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FO: Quiltworx Leaf Runner

In October 2016, I took a quilting class at the Quilt Crossing. Sandy Lieske taught the class, and it was the first of the Quiltworx.com Leaf Series. This is a super cute large runner pattern, and it’s a great way to get introduced to the Quiltworx patterns.

Conveniently, Sandy gave me a kit for the class for my birthday 🙂 so all I had to do was show up and take the class.

I’ve done paper piecing before, but it did take me a while to get the hang of this technique. There may have been cursing involved.

I finally finished the runner this week. Yahoo!

“Squirrely Quiltworx Leaf Runner”
Completed July 17, 2017 in Meridian, ID.

I named it “Squirrely Quiltworx Leaf Runner” in part due to the super cute squirrel fabric, but also because I was at least a little squirrely at the end of the class that day.

FO: Laura’s Shawl – Double Scoop

Note: I found this in my drafts folder in WordPress! I’m publishing it nearly 3 years late. Oh well.

 

Pattern: Double Scoop

Size 6 needle.

Madeleine Tosh Merino Light in Fathom (Color A) and Grasshopper (Color B)

This was an interesting knit. At the end it was a bit of slog, especially when I messed up the last slipped stitch section and had to rip back for two hours. Ugh.

Knit for LauraR’s birthday, and she’ll get it two hours late. In my rush, I only have a picture of the work in progress.

FO: Modern Expressions Tiling Scene

This is the first finished quilt since moving back to Boise. I’ve had a severe case of startitis…..I’ve taken too many classes and had to dedicate a day to finishing some items. 

Modern Expressions Tiling Scene – picture (c) Mary Beth Anderson, 2017. All Rights Reserved.

I wanted a simple embroidery project to get back into embroidered quilts again before tackling something larger.  This finished about 20″x20″, so it fit the bill. The color and thread choices don’t look anything like the pattern, which you can see at http://www.embroideryonline.com/p-66546-modern-expressions-tiling-scene.aspx. 

I originally had a specific thread color scheme I was using, but then I just started to mix it up at the end.  The fabrics are all commercial batiks or prints.

This was a fun project and would be a great project for someone just starting with embroidery.

It’s been a while….again.

It’s been a long time since I blogged.

I actually had a few FOs for Christmas, but then a few didn’t get done in time and I didn’t post them. Plus I forgot to take pictures of most of them.

I’ve actually dyed a metric-ton (almost) of fabric, and didn’t take a single picture.

So, you’re stuck with pictures of stuff that I have done recently.

Here’s a picture of the mittens I gave LauraR. They were due in Christmas 2014. They were completed in time for her b-day September 2015. The pattern is called Trailblazer and it is a quick and fun knit. I’ve knit multiple pairs of these mittens and will probably knit them again. But not for a due date. I’m calling a moratorium on Christmas and birthday knitting until I feel I can actually hit deliverable dates.

Here’s the project page on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mbanderson/trailblazer

I was in Boise recently and completed a quilt top. The pattern is called Cranberry Chutney and it is super easy. It was the perfect thing to do on vacation. I found a kit at the Quilt Crossing in Boise.

Why yes, those are my feet at the bottom of the picture. And yup, that’s a dog in there as well 🙂

FO: Another Baby Quilt

Pattern: My own from this post

Fabric: An old Bali Pops set from the archives, plus Minkee on the back

Another quilt from the quilt-a-palooza in Boise in October. This one is going to a friend who is having baby #8.

Finished Quilt

Finished Quilt

 

A shot of the back:

Back of Quilt

The Minkee buries the quilting thread. You’d never know that I used light gray thread on the back of the quilt.

 

FO: Apartment Warming Gift for Jilly

Unfortunately, I don’t know what pattern this is. It’s obvious it was done with Bali Pop Strips. And I vaguely remember working on it in Boise.

Finished quilt for Jill

Finished quilt for Jill

I was digging around in the cupboard before I visited in Sandy, in a mad frantic bid to find some quilt tops in order to practice long arm quilting. We had been at the MidWest Quilt Expo in September, and Sandy swore that Evil Minkee was not evil to quilt on a long arm machine, and she offered to let me use her machine while I was there.

I found this, and immediately wondered why I didn’t finish it!

Here’s a close up:

Close up

Close up

Sandy suggested that I try using a pantograph. It did make the quilt quicker to finish. Normally I would have quilted this much denser via free motion.

I will admit the finished quilting is gorgeous. Check out the back:

Back of the quilt - Minkee makes the quilting really pop!

Back of the quilt – Minkee makes the quilting really pop!

A long arm quilting machine really does make the Minkee doable without cursing! I still would not use it with my sit down machine.

FO: Sandy’s Scarf — Clapotis

Pattern: Clapotis

Knitted for Sandy’s birthday. Delivered only a few weeks late 🙂

(2) skeins Shepherd Sport Solid color Beauchamps. I did 3 full repeats of sections 2 and 4 and 20 repeats of section 3. Probably could have done another 5 repeats of section 3 but was afraid of running out of yarn, and the scarf is plenty long enough.

This was a fun knit and I may do the full Clapotis shawl some day.

Full scarf

Full scarf

DSCF1081-small

Close up

FO: “Funky Flowers II”

This is the last quilt from the Christmas 2013 holiday quilting blitz. This quilt was started in Sue Benner‘s class at MISA in June 2013. The color is a little washed out in this picture.

"Funky Flowers 2". 36.5"x36.5". Commercial fabrics including batiks, sheers, silk, and spandex (!) Fused and machine quilted. Rattail bound. Completed December 31, 2013 in Jackson, WI.

“Funky Flowers 2″. 36.5″x36.5”. Commercial fabrics including batiks, sheers, silk, and spandex (!) Fused and machine quilted. Rattail bound. Completed December 31, 2013 in Jackson, WI.

FO: Hubba Hubba Hollyhock wool pillow

Now for something a little different…..this is a kit from Wooly Lady, a company in Eagle River, WI. They have beautiful hand dyed wool and absolutely awesome customer service. I bought and am working on a second pillow for myself as Jill received this one for her b-day in February.

Hubba Hubba Hollyhock wool pillow. Kit by Wooly Lady. Wool, hand appliqued, machine stitched to form pillow. Completed Feb 2014, Jackson, WI.

Hubba Hubba Hollyhock wool pillow. Kit by Wooly Lady. Wool, hand appliqued, machine stitched to form pillow. Completed Feb 2014, Jackson, WI.

FO: “Sandy’s Scraps”

Again, from the November 2013 Boise trip…..Sandy had some scraps too!

"Sandy's Scraps" 45.5"x 34.5". Commercial Fabrics and batiks. Machine Quilted. Completed December 31, 2013 in Jackson, WI.

“Sandy’s Scraps” 45.5″x 34.5″. Commercial Fabrics and batiks. Machine Quilted. Completed December 31, 2013 in Jackson, WI.

 

And here’s a close up:

"Sandy's Scraps" close up

“Sandy’s Scraps” close up

 

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