Thursday, April 27, 2017

North Star

Now that I've finished the Mermaid challenge, I've had time to throw together another block for my scrappy Underground Railroad quilt.  I have 16 blocks.  Progress!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mermaid Rising

I participated in our quilt guild's annual challenge for the first time this year.  The challenge was to make something--anything: a quilt, a wallhanging, a table runner, a doll, a tote, whatever--that featured a mermaid and two other things beginning with the letter "m."

My first thought was, of course, a Mariner's Compass Moon.  That would have satisfied the "m" requirements, since apparently modifiers count.

But I threw in some moonflowers as well.  I did foundation paper piecing, English paper piecing, lots of needle turn appliqué, and a little fusible thread appliqué.

The result is a wallhanging, Mermaid Rising.

The back, in sunlight

quilting on the back, Mariner's Compass Moon
I didn't win in any of the categories.  (Who knew there were going to be categories?  No one.)  But never mind, I got a fat quarter of Roxanne's mermaid fabric in a "participation prize," so that got tucked into my stash in short order.

To see more entries, click here and look for the April 2017 Challenge, or click on the gallery tab.

I had fun making mine, despite my loathing of deadlines.  My friend Debbie had just given me some peacock-themed fabric, which worked beautifully for the mermaid's tail, and almost everything except the backing came from fabric I already had in my stash--it's always a delight when my diligent shopping pays off!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib-It! April Block of the Month

This free pattern for our Block of the Month series comes from Rib-It! A Sampler Throw, Part 3.

This is a fairly easy one...let's call it easy/intermediate skill level.  There's a yarn over.  You'll also be slipping a stitch, and then passing it over some other stitches.

Other than that, you've got some knitting and purling, and that's about it.

Directions are for an 8" square.  The stitch pattern is a multiple of 5 + 2.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 5.

About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
4.5 sts per inch

CO 38 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1 (RS):  k3, pm, p2, *sk2p, p2, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, k2, *p1, yo, p1, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 3:  k3, sm, p2, *k3, p2, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 4:  k3, sm, k2, *p3, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Rep these 4 rows 9 times more, then rep rows 1 and 2 once more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RS = right side
sk2p = slip one, knit two, pass slipped stitch over
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
yo = yarn over

You can buy Rib-It! A Sampler Throw, Part 3, including all the blocks that go with this intermediate skill level, here on Etsy.  Parts 1 & 2 are available there as well.  Or, if you are a Raveler, you can buy them on Ravelry here.

Here are photos of a few other blocks in Part 3.  And there are plenty more where these came from.

Be sure to join our free knit-along, the Rib It Blanket KAL, on Ravelry, so you can chat with other knitters and post photos of your blocks.  I would really enjoy seeing them.

For the free January block of the month, click here.
For the free February block of the month, click here.
For the free March block of the month, click here.

© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele
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