Episode 32a – Sea Breeze MQAL

Mini episode can be found here and here.

A few months ago, Angie at gnomeangel.com invited me to join the Mini Quilt-Along (MQAL) she is hosting. I accepted with much joy! The pattern we are making is Sea Breeze from Canoe Ridge Creations, which is a nine-block quilt heavily featuring HSTs (of course!).

My biggest hurdle for this quilt was with fabric choices. I had an idea about sunset themed solids, of pink, peach and orange against a grey background. However, I had trouble finding these in the kind of intensity of colour I wanted. I also wanted to use gradients of my colours and it’s always a challenge to find the right shades.

Fortunately for me, I was able to buy a kona solids FQ bundle from Angie, which took a lot of the work out of it for me.

My first instinct was a green/melon combo, and I played with these colours for quite a while.2014-07-15 14.18.34

However, one of those half-waking and half-dreaming moments reminded me that I love purple and green together, and I finally settled on my colour choices.

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The prints I used to ease the contrast between the solids were from Angie as well, but earlier in the year. I am going to put her kids through university! :p

I’ve had a lot of fun making the blocks, and my HSTs are definitely improving. 2014-07-16 20.23.54

But the trimming…. ugh, the trimming.

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It’s been torturous resisting the urge to post lots of pics!

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I am having some trouble getting the corners to match up and am going to have to redo the final seam (perfectionism strikes!) but otherwise the top is completed. 2014-07-19 18.45.09

My ultimate plan for the quilt is to put some borders on it, and make it into a baby quilt. I’m going to offer it for a charity auction my workplace is putting on for a student in need. This feels like a worthwhile use of my time :)

If you’re interested in playing along, you can read up on gnomeangel’s blog, join the facebook group and check out #seabreezemqal on instagram.

Rachel at Little White Dove is also blogging her progress today – go check her out!

Peace out

Ms Spider

Episode 32 Show Notes

Episode 32 can be found here and here.

In this episode I talk about our mini-break in the Blue Mountains.

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I finish a lot of knitwear in a wild bid to achieve my #stashdash2014 goal of 5,000 metres. I’m pretty close!

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I finished last episode’s baby quilt.

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I talk about the Sea Breeze Mini QAL.

I continued spinning my merino.

I dyed some sock yarn and it’s EXACTLY what I wanted!

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I have a little rant about introversion.

Peace out

Ms Spider xo

Episode 30a (or 30.5) Modern Medallion Quilt-along

Just a mini episode to talk about the fun I’m having with the Modern Medallion Quilt by Crystal McGann of twolittleaussiebirds.com. Episode 30a is here and here. More info on the quilt-along here.

The pattern was a gift from a friend and I didn’t think I was quite up to it… but I’m pretty susceptible to pretty pictures and I caved in. I am having a lovely time and learning a heap!

Enough talk, photos!

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To see all the other beauties, follow #modernmedallion or #modermedallionquiltalong on instagram. You can also join the Modern Medallion Quilt-along group on Facebook.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

ETA: You can, of course, find Gnomeangel here. Her store is responsible for much of the fabric I’m using in this quilt. She’s also doing super cute bundles for fussy cutters right now… you know, in case you needed any enabling ;)

Episode 30 Show Notes

A whole month has passed, but here I am! Episode 30 can be found here and here.

I’ve been sick (again, curses!) and swamped at work, but I’m still kicking (and crafting)!

I found the details for the maker of the swift and niddy-noddy I mentioned in episode 29! Peter and Mary Mitchell of Badjacrafts: Wooden Toys, Pens and more, Stunning Fibre Creations. If you are interested in their work, you can contact them at badjacraftsATbluemaxxDOTcomDOTau

I finished my Coda pullover in Tosh DK (Coquette). I love it to death!

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While a virus ate my brain, I picked up Geodesic again and am now on the second sleeve!

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I finished spinning and knitting the cowl for my friend. Pattern here.

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I started an Aestlight Shawl in Skein Merino Cashmere Fingering, in colours Sprout and Enchanted.

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I unpicked all of the (bad) quilting on my Lucky (unlucky?) Quilt. Please note the blurry husband helping in the background. He’s a saint.

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It is in the naughty corner until I have help to re-baste.

I started a quilt-along for the Modern Medallion Quilt by Crystal McGann (mini-episode to follow with more detail about that).

I’m going to start another quilt-along soon for the Sea Breeze Mini Quilt from Canoe Ridge Creations.

I also helped a friend finish up some stuff for her new baby.

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Oh yeah… and the baby is super cute. (Ah, new baby smell! I’m actually just blinking but I look like I’m getting a good whiff!)

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Peace out!

MS Spider

Episode 29 Show Notes

Episode 29 Can be found here and here.

Points are easier:

-          I attended and manned a stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets Celebration of Wool day on behalf of the Queanbeyan Chapter of the NSW Knitters’ Guild.

-          I bought much lovely fibre from Wooldancer and Waratah Fibres


-          I bought gorgeous project bags from Michelle of Buttontreelane (see image above)

-          I bought a niddy-noddy and admired a swift from a stall, and then lost the business card. This is the swift. I will share his details when I find the card…

-          I finished my Marion cardigan.


