Thursday, April 29, 2021

Off to Charity






I get way more quilt tops done than I can actually quilt, so these tops are off to our guild’s community projects.  There’s one that I didn’t  take a full photo of because it’s so ugly. Maybe they can find something to do with it.  Cut it up and use it for something else, maybe;  that’s what I would do.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

One good way to start the New Year:  two quilt tops done.  Still need to make the backs, and sandwich the layers, and quilt and bind and label them.  So that means they’re almost finished, right?

The top top, as it were—the top photo—is the first place winner in our Guild’s Layer Cake challenge.  Yippee!  Guess what I won?  Another layer cake, of course!

The pattern is free from the wonderful Missouri Star Quilt Company;  you can find it here.

The second one is just from charm squares I made from a ton of fabric I’ve had in my stash for ages.  I was even able to sew them together randomly!  I’m so proud!  I’m usually much more, let’s call it “organized.”

I hope the New Year brings more creativity and joy to us all.





Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Pincushion Art

 My friend Elisa sent me this for my birthday!  

It's a tiny pincushion in a repurposed salt cellar, about an inch and a half in diameter.  Too cute for words, and it's my favorite color.  That pin with the beads on it is just for show, which pleases me every time I look at it.  Check out Lesley Storts on Etsy if you want to see more of these, plus she has a pattern for how to make your own!  Fun, fun, fun.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Yarnie UFOs

 Despite all the sewing I've been doing, I do have some knitting and crochet projects in process.  Some will probably end up frogged and/or forgotten, but I have three I am determined to finish.

First, the knitting projects.  I started the simple blanket pictured on the right with some good old worsted weight Encore I had in my stash.  But the simplicity got a little, shall we say, redundant?  As in, boring.  I added a few random garter stitch bands, and then I thought, why not write a pattern?

I grabbed some chunky yarn and started a similar project, which I hope I can finish more quickly.  This time, I'm keeping track of where I'm putting the garter stitch bands, for the sake of those potential pattern buyers who don't like to improvise.

Then again, why not finish both and have a pattern that includes directions for both weights of yarn?  We shall see.

Meanwhile, this crochet project has been languishing for probably two or three years.  I tried designing some other motifs which would go with the fun hexagonal shape in order to make it into a blanket.  That experiment did not go well.  I thought the result was tacky.  Hence the languishing of the project.

Now I'm thinking, if I use some thin cotton yarn, it might make a great doily.  I plan to try that, and if it works, I'll have another pattern to share.

I only have about five sewing projects I'm actively working on right now, so, I have plenty of time for knitting and crocheting too, right?




Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Frankenrug

Yes, I’m at it again: I’ve made another monstrous project that seemed like a good idea at the time and then went horribly wrong.

For more on my less-than-delightful experiments in crafting, you can read about my Frankentote, which has links to my Frankenhat and Frankencowl, and of course, let's not forget Frankenbear, although I have no pics of him;  he's long gone to charity, bless his heart.

I should have waited for my friend Elisa before I started this.  We had agreed we would one day get together to make these very cool Jelly Roll Rugs designed by Roma Lambson.

We had the jelly rolls, we had the precut rolls of batting strips.  But we kept getting distracted by our startitis issues, so we hadn’t quite gotten around to this rug when—you guessed it—Covid happened.

I was quilting out of my stash, and I kept seeing my jelly roll and that cute pattern sitting in a basket, waiting.  I needed something simple to do one stressful day (out of many stressful days), and I grabbed the jelly roll and started sewing the strips together.  I even ordered the special tool that is supposed to make the folding of strips and sewing the actual rug easier.

I sheepishly confessed to Elisa that I started the project without her.  She was forgiving.  (What would we do without our friends?)

The first part of the process went fine.  Easy, fun, progress being made, no problems.

Alas, this did not last.  Maybe it was lack of patience on my part, or lack of manual dexterity.  Despite watching the helpful YouTube tutorial, the central portion of my rug looks... well... Frankenruggy.  All distorted and pleated, bumpy and messy.  And the outer edges are all floppy and wavy.  Very disappointing.

I blame myself, not the pattern.

I love the colors I chose, but I am never going to use this.  Maybe it would make a good dog bed at a local pet shelter?











Thursday, October 15, 2020

And Furthermore...

 Here are a few more quilt tops I’ve finished (just the tops) in the past few months.

This one I made from scraps, and the next one is a UFO from a class I took at least a couple of years ago.  At least I freed up the project box I had it in!  So I could store another UFO in it.


This one, called Charming Lucy, is from a charm pack I’ve had lurking in my stash for awhile.  I had no idea what I wanted to do with it.  Then my friend Elisa challenged me to make one—hers looks totally different even though it’s essentially the same pattern, just different fabric.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Irises

 Just because I haven’t been blogging doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating.

First, a wallhanging for my mom, and a quilt top now hanging in my closet waiting for layering and quilting.  Lots more to show, in due course, but I haven’t been knitting or crocheting much: it’s been too hot!