Pieces of Gravity

I finally finished quilting my Gravity quilt.  It is to my liking, in fact, it turned out better than I thought it would.  It took many hours of quilting as well.  One of these days I will keep track of the time spent for such an undertaking as this was.  I started the top in January 2016 as a block of the month.  I finished the it back in February of this year.  Each of the outer diamonds is quilted with a digitized pattern.  Each of those designs had to be placed and stitched out (read as “lots of stops and starts”).  The inner colorful pieced diamonds are mostly hand guided with rulers and templates.  I did use digitized circles and pearl lines, as I wanted them to be round and circular.  I used two colors of thread, one with variegated grays -a Superior King Tut, and the rest is done with Superior Microquilter in a light gray.  This thread color (7007) blended very well with all the colors.  Once I bury all the threads and bind this behemoth, I’ll get a better set of pictures to show off.

Getting back to the gravity pieces.  The JayBird Gravity Quilt pattern book has an extra pillow pattern in the back to use up some of the colorful scraps you are left with after making the top.  I decided to cut up all the scraps into 2 1/2 inch equilateral triangles.  Many more than the pillow top pattern requires, more like a small quilt.  I think I would like to sew them together in a random color way.  But then I look at the pillow pattern and I like the way the color families are spread out from the center.  This is where the triangles are resting for now.

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This past weekend was PIQF.  I went on Thursday to see the quilts and Sunday to shop.  The quilts were varied as always, many were extravagantly quilted.  The best in show quilt, Eternal Beauty, by Sherry Reynolds was a masterwork of thread and fabric.  You can see more of it at The Quilt Show daily blog.

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I particularly enjoyed the Lion King exhibit sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics.  There were so many variations and techniques to see and ask “how did they do that?”.  There were many (18) traveling collections/exhibits too.  It seemed to me that the international section was a bit smaller this year than in years past.  There were only four from Japan, but Australia, Germany and South Africa were well represented.

Linking up with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday today.

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Knitting

I have been knitting two projects this week.  I started the last Shawl Society shawl, “Familiar” and I have been mindlessly making progress on my Gård shawl.

The Familiar shawl I am using an older stash yarn from Jo Sharp called Silkroad, its a wool/silk/cashmere blend.  I’m worried I am not going to have enough of it to finish, as I only have one and a half balls of it left.  I thought that maybe I had another ball in my stash somewhere, I looked through all the odds and ends, none to be found.  While digging through my stash, I decided to take inventory.  I wrote it all out on paper and one of these days I ‘m going to make a spreadsheet.

This past week I ordered some yarn too (before the inventory).  Knit-Picks had a sale on some of their Stroll yarn and Chroma twist I got one of each, for future shawls and a mitten kit that looked cute.  They were also giving away a free pattern for a shawlette called Caterpillar.  It’s still up, Free Patterns on their site, with a few others too.

I have had extra time to knit this week as we are all staying inside as much as possible.  The horrible wild fires in Napa county are creating smoke that gets blown down here on the peninsula.  It smells like a campfire outside and the haze is bad, visibility is reduced to a few miles.  I can’t imagine how terrible it must be just an hour and a half away.  We have friends that don’t know if their home is still standing.   What can you say?

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for the Knitting Report this week.

Gård

I’ve been knitting away on my Gård shawl for a week or so.  Its sort of mindless knitting, a ridged garter stitch made up of four rows, one of which is a purl row.  Forty eight rows of this then about seventy five more of pattern. I think I mentioned in a previous post that it is 404 stitches long, the final row count is about 125, so thats about 50,000 total stitches. Sigh, I hope my mom likes it.

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The final pattern for the Shawl Society II came out yesterday.  It’s pretty, uses bulky weight yarn and some cabling.  I like it, I can use stash yarn and it’ll be a quick knit.  My hands are itching with start-itis.

I haven’t purchased any yarn or patterns this week.  Although the temptation has been hard to resist.  I have gotten better at adding them to my Ravelry favorites, than my stash.  Recently I reorganized my fabric stash closet to make room for my yarn stash.  I got rid of the plastic stacking drawers that held my fabric and replaced them with some ELFA wire basket drawers. This consolidated the fabric enough to put the two ELFA units of yarn in the closet too.  I could probably fit another set of drawers in, but the closet has sliding doors, and there is that dead space in the middle.  It’s nice to have my stashes in the same room now, no more going downstairs to look for yarn.  One of these days I’ll go through my yarn stash and make a spread sheet, but just getting it into a more accessible spot is good for now.

One thing that I did buy was a Fleegle bead needle.  I know I have a pattern, yarn and beads all ready to go in my stash.  The last beaded scarf I made had you put all the beads on the yarn first.  That wasn’t very much fun, plus the working yarn had to go through all those beads.  Judy, at Patchwork times is knitting a beautiful shawl with beads.  I’m going to add that project to my Ravelry to-do list too.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for the Knitting report this week.

