Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday night progress

I did my best to do some sewing on Friday night.  It was fun to think that others who were participating in the Friday Night Sew In were also working along in their sewing space.

I started with these two fun fabrics, and the intention of making a reversible  apron for a Christmas gift.

I got the pattern pieces cut, and the pockets made:

I even got them both sewn onto the apron fronts

At some point, I realized that I forgot to buy a set of "D" rings for making the neck strap.  I was going to keep going up to the point of making the neck strap, but then the lightbulb in my sewing lamp blew out and I didn't have a replacement for it.

I decided that fate was telling me to move on to something else, so I went downstairs, plopped myself down into my recliner with a cup of tea and finished knitting this:

It's a lap robe for a man.  At our last Blessing of our Prayer Shawls, a woman came up and asked us if we might have a men's lap robe.  We don't normally do lap robes, but decided to make one for her to give to her father.

It's a simple garter stitch with a few stripes, made with chunky yarn and size #15 needles.  It worked up quickly, and I am so glad to have it ready for her to give to her dad.  It kept my own lap nice and warm as I  worked on it, so I know it will work for him.

I'd say that the Friday Night Sew In was a success.  On today's shopping list is a pair of "D" rings, and a package of 60 watt bulbs!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Clock is ticking...

Time is getting shorter and shorter to get some Christmas sewing projects done.   Whatever doesn't get done this week, is what I will be working on this Friday Night during the Friday Night Sew In.

Wendy at Sugarlane Designs is hosting this virtual get together on Friday December 19th.  Won't you join us?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Baby Elephant Walk

Here's my formula for a quick and easy kid-sized quilt:

You need about a yard of a focus fabric, about 3/4 yard for sashing, and 5 fat eighths of complimentary fabrics for vertical stripes.

I chose this cute elephant fabric for my focus fabric:

To begin:
Cut 5 strips 4 1/2 x 20" from the focus fabric
Cut 1 strip 4 1/2 x 20" from each of the 5 fat eighths,
Cut 10 strips 1 1/2 x width of fabric for the sashing.  Subcut those into twenty 1 1/2 x 20" strips.

Sew a narrow sashing strip to both sides of all the wider strips:

Subcut the sewn strips into 6 1/2" squares:

Arrange the blocks, 5 across by 6 down,  lining up the strips for a woven effect.

Sew together row by row.  Add a 1 1/2" inner border of sashing fabric, and a 4" outer border of focus fabric:

And your quilt top is done! Size of the finished quilt top is 40 x 46", a great size for a kids quilt.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A year in the making

Over a year ago, I signed up for the Saturday Sampler at my local quilt shop. It's a 12 part monthly program.   Each month we were given fabrics and a pattern for one block.  If you complete the block and bring it to the next month's meeting, you get the next month's fabric and pattern for free.  Great motivation to keep up with the blocks!

The layout of the final quilt is a mystery, but as each month went by, a pattern seemed to emerge.  Each of the blocks was roughly based on a "Depression" block which looks like this:

At the end of 12 months, we had 12 blocks. 

It was fun to be working with so many Kaffe Fassett inspired fabrics. I had never worked with his bright bold fabrics before.

For the sashing, I decided to accentuate the effect of circular motion in each block.  Using Electric Quilt software, I came up with this setting:

Calculating the sashing was a bit of a challenge.  I needed long and short units,
mirror image units,

and also some picket fence units:

Eventually, I got it all sorted out, and the finished quilt looks like this:

I had the top quilted at my local quilt shop.  I love the way the spiral quilting accentuated the circles.   I gave the finished quilt to my daughter who had admired some of the early blocks when she saw me working on them.   The modern style, and the colors were just perfect for her.

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