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tiistai 28. helmikuuta 2012

Insert Snappy Title Here...

AYOS (Another Year of Schnibbles) continued with Carrie's pattern, ISTH or i.s.t.h.

If you remember, at first I was skeptical of the color combination - blue and red.
Then I sewed first block - or in fact - found matching and pleasing fabrics for it. So I decided: I really need a new Christmas tablerunner for my table! If it'll be a nice one, then I'll use this pattern again and sew the other tablerunner for the present.

 
 After sewing four stars I was pleased with the length... but then began 'the problems'.
What about the borders?
Shall I make the checkerboards as in the original pattern or shall I borrow the idea, which I saw at Sinta Renee?
Shall I use the stripe fabric or not?

While I was thinking of those hard questions... it was better do something else!

The second OPAM - finished ;o) And matches nicely with my mother's blouse!

The knitting 'cleaned up' my head. I made decisions :-)

... and before I realised the whole tablerunner was finished!
PURTAP-purrTAP, well-done!!!
I'm pleased and not skeptical anymore... blue and red are spectacular together - atleast with brown ;o)

The end... a photo mystery...

Where is the cat?
;D
We'll be back soon...

sunnuntai 19. helmikuuta 2012

Progress in My Favorite Things

Happy and joyful winter day...

This week I focused on Stitch-a-long blocks for My Favorite Things quilt. February blocks: an ice cream, a hot chocolate and a good book are now appliqued, stitched...
(The tales behind the blocks you'll found here.)

... and all ten blocks are pieced together - almost! 
Annie's quilt has all the sashing stripes cream or other light colours, but I'm using grey for the outer part of sashings. Now I'll take a small break with it, but only until March.

This photo is greetings to Laila!

She asked me to show my Granny's blanket ;o). 
I crocheted it at early 80's. Therefore it's very colorful, which is not typical for me. The yarns are mainly man-made fibers, therefore it's also quite heavy. So I haven't used it much.
I have dreamed of crochet a new blanket...
... but what colour?

Maybe this color?
But I'm not sure, if the variegated yarn is good for grannies...   
What do you think? I would love to hear YOUR opinion.

Many knitting projects are also progressing here...

... a frilly scarf is one of them.

... till next time!

tiistai 14. helmikuuta 2012

sunnuntai 12. helmikuuta 2012

Jotain valmista. Osa2 - in February


For February I choosed an easy project:  a small tablerunner, which I started last year. It was only without quilting and binding...
I decided it would be finished early in February... so I have time for the other projects...
Is the middle of the month early? ... probably not... but...

I thought hard how shall I do the quilting. 
Shall I stay in the ditch or do the free motion?
If I do free... what kind of pattern?
Suddenly on one evening I realized it!
 
 I'll sew some kind of petal shapes on each twister... 
I'm pleased, but as you see, I need more practise with the free motion Q ;o)

 
Now the Easter may arrive!

But before that...

 
... the quilting will never end...
Oh, the neck is aching and I need a break and a hot chocolate!

HAPPY quilting SUNDAY!!!!!

maanantai 6. helmikuuta 2012

Freezing Weekend...

... and it was better stay at home and inside at the warm place...

 This is the box where I store in the most treasured (= YLI silk) threads for applique. Lately I have opened the box more often than usually... because of My Favorite Things blocks... and there is piece of fabrics waiting for the other applique project. They caused extra 'disturbance' so much, that yesterday I decided to sew them there, where they belong... although I should have done something else... And I was also worried about them... I didn't want to them having crispy edges...

 So here is...

 the third My Whimsical Garden block!
I'm not quite pleased with the flower on the right... especially the fabric of the leaves is all too restless.

But first I have to make some blocks more...

until I'll replace it with the other fabric... or more precisely with a new block.
There is totally 20 blocks in the original MWG quilt, but I'm not sure yet, how many I'll do...
I'll make them only when I need fresh colours... so this project will be a real WISP!

Well, now back to the world of filet laces ;o)
HAPPY WEEK and KEEP your NEEDLES sharp!

torstai 2. helmikuuta 2012

Plans for February

In the beginning...
I want to thank you all, who have commented on my stories.
I usually answer you (if I have time) by email, but there is some non-bloggers, who I can't answer through my email... So please, remember
I truly appreciate all comments ;o) THANKS / KIITOS!

And then some plans!

My PIP in February is...
eli Jotain valmista joka kuukausi projektini helmikuussa on...

Easter Twister -tablecloth / -pöytäliina. 
I started it last year in April, so it's not even old UFO. 
I don't know what happened, but it's only without quilting and binding... 
And it's not a large project either, only 16" x 16". And I like those colours and fabrics... 
What's wrong? Why it's still unfinished?
... one of life's mysteries...
BUT it won't be long unfinished! Now I see it as a good chance to practise free-motion quilting...

In the middle of the school projects...
I'll relax with next blocks of My Favorite Things.
There is three blocks: an ice cream, a hot chocolate and a good book.
I got the layer cake of 'Papillon' (new line by 3 Sisters, Moda)... 
perhaps I'll now start to sew the sashings...

Then there is a new AYOS challenge ahead...
it's Carrie Nelson's I.S.T.H.
must be careful with those letters... ;o)
The original pattern is made of red-blue fabrics...

... and I must admit that those colours - I mean red and blue together - is really out of my comfort zone!
But I'm going to start... and if I'll success... I'll have the first Christmas present ready in the end of F.
I planned to make a some kind of tablerunner version of I.S.T.H. (did I write it right?)

But now hyrr-hyrf... 
Freezing (-20 degrees of C) Winter wishes to you
lucky we have warming quilts around us;o)