Perhaps it is more accurately called “trapunto;” nevertheless, it is fascinating to view ancient textiles and see how similar they are to today’s: This quilt is telling a story, just like many quilts that we make.
It is also interesting to see what is DIFFERENT: Check out these socks!
In Iceland, travelers are forced to walk through the duty-free gift shop if they are changing planes. I thought, “If they are making me walk through their store, I am allowed to take a few photos,” and I did.
A jacket I’ve seen before at the Desigual store (in Stockholm this time) caught my eye again, because I really want to make one like it.
I could remove sleeves from a thrift-store jean jacket, add sleeves from a thrift-store sweater, add some applique/embroidery–what do you think? I hope to post my own jacket here later this summer.
Of course I did some knitting–free ravelry pattern “Genmaicha” from Kate Gagnon Osborn. I used my own 50-g. ball of gradient yarn, colorway Blueberry; more is available in my shop. The little skein is what was leftover. Naturally if you started with the blue (instead of the pale green as I did), you would have more blue in the hat.
The hat is knit top-down. You need dpns and a circular of one size (to achieve 7 stitches per inch) and also a circular two sizes smaller for the ribbing. The author gives instructions for making the hat out of different colors of yarn; I just continued on with the same yarn. She also advises binding off with “Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off,” which I did. I found these instructions for making a pom-pom; I made the 4.5 cm. size. I inflated a balloon to a circumference of 20 inches and blocked the hat over it.
A dear family friend, pictured above, died three years ago. His daughter is, at age 46, unexpectedly (and happily) pregnant for the first time. She emailed me her favorite photo of Dad and I found the music online for a song he liked to play. Mom gave me one of his shirts, of which I used one sleeve and one strip from the front, saving the rest for future projects; it is the dark gray with blue and purple stripes at the bottom of the first photo, and you’ll see multiple squares of it in the photo below.
The staff at The Quilted Raven helped me select fabrics to add to those I already had. (They have a HUGE selection of Alaskan fabrics, FYI.) To transfer photos to fabric, I used Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper, which I ordered online from JoAnn’s. It transferred the images beautifully to fabric, but the fabric does feel a bit stiff, so I may try something else next time. (Do you see the photos I used of the Northern Lights, the Alaska flag and the words to the Alaska Flag Song?) A Quilted Raven staff member suggested denim for the edging, and I found a beautifully dark and soft denim fabric at JoAnn’s.
Experienced quilters will find plenty to criticize in this quilt, but no one else offered to make a quilt like this for these beloved family friends. This is our best shot at having Grandpa hold that new baby girl in his arms.
The Anchorage Log Cabin Quilting Guild had its Teddy Bear Tea last month, in which members brought in the miniature quilts they had made to accompany stuffed animals/beanie babies. These are given to charities and service organizations that deal with children; representatives from a few of those were present and spoke of how they used the donations. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera to the meeting, so the only photo I have is of my own donations before I took them.
I had bought several men’s shirts for $1 each at a thrift store and incorporated them into the quilts shown in the foreground. I enjoy that very much–using perfectly good fabric that would otherwise be thrown into a landfill.
Making mini quilts is such a good way to practice skills and gives a reason for doing so. At the meeting I showed my corners, which are not perfectly square, to an experienced quilter. “Allow more fabric when turning the corner on the binding” was her advice. Fortunately I don’t have to discard or rip out my imperfect attempts: The children are not going to care about slightly-curved corners.
The beanie babies are the generous gift of a yarn customer; you can see that I still have plenty to use in the future.
I’ve had a lot of fun dyeing gradient fingering-weight yarn and writing a (free) cowl pattern. Yarn (with pattern) is available in my shop, www.alaskannancy.etsy.com, attached as a pdf below, and soon in ravelry’s pattern database.
Alaskan Cruise Cowl
Is it Spring yet? Today is wonderfully sunny, although also below freezing. I’ve added some bright colors of yarn to my shop.
In one of my quilting groups, we all received a length of floral panel (many yards of which had been donated to the group) and had to make something from it.
Here is what I made:
That was my first free-motion quilted project and I am pleased with the result.
I subsequently took a class, “Modern Broderie Perse,” from quilt artist Maria Shell. My resulting project was definitely NOT modern–not what she was teaching. Her idea, which I liked very much, was to use graphic prints and to cut modern flower shapes from them, as you can see here if you scroll to the very bottom of her list of classes. However, the fusible webbing I was using turned out to be a few decades old and did not stick, so when I got home I started over. I happened to have a few florals in my tiny fabric stash and decided to use those, going the traditional route. The result, shown in progress, is here:
The black vase and red roses are from a pair of silk/linen pants I bought at the Salvation Army a while back just because I like the fabric. The other florals are from a scrap bag I purchased online from Hawthorne Fabrics. I used invisible thread because my free-motion quilting is of course still not the best. I had a lot of tension problems, so the back looks bad; I subsequently learned that Viking machines (like mine) typically have this problem. Aargh!
Below are a few tidbits that may interest you.
Fear of failure
“You must not think really of reaching an audience. You must think first to express yourself.” Pierre Boulez, quoted here.
Museum at Prairie Fire link
I dyed a new self-striping sock colorway today, Silk and Rhinestones, available in my shop. If it’s still November, use coupon code Nov2015 for 10% off this and other in-stock items. I plan to not dye and not blog in December, focusing instead on quilting and other endeavors. Happy Holidays!