Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Check it out!

I'll be back a little later today to (hopefully) show you pictures of my completed Plan-C quilt, but while you're eagerly waiting, hop on over to the Freckled Whimsey blog, where KerrieLyne is giving away an AccuQuilt Go! cutter.

And, as if one giveaway wasn't enough, there 's a second AccuQuilt Go! giveaway going on at A La Mode Fabric.  Check it out!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fall Knits

I don't know what it is about this time of year, but something makes me want to pick up the knitting needles I abandoned the previous January or February.  Hubby and I are headed back east in a couple of weeks, so -- after many hours of searching on Ravelry -- I'm trying to decide which of these patterns I want to work on during the numbers of hours we'll be stuck on a plane and in a car.

First up: European Mezza Socks by Sara Morris

I absolutely adore this colorway!  I ordered some beautiful Peruvian Highland Wool yarn from knitpicks.com in the just about the same colors.  The number of colors in this line is AMAZING!  Even if you're not in the market for yarn right now, go check it out anyways!

I'm hoping these socks will go together fairly quickly --  they're cuff-down socks and the pattern seems to use mostly knit stitches.  I've never tried "Fair Isle" knitting (alternately knitting with two or more colors/strands at the same time, without breaking the yarn), but I've been watching a lot of youtube videos and checking out some blogs, and I'm hoping that it will be a fairly easy technique to pick up.

Next up: Garden Gate Socks by Emily Johnson

I think these socks are super cute (although, I'm not sure that my version will be knee-highs).  What I think I love just as much as these socks, though, is that Emily's ravelry name is Emily Starr, as in my ultimate, all time favorite Lucy Maud Montgomery character, of "white night" fame.  I can't tell you home many hundreds of times I've read these books as a kid ... and now I have a sudden yearning to go home and read them again!  Perhaps this sock pattern and I are meant to be "kindred spirits?"

I do have to admit, I have some reservations about this one.  The pattern calls for toe-up knitting and a split heel, both of which I've never done before.  I get super frustrated very quickly with knitting, so we'll have to see how these go.  I did start the toes last night with some heather-grey bamboo yarn, and they look OK, so maybe there's hope after all.

Choice #3 is a tie between: Tea and Scandal Socks by verybusymonkey (in yellow) and River Rapids Sock by Sock bug (in blue).  I'm not quite sure which pattern will win out, but I like the name of the first.

Are there any other summer sock knitters out there?  What's on your needles right now?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Introducing - Falling Leaves Table Runner

I’m so excited to introduce to you this cheery fall table runner pattern, "Falling Leaves." This table runner uses basic machine appliqué and quick piecing to create a runner that will look great on your table from now until Thanksgiving!

Here are the stats!
Finished Runner Measurements: 12.5" x 42.5"

Fabric Requirements:
White-on-Cream print: 1/4 yard
Dark Brown Leaves print: 1/3 yard
Orange Leaves print: 1 Fat Quarter
Dark Green print: 1 Fat Quarter
Brown and Red print: 1 Fat Quarter
Gold print: 1 Fat Quarter
Red print: 1 Fat Quarter

This table runner pattern is being offered at a debut special of 50% off the regular asking price ($8.99) in my etsy shop!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Weekend Update

***Please pardon the poor picture quality. I'm not sure what happened with my uploads, but will fix them as soon as I get home***

I'm so excited!!  Look what came in the mail this weekend!!

Two of the cutest Christmas projects from Cinderberry Stitches!  I've had my eye on these patterns for quite a while now, and a great sale at Burgundy Buttons gave me the (little) incentive that I needed to finally purchase them.  I have all sorts of Christmas gifts in mind now!!!

However ... I have a number of projects that need to be finished before I can even start thinking about Christmas -- it is only the middle of August, for goodness sake!  First, however, here's my latest stash update.

Stash Update (August 1st, 2010 through August 15th, 2010):
Used:  1.86 yards went to the fabulous winners of my first giveaway.
Purchased4.38 yards, including a couple of charm packs and fat quarters of Haunted Mansion by Sanae for Moda Fabrics for a jaunty little table topper -- more on this in a minute!
YTD: 58.30

A stash updated wouldn't be completed without an update on the status of my five little boxes -- a system, which has been working GREAT for me so far!

Box #1:
Pattern: Cherish (Poplun Patterns)
Fabric: Cherish Nature by Moda

This quilt is coming along slowly, but surely.  I've been working on it mainly at my Thursday night sewing group, but don't have any new pictures to share this week.  The middle checker-board border is done, and the outer border is almost ready to put on.  Yipee!!

Box #2:
Pattern: Plan C from Schnibbles Times Two
Fabric: Martinique by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics

This pattern calls for a bunch of piecing, and will showcase 25 little 6" stars showcasing this great fabric line!  I can't wait to show you the finished project soon.  The pattern should be available for sale right around the beginning of September in my etsy shop.  Stay tuned for more sneak peaks!!

