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!!

P.S. – Follow me on Instagram @threadybear

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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