26 October 2011

For the Love of Autumn

Two posts in one day?! Crazy, I know. But I remembered a cowl that I crocheted last week that I wanted to enter into Rachel's Celebrate Color party.

Celebrate Color

But more on that in a minute. I wanted to share some non-stitchy fall color celebration first.

I love the way the autumn sun lights up the prairie.

We made a jack-o-lantern the other day, but I only bought one pumpkin. So we decided to make a 2-faced one!

Doesn't he make a great jack-o-lantern??

Cutting up my side.

Jake's side.

My side.

We cut these guys a couple weeks ago so they've already gotten soggy and got thrown into the burn barrel the other day. I still have some mini pumpkins on the table & we'll probably carve another one this weekend for Halloween. :D

The other day we went out into the back pasture to get the horses because Jake needed to take them down to the boss' house for shipping time. The horses like to hang out in the back corner of the pasture so it was about a mile & a half out and back. That's not that bad of a distance on the road, but when you're following cow trails it's a little rougher. Luckily the horses came right up to us & trailed back to the house no problem. The dogs had a great time too!

Our pups playing in the grass.

My tailgater, Fancy.

And now for my first cowl...

This was my first experience with working in rounds. The first time I started it I got it twisted. It took me about 4 rows to figure that out. So I ripped it all out. Next I couldn't figure out how to join each round without increasing the number of stitches. I ripped about twice as much as I stitched, but after 2/3 finished I still had increased by 10+ stitches and the joins looked TERRIBLE! At the Sewing Summit Rachel had a do. Good Stitches bee meet-up with a crochet lesson/session. I really wanted to learn about the bee so this was the perfect opportunity to do that and also get some help with my cowl. The fabulous Suzy helped me figure out where my mistakes were and I ripped the entire thing out and started again. After zillions of stitches I think I finally figured it out.

And here it is! Please excuse the terrible self-portraits. :)

Wide enough to be worn as a hood.

This is definitely my favorite way to wear this. Now I just need to find a cute pin that coordinates.

And just for the fun of it...

Sunrise the other morning. I love the jagged rays in the clouds.

Celebration of Color - Embroidery

Warning to my fellow Misfits: These are pictures of my hoop for the swap. If you want it to be a surprise until my partner receives it do not read further. :)

The flowers here have all gone dormant & the world has gone gold. Spring is just a memory now, but I wanted to showcase the variety of the prairie in this fun little embroidery.

Prairie Grass

Prairie Flower

I love this horse print & I thought it could use a little stitch-y enhancement.

All done! I think....

...you never know, more may be added before this hoop goes in the mail.

This quote is from one of my favorite songs, "May the Trail Rise Up to Greet You" by Dave Stamey. I love this song! It is so uplifting and I've been known to play it over & over on my drive home from work. :) You can get a taste of the song on iTunes; just look up Dave Stamey, it's near the bottom of the songs list.

I hope my partner likes this hoop & appreciates how much this line means to me. I think she will. ;)

The prairie isn't just a place to live, it's a way of life.

Stitches used: stem stitch & french knot- writing, blanket stitch- applique edge, lazy daisy- grass, straight (fill) stitch- flower/grass stem, horse hair, ears, & eye

Embroidery floss used: Weeks Dye Works in Rum Raisin (love this thread!), Cosmo 6-strand variegated, DMC 6-strand

I'm linking up to Celebrate Color. If you haven't heard of it get over there now! There are some amazing creations & inspiration in all stitching forms.

Celebrate Color

16 October 2011

The Sewing Summit

Well, I made it to The Sewing Summit! I got a little worried when I hit snow outside of Rock Springs & it didn't let up until I came down out of the mountains into Salt Lake City, but I made it! The snow put me a little behind schedule for picking up my awesome roommate, Rachel, from the airport, but she didn't have to wait long.

View from our room. Most of the weekend the mountains were covered by the storm.

I had an amazing time & look forward to more Sewing Summits in the future. It's already becoming a dream in my memory especially since I didn't take nearly enough pictures. But I did get a few. Enjoy!!

Some of the first people I met in the lobby were Bari J & Suzy. They are the sweetest ladies & I had a great time hanging out with them throughout the weekend, especially Saturday night in the BabyLock sewing room. Sadly I didn't get a picture with Suzy, they had to leave before the goodbyes on Sunday, but hopefully I'll get to see her again soon. :)

With Bari

Friday was early check-in and then the shop hop. 50 of us climbed onto a chartered bus and visited 3 different quilt shops. I found some great stuff (more on that later)! After the shop hop we climbed into my Jeep & a few of us went to Blazing Needles yarn shop. My new friend, Jacey, taught Rachel & I about the different weights of yarn and helped me pick out a beautiful rose colored skein of malabrigo. That night at the open sewing session she taught me the knit & purl stitches.

Saturday was class day. I learned a lot of fun techniques from each of the classes. We also had 2 classes before goodbyes on Sunday.

Tailoring by Hand with Gertie

Marvelous Minis with Amanda

And I met some amazing women!!

Me & Chris. Such a sweetheart.

With Amanda.

I was super nervous to meet her, but she is just as sweet in person as she is on Twitter. Everyone was! It was so wonderful to be a part of this amazing experience.

Busty Larue. She's awesome!

With Jana. I think she was trying not to laugh.

She & Jen were a couple more who were at our crazy Saturday night sewing party.

Some of my favorite gals & more from the Saturday night crew. Jill, Rachel, Jacey, & Me

Amy & Erin, the fabulous TSS founders

All I can say is that there was lots of stitching, cracking jokes to the point of tears, & maybe a little rum involved in a wonderful weekend!!

And between swag & purchases I came home with a lot more than what I arrived with!

Beautiful weather Sunday for the drive home.

* Sorry about all the pictures of me. I had to prove to Jake that I actually met and befriended these women, not just snapped a random picture of them as they walked past. :)

03 October 2011

{Sew} Modern Monday

It's October! Yay! That means I can start decorating for Halloween. :)

(1) My 10 minute table runner that took several weeks. Only because it sat half finished on my shelf while I worked on other projects.

A close-up of the fun fabrics.

I also put up a giant spider web in the window & I have a wall hanging that's ready to be quilted. When I'm at The Sewing Summit this weekend I will be on the lookout for glow-in-the-dark thread.

(2) Remember my Jelly Roll Race quilt top? Well, it too sat on my shelf for weeks (months really). I thought it was going to be a tablecloth, but when I rearranged the dining area & tried it out on the table it was just too busy for my taste. So I changed direction slightly & decided to cut it up and make placemats & oven mitts.

But now I need your help. I don't know how I want to quilt it. I know I don't want to stitch in the ditch. Besides that I have no idea. For an extra incentive to get lots of quilting suggestions I will send a little thank you gift to the person who's suggestion I choose to use. So post those ideas!!

Here are the placemat tops. Fun, huh?

I'm still debating on the backing because I'm not really a fan of yellow, but it goes so well with the top AND I already had it in my stash. 2 will be bound with strips from the black jelly roll & 2 with the off-white.

(3) I made a new camera bag for my point & shoot. It's such an awesome camera and needed a truly awesome pouch to live in. I used some of my Terrain charm pack for the fun and colorful bag.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
Be sure to stop by Canoe Ridge Creations if you haven't already to see what everyone else has been up to.