Monday, August 23, 2021

Photo Challenge Met!

I finished my quilted version of the landscape photo I took (see previous post for more details).

Actually, I'm still sewing the hanging sleeve on the back, but it is more or less done.

If I ever do another landscape, I hope to be a little freer with my interpretation.  I did go wild with my color choices, though!

This is the original photo:

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Photo Challenge

One of my cousins is a talented mosaic artist, and we decided to pick a photo we could each use as a basis for a project in our chosen medium.  I hunted through the many photos I’ve taken and we finally settled on this one, from a trip I made years ago to MontaƱa de Oro State Park.

My cousin’s friend did a watercolor of it before either of us could get our projects off the ground!  I love her interpretation.

Meanwhile, I fussed and finagled and frittered away my time, choosing fabrics and drawing the scene on freezer paper, to use as templates.

I knew I was being overly picky about trying to copy the photo, but I couldn’t help myself.  It's my nature.

Well, dang it, it’s my first attempt at this kind of project, so, yay me for giving it a go!

The ocean is startlingly bright, and it all looks a bit garish to me in these photos, but I'll be quilting a layer of tulle over it, which gives it a sea-mist feeling and softens some of the colors.

Soon I’ll be able to show the finished project!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Handspun Happiness

 I have a simple project going, which I talked about in my last blog post.

This one, however, is my design, and it did take a bit of finagling and futzing to figure out exactly how I wanted to do it.  It’s going to be a shawl someday.  (Not soon.  Do not hold your breath.)

I’m using yarn I spun myself, and I love this color!  So happy to have started knitting with it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Frogging for a Brighter Future

Some months ago, I started a project with a worsted Encore yarn, a discontinued color that I snagged back when I worked in a yarn shop a decade or more ago.  My plan was to design and write a fairly simple pattern.  I started the same thing with some chunky yarn, and I was going to have a great pattern that would be doable with worsted or chunky.  So versatile, so appealing to a wider audience, right?

I knitted for many hours on one or the other version, and I kept not liking the results much, but I kept telling myself that it would be fine once it was blocked, and besides, that was The Plan.

And it came to pass that I became Very Bored.  I didn't even want to work on these things, they were so bland and boring and not Happy-Making.

Finally I frogged both projects (rip it rip it rip it), which took quite some time, as I had already knitted a lot.  But it was worth it not to be saddled with something I wasn't enjoying.  It was satisfying, in fact, to rip out something that was so Not Satisfying.

In knitting, as in life, it's always good to have a Plan B.  And sometimes a C, D, or E.

I pulled out an oldie goldie, easy-peasy Ann Norling pattern, #38, "Crib-Blanket-Afghan III."  There are two options, Pebble (which is the one I'm doing here) and Garter 'n Brick.  Highly recommend these easy patterns!  Just as I had planned to do with my design, this has options for various weights of yarn and various sizes, all in one neat little pattern.

Three cheers for mindless knitting and TV watching!  Plus, with my dark marled yarn, nothing fancier would show up very well anyway, unless I wanted to go all lacy, which I did not.

I'm only about a fourth done with this, but I do a little most days, and it pleases me.  Success!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Off to Charity

I get way more quilt tops done than I can actually quilt, so these tops are off to our guild’s community projects.  There’s one that I didn’t  take a full photo of because it’s so ugly. Maybe they can find something to do with it.  Cut it up and use it for something else, maybe;  that’s what I would do.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

One good way to start the New Year:  two quilt tops done.  Still need to make the backs, and sandwich the layers, and quilt and bind and label them.  So that means they’re almost finished, right?

The top top, as it were—the top photo—is the first place winner in our Guild’s Layer Cake challenge.  Yippee!  Guess what I won?  Another layer cake, of course!

The pattern is free from the wonderful Missouri Star Quilt Company;  you can find it here.

The second one is just from charm squares I made from a ton of fabric I’ve had in my stash for ages.  I was even able to sew them together randomly!  I’m so proud!  I’m usually much more, let’s call it “organized.”

I hope the New Year brings more creativity and joy to us all.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Pincushion Art

 My friend Elisa sent me this for my birthday!  

It's a tiny pincushion in a repurposed salt cellar, about an inch and a half in diameter.  Too cute for words, and it's my favorite color.  That pin with the beads on it is just for show, which pleases me every time I look at it.  Check out Lesley Storts on Etsy if you want to see more of these, plus she has a pattern for how to make your own!  Fun, fun, fun.