So, as silly as it may be to start a gardening adventure just as winter is slowly creeping in, we did it! I am enjoying it and really hope to persevere this time. The last time we had big plans and dreams and a big failure to go along with it. This time we are just cramming plants into every little space we can find and hoping for the best. A garden is sort of a metaphor for life…you plant it and tend it and hope for the best. There are days when you ignore it and a big green caterpillar chops down one of your corn; other days you check it constantly and still don’t succeed. But (and this is the big but!) when you see that first little flower or bean emerge, it is worth all the ups and downs. So I challenge you to plant a seed and just go with the flow.
Clue 3 of Tiziana Sammuri’s With or Without Mystery Knit-a-long is finished! This one was a little more complex and I feel very accomplished to have finished finally!
Clue 2 of Tiziana Sammuri’s With or Without Mystery Knit-a-long is finished! It was quick and easy, but I’m sure the 3rd clue will make up for that! Better get back to work – the rest of the group is busy with Clue 5!
Saori weaving as best I can describe it is free-spirited – no rules, just go with the flow. I am a part of a wonderful group on Ravelry called Weaving in the Saori Way that is a source of great inspiration.
Today I give you my first handspun weaving attempt done saori style.
It makes an ok-ish scarf folded lengthwise, but it’s really too wide and short for anything, so I’m not sure what I’ll do with it.
I’ll leave you with these thoughts today. If you just can’t get into your knitting, curl up on it.
Well, I said I would try this last night and I did! Here is my completed Schnibble Snuggle.
It was quite fun to make, although probably a bit too much work for a snuggle really. I think next time I do it will be for an actual quilt or a pillow. Really nice project for scraps!
As I’ve entered back into the world of quilting at this technologically advanced time, I have found myself surfing the web looking for cool new ideas and patterns. One site I’ve stumbled upon is Instructables.com where tons of individuals have uploaded tutorials for all sorts of neat projects.
One such project I’m really eager to try is the Schnibble Quilt. In fact I may just try it tonight! In fact, I think it’d be a really neat way to make quilted snuggles for the kitties if you just made one block and bound the edges.
Ta da! Sampler quilt COMPLETE!
After a 9 year hiatus from quilting, I jumped back in to finish a nearly done full-sized quilt for my husband and I. Noticing all the mistakes in that quilt, I decided to practice my quilting skills before embarking on another full-sized project. I watched countless videos on YouTube (mostly Missouri Star Quilt Co. – they are awesome!), poured over quilt books (from my own collection and the public library), and organized my stash of fabric (or at least the portion of it that’s in the house – did I mention I have had a fabric hoarding problem since I was a small child). Then I took a drawer full of scraps, my rotary cutter and what I’d learned and started piecing blocks. I just built the quilt as a went, going from the center out, with absolutely no plan at all. Your may be able to pick them out in the picture, but featured here are Crazy Quilt Blocks with a border, surrounded by Flying Geese units and Nine Patch squares, all of which are surrounded further by blocks made with Tube Quilting (a new favorite of mine). As you can see I decided to tie this quilt with embroidery floss instead of stitching. The backing is a 2 yard piece of flannel light pink background with cat faces. It worked out to be the perfect size for this “crib size” blanket (a handy thing to know if you are making a crib quilt). I created the binding by sewing together 6 strips from one of the new packs of fabric I got on my birthday shopping spree, and then pressing it all into a double fold binding tape just like you can get pre-made at the store. I had always gone with the store-bought stuff because I thought it would be far too tedious to iron them on my own. I’ll admit it – I was wrong. It was so easy and it made for a really unique binding that I LOVE! One very important skill that I relearned was to miter the corners neatly when sewing on the binding. As you can see from the picture, I am very proud of my neat corners!
If you learned to quilt as a child and let those skills fall by the wayside, don’t be afraid to pick it back up again! You may just find that you really did enjoy it and using lots of cool new techniques you may be able to do more than you expected you could. I found that not limiting myself to a seriously planned out project really allowed me to move through this experience creatively and relaxed.
Here’s another sewing project I completed this weekend. A country kitty door stop from preprinted fabric, complete with rocks inside to really hold a door. This is destined to be a Christmas gift.
So last night my lovely feline children reminded me that I haven’t shared any about them yet on this blog.
Speaking of snuggles…one of the crafting projects I am involved in is The Snuggles Project. I just finished a few snuggles on my loom the other night. They are blankets to help cats in shelter feel a little more at home.