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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Not Knitting

I did promise to post about some crafty endeavors soon, I just didn't promise that craftiness would involve knitting. I am knitting - finishing a neck cowl, using up yarn from the TYC on a pair of mittens, and even working on a summer shrug. However, my latest endeavor involved this:
A Quilt!! I've dabbled a bit into sewing and have made a couple of hand tied quilts many, many years ago. It just so happens that my favorite LYS is within a quilt shop. So I'm constantly bombarded by beautiful quilts every time I go to look/fondle yarn or take a knitting class. I have a colleague who has shown me a couple of quilts she's made, so I guess the quilting bug is contagious.

I have a friend who will be celebrating a milestone birthday very soon. I thought she might like a little something to wrap up in on a chilly evening. I also thought a quilt would be something I could finish relatively quickly. Well - perhaps not so much. I started this quilt top several weeks ago & only finished the borders yesterday. I still have to piece together the back & then send it off to someone for the actual quilting. My machine is pretty old & simple & I've never done machine quilting before. So - I figure if I want this to look nice & get done before my friend celebrates another milestone, I should pay someone who knows what they're doing to quilt it.

While the quilt is far from perfect (I have a lot to learn & practice in regards to measuring & squaring up a quilt, I just love how the colors blend together. I used a set of batik fabric strips known as "Bali Pops". These strips help alleviate much of the cutting that's done during quilting. Now if I can just find something magical to help me with measuring accurately. The colorway of this set of strips is called "Green Tea" - a perfect color combo for my friend.

I've enjoyed this quilting process & love the colors. However, I can't foresee it becoming a passion or accumulating a stash of fabric any where near the likes of my stash of yarn. Quilting ties me to a machine which makes it very not portable. If the quilt is done before we head out on our next road trip adventure (post about that coming soon), I'll be sure to share.

Back to enjoy the afternoon sun & knitting.... Ciao!

6 comments:

Courtney said...

That is really pretty!

Mags said...

That turned out GREAT! She is going to *LOVE* it!! I have not made as much progress in my gift for her as you have...

I worked on Monday and yesterday was mostly about preparing my work space so that I could start working on the gift...won't be done in time...

leah said...

That looks really nice! I think a lot of imperfections tend to disappear... And, I agree about the lack of portability compared to knitting.

Ilix said...

That is a fantastic quilt. I hope my first one is as good!

Katrina said...

The colors are fabulous!!

Mrs.Q said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Oddly enough, I just pulled out some fabric that I got a little while ago (the yarn store in this case was next to the quilt shop!) and seem to be doing math related to a quilt...weird, huh?!

(PS - as I'm reading this late: have a fantastic trip, too!)