Spunday: the Struggle

Happy Spunday!

This week has been crazy busy… like collapsing in bed as soon as you’ve finished the to-do list. Pair that with spinning struggles, that makes for a measly amount done on the spun-front.

This week I was ables to start my Unicorn roving…

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As you can see there’s barely any there. I’ve been having a ton of trouble drafting it… I’ve never spun alpaca before, so is this a character trait? Does it draft differently than sheep’s wool? I would love some help with this!

In the meantime, thanks to its portability, I’ve had some great advancements on my knitting.

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This is a Ribbed Beanie for a friend that is being made out my Shetland from last week. I’m loving how its turning out but I love how much I love working with homespun!

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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!

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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

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Golddigger

Welcome everyone from BQF! Its been quiet around here, but have a look around, all are welcome!

This year my entry is Golddigger:

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Golddigger was made in response to the DWR Challenge. I created my own English Paper Piecing templates to create the ring (my first time EPP-ing!!) and then appliquéd the completed ring to a blue background. I used various gold metallics to get the “golddigger” feel. I then appliquéd some silver metallic diamonds; I love the bling!! For the quilting, I used a gold metallic thread to cross hatch inside the ring to off set the roundness. I love the big stitches, even if that isn’t proper!

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Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Stats:
Name: Golddigger
Size: 18″ square
Techniques Used: EPPing, hand-quilted, appliqué
Quilted by: Me (Inès)
Best Category: appliqué, two color

For more on Golddigger, click here!

All votes are appreciated!! Head on over to Amy’s for some more awesome quilts, or stay here and have a look around!

Trashion

I’m sorry being so quiet lately. Its been kind of crazy around here. In between work, visiting family, and getting ready for a big event this weekend, there has been little time for sewing. You know what they say about life; its what happens while you’re busy making other plans. And boy have I been making plans! But for now my grand schemes must remain contained in the depths of my quilty mind!

As I just mentioned, this weekend I have a big event. Luckily, I didn’t have to do any planning so my main focus has been on my outfit. I have always been one to beat to my own drum so my dress was a bargain find from etsy.com. Its a beautiful full black dress with big, bold flowers on it. I love it! And the best part is its vintage!
I’m a rather short lady so I ended up having to hack off quite a bit of the hem line. I was able to keep all the remanents, and with them, I wanted to make a cute hair bow.

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I made the bow as I went along, using multiple tutorials as a starting off point. I made it completely by hand and it took me about an hour. The netting on the top was once part of the lining and I think it adds great texture! I love how it turned out.

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(How about that fancy-schmancy editing!)

One great aspect of my entire ensemble for the evening is that its all eco-friendly. The dress was used way back in the 70’s. The bow was fabric that would have been thrown away (egad!!). That, my friends, is what I call “trashion!!”

A Little Stressed…

…and by a little I mean waking up at 3AM freaking out about deadlines.

This week I haven’t had a ton of progress on the DWR top, but the appliqué is all done so that’s a big check off my list! Next up is the “diamonds” which are all cut out and ready to be blanket stitched on.

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I do have a nice motivator hanging by my door now. The entry tags for the quilt show at the fair came in earlier this week, and I am totally determined to fill that tag.

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Exactly one week to finish the diamonds, quilt, and bind it. No biggie….

A Frosty, Flimsy Finish

I was up late last night pushing to finish up the holiday shop sample. I liked the top until I got to the borders…I realize now that I really hate borders.

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The quilt top is made using fabrics from the collection Holiday Frost by Jan Shade Beach for Henry Glass. The pattern was a freebie from Henry Glass and it used the panel in the collection.

The pattern was very straight forward, though monotonous at times. One thing that’s weird in the pattern is that the star points closest to the border are noticeably smaller than the rest of the points. Personally, it drove me insane! I also had issues with the sashing being longer than the panels, so there is a lot of puckers. Hmm, I wonder if it was me or the pattern..?

Speaking of the panels, these critters are absolutely adorable!

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My favorite has to be the owl though. He looks so peaceful!!

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As cute as the quilt is, it was a pain in my bottom and I’m glad its gone!

My Own Quilting Retreat

Sometimes its great to just get away, and that’s what I’ doing this week.

I’m at the beach this week and my only plans are shopping and quilting. I’m crossing my fingers that I finish the Strike Out! quilting… But I don’t think it’s gonna happen. I can still try though!

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Let me just say I am in love with the scalloped quilting in the red!!
I have all the blue to quilt and also the yellow. The blue is going to be cross-hatched at 1 1/2 inches apart and he yellow will have diagonal quilting also at 1 1/2 inches apart.

-DISCLAIMER- I know I’ve been a horrible blogger lately, but I’ll keep you updated this week. I pinky promise!