Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sand & Surf?

Yesterday I thought I'd call this little quilt Surf & Sand.
Today I think Sand & Surf sounds better. Or Sand & Sea.  Or Sea & Sand.
What do you think?

Sand & Surf in progress

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Surf & Sand

I've been playing with Bella Solids a little trying to come up with interesting color combinations.

Surf & Sand
Sand and Surf
Thinking it could work well in a zig zag quilt.
Something like this.
(The Bella colors are - from top to bottom: 201, 68, 104, 85, 216, & 107)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saturday Sewing

Well, kind of.  Luigi is ready to go "under the needle" but first some yard work awaits.
Super Mario Brothers QAL Block 2

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Grannies again...

The Olympics have been very helpful in my progress on the Granny Afghan. Now that it's over I'm not sure that I'll have as much time on my hands.

Summer has finally arrived, so I'm only making squares right now. Attaching them will have to wait for cooler days.
Granny Squares

Friday, August 10, 2012

Crunch Time

Getting BOM kits ready to go into the mail on Monday.
These are pretty brights for Rainbow Jane.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Six Rows!

One of the few advantages of our non-existent summer is that I can have this wool afghan on my lap every night while watching the Olympics. Hence 6 rows!
Granny Afghan
I figure I'll need at least 12 rows to make it a useful item. This means that I, once again, do not have enough yarn. I'm estimating that I'll need 20 skeins total at $10 a skein. $200! Not a cheap project, that's for sure.
But I do love it!
Granny Afghan

Monday, August 6, 2012

It's-a me, Mario!

I know I said the Mind the Gap quilt was going to be my next project, but then the fabric for my Super Mario quilt arrived and I HAD to make the first block.

Here is is soaking in the tub to remove the stabilizer from the back.  I used Sticky Fabri-Solvy from Sulky because it was way cheaper than Stick-and-Washaway.
Since I've never used Stick-and-Washaway, I can't compare the two, but it worked well.
Super Mario Brothers QAL Block 1

When he came out of the "wash" the first time, he was 1" taller than he was wide!
Super Mario Brothers QAL Block 1
So...I stitched all the vertical seams an eighth wider and he's close to square now. Well, except for the wonky-ness. I'm hoping a lot of steam will help straighten him out a bit. 
Super Mario Brothers QAL Block 1

HUGE LESSON: Backstitch the start and end of each seam. No matter how careful you are, these blocks are going to be manhandled a bit.
Super Mario Brothers QAL Block 1
(I'm using Bella Solids from Moda. I will post a list of the fabrics I used in a later post if anyone's interested.)

Friday, August 3, 2012

I'm SO making this next!

Free pattern from Moda using the new Bella Solids colors.  One fat quarter each of 12 of the colors.
And I just happen to have them all!

I'm thinking of maybe using grey for the background instead of white. Or maybe sand.

To celebrate finding a free pattern I LOVE, the fabric bundle is 20% off in the store for the next couple of days.