Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Yes, well...

I want to apologize to all Temperature Quilters. In spite of all my good intentions, life got in the way and posts didn't happen.
I hope everyone has been keeping up with their quilts, because 2020 is almost upon us and I'm making plans for the next quilt.

In the meantime, I got all caught up over the weekend, so here's my progress as of week 41:

All the blocks are up to date and assembly is complete up to August 31st.
I'm going to try not to get too far behind again because I most certainly do not want 2 temperature quilts going at the same time.

A hint about my next quilt - Grunge! There will be fabric bundles, as usual. And a quilt-along.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Euphoria Quilt

It's been a while and I've worked on quite a few projects since then.

My current addiction is needle turn appliqué and this project:

The pattern is from a book named "Euphoria Tapestry Quilts" by Deborah Kemball.
I haven't done hand appliqué in ages, so this is a bit of a learning curve for me. I'm using the back basting method which I think is my favorite. Much less prep than some of the other techniques.

So far I've only made one panel:

I don't think I'm going to make the entire quilt but there is a smaller version in the book which I may be able to handle.
My quilt will be made using mostly Moda Grunge fabric. Deb's quilts are silk!
A couple of detail pics:

I love that there are some embroidered details.

If you'd like to follow my progress be sure to follow the Twiddletails Instagram feed.

(If you're a Temperature Quilt follower, I'll be posting an update soon. Life (and the quilt) has gotten away from me a little. The best laid plans...)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Summer Star

It took a while but, after 50+ years on this earth, I've finally come to the conclusion that there is no way to stop life from interfering with plans, no matter how meticulously crafted.

In the last couple of months, my father-in-law's health steadily declined and he passed away at the end of April. What followed was planning a funeral, traveling to Texas to attend his funeral, followed by sorting out everything from Social Security to investments to Medicare to bank accounts for my mother-in-law. It looks like the dust is finally settling, so I'm going to attempt a reentry into some sort of routine.

The following pattern and kit have been out there for a while but I never shared them over here.

The little Summer Star quilt finishes at 33" x 33", which makes for a perfect wall hanging or table topper you can have out all summer long.
I have kits (which include a free pattern), as well as PDF patterns available.

It looks so cute on my living room wall!

I HAVE been working on my Temperature Quilt, so if you've wondered what's up with that, I'll have a post for you very, very soon.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Lucky Charm for St. Patrick's Day

I spend so much time on Instagram these days that I'm really neglecting this little blog.

My latest pattern is "So Charming" - a 32" x 32" mini quilt. Or wall hanging. Or table topper.

The pattern is available as a PDF download in the Etsy shop.
It's a very quick project. You can probably complete it in a day - two at the most.

To make it even easier, I have kits too! If it's too late for this year, you can be REALLY proactive for next year...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Knitting Needle Organizer

Contrary to popular belief, I am actually working on projects other than the Temperature Quilt.

My knitting needles have been a complete, disorganized mess forever and ever. Here's a recent pic of the content of my "knitting bin" dumped out on the floor.

A couple of months ago, I found a pattern for organizers and this past weekend I decided it was time to make one for my double point needles.
The pattern is Knit, Purl and Roll from Atkinson Designs.
I've had the cute sheep fabric in my stash for a while and finally found the PERFECT project for it!

How cool are these little printable tabs from the website for a professional look?
A couple of notes and tips:

1. See the little sheep peeking out in the pictures above? Those entire sections are lined with the sheep fabric so, if you're trying to be frugal with your pretty fabric, use something else. In retrospect I would have just used the solid aqua here and saved some of the cute stuff.

2. The pattern calls for cutting bias binding. Since there are no curves and bias strips use a lot of fabric, I just cut straight strips like regular quilt binding and it worked just fine.

3. Read through the entire pattern before you start. It's not a beginner pattern but, with patience and care, anyone can do it!

So much better!

I absolutely love this organizer!

Next up: the circulars.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Temperature Quilt - Week 8 & 9 - and other distractions

Firstly, I've heard that some quilters using Weather Underground are having trouble with their temperatures. I originally started using it because with the government shutdown at the beginning of the year, the NOAA site was down. Weather Underground uses data from a lot of backyard weather stations and these can be unreliable because people don't necessarily post every day. I still recommend the NOAA site, although they're sometimes a day or two behind. If you're using Weather Underground, be sure to use an "official" weather station like an airport.

Because of a fun ski trip to Colorado (Crested Butte is the cutest town!), I am now way behind on my blocks.

In order to catch up, I have to make two blocks a day. I've decided that I will make the current block and the oldest unmade block every day. Of course, I completely skipped Wednesday because of yet another distraction (did I mention my middle name is "Squirrel!"?) and had to make 4 blocks on Thursday.

This is the "Ozella Shawl" by Berniolie's Designs. I've made two other shawls using her patterns. They're very impressive to look at, but quite easy to make.

Here are my blocks for this week (and last week):

I'd give my back teeth for a tiny bit of yellow...

The February giveaway will be coming up soon, so be sure to follow along on Instagram for an announcement (#tempquiltalong) or sign up to receive email reminders.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Temperature Quilt Along - Week 6 & 7

I did not have much to share last week, so I figured I'd skip one...
It seems like there have been quite a few locations where low and high temperatures have fallen in the same range this week. I've had some questions regarding this.

Firstly, this is bound to happen to most of us somewhere along the 365 days of this year. The fewer fabrics/ranges you have, the more likely you are to have repeat blocks as well as blocks where the low and high are the same color. Don't fret.

My advice is to make the block as you would any other block, i.e. don't be tempted to just slap down a single piece of fabric. Even if you're using the same fabric, the seam in the block will give it continuity with the rest of the blocks in your quilt.

This week I was reminded of the importance of liking the fabrics you choose. The green in this dot has been the high color for 12 blocks so far this year! And it's been in a total of 17 blocks.

I've sewn together the first two rows of my quilt! Somewhere along the line I dropped the "snake" idea. The quilt will now read like a book - left to right and top to bottom. I also removed the appliqued "2019". Just didn't like it. I'll come up with something else for those blank blocks.

(I haven't been able to press it properly because I still need to add batting to the circles in the first row.)
I added a teenie weenie little month marker which won't interfere with the flow of the quilt.

We had our first giveaway last week and I'm planning one for each month, so be sure to follow along on Instagram for an announcement (#tempquiltalong).