Spunday: I Shetland You Not

Happy Spunday!

I was able to finished my first skien of 2-ply. It was tricky at first but I got the hang of it. That’s all the time I’ll spend talking about because, quite frankly, I find it pretty boring.

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I will say that I have like half a bobbin of left over singles that I have no clue what to do with… Any suggestions?

As soon as I was done with that, I jumped right into spinning up some “in the buff,” AKA undyed, Shetland wool. It is a great mixture of grey and white that I am absolutely loving!

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I have one full bobbin and I’m working on finishing up its mate. I am uber excited to see how the finished skien will turn out.

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Fun Fact: I have no idea why, but when I see my Shetland singles, all I can think of is butter… Honestly, I think I need psychological help…

I couldn’t wait for the mail to come this week because I knew this baby would be in there!

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It is 4oz of 100% Merino called “Little House on the Prairie.”. I was obsessed with that show when I was younger, so these gorgeous colors just called to me! There is still one available here.

So now its your turn! What’s on your wheel?

Remember the party continues on Instagram #spundays and @threadybear!
Keep spreading the word!!

And because civilization would collapse without rules, here are the Spunday Laws:
1.) Link up to any specific post dealing with anything homespun.
2.) Somewhere in your post please link back to my blog.
3.) Try to comment on one other link to spread the love!

Another Barn Has Risen

I’m excited to say that this week is looking productive as well!

I was able to finish Lori Holt’s Quilty Barn and Furrow block for my 30s Farm Quilt.

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This block wouldn’t have taken so long if it hadn’t been for the flying geese. It was one corner that just wouldn’t behave; I spent 2 hours working on it and that was just during one sitting. I ended up getting it to behave a little better but its not as good as I would like. I hate flying geese. Remind me to avoid them at all costs.

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For the quilt, I’m planning on doing a medallion type design. The center will actually be three large blocks; this is the final center block. The general layout will be something like this (please ignore the shadows!):

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The bare spaces will be filled with farm-y stuff. That’s where you guys come in! What kind of animals would you see on a farm? (Ones that can be pieced into 5-6″ blocks.). My list includes cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs… Any ideas?

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I’m so excited to see how this turns out!

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Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Spunday: Inaugural Edition

Welcome to the first ever Spunday! Let’s get started!

The past few days I’ve spent spinning up some of my practice roving. There is definitely an improvement from my first try!

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That bobbin is waiting on the Lazy Kate, waiting for his lover on the wheel. These star crossed lovers are destined to be my first plied yarn…. Lucky them!

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I’m kind of getting over the color way so I’m anxious to start working with some undyed Shetland, which will hopefully happen by next week’s Spunday!

So now its your turn! What’s on your wheel?

Remember the party continues on Instagram #spundays and @threadybear!
Keep spreading the word!!

And because civilization would collapse without rules, here are the Spunday Laws:
1.) Link up to any specific post dealing with anything homespun.
2.) Somewhere in your post please link back to my blog.
3.) Try to comment on one other link to spread the love!

P.S. Because this is the inaugural Spunday, let me know in the comments any comments, questions, or concerns and anything you’d like to see on upcoming Spundays. Please be brutally honest; I want to make Spundays the best they can be!

One Skein Down

Happy Friday!

I honestly can’t believe how productive I’ve been this week!

That being said, my finish is my first skein of yarn that I handspun on my new spinning wheel.

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Its about 38 yards made of some unknown wool in reds/browns/aquas. I originally wasn’t keen on the colorway but its growing on me.

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Its no where near perfect but I’m happy with my first finish

And remember, you can follow me on Instagram @threadybear or #threadybearquilts
-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

P.S. In case curious minds are wondering… my Sherlock Scarf is not yet done…. O well!

A Progress Filled Week

Happy Hump Day Everyone! I hope everyone is staying warm; it has warmed up to a solid 4* here.

I am happy to say that this week has been a lot more productive than last week. I spent a whopping four hours making Lori Holt’s Vintagey Farm Girl Tractor. Even though it took forever I am ecstatic over the results!

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I used the classic John Deere yellow and green for a few reasons. One: who doesn’t love John deere? Two: its an American classic. And three (which is probably the most important): my grandpa.

Grandpa was in high school when he bought his first tractor, a 1937 John Deere. The tractor was soon too small to do any mass amounts of farm work, but he still kept the little tractor. When he retired, his tractor got a new life and a fresh coat of paint. This quilt block is more or less dedicated to this family tractor.

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There’s something about a tractor that I just love!

In between sewing, I’ve been trying to finish up my first knitting project, my Sherlock Scarf. My goal is to be done my Friday!

