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


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

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

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

    Can't wait to see your BBD!

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


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