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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 15:03

I was recently commissioned to make a larger size of my Baby Plaid Quilt. I know I say this a lot here, but I’m really pleased with this quilt!


The finished size is 60″ x 80″, just big enough to cover a queen-size mattress with no drape. I did straight line quilting about 1.5″ apart in the background, and straight lines following stripes.


The tricky thing about this quilt was getting it to be exactly 60″ x 80″. I did some math on previous projects and found that my quilts usually shrink about 3% after washing. I rounded up and made this quilt top a few inches bigger than necessary – 64″ x 86″. I spray basted and quilted the layers, then I trimmed just the extra batting and backing from the quilt – it still measured 64″ x 86″. I straight-stitched very close to the edge of the quilt and then I machine washed and dried it to make sure it did all its shrinking before I cut it to size. This quilt actually shrunk less than 3%, so I had plenty of fabric to spare. I squared up the quilt and trimmed it to 60″ x 80″.


I used Kona solids exclusively. The background is Butter, the stripes are Emerald, Asparagus and Berry. Where the stripes intersect I used Glacier, Laurel, Hibiscus, Periwinkle, Amethyst, and Kale. The binding is in Berry. The thread is cream-colored Gutermann cotton.


The background is mostly Kona Emerald, with a strip of improv piecing using leftovers from the front of the quilt.


Ready to ship!


Author: "carriebee" Tags: "quilting"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 22:44

For Kid’s Clothes Week day six, I put the facing on the Oliver + S Sleepover Pajama top.


For day seven, I practiced attaching snaps and successfully attached 4 snaps to the pajama top!


This is the first time I’ve used snaps in a project. I used size 16 pearl snaps and the SnapSetter tool, and it works great!

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "Uncategorized"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 02:22

For Kid’s Clothes Week day five, I worked on the Oliver + S Sleepover Pajama top. Everything except the facing is done!



Well, everything except the facing and the pockets. I decided this didn’t need pockets after all. Getting this far on the top took a little over an hour.

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "sewing"
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Date: Friday, 11 Apr 2014 17:00

For Kid’s Clothes Week day four, I finished up a pair of Oliver+S Sleepover Pajama pants.


Well, everything except for the elastic waist is finished – I’ll wait until Isaac is closer to size 4T to finish the elastic. Right now he’s wearing a set of 2T Sleepover Pajamas.

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "sewing"
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 17:00

For day three of Kid’s Clothes Week, I finished the Huck Finn Cap!



It took about 90 minutes for me to finish the hat, with most of that time spent on making the brim and attaching the sweatband. Those two steps take me so. long. The finished hat is adorable, and Isaac loves it!

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "Uncategorized"
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Date: Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 17:00

For day two of Kid’s Clothes Week, I started a Huck Finn Cap.


I didn’t make a whole lot of progress because I had to trace the 2T/4T size from the pattern, and I find millinery work a little fussy – lots of pinning curves, finger pressing and topstitching. You might notice in the picture above that I should’ve been fussier with the cutting layout. It totally slipped my mind that I should be lining up the center of the hat with the center of a plaid stripe. ::sigh::


All the pinning and finger pressing is worth it though – these hats are so cute! I’ve made two of these caps before, one for my son and one for a nephew, both in corduroy and quilting cotton. For this cap I’m using Pendelton Wool and quilting cotton. The wool is pretty stretchy and ravels easily, but so far that’s not causing any difficulty.

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "sewing"
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Date: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 17:00

Today’s the first day of Kid’s Clothes Week! I’ve long admired other people’s KCW projects, and I’m thrilled to be participating for the first time.

For the first day, I spent an hour cutting out Oliver+S Sleepover Pajamas in size 4T. The fabric is Betty the Yeti flannel from Robert Kaufman, which I love!


Author: "carriebee" Tags: "sewing"
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Date: Sunday, 06 Apr 2014 14:00



This winter will just not end! Minnesota got a late-season snow storm this week. We got about 8″ of snow. Good thing I just finished a couple late-season scarves for me and Isaac.



