Friday, 30 November 2012

This 'n' That

I've finished all the blocks for Easy Street's step one.  Some were scraps, some yardage, which is the same for all the fabrics in this quilt, which makes it a scrappy scrap quilt.  ;)  I used thirteen different light neutrals and I am happy with the way they go together.  I've not trimmed them....yet.

There were a few twosies and four patches that did not reach muster.  The twosies will be unpicked and all have a new home in the scrap box.

To help pass the time as I was pressing, I watched Free Motion Machine Quilting For Beginners, Liberation From The Ditch dvd by Helen Godden.  It is a very informative dvd and I feel like I can fmq anything now!

Next year I may be teaching a lot of the same kids I've taught over the last couple of years (our school's way of being environmentally friendly....we recycle children).  I was browsing online the other day looking for some new ways I could use anamorphic art as a link between Mathematics and Art, dovetailing into  perspective drawing lessons, when I came across this site (which has nothing to do with anamorphic art, and everything to do with Mathematics and quilting).  If you are interested in the geometry of quilts, there are links to some interesting articles.  A bit more searching led me to this page, with a rather sweet narrative by a mathematician about quilts.....also a stack of hst block ideas there, too.

That is when I decided what I was going to do for my Easy Street leader/ender project.  I've pretty much decided to repeat the same block using the same fabric to create a quilt.  I can see a lot more hst quilts in my future!

I finally finished DS' rib scarf a couple of weeks ago.  He is very happy with the result.  It is a bit hard to see, as I only thought to take the photo just before I gave it to him.  I used Cleckheaton 8 ply.  It has been my "go to" wool ever since I started knitting.  It is easy to knit with, non-scratchy, machine washable and they sell it at my favourite yarn shop for a very reasonable price.

I've been thinking for a while now that a lace scarf would be nice, so I dug out Vogue Knitting Stitch Dictionary 5 and picked the first pattern Dotted Rib.  I didn't want a complicated pattern, as it will get lost on the yarn.  I've only been knitting it for a couple of nights and am very happy with it.

I also found out what happens when I try to wind double the recommended amount of yarn on an electric ball winder, too! lol

I'd also like to introduce you to the latest additions to the garden.

Now all we need to do is give them names!


  1. Yay - congratulations on the 192 pressed blocks!
    I don'T think I ever did any maths-art connection glass. Except for those compass flowers - but that was just me colouring out the results (teacher didn't like it that much).
    I'm sure the cheery read HSTs helped sewing the tone in tone 4-patches.

    Ohh and the two guys are Herbert and Gustav. Herbert being the top one that looks like he'S goign ot jump at you any moment. Oh and you really need some green in that garden! I mean more than the occasional weed coming up through the wood chips ...

  2. I love HST... except all the pressing that is required!! great gargoyles....