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!

Big news.

April has been a bit of doozy. Right around a month ago, we found out that we have to move. This was a pretty big shock to all of us and had us kind of reeling for a few days. Now we’ve been in house hunting limbo for weeks and it feels endless. I’ve been crafting and there, but today was a big day in my sewing room so I wanted to stop in and share the news.

I finished my Green Gables quilt top! Right before we found out about the move, I signed up for the next Duckadilly Block of the Month and decided it was high time I finished this one. This was last year’s block of the month, I did the 6 month rainbow version, as of wriitng, they still have kits available. It’s all Liberty fabric and I fussy cut all the centers.

I started in back in July of last year, but once I got down to business it really flew by. I’ve been piecing the blocks in sets, and finished the last ones last weekend. Today, I sat down and put it all together. I’m over the flipping moon, this is hands down the prettiest thing I’ve ever made.

Also, can we take a moment to appreciate some fresh green grass? I look out at that gorgeous tree out of my kitchen window and I couldn’t help but take snap a picture of the quilt on the grass with the pink petals all around.

I finished Joshua’s socks and he let me snag the record to take a picture of his inspiration and my creation. He reports that they fit great, are supremely squishy, and will be well loved. This yarn is Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn in Teacup. I went up a needle size to a 2.25 mm for these and really like the fabric so I might have to try that on some socks for me in the future.

After that, Joshua suggested that I cast on a pair of house hunting socks to channel the tension. He had the right idea. I finished the first one a few days ago and really dig the look. The main yarn is A Homespun House in Mermaid of the Black Lake, and the contrast is a scrap of Stress Knits Sunflower leftover from my Waiting for Henry Socks.

Finally, at the beginning of the month I had also decided to join in the Homespun Quilt-Along. I got hopelessly inspired by a rainbow version by quiltyobsession and just couldn’t get it out of my head. I’ve gone completely scrappy with a lot of fussy cutting thrwon in, so it’s not going as quickly as I’d imagined. The blocks themselves take to time to sew up, but the cutting…. Yep, that’s slowed me down, so I’m only half done. I’m doing an in-between size (also inspired by that OG rainbow quilt) so I’m about to get into the mint/teal/blue phase. It’s super cute so far, though!

Well, that’s really where I’m at now. It’s been tough to stay focused and looking at houses feels like a full time job right now. I’m not great with unkowns, I am a major plan-ahead person. I guess we’ll see where May takes it and I’ll just put some more stitches into those socks….


Happy making!

Heavens to Betsy.

I have a confession to make: I’ve been hoarding some fabric. Shocker, I know. In particular, I’ve been squirreling away my Liberty stash waiting for the day to come. You know the day. The when I’m A Better Sewist. The day when I find The Perfect Project. Well, that day has yet to arrive and so I’ve stashed. I’ve been doing the Ava & Neve Liberty Society for quite a while, so I get my little bundles each month and I look at them, ooh and ah over them, and put them away.

So pretty, aren’t they? Ok, I’ll level with you. I did something similar with knitting, hoarding my special skeins until I was A Better Knitter. As the story goes, one day I decided to just take the plunge and use The Good Stuff, and you know what? I didn’t hurt the yarn, ruin it, disgrace it, or any of those things. I knit it into something. You’d think, or at least I would think, that I could extrapolate from yarn to fabric. Now, not to say that I’m completely shy about fabric, I’ve gotten over this hurdle in some ways but not completely.

After I finished my Bunnies & Berries mini quilt, I spent a bit of time digging around for inspiration for my next mini. I came across the Cinque Terre pattern and it really seemed to fit the bill. After the fiddly work of those tiny dresdens and hand quilting, I was ready for something simple. The pattern uses Liberty fabric for the wow factor, letting the fabric do all the work in a sweet play on the 9-patch. I decided it was time to bite the bullet. I got out the Liberty bin.

I finally decided to just double down. Go big or go home, as they say. I decided to make the whole mini out of Betsy.

This is Besty – she is one of my all time favorite Liberty patterns. This colorway has metallic accents which just… gah, I love it. I found that I had a good varitey of colorways, so I pulled, arranged…

And sat. Since we’re having a heart-to-heart today, it still took me a week to cut into them. But once I did… I was off to the races. The pattern is straightfoward and lends itself nicely to chain piecing. I don’t think it even took 2 hours to make up the blocks.

This. This was the point in the process where the clouds parted and the sun rose over my sewing room, and I knew I was on to something. Another hour or so and the top was done, basted, quilted, and bound. I used some Liberty quilters cotton from my stash for the back and quilted it with simple straight lines a bit over 1/2″ apart.

To no one’s surprise, I’m sure, I am completely enamoured. One thing I am really learning so far in my year of minis is the joy of immortalizing a beloved print or motif in a little piece that can hang on my wall for as long as I want it to. A little goes a long way in these bite sized quilts. This project has inspired me to really stop stashing (so much) and start sewing (even more). I might even have my sights set on another Liberty stash quilt!


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!