December 2009


I have completed a couple of rosettes for the Paper Bag Roses quilt. This will be slow going for awhile. Not because it’s hand sewing, but because I have managed to injure my shoulder! My sewing and knitting have to be substantially curtailed until I recover. These rosettes were finished before the injury became painful.

I won’t join the rosettes to each other until I have made enough for the whole quilt. The blue fabrics are for rosette #3, and haven’t been sewn together yet. I’m using lots of different fabrics, combining rose prints with geometric and tone-on-tone designs. All of the fabric in the photo is from Japan (Lecien). I may add other florals to the Japanese fabrics, but I’m hoping to have enough fabric to make the whole quilt from Lecien’s florals.

Why am I calling it “Paper Bag Roses”? The name comes from the method I use to choose the fabric combination for each rosette. I don’t want to choose too carefully, because I want the quilt to look very scrappy–I think I have more than 30 different prints to use, and I don’t want to blend them too deliberately. To make the choices more random, I put the fabrics in a paper bag. I reach into the bag, without looking inside, and pull out one piece. This is the piece I use for the center of the rosette. For the petals of the rosette, I make another “blind” choice from the bag. Because I am using 2 fabrics for the petals, I then look in the bag and pull out a coordinating fabric for half of the petals. These fabrics don’t go back into the bag until every fabric has been used once. Then they all go back in, and so on until the quilt is done.

I was doing a little tidying the other day, and found a little project that I crocheted a couple of years ago. Clearly, I have a bit of a thing for hexagons.

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My swap partner really did a great job figuring out what I would like. This is the first swap I have done within the Ravelry community, and it was a great experience. I just sent a package to my swap recipient on Tuesday. She should have it by the middle of next week or so. Look at what I scored:

The hat is Fleece Artist Casbah, in the amethyst colourway, which just happens to be one of my favourites. The rules of the swap were to knit one item for your recipient, and then include other gifts, with a minimum and maximum dollar value assigned to the package.

Pamela sent me a skein of Fiesta Boomerang in “Pansies”. It will make a good pair of thick socks, I think. The See’s chocolates are fantastic. One of the little tins is “Rose Salve” which I haven’t opened yet. The little tin with the roses on it contains little chocolate candies that are like the world’s smallest M&Ms. It will be great for holding applique pins when it’s empty. Pamela is curious about what was in that tin, so I took a not-so-great photo of it (sorry, it’s dark here already):

Thanks, Pamela, I love my swap gear! Michelle, I hope you will love yours, too.