Finished Object Round Up

We just love to show off our customers’ finished work!

Here are just a few of the recent finished projects that have turned up at The Crooked Stitch.

2014-08-21-01Linda did a great job finishing up this beautiful crib quilt for a friend.  She made it with Helen’s Garden Fabric from Michael Miller using a great pattern from Simply Fat Quarters. That baby is going to really love it!

 

2014-08-21-02Then, at a recent meeting of the Roanoke Modern Quilt Guild we saw our friend Dani showed off her Orion Quilt made from vintage sheets.  Such pretty colors!

 

What about you?

Have you created anything recently that you want to show off? Take some pictures of those fabulous finished objects and share them with us!  We want to put them here and let you SHINE!  Yippee!!

My Quilting: Evolution

I Love Quilts!

I am sure this is no big suprise for many of you. My love of quilts began when I was rather young in connection with my love of history and everything old.  As a child I felt that being near and admiring a quilt made me closer to history: it made my little mind explode with happiness.

As time wore on, my love of quilting changed.  Now, quilts are no longer just about history and remembering days gone by.  For me quilting has become the ultimate expression of love and care for others.  I feel like everyone I love should be wrapped in a quilt. Slowly I have made everyone in my family a quilt and, with lots of help from fellow members of my quilt guilds, a few to give away to worthy causes.

First Family Quilt

My first ”family” quilt was made for someone who was not yet a member of my  family!  While watching  Alex Anderson’s show over Christmas break I felt compelled to make a quilt just like the one she was making.  The quilt was an amazing jumble of squares and rectangles.  I loved it!  But I must not have paid very close attention to her directions, and I wasn’t quite sure where to start.

I don’t recall the pattern she was showing, but it was something like “turning twenty” and I tried to replicate it – without a pattern. I got it done, although the machine quilter may or may not have criticized me for how square the quilt was, or how accurate my seam allowance was. Luckily, she was kind enough to referred me to my local quilt shop (LQS) for lessons on how to do things the right way (ie – learn to follow a pattern.)

Local Quilt Shop

My encounter with the LQS was like diving into the deep end of the fabric pool.  There was no going back! I was officially sunk in the fabric world.  Up till then I had only made quilt blocks from learn-to-quilt books and had only actually completed two quilts.  This quilt for my husband to be (I did not know then that we would end up married!) was my first really “good” quilt. I gained some tools and knowledge from my LQS  and was well on my way to creating many more quilts.

My Quilting: A Series

Over the next few months I will be sharing more about my quilts, the processes and thought that evolved with them and how I feel those quilts will stand the test of time.  But I also want to hear from you! What are your thoughts about quilting? How have those thoughts evolved over time? What is it that makes quilting special to you?

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My Current Favorite: Scrappy Trip Around the World with Denyse Schmidt

Mixing Fabrics

Playing with paint from someone else’s palette can be fun and exciting!

Do you ever think of fabric like paint? Fabric and paint share variety, richness and the ability to be blended together.  The blending of the paint colors is easy, but fabric colors blend a bit differently. It is the eyes’ job and the brains’ job to make the fabric colors blend to tell the whole story. I think that makes blending color by playing with fabrics more complicated, but also more fun!

Technology

The internet has changed the way quilters play with color and choose fabrics. We can follow our favorite designers on Instagram and Facebook. We have the opportunity to see a vast arrange of inspiration, rather more than just what is in our own backyard. We now have access to whole lines of fabric that are sold together in tidy little bundles or color or texture. You are promised almost perfect results when using those little bundles of color together in one project, too.

Let me illustrate how the process has changed and what the results are ( Warning – This thought process is highly generalized and will fail to shock you) :

A Quilters Story

Mixing FabricsLong ago, in a land not so far away, Ma decided to use up the huge pile of scraps she had accumulated from dress scraps, flower sacks, and old shirts to make a beautiful new bed quilt. Every piece she used was special, thick with memories, and had a perfect place in the lovely new quilt. The quilt became a beloved family heirloom and it looked something like this.

Not so long ago, Sis decided she would make a quilt. But Sis worked in a very different way.  She purchased an adorable little bundle of fabric from her Local Quilt Shop. Each piece she used was special because of work the artist who had designed it had put into it.  Mixing FabricsWith each step she celebrated her love for the designers style and how that style augmented her own style, and the style of her family.

