Crocheting

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Sometime I don’t want to do anything but watch Netflix or Amazon Prime , but then my crazy little mind can’t do that without making me feel guilty for not being productive. I know…I have issues. People wonder why I’m so productive. It’s because I can’t stop. I have to be doing something…pretty much always. I fill up my entire day with activities. Work, gym, sewing, cleaning, whatever. Don’t worry. It’s not just me. My dad and my sister are the exact same way.

 

 

Crocheting

 

Anyway, I have a gray slouchy hat that I wear all of the time. It’s my go to accessory if I don’t want to shower on one day of the weekend. But I need to expand my options. I’m really into this color – along with the rest of the world. The hat took no time to whip up. I really like how it fits and lays. I added two extra dc rows to give it a bit more slouch, but I’m not sure if it needs it. I like this pattern even better than the one I made before. The pattern is The Hadley Slouch that I found on Ravelry. The gloves were also super easy, as the pattern says. They are the Simple Fingerless Gloves, also on Ravelry. Finally, the boot cuffs were also super quick to crochet and also from Ravelry. I love Ravelry – can you tell? The pattern is the Scalloped Boot Cuffs. I haven’t worn the gloves or the cuffs yet, but the hat has gotten a couple of wears already. It’s not quite cold enough for the other two, but I’m sure it will be soon.

I think I’ll do some more crocheting. I really enjoyed it and I seem to get really into it during the winter. Look forward to more projects like that.

I know that I totally suck. I have been so busy lately, that I haven’t even really thought about this blog. I’ve heard that as you get older and as you advance in the workforce, time just starts getting away from you. Well, I think I’m beginning to see that. If that sounded negative at all, I totally don’t mean it that way. I’m 100% in love with my job and my life right now. I don’t feel overwhelmed (most of the time) and I still have plenty of time for the gym, myself, and sewing, but the time I used to have outside of that (that I used for this blog) has definitely gone away. So I’ve been sewing, but mostly on things I can’t talk about yet. Still I have some things and events to show off, so here’s my lengthy catch up in no particular order. πŸ™‚

 

Yoshi

 

I crocheted a Yoshi for Andrew. This was by far the lengthiest crochet project I’ve ever done. It was probably also the hardest, but I think I’m at the point where nothing is really hard when it comes to crochet. He had a ton of parts. One head, one nose, three patches, one eye piece, three spikes, one shell, one tail, two arms, eight fingers, two legs/boots, one body, and a chest piece. I used a pattern I found on Ravelry. It was a really great pattern. I won’t be making another crocheted item like this for a long time, but I am super proud of it.

 

Dresser Runner

 

 

Pebble Quilting

 

 

I think I showed a picture of the top of this before it was quilted. Anyway, I quilted it and bound it and now it sits on our dresser. I love the Peppered Cottons. They feel so nice. I catch myself running my finger across it as I walk past the dresser. I also love the tiny pebble quilting. That was fun.

 

HSTs

 

I think the same goes for this one. I showed a pic, but not a completed one. So that’s it. πŸ™‚ This hangs on my quilting room wall.

 

Mom's Bed

 

So I didn’t make this, but my mom did and it’s so pretty that I wanted to show you. She pieced the quilt top, Jessica Toye quilted it, and my mom just recently finished the shams. I think she’s also planning to make some decorative pillows out of the leftover scraps. Also, she has a wall hanging that matches to quilt as well. I think it’s super pretty.

 

Baby Quilt

 

And here’s the finished baby quilt for my second cousin’s new son, Colt. This Yellow Brick Road pattern goes together so quickly. I just stippled it.

 

Knit Cowl

 

I think I mentioned before that I am trying my hand at knitting. This is my second project. Well, it was actually my first but I completed it after my second one. It was supposed to be a scarf, but I got so freakin tired of that pattern. Knitting takes forever! I completed Yoshi faster than this. Like 10 times faster. I used the Wheat Scarf pattern by Tin Can Knits. I’m going to take a knitting break for awhile.

 

Hour Basket

 

Hour Basket

 

Hour Basket

 

Hour Basket

 

Hour Basket

 

Ok. So those are all pictures of the One Hour Basket. I made the first two and Debbie made the last one. These are super easy and fast and very very useful. They fit fat quarters perfectly. I plan on making a bunch more for an upcoming event. They call for canvas and I would agree with that unless you add interfacing (like SF101) to quilting cotton.

 

Featherweight

 

 

So I bought a featherweight. πŸ™‚ It’s a 221 and was made in 1952. It’s in excellent condition and I’m totally in love with it. I haven’t sewn on my regular machine since getting it. I highly recommend getting one if you ever have the chance. It’s so portable and so fun and just has the perfect stitch. I love how simple it is. It’s basically the same as my treadle except with a motor. It even winds a bobbin similarly. Not only is it in great condition, but the case is, too. The case has a special Singer cover that has really kept it pristine.

 

Pleated Purse

 

 

 

Pleated Purse

 

 

 

Pleated Purse

 

 

Pleated Purse

 

Pleated Purse

 

 

So that’s a lot of Pleated Purses from the School of Sewing Book. I made the top one in the tote version. That’s my third one because they are awesome. Then Debbie made one at a retreat I hosted along with two other bags. It was a bag day for her. She also started the One Hour Basket, but finished it at home. Then I taught a class with three wonderful students who all finished their bags! They all turned out perfectly! It was only a four hour class and we finished a little early. That includes cutting. It’s a very fast project. I have another Pleated Purse in my mind to create using laminated cotton. I’m sure you’ll see that at some point.

 

Kim

 

 

This is also from the retreat I hosted. Kim is making her first quilt and she’s killing it!

