Passing Down Crazy

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


Big Quilting Update!

Waaaaaaaayyyy back in February, or maybe it was even January, Heather sent me some photos of quilts she was working on.  I immediately texted her and asked if I could please test some of them!!!  By the next day, I had copies of several of the patterns.  I started with Petals on a String.

Please go over to Heather’s blog, Anka’s Treasures, and take a look at her photos.  They are so much better!

I got a big surprise earlier this week when I was cruising though Instagram.  My quilt is on the cover of her new book, Angles With Ease 2.

I also tested Radiant.  I absolutely love this quilt!!!

The fabric is Moxi, a new line from Moda.  My plan with this one is to put an applique border on it with some bold flowers.  I can’t ever just leave something alone!

I also pieced another quilt for her that I forgot to photograph, so I’ll save that for another post.

Heather’s book, Angle’s with Ease 2, will be available soon.  I love every quilt in the book.  You’re going to want it!

And now I’m going to go outside and enjoy the sunshine.  It’s that sunshine that made the first quilt very hard to photograph!

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All Crafting! All the Time!

I’ve been a bit craft crazed lately.  Maybe that’s why when I did laundry last weekend, the piles resembled mountains!  It had been a while.

I want to knit everything, spin everything and quilt everything.  I’m even finishing some quilts.  In July of 2011, I had the brilliant idea to make all of the quilts in the Living Large 2 book.   I blogged my idea here.  So, a bit more than three years later, I think I only have one quilt in the book that I haven’t made.  I finished the largest one last week.  The pattern is called Starlit Evening and Heather blogged about it here.

I had all of the blocks made and stashed in a container.  I pulled them out and arranged everything on the floor.  To be honest, I wasn’t feeling the love.  Then I started putting it together.  By the time I was finished, I was totally in love!  And so was my sidekick.

This pattern is genius and it’s strip pieced!

The fabric line is Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.  I’m pretty sure I bought backing for this project.  I just need to find it.  I highly recommend all the patterns in this book.  Heather is a genius!  If you’d like to purchase the pattern, you can find it here.

I’m also back to painting furniture.  I bought a sofa table for $50 on a swap and sell.  I wish I’d taken a photo of it before I killed it made it beautiful.

First I sanded it.  Then I stenciled on the top of the table and the shelf on the bottom with cream paint.  After that was dry, I went over it with a dark stain.

How cool is that?  Then I primed the rest of the table.

Although the gray primer actually looks kind of cool, that wasn’t the look I was going for.  Here’s the finished project.  Yes, the garage is a scary place!

I really really love how this turned out.  I brushed a bit of stain over the red and distressed it a bit.  Then I rubbed a couple of coats of Minwax on it.  Mission accomplished!

My idea for the project came from this post.  What a great idea!

And what am I up to this week, you ask?  I’m finally learning how to weave.  I’m pretty sure my brain is about to explode.  I had no idea how involved it is.  Ask me on Friday if I want to add weaving to my plethora of crafty endeavors!

Now I’m going to go rest my brain to get ready for another day of weaving instruction.



An Unusual Quilting Project

About 10 days ago, I showed you this photo.

After a bout with the flu, I finally got everything cut out.  Then last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday it was quilt retreat time!  We take over the board room in My Hero’s office and sew to our hearts content.  This is what I finished.

Here’s what the pattern looks like.

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time at all, you’ll know that an Amish quilt is not something I’d normally make.  This pattern is called Amish With A Twist. 2 by Nancy Rink.  Most places are selling it as a block of the month.  I purchased the whole kit from Hancock’s of Paducah.  (According to their website, it’s out of stock right now.)  I’m not sure what appealed to me about this quilt, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with it.  I just wanted to make it.

A retreat is a perfect way to get a lot done in a concentrated amount of time.  My sister is working on a quilt for one of her daughters.  My mother in law made an entire quilt!

One person that had a little harder time getting her project done was Heather.  She had some “help” that slowed her down.  I don’t think she minded much, because her little helper is really cute!

This is Heather of Anka’s Treasures and her son Carter.  His daddy came to get him a little later, and then Heather kicked it into high gear.  I could gloat and tell you I know what’s going to be in her next book, but I’m nicer than that!  You could skip over to her blog and check out her next line of fabric though!

And now it’s time to get some sleep.  If you’re looking for me tomorrow, I’ll be in my clean sewing room, working on my Amish quilt.


Discipline Is NOT My Middle Name

I’m pretty sure I have the self discipline of a two year old. I had a couple of things I was going to do today.

1. Finish laundry and clean the laundry room.

2. Clean my sewing room.

I also promised myself I was not going to start any new quilts until I finish some things I have started.

Laundry is done and folded, except for the last load of towels that is sitting in the dryer.

The sewing room is picked up enough that I can get at the cutting table, and I’m not tripping over stuff on the floor. (Well, actually there are big enough dust bunnies on the floor that I could almost trip over them.)

And….I started a new project.

Ok, maybe I have the self discipline of a four year old. After all, the laundry is done!



Brought To You In Living Color Part 2

Last week I showed you some fabric and yarn that I dyed.

I didn’t show you the really cool stuff yet!

Let me back up.  In June, Heather Peterson of Anka’s Treasures, did a post on Quilt Market.  She included this photo of Sue Spargo’s booth.

See that quilt on the right?  Yeah!  I did too.  I drooled all over Sue Spargo’s website!  I stared longingly at the kit.  I finally broke down and ordered the book  called Contemporary Folk, which includes this pattern, called Silk Road.  I played with dyeing wool.  I stared longingly at the kit some more.  I ordered 5 yards of 100% wool on ebay and practiced.

Guess what?  I did it!!!  I dyed all the wool, velvet, and silk for this project.

It took me two days to dye all the colors I needed, but I’m thrilled with the results.  Look at that velvet!

Believe it or not, this velvet started out pale pink.  It was the only light color I could find that was rayon.  I’d love to buy more and make a shirt out of it!

I think this is going to be a January project for me.  This pile is hanging out in my sewing room.  Every so often, I wander in there and pet it!

Last night, all the dyeing stuff was packed away in the basement.  It’s too cold to be outside dyeing stuff.  And that’s ok, because I need to start using some of the fabric and yarn I’ve been dyeing.

But first, I need to clean up the pile of clothes on the edge of my bathtub.

Oh…I almost forgot.  I didn’t tell you the end of the sewer saga.  We dug a huge hole in our front yard, cut the pipe, and got it unplugged.  I’m not giving you any detail, because it was just too disgusting for words.  Let’s just say I realized it was going to get ugly when the plumbers newest hire put on waders and rubber boots.

A toilet is a wonderful thing…especially after it hasn’t worked for 4 days!


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!