Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sampler Progress

I got some weaving done yesterday. I started with cord weave and have started on the pebble section. There is 3 inches brown, then 3 inches orange of cord then it starts in brown for pebble.

I'll post some quilting pictures tomorrow.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Slow Progress

I've pinned everything together and have started quilting! I went to see the Harlem Globetrotters with my boyfriend, a family friend and her hyper-active young one. It was fun to see them an she was kind enough to give me some quilting thread that she had lying around. I'm really surprised at how closely it matches my fabric even though I didn't have it with me!

So, I'll try and take some quilting photos for you. It's nothing fancy and I've never done it before so it won't be the best example.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Quilt Pictures!

Here are some pictures of the front of the quilt. I'm probably not going to get any quilting done today because I totally spaced on buying some quilting thread (stupid). I have some white hanging around but I want it to be the same beige color as the border here, the same fabric is used for the back. I'm going to do self-binding, basically it means that I'll fold the edge of the backing over to the top and then sew it down.

The border and the backing are made out of a beige flannel. It's super soft and I think it will be really great for a baby!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Little One!

The baby was born on the 19th! I've seen pictures and he is adorable with a great full head of hair :) so I'm working hard on sewing everything together. I have the back, the front, and the batting all cut and sewn together I just need to do the actual quilting. I'm going to start quilting tomorrow in between working on a paper for school. I've decided to hand quilt because I am strengthening my belief in the fact that I stink at machine sewing. I cannot make a straight line to save my life! No pictures for now, but I'll get some soon.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

And it's final!

I am finished with all of the embroidery! *does a happy dance* Now I can move on to piecing and quilting which I'm sure will kill me since I haven't done it before.

I'm super proud of the skeleton on this one! I tried to get it pretty accurate (it even has kneecaps!) and I think it came out really well!

This is sewn with actual yarn, some light blue stuff I've had since 5th grade just hanging around. I layered 'satin' stitched yarn the way you would wind a yarn ball and then stuck it down with embroidery thread stitches. I think it looks pretty good!

ready, set...

almost go! I've gotten all the tedious stuff out of the way for the weaving set-up and I'm almost to the fun part where you actually weave!
I was also told today that the baby (aka quilt child) hasn't been born yet - so I'm hoping everything is while with both mother and child (and father of course) since the Dad, my teacher, isn't teaching his classes right now. I'm glad to have another teacher in cahoots with me ;) it makes getting news a lot easier and probably a lot less 'stalker creepy'.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lots of News!!

Okay, I'm going to try to work through all the craziness so that it makes sense. Go-Go gadget number list!

1) weaving is going well. My green sampler is all washed and finished, waiting to be graded so that I can send it to my Grandma (she sent me her first project from her quilting class, so I'm returning the favor)

These are the colors for my NEW sampler, which is in the icky process of getting everything set up correctly. This one will be twice as wide and a little longer than the green sampler.
I'm tying onto the remnants of the last project, but since it's wider there are 60 strings on either side of the original that are longer. It's confusing and it makes my brain hurt.
2) The person who the baby quilt is for had their baby on Monday! Apparently I had a skewed time line in my brain so I am sewing like a fiend trying to get the blanket done soon. I have finished: W for Watch, T for Toothbrush, and U for Umbrella. I am working on X for X-Ray and I still have to do: Y for Yarn, and Z for Zipper. This all equals unparalleled insanity.

And of course on top of the crazy crafting I have all of my school and personal life stuff too - I think I might explode before spring break...

Monday, February 16, 2009


I have been making progress on my quilt! I promise I have, even though I've been bad about updating! So far I have completed S for Ship and V for Vine, I am currently working on W for Watch. I have been sneaking some more sewing time in by sewing in one of my classes. One of my teachers always shows up late - so my deal with myself is that if he is more than 5 minutes late to class I sew during his lecture. Teachers showing up late to their own classes is one of my biggest pet peeves.

I had a lot of fun doing the vine because I could just let it wanter around. I used split stitch instead of plain backstitch so that it would give a little more 3-d quality to it and it's easier to make things go over and under convincingly.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

And Another!

I just need to wash my sampler and then it will be all done and fancy! I also need to trim the fringe so that it is even on both sides, I'm not sure if I want to do that before or after I wash it. Because me and my Mom finished our first samplers so early we get to make a second one! Our teacher doesn't want us starting the next project until after spring break. I have chosen four different weaving patterns for mine: cord weave, pebble weave, a pebble variation, and something called bed ticking which is basically what they use to make old school mattresses out of. I am making mine wider and longer to be used like a shawl. The first sampler is 10" by 36" this one is going to be 20" by 48" when it's finished. I've chosen a really nice orange and a soft muted brown that really makes the orange pop. :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Almost Finished!

My very first weaving project is off the loom! Super duper woo-hoo! I have lots and lots of pictures and yet none of the project actually off the loom (weird I know, I got too excited). So here they are!
Here's the start, everything's tied up and I've started with plain weave. The weird colored stuff at the bottom is called 'header' and it's just junk that you weave in to even out all the warp threads (up and down bits) and you take it out when you're all done.Up close plain weave or tabbyTabby on the bottom and 1/3 or 1/4 twill on top ( I don't remember which it is)

Twill and (incorrect) basket weave
This is the twill and the mistake basket weave which I had to undo and re-do correctly. This is actually called double plain weave/tabby I think, I actually really like it. It makes me think of fish scales, like koi. I might want to do an experiment with that with some white and orange.

Twill and correct basket weave
twill and correct basket weave
basket weave and 2/2 twill
basket weave and 2/2 twill
basket weave and 2/2 twill
2/2 twill and herringbone
2/2 twill and herringbone. I actually quite like them next to each other like this since they are related. If you want me to get into the down and dirty of HOW they are related just let me know and I'll try to explain it.
This is so exciting! I love the wood color of the loom with the greens.
herringbone and rib
herringbone and rib
This is the last picture I have (I told you it was a lot!). I'll take some more on Wednesday and I might even post some of my mom's sampler (she cut her's off today too!)