space and blocks…

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SAWTOOTH STAR BLOCK = PITA!  Although the longer I look at these two fabrics together it reminds me of a blanket my mom put together for me years ago.  I might have to try and find some fabric like this in larger quantities and make me a new one.  The one I had that she made ended up getting cremated with our poor doggie Milo…

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RIBBON STAR BLOCK

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MY NEW SEWING SPACE.  HOW MUCH LONGER UNTIL THE YARN ENDS UP HERE AND A COMFY SITTING SPACE…  HMMM… I STILL LIKE MY BED FOR THAT!

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The Quilters Complete Guide

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Last night I posted from my phone my beginning journey through the Quilters Complete Guide.  I felt as though I did the book injustice as I even posted the photo sideways.  Here is a right side photo of the cover of the book.  It is by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter and the book starts out with wonderful lists of what you need to begin quilting, instructions from hand seeming, machine seaming, pressing, pinning, etc.  You get the idea.  It is a clear and concise instruction manual.

The book then goes into putting together blocks using different techniques.  I showed you my first two last night.

In the end, I will have 49 blocks to fit together like this…

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And a finished project it will be.

Can you find the first two blocks?

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Learning to quilt…

So you may have read that I decided to break out the sewing machine and try my hand at it. I started the raw edge bullseye quilt but if that wasn’t enough, you know it is only 63 blocks made up of 4 blocks with 3 half circle sewed to each of those, not enough indeed. I agreed to follow this book…

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with my bestie Farrah (I think I have Patti in on it too) to make the 49 blocks that take you through the basics of piece quilting. The end result is a quilt made of all your sample blocks. (OK. My photo stinks! Sorry!)
Block #1 Shoo Fly

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Block #2 Hole in the Barn Door

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Valuable lessons learned with block 1 and 2: make sure you understand your seam allowances when putting all the blocks together. They need to face the same direction or you need to make sure they don’t buckle. Also the book has you seam by hand. Why in the world would I EVER sew a quilt by hand. I wouldn’t. So I didn’t. But I started to. Block 2 critical error. 3 7/8 is not 4. It will never be 4. You can’t make it be 4. The pieces won’t fit!

So far I think I have learned valuable lessons and I chug forward.

BTW. I think I have 10 total bullseye blocks done.

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Twice in one day!

So this is not a knitting post, sorry. I embarked on a new hobby. With a hand me down sewing machine and 18 or so fat quarters AND the internet I have begun a raw edge bullseye quilt. I am addicted!

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These are all of my pieces cut out and ready to piece together. Normally you would just pick randomly. I am doing that but I have a different method. I choose a square and curved piece in the same shades 4 times and use those 4 shades in the one piece.

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Here are my finished blocks so far. I have 7. Working towards 68. Eeek. I have some sewing to do.

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Ziggity, ziggity, ziggity…

OK.  That was just a minor play on Family Guy but…

I HAVE A FINISHED OBJECT TO SHOW OFF!

This pattern is called Ziggity and is it written by Kristin Kapur.  I love Kristin’s designs.  This shawl talked to me when I first saw it and I instantly emailed and asked her about test knitting.  Sadly she had gotten all  of her test knitters but luckily they finished quickly and the pattern was available in no time.  This is a pretty quick and easy knit!  I can’t say enough about the yarn either.  I used Madelinetosh Merino Light and I LOVE it.  I bought this yarn on my trip to Oregon with Cathy this fall.  It was slated for a different project but Ziggity won in the end.  Julie and Patti graciously agreed to be my models (more like I ordered them to stand still and let me take pictures)…

Ziggity by Kristin Kapur

Yarn:  Madelinetosh Merino Light

 

patti wears it loosly draped

julie wore it in traditional shawl fashion to show the detail

patti displays it worn like a cowl

while blocking this shawl looked like a manta ray

julie tries it out like a scarf... this is how i wear it most

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Year end wrap up…

To all of my blog followers, I am deeply sorry I have been such a bad blogger the last 6 months.  I have to admit, I just have not been feeling the words.  I also feel like this past year has just flown by.  Starting with spring and Tanner graduating, after that event it all just became a whirlwind, baseball, training for races, Clint fishing and camping, Tanner going to college, school, work, new clients…  even my Friday Night Knitting group almost forgot who I was.  Well, the last month or so life has settled down and I am back into the swing of things…  Following is a photo journal of what I have been doing over the last few months.  By the way, not in any order what so ever, that would be way to organized…

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Transatlantic (pattern by West Knits). I entered this shawl into the fair - I received a red ribbon!

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You have seen these mittens but I am so happy about my blue ribbon!

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OK - Last brag. Blue ribbon on my ear flap hat that accidentally became fulled!

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Cute little sweater that I made for our friend Melody's baby. This was made from handspun!

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This is a qiviut smokering that I am knitting. I happened upon one of the traditional patterns. I am very excited about this one!

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I dropped my boy (and nephew) off at college! I did pretty good holding tears back. Swollowing them is painful.

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I went to Oregon with Cathy. We attended the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. We took classes everyday. We sampled good food. We got lost looking for yarn. We drank beer!

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and we visited with Alpaca's with fun hairdo's.

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and on the flight home I finished the Spring Ribbed Cardigan I had been working on...

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I got so excited about finishing one sweater I started another... darn those sleeves are still waiting to be knit!

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I made a lot of these for people to give as gifts!

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Elliot is a master trumpeter and the jazz band at Mears Middle School is AWESOME!

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I knit a lot of sheep!

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After months of being patient, Brendan got a new car! Well a new car to him anyway. Meet Ms. Alice... Or blubaru.

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Current project on the needles (many unfinished - but the most current cast on). This is called Ziggity and I AM IN LOVE WITH IT!

The last few notes on what has been going on…  we have all new flooring in the house, laminate wood in almost all of the areas, new carpet in the TV room and boys bedrooms.  Our master and office didn’t get touched.  New paint on three of our BIG walls.  Hosted Thanksgiving for 15.  Christmas parties and celebrating are done and now my husband and I are enjoying a whole week off of work, AT THE SAME TIME!  We are doing NOTHING and loving it!  Tanner is home from school for the month between semesters and the big boys are both working full time.  Elliot is keeping his Dad and I company.

HAPPY NEW YEARS MY BLOGGER FRIENDS!  I will post as I finish some of these projects in the new year!

Jeanie

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A little late but…

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BUT SANTA!  MAKE SURE IT IS REALLY, REALLY, GOOD YARN!

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