Friday, January 20, 2017

Fabric Pull Friday: Ravenclaw

Today's pull honors the intelligent (Cho Chang) and sometimes eccentric (Xenophilius and Luna Lovegood) characters of Ravenclaw house.

"Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?"
- Ravenclaw knocker
I finished another top yesterday (I will share soon) and am starting on another Sew Kind of Wonderful creation today. What are your quilting or sewing plans for this weekend?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fabric Pull Friday: Special Wednesday Edition

Woops! It seems I got so wrapped up Friday I completely forgot to post my collection for Fabric Pull Friday. To make it up, here is a special Wednesday edition.

Last week, I introduced the movie prompts and professed my love for Harry Potter. This week allow me to introduce my own house (thank you, Pottermore): Hufflepuff.

With such values as hard work, dedication, loyalty, and a sense of fairness for all, how could I not be a Hufflepuff? I'm proud to join the ranks of Newton Scamander, Nymphadora Tonks, and Cedric Diggory.


"You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuff are true,
And unafraid of toil."
- The Sorting Hat


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Monday, January 16, 2017

First Flimsy Finish of the Retreat a.k.a. Even Professionals Make Mistakes

I have been enjoying my time during my mountain retreat; I've gone for walks most days or just turned up the music and had my own personal dance party; I've hauled and chopped wood; I have read three books, so far; I spent time with dear friends; And now, I've finally finished one top.

My best friend's cabin: Plaidstag.
It all started well enough. I pulled out my jelly roll and chose the strips I would be using for the Metro Hoops pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful.*

Then I pulled out the two background fabrics I packed and began cutting. Oh, dear. I was short. Well, it's a good thing there was a large piece of warm white solid in my box of projects! This is the sort of "just in case" fix I had in mind when I packed it.

Three backgrounds instead of two. No problem!

I began piecing strips per the pattern, but saw I might trim a significant portion off the outer strips in the finished block, thereby possibly giving it an imbalanced look. I decided I would make a modification and trim a little off of the strips so they would be more even. (Spoiler alert - don't do that.)

Learn from my mistakes: just follow the pattern! 'M Kay?
I was so proud of myself until I figured out I had mistakenly (key word) trimmed off twice as much as I had meant to. I thought the project was ruined. A tiny little glimmer of hope arrived when I thought to myself, "Maybe if I trim the background pieces before joining them to the strips, I'll be okay." One test block later proved it would be all right.

I'm sure my sigh of relief could be heard far and wide.

Unfortunately, it meant A LOT of pinning, the bane of my existence and not normally needed when sewing these lovely patterns. But I persevered; I am nothing if not stubborn and I really wanted to make this quilt.

Pinning the snot out of curves is not my preferred method, but it works!

Piecing and trimming finished up a beautiful stack of blocks.


A quick layout on the bed to arrange the blocks and to the machine!


The flimsy is now awaiting backing and batting, which will need to wait until I move into my new place, wherever that may be. I'm quite pleased with it.

Detail of my beautiful finished top!

Are you terrified of curves but want to give it a go? The Quick Curve Ruler really makes it very simple and Sew Kind of Wonderful's line of patterns and books have lots of different looks to try. Check your local quilt shop to see if they carry it. If not, I'll bet they would be happy to order it in for you.


*I am in no any way associated with Sew Kind of Wonderful, I just really enjoy their ruler and quilts.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Flaun's Fabric Pull Friday: Movie Prompts!

It's a brand new year and I wanted to start my fabric pulls with a bit of a challenge: movies.

If you know me personally (and I guess you'll know this about me, now), I love movies. I especially love science fiction or fantasy movies. There are so many series or fandoms, if you will, that hold a special place in my geeky little heart.

Of course, also being me, I had to push the rules a bit. Some of my pulls will not be from movies, but long-standing franchises from television. I'll also pepper in pulls on projects I am currently constructing here in my little mountain retreat.

Let's start with a series I watch over and over, start to finish, multiple times a year: Harry Potter.

Jo Rowling did a beautiful thing with this series, and I'm so happy they turned it into a series of movies. Of course, the acting got better as the kids grew into their craft, the special effects got better as technological advances were made, and the story went darker as you knew it would if you read the books. In the magical end, a young boy who should have been hard or grasping at any semblance of power or possession he could reach was the honest, caring, generous victor we all needed him to be.

I need a bit of his bravery in my heart. All my thanks to Jo Rowling for Harry, his entire Wizarding World, and now Newt Scamander.

Today's Fabric Pull Friday honors Harry and his house, as well as so many other favorite characters: Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Fred, George, Neville...

Gryffindor

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Flaun's Fabric Pull Friday: Clean Slate

It is Fabric Pull Friday, once again!

This week's pull is inspired by the coming new year. Each year, it feels like turning a page in our planner (or the calendar) magically gives us a Clean Sate on which to work. For me, it's a new starting point, a washing away of mistakes, and a renewal of focus.

I hope your new year brings everything you dare to dream.

Clean Slate

I promise I'll get back to posting about more than fabric pulls, soon. I even started sewing something the other day. I can't wait to share it with you!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Flaun's Fabric Pull Friday: Cozy Cabin

The trek with my best friend across 3/4 of the US took five days, instead of the planned four, due to a big accident on the freeway that shut it down for a night. Still, one more night was a small price to pay for a safe arrival. (Though the hotel and spa fee may have been a bit higher. Let's be honest.)

I'm so glad to be back among the mountains. Soon begins my retreat on Mt. Rainier in a Cozy Cabin.


Cozy Cabin

Friday, December 16, 2016

Flaun's Fabric Pull Friday: Ocean View

On my trek across the country (from Tennessee to Washington), I will hopefully get to stop briefly and dip my toes in the Pacific ocean. This pull is inspired by my upcoming Ocean View.

Ocean View
See you next week!