Passing Down Crazy

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


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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.

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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!


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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!!!


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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!


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National Coffee Day Quilting!

I really intended to get this posted yesterday, but I got sucked into the unfinished quilt vortex.  It’s a good thing Dreamboy is away at college because there are quilt tops all over his bed.  He shares his bedroom with my longarm.  I was there first though!

Anyway, this quilt made its way onto the machine.

This quilt is supposed to go on the wall of the kitchen in My Hero’s office.  I made curtains for a couple of bathrooms in his office last week and they were a colossal fail!  This is supposed to make up for the curtains.  (I’ve also come up with a plan to replace the awful curtains.)

I love the coffee bean fabric on the small border.  The fabric is an older Moda line.  I don’t remember what it is called.  The quilt should be really cute….if I ever get myself back downstairs to actually quilt it.

In other news, I’ve finished Liken, the MKAL project by Sivia Harding.  I like my Liken.  I like my Liken a lot!!!!

I don’t know why, but I can’t get a photo of this project that does it justice.  The colors are much richer than this.

This is what it looked like when it was blocking.  Blocking is magic, I tell you!

See all of those sparkly beads.  Beads are magic too!

I really enjoyed knitting this.  The yarn is handspun with fiber from Abstract Fibers.  Having a clue each week for five weeks kept me going, but yet wasn’t too overwhelming.

Before I go, I’ll share a facebook post I did last week about cleaning.  I’m sure a lot of you can relate!

Wow! My creative mind really messes with my cleaning attempts. My yarn is housed in our bedroom. There is currently yarn all over. That’s easy! Put the stuff away.

Here’s how it works. Open drawer. Full. Open another drawer. Put yarn in it. Stop. Oh, that’s pretty yarn! Take new yarn out. Put another partially finished project away. Wait!!! I forgot about that project. I wonder where the pattern is. Run to laundry room to grab sheets out of the dryer. Oh, there are my towels. Go back to my bathroom with towels. Forget sheets. Go back and get sheets. Realize there’s yarn all over the bed. Put another batch of yarn away. Spot another great, partially finished project. Knit two rows of project to make sure I remember how. Run to kitchen for a diet coke. Spot a quilt book on the kitchen counter. Page through it. Decide I need to quickly look in the sewing room to see if I have the perfect fabric for a project. Dig for a few minutes and decide I’d better get back to the messy bedroom. Spot spinning wheel in the living room. Exercise discipline and keep on walking. Look at messy bedroom. Throw everything lying on the bed on the chair. Make bed. I was going to have this done by noon. It’s 11:42. Clear a path and call it good. Knitting is way more fun.

Welcome to my brain on Diet Coke and knitting.

 


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What a Glorious Day!

Yesterday was a great day for several reasons!

1.  I didn’t have to go anywhere until evening!

2.  The fall weather in Minnesota is amazing.

3.  I was able to quilt all day with two of my favorite people.  My sister and my auntie!

I also finished a quilt top!

As you may or may not have read, I decided a while ago that I was going to make all the quilts in the Living Large 2 book by Heather Peterson.  This is quilt 5 of 8.  It’s called Patchwork Posies.  The fabric is Delilah by Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit Fabric.

I really like the way it turned out.  It’s soft and fresh and I love anything with red polka dots!

After I finished the borders on this quilt, I decided to play with the next quilt on the list. It’s called Starlit Evening.  I decided to make just one block before I committed to a king size quilt.  If I didn’t love making it, there is a cute Christmas Tree skirt pattern in the book as well.   It would require me making only seven blocks instead of 30 or 35 for a king size.

Lets just say there’s another king size quilt in my future.  All of those red polka dot strips nest because of the way they’re pressed.

Heather is a genius!

Heather’s mom just made this particular quilt.  You can see it here.  You’ll have to stop back later to see what fabric I’ve chosen.

My aunt is working on this gorgeous quilt!

The fabric is Lilac Hill by Brannock and Patek for Moda.  The pattern is A Graceful Baltimore.

Here’s a closeup of one section.

Isn’t it gorgeous?  And she used to say she didn’t like appliqué!

Once the kids got home, the craziness began.  They were loud and goofy!  It was Red Carpet night at our church’s youth group.  Superblonde and Dreamboy are both on the worship team, so they decided to be good sports and participate.

They clean up pretty well, huh?  Everyone thinks Dreamboy is older than his “little” sister.  She’s not thrilled by that.  She’s actually older…by only 14 months.

I ended my day with cleaning up my messy house a bit.  Today I need to lose my gray hair, cut out the fabric for the next quilt, and get ready for Frankie’s birthday.  It’s camping weekend and the weather is supposed to be fabulous!

See ya next week!


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Quilting on the Brain!

After quilting all last week, I decided I needed to clean my sewing room.  Quilt retreat is in our basement, and I didn’t want to bring all that stuff back upstairs before I did some sorting.  My sewing room isn’t perfect, but it’s much better!

I have a finished quilt top to show you, but I cheated.  A couple weeks ago at our quilt day, my aunt was piecing a quilt and she didn’t like it.  I jokingly told her she could give me the quilt, and I’d give her some fabric.  Well, she took me up on the deal.  I had the border fabrics, so all I added were the red and the floral borders.

I love this quilt!!!  I got the pink polka dot flannel for the backing.  I’m probably not going to quilt this one for a while, because it’s going on the chair in Superblonde’s room…after she goes to college.  We’ve threatened to back a dumpster up to her window when she leaves.  Let’s just say her room is really bad!!!

The fabric is Bliss by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  The pattern is Jelly and Jam by Fig Tree Quilts.  And no, Betty, you can’t have it back!  (She chose some Civil War prints in exchange!) I still can’t believe she didn’t like it, but I’m not complaining.

I also completed another quilt top that I’m so in love with, and I can’t show it to you!  It’s going to be in the next book by Heather Peterson of Anka’s Treasures.  We had the rare pleasure of a show of some of the new quilts going in her next book.  You’re in for a treat, but not until spring market.   She finished the quilt that you see on her latest blog post.  She’s probably got it quilted by now.  She’s really fast!

I’m ready for a quiet week after a whole week of quilt retreat.  I’ve definitely got quilting on the brain, so there will be more of that.  I need to get going on some more knitting as well as some spinning.

Oh, and it’s laundry time!  And I need to do some cooking.  My long suffering family is ready for some good meals.

G’night all!  Have a great Monday!