04 July 2017


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.

26 March 2017

Fiber Work

During my convalescence, I knitted and crocheted things.

Crocheted baby swaddling blankets are just too cute in acrylic yarn.

I am out of sock yarn. I know, right? Here are the last two pairs of socks. I'm on to other things now.

19 March 2017

The Quilt

Well. That didn't work.

That stinking green inner border bled.

That effectively takes this quilt out of any show or competition. Yes, I had planned on putting it in one or two. Not now.

I went to the store and bought 3 boxes of Color catchers and hand basted them over the border and washed the quilt to help remove more of the color. I air dried the quilt. That worked, somewhat.

Then I found some of Grandma's Secret Spot Remover. I used it on two of the lighter areas and it took them out. So I moved on to a darker spot. I've been following the directions: rub Grandma's into the spot and wait 5-10 minutes before washing. Except instead of washing I have been placing the area over an empty bucket and pouring water on it until it drips out the back side. Then I let it air dry. It is working, but oh so ever slowly. I have almost gone through a whole bottle and the spot is still there.

My next thing to try is a bleach pen. Yes, I know this is harsh but....
I bought a brand new bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Did you know that hydrogen peroxide neutralizes chlorine? One part hydrogen peroxide to 10 parts water in case you want to know. The reason I bought a new, unopened bottle is that hydrogen peroxide, after opening, looses it's effectiveness over time. I want this to be as strong as I can get it.

Here is where this is today. Picture #1 is where I started. Picture #2 is with Grandma's Secret Spot Remover. Picture #3 is with the bleach pen. I think is is good enough to hang on my wall but not for shows. Comments?

Picture #1

Picture #2

Picture #3

08 March 2017

Hi there!

It's been a while hasn't it?

Other than bunion surgery, nothing has been happening here. The surgery is the culprit. Since my sewing room is in the basement, I couldn't negotiate the stairs with the air cast on my foot. And let's talk about using the foot pedal to the sewing machine. Not! It is my right foot, so I can't drive either. Can we say that I have been effectively curtailed?

I did get a lot of experimental knitting done, but nothing to show for it since I frogged it all.

In my defense, I am very well rested now.

Soon (I hope) the cast will be just a memory and I can go back to my daily life again.

24 January 2017

New in the kitchen

This was my Christmas present! Hubby and I decided to do this in lieu of other gifts. We had to get an electrician in to pull a 120 line since there was only 210. Then we had to get the tile guy in to drill a hole in the tile for the gas line. Then we had to have a gas line pulled. After all of that, this got delivered and I am in seventh heaven. I don't think the old electric ceramic top range would have made it too many more days.