Friday, June 29, 2018

Crossbody Bag

I took apart an old bag to use as a pattern for this crossbody bag.  I changed the inner pockets and sections to try to improve on it's function.  There is an adjustable strap.  The opening has a two way zipper
I "harvested" the rubber headphone slot from the old bag and sewed it in place.  Inside there is a zippered pocket for money, passport, lip stick, etc.  There are three slotted pockets for ID and credit or debit cards.
There is a larger back section that would hold a small tablet or iPad.  The section also has a pocket that comfortably holds a phone.
 Off to the side is a pen pocket.
 This is what the back looks like.
The bag is going to a teenage niece.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Yoga Mat Bag

This is the second yoga mat bag I have made.  It uses the same pattern as the first one I made (you can see it here).  I gave this one to a friend.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Scrappy Houses Quilt

I recently finished this child's quilt.  It is a scrappy crazy quilt.  I  tried to make each block contain the shape of a house.  The quilt is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures approx 41 in square. 
 It's possible to play "I spy" using the quilt blocks.  This block has a cat, a lighthouse, a basketball, and a star.
 This block has a tree, a cat, a dog, flower, and a four.
 This block has a zebra, a car, red dots, and words.
I mailed the quilt to a friend/colleague for her child.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Two Knitted Hats

Recently knit these two hats.  The first one was knit using the pattern Perfect Slouch Hat by Susan Sheby.  The yarn is Knit Collage Cast Away in colorway Nomad. As I had size 13 needles rather than size 15 the pattern called for I cast on 42 stitches rather than 36. The fur pompom completes the hat.
 The second hat was knit without a pattern.  I cast on 96 stitches and did knit a simple K1P1 pattern using size 4 needles for 1.5 in then switched to size 6 needles to complete the hat. The yarn is Wool-Ease in mushroom.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Brown Seascape Stole

I started knitting this shawl/stole back in February and just recently finished it.  The pattern is Seascape Stole by Kieran Foley.  The yarn is Dream Jilly Lace Colorplay (brown with some yellow).  The blocked shawl measures 16 in X 66 in. 





Friday, May 18, 2018

Bag for My Yoga Mat

Our local Lululemon hosts free yoga classes on Sunday morning.  I have been going to them since the beginning of this year (learning about them around Christmas).  I had been using a cheap (thin) mat I bought at Wal-Mart.  A couple of the girls who work there gave me one of theirs (new, 5 mm thick).  It is wonderful.  As it is heavier and nicer than my old one I felt I needed a bag to protect and carry it (although a carrying strap might have worked and I may yet make one).  I found a pattern at Annie's Bags (here's the link: http://www.byannie.com/yoga-bag).  Here's how it turned out.
 This side has three pockets, two with zippers.  The other side only has the middle pocket without a zipper.
 Both ends have non-zippered pockets.
As support for the store I have since purchased the same mat (different color) for one of my sisters.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Quilt for a Young Girl

I made this quilt for a young girl I know.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures 60 in X 71 in. The block pattern is the Perkiomen Valley block (http://www.venturamodernquiltguild.com/2017/12/11/thomas-fire-blocks/). 
The gray fabric with animals (cats, dogs, rabbits, roosters, etc) was the starting point with the other fabrics added.



Friday, April 20, 2018

Dog Bed

I used a damaged towel to cover an old pillow to make a dog bed.  I plan to donate it to my local humane society.   You can see the scraps of the damaged towel folded on top of the finished dog bed.


Friday, March 16, 2018

More Blocks for Thomas Fire Relief Quilts

I made more blocks for the relief quilts for those affected by the Thomas Fire.  Ventura Modern Quilt Guild has organized the collection of quilt blocks (Perkiomen Valley block, 12.5 in square; link: http://www.venturamodernquiltguild.com/2017/12/11/thomas-fire-blocks/).  I hope to get a few more made this weekend before mailing them out.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Two Surgeon's Caps

Made these two surgeon's caps earlier this week. 


Friday, February 23, 2018

Another Fidget Quilt

Just finished this fidget quilt.  It is machine pieced and mostly machine quilted.  I did have to do some hand quilting from the back to be sure the pocket areas stayed functional.  It measures approx 27 in X 29 in.  There are many fabric textures -- cottons, linen, burlap, ribbons, sateen, velvet -- as well as zippers, buttons, beads.
In this section you can see the velour rickrack, wooden beads, working shirt pocket, and zippered pouch.  The pockets are working pockets. 
Here is a working pocket from a pair of old jeans.  I fused and then embroidered around the sateen heart.  I also used yarn and twine to macrame the ring/key holder.
This burlap bag is freely open so that candy or tissues could be placed inside it and the opening pulled closed.
The shirt "unbuttons" here.  I placed fabric behind the shirt tabs to hide the quilt batting.  The beads are on a string so they can be "worried" and played with.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Mananita Magic

I finished this poncho/shawl this past weekend.  I started it at the beginning of the year.  The pattern is Mananita Magic by Meg Swansen in Shawls and Scarves: The Best of Knitter's Magazine.  The yarn is Shibui Knits Lunar.  It measures approx 20 in from neck edge to outer edge.  The two photos are after blocking.

 This photo is of the blocking.
 This photo is preblocking.  It always amazes me how much nicer shawls look after blocking.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Herringbone Quilt

I made this quilt after seeing one made by my Facebook friend (Scott Murkin, a palliative care physician who makes and judges quilts!).  I drafted the pattern by looking at his quilt.  It's a herringbone pattern.  The quilt is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures approx 40 in X 49 in.  It's been sent to friends to use as a baby quilt.



Friday, January 5, 2018

Fidget Quilt for a Friend with Alzheimer's

The Christmas card from my college physics professor was the spark for this quilt for his wife.  I knew she had some dementia problems but now they have moved from their home in Alexandria, VA to North Carolina to be near their daughter and her family.  So I wanted to make her a quilt and had read that fidget quilts were good for those with Alzheimer's.  After looking through stuff in my sewing room this is the quilt I made for her.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  It is 26 in square.  
 This area has a working button from an old pair of jeans waistband.  The waistband loop was used to hold the strings of beads that can be "worried" or used as prayer beads.  The red button is sewn on to the green velvet ribbon which covers a velcro strip.  I placed a bracelet there that can be removed or simple fiddled with.
 I took an old name badge holder and sewed it onto the center square (after all the quilting was done) which can be used to hold photos of her friends/family.  I had a ribbon strip with the words "timeless treasures" that seemed appropriate for that area.  A working zipper has been placed here as well.
 I found three old wooden thread spools that I strung together on a piece of heavy cord.  The cord is attached only at the ends so the spools can be moved back and forth.  All the pockets on the quilt are working pockets and can hold items such as tissues or more photos or pieces of candy.
 I attached a piece of silk ribbon to this block that can be untied and retied.
 I know she isn't lucky to have Alzheimer's but she is lucky in the sense that she has a loving family.  Again the buttons from the jeans work.
 These pockets work.  I sewed a strip of red velvet ribbon along the bottom here and sewed a cat button for another "texture/tactile" element.