23 October 2016
So I've been knitting from my stash. A lot. In fact, after this pair of socks, I only have enough yarn for three more pairs and I have already cast on another pair.
This doesn't mean that I have no other yarn. Oh no. I have lots of yarn for shawls and sweaters of which I am glad because, frankly, I am getting a bit burned out knitting socks. There, I've said it.
And so, once I have used up the sock yarn, I am moving on to items that take more quantity of yarn. :)
22 October 2016
I have been working on a quilt made from these bags and I have some words of advice if you are considering using these bags.
- These bags are similar to flannel, so be forewarned. I am not a fan of working with flannel.
- These bags will ravel if not cut on grain. Believe me when I say that they aren't cut on grain at whatever factory makes the bag.
- I would not make half square triangles from these bags. Ever. Again. Worst experience ever. I couldn't get points to match up and they were very stretchy.
- A pattern that features squares and/or strips is ideal to use with these bags.
On this quilt, those dreaded HST were cut as a larger square (5.25") and layered with a same size square. Draw a line diagonally from one corner to another, sew .25" on each side of the line and cut apart.
The finished block size of the shown quilt is 12", but I have another quilt drawn up where the block finishes at 8".
I now have this top finished and it is layered with a fleece backing, no batting. It will make a very cozy Christmas gift for a certain someone.
19 October 2016
Do you thrift? I don't do it very often, but every now and then I find some good pieces.
24 September 2016
And here is what it looks like:
And the back:
27 August 2016
Are you participating in the 2016 Row-by-Row Experience? I am. It is essentially Pokemon Go for quilters! In fact, I have enough patterns and kits from 6 states to make about 4 quilts.
This is the first one I've made: a kit from The Quilter's Stash in Windsor Colorado. Two colorways were offered and how can I refuse a red, white and blue? Because this is so wildly different than most of the other kits, I turned it into a table runner using the 10-minute table runner technique. The link leads to a youtube tutorial. I did not make the triangle ends because it would have taken away from the pattern so I just bound the ends like I would for a quilt.
20 August 2016
This first quilt was given to me as an in-completed row quilt. I ended up redoing the words but the trees and houses were lovely and well sewn. I dug through my stash for the star row and the background of the flag row. The flags themselves were red, white and blue, which isn't a bad thing but the rest of the quilt was a bit more primitive in coloring, so I over dyed the flags with a tan dye. It works.
I wrote about the next quilt in the previous post.