Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's a shawl roll call

I've really been enjoying knitting or crocheting shawls for our Prayer Shawl Ministry.   My first shawls were knitted, so I decided to try my hand at crocheting the next one. 
This shawl is based on the familiar Granny Square pattern, but made into a triangle shape.  For this shawl, I used the yarn from this scarf, which I never wore, so I tore it out and combined it with the rest of the yarn to make it into a shawl.  The pattern came from this website.

For the next shawl, it was back to knitting.  I chose this pretty heathery purple yarn,
and used a waffle weave pattern,
to make this shawl:
One really nice thing about the waffle weave pattern is that the edges didn't try to curl.

The next shawl was just straight garter stitch in a chunkier yarn.  It was a variegated yarn with color changes that were very spaced out, and the resulting shawl had a self striping effect.  I didn't get a photo of it before I turned it in, but here is the little bit of yarn I have left:

After the nice break of garter stitch, it was time for a challenge.  I had found a crochet pattern that looked like a large version of a crocheted doily, and I decided to give it a whirl.

After the first rows, I began to think it was going to be too small, so I started over again with a bigger crochet hook.

I'm so glad I did!  The resulting shawl was very soft and pretty, and I ended up giving it to my mom.  The pattern came from the Red Heart website .

Back to knitting for the next shawl.  I saw this very unusual color combination in a variegated yarn:
It didn't have quite the impact I thought it would have when I knitted it up into a basket weave stitch, although I still liked it:
I separated the yarn into colors to make the fringe, and I liked it better.

My most recent finish is another crocheted half-circle shawl:

This had just enough challenge to keep it interesting, and just enough repeat to keep it simple.  I found the pattern on the Lion Brand website.   I will probably use this pattern again.

My current shawl is on the knitting needles.  It will have to wait for it's own post.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tiny Dancer

My most recent project has been making a Mini Tiny Dancer quilt, designed by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts.

I started by sorting through my batiks and pulling out all my beloved jewel tone shades.  From each one I cut a trio of half-hexagon shapes.

I knew I was going to like the final result, when even the trimmings looked pretty enough to photograph:

Then it was time to put down the camera,  and pair them up two by two:

There were ninety half-hexagons that each needed a little triangle topper:

Then it was time to lay out the 15 blocks the pattern called for:

I liked them so much, I made 5 more:
Aaah, that's more like it!

The blocks are pieced together in rows, and all the seams are pressed open.
The back is almost as fun to look at as the top!

And then it was done!

I haven't yet figured out how I want to quilt it, but I would like to accent the little "dancers".

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Show me the Minis!

To say that I have been bitten by the mini quilt bug would be an understatement.  I am having so much fun with these, and have now completed six of them.

Four of them are Thimbleblossoms patterns:

Shown in the above photo are Spools, Puddle Jumping, Swoon and Red Letter Day.  All are mini versions of the original larger patterns.    Everyone seems to credit Camille Roskelly for starting the mini quilt craze.  As I understand it, she wanted to have smaller versions of her quilts to take with her when she travelled to Quilt Market, and a new trend for mini versions of quilts was born.

Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts got into the mini quilt scene and introduced four mini versions of her quilt patterns.  Pictured below is my version of her mini Canned Pears:

Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts has also published a line of mini quilt patterns.  Here is my version of her mini "Come What May" pattern.

With these 6 quilts I have a good start on my own mini quilt gallery.  I'll have to decide the perfect place to hang them.  In the meantime, I am enjoying  just seeing them stacked up into a lovely pile of minis!

Have a great week!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue (and Green and Orange)

My most recent mini quilt project was an appropriate one for the week of July 4th:

The pattern is called Red Letter Day, designed by Camille Roskelley.

I started with this selection of fat eighths:

The two fabrics on the left have a nautical theme of sailboats and anchors.  I was not sure if the navy/white sailboat fabric might be too big in scale for a mini.  I took a small ruler, and used 1/4" marking tape to create a viewer with a window the same size as the finished blocks in the quilt.

I still had some doubts, but I decided to go ahead and use the sailboats.  It was a bit of a leap of faith to  visualize the final block.  You can see that there's a big difference in the look of a finished block compared to an unsewn block.

I'm glad I stuck with the sailboats.  Here is the finished mini:

Kind of looks like fireworks to me.

Happy Fourth of July!

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