Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WiP Wednesday: I'm Back!

Sorry for my brief absence. The flu hit us hard last week, as in I lost seven pounds hard. Thus, I didn't get anything done with the illness and then trying to catch up on laundry and dishes. I have made up for it this week though and have some great things to show you today.

The day the illnesses started I received my IGminiswap package. It was so fun and a welcome break to all the nasty. I love my mini quilt made by Anna (@wollykat).

Since I learned how to do color changes in knitting I made my little girl a hat with her name on it. It was fun. I still want to add pom poms to the top but haven't made it that far yet.

In a fit of productivity I quilting my Supernova Friendship Swap quilt today. I was thinking of adding more lines but I actually liked it this way better. That may or may not have been influenced by trying to shove this twin-sized quilt through my sewing machine on the diagonal.

I even made the binding too. I'll happily share this one later in the week.  With the double layer of batting it is so warm I'm in love! I may do that for all of my quilts in the next batch.

Look I made mittens!! I've always wanted to know how to knit mittens. I got a kit mailed to me from my favorite former LQS Stitch in Des Moines. I seriously adore this shop and will continue to shop there by post and stop in whenever I can make the two hour drive. Anyway, the kit included the pattern, needles, and Knit Collage yarn to make these adorable mittens.

Even the baby loves them! She saw me trying them on for a picture then handed me the camera and put them on herself. It was too cute not to share.

My final WiP is Ruby's stocking. It's coming along slowly because I can only work on it when everyone is asleep. Ruby really likes to get involved with this one and the sequins are better in the bowl than all over the carpet.

Well, that's my excitement this week. I'm so glad to be back in the swing of things. Be sure to stop by on Friday to see the finished Supernova quilt. Also, I can't wait to share the things I made for Christmas! Good thing it's next week! I'm linking up with WiP Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

First Knit Hats and Sewing Progress

I have a sort of obsessive personality. When I find something that interests me I go after it all the way. This is especially true with craft skills. Less than two months ago I took a knitting class and now I'm like, "KNIT ALL THE THINGS!" I have made a little time for sewing and piecing and I should take a little break because there are may projects that need to be done but I'm having a ton of fun with it. Check it out...

Here's my first ever knit hat! LOVE! I love how classy it looks and how the patterned purl stitches make it look like dots. This was my third ever project and I'd only previously worked with bulky weight yarn so it seemed to take forever but it was fun. The double needles freaked me out at first but I quickly got the hang of it.

It's just so pretty! This is the Jul Hat pattern made a little less slouchy.

Having finished a hat I decided to conquer color changes. This is the Pom Pom or Knot Hats pattern by Spud and Chloe using some awesome bulky yarn.

Fun, right? I have enough left over to do it in the reverse colorway too!

And then from the front.

Having figured out color changes I decided to go for it with another idea. Personalized hats! My kids often misplace their hats and this is fun way to help them out. I have crocheted them all really fun one but never something this personalized. My little Amelia is over the moon about hers and this awesome purple sparkle yarn.

Not much has happened on the sewing front. I was waiting on some supplies to do the two pouches next on my list. It was so so cold that I didn't want to leave the house but we had an unseasonably warm day and I bit the bullet. Now I just have to stop knitting long enough to finish these up. I've set decided to finish these for my ALYoF December goal.

My little Ruby (age 16 months) has taken to sitting on my lap whenever I sew these days. It's quite difficult to maintain any sort of accuracy with a tiny curly head in my way so that combined with my knitting obsession equals not much progress with the foxes. I've got a nice pile of chain stitching building but not as quickly as I'd like.
So that's me. A knitting machine with sewing on the side. I'm linking up with WiP Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mini and Two in One Pouch Finishes

I'm so excited to have my mini all finished up for my Instagram mini swap. It pushed me to try new things and I just love how it turned out! The mini is #7 on my Q4FAL list. I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Here it is in all its glory. The pattern is from Vintage Quilt Revival. I was a little nervous about the colors at one point thinking maybe it was a little too 80's track suit but I think it turned out well.

The quilting was so fun!! I did a sort of straight line spiral thing in the diamonds and squares. I think it adds fun texture. You can also sort of see my binding method. Most people were hand stitching them and I just can't make that happen. It actually looks better when I machine stitch mine so I stuck with it.

This is just for the cool texture shot. I really like the quilting on this one and I may have to do something like that again. I was going to do more quilting but the people all polled all agreed that it was better like this.

I wanted to throw in an extra little something in her package. A zipper pouch seemed like just the thing but I didn't know which one until Svetlana from S.O.T.A.K. Handmade came out with her Two in One Pouch.

Aren't they adorable?! I did a little patchwork with some leftover Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille.

One more shot just because I love them so. I have one more cut out and ready to sew but then we had the holiday and I didn't get to it. I highly recommend the pattern. There are a lot of pictures and good explanations. You can get it here.

