Archives for the month of: August, 2013

Well, this afternoon and evening our neighborhood has lost it’s Internet connection from the local provider. Due to this, Wordy Wednesday will be shortened to a Less Wordy Wednesday as I am attempting to blog from my phone via 3G.

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Inspired by my mother (above is a practice run for her “Kathy”), I’ve been working on a little bit of handwritten script the past few days. I have no where near the patience or talent that she has developed, but she reminds me that practice can work wonders.

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Above is a continuous line script, the pen isn’t lifted at any point while writing a letter.

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I think I need to invest in a calligraphy pen of some manner before I attempt more flowing scripts…

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What would you do with an extra two hours added to your day?

Today, I woke at 4:30 a.m., by 5:10 I was jogging in the dark. I am not much of a jogger/runner, in fact it is one of my least favorite things to do and, one of the things I feel I am worst at. So when I returned home at 6 a.m. having completed 2.2 miles I felt accomplished. Now, I realize that is not record breaking speed or anything. In fact, it really was more of a jog-walk interval, so speed wasn’t my goal. But I planned to do a half mile, instead I did 2.2, I feel accomplished.

Normally, I wake up between 6 and 6:30 a.m. So today, today I have accomplished more with my day already than I normally would. Now I will spend the next five hours in a happy place, cupcakes make people happy.

What will you do with your day?

xo,

Erin Myone

So here it is! The Four Seasons Table Runner.

Now what did I do wrong…? Well, any of you who have been reading since I started this blog a week ago, might remember that the Four Seasons Table Runner is the first piecing project I have worked on recently. As I have spent more time sewing apparel recently, I am more familiar with a 5/8″ or 1/2″ seam allowance. However, quilters commonly use a 1/4″ seam allowance, do the math, that’s 1/4″ less than what I have been using recently. And 1/4″ less than what I began using when I began piecing this table runner.  Below, you can see how much this shortened the rows with the multicolored Half Square Triangles (HST), as compared to the solid brown strips between those rows. (ugh, the lighting in my basement art/craft space is terrible!)

I decided to square things off and sash the table runner per the patterns instructions. But the final length measurement of 50″ is 12″ shorter than the pattern suggested. So I lost a number of inches in the length also.

The question is, do I proceed to finish the table runner at this length? Or do I brainstorm other ways to increase the length before I bat, back, quilt and bind? Decisions, decisions…

Good Morning!

It’s a brisk 59º here in Ames, Iowa this morning. Too good to be true in August, a half hour dog walk did not seem long enough!

My husband tells me these are dahlias, whatever they are, they are beautiful!

Have a great day!

Erin Myone

Last summer, I purchased an Amy Butler Cameo charm pack (30 – 6″” pieces) from my favorite arts and crafts boutique, Urban Arts + Crafts in Kansas City, Missouri. I spent a good long while thinking about what I wanted to use them for… And then I jumped in and started piecing anyway!

I sandwiched together a 6″ print with a 6″ eggshell white square, face to face.

Then sewed the four edges of the square.

Then by cutting diagonally from left to right then right to left I created four small Half Square Triangles (HST)!

Each HST measured approximately: 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ unfinished,  or 3 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ finished. I might take off 1/8″ in both directions so that I have a nice round number to work with…

I did this with each and every piece of the Cameo charm pack, and now have 120 Half Square Triangles!

I have all of these pieces, and don’t yet have a plan for them… But after doing a little research I’ve found a few nice options to choose from.  The first option was actually blogged about by Cathy at Cabbage Quilts. On her blog she share a few variations by other quilters on the same design theme. Other quilters have developed this idea and created an off-center diamond/target like pattern that expands across the entire quilt.

Jeni, at In Color Order led a Half Square Triangle Sampler Quilt a Long in 2012, and her tutorials for the twelve blocks are still online.

We’ll have to see what I decide to do with these HST blocks, but one thing is certain, I will need another charm pack in order to fill up a good sized quilt. Any thoughts, or suggestions?

Woohoo! With this post I announce that I am all caught up in the And Sew We Craft  Modern Block Quilt a Long!

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The first block of the Quilt a Long was this May: Follow the Leader block. This was the fourth and final block I needed to piece in order to get caught up, since I started 3 months late! Above I have shared Amy, at And Sew We Craft‘s, block. Amy has been kind enough to share the tutorial for this month’s block, and has been creating two blocks each month, one in solids and one in prints. I adore her print fabric selection (which is shown in the block above), the Little Apples fabric line by Aneela Hoey, too sweet! Amy also has done an excellent job of documenting her tutorial in photos so there is no possible way to get lost!

Anyway, on to my block! Once again I chose to work with fabrics from the 2013 Rosette fabric line by Juliana Horner for JoAnns Fabric. This line was only released on July 21st, so I am an early adopter of it’s wonderful blend of traditional country motifs with modern influences.  This line is one of four designer lines that JoAnns is producing as part of its Premium Quilts Collection, a wise response to the growing mass of young and modern quilters in the market. For this block, I chose to work with the Posy print in both the Navy and Sweet colorways, as well as, Bouquet Sweet and Ivy Lemon Lime. Below I have shared my handy-dandy fabric key!