Pattern: Malabrigo Linen Stitch Scarf (ravelry)

Needles: US 11

Yarn: kit from the Yarnery






Pattern: similar to Roll-ups from Son of Stitch and Bitch (ravelry)

Needles: US7

Yarn: Cascade 220

I cast on 20 sts and knitted until the scarf was preschooler-sized. I’m usually a continental knitter, but I tried lever knitting for this. It was slow-going. I don’t think I’ll convert to lever knitting any time son.


Author: "carriebee" Tags: "knitting"
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Progress   New window
Date: Saturday, 05 Apr 2014 15:01

I’ve been making progress on my second quilt of the year. I just finished straight-line quilting. More pictures to come soon!


Author: "carriebee" Tags: "quilting"
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Date: Monday, 17 Mar 2014 22:00

Way back at the October meeting of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild, we were given a fantastic bundle of Mona Luna organic fabrics including a bunch from the new Meadow line! The fabric was for the MMQG “Challenge Yourself” project.

My biggest challenge is finishing things on time. So there’s that. I wanted to try a new technique, too. I thought this bold fabric would be a good candidate for reverse applique, inspired by this amazing quilt I stumbled upon. I found a great tutorial that teaches (what I think seems) the easiest reverse applique method, so I went for it.


It was a challenge, for sure. I wanted the ellipses to look like stones in a river, or knots in a tree.  I followed the tutorial with only slight modifications: 1) I drew the ellipses directly on the wrong side of my quilt top, 2) I did the sewing on the wrong side of the quilt, where I had drawn the ellipses, instead of on the front, and 3) I used a glue stick instead of tape. I found it helpful to press the fabric from the wrong side of the quilt top, that seemed to make it less likely for the scrap fabric to peek through. I also glue-sticked the scrap fabric in place after turning and pressing, then I glue-sticked the Mona Luna Meadow fabric to the quilt, too. I used a lot of glue sticks for this.


A close-up of the front. All that glue-sticking washed right out :) I used my walking foot for most of the lines, but free-motioned the few lines that end in curls. I’m not real happy with my free-motion skills and I might re-do those later. I buried all my ends for this quilt, and I used spray baste for the first time. Lots of new things happening here!


And the back – a darker Kona grey. The quilt is throw-size – 40″ x 60″ – perfect for our couch and this never ending winter.

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "quilting"
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Date: Friday, 07 Mar 2014 16:51

I finished my first quilt of the year, a piece commissioned by a coworker. It was inspired by this lovely quilt by Blue Elephant Stitches.


It’s queen-size, 86″ x 94″. I used Kona for the background and a mix of solids and prints for the triangles. I’m particularly fond of the striped batik triangles, the red and aqua stripes pull everything together. The quilting was done by Marilyn Kidd (kiddsrweAThotmailDOTcom), whom I highly recommend!


The back has a scrappy rectangle and a Kona background. As usual I did a lot of math for this quilt and had very little fabric left over.


I used a new (to me) technique for the binding, following this tutorial for Susie’s Magic Binding. I’m really happy with this method. I made this binding a little wider than the tutorial, and I stitched it so that my “stitching in the ditch” on the front caught the binding on the back. It was just easier for me that way. I think this binding technique looks really sharp with this quilt, and I’ll definitely use it again.

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "quilting"
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Date: Monday, 03 Mar 2014 18:00


Finished Penguin and Fish embroideries, my contribution to the &Stitches Finish-Along.

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "embroidery"
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Date: Friday, 14 Feb 2014 14:00

The Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild held a swap with the New York Modern Quilt Guild this February. We swapped 12″ mini quilts with the theme “love”.

I made my mini quilt with a small piece of Umbrella Prints fabric, Kona solids and Kaufman quilter’s linen.


The back is a paper-pieced heart. I used a pattern from Piecemeal Quilts.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "quilting"
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Monsters!   New window
Date: Monday, 10 Feb 2014 14:00

I’m a long-time fan of paper toys. They can be simple or complicated but they are always clever. As an added bonus they are eco-friendly and you can recycle them when you’re done. I most recently made two paper toys from the book Papertoy Monsters. The first is a yeti. He’s pretty sturdy but either the cats or the kiddo have broken his arms off multiple times. Nothing a little extra glue won’t fix!


