Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Knit 1, Purl 1

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My BFF Robbie Payne showed me a Cowl she was knitting. I loved it and went right up to the studio and got yarn to knit it.

I thought it would take about 2 skeins.

When I could see it would only take a little more than 1 skein I changed course.

I had 6 skeins of this yarn so I decided to knit a sweater.

It is going “relatively” fast since it is knit on size 15 needles.

The cowl part was knit on a circular needle, but I decided to knit the front and back flat as I knew it would hang better with side seams.

I am “knitting this by the seat of my pants” and making some of the calculations as I go.

I’m hoping it will be one of those big oversize sweaters that are in style this year.

However when you knit this way it could end up to be a body hugging  sweater to wear under a jacket!

Only time will tell, so stay tuned if you want to hear “the rest of the story”!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Knitting Time Again

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I find fall is a great time to do some knitting.

These are hats I have knitted to share with friends who lose their hair while undergoing chemo.

I asked a lot of questions of people to get an idea of the best type of hat.

The most common answers were soft, warm and lightweight – not too loose and not too tight.

I’ve sent the first 2 to a friend and I’m awaiting an evaluation so I can make adjustments if necessary.

It is one way I feel I can do something for my friends even though they may be far away.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Fingerless Mittens

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When fingerless mittens became fashionable I wondered why anyone would want to wear them.

Fast forward to cold hands watching TV in the evening!

I got it and proceeded to find a pattern.

This is the second pair I knit.

They are my favorite as they are snug but not tight.

They are also my current favorite color.

Of course they are 100% wool sock yarn and just plain feel good too.

I am sure they will be getting a lot of use this season.

In addition to all that I really enjoyed knitting them and I’m glad I chose the simplest pattern as I think they will be warmer and also allow me to manipulate my hands to do whatever one does when they are sitting watching TV!

Addendum: Several people have asked what pattern I used.

I found it on Ravelry. It is the Fingerless Mitts by Ann Dobedoe.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tree Of Life Quilt

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This quilt features the beautiful colors of fall.

It is one of the quilts in the Historic Concept series of patterns and kits I designed.

It was inspired by an antique quilt but is not a copy of the quilt.

It features a diagonal set and wide borders which are the perfect place to feature some beautiful traditional quilting.

Using efficient methods it  can be completed in days rather than months.

This is a perfect size for a wall hanging and would make a perfect gift for anyone who loves quilts.

I have just 3 more kits available. Only ONE more kit left….khaki background. SORRY, All the kits are SOLD

The finished quilt is approximately 40 x 40 inches.

The kit includes the pattern which features efficient methods, all the fabric for the top and the quilting design.

I have two quilt kits with the khaki fabric background you see in the example and one quilt with a traditional muslin background.

The cost of the kit is only $32 plus shipping. This is a limited edition and these are the last kits available.

First come, first served. If you would like to purchase one of the 3 remaining quilts email me at: kay@kaysorensen.com

If you are interested in the finished hand quilted quilt it can be purchased for only $1500.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vintage Kitchen Socks

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I love the names Emily Parson chooses for her hand dyed sock yarns.

This coloration would suggest a Vintage Kitchen to anyone who sees it in person.

My colors are as accurate as I could get.

This was a fun one to knit and I think the name had something to do with it. I’m not a vintage kitchen person but I love when others do a vintage kitchen.

I’m more a Scandinavian clean lines person with antiques thrown in for interest.

I’m glad to have another pair of completed socks finished as out weather has changed to sock wearing temperatures.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Simply Joyful

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This is the most recent quilt I have designed for Robert Kaufman fabrics. It is 56 inches square.

It uses fabrics from the Harlequin collection designed by Debra Lunn and Michael Mrowka.

When I get a collection of fabrics I let them tell me what they want me to do.

This is a simple quilt to construct but the fabric arrangement is what makes it work. I did try some other arrangements and the quilt just died.

The fabrics will be available sometime after quilt market in your local quilt shops.

The pattern will be available from Robert Kaufman.

This would be easy enough for a beginning quilter and also fun for a more experienced quilter.

Some of you may wonder why I am creating quilts with commercial fabrics. When they ask me to create a quilt I will only do it if I am inspired by the fabric.

The fabrics Michael and Debra create are the most exciting fabrics I have seen in a long long time. They WORK!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What Is A Journal Quilt - Rerun

When I was looking at the statistics for the number of views various posts I have done in the past received this was today’s most popular. So I revisited it and enjoyed it as well as all the great comments.
I thought maybe those of you who hadn’t seen this blog post from  April 13, 2009 might enjoy this post too.
What is a journal quilt?
There are many answers to this question.
None are wrong.
All are right.

