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January finishes

Three of my low hanging branches finished. Well, they’ve been finished for about a week but the rain has prevented me from taking photos and posting.

K2’s quilt: K2 pieced it. I quilted it as part of a barter/exchange. Straight line quilting with one of my favourite quilting tools – painters tape. It’s very small – maybe 18×24″.

Tumbler quilt: large baby quilt. Received the pre-cut pieces from a LQS as a thank you/sorry present. Added the border. Quilted it with swirls in the centre and then a wandering daisy motif in the border. 50/50 bamboo/cotton batting used. Hand painted the back using PFD fabric due to Austerity challenge.

Fabric Vomit Crumbs quilt: This one is a little bigger – perhaps 45×60-ish. I had the grey fabric and wanted to put something together to practice my FMQing on. Used 50/50 bamboo/cotton batting in this and it really has a nice soft feel. The back is an old sarong.

The Circle Games – update

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This quilt is entirely hand pieced.  I don’t LOVE hand piecing yet – but it is getting easier.  And, I think I’m going to really like this quilt when it’s finished.

I’ve decided to go with 12 rather than 16 blocks.  Since taking this picture, I have the blocks sewn into rows and am now sewing the rows together.  It goes rather quickly so by the end of the week, I’m hopeful to have this on the design wall, figuring out what to do for the border.  I’m leaning toward doing a liberated/improv border rather than the 1/2 circles.  I might do a narrow border of the aqua first to pull that color out (like the points) – we’ll see.

Pattern is by Jen Kingwell of Amitie.  Here’s a picture of her version.

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Citizenship

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American by birth.  Australian by choice.

Tonight I became an Australian citizen.  Tomorrow I apply for my Australian passport and get registered to vote.  Who would have thought, in 2001 when I first set foot on Australian soil, that my life would go this direction.  I couldn’t be happier.  I’m happier than a bird with a french fry.  Thanks Mr. W – for everything.  Seriously.  You make my heart sing.

And just to keep this quilt related – here is the quilt I made years back to symbolise Australia.  I collected many fabrics over a couple years that reflected the colors of Australia.  I recall buying some Aboriginal fabric when I was on my tour of the Outback – I think it was at a market in Alice Springs, NT.  It hangs on the wall in the yoga room.

 

Latest knitting & crochet

IMG_4181Alpaca my Wrap – This was a crochet-a-long for January.  Pattern is by Tamara Kelly, available on Ravelry.  It ended up about 16×80″ and will make someone a nice warm cozy scarf.  The yarn is King Cole Mirage (50% wool, 50% acrylic).

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The next 3 projects are felted.  I used the basic instructions HERE by Luscious Gracious for felting.  Really had fun with this.  You knit your items REALLY BIG and then shrink them up in a hot wash.  Fun, fun, fun.

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Not another brown Bag –  Pattern is by Knot Your Mamas, available on Ravelry.  Yarn is Malabrigo  Worsted.  I purchased it at The Yarnery in  St. Paul, Minnesota.  Color is Fitzgerald.  I love this yarn.  If you want to buy me a present – buy me this yarn!  ;)  This will make a perfect bag to hold my next project – Mr. W’s 2nd pair of socks.

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Changeover Project BagPattern by Soft Rainbow Designs, available on Ravelry.  This bag is a little bigger and I’ll probably put an insert in the bottom to help it retain the shape.

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Felted BowlPattern by Ewe to You, available on Ravelry.

 

 

 

 

Log O Light 2 – finished!

Log O Light 2 is finished.  Including a sleeve so it’s ready to hang in the local quilt show later this year.  I LOVE IT!  It was a fun project.  Thanks mom!

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