up by Knot + Thread Designs. This is my fourth one of these and I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – this is the easiest, most satisfying quick pattern I know. The lap size only takes 12 fat quarters and comes out to a generous 57″ x 70″ – perfect! I’m still not completely pleased with my ability to distribute lights and darks well – but who cares? It is done and it’s all cats (except for one panel of mice, I thought it was cute to sneak that in) so it’s amazing in my book.

Joseph was a big quilt conesiour – he helped Cosi oversee the creation but was the lead certifier of the finished product.

I miss my buddy, but Cosi and I have many plans to snuggle under his quilt in his honor.

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me. Looking forward, this is the first quilt finish in the new craft room! I can’t wait to finish up the rest of the stack…


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Finding a new spot.

We did it – we moved! We’ve been in the new house for about six weeks. It’s wonderful be here and things are slowly coming along. We are definitely not settled in completely, but we’re to a comfy livable point. My craft room is pretty much done but there’s not been any sewing going on. Kevin and I purchased a few pieces of unfinished furniture and that has taken up a lot of our time. Plus the usual moving in stuff: hanging curtains, fixing bathtub caulk, and did I mention finishing furniture?

In the off hours or downtime, I have been consistently turning to socks. I’ve told you time and time again that they are like comfort food, and it still holds true. As the last bit has gone by, I’ve slowly piled up a few finished pairs when it occurred to me that I don’t have a spot! In the old house, I had a definite spot where I took most of my finished and work in progress pictures. It was great; the floor in one room was this very light color and right by the patio doors there was great light, and (usually) a lot of space. Many a project sat there on the floor.

That’s a pretty good WIP shot, if you ask me. I’ve worked on taking better pictures over the years, check out my progress from a few years ago in this post. I’ve been inspired by others to try out different things, but I come back to the floor more often than not.

Now, our new house doesn’t have any similar spot, so I’ve been scoping out the place. One afternoon last week after work, I was struck by the light coming in the craft room’s patio doors.

So I did a little experimenting.

These socks were the first finish after moving, knit out of The Cozy Knitter’s Tequila Sunrise colorway. The colors of this yarn are just heaven. So what do you think about the two pictures? Definitely quite different! The first is out on the old table on the patio and the second is on the floor in front of the door. After probably too much time spent looking at these pictures, I think I like the feeling of the second one better – it feels cozier. It’s definitely much warmer overall than what I’m used to, but maybe I’m ready for that.

Now that we’ve found a spot, I suppose we carry on with a bit of sock spam. I knit these for Kevin. I had gotten to about 5.5″ on the leg when I asked him how long he wanted them. He told me he wanted shorties and after some measuring and checking, he decided on a 3″ leg. I ripped back, knit them up, and when I was finished he decided that these are fine, but next time 5″ or so would be better. Le sigh. Anyway, these are knit out of Opal Yarn True Love in 9864. I really like this color + white for self patterning socks, super cute.

My next cast on was these crazy socks. This yarn was a sweet gift from my mom a few years ago. Everyone else in the family has a pair of socks in their stockings – I had a ball of yarn. I’ll take that any day. This is Wisdom Yarns Pix in Succulent. After these straight up sock pictures, I had a bit of a play with another WIP – you know I like including candles and cups of coffee everywhere in my life.

I think we’re starting to get somewhere now. This gives me all the cozy vibes for sure. Speaking of cozy vibes, I’m not the only one who’s been trying to find the perfect spot. Cosi now has access to the craft room and my work space, so he’s got a couple of places he frequents. This stack of unfinished and finished quilts is pretty high on the list.

It’s good to be back on the blog, I’ve missed this over the summer. Stay tuned here for more socks on the floor, a craft room tour, and dare I say it? maybe even some furniture finishing!


Happy Making!

Out of time and floor space.

Well, we are really in the throes of moving now! Pretty much everything is packed or close to packed except for the kitchen and bedrooms. We’re officially two weeks away from moving but we want to finish packing early so we have time to paint and do other fun stuff at the new place. With all of that, my crafting has slowly been grinding to a halt.

I finished my Dust of Snow wrap a few weeks ago. I quickly realized that not only are the blocking mats packed, there isn’t really a place to lay this bohemoth out unless it’s in a walk way. I’m packing it up to get blocked at some point. It is awfully pretty though, huh?

