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0 In Knitting/ Wanton Fibers

Coquette Lace

Sugarfrost Infinity Scarf in Coquette Lace Hand Dyed Yarn

Lace knitting is still my very, very favorite. It may have a reputation for being complicated or fiddly, but it is also engaging and deeply satisfying to see the stitches twist and pull the fabric into intricate designs. I also love lace knitting because it is economical -I can pick out the most decadent yarn, but one skein will almost always do an entire project so my overall cost is relatively low, regardless of how expensive a yarn I use. My…

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0 In Quilting/ Studio

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Quilt Sew Along

Farmer's Wife Quilt fabric selection

I made a test quilt block the other day to get a feel for how this project was going to go, and let’s just say nothing went the way I expected. I have paper pieced before, I actually did the foundation piecing for an entire crib sized quilt top when my oldest was a baby, but that was a long time ago and I suspect my craftmanship left a lot to be desired (it never even turned into a quilt,…

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0 In Quilting/ Studio

Pincushions, Presser Feet and Cathedral Windows

Cathedral Window quilt block

For a few years now a queen size cathedral window quilt has been on my short list of Big Projects I Am Afraid to Start. If one looks at it dispassionately, it really isn’t such a huge project – I think I can bulk cut and assemble it in a few days if I focus, and it isn’t a conventional quilt in that it isn’t exactly quilted (although it can be) and the construction method I use leaves the backside…

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4 In Studio

My “New” Singer: The 411g

Singer 411g

I have been sewing on old Singers for a while now. I bought a modern entry level Janome machine when I was first married and tried sporadically to become a seamstress, usually (always) with disappointing results. I finally started to get proficient at sewing about 8 years ago when I began selling cloth menstrual pads (you heard me right) and was suddenly putting hundreds of hours on my Janome machine. Then I started to really get nerdy about sewing –…

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