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New knits

Happy Monday!  I have finished a few things I was working on and cast on a few new projects as well.  I finished this darling little sweater for my 3 year old last week.



Pattern is called Sock Yarn Sweater.  Yarn is Araucania Huasco #2.  You can see my project here.

I just finished this hat yesterday and blocked it last night.  I have the exact same hat, my best friend saw it and wanted the same thing 🙂


Pattern is called Acorns and yarn is Madeline Tosh DK in Celedon.  You can see my project here.

I have another Sock Yarn Sweater in the works and also a Simple Pleasures hat. My new friend Michele offered to show me how to do socks, toe up, two at a time.  I am beyond excited!  Happy knitting!



Triangles up the wahzoo

My friend Amber had the brilliant idea to start a modern quilting bee with some local girls here in Portland.  She asked if I wanted to join and I immediately said, YES!  The name of the bee is PDX Bee.  Amber started us out this month.  She is making a solids quilt with all triangles.  We were just asked to make an 18 1/2″ square and use the fabrics she gave us.  She also requested the flying geese type of triangle with all of them facing up.  I loved making this block!  I used Faith’s flying geese paper piecing template for the little ones and the larger one from Quilter’s Cache.  

I decided to use white space and liked the idea of descending triangles with one large one at the top.  I am starting to like paper piecing a lot!  It’s really fun to learn a new skill.



Fabrics are all Kona by Robert Kaufman.  I can’t wait to see all the other blocks and how it comes together!  My month is next month and I am ready to roll!  So excited!

Madrona Road Challenge

How lucky am I to have sweet Violet Craft in my modern quilt guild?  Very I say 🙂 She is the nicest, you guys! Such a lovely person.   The Modern Quilt Guild is holding a challenge using her lovely Madrona Road collection.  The PMQG issued the challenge to us to make mini quilts.



All solids are Kona.  The template is by Tab-slot.  I quilted everything using approx. 3/8″ distance following the pattern.  The back is a strips of solids and Madrona Road.  This was a fun challenge!  The whole mini quilt measures about 10 1/2″ squared.

You can check out the Modern Quilt Guild Madrona Road Challenge Flickr page to see lots more inspiration!

do.Good stitches

I made a quilting block for the first time in……forever.  I joined a waiting list for a charity quilting bee called do.Good stitches about a year ago and was just invited to join the WISH group this month 🙂  I am really excited, it is both my first quilting bee and also the first time I have ever paper pieced.

My good friends Jen and Amber helped me out in the fabric scraps and knowledge department.  It was so much fun to sew this block together!  The block comes from Freshly Pieced and is called Arkansas Traveler.



Fabrics are Kona and various scraps.  It’s a great scrap buster block!  Doing this simple block has sparked my interest in sewing again.  I am dreaming of more blocks to come.  Happy weekend.

My recent knits

Hi everyone!  It has been a long while since I last blogged.  Life has been busy, you know?  I have been sewing a bit, but knitting much more.  Here are some of my recent projects.


Pattern is Biscuit ny Bonnie Sennott.  Yarn is Kathee Nelson Art Yarns in Amethyst.  See my project here.


Staghorn Mitts by Tera Johnson.  Yarn is Madeline Tosh Chunky in Terrarium.  See my project here.


Braided Mitts by Tera Johnson.  Yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca.  My project is here.


Rio Dress by Taiga Hilliard.  Yarn is Madeline Tosh Sock in Lepidoptera.  Project is here. 


Smocked Slouch Hat by Jill Zielinski.  Yarn is cotton.  Made for my friend Jen Bailly (aka bettycrockerass).  Project is here.


Lupine Seed Cardigan by Sarah Gresbach.  Yarn is Malabrigo Rios in Teal Feather.  Project is here.


Little Buds in English by Karen Borrel.  Yarn is Dream in Color Classy in Blue Sage.  Project is here.




Heartwarmer by Bley Hack.  Yarn is Cascade 220 Heathers in Heather Grey.  Project is here.


Tiny Tea Leaves by Melissa LaBarre.  Yarn is Madeline Tosh Merino in Winter Wheat.  Project is here.

I think that’s it! Haha.  I need to do some sewing so knitting will need to take a backseat for a while.  Loving all these sweaters.  Feeling more confident to tackle one for the husband soon.  And socks too!

Happy weekend!


Mitts are good, mitts are fine

I just knitted up my first pair of fingerless mitts the other day.  It was such a fun knit and challenging too!  They might not be the prettiest with all my messed up thumb stitches, but I think they will be well loved.  I am already halfway through another pair for my husband 🙂  Now I want to try all kinds, gloves, mittens…..let me at them.

Pattern is called Nalu and is a free ravelry pattern.  Yarn is Madeline Tosh Merino DK in the color Silver Fox.  You can see more details on my project here.

Seattle, you are the bomb….

Last month my friend Heather (House of A La Mode) invited me to tag along with her to Seattle to meet some dear online friends.  We took the trip last weekend and it was so much fun!  It was unreal to finally meet these wonderful girls who have been friends for so many years but never got to meet face to face.  It was a bit trippy to hear their voices!

Here is Heather and I when we finally made it to Seattle.  We were very happy to get out of the car and get coffee with Amber and her best friend Kelly  🙂

Here are the ever lovely Katie (Sew Katie Did) and Amber (One Shabby Chick).  Amber came all the way from Hawaii on her way to Sewing Summit.  We went to an amazing place for dinner called Revel.  It was some of the best food I have ever had.  Ever.  So good.  Also, we were hooked up with Megan’s (Lucy and Norman) own husband’s wine!  It was incredibly delicious!

Here is Megan!  Hi Heather 🙂

After dinner we got to go to a little private partay over at Dry Goods with Keli.  It was hands down the cutest fabric store I have ever been in.  Such amazing selection there too.  Here are my goodies.

There is a lot of Liberty in there, some Anna Maria Horner, some Michael Miller, Alexander Henry and I wish I knew who made the fabulous linen diamonds.  While there I got to know the other girls I had never met before and couldn’t talk to at dinner.  I met Charise  who is totally hilarious and also majorly amazing at paper piecing.  I also met Krista.  She was cracking me up big time.  She is completely and totally amazing at both patchwork AND quilting.  Oh my gosh her quilting.  I also met Sandi who is beyond nice and also a talented quilter.

We stayed out much later than I am used to and I think I am still paying for it, but it was so much fun!  I hope we get to do it again real soon, girls.  Maybe next you guys can come to Portland 😉

Happy Wednesday!

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