It is not without its problems (look at those baggy upper arms), but it is done, which meant…

-          I’ve been working on my Coda Pullover in Madtosh Tosh dk (coquette). I’ve finished the body and have moved on to the “shrug”. Highly recommend the pattern!





-          I’ve been quilting my Lucky Quilt, and hyperventilating all the while



-          I also made ascrappy quilt-as-you-go cushion to match the Lucky Quilt


-  I started my Swoon quilt, and have made two blocks. All the pretty fabrics from here cX-YDkLdGroM7Xv2tfAGAAfFhjZukvpqAA5laPb55Gs


Some time ago I started the Dropped Diamonds Quilt from Hexa-Go-Go but forgot to mention it.


-          I’m spinning some yummy ombre yarn that may grow up to be a gift cowl

Peace out

Ms Spider xo


PS. And now I’m freakishly up-to-date with Show Notes! If it bother you a lot when I take ages, do consider following me on Instagram (you’ll need to send me a request, but that’s not hard). I tend to post things daily, in my squirrel-brained manner.

Episode 28 Show Notes

Episode 28 Can be found here and here.

More dot points:

-          Libby and I went to the Creative Textiles Show at the Convention Centre in Canberra.


I spent a lot of money at Yarn Glorious Yarn and walked away with two garments worth of Madtosh tosh dk in Coquette and Fog.


-          I also bought some fabric and a book: Modern Bee


-          I acquired another booke: Material Obsession 2

-          I remembered to show off my Squirrel Cardigan


-          I made a jumper for our dog, Obie. The pattern is the Flirty Cabled Vest


-          I finished the sleeves of my Marion Cardigan, and was not super happy with it. Mostly my own fault for playing fast and loose with guage and choosing the wrong yarn.


-          I learned how to spin long-draw and spun some yummy 3ply from a floofy, dreamy Nunnabar bat


-          I talk about a failed project from the past: my Vonica cardigan. If it sounds like your thing, let me know! I’m never going to wear it…

Peace out

Ms Spider xo

Episode 27 Show Notes

Late, yes. Doing my best ;). Episode 27 Can be found here and here.

Let’s try dot points, shall we?

-          My black dog visited

-          I read and talked about some of Shakespeare’s Sonnets: 116 and 130

-          I knit the Verdure Mitts from Botanical Knits 2 and a Turban(d) out of some Utiku Possum Merino 8ply (this is the yarn, but not the same colour as mine – can’t find on ravelry)


-          I finished my Lucky Quilt top and promptly made a mini block from off-cuts



-          Have revelation that trimming HSTs (half square triangles) is hideous, but I can’t stop sewing them

-          I talked about the quilts I’d like to make:

o   Swoon from thimble blossom

o   Dropped Diamonds Quilt from Hexa-Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher

-          I have a little winge about the dreadful 1998 version of Great Expectations starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. (I have since watched the2012 version starring Jeremy Irvine and Holliday Grainger – far, far superior in every way).

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 26 Show Notes

Super late show notes again! Huzzah!

Episode 26 can be found here and here.

In this episode, I announce the winner of the giveaway.

I finally get to give my friend her wedding gift – my second quilt (AKA the wedding quilt AKA the chevron quilt).





I talk about the English Paper Piecing class I took with Michelle of Buttontreelane (she has some super cute zippy project bags for sale at the moment, by the way). The next class is Sunday 29th June and you can enrol here.

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I mention Mikaela of Canberra Creatives, and her Pozible campaign. Please consider a small contribution. Mikaela blogged about the EPP class here – for those of you playing at home, that’s my purple cardigan of doom in the firth last picture!

Naturally, I did a lot of paper piecing after this workshop.

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It’s sockapalooza, but in a haze of sinusy goodness I had hardly any photos.

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I spun some lush silk/merino from fibre2go.

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I struggled a bit with Marion, but through no fault of the pattern.

Peace out

Ms Spider xo

Episode 25 Show Notes and Giveaway!

Finally, some show notes on the day the episode goes live! Amazing stuff, people. Find me here and here.

In this episode, I take you all on a little Autumn morning walk and make assorted animal noises. Full disclosure – only the first pic is the morning, but I wanted to give you an idea of how pretty my walks are :)

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I talk about finishing Hugo and the love both my blokes have for the garment. They’re both about to be dragged off for a photo shoot – hopefully we’ll have a better shot for you by next episode!

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I explain Cleckheaton Perfect Day again.

I start Marion by Andi Satterland (thanks to lovely listener Michelle for the pattern!) in Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran in Jewel. It’s got more grass in it than our lawn right now!

I get excited about this podcast’s 25th episode and 6 months of existence and all the happy things going on around me, so we’re having a giveaway! Hope over to itunes and give me a review, then leave a comment in this thread to win this  100g skein of Happy Spider Fibre Arts 4ply Merino/Nylon sock yarn in the yummy, Autumnal “Fallen”. Don’t stress non-aussies, I will just cope with the postage – jump on in!


If you’re having trouble leaving a review, this youtube video should help.

Peace out

Ms Spider xo