Friday, August 31, 2012

Another Scrappy Child's Quilt

I recently finished this scrappy child's quilt.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures 38 in X 50 in.  I gave it to a colleague for his grandchildren to use.

Here are some photos to show some of the fun details that can be found in the quilt.  In this one you can find a fairy, a volcano, flowers, and a snail among the colors (red, purple, yellow, blue, orange).

And in this one:  Piglet and Winnie-the-Pooh, a station wagon, a zebra, houses, trees, and fireflies.


This one:  dogs, dragonflies, horses, pottery, and dots.


This one:  red owl, skiers, and race car monitor gauges.


The back is just white muslin, so I pieced the label:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Old Log Cabin Quilt

Here's the other quilt my paternal grandmother made.  It isn't dated as the autograph one was, but I think it must have been pieced in the mid-to-late 1960's as the other one was.  It was was quilted by my mother and sister Cathy.  It measures 68 in X 83 in.


Here is a close up

And here

This one shows the damage done when I took it on a camping trip at the end of medical school.  I was wrapped in it to get warm after floating down the Buffalo and caught a couple of sparks from the campfire.  I regret the damage, but have good memories of the trip with DeWayne Nash, Ken Carpenter (deceased), Joe Cloud, and Gene Hardin  (those guys were like brothers to me).  Sure hope the ones who can will be at our 30th class reunion this weekend.


Here's a picture from the camping trip.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Two WIPs

I have two projects I am currently working on.  One is another scrappy child's quilt.   This one is for a colleague who saw another one I had done.  It will be used for his grandchildren.  I pieced twelve 11 in blocks (so when sewn to the sashing will finish at 10.5 in square).  The sashing is 2.5 in wide, so when sewn to the blocks will measure 2 in wide.  Here are some photos of some of the fun details.  This first one shows robots, flowers, skiers, a red convertible.

This one shows a cat peeking out, a razorback, Tigger, a steamboat, stars.

And in this one you can see the owl in the connecting 2.5 in square, a dancing cat in a hat, a race car, carolers, trees.  

The other is an ambitious knitting project.  I’m making a swirl jacket using the pattern Sheer Beauty by Sandra McIver.   

Here I've stretched out the knitting so you can see the two yarns:  Noro Taiyo (color #28) and Malabrigo Lace in Damask (#13o).

Friday, August 10, 2012

Two Pairs of Fingerless Mittens

Here are two different pair of fingerless mittens I recently finished knitting using "left-over" yarn from other projects.  I think they might make nice gifts, especially since we all love to text/etc with our smart phones these days.   

I love the lace pattern on the lighter blue but it isn't quit as form fitting as the darker blue.  Perhaps in the future I can combine the two patterns.  For the light blue one I used the pattern Swan Maiden Mitts by Holly Terrell and left over Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine yarn. 

For the darker blue ones I used the pattern Pianissimo Mitts by Becky Herrick and the same yarn (Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine) in a darker blue, left over from the same project.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Country Garden Small Quilt

This small quilt (12 in X 12 in) was made for the ALQS7.  It is mostly machine pieced with a few small pieces hand appliqued (the center of each flower and the side triangles on the right).  It is machine quilted.

Here is a close up of the small flower

Here is the back of the quilt before I sewed on the sleeve and label.

The block, country gardens (you can get the pattern here if you create an account on Fons & Porter website), is from Mountain Mist.  The pattern dates back to 1941 and was designed by Margaret Hayes of Knoxville, TN.  It can be found in the book:  Mountain Mist Quilt Favorites (published in 1998).