With cool days and chilly nights, I’ve been in the mood for yarn. In the past, I’ve made a couple granny stripe blankets, a shell afghan, a granny square throw and some loom knitted afghans. This time, I wanted something different. I decided on a sampler type of blanket–something I can make up as I go along. I’ve limited myself to cream, gray, navy, teal, berry and grape. I’m using Red Heart’s Soft yarn with a size J crochet hook for this project. I like the way it’s coming together so far. It’s a bit subdued but it makes a nice change.But it isn’t only crochet hooks seeing use around here, I also finished knitting a pair of wrist warmers recently. Along with an infinity cowl. I guess I’m ready for winter weather!
It appears I’m a total failure at Doing Nothing. I’ve been trying over the weekend, after another bit of unexpected work popped up last week. But Doing Nothing is going to require more effort on my part. I think it might help if I could remove all the color temptations around here. This bit of crochet quickly turned into this:And I couldn’t resist playing with the fat quarters Jennifer Paganelli sent me of her upcoming Jenny Eliza prints. Thank you Jennifer! (Jenny Eliza is her brand of fabrics available at Joann’s.) She asked me to do my thing, and maybe throw in some fussy cutting, or not. I obliged. You can see how easy it was.The whimsical print is just begging for fussy cutting. Here, I have isolated four of the designs in this 10″ block. I will keep adding some borders and details before deciding on its finished state. There will be a free pattern forthcoming. In the meantime, I have the rest of the prints to play with.And then…it was time to make the Color Therapy block for November. So I chose more Kaffe prints and started sewing. Royal Blue and Sky are the colors for the month. Without even looking at my Kaffe stash I knew I’d find the perfect prints. It makes me think of the beach–blue sky, deep water and a bit of sand.
This week is Thanksgiving here in the US. We’ll be getting together with family and eating too much food. It’s the first of the holiday festivities and a great chance to stop and think about all the good things in our lives. Just a few of the Good Things on my list:
- Time to create and make
- An outlet to share all of the creations
- A great group of readers who share my passion for color and creativity–you’re all wonderful and I’m so grateful for you!
- People who inspire me to keep creating and doing
- And of course, a friendly neighbor cat who has made Casa P her second home.I’ll try to do better at Doing Nothing this week. Maybe after all the eating and visiting on Thursday, I’ll be in the right frame of mind. What do you think the odds are of that happening?
Sewing samples for Market is a bit of theater, at least for me. Sometimes I have a script to follow. (i.e. specific patterns with specific prints.) Other times, the times I like best, are pure improvisation. In these instances there may be some direction (e.g. a large round poof) or none at all.For Tula Pink’s Bumble collection, I was given the direction of large round poof, preferably with hexies. I received this little bundle of fat quarters along with some yardage for the rest of the piece. Since the days were quickly speeding by, small hexies were out. Just not enough time for something so involved. Not when I had a lot of stuff still on my list and about two weeks to get it done.This is what I did with large machine pieced hexies. These are 5 1/2″ hexies cut using Darlene Zimmerman’s template for EZ Quilting. I quilted it very simply using a 1/4″ line on either side of each horizontal row of hexies. Just enough quilting to enhance the shapes but not too much to take up all the time remaining. Nice fat piping circles the poof.
I should tell you, if you haven’t read this elsewhere already, this fabric is peached and has a very soft hand. Ideal for baby stuff, which is exactly what Tula had in mind. I particularly love the bee print. And those gradient hexies.For Heather Bailey’s Clementine collection, I had the script–namely, a pattern and the fabric. (Sorry the lighting isn’t great in this photo. I was in a rush to grab one before it went in the box for shipping.) I had a bit of trouble with the zipper. It happens sometimes. You just aren’t in a patient frame of mind and you have to put a zipper in a fitted section. Trouble, my friends. Nothing but trouble. After the third attempt to get this dang zipper in, I gave up and put it in by hand. After it was in, I realized I really liked it this way. The dress is a retro pattern and the hand stitches have that haute couture feel you expect from an old fashioned fancy dress.
Next up was Denyse Schmidt’s Franklin collection. My instructions…make a couple pillows in Denyse’s aesthetic. Fortunately, that was an easy task for me. Denyse’s style is uncomplicated, plenty of negative space and a good variety of prints. Cut, mix and stitch. Viola!Place mats and napkins were also requested using this tutorial by Laurel Krynock for imaginenats.com. Once a plate is centered on one of these mats, you’d have a nice edge of patchwork to look at.Working up these two little totes was a last minute rush, but worth it. It’s a nice way to show off the large floral of Joel Dewberry’s Flora collection. I’m glad I got these out the door in time.
Still to come…two pillows in Amy Butler fabrics and a couple of bags in Anna Maria Horner’s two collections. Phew! I think my final list of items completed for Market was right at or just over two dozen. No wonder I’m falling behind on other stuff!