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I am onto my second skein, so I’m officially half way done! Whoop!

I can’t help but laugh because I want my scarf finished so I can move onto another project. But here’s the funny part: I remember telling a friend that I started knitting and he warned me that I would want to move on to bigger and better things. I scoffed at it then, but look where I am now!

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-Linking up to WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along

Spunday

Recently I picked up the drop spindle and I loved it so much that I knew I wanted to go to the next step but I didn’t want to spend the money. But I found some perfection!

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After laying down $400, I was the proud new owner of a four year old, gently used Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel!! It was a great deal, because not only did I get the wheel, but also a Lazy Kate, 6 Bobbins, a Double Treadle Kit, and a niddy noddy. Its a basic start up kit!

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It took a little bit, but I think I’ve figured it out! I am so excited for my new baby!!

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On the bobbin is some unknown to me wool in red/brown/aqua tones. I got about a pound of roving with the wheel and its not really my colors, so I have a ton to practice on, so that’s what I’m doing.

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It’s not perfect, but I’m trying.

What’s on your bobbin this week?

Remember you can follow me on Instagram @threadybear and #threadybearquilts, #spundays

Oink-a-Doodle-Moo

Plans are a good thing until you discover your plans won’t work. That was the case for this finish: A while back I bought a quilt kit, but when I went to begin, I realized that I would have upside down animals on the borders. So, I winged it (or is it wung?)! Here is the result.

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The quilt features the panel among other fabrics from Oink-a-Dodle-Moo by Jenni Ski for Moda. I can’t believe how cute these animals are! The baby goat has to be my favorite!

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The quilt was used to practice getting my stitches small and even. I’m really happy how the quilting turned out!

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I really like the look of interesting sashing. I really like my film strip chicks; I just imagine them in a little marching band! The vertical sashing was really my first go at improv piecing and I really liked it, though it took a long time. Each of the 3 strips took an hour and a half!

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The quilt ended way smaller than inticipated, so the quilt went to Catholic Charities to keep a little babe warm. It was almost like a Christmas/ Birthday gift to others from me!

Official Quilt Stats:
Name: Oink-A-Doodle-Moo
Size: 24.5″ x 34.5″
Fabrics: Oink-a-Doodle-Moo by Jenni Ski for Moda
Techniques Used: improv piecing, hand-quilting

Yarn Along: Sherlock Scarf

My first knitting project is coming along nicely and I am enjoying the process a lot!

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The scarf that is loosely based off of BBC’s Sherlock is coming together both quickly and slowly. Quickly because it is composed of short rows and slowly because I’m using it as my on-the-go project and this bitter cold we’ve been having has kept me inside at the sewing machine.

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The scarf is currently 32cm but it definitely has a lot of growing to do! It is by no means perfect; the edges are all over and I think I dropped a stitch. But that’s why they say practice makes perfect!

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I couldn’t be happier with my first project!

Ring Ring Ring

Hello, you’ve reached the blog of Inès at Thready Bear Quilts! She is unable to answer your call right now because she’s over at Freshly Pieced guest hosting for WIP Wednesday!! Go, shoo, check it out!

If you’re here from WIP Wednesday, welcome and thanks for stopping by! It means so much to me! I ask you to stay a while and sift through my humble adventures. If you like what you see, follow me by email, or instagram (@threadybear or #threadybearquilts). When you’re done, answer my little “survey”:

Do you press your seams open or to the dark side?

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Its All About the U!

Its no secret that auction-goers love quilts and my Alma Mater’s annual auction no different. I offered to make a quilt, so I created my own pattern that would reflect the school. Here’s what I came up with:

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So I started out by foundation paper piecing the lettering. I’ve been using Quiet Play’s Just My Type alphabet. I am not an expert paper piecer but everything is going smooth. I actually really love paper piecing, which is something I never thought I’d say!

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I drafted the block U myself and am now in the process of attaching the U to its background. Of course I used my go-to method of appliqué, freezer paper. I am not quite halfway done with this part.

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The entire quilt will be made using Town and County by Pepper Cory for Studio E, mainly in the green and gold brush stroke print. I’m taking my time on the quilt because our auction isn’t until November. Hopefully it will be a hit!

On a separate note, my LQS was having a nice sale over the weekend to move some old fabrics to make room for the new stuff. Of course I took advantage and bought some half yard cuts for a new project. My new project is a 30s farm scene that I’ve had floating in my mind forever so I’m finally getting down to it.

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The 30s prints are from various collections. I love 30s prints because they are so soft and nostalgic. The green is an uber soft textured solid from the Peppered Cottons line.