Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Celtic Solstice week 4


Celtic Solstice week 4
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Nice and tidy, This was a fun block to make. I remember something like this from last year, but I wasn't sure. Anyway, these will slide in next to the others and wait.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

'Twas the Night Before Christmas Quilt

I fell in love with this when I seen it in November. It's a simple Christmas panel, so making it was a snap. I found some 3M clips that work for hanging it up on the wall.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Celtic Solstice Week 4

I love 4-patches. There is nothing more wonderful then watching the corners match up when they are opened up. Last year, was my first Bonnie Hunter Mystery. The 4-patches were the death of me. I made double the amount I needed because I really had no idea what I was doing and over half of them were nearly unusable. I was not what one could call accurate back then, nor did I think it would matter. Oh how I learned the hard way. This year, they are fantastic! Corners and edges meet nice and crisp. 120 finished and waiting in the wings for the next step.



Check out my friend. Josie is always seated behind the table snoozing away.
 Leader and enders project sitting on the ironing board.
 
 
Back to Bonnie
 
 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Celtic Solstice Week Three

This one was a quickie compared to that last two weeks. I am not complaining though. I have all my squares done in just two days. Way cool!!I still have a lot of trimming to do, but I want to do each group a day at a time. Hopefully by Friday I can have everything trimmed. I can't believe how well I am keeping up this one. Now, I realize I am doing the smaller quilt, but still it's a lot to do. I am really liking how the blocks are coming together. This week's post of the tile floor was beautiful. I can see the colors and patterns playing out  with the quilt design. Well, at least I could pick out the pinwheels and the chevrons. Rotary cutter and mat ready for Friday!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Camp Fire Mitts

When I first got this lovely fiber in the mail, I knew it was meant to mittens. Sitting by the fire in the chilly nights of fall, I thought about getting these going. I n-plied the nice thick worsted weight yarn to have the colors to show the flicker of flames. They knit up in a flash, literally. Three football games on Sunday,
and a set of mitts for Monday to cover my hands for the incoming cold. I used a size 4, so they would be tightly knit to keep out the chill. I still have enough for something else. Maybe a little sweater for the tree... hmmm.. maybe.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Celtic Solstice 2

I love these little babies. I have a few wonky blocks in the beginning, but they got better. The colors are so great together. I have 65 done as of now. After I get the rest done, I will straighten them out and see if I need to do a few more. More to come...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Quilty Barn Along Finished

Wow is this one bright quilt. I added 4 more barns, so the quilt would be large enough for our bed. It's 90 X 90, but it shrunk a little with its bath. Ugh... it fits okay, but I would have been happier if it was a bit longer. Each quilt block was quilted alone and then put together with the quilt as you go method. I thought it might be easier than struggling with a queen size quilt under my domestic sewing machine.















 I like the way the quilting came out. I used three different colors of thread, so I could blend where I wanted it to. The close up shows some of the detail of the quilting. I used a heavier weight batting. I think it will be perfect for winter which was the plan.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Celtic Soltice Mystery Begins!

Yes, it's that time of year again. This is my second Bonnie Hunter Mystery. I can't believe I have been quilting for a year now. The color choice is right up my alley. I love the idea of an Irish themed quilt since I'm half Iris; it really pulls on the heart strings.



My color choices are close to the color chips Bonnie recommended.










I started cutting yesterday. Lots of cutting. I am making the smaller version of the quilt. I still had a ton to cut. No worries though. My accuracy has greatly improved in a year. I had 92 Orange and 96 Neutral triangles and 188 pairs of blue wings to add to it. I really struggled getting started. My machine decided that eating fabric was a great game. Also, my quarter inch was way off. I couldn't figure out why.

 That's when I remembered I switched my needle to a thicker size for a jacket that I made on Friday. Duh! No wonder it was a fat quarter. I also took the needle plate off. Yuck! Disgusting. There was so much crap down there. My feed dogs where completely covered with dust, fuzz, and sticky goo.


Now were sewing......

