23 August 2017

Donation quilts

I hasn't all been crocheted and knitted baby blankets. I found 20 prepped applique blocks on a give away table at my small quilt group.

After satin stitching around the appliques, I combined 4 for each quilt. With the addition of a wide top and bottom border and then a green outer border, the quilts were big enough for a child. Each quilt was quilted differently. I started with a grid on one of them and realized that it took too long so the rest were quilted with differing meanders. All were backed with soft cuddle fabric.

20 August 2017

More baby blanket

This is a knitted baby blanket

A crocheted baby blanket. This is crocheted from one corner diagonally to another.
It is a great way to use up small amounts of yarn.

Another corner-to-corner crocheted baby blanket.

04 July 2017


I've been crocheting and knitting blankets for Project Linus.
This blanket is knit using Caron yarn and size 8 needles.

This is a simple crocheted blanket using scrap yarn. It is crocheted from corner to corner.
There was some yarn left over from the previous blanket so I created a large crocheted granny square.

I added lavender strands going in one direction and purple strands going in the other direction to create a plaid.

I was given a bag of fabric. Does that happen to you? So I dug out my serger and serged the edges for fast and simple blankets.

25 May 2017

I made a stencil

I normally hand cut my stencils using quilters template medium and an craft knife. I learned how to do this way back in the dark ages of my art classes at college. Using the template medium, I have discovered, makes for some very rough and jerky edges. For one of a kind stencils that won't be used more than once or twice, I will cut them out of freezer paper.

But this is a new method that I tried!

First you need a pattern. This was one I drew onto white paper.

Then you need to transfer it to an over head transparency. Since this was larger than an 8.5x11 sheet of transparency film I laid a piece of 4 gauge clear vinyl over my drawing and traced it using a black Sparpie.
I then used a product called EZ Screen and following the directions I got this lovely screen for use with a pounce pad!
Voila! Just a quick test on some black batting. I think I like this technique.

09 April 2017

Baby Doll quilts

Penny's doll-baby quilt

At Christmas time I was asked to make some doll-baby blankets. The other Grandma had bought some American Girl dolls for her two grand-daughters. One of those little girls happens to be my grand-daughter as well.

I have already given Addy a big girl quilt and I found these leftover blocks in the stash to make this doll-baby quilt.
Addy's doll-baby quilt
Both were quilted on my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen.

26 March 2017

Fiber Work

During my convalescence, I knitted and crocheted things.

Crocheted baby swaddling blankets are just too cute in acrylic yarn.

I am out of sock yarn. I know, right? Here are the last two pairs of socks. I'm on to other things now.

19 March 2017

The Quilt

Well. That didn't work.

That stinking green inner border bled.

That effectively takes this quilt out of any show or competition. Yes, I had planned on putting it in one or two. Not now.

I went to the store and bought 3 boxes of Color catchers and hand basted them over the border and washed the quilt to help remove more of the color. I air dried the quilt. That worked, somewhat.

Then I found some of Grandma's Secret Spot Remover. I used it on two of the lighter areas and it took them out. So I moved on to a darker spot. I've been following the directions: rub Grandma's into the spot and wait 5-10 minutes before washing. Except instead of washing I have been placing the area over an empty bucket and pouring water on it until it drips out the back side. Then I let it air dry. It is working, but oh so ever slowly. I have almost gone through a whole bottle and the spot is still there.

My next thing to try is a bleach pen. Yes, I know this is harsh but....
I bought a brand new bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Did you know that hydrogen peroxide neutralizes chlorine? One part hydrogen peroxide to 10 parts water in case you want to know. The reason I bought a new, unopened bottle is that hydrogen peroxide, after opening, looses it's effectiveness over time. I want this to be as strong as I can get it.

Here is where this is today. Picture #1 is where I started. Picture #2 is with Grandma's Secret Spot Remover. Picture #3 is with the bleach pen. I think is is good enough to hang on my wall but not for shows. Comments?

Picture #1

Picture #2

Picture #3