Thursday, April 07, 2016

Baby Stuff

Every once in a while I'm inspired to dig through the stash and cut up
kits" for myself using random combinations of fabric and patterns from books I've had forever...  some of my favorite quilts have come out of this (and a few "what was I thinking" ones, too!)

This is the latest of my kit finishes -- it's going to be gifted to a very expectant friend this afternoon.  I'm calling it "A Squeeze of Lime".

The pattern is "Twinkle" from Kim Brackett's Scrap-Basket Sensations.  It's funny that I always thought I hated lime green -- I can't wear it at all -- but I've developed a real love for it in quilts.

And, at the request of the mother-to-be, I also made a boob hat for the baby, to be worn while breast-feeding.  The pattern is here.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

More Purple Stuff

  As promised, here is more purple stuff for this month's Scrappy Rainbow Challenge:

First a bunch of Prismatic Echoes blocks using 3" strips and a purple wonky star -- I "borrowed" this idea from Ivani last month but I'm not sure if there's an actual pattern.

And then I decided to make some Hillside Houses using some hand-dyed fabrics I won from Vicki Welsh recently along with a little stash of other hand-dyes and snow-dyes I've accumulated from other sources.  Since the first house is purple, I think it qualifies for March.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

the forest so far

 For this year's scrappy rainbow, I've got three things going. First and foremost is the Fancy Forest using Vicki Welch's fabulous hand-dyes.  Here's the forest so far, including this month's purple blocks:

 I also did a few block lotto blocks which happened to be purple, too:
Next Saturday, I should have the other two purple projects done and photographed...

Friday, March 18, 2016

Quilt Orphan Adoption -- Pattern Giveaway!

 Quilting is more fun than Housework

Cynthia is spearheading her annual orphan giveaway, and I have some more patterns up for grabs -- 
let me know if you're interested in any of them, and I'll ship them off.  I'd prefer to ship to the U.S., but maybe if you beg/whine a little...

First is "A-Mazed" from A Quilter's Dream.  I made a small one in red batiks.

 Next up is "Tapas" -- haven't touched it and decided it's not on the list for me

 This apron pattern is one I helped edit, and C&T was kind enough to send me a copy. 

 Finally, these are 4 quilty greeting cards -- you create a little card, and the envelope is provided.

Saturday, February 27, 2016


Hitofude is an interesting cardigan sweater that is knit in one "brushstroke" -- it's been on my list for a while, and I bought the yarn last year at Stitches West, and Judy is hosting a knit-along -- so I decided to jump in.

The photo doesn't look like much, but this is actually the whole top of the sweater (neck, shoulders & sleeves) and the top of the back & front.  It's lace -- so it will look all scrunched up until it's finished and blocked.

Linking up with Judy's "what's on your needles" post.   I also have a pair of socks going, but that will be another post...

Friday, February 26, 2016

Knitted Things

 It's February, so that means birthday sweaters for the grand niece & nephew -- they're 4 this year!  (Easy to remember, since they were born on my birthday, and it was a round number that year)

First up is Bane's Skull & Crossbones sweater.  He's usually ambivalent about the sweaters I make, but this one was definitely a hit!  Pattern is on Ravelry here.

Mia was not as thrilled this year -- she put the sweater on and said "it's too big" and immediately wanted it off!  Actually, I think it's pretty much a perfect fit...  but she's 4.  The pattern is called Skinny Cotton Pullover, and it was quick and easy construction.

And -- a bit of background for this one.  My sister lives in Tasmania and raises pigs, among other things.  So when I saw this kit at Morehouse Farms for an Oink Scarf, I had to make it as a gift for her!  The 300 rounds of stockinette were boring,but I love the details -- 

I'm off to Empty Spools soon for a workshop with Susan Carlson and some sea air...

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Scrappy Saturday - Brown Edition

I'll get to brown, but first let me finish up BLUE. I showed the first two Fancy Forest blocks, and then I made one more -- a firefly.  And then I found a pattern on the Robert Kaufman site that uses 3" strips, so I raided my box of 3" scraps and made a bunch of Prismatic Echoes blocks.  They were a very good antidote to the concentration needed for the Forest blocks!

But now it's February and the color is BROWN at the rainbow scrap challenge. I whipped up 3 new blocks for the Forest:

I'm not super fond of the bunny...  my forest may end up with only one of them.  Love the fox, though, and the thistles might be my favorites!