feels good to do some knitting.

Seriously. It’s been awhile, which makes me a little sad. When I got back from Market, I re-assessed my knitting situation hoping to get excited about finishing something up. I certainly have enough half-finished things to choose from. Most recently I was working on a cardigan, and it’s pretty far along. I’m just not entirely thrilled with the drape (or lack thereof). I hoped it would sort itself out as more of the sweater materialized – totally not the case. So knitting limbo continued.

Then, I saw this in the summer issue of the Debbie Bliss magazine.

debbie bliss summer shrug

I latched on right away. It’s not that it’s the most perfect thing in the world, but it’s exactly the kind of project that I needed. It’s pretty, it’s something I can wear (in Florida that’s an issue), it’s not a massive undertaking, and it’s not anything that’s sitting around unfinished and causing me frustration…all important things. It is just what I needed to get going again.

starting my summer shrug_carolyn_friedlander

And it warranted a trip to my favorite local yarn shop. That place can be dangerous without a specific goal in mind. The yarn I am using is silk, mohair, and dreamy. I can’t stop touching it.

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So it goes. I’m very happy to be back on the needles.

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catching up on some quilting.

I’m in the mood to catch up on some quilting.

quilting a batik sessoms by carolyn friedlander

 

First on the agenda is to finish up this sessoms sample. There’s not much of a plan other than feathery-ish goodness in the border and heavier stuff in the background so the x’s pop. I’m just gonna play around with it. The added treat is my new and super sticky pair of gloves. Why didn’t I replace them sooner?

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Happy weekend quilting!!

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sessoms blast from the past.

With the giveaway I have going on, I thought I’d take a quick trip back to the (almost) very beginning of my Sessoms throw. Other than some sketches and a few lone blocks, it all started with this sample. Oh how things have changed!

sessoms throw by carolyn friedlander, shirting version

At the time, I remember being drawn to the idea of mixing warm shirtings with bright, contemporary prints, which I still think is a fun juxtaposition. I also went a little nuts with skinny borders, partly for looks, and partly because I was running out of fabric.

sessoms throw by carolyn friedlander, shirting version

And I’m embarrassed that the top still isn’t quilted! Yikes. Usually I’m not this bad since I enjoy the quilting so much. I can’t remember what lured me away, but now that she’s out, I want to put her to use. I should get on it. I’ve been wanting something new on my bed.

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If you haven’t already, leave a comment on Monday’s post by midnight tomorrow to win some fabulous fabric and a copy of the pattern.

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post-weekend fabric + pattern giveaway.

It’s Monday, and time for a giveaway…

 

Roll of Robert Kaufman Fusions strips

 

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sessoms quilt pattern by carolyn friedlander

equals

sessoms throw at quilt market featuring Robert Kaufman fabric

Check out the Sessoms sample from Quilt Market that was made up by the team at Robert Kaufman using their latest fusions collection. I think it turned out great! I also loved finding Allie (above) completely swaddled up in it when I came back with my camera. Quilts are made to be loved.

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And here is a close-up of the quilting by the talented Angela Walters. Her interpretation is great, and I enjoyed reading about her strategy here. The wavy lines remind me of the insulation hatch in architecture drawings. Anyone else see that?

Robert Kaufman Fusions on Sessoms throw by carolyn friedlander

To giveaway, I’ve got a fat roll of 2-1/2″ fusions strips (51 to be exact) and 1 copy of my Sessoms throw quilt pattern. That will put you well on your way to making your very own version.

Leave a comment below between now and Thursday at midnight to win.

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weekend sewing success.

 

I love it when a sewing project works out, and lately I feel like I’ve been mostly striking out. So finally, a success. How sweet it is.

 

floral blouse

Here’s the pattern, which I adapted into a blouse.

jamie christina miz mozelle dress pattern

The translation wasn’t difficult. I started with a muslin version to test the fit and for placing the darts that I added to the front and back. I also lengthened the bodice and curved the hemline. When I got all of that to work, I updated the pattern pieces, said a prayer, and cut it out. The prayer was because I only had 1 yard of fabric. And guess what, it worked!* And that even included making the bias tape to match! I was stoked.     (*I am kinda short. 1 yard may not work for all sizes.)

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I’ll be making this one again.

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