Mateo’s Quilt

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What’s this? Another baby on the way?! Yes!

This time my cousins Oli and Matt are expecting their first – a baby boy named Mateo! I just love that name. I can’t wait for him to be here. 🙂

Typically, I stick with pretty traditional quilting.  Civil War quilts are my favorite, followed closely by The Farmer’s Wife (1930s).  But, I just couldn’t see myself giving Matt and Oli’s son a traditional quilt. I decided to go for something bold, modern, and way out of my comfort zone. Pretty much the entire time I made this quilt I asked two questions 1) is there something with more contrast? 2) is there something bolder?  I think I finally got the questions answered with ‘no’.

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Again, I didn’t use a pattern and I just used jelly rolls. It will be the last time I use jelly rolls though. They just aren’t consistent! Im pretty sure it’s the one time that a human is more consistent than a machine – plus they cut them between 2 3/4 inch and 3in and it just makes no sense. trying to match them up with anything is a nightmare.  If you look close you can see I used a lot of optical illusions on this quilt to adjust or the non-standard jelly roll strips. *shakes fist* never again jelly rolls! But I’m super happy with this quilt. It’s modern, fun, and super bold. It’s perfect.

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Quilt for Juanita’s daughter

Over a week ago I got to attend my friend Juanita’s baby shower for her upcoming daughter! It was such a beautiful baby shower – the food, location and decorations were perfect! Not to mention I got to see so many people I haven’t seen in probably 5 years!

I decided to make a second version of a quilt I made my niece last summer, because I just love the pattern. This time I didn’t measure a thing – which was really dumb. But it worked out! I also used jelly rolls – thinking it would speed up my time.  The thing about jelly rolls is, they don’t save time because they aren’t identical. If I had cut these strips I would have been done a day sooner, I actually had to spend an hour at least readjusting the seams in the center once I got it all pieced. Jelly rolls just aren’t predictable. The time I saved not cutting I more than spend double in the end dealing with.  Long story short, I used jelly rolls on another quilt after…. more to come on that.

But!

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The quilt came out super adorable – I love it!

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Goes to show the things that give you the most grief are always the best.

Congrats Juanita and Mike! ❤

Astrodelic Quilt

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I finished this quilt a few weeks ago, but finally delivered it to my new niece so I can finally go in depth with it here. 🙂

I found the Astrodelic Quilt on a great website of Fat Quarter Shop.  They have a ton of free patterns and really cute fabrics. I chose this quilt because it looks really stunning and actually is very simple.  The angle cuts are made with the same method of making binding so this is a true beginner quilt. Due to the large pieces it was also easy to line up and piece together.  I kept this incredibly simple with just a cross ‘x’ quilt.  I looked at other people’s quilting choices online and decided I wanted my fabric and clean lines to show more than the quilting so I literally did the bare minimum.  If I did it again, I would probably hand quilt or machine quilt the seams. Overall, it took 2 hours to iron/cut, 3 hours to piece/sew, and 3 hours to bind. So a wonderful weekend quilt. Here are my pics!

Feel free to ask question in the comments – I would also love to do a small class or tutorial of this online/in person if people are interested!

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prepping to join batting with front/back
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prewashed, post binding – it looks so good in my living room 😉
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this finished result! 

Baby Quilt Fabric

Since I’m officially losing my mind at the Farm House, I decided to take some time to talk about another hobby I have in the mix.  Baby Quilt or as it shall be used in my home CAT QUILT! I signed up for a class at the end of May with Lois and I am just counting down the days.

I have never taken a class at Fancy Tiger – but they do have a … well, fancy, set up. Here is the class info.

I have been hoarding quilting fabric for years, so I figured starting off simple would give me the motivation and interest to dive into real fabric piecing and traditional quilting.

Here is the fabric I got for my little baby blanket! EEEE PUGS!  Fabricworm is a super cute site with TONS of quilting fabric.  This fabric is high quality and I can’t wait to get started.

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In the past I have also joined a ‘fabric of the month’ club with Pink Castle Fabrics. I really love their ‘Kawaii’ or Japanese fabric.  They have a lot of different ‘fabric of the month clubs’ and they are really well priced.

Here is some past fabric I have received from Pink Castle:

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Anyways!  I can’t wait to get my craft room all set up and start sewing more than just curtains 😉

This is my current state of mind at the house:

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Baby Bobble Blanket

I’m sure it is obvious that I took a mini-break (cough eight months cough) from crafting during the move, job change, additional move and beginning of summer.  Well, I have ended that break and I am very happy and exciting to be diving back into the craft-scene.

