Friday, April 11, 2014

Quick and Cozy Shawl

I knitted up a shawl using simple garter stitch and letting the pretty blue variegated yarn do all the talking:

The chunky yarn was very soft,  and as it grew into a shawl it did double duty as  a nice cozy lap covering.

I find it ridiculously hard to get a nice photo of a long rectangular scarf, but there you have it.

It was only after the photo shoot, that I realized I had forgotten to trim the fringes neatly.  Anyhow, enough with the excuses, it came out quite nicely and will be donated as part of our Prayer Shawl Ministry.

On the topic of knitting, this Bunny Dog sweater pattern was featured on the Lion Brand website.  Think I have time to knit one up for Toby before Easter? :-)

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

April Spools!

I finished sewing the binding on my Mini Spools wallhanging:

Originally, I was only going to outline the spools with stitch-in-the-ditch quilting and leave it at that since this is such a small quilt.  (15 x 17")  After I did, I decided to try and make the spools stand out a little bit more  and so I added the diagonal quilting on the white background.

Here are the "tools" I used to do the diagonal stitches:
A roll of 1/4" marking tape, and my sewing machine's edge guide

Using a long ruler as a guide, I put a piece of tape every three inches.   I sewed right up against the tape to get the first quilting lines.

To fill in the quilting with more closely spaced stitches, I used the edge guide attachment on my sewing machine.  I adjusted it  to be 1 and 1/2 inches from the needle.

By following the previous stitching with the edge guide, I was able to make another straight line of quilting stitches without having to mark a line.  It did the trick for me.  (Seems that I will do anything to avoid learning to do freemotion quilting.)

This little gem of a project was so much fun, and will be hung by my sewing machine.    I'm going to try doing the Mini Swoon next.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spoolin' around

A Spools quilt has been on my to-do list for a long time.

When I saw that Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms had recently released a mini version of her popular Spools pattern, I knew it was just the thing I was looking for.

I used a charm pack of "Happy Go Lucky" for the spool centers. The pattern was easy to follow.  The best part was playing around with the fabric strips to decide the placement of colors for the spools.

Sewing together the spool tops and bottoms was a little fiddly,  but there were only 9 spools afterall.  Here's my finished top:

This little cutie measures just 16 x 18 inches. All you need for a backing is a fat quarter.  I love it.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

A story of strings

A few years back, I made this blue and yellow string quilt:

Before I chose the blue/light blue borders I had planned on using up the extra strings to make a piano key border.  I made the border and auditioned it with the quilt:

I decided the piano keys were too much, so I rolled them up and set them aside, thinking maybe I could use them on something else someday.

I came across them during the big sewing room tidy-up and knew that the time had come to make them into a small quilt.  I did a little slice and dice and removed the more subdued blues and paler yellows, and added in a few brighter shades:
Then I combined them with some royal blue border strips that were leftover from another project that I can't recall, and came up with this:

I just knew those strips would come in handy someday.   I find it hard enough to throw away even the smallest scrap, and I think I might have to start even saving those.

Another find in the sewing room was a charm pack of Aneela Hoey  "Posy" fabrics.

I added in about 20 charms that I cut from my stash, and made this Springtime quilt:

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