Sunday, January 29, 2012

Orange and Grey Cowl

Having recently finished my first knitting project, I jumped right into my second. This time I went with a nice simple garter stitch to avoid the rolling that happened on my first cowl. I actually really love the feel  and the density of the fabric that resulted - it was almost sponge-like.

Orange and Grey Knit Cowl 

I also challenged myself to one new technique by working with two separate yarns concurrently. I chose a bright orange and grey for a more masculine look. Turns out working with one yarn is just about the same as working with two. :)

Orange and Grey Knit Cowl

This cowl was a gift for a good friend who we went to visit for a weekend recently (moving out of state causes a sudden need to give everyone gifts as it may be the last time you see them).

Next challenge: knitting in the round!

<3 Kelsey

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Longest UFO

I started this quilt just over two years ago. It was the very first quilt I ever started.

Back then I didn't know anything about fusibles or any other tricks to make appliqué easier. It was appliquéd entirely by hand with nothing more than a needle, thread, a pair of scissors, and a pin or two.

23andMe Quilt

I originally started it as a gift (I worked at 23andMe at the time), but when I didn't have time to finish it, it got packed away and essentially forgotten about. 

Before I left 23andMe for a new job, I had promised I'd finish it for decoration in the office. Since we're about to move to another state in a month and a half, I figured I better make good on that promise. :)

23andMe Quilt

This was my first time trying any free motion quilting other than stippling. I quilted two double helixes, and while I was initially concerned with some flaws, in the end I am pleased how it looks as a whole. I did a simple loopy FMQ design for the background. 

23andMe Quilt

This also was my first time having my own fabric printed on Spoonflower. I used the company logo to create a custom quilt backing. It was a lot harder than I expected to hide the repeat! But I hope to get to try my hand at a lot more fabrics in the future. :)

It feels good to put this near 2 year UFO in the D-O-N-E pile!

<3 Kelsey

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lord of the Kindle

Today I'd like to share another project I made as a Christmas gift for a family member. My husband and I got my Dad a Kindle Touch back in October, and he has still been carrying it around in the box it came in. Clearly, this needed to be rectified. :)

My Dad had loved The Lord of the Rings since before I was born. We went and saw every movie opening day when I was in High School. We've read the books countless times. We both still play a Lord of the Rings based online video game.

So when I saw this pattern for a paper-pieced Gandalf quilt block, I knew I must use it to make my Dad's Kindle cover. I didn't use any particular pattern for the case itself, but followed pretty standard procedure for making a slim carrying case.

Of course I ran out of time to photograph it before Christmas, so both these pictures and those from my last post are curtesy of my parents. :)

Gandalf Kindle Cover

I used fusible fleece for the batting (that stuff is great for bags!) and did some simple straight line quilting on the front, with a velcro enclosure.

Gandalf Kindle Cover

<3 Kelsey

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My first knitting project

I learned to crochet when I was in the third grade, but until recently, I had never tried to learn to knit, though I always planned to someday. Well, I finally made someday happen, and decided to knit my mom a cowl for Christmas.

Knit Cowl

I did a simple stockinette stitch using a yarn I got from Joann's that was in a colorway I thought my mom would like.

Knit Cowl

Interesting facts I learned:
  1. Stockinette stitch will curl in on itself. If you don't want this to happen, you should border your work with another stitch, like garter stitch.
  2. Always plan out how much yarn you need and what length you want it to end up. If you just say "I'll just go until I run out of yarn.", you'll likely end up at an odd length where you wish it was either shorter or longer.
  3. You can make a pretty gather to hide the seam on the back (if you aren't knitting in the round) using the tails you're weaving in.
  4. I think I personally prefer a regular loop for my cowls, instead of adding a mobius-like twist. But that is just personal preference. :)
It's far from perfect, but I though it was pretty good for my very first try at knitting. :)

<3 Kelsey

Monday, January 16, 2012

Chasing Chevrons quilt along

Jennifer at That girl...that quilt put together a quilt along with an amazing design composed entirely of chevrons and plain squares, which she called the Chasing Chevrons quilt along

I used EQ7 to put together several color variations, and I've finally settled on the following design to hang in our master bedroom after we move:

Rainbow Dancefloor

I really can't wait to get started - I just have to quilt two more quilts first!

In the meantime, check out the That girl... that quilt Flickr group for lots of chevron inspiration!

<3 Kelsey

Sunday, January 15, 2012

4x5 Bee Blocks, Q4 2011

I signed up for the fourth quarter of the 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee. For this bee, we get to pick our colors, and each person makes a block for each other person in their selected colors. So you make 5 blocks in all different colors, and get back 5 different blocks in your own colors. I made my blocks using this tutorial from Quilt Dad. You may remember I already posted my first block for the bee back in November. Here are the other blocks I've completed since then:

4x5 Bee, Hive 9, Q4 2011

4x5 Bee, Hive 9, Q4 2011

4x5 Bee, Hive 9, Q4 2011

4x5 Bee, Hive 9, Q4 2011 

 And here are all five together:

  4x5 Bee, Hive 9, Q4 2011 

These blocks were super fun to make, and I hope the girls like the blocks I made for them. :)

<3 Kelsey

PS. This meets my goal I set out for the One Thing, One Week Challenge!

Linking up to: Sew Modern Monday

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My Blogger's Choice

I'm sure many of you have already seen this competition over on Quokka Quilts. Laura has asked us to each create our own Fat Quarter Shop Blogger's Choice Bundle.  Here is what I've selected for my bundle:

Kelsey's Bloggers Choice Bundle

I was going for a good balance of value and scale in a masculine and sophisticated color palette, partially inspired by the Echo collection by Lotta Jansdotter. In fact, I wanted to include more prints from her collection, but FQS is already sold out! Overall I still am really pleased with how it came out though. :)

Here is a list of the fabrics I used:

  1. Lanikai Navy Gridlock
  2. Weekend Clubhouse 2012 Navy Random Pencil Check
  3. Echo Gray Aneta
  4. Get Together Navy Flock of Birds
  5. Dazzle Yellow Basketweave
  6. Palladium Gray Gridlock
  7. Palladium Yellow Whiston Dot
  8. Orchid Gray Gray Tiny Houndstooth
  9. Shades of Grey Ragg Tagg
  10. Ruby Cotton Grey Sundae
  11. Secret Garden Midnight Vintage Ironwork
  12. Girls World Vibe Honey Carrie
  13. Kona Cotton Espresso
  14. Kona Cotton Navy
  15. Kona Cotton Curry

Here are some other entries into the competition that I really like (click each one to get to the source):



fat quarter bundle

I'm pretty sure if they offered this one, I'd have to buy it!

Certainly some awesome color and fabric inspiration to be found!

<3 Kelsey

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