I crocheted an adorable baby afghan from Bernat and thought I would share:

had to test it out make sure it was soft enough for real babies.

Here is the pattern – or visit Bernat’s site for more info and more free patterns!

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

Bernat® Baby Blanket™ Yarn: 4 skeins (MC) Peachy, 1 skein White (A)
Crochet hook size M/13 [9 mm] or size for gauge
Scissors
Tape measure

SIZE:

36″x40″ [91.5 x 101.5 cm]

GAUGE:

7 sc & 8 rows = 4″ [10 cm].

DIRECTIONS:

With MC, ch 89.
Row 1: (RS). Cluster in 6th ch from hook. *Ch 1. Skip next ch. 1 dc in next ch. Ch 1. Skip next ch. Cluster in next ch. Rep from * to last 2 ch. Skip next ch. 1 dc in last ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc. Ch 1). *1 dc in top of next cluster. Ch 1. Cluster in next dc. Ch 1. Rep from * to last Cluster. 1 dc in last Cluster. Ch 1. 1 dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as dc. Ch 1). *Cluster in next dc. Ch 1. 1 dc in top of next Cluster. Ch 1. Rep from * to last 2 dc. Cluster in next dc. Ch 1. 1 dc in last dc. Turn.
Rep Rows 2 & 3 until blanket measures 38″ [96.5 cm]. Fasten off.

BORDER: With RS facing, join A with sl st to top right corner. Ch 3 (counts as dc). Work 1 rnd of dc evenly around all side edges, having 3 dc in each corner. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. Fasten off.

ABBREVIATIONS:

Beg = Beginning
Ch = Chain(s)
Dc = Double crochet
Rep = Repeat(ing)
Rnd = Round(s)
Sc = Single crochet
Sl st = Slip stitch
Yoh = Yarn over hook
Cluster = (Yoh & draw up a loop in next st. Yoh & draw through 2 loops on hook) 5 times. Yoh & draw through all loops on hook. Ch 1.

The Bee Keeper’s Quilt

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It’s been a rough Monday at my Grandma’s as our sweet little german shepherd Flak decided to bring a dead squirrel into the dining room.  I know – I feel bad even sharing, but I’m currently suffering from PTDSSD (post traumatic dead squirrel stress disorder).  It took 30 minutes of hysterical screaming and crying until my heroic uncle Chris was able to deal with the ‘situation.’  I’ve cloroxed and listerened everything/every dog but…. *shudder***

ANYWAYS…. back to what I planned on sharing today.

Since I have started knitting regularly again, I decided I wanted to make something special for my boyfriend’s new niece.  She’s only 4 months old, so the size of any project for her will be small and manageable.

I stumbled upon this adorable quilt on ravelry and decided it would be the most original and cute blanket for the new baby.  I plan on doing all shades of ivory, white, light pink etc…

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Now I did have to pay for this pattern from ‘Tiny Owl Knits‘ and while I LOVE the finished product, her instructions were less than easy to understand.    Perhaps it’s because I am a pattern novice, but I had several other very experienced family knitters take a look at the process and they were all left stumped too.  I ended up spending Saturday evening well into the night trying to figure out just how the heck you start to knit this thing.  I googled ‘knitting in the round’ and read/watched almost every article/video and none of them remotely looked like this project until finally I found this video:

“knitting in the round straight” – the heavens opened up and I finally figured out just what the heck the pattern author meant.  Her pictures always showed the stitches divided onto 2 different double pointed needles, and it just never made sense.  With this video her pattern is now EASY.  Hmmm operator error I guess. ;P  So I ended up doing the technique just to practice and although I did alright (no missed stitches or wrong knits or purls), it is very tedious and incredibly time consuming.  I guess I should mention now that it will take HUNDREDS of these small pockets to make a blanket – at this rate my niece will be old enough to knit herself a blanket!!  Alas here is how far I got in 2 hours:

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and here is the ‘pocket’:

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Now I just have to practice increasing and decreasing like the pattern says.  I do love the idea so I really have no issue spending money for the pattern, I just wasn’t really sure how to start.  I’m going to use larger needles too on my second test run because I tend to start knitting way too tight on those itty bitty needles. I’ve thought of using larger yarn too – that could work since it will be softer and take WAY less time.

I’ll continue to update as I go along – In the mean time here is a dorky photo of me (like the bullet shirt? thanks Mike!) modeling by new two-toned cowl that I made last week. It came out perfect and I LOVE it.  Too bad there aren’t that many cold/chilly days left.

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