I managed to make up a whole stack of blocks for a pretty little jelly roll quilt and then quickly realized there is no where free of boxes to lay out the quilt. So, this one has gone into the WIP box as well. I’ll write more about it when I get it back out, but I used 2 jelly rolls and this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew- it’s dead easy.

With all of this, it’s no surprise that I’ve turned to the old portable standby of knitters everywhere… the sock.

I finished up my Nightwish Socks! I cast these on for a virtual concert and then knit them over a few weeks while Kevin and I watched Nightwish documentaries and past concerts. If you haven’t heard of Nightwish go check them out if you’re in the mood for a bit of symphonic metal. Anyway, the yarn is from A Homespun House, this is a sock set that I believe was dyed by Molly’s sister Amy a couple of years ago; the colorway is Fat Bottom Girls.

I’m in a real mood friends – with concerts coming back to our lives, I’m just getting too excited. I’m going to see my favorite band, Eagles, in September, so I pulled out this skein of Tequila Sunrise for my next pair of socks. The yarn is by The Cozy Knitter and I adore how it’s knitting up and I love the coordinating mini for the heel. If you’re still in the mood for some music, I’d recommend this version of the song to go along with the sock.

I’ve still got this pretty little stack out to deal with. This is four quilt tops and their backs to prep and send off for long arm quilting. My hope is that they will get back to me around the time we’re settling in a bit so I can do some relaxing hand stitched binding.

Other than those quilt backs to sew up, this is a view of all my making for the next several weeks. I’m actually hoping to stop by the blog with some more household related craftiness in August – Kevin and I are going to learn how to finish furniture! I hope you are all having a lovely summer and as always, happy making.


Happy, happy making!

Househunting socks and many other updates.

Ok, I’m just going to come out and say it – we found a house! We closed this week and move in early August.

I finished these socks right after we found out our offer was accepted and I’ve been holding on to them for good luck ever since. I’m so pleased with that contrast toe color, that’s a bit of leftover Sunflower by Stress Knits that I had from my Waiting for Henry Socks. The main yarn is Mermaid of the Black Lagoon from A Homespun House.

With all that’s been going on with house hunting, I’ve still managed to spend quite a bit of time crafting over the last couple of months. Back when I was finishing up a bunch of quilt tops in a row, I decided to pull out an old WIP and do something about it.

I started this project way back in the summer of 2019 with the plan to make a rainbow bargello quilt. I lost interest pretty quickly and just never felt like picking up the project again. Well, I was ready for this to be off the WIP cart one way or another so I just decided to finish sewing the strips up and sew them together. I used 2 Kona Cotton jelly rolls in the Bright Rainbow colorway. It turned out pretty huge so I’m excited to get it quilted up!

My next finish was an Ogden Cami in the midst of frustration over my Hinterland Dress project. Once I took a few deep breaths, I went back to the dress dand finished it up.

Real life here – I just realized there’s a cicada on my dress in this picture! Can you spot it? Anyway, this is the Hinterland Dress from Sew Liberated in the same fussy and finicky cotton/rayon blend from Joann’s that I made the Ogden Cami up in. I cut a straight 14 and after a bodice muslin I lowered the darts by about an inch. I’m not overly thrilled with fit in the shoulder and sleeves, a bit tight with full motion of my arms. Nothing terrible, just something to look at next time. It is super comfy otherwise, light and cute. I’m pretty pleased with it.

With the Hinterland done, I went straight for another Sew Liberated pattern – the Estuary Skirt.

Ok, now I love this one. So very much. This is a different fabric but is still a cotton/rayon chambray. I cut a straight size 16 and did a real placket – you can do a faux placket and just pull the skirt on, but the pattern advises you to go for the real deal if you have a significant difference in your waist and hip measurement. Hello! Real button placket for me. Anyway, you guys. The swish in this skirt is for real and those pockets? They’re about the size of a small project bag. Heaven and perfection in every way, I can’t wait to make more of these.

