31 October 2017

Halloween 2017


Every year hubby and I are invited to a Halloween party. This year it was on the Saturday before Halloween. I make my own costumes, well, because. This year I became a jellyfish. I even got injured in the line of duty: hot glue burn. Yes, indeedy. This is a pile of bubble wrap and a string of led battery powered lights covered with white glitter tulle. The 'tendrils' are various ribbons that I had with more led lights on them. I even included some aquarium tubing! I ended up sewing the lights onto the tendrils because they were too heavy to glue and have them stay.

I won second place in the costume contest. A bottle of Crown Royal, which I promptly gave to my hubby since I don't drink anything but wine. Last year I won a bottle of Cinnamon Schnapps.

20 October 2017

Mojo?

I seem to have lost my blogging mojo. A lot has been happening but I don't feel like writing about it. I am still knitting and crocheting for Project Linus. Here are the latest 2:
 This lovely soft lilac baby afghan is knitted in my favorite Ravelry pattern called the Sunny Blanket.
And this soft green afghan is crocheted in my go-to Ripple pattern.

I've been quilting too:
 This is made from spare parts left over from two other quilts. It is a sashed double 4-patch.
Here's the back. I didn't have enough of the batik so I pieced a large box. This is a gift for someone and I don't want this person to know, so I'm not mentioning names.

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

Blanketeer

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.