Monday, November 28, 2011

Pam Kitty Morning Winner!

Well, it seems that the weekend got away from me there! I originally intended to announce the winner of Pam Kitty Morning's Designer Select on Saturday, but evidently that did not happen! Better late than never though, right? Okay let's get right to it! The winner of the bundle is...

Congratulations Tracey! I really hope that you like this bundle and make something gorgeous with it. Please email me with you address and the folks from Fat Quarter Shop will get that out to you!

Now I do have some kinda big/fun/exciting (at least I think it's uber-exciting) news to share with y'all but I'm waiting for some "photographic evidence" to surface that I can show you! It should be very soon though so keep you eyes tuned here!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sewing this past week...

A couple of weeks ago Kelly of kelbysews (who I know mainly from Twitter) asked for some volunteers to help her out testing her new paper-pieced wonky alphabet pattern, I jumped up and said that sounds like fun! Kelly sent me three of the harder letters to test - B, G, and (surprise, surprise) K. It was good times let me tell you!

Okay, I have a bit of a confession to make the B was actually supposed to be a D but I totally screwed up on that one and sewed the fabric to the wrong side of the paper, but hey, it worked out since I think I might be making the whole alphabet anyway and least it came out as another letter that's still usable *wink*. Like my house socks?

This block uses prints from Tula Pink's Parisville Collection and Laurie Wisbrun's Tufted Tweets. I have a lot of scraps left over from my Tula Pink Parisville fat quarter bundle (because I made something quite big that I'll be sharing soon) so they feature in every block.

The G features prints from Tula Pink's Parisville, and Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet and Meadowsweet 2.

And finally the K features fabrics from Tula Pink's Parisville, Denyse Schmidt for JoAnn Fabrics, and Oliver + S' City Weekend. And in case anyone is interested the background fabric used in all three is Kona White (at least I'm pretty sure it's White and not Snow).

Kelly blogged about her Wonky Alphabet pattern both here and here and it is now available for purchase from Kelly's shop if you guys are interested. Just as an FYI Kelly's pattern is available only in PDF format and does not include paper-piecing instructions.

Now I'll leave you with a little sneak-peak of what I've been working on for the last couple of days...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's Giveaway Time - Pam Kitty Morning!

So who's ready for a giveaway? Since it's November (Movember!) I'm once again teaming up with Fat Quarter Shop to offer up one of their special designer select fat quarter bundles - this time we have Pam Kitty Morning's Designer Select Bundle!

This exclusive bundle features 12 prints from the Pam Kitty Morning collection by Pam Vieira-McGinnis (aka Pam Kitty Morning) and three coordinating tonals all in fat quarters!

This is such a fun collection! I'm loving the prints and I must admit that I'm rather partial to the Yellow on White Precious Dot and the Blue Gingham (well really, all the ginghams) - they are just such great basics!

So I guess you want to know how to enter right?! You have two chances but please be sure to leave separate comments for each entry. Alright here's what you've got to do:

1. Leave a comment letting me know which collection in the Coming Soon
section at Fat Quarter Shop is your favourite.

2. Leave another comment if you are a follower of my blog.
That's it - two very simple ways to enter! I will close the comments in a week (on the 26th) and announce the winner here on the blog. International entries are, as always, welcome! Also, please remember that I have comment moderation enabled so if you don't see your comment right away it just means that I haven't had the chance to approve it yet (duplicate comments will be deleted).
Okay, I gotta go! I have some major-sewing to do and I'm am all in a tizzy to get going! Paper piecing, quilting, and patchwork - oh my!

*the giveaway is now closed*

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Knitting: Age of Brass and Steam!

Hey all! How's it going? So I have been AWOL for the last little bit...sorry about that! The past couple of months have been very full; I've been a bit overwhelmed by all that I have to do and everything that is going on, and frankly I have also been a little discouraged but I am trying to just push on. Okay, enough with that! Who wants to see some knitting?!

Back in August I was injured at work, hurting my right wrist and hand. As a means of getting some of my mobility back with out pushing my wrist too far I picked up a new knitting project - the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief which is a free project available on Ravelry.

I used Madelinetosh DK in Kale which is the top yarn here (the bottom is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Tern in case you're interested). Madelinetosh is one of my absolute most favourite yarns and I ordered these two skeins from Eat.Sleep.Knit which is one of my favourite online yarn shops - all around, just a good time!

I made pretty good progress and the kerchief was done in about four days I think - it did help that Alex wasn't home that week so I basically spent the entire time knitting other than when I went to work. I borrowed my neighbour's blocking boards (since I don't have a set of my own), gave it a nice long soak, and pinned it out for a day. It blocked quite nicely although I'm a tight knitter so it's a teeny bit smaller than I thought it would be (next time I make this I'm going to go up a needle size).

Her ya go, the completed kerchief! Like my artsy photo, hehe?! I tried hanging it up with clothespins and it was just was not working but outside pictures were definitely needed! It turned out so squishy and soft and pretty and I love it!

I actually wore it to work today (sorry for the not-so-good pic - taken with my phone under florescent lights) with my Scottish stag head pin...according to Thomas, this picture is 'vampire porn'. I really adore that pin guys - one of my absolute favourites! I wish this photo were better so that you guys could see the true colours of both the kerchief and the pin - maybe I can get a better pic when I take some of the Damson I finished recently.

Rav'd here: Brass and Steam in Kale