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!