Solidarity Quilt

In November, I contributed two blocks to the Austin Modern Quilt Guild‘s charity quilt for the Artists Against Cancer fundraiser benefiting one of our members. Bobbi put the top together (and took these photos), and Jessica and Robin quilted it.

Solid Blocks Quilt - front

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Twelve in ’12

Full disclosure: This post was inspired by A Beautiful Mess‘ birthday lists. I like the idea of setting yearly goals, but my birthday was three months ago, so I’ve made a New Year’s list. (No, I am not calling these “New Year’s Resolutions.”) Some of these things I know I’ll do, some I hope for, and some are there for inspiration.

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Twelve in ’12

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Eleven in ’11

Wow, December kind of got away from me. Between getting sick twice, moving into my new apartment and making Christmas gifts at the last minute, I didn’t have time to catch up on Google Reader, much less to check update the blog.

I have a lot to show you in January: Christmas gifts I made for all my family members (including my brother’s dog!) and goings-on at my new home. But first, as a prelude to tomorrow’s post, a look back:  Continue reading

misadventures in crochet charts

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:

Source: via meghan on Pinterest

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charity quilt blocks

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.

12.5 inch SOLID blocks for a charity quilt

(photo by Bobbi)

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.”

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hodge•podge |ˈhäjˌpäj|
a confused mixture

This is the word I would use to describe my brain the past few days. I’ve had so many ideas swirling around up there, it’s hard to stay focused on just one! I’m discovering new blogs, starting new projects, planning my upcoming move, applying to graduate school (yipes!) and dreaming about Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So here’s a peek in the hodgepodge of my mind:

1. Lisa Hannigan | 2. modern double wedding ring | 3.  moebius cowl | 4. skunkboy creatures blog
5. osoberry bag | 6. dawn of the daylily hat | 7. grandma tree | 8. home decor
9. vintage style | 10. t-shirt quilanket | 11. ornaments | 12. photo skillz
13. goals (among a beautiful mess inspirations) | 14. tattoo? | 15. “big love” | 16. crochet blanket

What’s boggling your mind?

new project, new scraps


My plans for my day off yesterday got canceled, so I decided to dive into a new project. My little brother dropped all these shirts off with me, well, I don’t remember when, but I’m hoping less than a year ago. I spent a few hours sorting, measuring, arranging and rearranging, and then I spent something at least six hours starching, pressing and cutting. And here I thought I was embarking on a quick project… I should know better.

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Ideas for this quilt have been brewing for more than a year. When I took up quilting again in the spring of 2010, my mother asked that I make a king-size quilt for my parents’ 40th anniversary (August 2012). I decided it should be a Double Wedding Ring pattern, because how else best to mark an anniversary? But I wasn’t really pumped about the project until I came up with this. In the wee hours last night, way past my already late bedtime, I started to sketch it out. My “modern” take on a traditional pattern:

sharpie sketch.jpg

I like the idea of playing with borders, extending the motif and, in this case, subtracting it. For this to be a king-size quilt, each ring will measure a bit less than 30 inches. The whole quilt will be about 100″ square.

As far as colors, my mom’s favorite is purple, and my dad’s is blue. I’m toying with the idea of purple and blue patchwork in the “rings,” a red tone for the intersecting points (and binding or backing, most likely), and a beige or warm gray for the background. I’m trying to avoid any green tones, and I think I’ll use all solid fabrics. I spent way too much time on design seeds putting this together:

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First finished crochet project: Seija hat

baby hat

So Lesson 20 in Crochet School at the Crafty Minx blog was all about reading patterns. To be honest, I started this project when I was all caught up, at Lesson 17 (granny squares), before Dana had written up and posted the wrist warmer pattern she made for the class. I haven’t decided if I’ll make the wrist warmers, though, because I can’t think of a time I’d wear them. (Either way, free pattern pdf with awesome video instructions here.)

My friend Etienne loaned me her copy of Happy Hooker, which just happened to have a super-easy pattern for a baby hat. I modified it a little — used two colors instead of three, opted to do decrease stitches instead of skipping stitches on the earflaps and nixed the braided ties that should be hanging from the earflaps (because they’ll just wind up in baby’s mouth). Here are pictures on Ravelry from people who followed the pattern as written.

My patriotic, matted teddy bear is serving as a model right now. I’m thinking this hat is a tad big for the newborn, so I’m going to hold on to it, and probably add matching booties and other goodies, until Christmas, when she’ll be about 2 months old. She’ll still probably have some time to grow into it at that point, but hopefully it’ll fit her before spring.

Change of pace

I had been feeling unmotivated in the sewing department for a while. Since I started learning to crochet in the past week, I’ve gotten all craft-obsessed again. Hours have been lost on Pinterest and Ravelry — and somehow, it has reinvigorated my desire to quilt. My mind is boggled with all the projects I want to start.

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