This quilt is HUGE!  It's finished size is a whopping 80" x 80" - which is GIANT when compared to the baby blankets I've been working lately.  I've finished and attached 3 of 5 rows, and made quite a lot of progress on piecing the 4th row tonight.  I can't wait to see the whole thing pieced.  

The pattern calls for a piano keys border, which I'm not quite crazy about, so we'll see how it will actually finish up.
Boxes #3 and #4 still have Country Inn, and Candy Stripes Table Runner.  Both of these projects are on hold until September.

Last week, Box #5 had the pieces for my upcoming pattern, Autumn Ohio Star Table Topper.  With the purchase of my Haunted Mansion charm packs, however, Autumn has been temporarily sidelined for a new Halloween table topper pattern.  Here's a sneak peak at all of the pieces!

This week's how-to article at examiner.com gives some helpful hints for sewing machine maintenance at home.

What are some of your favorite maintenance tips?

PS: Check back at the examiner.com site this weekend for an interview with Shirley, the Knot-y Embroidery Lady, showcasing her upcoming class at Bearpaws and Hollyhocks, called "Grown Women Coloring on Fabric."  Can't wait!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Something Wicked This Way Comes ...

(photo courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop)

... probably in the form of a brand new wall-hanging/table-topper.

Sneak peaks + stash & boxes update + new autumn table runner pattern coming this weekend.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Announcing ... The Potholder Giveaway Winners!

Thank you so very much for entering my first giveaway!  I was thrilled with the number of responses and so happy to come into contact with some many fabulously creative people!

Congratulations to my two FIRST PLACE WINNERS!

You'll be receiving the potholder kit of your choice, plus the batting and Insul-Bright Squares.  Please send me your mailing address to Poplun(at)gmail(dot)com.

Congratulations to my four SECOND PLACE WINNERS!

You'll be receiving the potholder fabric kit of your choice.  Please send me your mailing address to Poplun(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thank you again to everyone who participated and Congratulations to the winners!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Little Boxes ... an update

A whole lot of sewing has been going on in my studio over the past couple of weeks, so here's my stash update!

Stash Update (July 17th - August, 2010):
Used:  3.43 yards, for my Schnibbles finish (again, used a Target sheet for backing, so the yardage was lower), Block #1 for the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Block of the Month, and a set of potholders for a shower gift for a family friend.  It was a great couple of weeks!

Purchased: (hubby, if you're reading, please skip down to the next paragraph ...) 15.73 yards, mainly comprised for a beautiful fat quarter bundle of Martinique and some coordinating yardage for two big projects ... more on that later ...

YTD: +55.88 yards

Over the last two weeks I finished two quilts (here and here), so I have some new projects moving into my 5 Boxes.

Box #1:
Pattern: Cherish (Poplun Patterns)
Fabric: Cherish Nature by Moda

Cherish is coming along really nicely.  After feeling like I spent so much time on my Schnibbles Contest piece, this quilt feels like it's flying together.  I had cut all the pieces out last month, and was able to get the main panel and the first of three checkerboard borders on this afternoon.  I'm hoping that the quilt will continue to go together quickly.

The pattern will be available the weekend of August 21st in my etsy shop, so stay tuned!!

Boxes #2 & #3:
Patterns: Plan C and Hot Cross from Schnibbles Times Two
Fabric: Martinique by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics

(thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for the pictures!!)

These two (almost) twin quilts will be going to my hubby's grandmother and her twin sister, in honor of their 80th birthday next month!  Cutting and assembly should be starting next week, so I'll try and post pictures as I go along, but I can't tell you how much I love this beautiful fabric.  I'm not sure I can stop at just two quilts!

Boxes #3 and #4, which hold Country Inn and Candy Stripes Table Runner didn't get any love last week, and with three big projects to finish in August, plus three more patterns releasing, they might be on hold until September.  I'm not giving up on them yet!!

Box #5:
Pattern: Autumn Ohio Star Table Topper
Fabric: assorted fall-ish pieces from my stash!!

I cut out all the pieces for table topper and pattern over Thanksgiving break last year, but moved on to Christmas-y stuff before putting it together.  I'll be happy to have it together ahead of time this year, so it can spend Thanksgiving on my table, not in a box with all my other fall fabric.  The pattern should be available in my etsy shop starting the second week in August!

In the meantime, though, don't forget to check out my potholders giveaway.  You can enter here!  A winner will be chosen on Saturday, August 6th! Giveaway is now closed.

Autumn is just around the corner!

I know it's crazy to think about -- especially when it's about 100 degrees outside -- but autumn is just around the corner! I'm celebrating by bringing back the Basket Weave crocheted scarf pattern!  It's currently available in my etsy shop, on sale for half off the regular price!!

Throughout the month of August, two more fall patterns will be popping up in the etsy shop.  Keep your eyes peeled for the Autumn Leaves table runner pattern and the matching Autumn Ohio Star table topper patterns coming soon.  For now ... here's a little sneak peak of both!

Don't forget!  The potholder giveaway is going on now through August 6th.  Check it out here!  Giveaway is now closed