I'm trying to keep up my routine for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt blocks - I showed you my Japanese x and + blocks last week, and today I have my teal/turquoise "Kickin' Stash" blocks. I didn't realize that I had such a wide variety of teal fabrics - but it sure comes in handy for challenges like this!
Here are the 2 blocks I've done for today:
I also started another set of blocks for this challenge - it will make a completely different quilt than these blocks will - I hope to be able to share that project with you next week.
It's been a few weeks since I shared my current knitting project. I haven't really made a lot of progress - there's been far too many other things going on to be able to sit and knit something just for me. I did finally have an opportunity to add a few inches worth of knitting on the sleeves of my sweater / shrug - and here's the proof:
I always knit both sleeves at once - that way, I tend to get the shaping to match on both sides of the sleeve, and the shaping gets added in at the same place on both sleeves - brilliant, right? I thought so!
I love how this yarn is striping up - it's a marble chunky from James C. Brett, so it works up fairly quickly too - so, I just might be able to finish this up by month's end.... Here's hoping!
I've been trying to decide on what to focus on for my March "Lovely Year of Finishes" - not because I don't have many things to choose from, but because I have too many! Add to that, a very busy month coming up, with birthday celebrations for a number of family members (including my dad's 85th!) - and I didn't want to pick something more challenging than I'd really have time for.
So, after doing a version of eenie, meenie, miney, moe, I've chosen to complete a child's quilt that I pieced a few months ago. I've had the backing for as long as I've had the fabrics for the top - now it's just a matter of layering the quilt, doing the quilting, and binding it. My son told me a few weeks ago that one of his best friends just announced that he and his wife are expecting their first child(!) and I immediately offered to make them a quilt. That's what we quilters do, right?
So, here's the top, and the backing - I knew as soon as I saw the fabric that it would be PERFECT for this quilt!
I haven't decided what to use for the binding yet - it will probably be the same orange as the border - I'll decide when I get working on the quilting. I'm off to link up to Melissa's blog!
Today is Mar.1st, which means that the Rainbow Scrap Challenge will have a new focus colour - and it's teal / aqua, and every blue-green shade in between! Thankfully, my Fat Quarter drawer and my scrap bins both have an abundance of these colours; consequently, I've had a busy day! I try to cut all of the fabrics that I'll need for my chosen blocks (Kickin' Stash, and Japanese x and + blocks) - I'm not sure if I'm going to have enough time to make up the units, but I'll try!
Now it's bedtime, and before I go, I want to share my newly-made Japanese x and + blocks. Apart from the very first one that I made, I'm trying to make sure that all of the fabrics have some of the assigned colour in them - today's blocks do, but there's not a lot of contrast between the some of the dark and light fabrics - I'll let you decide!
That means that I have to have my February "A Lovely Year of Finishes" project done and posted - so here goes!
Our guild challenge this year is to make a project, crib-quilt size or larger, and it's to be made COMPLETELY from stash! I've got lots to choose from; choosing a project would potentially cause an issue - that is, until I found a quilt in a magazine I was flipping through.
I already posted the details in an earlier post, and now, I have the pleasure of being able to post the completed top!
The guild challenge doesn't require the project to be quilted, although that's in my plans for this season yet, but for now, I can bring this to our next meeting for "show & tell"!
I know that most of the braid sections are a mix of older and newer fabrics, but the outer border is a Debbie Mumm print from the 1990's - it's great to finally have the perfect project for it! (Take note hubby - the fabric that I buy on all of those stops at quilt shops on our holidays DOES eventually get used!)
It's been quite a while since I shared some new cards, so I'm going to change that right now. I haven't needed any new cards lately, and now I suddenly needed 3 birthday cards. I love Pinterest for inspiration, and that's where I went last night for some ideas. I managed to give one card away without taking a picture of it first, but I grabbed shots of the other 2 - and here they are:
The owl card is for a young woman, and I thought that she'd enjoy the quirky owl. The original card used a larger scalloped circle behind the owl, but I still haven't found everything back after my craft space reorganization. Some of the parts that I needed for my Cuttlebug are still MIA, so this embossed flower petal is the best substitute that I had. I had made another owl card just before this one, but I used brown cardstock for that one, and decided that I wanted something a little more cheerful than that, so So Saffron it was!
This second card is for an older friend - he enjoys the beauty of nature (even bare, wintry trees!), so Lovely As A Tree was the stamp set I used. I love how versatile the different tree stamps are! This card idea looked really interesting - let's just say that making it well after midnight wasn't the BEST idea... but I think it turned out really well! Once I got started, I began to worry about getting the spacing "just right" between the highlighted trees, but it really wasn't a problem after all. I just might make this card again for a "Thank You / Happy Retirement" card - I'm going to need one of those in a week or so...
I'm trying to be better at posting things on the day that they're supposed to be posted - and I think that I'm right on time today. I managed to finish the back of my sweater, and have started the sleeves. The sweater will definitely need to be blocked! When I knit a sweater, I try to knit both sleeves at once - that way, I'm bound to get the shaping in the right spot on both the sleeves, and they'll match perfectly.
I really like working with this yarn! The stripes look good as they develop, although that will change when I do shorter sections, like the sleeves and the fronts. I don't know if I'll get much knit tonight, and tomorrow is already looking like a REALLY busy day, so I don't anticipate even being able to pick up the needles.
I'll leave you with a pic of my progress so far:
We have a holiday on Monday - Family Day. Hubby has to work (he's sort of self-employed in the winter) so I might have some knitting time on Monday!