Friday, November 3, 2023

One More Scrappy Quilt

There will be a lot of scrappy quilts in my future as I challenge myself to make quilts using the fabrics I have rather than buying new fabric.  This one was make using a log cabinish style starting with a triangle center instead of a square.  I finished in early October.  It measures 48.5 in X 62 in.  Not sure who will receive it.

Friday, September 22, 2023

Scrappy Quilt

I finished this scrappy quilt this summer.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures 40.5 in square.  It is in reserve for now until someone needs it for a baby or just for a lap quilt. 

Friday, August 11, 2023

Two Chevron Afghans

I've knit two chevron afghans in the past couple years.  Apparently I failed to post about the first one which I finished back in 2021.  The pattern is Spicy Chevron Blanket by Patons.  It was made for a nephew, his wife, and daughter (suspect she claimed it).  The finished size is 48 in x 62 in.  The yarn is Cascade 220 in these colors i-- dark blue #8393, dark teal #4009, teal #8891, yellow #4147, light blue #8905, and white #8505. 

This second one was finished in June this year.  It was made for a niece and her family.  The pattern is The Walt Painted Chevron Baby Blanket by Danielle Romanetti.  The yarn is Cascade 220 in toasted coconut #166, cream, and carmine rose #106, and deep teal #103.  Finished size is approx 50 x 60 in.

Friday, July 21, 2023

ABC Baby Quilt

I say a quilt similar to this one online (no numbers just the alphabet).  I drafted my block patterns.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  The finished quilt measures 37.5 in X 45.5 in.  It was made for a niece and her husband who are having their first child this September  

This is the back before I added a label.

Friday, July 7, 2023

Prairie Blanket

I finished knitting this afghan in April this year.  I gifted it to a nephew.  It is approx 45 in X 68 in.  I altered the pattern so it would be rectangular rather than square. The pattern is prairie blanket by Oat Couture. Yarn is Pacific Chunky Cascade Yarns in colorway 166 (toasted coconut).

Friday, June 2, 2023

Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

I finished this scrappy log cabin quilt at the end of March.  I gifted it to my half sister Mariko.  It is machine pieced and quilted. It measures 45.5 in X 60.5 in.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Checkerboard Afghan

I knit this one without a pattern.  The edges are a simple garter stitch.  I then knit the inside in a block pattern of knit blocks/ garter blocks in a checkerboard pattern.  The yarn is Valley Yarn Berkshire Bulky in colorway dark grey heather.  Finished it measures 50 in x 68 in.  I gave this one to a nephew and his wife.  I finished it back in March. 

Friday, May 12, 2023

Where the Side Walk Ends Afghan

This afghan was finished back in February after starting it in Dec 2022.  I gifted it to my nephew Carson.  The pattern is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Fifty Four Ten Studio.  The yarn is Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky in colorway oatmeal.  I cast on 130 stitches, did 32 pattern repeats to get a larger size than the pattern intended.  The finished size is 57 in x 69 in.  

Friday, April 14, 2023

Coin Quilt

This quilt was made for my nephew.  It measures 87 in X 88 in.  I made the coin sections in a quilt as you go fashion. Then after putting all the pieces together added additional quilting. It was actually finished back in February but I just haven't gotten around to posting it.

The back (with my dog in the photo). 

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Trellis Afghan

I started this afghan in early August and finished it about a week before Christmas.  Mailed it after Christmas to my niece (just because gift, not a Christmas present).  The pattern is Trellis Afghan by Elizabeth Vindedahl.  The yarn is Valley Yarns Haydenville in colorway 21 (yellow).  Blocked it measures 65 in X 72 in.  

Friday, November 25, 2022

Mending Old Quilts

I am not an expert on mending old quilts but I had two old family quilts that needed some mending.  The tops were pieced by my paternal grandmother in the late 1960s/ early 1970s.  My mother and my youngest sister quilted them for me (not the best quilting jobs but they did it) while I was in college.  I decided to simple sew new fabric pieces over the torn/ frayed ones rather than removing the old pieces.  In some areas I simple reinforced weak fabric with embroidery.  

The first quilt was an album quilt with names (family and friends)/ places embroidered in place.  I used this old shirt fabric as a substitute in this block.  Wish I had taken an after photo.

I used an old denim striped shirt fabric for the repair in this block (lower right).  Failed to take a before photo of this block.
Did take a before photo of this block and the planned (see pins) repair.

The second quilt (an old log cabin) needed a lot more repair. Here's a sample of some of the repairs. This photo (after) and the next (before) show a frayed center block which was repaired using a cotton shirt fabric.

This photo shows where I embroidered some weak areas to strengthen them. 
These next two (first is before, second the after).  Sorry the orientation isn't the same.  

Another one showing areas reinforced by embroidery.

There were three areas of full thickness damage from me taking the quilt on a camping trip back in 1982 and embers from the fire damaging the quilt.  These areas had to have all three layers (top, batting, backing) replaced so I decided to just make very obvious repairs. 

Here are the repairs (front/ back) of each of the above.  The first one

The second one

The third one

Friday, September 30, 2022

Scrappy Log Cabin Baby Quilt

A friend recently became a grandfather so I gave this quilt to him for his new grandchild.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  Measures approx 38 in X 42 in.