Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Knitting Bag

I wanted a "travel" knitting bag that I could take to my Monday knitting group meeting.  Rules for this project:

1) purchase nothing for this bag
2) everything needed to come from my stash
3) two day project
4) sides had to be firm to stand

I found this owl fabric and knew that this would be the fabric for the bag!  I looked at several  pattern projects but either had too much fabric OR not enough.  I wanted to use the whole piece of fabric. So this is my variation of the patterns I had.  But I didn't take into consideration the size of the pockets.  They should have been placed higher.

This will work just fine!   (I lifted the knitting project so that it would fit in the photo. )  It fits just fine, has stiff sides, only used fabric from the cupboard and took two and a half days to finish.  
Goals met!!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Years End

This year is almost to a close!  Whew!  where did it go:  quilting, gardening, reading and cooking, all may favorite things to do, have filled my days and nights. I accomplished one goal, I taught myself to knit Wahoo! I formed a group of friends who meet twice a month to knit and chat! Four new friends who have become special and supportive to me.

This year has been filled with joy, fear, sadness and health but the key to all was my faith.  My Faith has encouraged me daily and strengthened me as I approach 2016.

In 2016, my goals are to be a consistent knitter (one where the stiches are equal), become a better free motion quilter, and most of all make a 100% effort to make a contact with people I don't see on regular basis.

Here's a photo of a scrap quilt I want to have completed one year from today (12/27/16).  I'll keep my progress posted.

I love this quilt and I DO have scraps of fabric.  It's basically two blocks and the movement excites me.   I found the quilt on Pinterest but No pattern, oh that is special.  So I'll begin with the two blocks that make the pattern.   I'll need to play with the sizes  oh my, scary!

Happy New Year Friends!!

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!