Sunday, January 19, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Yesterday was my sister's birthday so I had to send cookies! (of course). She and I are both fans of fabric designer Kate Spain, especially Sunnyside (and all the Christmas collections!). She sent me Sunnyside fabric for Christmas, so I made matching cookies for her birthday.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
The next quilt I started was made using this pattern by Camille Roskelley. The quilt isn't finished (a project for 2014!) mostly because it's massive. The matching pillows are finished with straight line and pebble quilting. I decided to try free-motion quilting last year, and will continue to work on that this year. So far these pebbles are the only project I've free-motion quilted.
|There are two of the 14" Lucky Pillows with straight-line quilting|
|but only one 16" Lucky pillow with pebble quilting|
Katie's Christmas quilt featured a panel from an older Kate Spain Christmas collection. The majority of the blocks were a paper-pieced block called Arabic Lattice. This was a really fun block to piece. To make the quilt easier on the eyes I put borders on all the blocks. The back is the red floral print and is bound with a white-on-white swiss dot.
|This is the blocks laid out to assemble the top|
Next I finished a project I'd started a few years ago, one of the first quilts I started, and the only one to sit in pieces in a box while I worked on other quilts. The original blocks were poorly done, with uneven seams, poorly sewn bias seams, etc. It was overly ambitious for my skill level at the time, but with a lot more practice and even more study I decided it was time to take them out of the box and have another look. I ended up cutting them into triangles and re-assembling them. One I put the new blocks together I liked it.
Friday, December 20, 2013
- A pair of socks, any size. The bigger the socks, the bigger the monkey. See below for tips for choosing socks to monkey-fy.
- Sewing needles, the size or type doesn't really matter, as long as they're fairly thin (no darning or upholstery needles)
- Thread, in a color that matches your monkey, or if you're really good at invisible sewing, any color at all, as well as a color for the mouth (I pretty much use white for all the monkeys, but I'm pretty good at invisible sewing)
- Sharp scissors, for cutting thread and socks.
- Fluff. Also known as fiberfill or polyfill. This is usually sold in one pound bags, which is enough for approximately 1700 monkeys (or at least a dozen, this depends on the size sock you use)
- Buttons for eyes. Quick tip: red, white, and yellow make creepy eyes, so choose accordingly (maybe you want a creepy monkey for Halloween?)
- A needle threader. This nifty one by clover is like a needle threading ninja. I can't figure out how it works, but it does
- Thread conditioner. Thread Heaven will help your thread glide through the sock more easily and reduces tangles.
- A thimble. Socks are pretty easy to sew, but sewing with a thimble is a habit for me. I use this one, but in a small size
- Crew style works best, ankle socks aren't great and knee socks can be used but make monkeys with super long arms, unless you cut the sock down to crew length)
- A sock with a different colored heel makes a more fun monkey, since a heel becomes a nose/mouth. You could even get two pairs and swap heels for the monkeys!
- Remember that sock patterns usually are right side up when you wear them, but will be upside-down as a monkey, for example, a pair of socks covered in hearts might be really cute on your feet, but look silly upside-down as a monkey. Try to pick patterns that are the same either way (stripes, argyle, spots) or that have multi-directional objects, unless you want upside down ghosts, or hearts, or chickens, on your monkey.