A Quilt for Yvonne

Well, for Yvonne’s baby, anyway!

I started this quilt at the beginning of July. I’d seen this image on Pinterest in May or so, and had been waiting for the pattern to come out on the Robert Kaufman website – but it never did! I downloaded this image from their website in May, and it’s all disappeared now. Mysterious!

CrystalSystemSS.ai

So since I didn’t have a pattern to work from, I just made a go of it from the photo. I ordered a couple of charm packs (5″ squares) and a neutrals pack of Kona cotton from Mad About Patchwork and got to it, trying to substitute colours just based on how the photo looked.

crystal systems quilt in progress

crystal systems quilt in progress

I did post some photos along the way on my Instagram but I did want it to be a surprise, which is why I didn’t blog about it. My half square triangles are…not very precise. But I’m really proud anyway. I used the machine to piece this one! I worked in strips…

crystal systems quilt in progress

…then got the patterned part of the top together.

crystal systems quilt in progress

Then I decided it was a little too small – I was working with 5″ charm squares, but the original must have been done with bigger squares to end up at 48″. Mine was at about 30″ square here.

I picked up some solid grey for a border, and a cool grey stripe for the backing, at the workroom. I think they grey border really makes the colours pop!

Basting:

crystal systems quilt in progress

crystal systems quilt!

I got started on the hand quilting before we left for Vancouver, but got maybe halfway through before we went on vacation. Luckily I had enough time to finish in time for the baby shower once we got back! Of course I had to go out to the workroom again for the binding – Lizzy House’s pearl bracelets! I think it’s perfect.

crystal systems quilt!

I finished a few days before the shower (whew) so I washed the quilt and dried it out in the sun, and had time to make a simple embroidered label too.

Beauty shots! Finished size was about 38″ square.

crystal systems quilt!

crystal systems quilt!

crystal systems quilt!

quilt back

crystal systems quilt!

Of course the best part was watching her open it.

adorable yvonne

adorable yvonne

Best wishes Yvonne, Jeremy and Baby! We love you and of course we’ll babysit.

Textile Museum Sale haul!

I didn’t have much time at the Textile Museum’s annual rummage sale last Friday, but it’s probably for the best. I’m sure I could have found tons more stuff to buy! They’re always bringing out new stuff all day long, you never know what you’ll find.

from the Textile Museum sale!

I did find some nice stable-feeling knits.

from the Textile Museum sale!

Nice denims.

from the Textile Museum sale!

Assorted stuff. The tweed has nice colourful flecks in it, the green on top is flannel, and the flowery one should be enough for a light summery dress.

from the Textile Museum sale!

from the Textile Museum sale!

Fun assorted quilting cottons.

Were you there? I want to see your haul, leave me a link!

This and That in the Sunshine

I haven’t much knitting to show you – I have so much secret deadline stuff on my plate! I did finish my new shawl design out of 1 skein of Wollmeise Twin, and I love it. The pattern will be out as part of a small collection, hopefully next month.

points!

I like to keep my knitting to the work day if I can, and do other things at night like sewing – but lately playing Minecraft has been taking over the evenings! That game is a total time suck, and we’re only playing on the PS3 where the world is limited. So I haven’t been hand quilting much, but seeing the rolled up quilt on the back of the couch makes me happy anyway. It looks like knitting!

quilt backing

We spent a good amount of time this weekend on the porch, tidying, mixing soil and compost, and planting out some of my giant tomato “seedlings”. Dale’s been playing with my camera, and he took some good shots. It’s really nice having the documentation of how things progress out there.

garden, may 25 2014

Shelling peas – we won’t get a ton of them, but I like the way they look. Plus nothing beats eating fresh peas right out of the garden.

garden, may 25 2014

Basil in with a tomato – the variety is Italian Large Leaf. I also have some Purple Opal basil that hasn’t come up yet.

garden, may 25 2014

I need some better plant labels.

garden, may 25 2014

garden, may 25 2014

Tomatoes, left to right: Ivory Pear, Matt’s Wild Cherry, Eva Purple Ball, Black Cherry. The two on the right are these ones, they must be relieved to be out of those yogurt containers! I have four more tomato plants in the process of hardening off. We’re definitely going to need a few more bins to plant in, a few more tomato cages, and more plastic netting to keep the squirrels out.