WIP Wednesday

Happy Humpday!

Sewing

I am very excited to say that my farm is slowly but surely growing! I have 5 chickens and 4 cows that just need some appliqué to add some pizzazz.

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Up next is sheep, which I have four already cut. I am so excited to make sheep. *sigh* I love sheep!

After the sheep are done, I will be making some pigs because no farm is complete without some oinkers. I think the pig will be the last of the animals and the rest of the space will be pin-wheels, etc.

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I have officially set my goal to have the top done by Easter, so about 2 months. I should have plenty of time… Right?

Knitting

I have been making so great headway on my Ribbed Beanie; I only have about 5 cm until I can start decreasing!

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Hopefully I’ll finish in the next week.

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!

Remember you can follow me on Instagram @threadybear and #threaybearquilts.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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

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!

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.

Where Things Come Back

First of all, I hope everyone had a great holiday season! And now its time to toast to a New Year; Cheers!!

Secondly, I never meant to take such a long hiatus, but you know how life gets in the way and things have to be cut for awhile. Although this place has been idle and collecting cob webs, I certainly have not. I’ve spent my time honing some skills and learning new ones. So without further ado, let’s cozy up and recap what’s been going on in my crafty corner for the past three months:

Quilting

Quilting hasn’t been put on hold. Since I last talked to you I was working on my Farm Quilt from Oinkadoodle Moo. I happily announce that it is finished and destined to be donated to a baby, if I can find the perfect place to take it. Any suggestions? My goal was to have the quilt done by the New Year and It was finished January 1st. Yay for meeting goals!

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The full quilt will be revealed soon.

I also started another quilt that will be donated to a school auction. Again, you’ll be introduced to my Alma Mater quilt soon, I promise!

Felting

If you’ve stopped by before, you probably know that a lot of my sewing revolves around 4-H, more specifically You Can Quilt! My constant struggle with this competition is making myself standout with out “breaking the rules” (see Donkey-ing Around). This year I have decided to make my own fabric in the form of felted wool! So I taught myself how to wet felt and VIOLÀ!

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I used 100% BlueFaced Leister (BFL) wool from Dream Weaver Fibers. This stuff is sooo soft and a dream to work with!

So far I have three rolls of felted wool ready to dye. On the agenda is cutting those up to see how much I have and, if need be, I’ll make more. Although its a tad messy, I love felting.

Spinning

It all started when I was vacationing in Colonial Williamsburg and I saw a lady in period dress, spinning yarn. It has been 4 years now and that memory still remains with me. It was never just a memory though, it was a seed. And that seed finally has taken over the garden and made me buy a drop spindle. I love spinning.

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I can’t explain how much I love spinning. I just can’t. But I am so smitten by it that I’m looking into buying a used spinning wheel. A dream come true! You’ll see plenty more handspun yarn around here from now on!

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Here is my first mini skien of yarn! It is 16 yards of 100% BFL. It is by no means perfect but I’m still proud of myself. I can already tell that my next skien will be an improvement!

{I would like to give a shout out to Knotty Gnome Crafts for being such a HUGE inspiration!!!}

Knitting

Since there is going to be a lot of yarn around here, I decided to teach myself how to knit. I am currently enjoying working on a simple scarf.

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I used Vickie Howell’s Sheep-ish yarn in a navy blue on US size 6 needles. I am not using a pattern, just row after row until I deem it long enough. I think I ‘m coming along well, just don’t look at the edges!

That concludes my wrap up. As you can see I have been rather busy these few months and I hope I keep up the momentum! Hopefully the next time we talk it will be way sooner than March!

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Here’s to a Happy, Crafty New Year!!

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FNSI Wrap Up

My Friday Night Sew-In did not go as well as I hoped…. It has been a long week!

I was able to do another fussy cut sashing but unfortunately that’s all I have done before I started to crash…. And we all know one should never sew when tired!

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I absolutely love that little goat!!
I am surprised by how long each 5″ X 10″ piece takes to make. Like an hour and a half each! I definitely did not expect that!

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So, I have two out of the three vertical sashing done. After that’s done, next up would be the horizontal sashing (I see some chain piecing in my future!) then piecing it all together! Hopefully this weekend and upcoming week yield some nice sewing time.

P.S. My cutting table is a fussy cut mess!!

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Of Mice and Men

This past week, I had no motivation to sew. Period. I was not home so I planned to work on my only hand project at the moment, my Alligator Quilt. It didn’t happen. I haven’t worked on that for almost a year!

When I got back home, I had grand, romantic ideas of finishing my Tennessee Waltz Quilt. I did get the columns put together so now it just needs borders. The issue is, though, that the quilt disgusts me at the moment. I mean I love the pattern and love the fabrics even more, but it is the quality. I can’t believe I planned to enter this in a show! It passes the “Gallop and Grin” rule but I just can’t stand it, at least for he moment.

To ease my disgusted-ness, I decided to cut into some of my uber cute Oinkadoodle Moo by Jenn Ski for Moda. I bought a kit a while back to make a simple panel quilt, but I was looking at the directions first (for once!). and realized that I would have some upside down animals…We just can’t have that now can we? So I made my own pattern up!

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I came up with a simple star pattern. My goal was to make this quilt with accuracy in mind and I was so set on that thought that I was starching simple HSTs! I was all prepared for my new star quilt and I thought it was going to be the cutest thing in the world. But, you know what they say about the best laid schemes…. I was so upset that the star wasn’t noticeable! So back to the drawing board I went.

Of course I had already cut most of my stash into right triangles so I knew I had to selvage what I could. I came up with a new idea, which lead to some fussycutting.

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Hopefully my plan works well… If it doesn’t thats $50 down the drain!

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I’m having fun improv piecing these “interesting” sashing. Isn’t it funny how I was once all about accuracy and now I’m onto improv??

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It is certainly hard to create a pattern from a kit… What a fun challenge that would be! Any takers??

New Love

So my mad crazy week has ended but I haven’t gotten back to my sewing machine. In my dash to get some sewing in last weekend, I decided to try something new. Here is my first excursion into Foundation Paper Piecing!

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I’m kinda in love with paper piecing!! It definitely was a bumpy ride but it was fun and the results are so pretty! Can you see my mistake?

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The lovely ladies at my quilt shoppe gave me the patterns, which were left overs from their Quilting 101 class. I then used some leftovers of Honey Honey (I need a better stash!) and I think its a cute little block (actually 12″ square).

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I guess I can’t follow directions because that’s where the mistakes came in. I used the wrong fabric, and cut, for one of the pieces so I had to adjust the pattern. I’m still very pleased with my work, especially since I taught myself.

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I can’t wait to dabble more into paper piecing!

The Calm Before the Storm

You know that calm before the storm? Yeah that’s where I am at right now. Next week I’m working from 7am-9pm almost every day. Yeah crazy. Needless to say I won’t have time for sewing.

I didn’t want to get out any of my larger projects only for a little bit so I decided to make a wonky house for Amy and her village. Well after I was done I just had to make another!

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So this wonky little shack has almost set a ball rolling. Dontcha think a wonky village in reds, grays, whites, and blacks be adorable?? As if I don’t have enough projects! So I’ll continue to turn it over and over in my head, but I was thinking would you want to help me? Maybe if there’s some interest I’ll do it and have a give-away as reward? What do you think?

‘Til next week (most likely)!!