Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn


A Huge Check in the Finished Box!

I finished a king size quilt!

I started it in January of 2013 and had all the blocks pieced and part of it sewn together a month later.

Then it sat until earlier this week.

I put the center together, put on one border, pieced the second border, and then added the third at 2 AM!

It is the strangest combination of colors, but I love it!

The only thing I did differently from the kit was to make all the borders a bit wider.  It’s now 116 inches square and will cover up a big fat mattress on a king size bed.

There are little threads all over it.  This fabric frayed a lot!

This photo was taken last night, crumpled on the floor of my very messy sewing room.

And one more for good measure, and to show you the weird color combos.

The quilt is Amish With a Twist 2 by Nancy Rink.

Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to quilt it.

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Vacation, Knitting and other Shenanigans

There was a vacation.  There are no photos!  My Hero and I, his mom, Dream Boy and a friend all headed to Grand Cayman for 10 days of doing absolutely nothing.  My Hero read lots of books, the guys did some scuba diving, and we ate yummy food.  Mom and I sat on the deck and stitched in the morning.  Our afternoons were spent on the beach reading and knitting.  It was fabulous!

The first thing I did when we got home was make a mini quilt.  (I hadn’t even unpacked my suitcase or tackled laundry!)

I’ve always been a huge fan of the knitting clubs that sent yarn and a pattern several times a year, but I’m way behind on those projects!  So I decided to join some quilt clubs this year.  This Mini Club is from Westwood Acres.  The kit included fabric, batting, backing, and binding.  Everything I needed to complete the project was in the package.  So I promptly changed the background.  I’ve never done anything with low volume prints before.  I really like it!

The next big excitement after our vacation involved a wool rug!  We bid on a wool braided rug at an auction for our school last fall.  I was able to pick out the colors, so I knew what I was getting…..sort of.  The beautiful lady that makes these rugs is in her 80s.  What an amazing person she is.

This rug ended up being 7 feet x 9 feet.  Isn’t it amazing?  I almost cried when I saw it.  This will be an heirloom piece that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life!

All of her rugs are made from old coats purchased at thrift shops, most of them purchased at the end of the season, so nobody wanted them!  She used 24 coats in this project.

I had such a fabulous time visiting with her and her sweet husband.  I enjoyed their sense of humor, their positive outlook on life, and our discussions about God and His goodness and provision through all of life.  It was a fabulous day all around.

And then there is my goofy son!  And nephew and brother in law.  They decided on the last day of winter that it would be a good idea to go wakesurfing.



That would be Dreamboy.  The water temp was probably 36 degrees and the air was 39 degrees.  If you look at the background between the boat and my son, you’ll see piles of ice.  Five guys surfed, and I think they were out there for almost 2 hours.  They all said it was a blast.  I about froze standing on the shore taking pictures.

My cup of coffee is empty so it’s time to get on with this day!


Friday Finish

I finished something!!!!!  And it was a lot of fun.  I ordered a kit for the Gravity quilt by Jaybird Quilts a long time ago and put it away, thinking it looked hard.  A couple of weeks ago, I was doing my usual early morning scan of Instagram, and saw a beautiful Gravity quilt.  By afternoon, I was cutting and sewing.

I was so wrong about it being hard!!!  It went together so quickly and easily!  I sewed the last seam this afternoon and put it on the floor.  I walked away to start another load of laundry and this is what I saw when I came back.


Arnold approves!

Here it is on display, hanging over a sliding glass door.

I love all the colors in it!

I’m actually sending it to Melissa Kelly of Sew Shabby Quilting to quilt it.  I’m capable of quilting most of my quilts, but I want this one to be special, because it’s going somewhere important.  You’ll see it in all its glory in a few months.

I’m going to throw some chili in the crock pot (because nobody is ever home at the same time), take a nap, and then I’m headed back downstairs to work on this:

May your weekend be filled with very little cleaning and lots of creative time!!!


Nothing to See Here!

I haven’t done a blog post for two weeks because I haven’t finished anything!

I’m working on a block for the Norah’s Vintage Afghan KAL.  (You can still join!  We don’t have a starting and ending date.)

I do have 4 blocks finished, but there are 20 in all.

I got my loom warped, but it’s not even threaded.  I’m making four wool blankets….eventually.

I got my first BOM package from Fig Tree Quilts and got that stitched, but that won’t be done til December.

I loaded a quilt on the longarm.  (I may have made this seven or eight years ago.  I don’t remember!)  The fabric is Sanctuary by 3 Sisters for Moda.  I’m not sure what the pattern is, but it kind of looks like a Miss Rosie’s.

I know what’s going to happen.  All of a sudden, I’ll have a whole bunch of things finished.  I’ll just keep plugging away at all of it.

So, to celebrate all the beautiful projects, I started a new quilt yesterday.  Great logic, huh?

When I woke up yesterday morning, I was going through my Instagram feed and saw that someone had completed this quilt.  I realized I had the kit stashed away, and decided to start it.  It’s going to go pretty quickly because the pieces are large.  My plan is to spend the rest of the day in my sewing room to see how far I can get on this.  I’m pretty excited to work on it….except that I woke up this morning with a cold.  So I’m headed to my sewing room with some hot apple cider and a box of kleenex.

Here’s to the potential of unfinished projects!!!