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Noah's Ark Baby Quilt

I finally have this one finished. A quilt club friend had about a yard of the Noah's Ark  and coordinating fabrics that she wanted to get out of her stash. I thought, why not. I am as new to quilting as I can be, so I took it. I bought a solid red and blue to match up with the two other fabrics and started to plug away. 9-patches is such an easy block and it fit perfect with the fussy cut blocks showing Noah's Ark.  
 
 It turned out pretty decent. This is the fifth quilt I have made now. The binding turned out exceptionally well. I have straight corners!! I wanted to quilting to be easy and nearly invisible, so it didn't take away from the design. I stitched in the ditch around the 9-patches. I went around the centers of the Ark squares just enough to make the characters and the boat stands out.
All and all, it turned to be a nice size baby quilt.
Now, to find an owner..... hummmmmm?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Then block 10


Then block 10
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
This is the tenth block in the block of the month for the year. I only have one more to make. I have my setting fabrics at home waiting in the wings. I love the earthy colors for the design. It is going to look fantastic in my bedroom. Just need to pick out a flannel for the backing.

Monday, November 18, 2013

woven table runners


woven table runners
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Here is the two other wedding shower gifts for a couple of teachers whom I work with. I wanted to make a couple of small table runners. I think they make wonderful gifts. I used a multi-colored cone of sugar and cream. One in blues and the other in fall colors. Both turned out really nice. Note to self, must use paper to separate the yarn on the roller bar. Otherwise it just becomes a.natural disaster.
Stats: 20 x 45
10 EPI

Monday, November 4, 2013

Wedding coasters


coasters
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Two of my favorite teacher assistants got marries over summer. I thought some coasters would be a wonderful gift. Both have dancing girls on the front of each coasters and a pretty little textured blue on the back side. Quick and easy. Best kind of gifts.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Then block 9


block 9
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
As busy as this looks, it really went together fairly quickly. The longest part was the cutting. My skills have improved since I began this project too. I need to make block 10 over the weekend. Just a couple of days to the holiday weekend.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Two, two for the Price One!


dresses
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Yep! Sewing is game on at my house. Simple little summer dresses just right for this very cool - um, not - weather.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Another Hitchhiker


IMG_1870
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
I just love the Hitchhiker pattern. Not only is is easy, but it is so nicely shaped nearly anything goes. This one of my handspuns. The colors play together so nice. It reminds me of sunrise on a beach. I currently have 29 points and about half a skein left.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Bracelets in Minutes


bracelets
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
I loved making these. I just used memory wire and different sets of beads that were already strung into a pattern. No fuss is a plus!

Monday, August 12, 2013

firestorm


firestorm
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
A lovely n-ply. This was a fast spin. I still have about a half an ounce left to ply. I think it will be a nice, warm set of mittens.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Another Hitchhiker


IMG_1870
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
I love the Hitchhiker. The pattern is simple enough to knit anywhere. I think I have 22 points as of this afternoon. The yarn was spin by me. I cant remember the name, but I know it came from the lovely and talented Dyeabolical Yarns.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

El's Kitchen - pork and beans

This was a quick block! It's the second block for my quilt club's quilt along. I love the bright colors.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

TdF 2013


TdF 2013 - days 15-18
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
I didn't get as much spinning done as I would have liked. I did I manage to get 900 yards of a lovely 3-ply completed. This fleece is just gorgeous, but it has a ton of vm. It's killing me. I pick more than I spin. The finished product is worth the wait.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Crazy Quilt 2013


Crazy Quilt 2013
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Hi! It's all finished and in use. It's a great size. I think the quilting looks pretty good. I need to work on my stippling to make that look better, but overall I'm satisfied.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

maxi skirt 2


maxi skirt 2
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Yep, here is the second one. So easy.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Maxi Skirt 1


Maxi Skirt 1
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
It's hot! I needed something that would keep me cool and comfortable. Maxi skirts were the ticket. I have actually made 4 of them. This white one has small pin stripes of yellow going down the skirt. No pattern as it is really just two rectangles with an elastic casing to make the gathers and hold it up. I used 2 yards to make a very full skirt.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

TdF 2013 - day 12


TdF 2013 - day 12
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Still stringing along with this. Lots of VM getting in my way. More tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

El's Kitchen 1


El's Kitchen 1
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
So my quilting group has decided to start a quilt along. We decided to make the quilt from Eleanor Burns, El's Kitchen. The quilt is designed in the 1930's palate. I tried to pick colors that would be ideal for this, but brighter. This one is called Apron.

