Spinning Diversion

March 14, 2012 by

Spinning has been diverting me from quilting… I’ve resisted learning to spin, from my mum, for years. How? Well, I’m allergic to wool and wool was what she spun.

That all changed when we acquired three alpacas.

Spool with single-ply alpaca yarn

Single-ply Alpaca Yarn

I settled on spinning the 2nds and 3rds from an older alpaca (I wouldn’t want to waste the good stuff!). So, what to do with the first spun? There are curly twists aplenty and no¬†consistency. I didn’t expect perfection but I would like to make something from my efforts. So… I thought a rug might be suitable till I found “Lucy’s Bed“.

Now I’m on my way to finishing my first project. Woohoo! 20 rows to go before it’s felted.

First Project

Knitted Cat Bed - to be felted


Starry Night

March 14, 2012 by
Starry Night

Starry Night

Progress continues on my $10 quilt at Country Concessions… I really should post a little more often but I’m afraid my negative attitude may be off-putting.

I’ve been watching as many of my friends move on with more “artsy” quilts… AND since I’m experiencing mega-boredom with the half-square triangles in this quilt I’m thinking that’s the way to go. Any way to get away from the half-square-triangle hell I’ve found myself in. Half-square triangles, month after month, are tedious! If the fabric wasn’t so energetic I would have abandoned the project months ago. Sigh…

$10 Quilt

September 15, 2011 by

It’s been a while since I’ve done any quilting, so I started the $10 Quilt with Country Concessions, in Cookstown. I got my September block done! Woohoo!

Starry Night

Starry Night

I’m loving the colours!

Mini Leaf Quilt

September 13, 2010 by

My leaf quilt is all ready for the miniature raffle. I’ve attached a copy of the back as Traceyann requested. Learned a few more things about thread painting. There’s always something new to learn.

New Quilter :-)

September 3, 2010 by

Heather sent me the picture she had taken of her wall hanging –

Now she is working on a wall hanging from a kit I bought a few years ago at the Waterloo Quilt Show. I think she’s going to try free motion quilting on that one.

Miniature Project – 2011

June 3, 2010 by

Auditioning background, border & binding

We are well ahead of schedule on our Miniature Project for the 2011 Quilt Show.

Next Project – Update

April 1, 2010 by

I’m not sure why I was procrastinating with this project… but the cutting is done now.

Next quilt fabric choice.

Decisions, decisions!

Fabrics have been selected and cut to 9″… why not the 10″ we discussed? Well, I used several fat quarters and one of them (ahem! the focus fabric) I couldn’t squeeze out the extra inch. I’m okay with that… However, I’m wondering about the green. Does it belong? My instinct is No! … Ah well, I’ll soon find out.

Reflections – two colourways

March 13, 2010 by

My two choices:


March 7, 2010 by

Here are my fabric choices for our next project. The two on the left are the highlight fabrics, then the focus is the 3rd from the left and the rest are the contrast pieces.

Fabric choices

March 7, 2010 by

Here is the focus fabric & coordinates/accent fabrics I have chosen for our next project: