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Quilting with Beyoncé

Diy, Quilting, Paper crafting, Knitting, CraftsGabriela SimsComment

So I have known for a while I am not your average knitter, scrapbooker, or quilter.  Whenever I go to any local gatherings like this I am usually one of the youngest. This doesn't make me feel out of place, but it does make for interesting conversations.  I was making a few things recently (while listening to Beyoncé and then Rihanna) and I thought, does the typical quilter/knitter/scrapper know all the words to XO and Work? I find it hilarious because you can never judge a book by its cover. I remember one time about 2.5 years ago, I was looking at thread in a big box store and I was just checking all of the thread to see what was available. A lady came up to me (a customer, not an employee) and said "Oh, that's quilting thread, is that what you're looking for?" I slowly turned to her (because I had to be sure this was really happening) and said "I'm just looking, I'm getting new thread." She pressed on with "Well, that's for quilting, I mean you're not quilting are you?" This last part was delivered with a mix of derision and panic. I responded "No, I just wanted new thread...do you work here?" Realizing her error, she fumbled a little and said "Well the machine thread is over there...this is quilting thread..." and proceeded to roll her cart away. I laughed because a.) I could not believe you tried to deny me this thread, b.) You don't know me so you have no idea what I'm looking for, and c.) Why would it be so shocking that I might be quilting? It's not like if I buy this thread I'll use up all the quilting space in the world. My quilting doesn't hinder your ability to quilt, but the confusion in her face was so real. I giggle to myself everytime I buy thread now, since I can quilt and I've graduated to embroidery, I'm using all of the good thread. I also think sometimes when I'm knitting, quilting or scrapping that I am not the average crafter, because I do craft to music you might not expect and I may not look like everyone else in the guild, but I'm just as happy as anyone else to show my work! I hope everyone feels that free when you're creating and don't let anyone make you feel nervous about it. Happy crafting (cues Drake-Hotline Bling)!

 New fabric and thread stash. 

New fabric and thread stash. 

Gab about knitting - The Beekeepers Quilt

How to, Knitting, Beekeeper's QuiltGabriela SimsComment

Hi everyone, today I'm taking a break from paper crafting to get some work done on what I like to call "The Knitter's Urban Legend", hahaha.  It's a project that I was working on about a year ago and it's really neat because you knit the quilt piece by piece by making little "hexipuffs"...but you need somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 of them.  So it takes me about 20 minutes or so to make one and I would have sworn I had at least 10 made...turns out I had a whopping 5! I have been getting Jimmy Beans Beanie Bags and I wasn't exactly sure what to do with all my mini-cakes of yarn and this project is perfect! I used my November bag first and was able to knit 5 more hexipuffs already. This project is easy because the Beanie Bag is the perfect sized project bag for this, it's a really portable project. I now have 11 hexipuffs (I made one out of some extra sock yarn I had on hand) and I am going to be knitting through my beanie bags to see how many I can make. I also think this will be a good way to keep me on task with continuing to make hexipuffs. These are a few of the hexipuffs I've made recently.

 

 1 step closer. 

1 step closer. 

 Beautiful yarn. 

Beautiful yarn. 

This is a project that will go on for about a year, or at least several months, I'll update the progress on this every so often and hopefully one day I can start assembling! Happy crafting! 

Holiday Craft Drop

Diy, Christmas, Cards, Knitting, Crafts, Paper craftingGabriela SimsComment

I am starting this in the hopes that other people will do it too and we can all spread some joy. I handmake things all the time, from yarn to paper, I'm always creating. I decided this year I would make 1 dozen hand made cards and bag them up with other handmade items and "drop" them as gifts.  My hope is that people will find them and be prompted to do the same thing. I did my first one today, so I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes, here's the first drop.

 A knit hat and greeting card! 

A knit hat and greeting card! 

Happy Crafting!