Friday, October 13, 2017

For the Love of Riley

This portrait quilt was based on a photo of my niece and her dog Riley.  She gave me permission to use the photo.  Here's the original photo.
 Here's the finished quilt.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.  The finished size is 21.5 in sq.

 Here is a detail photo of the eyes.  The eyes in the original photo is what really got me.
 Here's a detail photo of the nose and tongue.  Riley is a beautiful dog that I only did partially captured.



Friday, October 6, 2017

Cross Shoulder Purse

I made this cross shoulder purse after making this travel bag.  I used the same fabrics as I had so much left over.  I entered it into the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge.  I don't expect to win but you never know.  I drafted the pattern for this purse using an old leather purse.  There are three outer pockets and three inside pockets.  The purse has a zipper closure.  The strap length can be adjusted for shoulder length or cross body.   This side has two slip pockets.
 I consider this the back.  There is one slip pocket on this side.
 The inside has three pockets, two open and one zips closed.
There is also a hook for keys on the end of the strap.  I have always loved this feature in my old purse so added it here.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Three Pairs Fingerless Mittens

Over the past few weeks I knit these three pairs of fingerless mittens from one skein of Dream in Color Starry (colorway  25 Wicked Royal).  The pattern is Evie by Yarnthology.  I plan to use them for "just because" gifts.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Travel Bag

I was inspired to make this bag when I stumbled across the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge.  I'm not sure the bag is special enough to win the contest so I'm still deciding if I will enter it.  Still I am happy with the bag.  It is something I will use.  I used the Ultimate Travel Bag pattern from Annie.com.  There is a pocket on each side of the bag.  The back has a slip pocket as well as a strap at the top to which allows the bag to be secured to the handles of rolling luggage. There is a padded adjustable and detachable carrying strap as well as side handles
 The front has two pockets, one a slip pocket and another with a zipper.
Inside there are mesh pockets on the front and back.  The bottom has a plexiglass bottom stabilizer under the fabric lining.  I sewed buttons on the outside bottom as suggested to reduce wear over time. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Socks and Mittens

I decided to knit a pair of socks as I had not done so in quite a while.  This pair was knit using Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherley.  I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel method and I grafted the toes closed.  The yarn is Patons North America Kroy Socks 4 Ply in blue striped rag colorway.  They fit my husband perfectly.
 
 
With the leftover yarn from the two skeins I knit this pair of fingerless mittens which I then gifted to a male colleague who is learning to knit. He loves them. The pattern is Light as AIR Fingerless Gloves by Nathalie O'Shea.  It is  shortened version as there was limited yarn.
 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Pictorial Quilt of My Husband

I recently finished this quilt based on a photo of my husband.  It's the first pictorial quilt I've done of a person. Skin tones/features are tough!  Still I am pretty happy with the outcome.  The finished quilt measures approx 19.5 in square.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.  
 Here is a detail photo.
Here is the original photo.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Illilouette Slouch Hat

I knit this hat using two leftover yarns.  The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Sportweight.  The pattern is Illilouette Hat by Jenna Swanson.  I plan to donate to the Knitting for Noggins program at our local children's hospital. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dappled Sunlight Shawl

Recently finished knitting this lovely shawl.  The pattern is Dappled Sunlight by Jennifer Weissma.  The yarn is Cloudborn Fibers Highland Fingering.  After blocking it measured 84 in along the long side, 64 in along the short side and 19 in wide. The top two photos are after blocking and the bottom three are during blocking.




Friday, July 14, 2017

Lizzie Portrait Quilt

This is my third portrait quilt.  The first two were the pear still life ones (here and here).  This one was made using a photo I took of my dog.  The teacher from the iQuilt class (Leni Levenson) actually took this photo of Lizzie and turned it into the pattern.   

The quilt is machine appliqued and quilted.  It measures approx 20.5 in x 21.75 in.  It is not perfect but turned out fairly well.  Here's the finished quilt.

Here are two detail photos


There are some things I hope to do better with more practice.  For example, I know that red fabric often will bleed if not washed (and sometime even if prewashed). The red fabric had been prewashed and when I washed the fabric markings from the quilt I used cold water to try to prevent bleed.  It happened anyway.  I fixed it by appliqueing more fabric over the red areas as you can see.
Also as I did the "dog" first and then decided on the background I had the brown fabric of the floor showing through the white of the "dog."  I had to "underline" the dog with a layer of muslin to hid the brown.

Just for fun check out this photo of Lizzie sitting with me while I was working on this quilt.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Messaline Sweater

It took me a long time to knit this sweater, almost a year.  Mostly because I keep putting it aside to work on other projects.  I do like the finished result.  The pattern is Messaline by Bristol Ivy.  The yarn is Cloudborn Fibers Highland Fingering.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Nurmilintu Scarf Two

I knit this scarf using the same pattern as for this one I knit earlier this year.  The pattern is Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander.  This time the yarn is Manos del Uruguay Alegría in colorway Macachines. It measures 79 in across the longest border and 19 in at the widest point.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Pears Still Life II

My second attempt at doing a portrait quilt.  This one, like the first one, is machine appliqued and quilted. It measures 10 in X 14 in.



Friday, June 16, 2017

Pears Still Life

This small quilt is the result of an online quilt class I recently enrolled in (Translate Photos Into Fabric Art by Leni Levenson Wiener at iquilt.com).  It is machine appliqued and quilted.  The small quilt measures 9 in X 12.5 in.  I have mailed it to a friend who admired it. 



Friday, June 9, 2017

Latest Child's Crazy Quilt

Recently finished this child's crazy quilt.  It is machine pieced using scrap fabrics.  It is machine quilted.  The quilt measures approx 40 in X 44 in.  No one particular in mind but thinking I may give it to a colleague for her grand-daughter who is just over a year old.  This first photo shows the entire quilt.
 These next three show details.  There is much for a child to find.  Colors (red, green, etc), shapes (strips, dots), things (sail boat, girl, Minnie mouse).
 In this one -- peacock feather, sailboat, horse, dogs.
 In this one -- owls, horses, angle, razorback.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nurmilintu Scarf

I love how this scarf turned out.  Just finished it earlier this week.  It was knit using yarn Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock.  The pattern is Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander.  After blocking the scarf measures approx 77 in along the longest edge and 18 in at the widest point.  The two other sides measure 37 in and 49 in.




Friday, May 12, 2017

Theirs

I made this quilt after reading about the use of they as a singular pronoun by many trans individuals rather than he or she. My thinking for this piece was a monogrammed towel as a simple gesture of welcome and acceptance.  I chose the floral background fabric to try to elicit wallpaper.  The dark gray/black strip at the bottom was meant to be the counter top which I chose to leave empty (thought of adding soap, hair brush, etc but decided not to do so). The quilt is 20.5 in X 22 in.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.

 I quilted pronouns (he, she, they, his, hers, theirs) among the background flowers.