Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ahoy Mateys!

Come aboard and feast your eyes on my latest finish!



This quilt is on my list of Charming Chatter goals for August and I can duly cross it off. My younger son picked out all the fabrics with a pirate theme. The pattern is called Beach Party and it is from the March 2010 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts. Just like the magazine says this is a real quick quilt to make and I think it really shows off the novelty fabrics since the rectangles are cut a generous 6 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches.



I just did some long wavy lines vertically for the quilting and I used a variegated black/grey/white thread from Coats & Clark. Think pieces of rope or netting or seaweed waving in the breeze. It adds a nice texture with no marking or planning or thinking - I like that a lot, particularly the no thinking part. I want to make a quilt with this pattern for me. My plan is to use my growing collection of Kaffee Fasset fabrics. I think the size of the rectangle would showcase the larger scale of these fabrics nicely. I was going to try and get some cut out and up on my design wall but the day got away from me - again. Nothing new there.


And I finished another pair of socks - this pair is for Stephie.


We dyed this yarn last year and when she was doing it I was thinking to myself "that is too many colors" Boy was I ever wrong! This yarn is gorgeous. I love how the swathes of pink and turquoise alternate and I how that bright yellow pops next to the jade green.


These are so pretty I want to keep them for myself, but I'll be good and give them back to their rightful owner. However I am going to try to dye some yarn for me with these colors and this sequence. I see another big order to Knitpicks in my future. They have great prices on ready to dye yarn.



On the cross stitch front I am enjoying stitching the BBD WMHB - I'll show some pics of it next week. I have the house under roof and I hope to hang the windows and door tonight so the painting of the siding will go quickly. I gave up trying to find my error in the border and just took out a stitch and made them meet. It will be fine. I like the smaller size of this piece after doing the Mystery Sampler and I like how this one will be pretty much a square. I like square samplers and square quilts. I don't know why but they just look best to me.

Hope your weekend is relaxing and you are getting some quality crafty time. Happy stitching!

carol fun

5 comments:

  1. Love the pirate quilt! It really does show off the cute fabrics! :0)

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  2. The pirate quilt is awesome! Such a cute theme.

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  3. What a fun quilt - and those socks are lovely!

    Can't wait to see your BBD!

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  4. Great quilt Carol and I just love those socks!
    Can't wait to see the progress on your house building..lol!

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