Sunday, January 24, 2010

Warning: Quilt Content

I think I've lost many of my readers over the past few months, but I finally spent some serious time cleaning up my quilting room this weekend now that the two tables are back in there after using them as a huge dining table for the holidays and now that my ankle is on the mend. One task in the quilting room was getting all the yarn stashed away - out of sight, out of mind, maybe? I started this quilt project in September and hope to have it done for a friend's birthday by the end of the month! Next step? Vacuuming the floor so I can pin-baste it! The quilt is really 6x6 (please excuse the poor dark indoor photo) and was made completely with scraps and thrifted textiles. The centers are fussy-cut from a pillowcase. If I were to do it again, I'd probably pay more attention to value, but all-in-all I'm pretty happy with the results so far. I think I'm going to improvise some sort of heart-meander to quilt it with white thread. First I need to figure out what I intended to use as a back, though!

Since all the red/pink/white scraps are still out, I think I'll make up a few L-O-V-E blocks for Clare before Valentine's Day, too! (More information about that effort here.)

Tearing two ligaments in my ankle (on the slippery street outside my house, nothing glamorous, just embarrassing) soon after returning to Vaasa from Maine gave me some time for knitting. In addition to three(!) pairs of mittens (more info on the 10 in 2o10 mitten blog and on Ravelry, I managed to knit a shawl for myself, as well! The shawl reminds me a little of the zigzag quilt I made last spring. That triangle-free zigzag pattern was a great one - you can check it out here, if you haven't already!


Clare said...

I've lost a lot of readers too. Mainly because I didn't have anything quilty to talk about. Can't keep showing the same quilt again and again!

I love the colours in this quilt. Very Valentine's Day.

Thanks for the link.

Andrea said...

What a lovely girly quilt that will be. And thanks for the link to the zig-zag quilt - I saw it ages ago but couldn't remember where.

Gina said...

Love the quilts and the mittens.

Take care of yourself and try and keep the weight off your leg

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Great variety of mittens! I tend to just knit the same pattern over and over again. I often buy clothing at thrift shops for the buttons or zippers (notions are soooo expensive at the sewing store) and then use the fabric to make something else with. Your quilt looks nice! I know it takes a bit longer to work with recycled clothing, but the results are so fun! Take care of your foot! Cheers! Evelyn

Quilty Conscience said...

I like the red and pink quilt, very cheery!

julieQ said...

Love all your knitted mitten goodness! Your striped blue quilt is striking, don't you love to air quilts outside?

Cascade Lily said...

Well you've still got lots of subscribers so you shouldn't worry :)

Great to see you quilting and crafting again too!

Dzen said...

Love the cozy mittens, Jen -- Beautiful!