The second is a cyclops. I didn’t do a terrific job of gluing his legs so he’s a little wobbly, but still cool. He’s (so far) unscathed by cats or kid.


I highly recommend the book. It includes a great selection of (mostly non-scary) monsters by many different artists. Punching out the pieces is a little fiddly but the pieces are pre-scored and two-sided, something you don’t get on models you print at home.

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "paper"
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Date: Friday, 07 Feb 2014 14:38

After finishing these last year, I finally blocked them this year. It sounds silly, but I am waiting for the weather to warm up before I can wear these! These are not warm enough for subzero temperatures and windchill warnings. They are warm enough for late winter / early spring, which is (hopefully) just around the corner.


Pattern: Squirrelly Swedish Mittens

Yarn: Knitpicks Palette

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "knitting"
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Date: Monday, 03 Feb 2014 14:00



I’m joining the &Stitches Finish-Along this year.



I probably should’ve joined the Finish-Along last year. I started working on these super cute embroideries by Penguin and Fish over 2 years ago. The color selections were holding me back. I wanted to use at least one common color between the hoops but I couldn’t decide. I finally settled on a palette – orange, brown, yellow, and purple. The giraffe is getting purple spots, the monkey is getting an orange belly and the cat will probably be orange.

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "embroidery"
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Date: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 03:30


Making a zip-up sweater was one of my knitting goals for 2013. I finished it back in October and I’m glad I did – it’s getting a lot of wear lately. It’s already getting short in the torso, so this is (sadly) a one-season sweater. I wish I had had more yarn to make it longer, but I had literally only inches of yarn left after the i-cord edges.

Isaac’s favorite colors lately are brown and orange. I wonder if the sweater has something to do with it?



Pattern: Child’s Cardigan, by JC Briar

The zipper is working out so well, I’m not sure I’ll ever make a button-down kids sweater again. It’s pretty easy to swap out button bands for zippers, I just added a few stitches on each side of the front and did an applied i-cord to finish the edges.

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "Uncategorized"
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Date: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 14:00

I wanted Isaac to have cute new pajamas for Christmas. I used the Oliver + S Sleepover Pajamas pattern and flannel from Joann’s. The pattern is adorable, fits him well and comes together quickly. I was able to finish these pajamas in an afternoon, with most of that time spent on the top. I really like that the pants cuffs can be un-cuffed as he grows taller so these have a chance of fitting next season, too.



He calls them his “fancy jammers.” They’ve gotten a surprising amount of wear, given that his other pajamas have favorite super heros on them. Next time I’ll use snaps instead of buttons, so maybe (hopefully) he can get the top on and off by himself.

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "Uncategorized"
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Date: Monday, 13 Jan 2014 14:00

I finished a pair of cozy wool toddler socks just in time for the coldest day of the year!


yarn: trekking xxl

needles: US2

gauge: 8 stitches per inch


These fit Isaac’s feet now, with a little room to grow. He currently wears a size 10 shoe. Here’s how I made them:

  • cast on 24 stitches using Judy’s magic cast on
  • knit 1 round
  • make 4 increases every other round, 6 times (48 stitches)
  • knit 39 rounds
  • increase 2 stitches every three rounds, 4 times
  • knit 1 round
  • work a short row heel on the back 24 stitches. Do short rows until 12 stitches remain.
  • knit 6 rows after finishing heel
  • decrease 2 stitches every other row, 4 times
  • knit until sock is as tall as you want it
  • work 10 rows of 1×1 ribbing
  • bind off with Jenny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "knitting"
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Date: Sunday, 12 Jan 2014 04:57

I’m excited to start the year by giving back. I joined in the do. Good Stitches charity quilting bee and contributed my first blocks this month:


I’m a member of the Promise circle and I’m honored to be part of such a talented group!

Author: "carriebee" Tags: "quilting"
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