She went to town cutting and sewing.  Her fabric looked like this:

Mixing FabricsHer finished quilt was equally beautiful.  It was made of fabrics that spoke to her of her love of beauty, and it matched her lifestyle and her personal aesthetic.

What do you think?

The two quilts are beautiful, but different.  What is your preference? Do you like Scrappy Quilts? Do you mix lines of fabric?


P.S.  This post was inspired by a beautiful stack of fabric curated by an adorable customer. I found it really inspiring and a fresh combination of colors.

Mixing Fabrics

 

Happy Memorial Day – and Happy Yarn Crawl week!

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It’s Here!  This is the kick off to summer and the week of the best yarn crawl in Southwest Virginia!  

Begining on May 30 and running through June 1 you can have a fabulous time visiting six  local yarn shops in Southwest Virginia.  The Crooked Stitch, Yarn Explosion, Orchardside Yarn Shop,The New River Fiber Co, Mosaic and the Woolly Jumper Yarns all join forces to bring you a weekend of knitting fun. We will each be featuring hand-dyed yarns from local Virginia dyers, lovely door prizes and treats galore.  Be sure to visit all 6 to not miss a single exclusive thing! Oh and you certainly don’t want to forget to get your postcard stamped at each shop so that you can be entered to win our Grand Prize Basket. The basket is chalk full of books, patterns, a variety of yarns for beautiful projects and even some notions.   I hear there will even be some  new patterns released, some great deals and kickoffs of more fun events to come throughout the summer. So gather up your patterns, dig out that Christmas Gift List and come join us for some fantastic shopping all right in your back yard.

Quilt Shop Hop kicks off May 1, 2014

Tomorrow (May 1)  is the Kick Off of the Quilted Together Spring Beachy Shop Hop. We will have summer inspired projects that you won’t want to leave at home during this summer’s beach vacation. We will also have tasty refreshments and beach music. Drop by all three shops to be entered to win one of 5 great prizes ( this time we are sharing the love) or some of our hourly door prizes. There will also be some gift certificates up for grabs! We can’t wait to see you. Here are a few more details for you to mull over. I sure hope you will join us.

May 1, 2 and 3, 2014 9:30 – 6:00 Thursday/Friday 9:30 – 4:00 Saturday

Visit all three quilt shops, get your passport stamped and
enter to win a Beach Bucket filled with Quilty Fun!
(Value $100 – 5 available) or a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate
from a participating shop! More prizes, more chances to WIN!!

Hourly door prize drawings, demos, specials and refreshments
The General Store*
The Crooked Stitch*
Creative Quilting Connection*.

The General Store at SML The Crooked Stitch
213 Scruggs Road 390 Franklin Street
Moneta, VA 24121 Rocky Mount, VA 24151
540-721-3009 540-420-7129
http://www.generalstoresml.com http://www.thecrookedstitchandknits.com

Creative Quilting Connection
4903 Starkey Road
Roanoke, VA 24018
540-774-1540
http://www.quiltingconnect.com

Quilting News at The Crooked Stitch

Wow!  Spring is really Springing now and that means that the Quilted Together Spring Shop hop is just around the corner.  And by Just Around the Corner I mean it is in 2 weeks!

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(JEH enjoying Edisto Beach  – wearing the Made- By -Rae Geranium dress – AKA- Mini Washi Dress)

Come check out all the beach inspired, summer -loving sewing and quilting projects that Lisa and I have been cooking up. There will be door prizes, Refreshments, Free patterns, lots of inspiration and bolts upon bolts of fresh fabric! We will kick off all the festivities on Thursday May 1st and the Shop hop will run though May 3rd.  Visit from 9:30 to 5 and don’t miss all the fun by visiting the other participating shops, The General Store at Smith Mountain Lake and The Creative Quilting Connection.  Both will have beautiful samples, wonderful patterns and lots of summer fun.  We will be holding a drawing for our Grand Prize Basket that will be chalk full of great fabrics, patterns and notions as well as having a new “extra” giveaways from each shop.

In other news:

Just in this week we have the Summer 2014 issue Primitive Quilting and Projects.