 

Cathedral Window

 

I made this pillow for the Handmade Birthday Club. Denise likes V&Co. fabrics and so do I. I’ve wanted to try an easier version of cathedral windows and these are definitely it. I used Johanna Masko’s technique. My friend took her class at Quilt Con and helped me understand it. Unfortunately, Johanna only teaches her technique, she doesn’t have it published. I’m glad I was able to figure it out, but it would be nice to have a tutorial or pattern.

 

Coasters

 

 

I also made matching coasters since I had some charm pack squares left over. I found this tutorial on Pinterest.

So there you go. That’s what I’ve been up to. I have a fun announcement to make soon so look forward to that. Also, May just wrapped up so I have a Me Made May recap to post soon. Hopefully my neglect of this blog is over.

I know that I haven’t posted a bunch lately. πŸ™

But I have been sewing and doing crafty things! And fun sewing and crafty things! For me sewing and crafty things! Which are the best sewing and crafty things!

 

Wallet

 

Behold my new wallet. I thought my Kate Spade deserved a gorgeous wallet.

 

Wallet

 

Look how useful it is! There are pockets everywhere. There are so many pockets that I’m not using all of them. It’s actually made my purse lighter. My old wallet was heavy.

The pattern is from Liesl + Co.’s Straight Stitch Society. It’s very appropriately called the Have It All Wallet. I still need a snap for it, but that will come. I cannot say enough great things about this pattern. It was superb. Of course, what else do you expect from Liesl + Co.?

Besides sewing, I’ve also done some crocheting. The KCMQG took a bus trip to Lincoln, NE, to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. If you haven’t been, you need to go. It’s wonderful. We got an awesome tour and had an excellent time. We stopped in Omaha on the way home at The Quilt Studio and that’s where I bought the wallet pattern. What a successful trip!

Anyway, back to the crocheting. I wanted a project to work on while on the bus. I’m a bit over hexies right now, so I wanted to crochet. I stopped at Urban Arts & Crafts and picked up some wonderful silk/wool yarn. It’s gorgeous feeling. Plus, I love the color.

 

Cowl

 

Cowl

 

I made another cowl. This is my third one like this. I just love the pattern. I’ve already worn it once. I like how it’s dainty, but still modern because it’s a cowl. I have this in a pretty mustard yellow, a teal, and a cream, too. My mom made the cream one. The pattern is “My Cowl” on Ravelry. It’s wonderful and super easy. Just a lot of double crochets. πŸ™‚

 

Cowl

 

I like making things I can wear and use. Quilts are awesome and all, but you can’t carry them around with you. Well, I guess you could, but that would be weird. I have some apparel items on my list next. πŸ™‚

I have great sewing mojo. I hardly ever feel uninspired. Between blogs, social media, friends, my imagination, and my quilting/sewing to-do list, I always have something I can work on or start. I also like to finish things. I’m a finisher. So having great mojo and being a finisher means I work on a lot of little things in between or during big projects. I always have a bigger project in the works (or two…or three), but I like seeing little finishes along the way. So here are a few little finishes I’ve done recently.

 

Rags

 

 

 

These crocheted dish rags are for my aunt. They’ll hopefully make it in the mail this weekend. I have a couple other fun things for her. I mostly worked on these in the car on the way to work.

 

Hexie

 

So this is my mini hexie flower. It’s super mini. Those hexies are 1/4″. I know…crazy! I’m not interested in doing them ever again, but I gave it a try and I’m glad I did.

 

Bee Block

 

 

Of course, I made a couple of bee blocks. This one was very interesting and a very different technique. It was fun. I very much enjoyed it.

 

Teacup

 

Isn’t this teacup block adorable? I chose girly fabrics and I really hope they are “bright” enough. I kept wanting to go towards dainty since that’s what I think of when I think of teacups and saucers. This was a fun block with a lot of easy parts, but still very easy.

 

Pouch

 

Finally, I made this easy zippy pouch.

 

Pouch

 

Pouch

 

I got a new purse. It’s a Kate Spade and it’s my first designer purse. Yes, I’m 26 and this is the first time I’ve purchased a designer purse. I sort of feel like a sellout, but then again, it’s very pretty, it was on sale, and it’s classy. See how I justified that? Anyway, I had a crappy old zippy pouch that was super ugly. My new purse deserved better, so I made this one. It’s pretty and makes me very happy.

So there you go. That’s what I’ve been working on. It doesn’t seem like a lot until you put it all together. I guess I’ve been pretty busy. πŸ™‚

I spent most of the day last Saturday cutting.

 

Cutting

Cutting

 

That bag contains all of the parts for another Cargo Duffle, another Staple Dress, another Date Night Dress, and a set of place mats. Then there’s a giant stack of t-shirts that I cut into for a t-shirt quilt. I’m waiting on some more interfacing to be delivered so I can get the t-shirt quilt put together.

I managed to finish the place mats on Tuesday evening.

 

Place Mats

 

I love these sea glass colors. I still need to hand sew the turning holes shut, but I’m current in the process of binding a baby quilt and then I’ll get to these.

 

Crocheted Blanket

 

You should all tell Amy how amazing she is. This is her first really large crochet project and she KILLED IT! It’s a beautiful blanket and I absolutely love the colors she chose. Her daughter loves it, too. πŸ™‚ She’s already started another blanket using a different stitch for her other daughter. I need to get back to crocheting, but I’m working on a project that I’m just not that excited about. I just need to get it finished and move on.

Taylar's Pillows

 

 

Recognize those pillows? This is Taylar’s adorable living room. I wanted to show you her awesome picture and how cool the pillows look on her couch.

Well, look forward to seeing some more finished projects now that they’re all cut out. That’s always the biggest hurdle.

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