21 December 2014

Quilting has happened

I know I have been fairly quiet here on the blog, but I've been under a deadline to get this quilt done. Here's a shot of the back taken with my phone. This is before washing. It was too dark outside (after all  it is the Winter Solstice) so I am going to try to shoot one in the morning. 

19 December 2014

Still crocheting blankets


This is what I am crocheting this week. I love this pattern for an alphabet blanket. But then I love words and letters on any quilt or blanket. This is going to be quite large for a crocheted afghan maybe about 50" square I think.  

01 December 2014

Design Wall Monday, December 1, 2014

There is nothing on the design wall at the moment since I have moved Clara's quilt to the machine. Yes, quilting has started! Currently I am doing the ditch stitching around the white squares using the VersaTool ruler from Handi Quilter. Ruler work is always slow but I'm about half way through the ditching. And then the fun of free motion quilting starts, woo hoo!

I'm linking up to JudyL at Patchwork Times for DWM.

29 November 2014

On The Hook

Third crocheted Project Linus blanket

Life has been extremely busy lately. Have you found it so? But, I am still working on baby blankets for Project Linus. About a month ago, I found lots and lots of acrylic yarn at the thrift store. And so far I have three Project Linus blankets made: two crocheted blankets and one knitted receiving blanket.

Blankets and afghans made with thrifted yarn are a bit like a scrap quilt: use what you have. I do not go out and try to find more of the same yarn, because it is likely out of production. And so, I match up the manufacturers or the softness, etc of the yarn. Sometimes I am lucky enough to find four or five skeins of the same yarn and color. Other times, not so lucky. I try to make the blankets as big as I can, but they mostly end up receiving blanket size or for a toddler.

Do you knit or crochet for charity?

Linking up to Judy L On The Needles Friday.

17 November 2014

A Unconventional Tip for Pin Basting a Quilt

I pin baste my quilts mainly because my lungs can't handle the fumes from the spray basting stuff. I don't know about you, but when I pin baste a large quilt like I have for the last two days, my middle finger almost, but not quite, gets a blister from pushing the pin through all those layers. The finger gets so tender that I have to stop.

Enter my solution!

I was recently given a thimble made from the softest deer hide imaginable! It is supple and allows me to grip the pin without causing a blister on that one finger. I was able to finish pin basting Clara's quilt today. Next up is the quilting.

I need a manicure, don't I?

14 November 2014

Why Socks Beat Peanut Butter on Pancakes

  • They don't stick to the roof of your mouth
  • They keep your feet warm
  • And if you knit your own they can be a very fun accessory.
I'm offering a free pattern for these socks.

But. These have not been test knitted by anyone else and I have a tendency to fudge and fiddle with a pattern. After all, who is going to count the stitches on your socks. LOL!

In this photo, you can see how I work: the toothpick for a cable needle and the 'bauble' kluged together for a row counter.

The pattern can be found under the Freebies tab at the top of my blog.

Let me know if you find any errors. 'K?

12 November 2014

Why Mom Was Right About Snowsuits

Oh was it cold today! A high of 2°F at 3:00pm. I dress in layers for work; I have to 'cause not only is the 100+ year old building drafty, but I feel every one of those drafts. I wish I had a snowsuit!