Sunday, May 29, 2011

Quilt Camp 2011 - take two

If it's May, I must have gone to quilt camp. Which I did, last weekend. Have I mentioned how much I love quilt camp? I love quilt camp. A whole weekend of uninterrupted sewing time - heaven!

Of course, quilt camp doesn't negate the fact that I'm an idiot. I remembered my clothes, my towels, my bedding and my sewing machine. I forgot my main project bag. I spent an evening packing it, then left it sitting on my sewing room table. Grrr....

However, a couple of the"regulars" were supposed to come down Saturday morning, so I called one of them to beg her to go to my house and get it for me. Thank goodness I'm a long-term idiot and installed a locked key box on the house. I gave her the code and she picked up my bag Friday night. She brought it down Saturday morning, but she didn't stay. That's right, she was sick and instead of telling me "I'm sick and not coming down" on Friday, as she could have done, she delivered my bag to me and went back home. I had no idea she was sick or I wouldn't have even called her. Anyway, thanks to Margaret, I have some things to show you.

I did take an extra project bag with me, so on Friday night, I was able to put this together.

It was a pre-pieced panel that I got on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics last year. I just sewed it to a piece of fleece, turned it right side out and stitched around it along the outside row of blocks.

After that, I was out of sewing projects, so I played with yarn and beads. You might recall that I started a mystery shawl KAL (knit-along) last month. I never got past the first clue, and after watching the posts on Ravelry about it, I decided it wasn't for me. So I frogged it and started a new mystery shawl KAL. I knew I wanted to add beads to my shawl, so I took all the potential beads with me, along with the yarn, and strung all the different beads on the yarn to see how they would look. When I had chosen some, I knit up a little swatch of the first clue with the beads where I wanted them.

Wendy D. Johnson's Summer Mystery Shawlette in Madeline Tosh Merino Light in the Tart colorway.

That's actually one repeat of clues 1 and 2. I like the way swatch came out, so I started knitting the actual shawl. I got 4 rows in (plus the 3 setup rows) and decided I didn't like the way I'd done my double decreases in the center. I tried to just drop the offending stitches and fix them, but that didn't work well at all. So I ripped it all out and started over. I'm almost done with the first clue, which ends with first row that only has one bead in it. I want to at least finish that before I post pictures, though. The beads add just a bit of sparkle to the edge without standing out too much.

Anyway, back to quilt camp. Saturday morning, after I got my stuff, I put together a few blocks for my guild's community service group. Then I put this quilt top together.

The blocks were community service kits that I'd made a year or so ago and finally got around to putting together. I'll most likely return the top to the committee to get completed.

Once that was done, I spent the rest of the weekend putting these together.

Fabrics from the Jinny Beyer Rosewood collection

That's a front and side panel of a bag I was kind of hoping to finish. I got the pattern last February and have taken it to quilt camp a few times but never got around to working on it. I did all four pieces - the back and the other side panels look just like these. They take a long time to put together because you have to sew all those lines each time you add a piece, quilting as you go. I also quilted the handle pieces (4 of them). Now I just have to trim these to size, get the bottom finished, put zipper pockets in the lining, and put it all together. Piece of cake, right?

All in all, it was a pretty good quilt camp. When I got home, Max was happy to see me.

"Top of the world, Mama!"

Yes, he's on top of the entertainment center. No, I didn't put him up there.

Once he got down from there, he and Blue camped out on the couch with me.

"We're glad Mama's home."

Hey, for any of you in the Akron area, we went to see the M.C. Escher exhibit at the Akron Art Museum yesterday. It was fabulous! This was supposed to be the last weekend for it, but they extended it for another week. I highly recommend checking it out, his work is truly amazing. I'll have to dig up the picture of the Escher lizard quilt my friends and I made for a baby in the group for next time.

Knitting time!

1 comment:

Pretty Knitty said...

Leaving the carefully packed project bag at home. . .are we the same person?!?