Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am safely home from our fabulous cruise to Alaska and just getting photos sorted out. My editing program is being very uncooperative so I apologize for the the poor quality of some of my shots.

Rosette 4 did not come with me, but it is going camping this weekend so hope to make some noticeable progress.

This is the second pair of socks I started while travelling.......the first pair were done up to the beginning of the patterning and it was just not the right wool so I ripped it out. I started over with more of this lovely cotton yarn. I am working away at learning two at a time cuff down and feel better with this attempt. I have turned the heel and am working on the gusset decreases, always a sticking point for me.

Had to show you my lovely Alaskan yarn! Far left is a sock weight marino hand dyed  in a crockpot in Homer Alaska. The second and third are also hand dyed in Alaska but the second skeine is a yak, silk, marino blend. The last is a sport weight marino blend. All purchased at Aurora Yarns in Skagway. 

This amazing laser cut applique kit came from their sister store Rushin' Tailor's Quilt Alaska shop. 

And a glam shot of the Marjorie glacier in Glacier Bay. Will have to see if I can find a shot that better shows how blue the ice and water were. 

Must get back to packing the camper for the weekend, hope you all enjoy your weekend however you get to spend it!

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Friday, 10 July 2015

Finish it Up Friday

I almost forgot I promised to post about my only 2015 quilt finish today!

So here it is, affectionately nicknamed "the beast", got a little carried away and it measures 98 by about 120. Somehow got it in my head that I had to use ALL the rows of strips I had sewn.

It was made for a couple who is very special to me and worth every. single. minute. It was a joy to make this as a gift to celebrate their marriage last weekend. I know they treasure it dearly.

I started this quilt back in January with the sorting and pressing of my scraps, then probably spent a month or so cutting strips. After that I sewed and sewed and sewed to assemble the rows. Was SOO happy when that part was done and I could start assembling the rows. It was challenging to get it squared up for the quilter but somehow I managed to do a pretty fair job. You can see the method I used and where the pattern is from in this post.
I used up ALL my blue scraps and made small dent in the green and neutral.
I think I am crazy but I am already contemplating another one in another colour way, but I will stick to a lap size this time me thinks!

My lovely friend Carole did her usual bang up job quilting it, even with my backing miscalculation!
I inset some extra rows to make the backing long enough, just did not assure it was wide enough!

While we were in Vancouver to celebrate the wedding, we attended a birthday BBQ for my sister-in-law, on Canada Day. This guy was kind enough to come into Kits Beach and show off for us!

We had a lovely Sunday brunch with our daughters across from Stanley Park the day after the wedding. 

And this really creepy giant bird lives in the square across from where my oldest daughter works. There are two of them actually, not sure exactly what the city was thinking here...............

Have a great weekend every one!

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

WIP Wednesday

Hey readers, long time no post!

Life has been full of work, gardening, graduation and retirement parties, as well as a trip to Vancouver to see family and attend a very special wedding.

We are only home for about 10 days then we head back to Vancouver for our 25th Anniversary trip, we will be cruising the inside passage up to Alaska with Holland America.
Very excited for this special anniversary!

I have a big quilt finish that I will post on Friday, my only one so far this year, I have been working on it since January!

Since that is finished I am now making another tinker tote for a friend who requested one.

Still a pretty rough draft!

My travel project has been this shawl 

And I am making progress on my Rosette 4.

It has been quite hot here and we only have a small AC unit in the bedroom so I hang out on the bed, sewing, knitting and binge watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix.

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh