Sew.Quilt.Give. Update

Sew.Quilt.Give., the online quilting bee I participate in, is back for another year of charity quilting. January’s blocks were based on this tutorial from In Color Order. Look familiar? I’ve made this block before. This month’s bee leader has asked for brights, so I hope these will blend nicely with all the other blocks. I did use prints, but they are of the tone-on-tone variety, so they almost read as solids. Also, I don’t think the orange is quite this aggressive in reality; orange is tricky to photograph well, I think. While we’re talk SQG, I’m attaching the binding to …

Two Shawls

Do people even wear shawls these days? Like, in public? My mom had (still has?) a white shawl which I remember she sometimes wore to church on Easter Sunday. But despite the many shawls I can find on Ravelry (I’m on Ravelry, but it’s pretty pointless following me since I don’t queue or show off projects there) and in books, I can’t think of a single time I’ve been out and about and have noticed someone wearing a shawl like it was no big thing. The kid I saw wearing his fuzzy team blanket on the way to watch a …

Making the Pledge

I really fell off the stashbusting wagon by the end of last year. I don’t recall that I made any formal pledge to not buy more fabric; maybe that’s why I didn’t make it. I’d like to blame something other than myself and either my lack of self-control or my ability to talk myself into anything fabric-related, but I’d only be doing it to make myself feel better. It wasn’t the discount’s fault. It was only doing what it was supposed to do (get people to buy fabric)… I’m the responsible one who can not eat the chocolate and not …

A Most Epic Quilt Project

Ok, that’s a bit grandiose of a title. But wow, this project got big! This is the quilt top for last March for Sew.Quilt.Give. March was my month to request block contributions. I asked for square-in-square blocks in a range of sizes with the vague idea that I could float them on point in a spacious background. I’d this quilt from Canton Village Quiltworks in mind, with a touch of this one and this one. Next time, I really need to bust out the graph paper and turn those vague ideas into something concrete. I started off putting a creamy …

A Knot for the New Year

I haven’t drawn a knot in years, but today it seemed like the thing to do. I had to go back to my reference book (Celtic Design: Knotwork by Aiden Meehan) to remind myself how the knot was supposed to wind itself around the guiding grid. This knot is done on a grid done by Mr. Meehan, so while I’ve drawn this one, it’s copied from one of his designs. Maybe there will be more knots (of the artistic variety) this year?

What I did with my December

I always seem to go a bit off the grid in December. I’m a far cry from the 80 pounds of candy Grandpa made one year, but I do seem to get lost in the kitchen just the same. Nuts to chop, sugar to caramelize, chocolate to melt. This was the year I learned to temper chocolate. Also, silicone molds are better for shaping ganache centers for truffles. Turtles should be made with two pecans instead of three, only 24 turtles fit on a tray and I probably should have made at least 30. Dipping is much easier with an …