Primative Quilting Summer

We will be making up kits this week for some of the fabulous projects in this great magazine – if Lisa and I can manage to not stitch up everything inside and redecorate our homes first.  I am telling you, It is completely full of adorable, manageable projects full of seasonal charm. I look forward to seeing you in the shop and if you can make it, the Shop Hop too!

Rylie

Meet Rylie~

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Isn’t she lovely?  50% Alpaca, 25% Linen,25% Mulberry Silk! Such a fabulous blend of fibers and the feature yarn in Michelle Hunter’s next KAL.  Cast on with Michelle during her popular mystery knitting series beginning  in April or pick up a few skeins and cast on now for a wonderful spring accessory.

*photo taken by Michelle Hunter – via Ravelry

Valentine’s Day Finished Object Friday

Have you ever been to Casablanca?  Have you ever seen the movie?  

I have done neither but I have had the recent opportunity to knit with the FABULOUS Casablanca yarn from Cascade. Casablanca is a Wool, Silk and Mohair blend single ply yarn. It features long color changes that stripe. The color changes make it interesting yet simple to work with. It is worsted weight yet not heavy. It is milled in a similar fashion as other popular long color striping yarns but has the benefit of being a consistent thickness and free of debris. It’s more reasonable price point and generous yardage make it even better.

A few weeks back Lisa, Jolaine and I made it our goal to feature Casablanca yarn in three very different ways.  On this Finished Object Friday here are our finishes. Please forgive our less than shapely model adn the massive pile of snow she was photographed in front of… we just lived through Snowmagadon 2014.

Do tell us which one you Love most.  It is Valentines Day, after all.

First up we have the Side to Side Shrug knit by Lisa. In color number 02 – Denim it could be a wardrobe stable with its neutral blue color.  This shrug is knit side to side in long neckline cast on making the color repeats create long slim lines that run vertically on the front.  This is just one of the fun ways you can manipulate the construction and affect the way the color falls.  Thanks to the construction of this garment it is flattering on all body types and sizes. Its slimming as it draws the eye up and down, and the short sleeve make it a nice accessory regardless of season.

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Next Up is the Hannah Cowl.  Jolaine Knit this generous cowl with two skeins of Casablanca- Colors 11 and 16 to be exact. The large size of this cowl makes it perfect to wear all day long in a loose drape, or feature your favorite shawl pin and draw it up around the neck under the collar of a coat. The rainbow effect is just beautiful and the colors could not have lined up any better.  Jolaine did mention that she cast on with one Skein for the seed stitch edge and then finished the bottom edge with the second color.  It worked out great!

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Finally we have the Quaker Yarn Stretcher.  This is one skein wonder to beat all!! It was knit with… you guessed it… one Skein in color number13 – sea glass. Knit at a loose gauge you get a lot of growth from this when blocked. This sample was only steam blocked and it still has a wonderful drape and length.( If wet blocked it could be stretched to even greater lengths!)

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Livvy’s Boot Toppers

Remember the fantastic Navy Boot Toppers from Finished Object Friday a few weeks back? No?  Here they are again.

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You love them, don’t you?

I do!  And I am happy to share that Lisa has made them available on Ravelry as a free download! Run on over and get a copy for yourself. And if you need some yarn – We have all the best colors of Berrocco Vintage and Vintage Chunky at The Crooked Stitch to help you out!

Ansonia

Denyse Schmidt has done it again. Ansonia is a celebration of old beauty and New trends.  Specificly on her website, Denyse mentions Tango heating up the ball rooms of wonderfully old hotels. The swoopy dance steps and patterns traced by dancers occur in the bold floral Psyco Swirl print. And Corner Plaid is a fun new variation on the plaids that have made an appearance in previous lines by Denyse, Shelburne Falls and Chicopee. I just love Denyses’ take on vintage prints. They are so versatile. They work great in modern scrappy mashups like the Scrappy Trip around the World or in traditional blocks like sawtooth stars.

Ansonia prints feature bold hues of Pink, Mushroom and Chocolate brown along with Blues and Greens.  My all time favorite color is the Acid Green in this line referred to as Mossy.  It is reminiscent of the awesome acid green color that occurred in the Chicopee line.  It always take a quilt layout up a notch.

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Whatcha think?  Leave a comment and share what it inspires you to make.