21 August 2015

On the needles August 21 2015

A pair of red socks!

This is a free pattern called Spiral Eyelet Socks. The right sock has the eyelets spiraling around the sock to the right and the left sock has the eyelets spiral to the left. If you make these socks you need to pay attention!

06 August 2015

Proportion Scale Wheel

This is an odd tool that I use in my sewing room. It is my old proportion wheel from the days when I did technical illustration. Handy tool, this.

Why did I use this when I have quilting software that will do the job for me? Because I am not making a quilt. I am making a Schlepp Bag and have adjusted the size of the squares. The pattern calls for 8" squares but the pant legs of the blue jeans I am using only allowed for 6" squares. The first time I made this bag I followed the pattern explicitly and I found the bag to be a bit too big for my tastes, so cutting 6" squares will work fine.

It was easy to convert all the other measurements until I got to cutting the lining. Um, the pattern called for 22.25" squares. What do I cut?

I started with my known measurements: 8" and 6". I lined up the 8" mark on the inner wheel with the 6" mark on the outer wheel and came up with a 75% reduction (see in the little window?). Follow the markings around the inner wheel until you come to 22.25". It lines up with 16.75". THAT is the measurement of my new lining square.

I think, though, that I'll cut the easier number of 17" and then just deepen the seam. After all, it is the lining and a deeper seam will help. Or I could cut it off by sergeing the seams.

I love this wheel; is is well used. Can you see where I've scratched in the smaller numbers of .25", .5" etc? It covers from .12" all the way up to 90". If you put the smaller number on the inner wheel and the larger number on the outer wheel, then you are enlarging. Cool, huh?

27 July 2015

Is It Cheating...

to use a 'cheater panel'? Not that this is a panel, but I thought it would be a wonderful piece of fabric to practice the Cathedral Window/Orange Peel type of quilting.

I backed it with fleece and quilted away! This is a wonderful way to build quilting muscle memory.

It is now bound (don't you love polka dots), labeled and in the donate pile.

I also completed two Infinity scarves from some rayon I found hanging out in the fabric stash. One for me and one for somebody else. Rayon makes a nice scarf, don't you think?

21 July 2015

Knitty Goodness in the warm weather

It is strange to knit with wool in the warmer months, but socks don't seem to bother me. Thank goodness I got the two sweaters finished before it got too hot. I think I'd have to wait until fall, if we hadn't had a streak of coolish temps.

I finished this Cuff-to-Cuff sweater.

Pattern: Cuff-to-Cuff from Red Heart
Yarn: Lion Brand Amazing
And this pattern that I have had for 16 years.
Pattern: Cocoon Jacket
Yarn: Lion Brand Amazing
Here's a picture of the pattern. Don't you just love the 80's hair style?

And socks!
Pattern: Simply Splendid Socks by Lucy Neatby
Yarn Sock by Shubui Knits
Pattern: Simply Splendid Socks by Lucy Neatby
Yarn Sock by Shubui Knits

And, of course, there are more socks on the needles. I am on a mission to use up my sock yarn. If I can do that, then I will have emptied one whole bin! I'll let you know how it goes.

09 July 2015

Quilt of Valor: 3.5" squares

I've been using my Accuquilt cutter to make some donated fabrics a bit more manageable. One of the sizes of squares is 3.5" and is not a size I often use but I have some in red/white/blue so I came up with this simple design to fit within the QOV size guidelines.

I'll find out if my math is right when I start to sew.

Update: my math was right, but my counting seems to be wrong. After I got home from work, I 'built' the quilt in Electric Quilt 7 and there are only 152 square of each color. I best get to work.

22 June 2015

Update on Faithful Circle quilt

It sometimes seems like this is my forever project. I decided that to keep it from becoming an unfinished project, I should reconsider the size. I redrafted it and drastically cut the size. If I think it is too small once I get it together, I can always add more blocks, though.

I streamlined the sewing: I am putting all the colored pieces on and then I'll go back and add the triangles.

See that batch of hexagons (5" in size) to the left? That is all the blocks left to do in the new, smaller size. Yeah!

Update: I am adding the small triangles! All the colored pieces are sewn on!