Finishing and Starting

Remember the blanket KAL I talked about in my last post?  Go ahead, go back and read it right here!

Well…I finished the first block.

Trust me when I tell you it’s so much prettier in person.  It’s just not that blotchy.  I’m using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee.  I’m so impressed with this yarn.  It’s a little scratchy when I’m knitting it, but it softens up and blocks beautifully.  It seems like it’s going to wear like iron.  I really need to knit a sweater for My Hero with it.  And it’s about the same price as using Cascade 220.  Don’t get me wrong.  Cascade 220 is great yarn, but I love hand dyed yarn.

If you haven’t decided to join the KAL, you can join any time.  There isn’t a starting and ending date.  The ravelry thread can be found here.

In other news, I finished a quilt top.  Again, I don’t love the photo of it, but I’m too lazy to dig out my big camera.

This is Thimbleblossoms Night Sky.  I started it this summer and just now got back to it.  I’m loving the Essex Linen by Kaufman that I’m mixing in.  The red reads a bit pink on the photo, but trust me, it’s not.  I’ll certainly be using more of it in the future.

My other big finish yesterday was cleaning out our closet.  There were clothes everywhere, and I can’t even blame My Hero, because they were all mine.

So…laundry is started and I’m heading off to my sewing room to do a quick clean up.  And then I get to play with this!

I actually have two bundles of Brenda Riddle fabrics to play with.  I’m starting a monster project!  It deserves its own blog post, so you’ll just have to wait til next week to hear about it.

Happy Friday everyone!  May your weekend be filled with lots of creative endeavors!


I Have an Idea!!!

Given my love of half finished blankets, I thought I’d start another one.  But I’m looking for more people to knit this one with me!!!

So who wants to to a KAL (knit along)???

This is the project!


This is Norah’s Vintage Afghan, designed by the queen of cables, Norah Gaughan.  It’s a free pattern and you can find it here.

There are twenty squares in the pattern, but you could do 9, 12, or 15, or 16 of them if you’d prefer.  According to my calculations, each square takes about 200 yards of worsted weight yarn.  So if you plan to do all 20 squares, you’ll need about 4,000 yards of yarn.

The next question is, what yarn to choose?  The pattern suggests Berroco Comfort or Vintage.  However, you could use I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby or Pound of Love from Lion Brand and have a lot of hours of enjoyment for not a lot of money.

You could also use Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage and have a spectacular project.  You’d also spend a lot more.

So, what did I choose?  I ordered Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee from Eat Sleep Knit.  It was similar in price to Cascade 220, but it’s hand dyed so the color variation is gorgeous.  Here are my colors.  I chose seven colors instead of just five.

So, here’s the plan.  Go pick out some yarn.  The possibilities are endless. Or here’s a novel idea.  Go raid your stash!  Somebody, please try this with Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden.  Wind your yarn if you need to.  Print out your free pattern, find some needles, and a cable needle, if you use one.  I also think a cute project bag is a must.  You even have my permission to buy a new one if you’d like!

I’m not going to set a schedule for completing each block, because who needs more have to’s?  As a general guideline, if you did one block every two weeks, and do all 20 blocks, you’ll be done in November.  That leaves plenty of time to put the blanket together before Christmas.

I just started a thread on Ravelry as well.  Let’s meet over there to discuss yarn choices and any other questions you may have.

Also, I’m quiltmomoffive on Instagram.  If you’re an Instagrammer, just use #norahsvintageafghan.

So, who’s with me???


I have a bit of a problem.  Well, maybe lots of problems, but one in particular is bugging me.  I have too many fiber related things that I love to do.

I love knitting, cross stitch, quilting, spinning, and weaving.  If someone asked me to give up one of these things, I don’t know what I’d choose.  And because I love them all, I feel like I’m not getting anything done.

I did take a project off the loom the other day.  It was something I started just for practice before I went to Vavstuga to weave The Blanket.  The practice piece looks pretty awful.  The selvages are bad!  Maybe after I hem it and give it a bath, I’ll show it.  Maybe.

Yesterday, I realized I have a bunch of knit blankets in process.  And I have two more planned.  So I pulled out one that I started in 2012!

I love this blanket!  It’s called Norma and it’s a free pattern on Knitty.  Mom and I made a trek to Madtosh Crafts in Ft. Worth in June of 2012.  I purchased 8 skeins of Madelinetosh DK Twist in the Cousteau colorway.  I started the blanket as soon as I got home, and now it’s just sitting.  Last night I started skein 4 of 8.  I’m thinking I’m going to try monogamous knitting for a while and get this thing done!

I also started a new cross stitch project on January 1st.  (I should do a post on the cross stitch I completed in 2015.)

This is a large cross stitch of an American flag.  The stripes are formed by the name of every state in the order that they were added to the US.

I also have quilt #1 for the boys bunk room almost ready to assemble.

On the weaving front, I’m getting all the wool wound so I can weave 4 nice heavy wool blankets.  I purchased the yarn this summer at Vavstuga and I want them done.

On the spinning front…..I got nothin’!  I have a couple of things I need to finish, but I haven’t touched the wheel in weeks.

Maybe I should designate one day of the week for each of my favorite endeavors.

Who needs to clean, cook, and do laundry anyway?  As Miss In Charge loves to tell me, she hates “adulting”.

Please tell me I’m not the only one that has this problem.  How do you balance all the things you love to do?