As a side note I got to the part with the double pointed needles on my hat. This is my first time ever attempting them and I was a bit afraid of it. Now, a few rows in, I've totally got this! I'm ready for my next challenge - any suggestions?
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WiP Wednesday:Fox and Knit Progress

I always like to share my finishes on Friday because of the fun linkups so even though I finished my mini and some pouches they will have to wait. I did get some progress done on my foxes and knit hat though and they are fun and worth sharing in a quick post and linking up with WiP Wednesday. If you want to see what I'm up to in between posts check me out on Instagram @julieschloemer.

This is SLOWLY coming together. I keep setting it aside for other more pressing projects. I only have three more seams per fox! I might just have to finish it up this week so I can move on without this cookie sheet on my table.

I'm loving this hat! My third knitting project is going well and is so fancy! I can't wait to get it done and wear it. I think I'll make mine a little less slouchy but otherwise I'm doing well following the pattern. I'm almost to the point where I use double pointed needles. I've never done that before and I'm a little nervous.
Well, that's my little update for now. I'll be back on Friday to share my finishes. I can't wait! For those in the states I hope you enjoy your holiday. I'm off to make a lot of pie. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Knit Finish and Basting Party

I finally have the internet in my new house!! It took nearly three weeks and I've done so much in that time that I can't wait to share. I have a few WiPs going but for today we'll just stick with the ones that are finished or nearly so.

So this is my second knit finish. I'm pretty in love with it. It is a seed stitch cowl using this really cool yarn that gets variably bigger and smaller. It is #10 on my Q4FAL list.

The yarn made for a really cool texture when combined with the seed stitch. It was a fun project and with record low temps in Iowa I've already gotten some good use out of it.

Next up I added the borders and basted my Supernova Friendship Swap quilt. Izzy from Dizzy Quilts and I did this together over several months and I just love how it turned out! I added two more blocks to the set that we made so it would be bigger. With me being 6' tall and my hubby 6'6" longer quilts are always welcome.

I also finished up and basted my April Showers quilt. I love how this one is pretty basic but really fun too. It shows off the fabric without being terribly obvious that that's what I'm doing.

The basting party was fun. I only have hard floors under my dining room table so I had to move it and all the chairs to baste these. I waited until I had three to make it worth the effort. The last one was my Instagram Mini Swap quilt. I just love this and have even started to quilt it already. It is turning out so well! My kids keep telling me they can't believe I'm just going to give this away and suggest I make another for myself. I may just have to do that.
I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Well, there's my productivity for the week. I am also nearly finished making the foxes for the orange twin-size fancy fox quilt and have made good progress on my knitted hat. Not to mention how the boxes are going away and it's feeling more and more like home here. I hope to have the mini finished this week as the posting deadline is December 1st. I can't wait to show it off! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I'm back - Sort of...

I had a nice move and we're getting settled in our house but still don't have internet until next week. Here I am with my nook in the Barnes and Noble store writing a post... good times. In the mean time I have been sewing. Here's an update of what I've been working on.

I finished the top of my April Showers quilt. I'm pretty taken with this one even though I wasn't in love with the line and first it grew on me the more I played with it. This is twin size.

Having finished my first two knitting projects I decided to try a hat. The yarn is so much thinner than my other projects so it feels slow going but it looks so classy! I've actually done a lot more than this but don't have a more updated picture.

So it is annoying that this picture is sideways but it shows nice progress on my Fancy Fox quilt. I have one of 80 complete. This will also be twin size.

I also finished my mini top. I started cutting yesterday and finished piecing last night. I'm pretty in love with this! Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it.

Here's the back. As far as paper pieced patterns go it wasn't crazy hard but looks pretty cool. This is for the instagram mini swap I'm in.
Well, that's me right now. I hope to post my jnitting finish later this week and be back to my usual blogging when I get the internet next week. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Black Cat Crossing - Keep Hopping

I was supposed to be part of the black cat crossing blog hop - see the button on my side bar. I had my fabric and pattern picked out and ready to go.

Here's my cute fabric from the Black Cat Crossing line. I was going to do some houses from Camille Roskelley's Dwell pattern and an appliqued cat. I even bought some awesome glow-in-the-dark thread!

Then two weeks ago my husband was unexpectedly transfered. We had two weeks to pack, find a place, and get settled. Today, when I should have been putting the final touches on my post and project I packed the moving van. I was so jazzed about this hop and don't even have the internet to play along. I'm posting from my sketchy phone. Sorry to disappoint and I hope you enjoy the hop and come back to see me when I have internet and a computer again.

Here's the sad and nearly empty state of my craft room. I miss sewing!
Here are the other stops on the hop. My silly phone won't do links. I so so wish I could have played along! There was just no time.

Wednesday, October 29

That's Sew Julie - you are here

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