Monthly Archives: May 2014

SKA May sock Finished

SKA May - Phloem

SKA May - Phloem

SKA May - Phloem

SKA May - Phloem

SKA May - Phloem

SKA May - Phloem

SKA May - Phloem

SKA May - Phloem

Boy am I glad these are finished, the yarn was God awful to knit so many knots it was unbelievable, but I managed to get them done, defiantly wont be knitting this yarn again as this is the second time the yarn has had so many, ah well lesson learnt.

The pattern was lovely to knit up, though I did get quite confused with where the teardrop was supposed to be placed, my own fault I like to take my knitting with me and do it in the car, while I’m waiting ect ect so I tend not to take the pattern and learn it from memory, so again my own fault. I am 100% happy that I decided to do these for my May Sock Knitters Anonymous.

Details:

Pattern – Ravelry, Knitty

Yarn – Colinette Jitterbug in Sea Breeze

Ravelry – SKA May 2014 – Phloem Socks

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FAt Quarterly Retreat Update

Well well well we got to chose our classes yay! And not so yay, as they are not on a first come first served basis I’m really worried that the class I’m only going for really, Quilt Math, isn’t going to be a class I’m going to be put forward for. SUPER GAH! Fingers crossed I can only hope!

Anyway the classes I picked are (taken from their website), in no particular order and I cannot remember which ones I have a 1/2 or 3, I just know I said I deffo didn’t want to do the rest!

Free Motion Quilting

Free Motion Quiltingwith Trudi Wood
 
Learn (or build on your) free motion quilting skills. Focusing on technique, you will learn how to set yourself up for success so you can finish a project without unpicking or throwing it out of the window! We’ll also look at thread, needles, wadding and speed, and how they can affect your results
 

Screen Printing

Screen Printingwith Karen Lewis
 
Learn to screen print your own fabric with this easy embroidery hoop method. You will learn how to prepare a stencil along with simple techniques that can be carried over to using bigger screens at home.
 

Getting your Patchwork Into Print

Getting your Patchwork Into Printwith Jenny Fox-Proverbs
 
Advice, tips and tricks for gettting your Patchwork into print with the Editor of Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.
 

Modern Knots

Modern Knotswith Thomas Knauer
 
In this class you will make a wholecloth mini-quilt in which the practice of tying the quilt (instead of stitched quilting) forms the quilt design. We will make a seven-color off-center diamond pattern and learn a good knotting technique.
 

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Green Tea and Sweet Beanswith Jen Kingwell
 
During this class we will enjoy the peaceful art of hand piecing and or appliqué. You may choose any section of “green tea and sweet beans” to work on.
 

Hand Quilting

Hand Quiltingwith Jen Kingwell
 
Bring along a quilt Sandwich and practice your hand quilting skills.
 

Fabric Bread Basket

Fabric Bread Basketwith Jo Avery
 
Turn a patchwork block into one of these clever, foldable fabric baskets. These can be used to store all sorts of things from bread rolls to thread spools. They also make fabulous gifts as they are flat and light to post. Choose from 3 different blocks to suit all skill levels and the whole thing can be finished within the class. You can even make a mini ‘thread catcher’ version too if you are quick!
 

Further Adventures in Embroidery

Further Adventures in Embroiderywith Jo Avery
 
So you can do the basic embroidery stitches like backstitch and French knots but you want to take things further? Well jump up to the next level with this ‘improver’ class. We will be tackling bullion knots, blanket and satin stitch, raised rose, spiderweb wheel, and how to whip your stitches! Plus Jo will be sharing all her embroidery tips and advice during the class.
 

Mail Organiser

Mail Organiserwith Tacha Bruecher
 
Get to grips with foundation paper piecing by making this cute mail organiser designed by Ayumi Takahashi for my Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects book.
 

Quilt Maths

Quilt Mathswith Lynne Goldsworthy
 
Learn how to calculate yardage, washings, bindings, backings, how to calculate the size of setting triangles, how to re-size blocks and re-size quilts and how to calculate how much fabric you need to buy for your projects. We’ll do a bit of simple quilt geometry too. Bring a pencil, some paper and a calculator (the one on your phone is just fine) and we will have an easy, fun session to take away the fear of Quilt Maths
 

Touchdraw for iPad

Touchdraw for iPadwith Lynne Goldsworthy
 
For those of you who missed it last year, here’s another chance to learn how to use this cheap, simple graphics program to design quilt blocks, quilts, to create buttons, blog headers, to design quilt templates, the draw up quilt block assembly diagrams and to help you with your Quilt Maths.
 
Hoping to get another swoon block done this week or at least started! I might even just start cutting all my fabric out and make a proper effort, as I know I will be buying the background fabric in drips and drabs! Really need to look at getting a load more greys, blues, silvers for my sisters wedding quilt as really want to start that, and I’ve started to buy a collection of colours for my Mums Tula Pink Butterfly quilt lol! To much going on, but I love it!!!
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Swoon Block 1

Turns out I’m a slow sewer, I like to take my time check everything at least 1000 times before I make that one line to add everything together, and you know what I’m glad about that. It means I can fully appreciate my work and sit back in wonder when I finally complete something, which is what I’m doing currently with this swoon block.

I ummmmed and ahhhhhed over which fabrics out of my catnap collection would go together, it took me ages and even now when I get a “set” out I don’t know whether I’m happy with how they look together or whether I’m going with opposites attracts. I still don’t know but I’m happy with what is turning up.

I think you can just about see that I haven’t used a plain white background, I would have loved to but well I want to give my local “craft” shop custom to keep it going and the only white that had been this lovely “snowball” effect one (which you will remember from my sew together bag lol) and it’s lovely just adds enough of an effect to be subtle but not enough that it’s in your face.

Overall very happy, now onto the next block!

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