SAL Update: Green Iguana #15

July 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 12 Comments
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Not much progress during the last three weeks, but I do have an almost finished quilt to show for my time. I promise I’ll post about it one of those weeks!

So, here’s the last update:

Green Iguana - 2018-06-17

And the current state of affairs:

Green Iguana - 2018-07-08

I managed to fill in some of the current area, but it’s going slowly, and overall there’s lots of light colours involved, which makes progress even harder to see.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy and Catherine.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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SAL Update: Green Iguana #14

June 17, 2018 at 8:26 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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I’ve slowed down a bit this time around, since I’m working on a quilt with a deadline in parallel. Mr. Iguana is addictive enough that in order to do something else complicated, I need to put him away for a bit.

So, here’s the last update:

Green Iguana - 2018-05-19

And today I’m here:

Green Iguana - 2018-06-17

Still working my way towards the halfway point, which is at the red line with the number zero on the right side. Doesn’t look that much, but there’s still plenty to do till I’m there.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #13

May 27, 2018 at 7:03 am | Posted in Embroidery | 19 Comments
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Writing this post a bit early, but I’m in a good place to show progress. Here’s the last update:

 

Green Iguana - 2018-05-06

I’m finished with his cheek now and preparing to move the frame:

Green Iguana - 2018-05-19

Here’s the full design with the frame off – almost halfway there! Might take a couple more updates though to really get to the halfway point.

Green Iguana - 2018-05-19 Full Design

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #12

May 6, 2018 at 7:39 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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Oh my, time flies fast, but I’m still going strong! Here’s where we were last time:

Green Iguana - 2018-04-15

Today has exactly the same frame position, so it’s easy to see what got done:

Green Iguana - 2018-05-06

That’s his cheek, doesn’t he blush prettily in blue?

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #11

April 15, 2018 at 7:27 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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It’s been three weeks again, already! And I’ve got definite progress to show. Here’s last time’s picture:

Green Iguana - Progress 2018-03-25

A couple of days ago, I finished the area on the right, and had to reposition my frame. Time to take a picture of the whole project so far. I think I’m starting to get somewhere:

Green Iguana - 2018-04-12

The faint pencil cross is the middle of the project. Time to make my way to the halfway point! I’ve filled in the little area under and to the right of the big circle, and then started to work my way from the left side of that area, so that’s the view for the next couple of updates, probably:

Green Iguana - 2018-04-15

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Connie, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

Challenge 2018 – Penrose Tiling

April 1, 2018 at 9:55 am | Posted in Patchwork | 3 Comments
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Every year, my quilt group issues a challenge to make a small 40×40 cm quilt using specific materials. We show the results in our yearly exhibition. Here’s last years entry.

This year, we got a particularly ugly fabric to use – we were pretty much unanimous in that assessment. But then, it isn’t called a challenge for nothing, isn’t it?

Challenge 2018 - Fabric

Since we decided the fabric was enough of a challenge, there are no other constraints. As long as some of the fabric is visible and the quilt is approximately 40*40 cm in size, you’re fine.

As opposed to last year, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with this. I like English Paper Piecing, and I love to play around visually with mathematical concepts. Penrose tilings are a way to pattern the plane with a non-repeating pattern. One particular tiling of this nature is formed out of just two different rhombs, and making a quilt of this has been on my lost for a long time. A different type of Penrose tiling is been used as the basis for the internet-famous Passacaglia quilt pattern.

The flowers on the challenge fabric were just the right size to be fuzzy-cut for some of the stars, and in order to emphasize and not hide the pattern, I made the rest of the rhombs out of red and white solid fabric for the fat and skinny rhombs, respectively. I think it worked well, here’s the result:

Challenge 2018 - Penrose Tiling

I like the effect of the little flowers creating a bigger flower in the middle of the stars. For the quilting I made use of a different attribute of this tiling that I hadn’t noticed until I read about it, but is pretty obvious once you know it: since the opposite edges of the rhombs are parallel, you have various sets of parallel lines going in different directions over the pattern. That means you can run lines through the middle of each rhomb and end up with uninterrupted lines from edge to edge of the quilt – ideal for machine quilting with no fuzz! I choose a yellow thread to show up on both the red and white rhombs, taking up the colour of the flowers. I think it works well, and I love the smaller stars showing up inside the bigger stars of the pattern!

SAL Update: Green Iguana #10

March 25, 2018 at 7:36 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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Oh, how time flies! Luckily, I’m still addicted to Mr. Iguana, which makes for progress.

Here’s where I was last time:

Green Iguana - Progress 2018-03-04

And now I have reached the right margin, and even started the next section:

Green Iguana - Progress 2018-03-25

Still all confetti, all the time, but I have noted a big difference: the golden/brown area on the lower right mostly consists of about 5 different main colours, with sparse stitches in other colours. This is way easier to handle than the white to grey areas, where you’ll have about 20 colours all evenly distributed, so there’s very few stitches of the same colour next to each other. Let’s say things are going a bit slower there.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Connie, Jackie and Sunny. Please give a warm welcome to Hayley and Tony, who are joining us for the first time today!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #9

March 5, 2018 at 10:41 am | Posted in Embroidery | 9 Comments
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Sorry for being a day late, but I took Mr. Iguana on vacation and wanted to show you the progress after I returned late last night. On one hand this is a decent travel project, since there’s not that much to pack, on the other hand only a couple of the hotel rooms I was in had anywhere near enough light to actually make progress. So, here’s last time’s progress:

Green Iguana - Progress 2018-02-10

And this is where I’m now:

Green Iguana - Progress 2018-03-04

The stitches farthest to the right are about 5 stitches away from the right border, so you can see how far I’ve got to go yet. I’m loving the subtle colour shifts in this part!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Connie, Jackie and Sunny.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

Another Scarf from Victorian Lace Today

February 17, 2018 at 7:39 pm | Posted in Knitting, Lace | 6 Comments
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A few days ago, I finally finished another project from Victorian Lace Today, which is a fabulous knitting book I have owned for quite a few years now. The link goes to my review which I wrote shortly after aquiring the book.

This scarf has been a long time travel project, since it provided a lot of knitting hours in a very small package. But the result is magnificent!

Scarf from Victorian Lace Today

Here you can see a bit less than half the length of the scarf draped over my reading chair. The reason I was originally interested in this scarf is its construction: You first work the wide border on the left lengthwise, then pick up stitches along the whole border to knit the middle bit sideways, and finally knit the right border lengthwise again while using up the stitches of the middle. Fun, and except for the middle bit, you work with relatively few stitches at a time.

Here’s a closeup of one end:

Scarf from Victorian Lace Today - Detail

The yarn is a lovely hand-dyed lace yarn consisting of silk and camel, which was great to work with. Now, I guess I need to find a new travel project!

SAL Update: Green Iguana #8

February 11, 2018 at 8:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Mr. Iguana continues to fascinate me, and that’s how progress gets made! Here’s where we were last time:

Green Iguana - Progress 20180121

I’ve since then started to fill in the area on the lower right side:

Green Iguana - Progress 2018-02-10

I’ll be a day late for the next update because of some travel, but I’ll definitely post!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Connie, and Jackie. And please give a warm welcome to Sunny, who’s joining us for the first time!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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