Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Bright Improv Scrap Quilt

This year one of my goals is to make a dent in my scrap collection, so I've been steadily making scrap quilts since January. For this quilt I decided to go back to making improv blocks, pulling bright colors from my scrap boxes along with some white and gray. I made each block 14.5 inches (37 cm) and the quilt is make up of five blocks across by six blocks down, which measures out to 72 inches x 87 inches (183 x 221 cm).

I have to admit that I had a blast making this-there's something so appealing about the freedom of improv.
I'm using cotton batting with a solid white backing,
and the quilt is now in the hand quilting queue.

On the spinning side of things, I've been spinning some Corriedale/cross wool
that I dyed last year in peach, turquoise, tan, 
and sky blue. This was a roving from Paradise Fiber, 
and I have to admit that it's rather a disappointment due
to the roughness of the fiber. 
The cross part of this fiber has made this wool rough to the touch, 
ruining the springy, softer qualities of Corriedale wool.
I had planned on spinning enough wool to knit up a vest, 
but I don't think that I can wear this.
 I need some new felted wool oven mitts for my kitchen,
so I'll spin this and then redye the yarn in bright colors
before knitting up the huge mitts to felt.

I've put the first warp on my vintage cherry Norwood loom,
using Maysville 8/4 cotton yarn for the warp,
and Sugar'n Cream thick cotton yarn in 
the chocolate milk colorway for my weft
to weave some twill bathmats.
It's been some time since I put on a warp, 
so I reread the helpful book,
Warping All By Yourself,
by Cay Garrett.
She has some great tips about getting a warp on
evenly, without a lot of hassle.

Our roses are just about ready to break out in song, 
as they are covered with buds.
I love seeing them each year,
and this year they are taller 
and healthier than they've been in some time.
I'm trying a new organic fertilizer that
seems to be making them happy!
Usually at this time of year,
the roses are barely fence high,
but as you can see they are much taller.
Nice :-)

Other flowers are blooming, 
from bachelor buttons,

to clematis

to irises.

There's something quite peaceful about gardening-
caring for the flowers
and seeing them come up each year-
they add a wonderful touch of color to the landscape
and cheer to anyone who sees them.

Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Loom Collective and Other News

As a weaver, I have a love of looms.
Okay, I admitted it, and that's the first step, right?
Oh, and I have to admit that I collect looms,
especially old looms in need of rescue.

So when I read about a cherry Norwood loom 
that had been in storage for years,
and was now in need of a new home,
I was jazzed.
It came home with me :-)

I've emailed Webs to see if I can find out how old it is,
as it would be fun to know.
If only a loom could talk,
and tell us what their history is.
Who wove on this in the past??

It was covered in dust and grime,
so I cleaned it up,
rubbed it down with synthetic steel wool,
and then oiled it.
What do you think?
I think it's singing....

This morning I'm measuring out a warp out of cotton yarn,
so that I can weave on the new addition.

I finished spinning the spring green, sunny yellow, 
and sky blue Merino/nylon roving.
I triple plied it as it will be knitted up into a pair of socks,
and now it's added to the balls of yarn
in my fiber hutch.

On the quilting side of things,
I'm continuing the scrap quilt theme,
but I've decided to change it up a bit in color and design,
so for this quilt I'm using bright, primary colors forming improv blocks.
 I have my sewing area covered with bins of scraps
that I can pull from as I create each block.
This is what I have finished so far, and
my goal is to make 30 blocks.

Last weekend, my family and I rode our dual sport
motorcycles on Wildcat Gulch Road, FS 311,
which is just off of Grimes Creek Road,
located in the Boise National Forest.

It was an awesome day to be out, and the road was challenging 
enough to make it an interesting ride.

The view as we climbed in altitude was outstanding,

but we had to call it a day at almost 6000 feet, when we hit knee deep snow blocking the road.
There were tire tracks heading through the snow, which made me wonder about the person
driving through the deep snow. Did they make it through?

There were some lovely wildflowers
that I stopped to take photos of
while we were eating our lunch.

Delphinium nuttallianum
Upland Larkspur
Viola gladbella
Stream Violet

On the way home, we were passed by someone
on an ATV who had their
canine buddy along for company.
I love it!

Another lovely day in Idaho, 
spent in the mountains soaking up the wilderness views.
Life is good :-)

Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,