This photo is a month old. This project is still unfinished. Story of my life. It feels like the longer I’m away from a project the harder it is to pick it back up. But I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things next week. I’m starting to get that itch again …
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a bit of a coffee fiend. I’m one of those people who gets withdrawal headaches (truly unfortunate because the only time I go without is when I’m sick). So a french press was a perfect Christmas gift.
I love the french press coffee, and I love that it takes up about a quarter of the counter space that my 12-cup percolating coffee maker took up. But I usually make two cups of coffee in the morning and sip on them over the course of a few hours, so my coffee tends to get cold waiting for me to drink it.
Not anymore. With a charm pack of lovely hand-dyed prints I picked up from Malka‘s booth at the 2010 Austin Quilt Show (Yes, I’ve been sitting on it for almost a year and a half. I suck.), a bit of faux linen (for the back and the ties) and some Insulbrite, I have a brand spankin’ new french press cozy to keep my coffee warm and brighten my morning.
After much anticipation, my Civil War Diary Quilt book has arrived. Right now I’m staring at a block called “Abomination of Desolation.” The names are just fantastic, aren’t they? This block is just a 16-patch with a diagonal pattern.
As I flip through this book, not only am I attacking the paper-piecing-puzzle of figuring out how to assemble the blocks, I’m also trying to identify the different color schemes. It’s like a test after reading Jeni’s posts. I’m hoping to use as many different color combinations as I can from the Robert Kaufmann Pure Organic collection. Another inspiration for the color schemes has been afghans like this. Lots of color and blocks of different color combinations, all against black.
These blocks come together pretty quickly, because they’re only 6″ square. Also, I haven’t tried any of the really intricate ones yet.
On a difficulty scale of 1-5, with 1 being easy and 5 being hard, I’d probably rank these somewhere around a 2. There are definitely easier blocks in the book — and there are most definitely some more difficult ones.
I knew that if I knocked all the easy ones out first I would lose momentum, so I’m trying to mix it up. I made each of these three different afternoons before going to work.
I started this blanket before Thanksgiving, but I let it sit for a while and would up finishing it on Dec. 22. It’s made out of 20-something of my brother’s college T-shirts.
The front and backs of each T-shirt line up. I spent a lot of time measuring and arranging and rearranging to get an interesting shape and distribution of value, working with what I was given and trying not to cut into any T-shirt design.
This project taught me to stay away from jersey. I don’t know if I’ll ever make something like this again. I’m actually rather nervous about what will happen when it gets washed.
I am quite excited to get started on new things, though.
I’m deep in planning mode for a new project using solids. But right now, it’s just a mess of scribbles and stacks of fabric. So Christmas present number two is the hat I made for my dad. I tried with all my might and spent hours working on this Crochet Seaman’s Hat, but it was taking forever. So I ended up with this super easy — and fast — one that looks super cozy. Continue reading
This is the time of year Central Texans curse cedar trees. I would be cursing them, too, but I haven’t been able to talk since 2011. So between sniffles, coughs and hoarse attempts at speaking, I’m going to do a series of posts about my hand-made Christmas gifts.
Last Christmas, my little brother asked me to make something for his dog, Moose. Moose is a rescue dog, thought to be a Catahoula/Bloodhound mix. He’s a pretty big dog — about 2½ feet tall and 60 pounds — but he gets cold a lot. So for Christmas this year, I finally got around to Moose’s coat:
I celebrated Thanksgiving by catching a head cold, and have spent the days since rubbing my poor nose raw with tissues, drinking tea, and eating soup. In between that, though, I’m getting caught up on Crochet School. This lesson: Reading Crochet Charts. My impetus for learning to crochet was seeing this lovely image on Pinterest:
The Austin Modern Quilt Guild is making a charity quilt for Artists Against Cancer, in honor of one of our amazingly talented members who is fighting it. Bobbi is organizing this endeavor and assembling the blocks, and one of our fearless leaders (read: officers), Jessica, is going to quilt it. The finished product will be auctioned next month at the Artists Against Cancer Art fundraiser.
Bobbi is a much more charitable crafter than I am, recently finishing her fourth such quilt. I have wanted for a long time to donate a quilt, but it keeps getting pushed down the to-do list. But a couple of blocks? That I can do.
Guild members have already made some pretty amazing contributions — I especially love the two on the bottom left. The only requirements are that the blocks measure 12½” square and be made with only solid fabrics. Bobbi is going to sash the blocks in white, so she suggested that we not use white in the blocks (or at least along the block’s edges) so they would “pop.”