Friday, January 31, 2020


I made this small quilt, 18 in X 24 in, to enter into the Sacred Threads "Backyard Escape" healing quilt exhibit. I hope it will be chosen to travel with the exhibit.  The quilt is machine appliqued and quilted.  

Friday, January 17, 2020

Fidget Sleeves

I have a friend who is an administrator at an adult day care for individuals with dementia in Tennessee. She has been hinting at me knitting fidget sleeves (tagging me on Facebook on articles about them) so I finally did using left over yarns.  The first one I did using the Fidget Sleeve pattern by bonnie bunny (free pattern found on Ravelry).  
 The second one I did using the pattern Evie (fingerless gloves) by Yarnthology.  I used the pattern for the textures, making the length of the "sleeve" longer than the glove cuff.  The beads where prestrung and the I tied on a extra bobble (green bead with gold piece).
This one was made using the wave and medium fish from the Shiver of Sharks Socks pattern by Laura Cunitz.  Again the beads were prestrung.  I then tied on some fringe yarn pieces as "seaweed." 

 This one was a simple cuff (k2, p2) which then changed to k3, p1 for the body.
I have mailed them to her and asked for feedback on any changes that would make them better.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Elementary Watson Socks

I knit these socks using the pattern Elementary Watson Socks by Sherry Mento.  The yarn is Schachenmayr Regia Pairfect in colorway #06819.  I like how they turned out. I gave them to my husband.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Dog Sweater for Small Dog

There is a small dog (12 lbs) who comes to the Athletic Club with her owner.  I knit this dog sweater using four different leftover yarns.  The pattern is Red Heart Dog Sweater from Yarnspiration. 

Friday, December 13, 2019

Blanket in Blue

I recently finished this blanket.  It was knit using the pattern Blue Blanket by LondonLeo (found on Ravelry).  The yarn is Cascade Yarns ® 220 Superwash® Sport in colorway smoke blue.  After blocking it measures !32 in X 44 in.  I'm not sure who it will be gifted to at this time.
 These last two photos are while the blocking was being done.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Two Small Quilts

This first one was made using a kit I bought from a local fabric/quilt store. I did the blanket stitch by hand around each fused fabric piece the sewed on the buttons/beads and added the binding.  It is approx 5 x 7 in in size.
This red bird was done using a pattern I found on the internet (unsure of source now).  The pieces were fused in place then machine appliqued.  I hand embroidered the small branches with greenery.  The birds eye is a small black bead. I hand quilted it before adding the binding.  It measures approx 5x7 in in size. 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Cardinal Fabric Postcard

My most recent fabric postcard features a cardinal.  It is machine appliqued, hand embroidered, and hand quilted.  It measures approx 5 in x 7 in.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Shiver of Shark Socks

I knit these socks using a kit from Jimmy Beans Wool.  The pattern is Shiver of Sharks Socks by Laura Cunit.  The yarn is  Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock in colorways Shallow Waters and Open Ocean.  I had to reknit the bind off twice as it was too tight using Icelandic bind off suggested in the pattern.  I ended up Jenny's magic bind off.  I still don't feel super comfortable knitting socks but they turned out pretty well.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Afghan for a Friend

I knit this afghan for a friend who recently retired.  I used the pattern Sunny Baby Blanket by Lucie Sinkler, casting on extra stitches to make it larger. The yarn is Cascade Yarns Pacific in white.  The finished afghan measures 42 in X 58 in.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Trapunto Fabric Postcard

This fabric postcard is made using a whole cloth quilting with trapunto to give the lizard an added dimensional effect.  I machine quilted around the lizard.
I then added yarn (wool/acrylic) for the trapunto. 
 The yarn was then trimmed prior to adding the pelon stabilizer, triangles for hanging, and binding.
Here is the finished postcard, 5 in X 6.5 in.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Three Small Pieces

These small (5 in square pieces were done prior to last week's featured piece after I heard about the call for 5x5 art pieces.  The first two are 5 in square quilts and the third is a 5 in square quilted postcard. This first one was made using a scrap piece of fabric reminiscent of the 60s/70s.  I machine quilted pink, green, and yellow pieces then machine quilted it. 
This one is machine appliqued and quilted also.  It was inspired by swimming near dawn in the open pool at my local athletic club while practicing my back stroke.
This one has the stiff Pelon stabilizer that makes it a postcard.  It is inspired by love of Matisse art work.  In this case the Blue Nude though mine is done as a pink nude on blue background.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.
All of the pieces have small triangle pieces on the back to allow easy hanging if desired.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Lizzie Portrait Quilt

I made this small quilt portrait, 5 in square, in response to a fund raising event the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is doing.  In September they posted a request for artist to do pieces of artwork for their upcoming “5x5” art show. Every artist was told to pick up a 5 in square canvas to ensure size conformity.   My initial thought was to do a 5 in square quilt or postcard.  Then I decided to do this quilted portrait of my dog Lizzie (appliqued top quilted to batting without an actual quilt back or binding) and wrap the canvas.  Here it is.
 I used mistyfuse to attach the quilt to the canvas (literally ironed it on) then wrapped the fabric and sewed the fabric to itself and the canvas.