Saturday, 27 December 2014

Looming With Yarn

My daughter and I discovered looming with yarn last Christmas. She received a set of looms as a Christmas gift last year and since then both of us love how easy it is use and how wonderful the world of yarn now we can shop for fabric and yarn!  This is the most recent project I have made. I bought some beautiful wood buttons and made myself a short scarf. It's so cozy and I love the colour and softness of the yarn. 

The nice thing about looming is it is portable. We can take it to hockey games, road trips or just sit watching tv while looming. Some day soon I will post showing all of our looms (we have a set of rectangle and circle ones) and so e of the items we have made. 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

I Have a lot to Learn

"Believe" is the theme of our Christmas celebration this year... since we have a 10 year old in the house now!  

I just finished this table topper yesterday.  I bought the pattern earlier this year and decided to use fabric I had on hand.  Some of the fabric was not great quality so there is a bit of a curve in the overall shape - that was disappointing but overall I am happy with it.  I like doing applique with fusible webbing and using the blanket stitch on my machine.  Piecing was a little trickier than I anticipated and therefore the edges of the quilt were crooked.  I used gold-coloured thread for the applique and quilting and I like the look of that.  I found some tartan fabric the other day at my local quilt shop, buying it without a project in mind, but it was a perfect match to this fabric so I used it for the backing and binding.  

I started this log cabin quilt last year and I learned a lot from this particular project.
1.  Always plan fabric selection to fit the pattern.  I bought this set of fabric on a whim and was just itching to use it on something simple... once I got into it though, I noticed that I didn't plan enough contrast but I wasn't going to stop.  Ha!
2.  Use CONTRASTING fabric!  I like all of the patterns but once they are together, they get lost.
3.  Make a quilt that has a useful size.  This quilt is too small to be a throw but has a weird size for a table-topper.  It covers an old dresser right now.
One good thing is that I finished it.  Even when I didn't like it, I kept going.  

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Next Level

It's almost Christmas day.  I actually only have 3.5 days left on my own until I have to share my days with my children again but here I sit creating a new blog for myself to keep up with.  Lately I have been "itching" to share my quilting journey.  I peruse the net frequently, looking for inspiration, and I love checking out other quilter's blogs and many times they have ways to share on their blog.  So here I go - formally sharing what I love about sewing and quilting in a way that won't get lost online.

I have some time right now (after I fold some laundry and vacuum) to work on my latest project.  I will post photos soon.

Thanks for visiting!