Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July Postcards

Still on the fabric postcard bend.  I've been watching the Hallmark Channel Christmas in July movies which inspired me to do a couple of Christmas postcards. The fabric is from a Debbie Mumm series several years ago.  I simple cut out the rectangles of the Santas, machine quilted them, and then did the binding.  The one on the left with the green binding measures 4 3/4 in X 5 7/8 in.  The other one measures 4 3/8 in X 5 1/2 in.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fabric Postcards

I've been making fabric postcards lately.  This first one is a flag quilt, inspired by July 4th but also good for any day of the year here in America.  It is machine piece and quilted with iron-on beads for stars.  It measures 8 in X 5 in.


This second one is a sailboat on a lovely summer day.  I inked in a bird in the sky. Both machine piecing and applique is used.  It too is machine quilted.  It measures 6.5 in X 4.5 in.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Another Scrappy Child's Quilt

Here's my latest scrappy child's quilt (earlier post when in progress).  It is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures approx 45 in X 57 in. 

In this are there are many colors (blue, green, yellow, browns, and more), dots, horses, cats.
In this are a pink poodle, a motorcycle, horses, a robot, leaves, and lemons/limes.
In this are more cats, lorax, a lizard, trick or treat, tulips, snowmen.
This area has the working pocket, cats, faces, thread spools, hearts, stars.

Friday, July 4, 2014

My #OLFA35 Quilt Block

A few weeks ago I was contacted by an OLFA representative asking if I would like to participate in the 35th Anniversary Celebration this summer by either creating a square for their 35th Anniversary Commemorative Quilt which will be displayed this October at the International Quilt Market in Houston in October or by hosting a reader giveaway.  I choose to create a square for the quilt.  In return for participating I was sent a kit of OLFA products (a cutting board, a rotary cutter, a 6.5 in square ruler.  There were only two rules for the quilt block:  1) it had to be 6.5 in square (will be 6 in square when sewn into the quilt) and 2) had to include the color yellow.  Here's my #OLFA35 block.


Happy 4th of July!  Hope you enjoy it safely.  Here’s a link to one of my old post from 2011 on Firework Safety.

Friday, June 27, 2014

WIP--Pleasingly Black Shawl

I have no new finished projects to share this week.  This is my current knitting project which I have been working on for weeks now.  Still have many weeks to go as it is only about half finished. The pattern is Pleasing Reversibility in Lace by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer.  The yarn is Shibui Knits Silk Cloud which is very soft.  The yarn can be difficult (as least for me) to frog (or unknit) when I make a mistake.  One reason it is so slow going.  It’s going to be lovely when finished.

Friday, June 20, 2014

WIP -- Another Scrappy Quilt

I'm working on another scrappy quilt which will be similar in size to the one I recently finished.  Here are some photos showing some finished areas and some other others being planned.

This first photo shows an area in planning featuring horses, eggs, leaves, Lorax, and dogs.


This area features a car, stars, a parrot head, an owl, dog paw prints, pink ribbon.


As with the last scrappy quilt, this one will have a working pocket.  This area also features hearts, a razorback, thread spools, and more.


This are has motorcycles, elephants, a pirate map, faces, and a flying ant.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Another Scrappy Quilt

I finished another scrappy crazy quilt.  This one measures 46 in X 58 in.  It's machine pieced and quilted.  I have another one quilt of the same sort to make, then the two quilts will be going to a friend’s young boys.

This next several photos show some points of interest.  In this area of the quilt you find houses, dogs, horses, letters, and many primary colors.
In this area – sheep, skiers, owls, dogs, flags, stars.
In this area – race car, pink poodle, tractor, more owls, rooster, sunflower, stars, and more.
There is a working pocket.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Purple Wisp Scarf

Another scarf using the pattern Wisp by Cheryl Niamath.  This one in a lovely purple wool yarn (Araucania Huasco).  The finished blocked scarf measures approx 10 in X 68 in.  This first photo is of the scarf with one end blocked and the other not. 

These next two photos are of the scarf completely blocked.  I am really please with how it turned out.  The drape is wonderful.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Progress Notes -- Another Scrappy Crazy Quilt in the Works

Nothing finished this quilt to share.  I'm working on another scrappy crazy quilt.  I'm almost done piecing it.  The finished size will be around 45 in X 60 in.  Here are a view preview pictures.

This first one has many areas of interest:  tractors, cars, dogs, words, bookworm, and colors.

This one has horses, more words, tractor, dogs,and houses.
This one has carolers, sunflower, moon, more words, car, and robot.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fish Hat

I love looking at finished projects others have done on Ravelry.  That's how I stumbled across the pattern for this hat (Fish Hat by ZoĆ« Mellor).   It lead me on a hunt for the book  (Animal Knits) the patten is published in.  I found the book for $0.01 on Amazon.  

Here is my attempt at the hat.  I used various yarns from my stash.  My tension is no where near perfect with the frequent yarn color changes.  I actually took the fish segment out and redid it.  It's better than the first knit-through but still not perfect.

Here is another view.  I sent it to a friend who has a grandson due in the near future.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Blues Quilt

This quilt is made from the second quilt top Kate sent to me.  I added a border to make it a bit larger.  I'm not sure what the name of this quilt block it.  The quilt is machine pieced and machine quilted.  The finished size is 39 in X 41 in. 


Here is a better view of some of the fabrics


I found this lovely fabric (keeping with the blue theme) in my stash and used it for the backing.

Both quilts have been sent to the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Wisp Scarf #4

This is the fourth scarf I've made using this pattern (Wisp by Cheryl Niamath).  It is a reliable pattern for a consistently lovely scarf.  The yarn is the same yarn used for the Marly scarf (discontinued Reynolds Rosalie).  Here is a photo comparing the knitting before (on the left) and after blocking.  What a difference blocking makes.

Here is another photo after completing the blocking.


And is a is (poor) photo of the entire scarf.  The true color of the scarf is shown in the above photos.  The scarf measures approx 9 in X 63 in.