I don’t think these socks ever even saw the light of the blog – but here they are! So pretty. This is the Spring Honey pattern by This Handmade Life. Honestly, I just adore Olivia’s aesthetic – go check out her instagram and see if you aren’t inspired. Anyway, my only change to the pattern was to use a slip stitch heel flap in place of the plain one suggested. I think I’ll always use the standard slip stitch heel flap and gusset, it just fits the best. The yarns are some real deep stash and a recent-ish purchase. The deep stash is the speckle, Hush from Peepaloo Fields. It’s the same color as the main yarn from my Sunset Highway sweater from way back in 2018. The pink contrast is My Jam by Stress Knits. This pink is just perfect!

Of course, while I was knitting the Spring Honey socks I needed a vanilla pair on the go. These were an impuse cast on for a couple of virtual concerts that Kevin and I were going to, so I’m calling these my Nightwish Socks. The yarn is Fat Bottom Girls by A Homespun House – this was a sock set from a year or two ago.

In the middle here, we decided to start doing a little packing to get ahead of the curve. So we packed up the spare bedroom, which is where the yarn stash is stored, and then I started working on the craft room. I’m sure you can guess that I was not planning to pack up everything but saved myself out a few projects to work on until my next craft room is set up. A few.

There you have it – everything I can possibly work on over about seven or eight weeks (IF we’re being really generous about getting the new craft room set up quickly). There are about 6 WIPs plus 4 quilt tops and backs that just need to be prepped for the long arm quilter. I’m planning to pack them up and mail them out a few weeks before they move so they have a good chance of getting back around the time I’m done with the craft room. Anyway… now I’ve been plugging away at those WIPs. I also left out some knit fabric in case I got the bug to make another garment or two (or 5). And then there’s the sock yarn.

I pulled out some sock yarn out of the stash in a nice little variety and then I had some leftovers and frogged projects at my desk that got missed in the initial stash packing. So here you go, my potential socks over the next month or so. Now, if you’ve been keeping score you’ll be thinking there’s no way I’ll knit or even cast on that many socks in a month, much less while moving. And you’re right, but you just never know what could happen. Better safe than sorry, I say. We’ll see how all these projects are shaping up by the time I’m unpacking the stash again.

I definitely kept out my new block of the month quilt – Fairy Tale Forest. I was 100% behind when I took the pictures above, but now I’m completely caught up and ready for month three to get here next week. This is a fully foundation paper pieced quilt in Liberty tana lawn and it’s turning out to be really fun. I was super intimidated to start, but once you get going, the units just fly by. Here are the first two months in a series of terrible, late night pictures.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

So there you go. Now, I’ve not been sewing the units up into the actual blocks so that they are easier to pack and move when the time comes. I really love this project – it’s so easy to get into a rhythm with the process.

I recently pulled out my Dust of Snow wrap and have really been enjoying working on it again. It’s been in hibernation since before Christmas but I definitely want to finish it up this year.

In Year of Minis news – we’re on hiatus at the moment. When we found out we’d be moving I decided to put it on hold because of not knowing if I’d have a craft room, what wall space we’d have, etc… Now I’m just going to pick the project back up in September or so. Who knows if I’ll get the full twelve in, but I’ll be back on the mini train before long. It was fun taking down all my minis from all over the house and stacking them up – what a cute pile!

Well, I think that’s everything for today. That was a long one! Lot’s of progress going on which feels good amidst the chaos. We’re slowly amassing a box kingdom over here, which is definitely making Cosi quite pleased.


Happy 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!

I don’t really do patterned socks.

Honestly. I did the math and less than 5% of my finished socks have been patterned. I even currently have a patterned sock on the needles that I’m mostly making no progress on. I cast on patterned socks from time to time, and I often frog them.

Recently, I was watching the Crazy Sock Lady podscast when she revealed a new pattern: the Rainbow Connection Socks. I always like the look of Kay’s designs, but rarely give in because, well, you know. But these socks just intrigued me and I couldn’t get them out of my head. So, I did what I soemtimes regret doing – I cast them on.

The pattern uses a main color and mini skeins or self-striping yarn for the contrast. I had received these minis in “little box of hygge” from A Homespun House in March and they just called to me. The main yarn is a merino/cashmere/nylon from Woolberry Fiber Co. in the Snow-kissed Mountains colorway. I got started and the next day…

I was so in love. I just couldn’t stop and so two more days…

I was in full swing by Friday. On Saturday, I momentarily came to my senses and put some work into finishing my Norah Quilt top. Come Sunday though, I finished up the toe before we were done slaying orcs in D&D.