Monday, July 8, 2013

TdF 2013 - day 10


TdF 2013 - day 10
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
One bobbin done for round 2.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

TdF 2013 - day 9


TdF 2013 - day 8
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
I have a bunched carded up and have started round 2.Whoot!

Quilty Barn 9


Quilty Barn 9
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
I thought I would do a quick post. This is barn number 9 . It was a fun little block!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

TdF 2013 - day 6


TdF 2013 - day 6
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Happy 4th of July everybody.!

A little spinning but mainly hanging out with hubster and friends.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

TdF 2013 - day 5


TdF 2013 - day 5
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Day 5, a added another 2 ounces to the 2nd bobbin, and this is the start of the 3rd bobbin. I am shooting for light worsted for a three ply. Hopefully I can finish this one up on Thursday and start plying on Friday.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

TdF 2013 - day 4


TdF 2013 - day 4
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Not much on the wheel today. I think there is around 2 ounces spun. I also spent part of the day teasing out another batch to be carded on Wednesday.

Quilty Barn 8


Quilty Barn 8
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
I am finally caught up on my quilty barn along. This was a tougher block to get right. I had to do a mock block to figure out how to make it. All good. Back to spinning and pics tonight.

Monday, July 1, 2013

TdF 2013 - day 3


TdF 2013 - day 3
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
More of the fleece that I have for my goal. I carded about 5 ounces this morning. It made a big difference teasing it out before putting it through the carder. You know what they say, if it is worth doing, then do it right the first time. Lessonslearned.

TdF - day 2


TdF - day 2
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Not much in the line of spinning. I spun enough of the fleece to get an idea of how it will spin up. It needed three passes through the carder, so I teased out some tonight. Hopefully it won't need three passes with the extra loosening up of the fiber. It does spin like butter. More tomorrow.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

TdF day 1 2013


TdF day 1 2013
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
The tour is off to an interesting start. First day, bus stuck under sign and crash taking out all but one of the major sprinters. gotta love it.

Here is my result of the day, Alpaca, about 5 or 6 ounces. I will ply it on Sunday.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer Quilt - Sherbert

I have been a very busy bee on the sewing machine. I have been steadily working on finishing a quilt for my bed. I decided to take my 9-patches and turn them into the Sister's Choice block. 81 blocks later, a little sashing in between, so I could use the quilt as you go method. The hubster had to help keep the quilt on the kitchen table while Isewed the big blocks together. Later, Josey held it in place for the binding. I think it looks very antiquey. Works for me. I love stripes and plaids placed with a nice calico. Sister's Choice finished sister's choice quilting I even managed a label -- go me! Sister's choice label

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Then Block 6


Than Block 6
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
One more Dolly Madison Star. This one turned out so nice. I really love the colors. Block 7 sometime in the next week or so. A start of a new Lady.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Quilty Barn 7


Quilty Barn 7
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Pinwheels! Very fast block. I am planning to use the Qulit as You Go method. I think these are a perfect size to play with that technique. There is another 5 more blocks to go. One could still jump in and make this one.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Last of of 9's

I finally finished all the 9-patches. Everyone of them came from a recycled men's dress shirt. Here are the rest of the patches. I cut most of the other pieces for the different units. This should come together nicely once I start getting the star points on and the orange sashing. Here we go... 9-patch 8 9-patch 7 9-patch 5 9-patch 6

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

9-patch 5


9-patch 5
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Still on 9-patch blocks. This was a fun one. Purples and foresty greens.