Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Trippy Blocks Nearing Completion

My friend Joan has named this quilt my Trippy Quilt.


As I was working on it, I started debating how large it should be.  I had been thinking of 30 blocks (5 x 6).  Then I thought maybe 5 x 5 and finally I scaled it down to 4 x 5 (48 x 60).  Why?  1. I have a small throw of the same size and it is really great when you just want something small to wrap up in.  2. The other day I organized my unfinished quilts.  There were several.  One thing I am realizing about myself is that I tend to get distracted and start new projects either because I see something else more exciting or I get bogged down at some point in a project and abandon it for a while.  I realized, wouldn't it be better if I finished this project while I was still really enjoying it, rather than continue to make blocks and possibly run out of steam?  Yes!

I've got the last five blocks in progress and I am hoping to get the top sewn together before this coming weekend.  I don't have plans for any fancy quilting on this, since my goal is to get it done and enjoy using it.  Probably some diagonal lines going down the centers of the squares.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Scrappy Trip Along Progress

The Scrappy Trip Along quilt is coming along!

Two rows #scrappytripalong 

  This project has taught me some interesting things:
  • My stash doesn't include a lot of purples or yellows.  Much of my stash is mediums and most of my lights are creams/off whites.
  • Even when I try to use up my scraps, I might still buy fabric for a scrappy quilt! (oops!)
  • I can't tell the difference between medium and dark very well sometimes without the help of a black and white photo.  I take a pic using the Instagram app, change the filter to black and white and double check to make sure I am not putting strips of the same value next to each other.
So I think this will be a 5 x 6 block quilt.  4 more rows to go.  My goal is to see this one through to the end without starting any other (quilt) projects.  I have plenty of UFOs lurking about, as I reminded myself today, while cleaning and organizing my closet.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Looking Back and Ahead

2012 was a tough year.  Normally, I don't think of years as good or bad, easy or difficult.  But last year was pretty challenging.  What I learned in the past year was that I have really wonderful friends and a great family, which I already knew but I saw it more clearly than ever before.  I am also a stronger more resilient person than I imagined.  And I have hopes that 2013 is going to be better and easier than last year.

Of course, the best thing one can do in a tough time (or a happy time, or any time, really) is craft.  And I did.  Here is a sampling of projects I worked on last year:

Felted Crochet Slippers 1
Felted Crochet Slippers (This and all subsequent links are to my Ravelry project page with information about the projects)

Project bag for Atia
A project bag for my friend, Atia
Yes, weaving!
I took up weaving!  I am so excited about it and have a couple of scarves to share on an upcoming post.
Montview Cardigan
I finished the Montview Cardigan I started in January
Summer Leaflet 3
I knitted my first raglan sweater and loved it!  This yarn, Cascade Venezia, has silk and merino and is wonderful.  Pattern: Leaflet
I finally knitted a Pookie for my niece for Christmas.  I really want one for me, too.
I knitted another Boo the Bat and I did keep this fellow for myself.  Check out his cool wings! I made another Boo in green with normal wings but don't have a pic.
Mom's Christmas Socks!
I knitted my mom a pair of socks for Christmas!  It only took four months. :) Pattern: Toe-Up Socks
Sugar Sparkles Shawlette 2
I crocheted a Sugar Sparkles Shawlette because 1. I wanted one and 2. I wanted to teach it as a class
Terpsichore Street
I treated myself to some hand-dyed cashmere merino fingering weight yarn because hey, life was rough last year.  I was drooling over this shawl pattern, Terpsichore Street.  I love the Fleur-de-lis!  Note the bling on the edging.  That happened because I ran out of yarn!
Undaria Flutter Scarf
For the Ravellenic Games, I crocheted this slip stitch scarf, Undaria Flutter Scarf, and miraculously managed to get it done before the end of the Olympics.

I wasn't much in the mood for quilting until right around Christmas, so when I saw the Scrappy Trip Along happening all over the Internet and every version was so pretty, I thought that would be a good way to get back to quilting.  For the past week, I've been cutting strips and starting to sew blocks together.  
#scrappytripalong Making progress!
For 2013, I am looking forward to doing a bit of everything because I can't help myself.  I don't think I have a word or theme right now to guide my year.  I just know that I would like to finish this quilt and some others, knit a lot and finish up a couple of sweaters, crochet something interesting, get more practice at weaving and have fun.

How about you?  Do you have a particular plan or word for 2013?