Friday, January 04, 2013
I'm still here! Making all kinds of stuff, but way too tired to actually edit and post photos of any of it. Much to my woe, I don't have pictures of two of my finished quilts (!?!)
But here's a photo-heavy super fast summary of the last three months.
I was freezing in late October, so I made myself a SUPER soft scarf - AMH voile and flannel. I also picked up a little knitting again, as I'm teaching a home school girl how to knit. I used Lorana's laces worsted and made some fingerless mitts.
And you may not be able to tell from the photo, but I sure can - the reason I was totally lazy - I'm also busy making a baby! Little one due June 22nd. (Every one of my bathroom self-photos look a little psycho. Not one of my skills!)
In October I finished up Bernina technical training. I took an 830 apart into a million pieces.
And then actually got it back together and working properly! Also did a couple other machines and a serger. I've been having fun at the shop, cleaning and repairing both very old and current Berninas.
This is the year of the quilt for my close group of friends. Our boys were tiger scouts in 1st grade, and we bonded over the cub scout years of crazy. With those same boys HS sophomores at this point, the 5 of us get together for birthday breakfasts, at the least, throughout the year. I always do something hand made, and was running out of ideas. So I went the easy route and decided I would do a special lap quilt for each of them this year.
The first birthday is Larua's, in August. She is a pink person, and I had a blast pulling all my pinks for a sparkle punch. I gifted the quilt top and then took it back to finish :) It turned out awesome, and I for some reason have only this one picture!
Maureen was next, with her December birthday. I love this bow tie pattern and went with it in huge blocks to show off my favorite blues and greens. She's a gnome lover, like me. She's totally Heather Ross Gnome-worthy, and I used a big hunk of it.
All the bow tie corner extras were stitched at the same time into HSTs, and I did a random block of them on the back. With one more little gnome in a special spot by my birthday wish for her.
Finished up my bee blocks - horribly late and some without even taking photos.
Lee's solids were wonderful.
And I loved doing my own hexagon improv, using the pink dandelion fabric as inspiration.
Finally got to see my quilt in print, after completing and sending it off a year ago November.
I'm one of the contributors in this new book, with my large lap quilt called Starflower. I was having fun looking at the idea of negative space that we all talk about, and actually reversing it - swapping the prints/solid neutral, within modern quilt designs. This is the one they accepted for the book.
I've made this pattern by Amy Smart three times now, and I love it every time! This was a baby shower gift, and I actually have several more photos. So I'll talk about it more in another post.
Same for the custom ocean quilts I did. I so love how they turned out, but I don't have a single picture of the second one! WTF?
Let's call it a wrap on 2012!