I’m still alive!

Moving is tiring. It’s also so expensive.

I haven’t been doing any quilting this week because I need to get to a store and buy a new iron. Until then, no crisp edges for me! It kinda stinks because I was going strong on Ezra’s quilt, and I realized I’d left my iron in Arkansas…or maybe in Abilene. Hm. Anywho, I’m hoping to get an iron tomorrow and make serious progress while Tripp’s shooting a wedding this weekend.

I have been doing some knitting, though! Check it out.

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I made a hat! It’s super soft and comfy. Now I’m awaiting some Munki Munki from a swap and also a chance to buy an iron, and I’ll be back in business, complete with comfy hat! Austin’s been pretty chilly, so I’ll probably need it 🙂

xoxo

K

Also: Giveaways!
The Sproutz Store is giving away 3 charm packs that aren’t available yet in stores!

Annette’s Acre is giving away tons of goodies for her 6th blogaversary! (All links are to different giveaways — the first is embroidery/cross stitching goodies, the second is lovely yarn, and the third is a book giveaway! Super generous of her!)

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Yo yo yo!

Guess what I made today?

Hint:
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More after the move!

-K

Needle Roll

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It’s finished!

I wanted to make a mini quilt (it’s about 11×18) to practice the quilting and binding steps before I quilt/bind Ezra’s quilt. It took me a few hours to sew on the binding, but I think it’ll be much easier the second time around. It turned out lovely, too. I think Tripp was really impressed! A few more photos:
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I made it into a needle roll for all the lovely bamboo needles Tripp got me for Christmas last year. He’s amazing.

Speaking of Tripp being amazing, he got a job today! We moved to Austin a month or so ago with hopes that he’d get hired at an entertainment company, and today they offered him the job! We are so jazzed! We’re going out to dinner this week to celebrate. Hoorah!

Now on to lunch and then…Ezra’s quilt is calling to me. 🙂

-K

Practice makes…perfect?

Today I (finally!) got my even feed foot in the mail. For my fellow newbies or you non-quilters out there, an even feed foot, aka a walking foot, looks like this:

It’s kind of a huge and awkward version of a normal presser foot.

Every sewing machine has feed dogs, which run underneath the cloth as you work, and they keep the fabric moving away from you as you sew. The walking foot allows you to cover or lower the feed dogs and keeps the layers of quilting moving at the same speed; essentially, it allows you to quilt without the bottom layer becoming shifted during quilting (even though everything should be pinned down well in the first place).

I put off ordering an even feet foot until I was actually ready to finish a quilt, because they usually run about $30 and I didn’t want to buy one until I had a reason to need it. I found a good price on one, and it came in today, so I’ve been practicing. I threw together a doll sized quilt (which will actually serve as a needle roll for my knitting needles and crochet hook) out of the Hello Betty! charm pack I received last week. I have to say, the colors are amazing. Have a looksie:
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I have quilted it but I need to rip out some of the stitches. Stippling is much more difficult than it looks. I stippled for a while but decided straight lines would look better with simple patchwork.

I poured over this tutorial on Oh Fransson! but I don’t think her methods are meshing well with my setup. Oh well, you know what they say. Eventually my stippling, with much practice, will be…a bit better. Ha!

Any stippling tips for a newbie? Leave ’em in the comments!

-K

P.S. I think I’m going to go with the handkerchief corner style for my Land and Sea quilt. My piecing isn’t neat enough to do bento boxes quite yet.

Progress!

Today, I took a break from Ezra’s quilt to work on another that’s been in progress since June. Well, that’s when I bought the fabric, anyway…I wanted to use Heather Ross’ Mendocino line in a way that would show off the fabric but also be bright and fun. It was originally supposed to be a bento box quilt, but I’ve discovered the handkerchief style and now I can’t decide!

Which layout do you prefer?

Bento Box:
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Handkerchief:
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Let me know in the comments!

-K

Vroom! Rawr!

I’ve decided to name Ezra’s quilt “Vroom! Rawr!” because of the numerous dinosaurs, animals and vehicles sprinkled about. Of course, Ezra can refer to it however he’d like (when he learns to talk!), I just have to have a name in my head to distinguish it from other quilts.

A peek at the new blocks I’ve done:
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gotta love those lions!

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Tripp and I had dinner tonight with an old friend of his that he worked with all during college. I was really happy to finally meet Andrew and his wife, Jenny — they were so much fun. We had dinner at a local and deliciously authentic Mexican food place. Mmm…those chicken tacos are to die for!

Also, this weekend one of my good friends from college got engaged. Congrats, honey! (I don’t want to say her name because I don’t know who she’s told). Her fiance is super nice and he is definitely a lucky guy, because she is a gem. They’ll be an amazing couple.

Oh! I almost forgot…I got some new fabrics in today…
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A charm pack of Hello Betty! by Moda, in the retro colorway. I love it already. Look at those amazing teals, reds and greys.

More quilting tomorrow!
-K

Inspiration in the craziest places

Yesterday while I was in the shower, washing my hair, I looked over at my little wire rack that holds shampoo/conditioner/facewash and I saw
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…but what I saw in my mind’s eye looked more like this:

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Then, I was looking at my betta, Farrokh Clark AndreRobin Arshavin Van Persie (yes, that’s his name), and I saw even more inspiration
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…my mind perceived all that color as:
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…I just can’t stop seeing quilts in everything! Have you ever been inspired by something that took you completely by surprise?

-K