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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WIP Wednesday

Well its time for WIP wednesday, now my room is semi sorted and I have the space to be creative I’ve managed to start a few projects.

First up knitting, this is my yarn and needles for Phloem Socks which I’m going to be knitting for the SKA May challenge quite looking forward to knitting another pair of socks, especially as I keep trying to make my friends socks and well they are a size 7 and I’m a size 9, its just a wee bit hard for me lol

Next up is new fabric YAY! I bought this the past week, the white is going onto my swoon quilt and the blue/greys are going onto my sisters wedding single girl quilt. I’ve added a couple more blue and grey fabric so will be ticking along with that soon hopefully (fingers crossed) 36FQ is alot of fabric to aquire!!

Last but not least my swoon quilt, I’ve started to cut the fabric for my swoon quil, I just hope that I’ve matched the fabric in two’s properly as I’m pretty worried its going to look like a hot mess, ahhhh well just gotta go with the flow and see how we do!

Cannot wait to see what everyone else is making this week 🙂

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Finally getting there and a birthday card

What your looking at here (apart from the messy parts and the dirty mirror) is my crafting space, which for a whole lotta reasons is in the bedroom where we are staying. Straight across from this is my wardrobe, which I love to bits and both of these are right next to the bed, once I’m happy with everything I’ll post some photos. It’s not the best of spaces but untill we buy our own home its perfect for now.

So why am I showing you a rather weird photo of part of a messy room, well as I have a desk now and a suitable area I can once again get creative and I’m so excited to get started. Currently at the moment I’ve made a start on a swoon quilt block and I’m starting to get back into the swing of Project Life. With all the trouble last year with dad I just didn’t have the heart or the mentality to get ahead and do it and I’ve been procrastinating this year and well its Michael’s 30th today and I thought if there was a day to start it would be today. Looking forward to putting my progress on here.

So onto his card, I went with something nice and easy and bike related and as I haven’t created anything paper formed for over a year and a half I just wanted to settle into it. Very very proud though :). The bike stamp is by far one of my most used stamps, I’m forever using it on stuff!

So that’s it for now, just a quick update, if anyone has any other ideas on how to sort stuff further I’m all ears, the space above is storing all my scrapbooking, knitting, fabric and embroidery items, plus a few other things here and there. I did a purge of my scrapbooking stuff so don’t have as much stuff but just replaced it all with fabric sigh, so now I have to much of that! I really need to learn to just buy when I have a project in mind and not when I just like that fabric lol!

Well here are dreams of a lovely craft room/space all to my own.

Sew Together Bag

So I finished my sew together bag, and boy am I in love with it, so much so I want millions of meters of the fabric and make huge swoon quilts with this colour scheme, I’m just well more in love with it than anyone should be.

The mini swoon quilt turned out a lot better than I thought it would do, and to this day I am still amazed that I managed to make sew something so small, each of those blocks measure 0.5cm each!!! The bigger blocks measure 1inch each so they were not so bad!

For the back I just continued with the random squares and I think the look it gives of is really good!

The inside has the best map fabric ever and loads of space to fill!

Then just peeking out of the zipper pockets are mermaids and octopus’ whats not to love about that!

The pattern itself was quite hard to read, but I managed to sew this together at the right time as on Quilt Barns blog is a very good step by step tutorial of how to make the bag and well without those step by step instructions I would still be quite lost now.

I will defiantly be making another, have no idea on the colour scheme or who for, I just kind of want to make one again! So if anyone would like one and swap it for something else, please get in touch!!

A little miniature Love

There is something to be said about small things, I for one can never say no to a puppy snuggle or a miniature Dachshund, so even anything in miniature!! My other half suffers from the same thing and has a small (read big) obsession with Monkey bikes which are basically small motorbikes since I bought him his first one for our first Christmas together, yep was more I couldn’t leave the cutie in the shop, plus he looks epic on it, probably why I also have one……………hmmmm maybe this should just read that we both have an obsession..yes anyhow onto sewing!!

