31 July 2018

July 2018

One would think that it is too hot to knit or quilt, but I have a finished object in both categories.

My grandson is three months old and I finally got his quilt finished. I had a bit of fun with this quilt. The pattern had the bubbles as applique, but I have always wanted to try piecing circles so I did! It is easy peasy lemony squeezy. I also played a bit with the quilting. I quilted bubbles in the bubbles, sand at the bottom of the quilt hides a starfish and a snail. There is also a bit of kelp.

 My best friend knitted the little boy Knubbelchen but couldn't finish the girl because of a pinched nerve. Since these were for my grandson, I finished the knitting. Aren't they adorable? This is a Ravelry patter, BTW.

04 June 2018

Blogger and Email

Hi all! I'm not ignoring you on purpose. It seems that Blogger isn't forwarding comments to email. :(
Let's hope they fix it soon.

31 May 2018

May 2018

Well, I have a major accomplishment! This quilt is FINALLY done! As in bound and labeled. I started this quilt way back in 2012, January I believe. It has taken me seven years for completion. I'm happy with it and glad it is finished.
I modified the pattern just a bit by removing the angel wreath and adding the candle. All the applique is invisible machine applique and I quilted it myself. I love how this has turned out!

30 April 2018

April 2018 part deux

I also made some quick quilts this past month. This is one of my favorite patterns. It has been generously shared by mary Johnson at MaryQuilts.com. It is called Strippie Quilt.

April 2018

It's been a busy month here at Chez Quilter. There's a new grandbaby! So of course I am making quilts and knitting blankets and sewing onsies! Babies are so fun to make things for.

This whole month has also been spent knitting this donation blanket. It's an Ombre blanket that goes from orange to black and then back to orange. It looks a bit like tiger stripes, doesn't it? It's an odd size: 36" x 70". Maybe it will fit a cot?

30 March 2018

March 2018

I spent the whole month working on this afghan. It is another for Project Linus, but for a teenager. I figured teens needed blankies too.

There was a basting marathon this last week. I basted 4 quilts for Project Linus and a wall hanging for my sister-in-law. Also, and this is a biggie, I basted a quilt for my bed. A large 108x108" one. I feel good about the progress this month. Maybe next month I can show completed quilts.

Spring has finally arrived around here: the hyacinths in the front yard have poked their heads above ground.

26 February 2018

February 2018

I finished knitting a sweet little swaddling blanket this month for Project Linus. It measures 22x26". Now I am trying to use up the leftover yarns in a larger blanket. I just realized that this is the second blanket this year that has chevrons. I am on a roll!

The flu drug me down this month. The old man and I have been sick concurrently and it hasn't been fun. Please take care of yourselves and try not to 'catch' this. I haven't fully recovered from this flu, I'm tired and there is a residual cough. My ambition is gone, so when I get home from work I sit and crochet. We were sick on Valentines Day so we didn't go out to eat. We waited until this past Friday, during a nasty snow storm, to go for dinner. The roads were icy and people were driving too fast for the conditions so there were plenty of cars off in the ditch.

I actually have gotten two quilt tops pieced this month. One is a kit from Connecting Threads called Cottage Lane. The one I made is all greens not the fabric shown in the download. I actually had the presence of mind to order extra fabric since I wanted to enlarge it enough that there would be considerable drop on the bed. The top measures 108"x108" (yikes!) and I am trying to come up with a quilting design for it. The old man is really rough on quilts so straight line quilting is out since it doesn't have the 'give' that would be needed. I can't count how many times I've repaired one quilt because of popped stitches but I'll come up with something. The other quilt is one my SIL asked me to put together for her. She had a dozen counted cross stitched blocks that measure 13"x13". Since they were stitched on Aida cloth, which is very unstable, I had to stabilize them with interfacing. Now that the sashing is on, I realize the sashing is not as thick as the blocks. I think I'm going to spray baste some strips of batting onto the backside of the sashing to bring it all to the same weight. Then I'll add a lightweight batting or flannel (instead of batting) and back it and quilt it. What to quilt? A simple pattern like ribbon candy in the sashing and border and echo quilting in the cross-stitched blocks.