Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lots of sewing, some knitting

I've been very busy since the fair.  I decided to make 4 I-Spy quilts, for 2 families, for Christmas.  2 are for girls, 2 are for boys.  I ordered 2 sets of "I Spy" 10-inch fabric packs from 2 different shops (Missouri Star Quilt Company, and Keepsake Quilting).  One had 40 pieces, one had 20.  I cut those in quarters, for 5" squares.  I also ordered a 100-piece set of 5" I Spy fabrics from an Etsy seller, and the rest of the fabrics came from my stash.  The two girls' quilts have different colors for sashing and cornerstones, as well as borders and backings; the boys' quilts will have matching sashes and cornerstones, but different border fabric and backings.

I have two of the tops pieced.  The other two have the rows pieced, and I'm still working on sashings. After those are done I will iron the rows and sashings, attach sashings, and then hubby will help me arrange the rows before sewing rows together.  While I finish that, we are waiting for fabrics to arrive for borders and backings.  I have ordered border and backing fabrics for the girls' quilts, and border fabric for one of the boy's quilts.  I still need one border fabric (something with trains) and two backing fabrics (one trains, one guitar-related).

The four quilts will have about half the blocks in common - the ones I cut from the 10" squares.  Some of the blocks from my stash will be the same.  The rest of the blocks will be different.

I also had a class last weekend at the Portsmouth Fabric Company, to learn more about using my new Bernina sewing machine.  It was pretty much an all-day class - 10 am to 3 pm, with a break for lunch.  There were 8 students (including myself), plus the instructor, and it was very helpful, and a lot of fun.

On Sunday, hubby and I went up to Rochester for the Cocheco Quilt Guild show.  That was a fun couple of hours!  It was smaller than in previous years, but there were still a few really beautiful quilts that stood out.  These were my favorites.

This mystery quilt was made and quilted by Pamela Heller.

This is the quilt guild's raffle quilt for this year.  The colors are fabulous!  The pattern is Hunter's Star.

This is Star Fantasy, made and quilted by Elaine Vanier.  The pattern is by Judy Niemeyer.

This is a Lancaster Diamonds quilt, made by Beth Munson and quilted by Kate Fitzgerald.  The Lancaster Diamonds is a pattern by Ann Holte.  (I have this pattern, and intend to make this one someday.  I don't believe this quilt uses all of the Lancaster Diamonds patterns.)

This is called Tiny Dancer, and was made by Rhonda Souliere and quilted by Linda Bevins.  The tag reads: "I made this quilt for my youngest grandson, Logan.  When I asked him what he wanted on his quilt he replied "zombies, Grammy".  So with great difficulty, I found some zombie fabric and put some other "boy" prints into this hexagon quilt."

This is a close-up of one of the fabrics in the quilt.  Hubby fell in love with this one , and I'll be getting some to use for a future quilt backing!

I've gotten a little knitting done as well, but not nearly as much as I'd like.  I managed to get the second set of place markers on the Perimetera shawl.  I really need to put more work into that as well.  I'll have to see if the grandson will let me knit when we're in the living room.  I know I can't sew then; sometimes I manage a few hand stitches (backbasting some blocks) but I haven't tried that recently either.  He is certainly a very busy boy!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Deerfield Fair!

After missing my yearly spinning gig at the Deerfield Fair in 2014, I was very happy to work 3 days of the fair this year (it is open for 4 days).  I was able to spin on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday I attended the fair with hubby, 18 year old DS and the grandson.

This is my antique skein winder (aka clock reel)

I chose this fleece to bring with me to spin.  This turned out to be a great selection.  It is a finewool fleece, has nice staple length, and was probably a coated fleece because there is very little VM (vegetable matter - hay, chaff, sticks, dirt particles, etc).  I wish I knew where I originally got it, because I love this fleece!  It was easy to hand card, and I love the subtle color variations.

Other items I included in my spinning basket.  My handcards (I hand card rolags as I go, to demonstrate that part of the process), hand combs (shown a few times but not used), two balls of handspun yarn, some rolags from an Etsy seller that I particularly like, and a couple of spindles.  I demonstrated with the spindles quite a few times.  I also had a hand-dyed roving, and a ball of seine cord, which I use for drive bands.

This was my car, all packed up to bring my stuff to the fair!

My setup at the fair.  My antique Canadian Production Wheel is shown, along with my boxes of demo/ you-can-touch-this fibers.  I have a cigar box full of 2-inch squares on that treadle sewing machine by the window on the right-hand side, as another demonstration.

Some of the gray wool in process, on the wheel.

I had a great time spinning and talking to people about spinning for three days.  I handed out a few contact cards to people who may want to learn to spin, or might want to contact me in the future about spinning matters (and once to a lady who is semi-local and wants to get her treadle sewing machine going).

Then we went back on Sunday to see the fair for ourselves!  We were there for over 3 hours, and it still wasn't long enough, but we were all tired (especially the baby, but hubby and DS as well, and my knee was starting to bother me).  I did manage to come home with a bunch of fun stuff, however.

I got two great new tie-dye t-shirts!  Love tie-dye!

I also got two posters (they are about 14x22).  I plan to put these together, side by side, in a poster frame.  What fun!

Top is a mini guitar for grandson.  He has a ukulele, but I sent it to his mother's house on a visit and she has never returned it.  Below that is a corn bag (Heet Wave bag) that can be used for either hot or cold.  You can heat it in the microwave for a minute or a minute and a half, and it is wonderful!

We also had several delicious snacks, and I came home with a small hand lotion from one of my favorite local producers.  Great time, all four days!  I am happy to be getting back to a somewhat normal routine now.  Over the next week or two I need to get the barn and the barn animals ready for winter - clean the stalls and chicken coop, move the bunnies out of the center stall (the goats are in there now, because the buckling insists on escaping and I can't figure out his escape hole), move the baby chicks (now almost half the size of grown chickens) into the chicken coop, etc.