Monday, November 23, 2015

Pink Penguin Bags

I found this bag tutorial on The Pink Penguin Blog.  Such great directions complete with photos.  Superior  tutorial!  The pattern indicated lunch bags, but I think they are versatile bags.  Choosing the juvenile fabric was a challenge.

I made the three bags for my Great Granddaughters.  Each of the girls have individual likes and desires.  I chose one fabric with cats, one with dogs and one with Nemo.   I filled them with items I thought that would amuse them.  

I love these three and their joy for life.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Molly's Hat

Great Granddaughter Molly is wearing her new hat and scarf that was one of my first knitting efforts!  She looks so cute and was excited for the first frost so she could wear the hat and scarf. 

My knitting is progressing!  I am really enjoying sitting with a ball of yarn and needles and knitting away.  I love using the circular needles (which were used to make this hat and scarf. ) Not bad for a beginner.  The yarn I used for this project is Chaisma. It's so soft and cuddly.  I really think that I have developed a strong liking for varigated yarn. Solids are good but varigated make my heart sing.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pumpkin Table Topper

Never enough pumpkins at my house! Used Lori Holt's design and copied Melissa Corry's idea from her blog, Happy Quilting.  Melissa used the strawberry block but knew that I'd prefer the pumpkin!

I love the results!  But I have to admit, when I cut the orange squares, I cut them at 2" squares the pattern stated 1.5" squares!  Oh my, so then I had to refigure all the other pieces.  I guess I needed a challenge. I could have cut all of the piece down but just couldn't see cutting 120 pieces down to 1.5".  Much easier to cut the other pieces to match my mistake.   It makes me happy and later you'll see what's on the back.  You'll be so surprised.

Monday, September 14, 2015

It's Pumpkin Time

I love Lori Holt's book Farm Girl Vintage!  I received this book as a birthday gift!  This book has loads of patterns and the best part is that the blocks are available in two sizes:  6" or 12" blocks. The directions are so clear and precise. Love that!  Here's the pumpkin mug rug I made using the 6" Pumpkin block.

I added the small border, as Lori suggested.  Her suggestion was for a pot holder. But I love mug rugs!  This is a perfect size for a cup of tea and a cookie!  Maybe instead of tea I'll have a Pumpkin Spice Latte, now wouldn't that be grand.

Lori just posted on her blog a project using the blocks in the book to make zipper bags! So, I'm off the to sewing machine for another project to enjoy!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Erynn's Quilt

This is Great Granddaughter Erynn and her quilt. The Bon Bon Bebe is the name of the pattern. I have saved the paper doll fabric (center blocks)  like forever!  I just couldn't cut this fabric to begin a quilt.  But Erynn is be our third Great Granddaughter so she gets this fabric.  Learned my lesson,  I wish I'd purchased more of the fabric because I had to add fabric strips to the sides to complete the back. The most difficult part of this quilt was choosing the sashing and flying geese fabrics.  I must have emptied the cabinet twice to find the fabric. The black and white checked blocks are so attractive and add to the design. The binding is black and white polka dots!

Here's Erynn



                             Here's her quilt

The quilting was done on my domestic machine and was all my idea.  I was pleased with the results.  My favorite part is the row of hearts on the final border!  

Monday, August 24, 2015

Prayer Shawl

Just finished my first "big" knitting project.  The Prayer Shawl is for my sister Becky.  Becky has a heart condition and suffers some days with pain and needs strong  medication to find relief.  Each day I knitted on the shawl, I prayed for her.  Hopefully she can wrap the shawl around her and know that I have been and continue to pray for her.  There are mistakes, a lot of oops, knit when should have purled, but I told her that they are big hugs from me.

I loved doing this project, especially working with variegated yarn.  I may begin another for someone who needs prayers and assurance of God's love and healing, but first I need to finish the baby blanket I began for my niece.  Photos soon!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Chevron Tumbler Baby Quilt

I love the tutorial videos by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Jenny posted and taught the Chevron Tumbler Quilt on Youtube.  I loved the Chevron layout and decided to use the AccuQuilt GO to cut the tumblers.  This Accuquilt GO machine makes accurate corners so easily done!

I used the donated strips from Kaufman Fabrics, to my quilt group, to make strips and then the Accuquilt Go to cut the tumblers.  I'm thrifty, okay cheap, so I turned the fabric on the die to get different sets of tumblers.  This quilt will be donated to a home for unwed mothers in my community.  This colorful thirties style fabric looks so much like a baby who needs a cuddle.  Praying this quilt will comfort and care for a special infant.