This block was one of the more time consuming blocks of the Quilt a Long thus far, so I understand some of the frustration other participants voiced as they completed their blocks in May. For me, however, doing this block fourth made it seem quite manageable after completing the July and August blocks! I really enjoyed putting it together and practicing my Flying Geese. I did make a few mistakes along the way, but my patience seems to be growing as I work on these because I didn’t mind ripping out a few seams and correcting the major issue.

If you’re wondering what the major issue was, well you’ll notice at the center of the block you have each of your four colors represented. This occurs by alternating which color is on the right and left when you combine them into pairs (for example the Lemon Lime Ivy and the Navy Posy are a pair). On my first attempt at completing the block, I accidentally placed them in the same position both times and my finished block had two sets of navy geese in the center. This mistake was large enough I felt the need to rip out many seams to correct it, and then re-piece the block. Other small mistakes include some imperfect point alignment and cutting off the “beaks” of a few of my geese. These are seemingly minor mistakes though and since this project is just for fun I do not feel OCD enough to correct them.

Overall, I am quite happy with my Follow the Leader block. Though I am a little bummed to be caught up in the Quilt a Long, what will I do now?

Actually, I’ve already started working on something new, as suggested by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts on a previous post, teeny tiny half square triangles pieced from the scraps of the Flying Geese technique. This may be my first attempt at working in the Postage Stamp size category!

Also, I completed piecing the top of the Four Seasons table runner, but due to an early misunderstanding it is a littler shorter than desired! So I am brainstorming an attractive and modern way to change that (Photos and explanation to come soon!).

Anywho, on to the rest of the day, dog walks, research, and writing! Hopefully a bike ride or lap swimming too, if weather permits!

Erin Myone

On Saturday, my husband and I were lucky enough to both have the day off of work. It also happened to be the first Saturday of the 2013 Iowa State Fair. Originally, we had hoped to drive back to Kansas to visit a few good friends and see family this weekend, but life got in the way and we couldn’t make that trip this weekend. So instead we drove a little over 30 minutes to enjoy the fair.

By the time we arrived a little after 10 a.m. the parking was full and the midway was buzzing! We went straight for the typical fair fare, hand dipped corn dogs! I had the standard corn dog while Eli went for a veggie corn dog, I was shocked and pleased that there are a few more healthy options at the fair these days (though I did enjoy my pork corn dog!)

After our corn dogs we headed out in search of ongoing fair events and caught part of the dairy cattle show.

We then moved on to check out some of the other large animals. Including some sheep that had amazing curly wool.

We also saw this amazing elk, they are so incredibly huge! But not as “huge” as the fairs biggest boar which weighed in at 1,103 lbs!!!

And there was this beautiful bantam hen…

And an amazing balloon sculpture being built while we watched!

We finished our day with a healthy blooming onion and funnel cake… Guilt free day of the week!

After we headed home, we went to the public library for some free entertainment. I found some excellent quilting books and a calligraphy book and can’t wait to share some of the results!  Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend!

Erin Myone

Hello again!

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I just whipped through the June block from the Modern Block Quilt a Long! The Spool block above was sewn by Tonya at The Crafty Mummy, the host of this month’s block.

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This month the block was quite simple, I really only referenced the tutorial at The Crafty Mummy to figure out the dimensions of the pieces before cutting. From there on out, I was my own with no fear! I sewed the 10 seams in a matter of minutes and am in fact quite pleased with the turnout!

Juliana Horner Stack

The Juliana Horner fabrics are just so darling, you can’t really go wrong. This time I chose some fabrics from the orange colorway, Posy Sweet and Terrace Main Orange Cream.

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This is the first block I have added the orange colorway to, but I have plans to add it to the next block (which was actually the May block)! And I already have my fabric pieces cut for the Follow the Leader block hosted by Amy at And Sew We Craft.

May PiecesI did a few more rows of the Four Season Table Runner also, and who knows maybe I will finish that up, and the Follow the Leader block this weekend! Wouldn’t that be a productive week of piecing?!?!

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A few more pretty flowers this afternoon. Some lovely gaillardia!

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And an even more exciting discovery! My neighbors down the street has an elderberry bush!

I think I will have to knock on their door and see if I can harvest some of these little goodies for natural dyeing when they are nice and dark with color! Elderberry is a very exciting dye medium as it can produce very different hues depending on the alkalinity or acidity of the water, fiber, plant.

Of course with any natural dye you will have variation in color depending on different natural factors such as the weather, length of season, age of the plant source, etc. But elderberry is just wonderfully exciting and produces some of my very favorite natural dye colors! Directly above and below are images from a natural dye workshop I attended two years ago in Columbia Missouri at Hillcreek Fiber Studio with Carol Leigh. We experimented with altering the alkalinity and acidity and also utilized a variety of fibers, and hopefully you can recognize that this is an incredible range of hues from a single dye source!

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