For me making a journal quilt is a way to make a quilt on a regular basis with certain guidelines. Generally those guidelines include a consistent size. It is a chance for me to experiment.
When I made journal quilts for 9 months I used them as a way to make me do the work. It was also as a way to create something that was related to either something I was doing in my other quilts, classes I attended or taught or to try something new.
This Tutti Fruitti journal quilt used every little scrap of the fabrics I had left from the big quilt. I had to bind it with a fabric not in the quilt.
I used it to test a quilting design I was considering using. I didn't use it but used a similar quilting design on the larger quilt.

The quilting style I created on this shibori quilt shows up on many later shibori quilts. The fringed dot also shows up on other quilts.

This quilt started with the piece of giraffe fabric. My goal was to use good proportion in the piecing of the quilt top and have it come out the size it had to be. I also used this quilt to try out some new quilting designs. These quilting designs have also shown up in later quilts.
Please click on each one of these quilts to see the quilting designs more clearly.
What do YOU use as a definition of a journal quilt? I'd appreciate any of you with thoughts about this to post them in the comment section. By doing that others can also benefit from what you contribute to this discussion.

When I made this journal quilt I started with the piece of black and white shibori fabric. I selected two other fabrics that would be the supporting cast. The quilting echoes the shibori design as it spills over to the other fabrics. To add a little spice to this quilt I reversed the colors on the binding so they would not match the edge of the quilt.  Posted by Kay Koeper Sorensen at 7:55 PM Labels: hand dyed fabric, Hand painted fabric, journal quilts, My original design, My original technique
9 comments:
JYA said...
What is a Journal Quilt? A slice of inspiration; a manageable piece of art; an experiment; an idea that goes from your mind out through your hands and lodges in the mind of the person who views the art and interprets the piece, so that it has meaning to you and to them. The sharing of an idea that inspires you both.
Judy Anderson

April 13, 2009 at 9:04 PM
Antonija said...
I agree that journal quilts can be used as a means to try new techniques and experiment with different media, but I always thought they were to represent a personal thought/emotion/happening, much like a page in a written journal. That it expresses whatever is going on in your life and in your head at the moment. Or at least be inspired by such.
That's what a journal quilt means to me...
--Toni Mitt

April 13, 2009 at 9:09 PM
marion said...
How strange, someone asked me what a journal quilt was yesterday on my Facebook page. I said then that usually they are the size of a piece of printer paper, and that you make one per month, often 'about' a theme or 'about' daily life. I think myself that the term 'journal quilt' has come to mean a small quilt of a specific size, and doesn't necessarily have any bounds on content.

April 14, 2009 at 4:18 AM
Diane said...
The journal quilts at festival that excited me to start quilting were the ones that were about the artists' lives, thoughts, or memories. A page from their dairy. The techniques are incidental. I was not as inspired by the explanations of how something was done if there was no "why." An experiment in technique doesn't need to be completed with a binding to function as a sample. The journal quilts that combine both "journal" and "sample" are the ones that stand out from the black drape.

April 14, 2009 at 7:30 AM
Leslie said...
A journal quilt to me is a commitment to do a piece of work a month. It is also a great way to try a process I am not sure I want to invest a lot of time, effort or funds in if I am not going to like it. It is also a great record of progress as an artiste. I have 7 years worth of JQs and I love looking back at them as a reminder of where I was and what was on my mind at that particular time.

April 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM
Johnni Schell said...
"A record of experiences, ideas or reflections kept for private use" - that is how Webster (in 1965) defined the word journal. Happily, journal quilts are not being kept private. Testing ideas on techniques certainly fit the definition along with using them as a diary. I have found that most people do respond to art with a story or symbolism behind it. My question for journal quilts is this - when you have committed to making one each month or each week - what do you do with them all?

April 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM
Carole said...
Thank you for asking...to me a Journal Quilt is about size AND content... size first, then I like to document thoughts, statements, even some trial and error, in various media. I have learned big is not necessary to be beautiful. Your own pieces prove that!
What I have appreciated is the looking back... I go to some of my early ones that I thought were not so great and see things I hadn't noticed before. I view them as a documentary of my growth and development.

April 14, 2009 at 10:46 AM
Elizabeth said...
Re Johnni's comment about what do you do with them all. I have framed some of mine and exhibited them in a textile exhibition I had with a friend, an open exhibition of an Art Club I belong to and, best of all, had three selected for a mixed media art exhibition, i.e. they moved outside the 'quilt' world. I would like to sell some but have still to do my marketing for this.

April 14, 2009 at 12:28 PM
Anonymous said...
Thanks for sharing your journal quilts. To me, they represent an expression of what is going on in my life and mind today. I am struggling with a change within me in how I wish to express myself through my quilts and creating journal quilts for a while will help me work through this issue. It is a very personal one, not so much related to materials and technique as it is to the content of my self expression. I plan a series of journal quilts, each of which will reveal something about me.

April 14, 2009 at 2:17 PM