Passing Down Crazy

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


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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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So, We Have This Puppy…..

Our new puppy Lola is adorable.  She’s smart.  She listens well.  But she’s still a puppy.

She went potty on this quilt soon after I took the photo.  I yelled at her.

Anyway, I’ve been spending a lot of time in my sewing room because I can keep her contained there.  Needless to say, I’m getting a LOT of quilting done.  I have enough stuff to write several blog posts.  I’m just not doing it.  I finished the quilt that Lola is sleeping on.  I will have to photograph it soon!  I’m working on two moron projects that deserve their own posts.  And I started two BOMs.  I’ll blog those next week when I work on the next month.

I’ve been wanting to change my quilting style for a long time.  I’ve always bought a fat quarter bundle of a line of fabric and made a quilt with it.  The photo above was done that way.  I want to start making scrap quilts.  It probably means I’m going to have to take apart my fat quarter bundles and sort them by color.

I started another project last night.  I decided to do the APQ quiltalong again.  Here is the info if you’d like to know about it.  I’m going to do this project.  (I borrowed the photo from Lissa’s blog.)

EdytaStyled

 

This quilt was designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  I love her quilts.  She does scrappy projects with lots of little pieces.  I started with a line of fabric, Nell’s Flower Shop, an old line from Moda.  I’ve added a whole bunch of fabrics to it, and I like it so far.  I’m feeling so brave!!!

There are 444 blocks in the quilt.  If I decide to be a moron and do the quilt king size, I’d have to do 1,188 blocks.  I have one block done.

These little blocks finish at 2 inches.  I’m planning to make the smaller quilt and if I’m not sick of it, I’ll go for the king size.

I have all the strips cut and sewn for the four patches.

It’s a start!  We’re doing a quilt retreat next week, so I’ll have lots of time to sew.

And now I have a puppy that needs to go outside.  After that, I think I’ll go sew four patches while she plays.


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I Love Cherries!

I’ve always loved cherries.  Almost 29 years ago, I picked out a dress for our rehearsal dinner.  I only ever bought clothes that were on sale, but this dress was expensive.  Anybody remember Carole Little?  Anyway, it was white with cherries on it.  My dad actually went with me and bought it.  It was a great dress!

Fast forward to last week.  I had to make this!

This is Mini Cherry Pie from Fig Tree & Co.  I pulled some fabric scraps, and by the next day it was pieced, quilted, bound, washed and dried, and hanging in my sewing room.  I found the cute little shelf on clearance at Target.  And yes, I love wild wallpaper!

I also finished a spinning project.  I think I started spinning this in November.  I was going to leave it as singles, but I hate single ply yarn.  I just have to remind myself of that occasionally.

It’s a little bit under plyed for my taste, but I may just be too lazy to fix it.

Speaking of single ply yarn, I have another weaving fail.  I chose an alpaca, wool yarn to weave, and it has problems!

I had a terrible time working it through the lease sticks.  See how fuzzy it’s getting.  I’m starting to break ends.  I’m going to go as far as I can with this.  Maybe I’ll at least get a couple of pillows out of it.  No more singly ply yarn for me!!!  My only consolation is that it would have made a horrible sweater.  It would have pilled the first time I wore it. Now it’s out of my stash.

By the way, if you’re a weaver, you probably just groaned and said, “Well, duh”!  Please feel free to offer advice in the comments.  I won’t be offended.  This weaving thing is kicking my butt!

I’ve been spending the bulk of my time in my sewing room, because it’s the easiest place to contain this little girl.

I actually heard myself say, “Lola!  Don’t eat the sewing machine”.  She was quite interested in the foot pedal cord.  She listens well, but has to be watched all the time.  Todays lesson was to not chew on my knitting.  She is the sweetest little thing and hates being scolded.  It will all take time!

And now it’s bed time for me.  Having  toddler in the house again is hard work!


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Post Christmas Chill Out

Whew!  We survived Christmas.  I could tell you all about the parties, food, and all the stuff we did over Christmas, but my brain is fried!  We ate a lot.  We had fun with family.  We got on each others nerves. We opened presents.  We laughed a lot.  Mostly at Frankie.

And now we’re all chilling.  The boys have been ice fishing.  The girls are just hanging out.  The Genius and I are on a crafting binge.  I finished a bunch of mug rugs, and got several of them ready to go out in the mail today.

I saw a photo on pinterest and decided I needed to make one or ten.  I cut one strip of white fabric and ended up with 10 squares, so that’s how many I made.  So scientific of me, huh?  I made a stop at Pier 1 before Christmas to find snowman mugs.

You’ll have to excuse my late night photography.  This is one of those projects that I’m really pleased with, but they were kind of a pain.  They’re six inches square, and binding the silly things took forever!  Anyway, I actually executed a plan, and finished them!  It seems like it usually takes me about 3 years to finish a Christmas project.

The Genius has taken on a HUGE project for me.  She converted my big loom to a new system and this is her test project.

Yes, she is a moron.  It’s her 4th weaving project ever, and it’s on a different loom.  I’m proud to say she inherited the moron gene from her mother!!!  I’ll tell you more about this project soon!

I’ve done very little knitting, as I seem to be back in a quilting mood.  The Genius has also done very little knitting, as she’s found out that playing X-box with her little brother is more fun.

And now that it’s 1:30 AM, I should head to bed.  I’m sitting here listening to a bear snoring in the next room.  I think I’ll wander around the house and find an empty bed somewhere.


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Christmas Quilting

I finished a quilt.  Yes, you read that right.  Well, sort of.  It’s pieced, but not quilted.

I started this quilt several years ago and quickly got bored making star blocks.  I’d pack it away and every time I’d pull it out to work on it, I’d realize I didn’t have the pattern book with the quilt.  I’d search for the book, make a few more star blocks, and pack it away.

Last week, I pulled the bin out yet again, and started a google search for the pattern.  I think what finally yielded a photo was “Christmas star quilt”.  Score!!!!!  It’s a Brenda Riddle pattern from the book Comfort and Joy.  I ordered the book and finished the star blocks while I waited for the mailman.  Then I finished the quilt, and didn’t do it quite like the pattern anyway, because I was going to run out of fabric.

 

I think this will be one of the prettiest quilts I’ve ever made when it’s quilted which will probably be two years from now.  The fabric is Roman Holiday by Three Sisters for Moda.  Don’t even bother looking for it.  It’s long gone.  I think I saw somewhere that the fabric came out in 2006.

And….another finish, though not nearly as major.  I started a scarf last fall with some squishy soft yarn that I actually spun worsted.  It should have been a quick scarf to knit, but for whatever reason, my ball of yarn seemed to go on forever.  I pulled it out the other day and decided it had to be finished.  Frankie had a band concert the other night.

Yep, that’s him playing the tuba.

Anyway, I finished the scarf!

It’s a big squishy roll.

It’s finished and I really like it.

And….there is weaving.

Only it’s not mine.  The Genius got a loom for Christmas….a little early.  She’s never had a lesson and this is her third project.

We call her The Genius for a reason.

And now I’m off to see what else I can finish.


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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.

 


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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.