Saturday, April 04, 2015

Triangle Quilt Completed!

I started a triangle quilt on Quiltcation 2014 (Cape Cod vacation in August accompanied by sewing machines).

I decided to just cut the fabric with a regular ruler but I think it would have been easier to buy a triangle ruler with a blunt point.  When I started sewing them together, it took me a bit to figure out how to line them up and my seam allowance had to be larger than normal to make it work.  Sometimes quilting still baffles me.

I got some good progress while sewing with my friend, Leslie, in our cabin.  Don't worry, we enjoyed the ocean and bike rides, too!

Back at home on the design wall.  I cut so many triangles that I have enough to make another small throw.  I should actually do that but I am not terribly motivated to make a second quilt that is exactly the same.

I got this crazy idea to quilt waves 1/2" apart after seeing some really nice wavy quilting on another blog.  At first I tried to keep the waves really precise and uniform but it just wasn't happening and was time consuming so I started to intentionally vary some of the spacing between the waves.  The quilting felt like it took a long time.

It sat completed for a while but unbound because in the fall, I switched into knitting mode.

It was finally completed at Christmas and then I had to wait for some decent weather to get an FO photo.  I love how it turned out!  Perfectly cheerful!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Miss BB 2.0

Sometimes you have to make the same thing twice.  In this case, I really liked the sweater I had knit originally but it had some problems.  After washing Miss BB 1.0, the sleeves grew immensely, the shoulders drooped and it was kind of floppy.  Also, it turns out I don't look so good in pink!  But I do look good in orange, which I would never have believed before my friend did my colors.

Miss BB
Miss BB 1.0 circa 2010

In my quest this past year to knit the perfect sweater (one that fits me), I decided to revisit this pattern.  With Shirley Paden's Kniterwear Design Workshop in hand, some math, graph paper and my measurements, I tackled this again.  There was a LOT of ripping and re-knitting to get the sizing right.  I think it took me about 4 months to finish.

I narrowed the shoulders about an inch on each side, shortened the sleeves, narrowed the waist and raised the division between the waist and bust.  I could really appreciate how challenging this must have been to design because switching stitch patterns and then accounting for that in gauge while doing bust increases was a bit tricky.

See my Ravelry page for more info.
Miss BB 2.0 in chilly February 2015

Miss BB 2.0 from the back