Quilt Myths

The last sleepless night, I found myself looking through my phone photos.  I thought that I could come up with a few design ideas for my Gravity quilt, since I was just laying there, at 3 am.  I started with this photo of it before quilting.IMG_2379 I am about 80% done with the quilting of this top.  I have unloaded it from my frame once, to quilt a baby quilt that I thought I would have another week or two to finish.  I reloaded it last Friday and have been working on it a bit each day.  As I looked at it that night/morning the upper left corner of the photo shouted “HEY!” at me.  Yup, a mistake, that four patch diamond needed to be turned around so that the dark gray was pointing to the center.  Later, after sunrise, I checked to see if I had quilted that area yet.  Thankfully the quilt was loaded with that section towards the bottom, the “to be quilted” section.  I had quilted up to that very diamond.  I was able to take it out easily, and unload the quilt and re-piece it in correctly.  Today I’m going to remount it on the frame and maybe finish it.

Getting back to the title of this post, Quilt Myths.  I was reading Quiltville this morning and Bonnie was talking about quilting mistakes and letting them be, or not. There was a comment from Mary Ellen:

Bill Volckening posted recently about the whole myth that the Amish put mistakes into their quilts “because only god is perfect.” He put the kaibosh on that notion! Here’s the link. I hope it’s okay to post it here.
http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-stuff-of-legends-part-9-evolving.html

Very interesting reading, also Bill took the whole month of September to banish a bunch of other quilting myths.  If you have some time, read a bit.

For me, I make mistakes with patterns, cutting, placement, sewing, etcetera, most of the time I leave them in or work with them.  This Gravity quilt is just too graphic of a design to leave that mistake in.  It definitely would bother me.  It was an easy fix too.  Unlike my El Camino quilt mistake, Finished Better than Perfect  I live with that one 🙂

 

Linking up with Sara at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “Can I get a Whoop Whoop?” today.

 

 

Another small quilt

IMG_2860This top is a version of one I saw at Gretchen’s Little Corner last week.  Gretchen made hers from a pattern she got from the blog Toefeather.  I changed the center block from plain to one that is “inside out”.  I ran out of green, because I got carried away and cut too many 2 1/2 inch squares.  The other fabric is called “Sprockets”, and its 60 inches wide, a convenient size for the backing.  It will be a colorful quilty gift for my DH’s associate, who’s baby boy is due next month.

I have been stitching away on my Gravity Quilt.  I’m about half way done, these large quilts always take more time to do than I think they will.  I’m not doing anything dense or any type of pebbling or micro-quilting.  I have been using lots of digital designs and practicing on using the software to place them in the diamonds on the quilt.  Yesterday I had to redo one three times.

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I bought some things from Craftsy a few weeks ago, and they included a free 5″ charm pack.  I thought I would try it out as a quilt I recently saw on Instagram.  I’m not really excited about the results.

It’s kinda blah, like a rainy day.  I bought another charm pack and a yard of the aqua flora print.  I think if I do another round of squares and a bright aqua border it may perk it up, or not.  Regardless, I’m in for less than ten dollars in materials and a few hours of my time.

 

Linking up with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

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Wish Maker

I have been working on the Shawl Society II project called Wishmaker.  It’s an easy knit, all garter stitch and eyelet rows.  I hit 90% last night, not bad for a weeks worth of stitching.  I am hoping to have it blocking by this weekend.  It’ll be a cozy warm shawl, its made from baby alpaca in its natural colors.

 

 

 

I was looking at the five shawls in this series of six on Ravelry.  Starting with the Fairy Hill shawl there are almost 900 people who made it into a project on their pages.  The next one, Sprite’s Fen has 479.  From there the next three, Vila wrap, Rune and Wishmaker have 300, 225, and 140 projects respectively.  It is interesting to me how the participation has dropped.  The cost for all six patterns, that are released monthly, is about 15 dollars paid up front.  I understand why the drop out happens, I’ve been in enough quilting swaps and BOMs to know it happens.  People loose interest, they don’t like the pattern as much, they don’t have the right yarns, life happens.  I think that part of the attraction and challenge of a KAL or series of patterns, for me, is not giving up.  I’m usually not the first one done, I’m not competitive like that, it’s more of a feeling of satisfaction that I finish. Having said all that, I’m enjoying the monthly surprise pattern and the fact that I’ll have 5 new shawls for this fall and winter.  The first one, Fairy Hill, I gave to my friend for her birthday in June.

I started the Tapered Cowl yesterday, it’s my new mindless knitting project.  216 stitches around, 18 rows stockinet, decrease round,  repeat.  I also ordered wrap kit called Gard, from Knit Purl in Portland.  I really should finish the left sleeve on my Strale pullover.  Maybe next week, as I have about three weeks until the next and final Shawl Society II pattern is released.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for the Knitting report.  It’s a day late this week, as she is at a knitting retreat, I thought today was Thursday when I got up 🙂

It’s still summer, right?

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I saw this quilt top made by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty , she made it (quilted and bound) in a day.  My top took about four hours, so it is possible :).  The Pattern is the Candy Circle quilt at the Moda Bake Shop, and calls for a few yards of fabric and four mini-charm packs or one charm pack.  I used a bunch of scraps left over from a layer cake of “Little Ruby”.  It came out so cheerful and bright, makes it hard to think summer is almost over.  I was thinking it would be cute in holiday scraps too.  Use green instead of white for the border circle, assorted prints for the inner one and a WOW for the background.  Finished size is 40″ X40″.

I’m still working on quilting my Gravity quilt. I want to start the colored diamonds of the star, but I can’t decide on the designs.  The outer graduated gray diamonds have computerized designs in them, and I want to continue on to the inner ones with the same look.  Which means that I have to learn how to digitize what I am looking for or find and buy what I’m looking for.

Linking up with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.