Last weekend my friends and I went to the Pacific West Quilt Show in Tacoma. What an inspiring trip! There were so many stunning quilts. Unfortunately, although I took a lot of pictures, I can't show them to you because of very express copyright laws. So you'll have to take my word for it. One of the things my friends and I discussed was that for many of the quilts, especially the prize winners, the makers most likely were very single minded. In all probability they did not divide their time amongst many interests like we do! I believe I have the ability to actually get into a juried show like this – after all, I've done it twice at the AQS show in Paducah. But lately it just seems as if I'm all over the map on my hobbies!
I did get inspired by this quilt in the merchant mall:
I've always loved hand applique and one of my quilts that was juried into AQS was an applique quilt. However, I've been frustrated at doing some of the more complicated designs. This particular designer was doing demos of her technique and I was so impressed that I snapped up her DVD, some tools and a pattern. Although I'm not quite ready to tackle her complicated pattern yet, I came home and started over on a simpler design that I had been working on:
I am so much more pleased with the quality of my workmanship using her techniques. Yesterday I spent a large portion of the day making the little narrow bias stems, but believe I now have enough for the whole quilt. Next up is to cut out a squillion little leaves.
Not that knitting is taking a back seat. I've been working on my cabled cardigan, but it is slow going. The body is done all in one piece up to the armholes and the honeycomb pattern is kicking my butt! On the pattern rows, every single stitch is cabled and by the end of the row, my hands are aching. I have one more repeat to go and then I can get to the more fun cables!
btw – before any of you comment that my cables are crossed the wrong way – they are not. I double checked to be sure after taking this picture. It's just an optical illusion caused by the shadows in the photo. It did give me pause for a moment when I saw it!
I do have one FO – I finished my sister's Hedera socks. They have already been gifted and worn.
And just to prove I am all over the map, I have started not one, but three! new pairs of socks. In my defense (?) they all serve different purposes. The first pair are simple rib socks for car knitting, the second are Funny Valentine socks for the new Solid Socks group I joined on Ravlery (seems to be a nice drama-free group), and the third, Twisted Flower, are in my quest to knit up every sock in Cookie A.'s Knit Sock Love book. All three socks are out of Cascade Heritage, which is becoming my standard "go-to" sock yarn.
And just to add to the "all over the map" thing, I am becoming obsessed with making doll clothes. So far this is my only accomplishment:
We are taking Mei-Mei to the American Girl Doll store for her birthday to get her a Bitty Twin. I have a feeling Nana may come home with one too – after all, I do need a fit model, right? I don't want to make too many little clothes until I know they fit. I never sewed doll clothes as a child, so I feel as if I'm having another chance at childhood. Possibly the fact that I'm applying for Social Security has something to do with that!
I'll leave you with my last "all over the map" accomplishment. This page was one of the top picks of the month at Scrapper's Guide. I was SO honored!
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend. My niece is coming up from Seattle and then we're going down to Snohomish for a holiday brunch with the family. Our weather is looking to be absolutely glorious for our last few weeks of summer.