I am telling you, I could not have enjoyed knitting this pair of socks any more. The pattern and the yarn were just a perfect match and it was highly enjoyable. I’m already looking around for some other pairings to knit more. I’m looking at you rainbow sock leftovers…


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Like a variety show.

I’ve honestly been a bit all over the place. Something about being at home all the time has me flitting from project ot project, craft to craft. I am managing to finish some and have only started a few, so I suppose I’m keeping some level of balance.

After finishing up my Happy Christmas quilt top, I was in a bit of a mood for something quick and easy. Enter Fat Quarter Pile Up:

This was a fun little quilt pattern is by Knot & Thread Design and I used a fat quarter bundle that was curated by one of my fave’s Maker Valley. I barely had to think about this one and it came together in a little under 4 hours. It finishes at a really generous 57″ by 70″ and uses 12 fat quarters with extremely little waste. I’m goign to use some random stash yardage for the backing and call this one a day.

After this lighting fast start and finish, I made the mistake decision to list out all of my current WIPs. It’s not a short list, so I was looking to cross some things off. My Magical Girl socks were an easy target as they were close-ish to done. I also pulled out my little matchbox quilt since it only needed to be quilted and bound. I tried out hand quilting and really love the texture it delivered.

Once that little guy was hanging up in my sewing room, I started looking around at what else to work on and I landed on my applique. I’ve had quite the hand sewing mojo lately so I went with it.

Blocks 5-8 of my Granny’s Garden Quilt are now done. I also traced all the shapes out for the rest of the quilt, but that’s not very exciting to look at. Once those were done, I turned my hand to sewing the binding on my Arithmetic Quilt.

I started this quilt way back over my birthday weekend last summer. I don’t know what takes me so long to finish quilts, but I finally got around to binding this one. It’s so big and fresh and bright! I love it.

The pattern is by Jeni Baker and I used all fabrics from the Daisy Chain collection by Annabel Wrigley. I sent this one off to be quilted by Nicole of Kwilt It! – she did an excellent job and I already have two more pieces with her to be quilted. This quilt finished at 74″ x 80″ – I made twin size with 4″ squares. I highly recommend this pattern! A super fun finish.

Other than that, I made a mask for my weekly grocery trip — I used the Missouir Star Quilt Company tutorial, it was incredibly easy!

I’m still plugging away at my second pair of Christmas socks this year. I’m hoping to finish these soon — and by soon, I’m hoping for today — they’ve been on the needles for quite a while.

Looking now, that may be a tall order for today, I’m only just started the decreases! Well, we’ll see I suppose. Finally, I started a new quilt. I’ll talk more about this one soon — it certainly deserves it’s own post. Suffice it to day, my Norah Quilt has begun.

That’s been pretty much it around here. I’ve been working, playing with makeup, watching movies with the kids, and making up a storm. All in all, we are well and I hope you are too.


Happy making!

Measure twice, cut once.

Well, I finally did it. I cut in the heel of a sock at the wrong spot.

If you take a very close look at last the first sock, I cut in the heel between the speckled stripe and the purple stripe. Fast forward to me late one evening, working on the second sock — cut in the heel and cruise on. Until…

Oh, what’s that? Is that the speckle and purples stripes, nestled right there together? Ah yes. I cut the heel in a stripe too late. I pulled the heel out and debated what to do. I had a brilliant idea to just graft the stithces back together so I tried that.

It just didn’t look right. I worked it and worked it and it just wasn’t turning out. So I finally did what I’d really known I’d have to have to do all along. I ripped all the way back and rejoined the yarn.

And so that is how I knit about half of the second sock twice. They’re worth it though, because these are some awfully sweet stripes.

This is Gynx Yarns in the Magical Girl colorway. She doesn’t dye anymore so I’m pretty pleased to have a pair of socks in some of her yarn.

Don’t they just make your teeth hurt? I love this yarn, ithe colors are absolutely perfect for the first breath of spring that is creeping into Maryalnd. They were worth it to get right, but it’s a good reminder to really check what you’re doing before you snip that yarn!


Happy making!