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November 17, 2018
Knitting and Math from The Quilt Rat

I recently ordered a sweater kit from Craftsy, I have in the past, purchased several classes and was curious about the physical products they offer. There was a promotion that gave 50% off some of the kits so it was an excellent time to give it a try.




Part of that promotion provided a 1 month free trial of Bluprint..... now I must admit that having the month long access to all classes with Bluprint I am taking advantage by checking out classes I may have not done otherwise.

In one of the classes, Wear What You Knit, Perfect Sweater ...

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November 13, 2018
Lots of Little Blocks from Thread Head

It is nice to be keeping up with a quilt along! This one is Secret Santa Sew Along from the Temecula Quilt Company blog.


These are Step Three blocks. 48 - 1+1/2"x3+3/4" units.



And these are Step Four blocks. 48 - 1+1/2" Four Patches.

These have been really enjoyable blocks to make - lots of cutting but the sewing is so quick because the blocks are so small. It is also time saving not having to decide which fabrics to use for a block, just cut strips and sew them together.
I am really looking forward ...

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October 20, 2018
10 years from The Quilt Rat

Yes, it was 10 years ago today that I began this blog. I had no idea what I would be posting when I started, what I did know was that at the time I was finding that there were many generous people who were happily sharing ideas and inspiring others through blogs and I wanted to become a part of that.
For a great many of those years I posted on a regular basis ( usually at least once a week) but lately I seem to have drifted away from here and have not posted with much frequency. Perhaps I will ...

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October 14, 2018
stash report October 14, 2018 from Making A Lather

At our guild quilt show, we had a garage sale area. I purchased several scrap bags, and these fat quarters, and a home made jelly roll.


These 2 1/2 in strips will make a great donation quilt for the vet's home.


stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1/2 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 773 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 5  yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 212 3/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 560 1/2 yards used more than purchased. 


Most of my handwork is at ...

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September 18, 2018
Opposing Ply Yarn and Bags from Thread Head

A couple of weeks ago I dyed some fibre to spin for socks.



This is my favourite 80/20 Merino/Nylon sock blend. I decided to spin opposing ply yarn for the first time, since it is supposed to make hard wearing socks.
Normally singles (the individual ply) are all spun with the twist in one direction and then plied in the opposite direction. With opposing ply yarn one of the singles is spun in the same direction as the final plying direction. This tightens up that one single during plying (more twist creates a tougher yarn). I spun a ...

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September 10, 2018
Autum Blending, Spinning and Looming from CollectInTexas Gal

Autumn is quickly becoming one of my favorite seasons!  Summer used to be!  I'm over Summer...whew, it's been such a long hot one!  During the last week of August I began sorting through fabric strip bins, yarn bins and roving bins pulling out Fall colors.  So, now I am definitely in the OverDoSue Fall Mode. 

I'm hoping for orders on the Autumn Boreal Rolags.  I spun and plied them as an example of how beautiful they work up into yarn.  I think the Spinners who are going to be my 'Guest Artists' for October's First ...

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September 4, 2018
Weekly Round-Up from Thread Head


Four quilt along blocks made this week. It has been fun just sewing the blocks I feel like with no specific plan.


The first one is from Antebellum Album from the Civil War Quilts Blog, a 12" block called Southern Cross.


These two are the 4" blocks from the Temecula Quilt Company 1880 Sampler Sew Along.


This is from the Moda Blockhead 2 quilt along, block #12, a 6" block.


Last week I dyed this Polwarth fibre,


and now it is yarn for a little sweater - it might be really little since there is just over 200g!

All the best!♥︎

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August 8, 2018
Learning To Spin...Then What? from CollectInTexas Gal

I have been learning to spin for 6 months, 1 week and 1 day....well, there about if counting from the month, week, and day that I got my own wheel.  I can't really count the times I tried spinning at the spinning group I belong to.  I'm pretty sure my patient teacher never thought I'd ever get the hang of spinning a decent thin strand of yarn that would flow through the 3/8" orifice, have enough twist to stay together or fill a bobbin.

Sure enough she was spot on with the thin strand flowing ...

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July 15, 2018
stash report July 15, 2018 from Making A Lather

One of the stashes I need help corralling, is finished quilts. I want to be able to see them without worrying if they are ok. I have been keeping them in a big pile in the corner of my bedroom.
So, when I found this curio cabinet at Goodwill, I was thrilled. It works just like I want it to work in my space. Truth be told, I might need many of them.


Many Sundays, I enjoy spinning and making yarn. I started the year with a 2 pound batch of dyed roving, and officially, it is now, all spun ...

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June 25, 2018
The Sweatpants of Dresses from Thread Head

This week I sewed a couple of dresses.


The pattern is the York Pinafore by Helen's Closet - a Canadian designer! 
The dress is perfect for putting on over a T-shirt for the summer. It was incredibly easy to make and so nice to wear - that's why I made two. And check out those pockets!


 The green one is the first one I made. I used some cotton twill I had at home.


Then I wanted to try it out in a lighter weight fabric, so the blue one is the second one.

Here are my thoughts and some ...