Add to this the enlightening fact that I have to go above and beyond in anything I do, and I recently just been obsessing over the swoon quilt (will be making a lovely Cat Nap one soon) you can really see where this is going!

I drew up a plan for my Sew Together Bag, not the best plan but as soon as I looked in my stash and seen my Out to Sea map I knew KNEW! This was what I wanted to do. Seriously how could you say no to that whale??? Sooooo cute!!!!!

Cue a lovely tooth abscess (read seriously infected!) and a very upset miserable girl, with a wee bit of extra time. I managed to finish my miniature swoon quilt in a record 2 days, of which one of them was a full day and the other was just a few hours while watching RAW before WrestleMania.

 

Ok it’s not perfect but Jesus I am so in love with it, and as it’s my first time ever doing something miniature and well something to this extent on the sewing machine I’m damn proud. Worst thing is now I think I’ve been bitten by some bug, once I’ve finished my sew together bag I can defiantly see a mini swoon quilt in my future, Especially as these are only 4” big, how epic would a 8” by 8” mini swoon quilt be?!

Cannot wait to get started on the next part, I have a feeling my Sew Together Bag is going to be epic!

There is something to be said about collecting sewing machines

I think I have an addiction, a very bad addiction, one which the other half really doesn’t help with.

Some days I wish it was chocolate, um actually I think I’m addicted to that too lol, some days I even wish it was exercise I was addicted to.

But no its sewing machines, lovely glorious sewing machines

To date I have sewed practically nothing, nada, maybe a mug rug here or there but nothing major and to date I own around 5 sewing machines!

5!

Seriously who owns 5!

I know I say they are all for different things, I have a singer which does heavy duty, a normal singer for when my current “modern” machine dies and one just encase and the new one because it um……………pretty!

And I’m not even finished yet, I’d love to add a Hello Kitty one (or several) to my collection.

See addicted!

Case in point, below is a lovely photo (from the internet) of one my other half has just picked up at our local tip, he knew instantly that I would want it no asking. The 70’s vibe its giving it off makes me squeal with joy.

It’s missing a few things but I couldn’t put a healthy (fingers crossed) sewing machine down.

One day I will have a lovely wooden glassed case to put them into, till then I don’t know where to store them, they are currently bending the shelf in my wardrobe though lol

I am away next week so won’t be able to play with this baby till I get home but I’m more than excited and it makes me really want to get loads of sewing done, I have so many ideas in my head it’s unbelievable.

Just need to name her now, I’m all ears for suggestions!

 

(photo credit – http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34786.290;#axzz2wOnlVohQ)

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Stash Builders

Stash building is something that I am only really learning about, and as I’m really new to sewing (had a sewing machine for ages just never used it) I thought I’d better start getting a nice little stash together.

There is something about these prints (Riley Blake – Fun and Games collection) that caught my eye in the not so local but local enough craft shop that I just had to buy them.

I have no idea what I am going to do with them, but I guess that is what stash builders are, just something to have in stock so when I want to make something its there. Just need to find a suitable way to stash it all now lol!

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Napping with Cats

There is nothing that I can say that hasn’t already been said about the Catnap fabric collect by Lizzy House, other than that its A.M.A.Z.I.N.G

Seriously there are mice on bikes which makes me in there like swimwear! I waited ages to get this collection in the hopes someone in the UK was going to get it, there were odd parts of the lines here and there but not the whole collection.

So I went to the next best place for me, and got it quick as a fiddle, even if my bank has laughable exchange rates lol.

The above collection is destined to be a giant swoon quilt, or at the moment it is. I could always change my mind, I’m currently playing around with all the FQ to put them into sets of two, and then decide on what colour to have as my main backing.

In other news I am so much in love with the collection that having a FQ bundle just isn’t enough, I know already that I will be getting a couple more FQ from the collection to add to my stash, you know “just encase” lol.

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