Defeated by Crochet, Redeemed by Quilting

I haven’t been crafting as much as I would have liked, but I started something and I finished something this past week. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the same project, so…

Over the weekend, one of my girl friends came over and we watched some Audrey Hepburn and she taught me to crochet. I tried to figure some of it out on my own, but my tension was all wrong and I had no clue what I was doing. Even though I had to restart my project a couple times (and a couple more after she left), I think I have somewhat of a clue. It’s still not perfect, and despite yarn craft being “in my blood” (according to my mom), I think this is going to take a while to master.

Eventually, I’m trying to make this:

Breda's Cowl

Breda’s Cowl

I picked up some yarn from a local yarn shop–not the same kind used in the pattern, but it’s alpaca and silk and feels super nice.

Despite my defeat by crochet, I completed my niece’s quilt this weekend. My mom did a beautiful job with the quilting, and all I had to do to finish was the binding. The binding didn’t want to go on easily, since I managed to maim myself a couple times with the pins. But I finally figured out how to join the ends of the binding to make it look like one fluid piece!

Quilting by mom

Quilting by mom

It went into the mail this evening, so she’ll probably get it in a couple weeks!

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Crafting This Week

Tuesday

Didn’t have a whole lot of time to do anything Tuesday evening, so I didn’t. I looked at my crochet book, though.

Wednesday

Found sometime while tidying up to cut and sew together the binding for India’s quilt. But that’s about as far as I got before I had to tidy-up my craft room and head to bed.

Thursday

I got my fabric in the mail! I ordered some lace and cotton for my first fall dress and some twill to make some slacks for Richard. I’m so excited about this lace!

This color is a very bold choice, especially with the sparkles.

This color is a very bold choice, especially with the sparkles.

It’s coral, and I got some light pink cotton for underlining/lining to make Vogue 8766.

Vogue 8766

Vogue 8766

But aside from loving on my fabric for a couple minutes, I didn’t have much time to work on anything else.

Friday

It’s hot again today. I thought it would have started cooling off around here, but apparently it was about 85 today, which means it was even hotter in the house. And I already wasn’t feeling too awesome to begin with. Bleh. So again, no actual crafting done, but I picked up working on the PatternSquirrel website. Trying to knock off a few items off my To-Do list for this application. Feel free to sign up and try it out if you haven’t already. Any and all feedback is welcome!

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National Sewing Month

September marks “National Sewing Month” in the United States. As motivation to make some progress on my various projects, I’ve decided I need to do something crafty every day of this month, even if it’s as small as washing fabric for an upcoming project, or ripping out some seams. Hopefully, it will motivate me to return to multi-tasking while catching up on my DVR’d shows (such as the new season of Doctor Who). And, I’ll be making more blog posts. As much as I don’t like making posts without pictures, I probably will make a few update-like posts, similar to this one.

Today I:

  • Sewed the seams on the skirt of the Yellow Dress (next, sewing the skirt to the bodice, inserting zipper, hemming).
  • Received India’s quilted quilt from mom (next, binding and labeling).
  • Worked on the Fortunate Traveler cross-stitch.
  • Picked up a few patterns (including this gem) at Hancock Fabrics and some notions for the slacks my husband wants me to make him.
  • Thought about practicing crocheting again, then decided not to.

Now, off to work on the Yellow Dress and finish Downton Abbey Season 2!

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India’s Quilt Top

Just finished India’s quilt top tonight, just need to get a couple more yards of fabric for the backing and maybe some more batting (if I don’t have enough in the closet already). I made a little goof, but if you don’t notice, then I’m not worried :)

India's Quilt Top

India’s Quilt Top

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Quilting Update

Back when I was making the owl quilt for some friends, Richard said he wanted “us” to make a quilt for our nephew. He insisted on making a jungle theme quilt. So while I was at the Sewing Expo, I found a kit from The Quilting Loft that featured the Sweet Safari theme fabrics and blocks of embroidery. I’ve never done embroidery before, but I was willing to give it a shot. After all, I love cross-stitch, so how much harder could embroidery be? Oh, and the quilt is about crib size, so it’ll be going to our future niece, who’s due any day now, and our nephew will be getting a different quilt sometime later.

Since my husband was pretty adamant about a jungle theme quilt (and he rarely has an opinion on any of my craft projects, other than they look nice), I convinced him to help me by taking the rotary cutter and cutting up all my blocks (later, I’ll have him do the strips for the rest of the quilt). He did a pretty good job with the blocks too!

Anyhow, embroidery wasn’t too bad. I got a lot of feedback and help from friends on stitches I should be using for a baby quilt so that it stays intact and isn’t destroyed in the wash. Here’s a sample of four of the eight blocks I’ve done. (The other four are the same but in the opposite direction).

Sweet Safari animals by Penguin & Fish

Sweet Safari animals by Penguin & Fish

If you’re interested in these embroidery designs, you can find them here.  I have two more animals to do: zebra (who’s stripes are chain stitched, so it’s taking a while) and elephant. The mane on the lion was meant to be a long stitch, but after feedback, I switched to an outline stitch, and it still looks pretty good (and more durable too).

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