Sunday, August 5, 2012

do. Good Stitches...August

Well, folks...after a month on the waiting list I'm finally a member of the online quilting community of do. Good Stitches and am so happy and excited to be teamed up with such wonderful ladies for this modern charity quilting bee.  Every month we will be turning out a modern quilt for someone in need and, this month, our quilter and host, Marika of Live, Laugh, Love...Sew, requested some wonky bento box blocks in raspberry, aqua, lime green and gray.  By the end of September, these blocks will be in quilt form and sent off to a little girl in need.  Such wonderful work for such a wonderful cause!  Couldn't be more excited to work with you girls!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Working Backwards

Between sleepless nights, afternoon naps (for myself) and a teething baby, I have been a little MIA this past week.  I finally had a chance to finish cutting all the squares and half-square triangles I need to make my first wonky star quilt out of some beloved Sherbet Pips fabric.  I am in LOVE with this fabric and can't wait to see how it's going to turn out.  But, realistically, I think it's going to take a while since I've been spending most evenings sequestered in bed watching tv with knitting needles in hand.

The bottom right square is what the star points are supposed to look like.  While I was rushing to get some sewing and cutting done this week, I managed to butcher a block by cutting off the piece I had just sewn to it.  You know when something is so simple right in front of you, but you just can't figure it out?  Well, my rotary cutter had an unfortunate incident with a newly sewn star point.  Luckily I had enough of that bit of fabric left to make a new star point and replace the one I hacked. 

You'd think one step backwards would be enough for this girl, but no, I had to add another one in just for good measure.  Below is my progress on the cowl I'm making myself out of the Handmaiden Sea Silk I bought in Merrickville.  There are a total of 260 stitches in a lace and cable pattern.  Last night, I had to undo a total of 272 stitches, including cables and lace, because I started the wrong pattern in the previous round.  If there's one thing I hate more than having to undo stitches, it's having to undo cables.  Let's hope that two steps backwards = better luck (and diligence) next time.

Happy Belated Birthday to Me!

When Matt came home from work yesterday and walked in the door with two BIG envelopes of fabric in hand, I screamed, "FABRIC!" and set to work opening up the goodies I ordered with my birthday money.  Here is what I got...

Some Anna Maria Horner voile, Madrona Road and Tula Pink.

Some Summerlove and Backyard Baby.

I'm loving this one.

A fat quarter bundle of Washi.

This AMH shattered fabric is going to become C's birthday dress.

I can't wait to pair these Monsterz with Simpatico.

This Dear Stella print is too cute for words!

It's like my birthday all over again!