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June 19, 2018
Another Quilt Along! from Thread Head

I decided to start another quilt along!
This one is called Moda Blockheads 2, a block of the week that started on June 6th, and ends next April (I am sure that I won't make them all, but I enjoyed making the first two).


The first one is Stellar Star, a 12" block,


and the second is Buckeye Beauty, a 6" block. I am using the same fabrics as all the other blocks I have been making recently, and these will be added to those blocks.


I dyed the yarn I had finished spinning last week.


I also did ...

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June 12, 2018
Finished Fleece from Thread Head

I finished spinning the third raw fleece I was given last fall.


1583m and 639g of yarn! I will dye most of this yarn.


This is how it all started - the raw fleece before washing, combing and spinning.


Here is my 1880 Sampler Sew Along block from the Temecula Quilt Company for this week (a 4" block).

My stack of "orphan" blocks is really growing. The plan is to make blocks until the end of the year, and put them together into a quilt top.


Because I missed having a crochet project to work on, I started another Granny Stripes ...

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May 1, 2018
Quilt Blocks and Socks from Thread Head

A couple of quilt along blocks this week -


The first is one is the Antebellum Album, Quaker Pride block from Civil War Quilts (12" block).


For the 1880 Sampler Sew Along block there is a 4" Crazy Quilt block - from the Temecula Quilt Company.


I finished a pair of socks - hand spun yarn from fibre that I dyed. I also started another pair of socks (I always have a pair on the go).

I dyed the fibre-


and spun the yarn this week -


The start of the socks -


Both pair of socks are made with a Superwash Blue Faced Leicester ...

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April 16, 2018
Appliqué Block and Yarn from Thread Head


This week I made a block for my 'orphan/leftover/abandoned projects' quilt. It is invisible machine appliquéd, and 16".


It is an Oak Leaf and Orange Peel block from Barbara Brackmans' book Encyclopedia of Appliqué.
I decided to make this block because I didn't want to make last month's block for the Antebellum Album Quilt Along on Barbara Brackmans blog Civil War Quilts - the block involved templates and Y seams, which although lovely just aren't for me.


Here are all the blocks I have so far as part of this 'leftover block' quilt project I am ...

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March 20, 2018
Woven Fabric from Thread Head

I finished weaving the project I started last week -


Fresh off the loom it was 4.5 metres (almost 5 yards) of 42cm (16.5") wide fabric.


After washing in hot water with lots of agitation, the piece of fabric is now 4.3 metres, and 41cm wide. I'll have plenty of fabric to make some kind of a top.


The fabric has a lovely feel. It is nice and soft. The warp (the length of the fabric) is my hand spun yarn and most of the weft is commercial yarn. More detail about the weaving can be found ...

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March 12, 2018
Arco Iris Roving To Yarn...It Rocks! from CollectInTexas Gal

Whenever something comes across my path that is 'Titled', I like to know as much as I can about it.  Such is the case with this 'Roving' I ordered last month, and just now felt I had enough spinning behind me to do it justice.  Now one of my all time favorite Spring flowers is the purple Iris.  So naturally, I had to check out the botanical species 'Arco Iris'.

Big surprise!!!  It's not a botanical species.  It's a human species...several of them.  Arco Iris (Spanish for Rainbow) were a rock group from the late 1960s until ...

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March 11, 2018
It's THAT TIME of Year With a New Spin! from CollectInTexas Gal

Several things in the last few days have given me cause to reflect on this time of the year...last year.  With the sale of this Spring Green Apron today, sealed the deal of 'It's That Time of Year.

It was at this time last year I was in the Apron Making Frenzy and on a quest to use as much 'duck fabric' as I could in designing and making these 'Tie Slide To Fit Any Size' aprons.  They sold like hot cakes!  Why this one didn't sell last year....who knows. 

It sold today to a lady ...

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March 7, 2018
WordlessWed...4 Cores = 1 Score from CollectInTexas Gal

1-2-3-4 Core Yarns Spins Up 1 Big Score of Core Spun Yarn
My Favorite Spinning Technique...So Far.

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March 6, 2018
Finished Fleece from Thread Head

Last fall I was given a raw fleece from a local farmer that raises sheep for meat.


This was my first raw fleece that I cleaned and processed myself. I bought hand combs and thought it would take me a year to finish.


I am pleased to say that I finished spinning it! This pile represents 880g of fibre combed and spun into 1845m (2,018 yds), and 578g (20.4 oz) of yarn - it is about fingering/sock weight. 



I also finished knitting a pair of socks. These were knit with yarn from a double strand sock blank that ...

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March 5, 2018
Locks and Stock of Fiber...Let It Fly! from CollectInTexas Gal

Once again my baskets and bins are over flowing.  Only this time with sheep stuff instead of fabric.  Oh, I do still have more than my share of fabric and fabric scraps, but the sheep stuff has my undivided attention at the moment.  And as you know as readers of this blog, that can change in a blink of the eye.

  Just the other day I filled a 'Bin' with a stock of Mohair Top Roving...thanks Polina.  It is a 'Bin of Many Colors', but for my first project I decided on a color way from my Pinterest Board ...

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