Cabin quilts

While we were at our cabin this holiday weekend, I took pictures of projects that I have there.

On the wall inside the front door is this little paper boat.


I made the pattern for the paper pieced sail boat after looking at pics.  I’ve wanted to make another one since I made this one – I’d like the sky blocks to be smaller, and the sun to be larger.  Also, though you can’t see it in the picture, there is a cloud sewn into the sky.  Next time the cloud will show up!  Still, it is cheerful and suits a cabin.

Over the kitchen table is one of the larger fused fabric quilts I’ve made.  Blurry picture, sorry.


It has all sorts of elements – fused fabric, quilting, embroidery, knitted shellfish, buttons, 3D.  Busy, busy!  I learned a lot making it, but it took a very long time so I’m probably not going to make anything that intricate again.  But it also really fits in its cabin setting.

The living room area of the cabin is really bland.  The carpet is purposely sand colored, and the furniture was all free hand-me-downs from various people and is pretty colorless.  So I imported the brightest quilt I’ve ever made, sewn from fabric from the very colorful Malka Dubrowski fabric line.

The quilting was done with a really shiny yellow thread that I fought with constantly, and the back was a Goodwill sheet that was a perfect geometric pattern while adding a little calm to the blazing colors.  Really, the quilt is even brighter in person.  It definitely adds some badly needed color to the very bland room.

The master bedroom wall is still bare and awaiting inspiration, but we are planning on either renting or selling the cabin, so I guess I don’t need to find the perfect project for that wall.  Instead I need to figure out  where these projects are going to go in the future when we have to clear out the cabin.  I’m sad to think about not having the place any more, but it is just a bit too far for us to get to for short weekends since we’ve moved to Oregon, and my husband’s job changes means he doesn’t have the flexibility anymore that let him work from the cabin during longer summer vacations there.


Crafting at the coast

This weekend was a long planned crafting weekend at the cabin.  A lot didn’t go as planned.  My husband’s new job erupted with emergencies, meaning he had to work late on Friday and on Saturday.  Luckily, Grandma stepped in to kid watch.  Then my sister got sick and couldn’t drive up on Friday with me.  Sort of creepy to arrive after dark at the cabin lot – no street lights there!  One of the two friends who was arriving Saturday also got sick, so our retreat of four became a retreat of two.

But it was very crafty anyway!  I finished my silk mohair shawl, despite running out of yarn half way through the edging chart.  It goes on the blocking pile (with too many others – must do a lot of blocking soon!)

Mohair silk Nypon shawl

There was a lot of spinning, Paige on her Ashford Joy, me on my Kromski Sonata wheel.

Spinning at cabin image I finished the last of a green and blue merino I’ve been spinning occasionally. I’m trying to relearn spinning thicker singles after years of spinning thinner and thinner yarns. This one was going to be a two ply, but I decided I wanted to blend the colors more and have a bulkier yarn, so I sent each two ply through again adding lots of extra twist, and then plied the two together to end up with a four ply crepe yarn. I love the texture and look of the resulting yarn!image image I started a new pile of green polwarth and silk yarn next, again trying for thicker singles.  There are actually two different dye jobs in that pile, one with a lot more variation in shades, but the plan is to ply them together.  Still sticking with the green theme of my recent yarn work, obviously.

Paige’s yarn had a green tint as well, but a lot of other colors too.  I really envy the huge bobbins on her wheel.

Paige spinning at cabin

There was other knitting in addition to my shawl.  Paige continues to work on her socks of many colors:

Paige's socks of many colors

Paige's sock yarn

And I started a simple pair of garter stitch slippers with some leftover handspun, though I haven’t quite figured out how this rectangle is going to become a foot shaped slipper.  I’m going on faith and following the row by row directions.

Knit slippers

When not spinning or knitting socks, Paige also worked on fingerless mittens that she sells, along with the socks, at a holiday craft fair.

Paige's mitten in progress

There was also pizza, and catching up on family and friend news, and quilting talk, and a lot of needed sleep, and generally a really good time bookmarked (pun alert) by a weird but engrossing audio book that I listened to in the cars during the hours there and back.  If you aren’t squeamish, I can highly recommend Stiff by Mary Roach, the history of cadavers.

I’m back home now, in the storm of chaos we call bedtime, happy to be back with my family, but also really ready to get the next fiber retreat on the calendar.