Friday, September 19, 2014

Christmas Blooming Nine-Patch Quilt

I made this quilt using fabric I bought at an estate sale more than 10 years ago.  The pattern is blooming nine-patch which I've used before to make a few quilts.  I enjoy the way the colors shift with this pattern.  The quilt is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures 58.5 in x 67.5 in.

 
Here you can see the three fabrics a little better.
 
I used a brown thread in the bobbin so the quilting would show on the back.
 
Here’s the border quilting.

Other quilts using this pattern:

Rainbow Blooming Nine Patch

Blooming Nine Patch Child’s Quilt

Autumn Blooming 9-Patch Quilt

Friday, September 12, 2014

Blue Silk Wisp Scarf

I think the wisp scarf pattern (Wisp by Cheryl Niamat) has become a fall back pattern for me.  I've knit it with many different yarns now and it has never let me down.  This one is knit using leftover yarn from a previous scarf.  The yarn is Blue Ridge Yarns Silk Shimmer Lace.  The previous scarf can be seen at this post from two years ago.  The scarf measures approx 10 in X 66 in.  The true color is closer to that in the second photo rather than the first.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Hat and Fingerless Mittens

I made these mittens mostly using some yarn given to me by a colleague's wife.  The fiber content was unknown and a ran out just shy of finishing the second mitten.  I guessed at the yarn (baby alpaca) and got close but not an exact match.  The pattern is Fallberry Mitts by Anne Hanson.

I then used the remainder of the purchased yarn to make this basic hat.  The pattern is Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright.

Friday, August 29, 2014

More Fabric Postcards

Here are more fabric postcards done this summer.  This first one features an "orphan" rushed rose which didn't make it into a quilt.  It measures 5 in x 7 in.  I mailed it to my roommate from college.

This one might have been improved using the shading techniques learned at the Drapplique workshop, but it works well as a redwork piece.  It measures 5 in x 7.5 in.  I mailed it to a longtime friend for her birthday.

This one definitely could have been better using the techniques from the Drapplique workshop.  I may have to try another version of it.  It measure 7.5 in x 6 in.  I may mail it to someone as a Halloween card.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Drapplique Workshop and GAQS3

A couple of weeks ago a attended a daylong Drapplique workshop given by instructor Pam Holland.  It was one of the workshops associated with the Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3.  Had I known the techniques I learned, my quilt entry for the GAQS would have been a better quilt (assuming I had achieved some measure of skill with the techniques).  Here is my small quilt from the workshop.  It measures 11.75 in x 12.25 in.

As you can tell from the roots in this photos I am currently better at coloring than drawing/shading in colors.  I hope to improve with time and practice.

I don't have good photos from the quilt show, but would encourage anyone living in  or coming through the Little Rock area over the next several months to attend the show.  There are some gorgeous quilts!  My entry is my quilt "Fantasy Footwear."

In case you are interested in any of the other workshops, here’s a link to the schedule.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Three Hats

As you may be able to tell from the post last week and today after finishing the pleasingly black shawl/scarf which took months to complete I have resorted to smaller projects finished in a short period of time.  These three hats fit nicely.  I used left-over Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande.  The first two hats are an adult size and an infant size beanie.  The patterns are Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright and Ali's Premie/Newborn Beanie by Tajie Maxedon.

 
The pattern for this wide-brimmed hat is Brangelina Hat by Laurie Perry.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Non-felted Slippers for my Husband

These slippers were knitted for my husband using yarn that a colleague's wife gave to me (thinning her stash).  The yarn is Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande.  The pattern for the slippers is Non-felted Slippers by Yuko Nakamura. 

 
And like I did for these slippers the bottoms were treated to make them skid resistant.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pleasingly Black Shawl/Scarf

I made this shawl/scarf at the request of a friend.  She asked for something soft, airy, and lacy.  This project took me several months to complete.  It frustrated me at times when I had to undo rows to correct a mistake, but I am pleased with the end result.  So is my friend.  The pattern is Pleasing Reversibility in Lace by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer.  The yarn is  Shibui Knits Silk Cloud.  The finished blocked shawl/scarf is 20 in X 70 in.

 
Here is a photo to try to show more detail.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July Postcards

Still on the fabric postcard bend.  I've been watching the Hallmark Channel Christmas in July movies which inspired me to do a couple of Christmas postcards. The fabric is from a Debbie Mumm series several years ago.  I simple cut out the rectangles of the Santas, machine quilted them, and then did the binding.  The one on the left with the green binding measures 4 3/4 in X 5 7/8 in.  The other one measures 4 3/8 in X 5 1/2 in.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fabric Postcards

I've been making fabric postcards lately.  This first one is a flag quilt, inspired by July 4th but also good for any day of the year here in America.  It is machine piece and quilted with iron-on beads for stars.  It measures 8 in X 5 in.

 

This second one is a sailboat on a lovely summer day.  I inked in a bird in the sky. Both machine piecing and applique is used.  It too is machine quilted.  It measures 6.5 in X 4.5 in.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Another Scrappy Child's Quilt

Here's my latest scrappy child's quilt (earlier post when in progress).  It is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures approx 45 in X 57 in. 

 
In this are there are many colors (blue, green, yellow, browns, and more), dots, horses, cats.
 
In this are a pink poodle, a motorcycle, horses, a robot, leaves, and lemons/limes.
 
In this are more cats, lorax, a lizard, trick or treat, tulips, snowmen.
 
This area has the working pocket, cats, faces, thread spools, hearts, stars.

Friday, July 4, 2014

My #OLFA35 Quilt Block

A few weeks ago I was contacted by an OLFA representative asking if I would like to participate in the 35th Anniversary Celebration this summer by either creating a square for their 35th Anniversary Commemorative Quilt which will be displayed this October at the International Quilt Market in Houston in October or by hosting a reader giveaway.  I choose to create a square for the quilt.  In return for participating I was sent a kit of OLFA products (a cutting board, a rotary cutter, a 6.5 in square ruler.  There were only two rules for the quilt block:  1) it had to be 6.5 in square (will be 6 in square when sewn into the quilt) and 2) had to include the color yellow.  Here's my #OLFA35 block.

 

Happy 4th of July!  Hope you enjoy it safely.  Here’s a link to one of my old post from 2011 on Firework Safety.