Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Long Valley Quilters Op Quilt

Sometime during January I made four blocks for the guild's opportunity quilt. The pattern is called Kwanita.

The day we got together to assemble the blocks, we found many of them weren't true to size, but somehow they went together and the sashing helped it all lay flat.

We made ours king-sized, using primarily batiks in graduating colors. Once it's back from the photographer's, I can add a picture of it.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Denim Project Bag

A new knitting project asks for a new project bag. 😃 Inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest, I wanted to make this denim bag.

A quilt friend had recently given me two pairs of her husband's blue jeans, so that got me jump started. He's a tall drink of water, so there was lots of fabric. I put it together with the leftover denim from my car quilt.

I had an idea of how to make it, but I went along on intuition a good deal of the time. For example, to make the patchwork fabric, I started by laying it out in rows. It quickly became clear that wasn't the way to go. (Photo bomber)

So I searched the Internet for a pattern to determine the amount of patchwork fabric needed, then laid out an approximation.

From there it went pretty well. Except that the base in the original picture led me to make the fabric long enough to box the bottom, and the pattern I was now working with had a curved bottom with darts for shaping. I have several totes with boxed bottoms, so I cut off a good 6 inches of my carefully pieced fabric and went on.

I added a pocket to the inside, so I have a place for my knitting notions kit. It works great. It's coincidence that the bag and the sweater currently-being knitted are both denim. Ha! I don't match my project bags to my projects.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Every Day Cardigan

Inspired by a picture in a vintage knitting magazine, I decided to try and customize the front of a standard cardigan. While I waited for the LYS's annual sale, I swatched using Cascade 220 (not superwash) in a red I had on hand to determine stitch gauge. The sale was in August and I got the long-sought after heather blue. A great shade to wear with denim and just about everything else.

The cardigan waited while I worked on other projects. I cast on in October, starting with the sleeve, because I was curious to see if my stitch gauge would be different while knitting in the round. The fronts and back are going to be knit flat.

Here's the right front. It has a seed stitch button band and a 3x3 cable on a seed stitch ground. The pattern has slight shaping at the waist, which I like. And I'm enjoying the yarn, which is soft and slightly springy.

The pattern I'm using has a V-neckline, so I'll look at Ann Budd's book on customizing sweaters and see if I can figure out how to make it a crew neck. I used to wonder about design as I struggled with basic patterns. It's fun to see how my knitting skills have improved in six years.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Pineapple Mini

It was shortly after we got home from visiting family for Christmas that I decided to get the Pineapple mini out again. A semi-annual project.

That's the strip bin on the left, and the block in the works on the right.

The special ruler helped me avoid making the mistakes I've been making in the past, but man these little blocks are time consuming. One has to want this type of quilt badly. I don't know if I'm in that group...

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Sachets

I made several of these as small gift bags and to be used as herbal sachets. A bit of cord, a gold pony bead and some fabric that looks like knitted stitches. Fun!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Gee Gee Turns 90

The family got together to celebrate Mom's ninetieth birthday. We decided the great-grand kids could call her Gee Gee, easier to say than Great-Grandma Ginna. Cayson enjoyed helping open the birthday gifts.

We had a great celebratory lunch and we definitely made a memory. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Another Quilter's UFOs: Part One

Mom loves to visit thrift stores as much as I do. We had a hearty browse at the local Senior Center Thrift store, where they have a large crafting department. Mom does paper craft and makes greeting cards. She found a dozen items to add to her inventory. We joked that she'd need an extra carry-on to get it all home.

Picture from the Internet

I just about came unglued when I discovered an unfinished quilt project in the sewer's corner. All the pieces seemed to be there and the instructions too! I literally scooped them up and took them to the check out.

When there was a quiet moment, I unpacked the two zippered bags and this is what I have.

It's called Lots of Little Pink Stars and all 336 3" star blocks have been made, many of them sewn into the diagonal set rows.

The seamstress's piecing skills are lovely, all points are clear and sharp. Here's a picture of the finished quilt I found on the Internet.

I wonder why she gave up on it. Did she have to down-size and there were just too many projects to choose from? Was there no daughter or niece that could've finished it? Lovely fabrics, careful cutting and stitching, so close to being a complete top. I'll never know the answers, but it sure makes me wonder.

Another Quilter's UFOs: Part Two

During the same visit to the thrift store where I found the Lots of Little Pink Stars quilt pieces, I found another unfinished quilt project; probably by the same quilter. There was something about the collection of prints and the quality of the workmanship that seemed to say this too, was from the maker of the Little Pink Stars.

I brought it home also, feeling like I was adopting orphans and in some way wanting to keep them together. This one is a Double Nine Patch quilt done in blues and whites.

Lots of fabric and LOTS of pre-cut strips. But from what I can tell the quilt maker didn't speed piece the nine patches, each square was cut and sewn individually. Bless her heart.

I went through it all, grouped, sorted and counted, and then packed it all neatly into a project box. It's been added to my UFO shelf. But at least it has a home.