Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Problem and A Solution


The problem I am having with blogging right now is I feel like I do not have much to say but more it is about I am working on secret gift projects and cannot show them yet. That means I don't have much to blog about.

So the blog languishes while I work along on fun projects.




The solution I have come up with is to work on at least one thing that I can show, talk about, tell all, and reveal as it progresses to completion. And maybe a couple pretty fall pictures thrown in for fun.

So, that will be my plan going forward. And I will do a big reveal on the secret projects after they are gifted.





Today let's just stick with a picture of the finished hat on mom and a fall pic.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous fall~!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Trip and Knitting


Had a very nice fall trip with Mom this year. Saw what was left of the fall colors and visited some areas that I had not seen in and around the Buena Vista area.

While we were there we stopped in at Serendipity and found some more hat yarn. Just finished another Brio Hat for Mom. It is very pretty.

And have another hat/cowl project to start. This one is called the HowlCat, and will be made from some Baaah worsted weight and a skein of fingering weight. I am changing the pattern just a little to add some more interest to the 20+ inch tube project.

Stop back later to see what I end up doing with this one.

Until then, happy knitting~!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yard Sale Quilt Done


The end result of the fabrics that a neighbor destashed to me turned out so cute. It turned out to be about 42 x 58, certainly big enough to use in a favorite TV watching chair or the couch.

I have called it "Yard Sale" and it is ready to gift to her this coming weekend, right on time for the next cold front to arrive.

The name comes from the price tags I discovered on the fabric pieces as I was sorting and deciding what to do with it. The stickers were hand lettered and most had prices of 25 - 35 cents each. No way to be sure how long ago this stash was acquired but my guess is at least 20 years.

I hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Quilt Design Boards



Another great idea I happened to come across while cruising the internet. These quilt design boards are easy, inexpensive and cute.

It is explained here on this video with Lori Holt at the Fat Quarter Shop.

The materials are simple to obtain. Here is what I used: foam core board (like you use for posters), leftover jelly roll strips for the outer edge finish, leftover lightweight batting, a glue gun and a dull-bladed rotary cutter.

I got six 10x10 inch squares from the standard size foam core board (20x30). These will work well for 6 inch or 8 inch block designs. I may make a large one - the size of the standard board to work on mini quilt ideas.

Happy crafting to all~!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Another One Begins



A neighbor has been de-stashing her crafting supplies and brought me a bag of fabric and trims to sort through and take what I wanted from it.

In that bag I found some pieces that she had obviously bought to go together in something for her home (I am judging that from the colors). So I decided that she needed a lap quilt to go in her living room and it could be made from the fabrics she had picked out.

This is the picture of the planning stage on how to assemble it.

It will be done using the strips of fabric and then piecing some together with coordinating fabrics I collected to finish it.

This one will be finished and gifted before cold weather arrives (which looks like it could be soon by the way our weather is acting. )

Happy crafting to all~!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tube Quilting Continued - with Leftovers


How do you quilt leftovers, you ask?

In this case, it was easy. I took the rest of the pieces I cut from the tubes I made for the tablerunner for my neighbor and friend, then I pieced them into four blocks. One block represented a blend of the two color styles from the runner.

Then I placed them into a square design and added some more of the leftover jelly roll strips from the Sweet Pea roll by Kansas Troubles.

The back is from the leftovers of fabric I used in the other one. I will bind this one with the wine color and may quilt the sashing with a wide zigzag pattern.

Its finished measurements will be somewhere around 24-inches. And the majority of the fabric for this project will be used up. What is left I will add to my strip collection.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tube Quilting - Fun and Fast



It all began with a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company and some leftover jelly strips in Sweet Pea by Kansas Troubles.




This tablerunner will be a gift to my neighbor for her table in two weeks for our ladies potluck event.

The pumpkin has already found its way to her home for this fall.

Both projects were fast and fun. I am planning a Christmas version of the tablerunner soon.