Sunday, 9 April 2017

Another round up for those of you who still read this blog

Warning: this is going to be a complete and utter craft dump of everything I don't think I've covered here but have on Instagram.

First off, a quick update on Soy Amado quilts.

No. 106.

No. 107.

Both were basking in the January sun, hanging low in the sky.

No. 108. If you are a fully paid up member of the Cloud Appreciation Society I should imagine the backdrop may be more interesting to you than the quilt itself.

No's 109 and 110 came as whole completed quilts from Sarina in the USA. Thank you😀😀

No. 111 was a joint project between Wendy in New Zealand and Carla in Australia. Because Wendy is super organised, she also sent all the coordinating binding and sashing I would need. Because I clearly can't do as I am told, I sewed the whole quilt together before remembering about the sashing and binding.


The Photographer's Assistant was called into action at short notice and if you look closely you'll spot odd socks.

No. 113 is a deceptively simply but stunning quilt from @grannyjacks123 on Instagram who sends me the most beautifully made quilts plus more loose blocks.

No. 114.

No. 115 features the sashing I should have used in quilt No.111 had I been as organised as Wendy.

No. 116. Less than a week latter, @grannyjacks123 had sent me another completed quilt 💚

No. 117. is where I am currently up to. The brief to The Photographer's Assistant was to get me a nice coastal photo as she was out and about. The Photographer's Assistant is keeping company at the moment and me thinks the company was distracting to the point where they suddenly realised they hadn't carried out The Quilter's Express Wishes and a hurried 'OMG, quick the sun's almost disappeared' shot was done. My apologies therefore.

Meanwhile, I also got back in to knitting which I hadn't done in yonks. So long ago, I was amazed at the sheer selection of yarns now available and all the independent dyers that have sprung up.

So, in no particular order.

Seduced by the name, I have started a Guernsey Wrap. I will admit to normally being a starter finisher but the reason this isn't finished is because shortly after commencement, I discovered the above mentioned independent dyers/yarn suppliers and my humble opinion is the quality and content of their yarns is more to my liking and I have temporarily gone off the High Streetness of this yarn. Please note, this is my own inverted personal yarn snobbery and nothing to do with the brand itself.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK.

Finished two twisted cowls in a Rowan 100% Alpaca yarn which is now discontinued, therefore I do not feel compelled to tell you the yarn name.
Which is good.
Because the yarn labels have long since gone in the bin.

Finished the Brownfield Shawl.
Yarn: Quince & Co Chickadee.

Great stitch definition gives a lovely professional look.

Then there was the Ashburn Shawl.
Yarn: Kettle & Co Islington

The yarn has silk in it and when knitted up, has a lovely sheen and drape to it. I can't say enough good things about this yarn.

I also knitted the After The Rain sweater in 100% alpaca so incredibly soft.
Yarn: Amano Eco Puna

I am on the verge of finishing a Spring Fever scarf.
Yarn: Mostly a variety of The Plucky Knitter Primo colours

And I am nowhere close to finishing a Colour Affection Shawl because it is being knit in a lace weight yarn.
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace

Back in the land of quilting, I pattern tested Erica's latest quilt pattern, The Linda Quilt.

Really easy to strip piece with options like mine above, or on point.

Finally, I started another Chris Jurd quilt because I had to. This one's called The Pickled Fish and has been The Best Excuse to use my boldest, maddest, baddest fabrics in clashingly uncoordinated ways and I have loved it.

It'll take me forever to individually upload the blocks I have made so far. So, here's one, followed by a badly lit group composition so you can see how far I have got. I am loving the process of making it.

Oh and one more thing. I'm slowly doing these blocks by hand. This is one of three I have made so far. All different of course 😀

Enough of an update for you? 😉
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