Saturday, July 28, 2007

Victorian lace socks

I have been knitting like a crazy lady lately, just finished these cute socks. I used "Mon Amour" by Schaffhauser wolle, which I believe has been discontinued, I have had this yarn for about 9 or 10 years vintage LOL so glad I found something to use it for, the pattern was from a Yahoo group six-sock knitalong.
Love how they turned out.
My Yarn stash isn't nearly as big as my fabric stash but loved just the same

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Times Remembered

Must be something in the air cause I have started several new BOM projects this week, like I have nothing else going on right?

I pulled all the BG fabrics and did the angel block today, had to give her a few curls, after all what'a a retired hairdresser supposed to do with a bald head? also gave ger a spiffy shiny gold halo, used stitches on my machine.
I should get on with my Vintage Valentine, so nice outside, maybe I need to go outside and stitch??

Pattern is by Pat Sloan, I will be working with her Yahoo group doing one a month, so I should be able to keep up.
these are my background fabrics.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Farmers market BOM

Love Pat Sloan's new free BOM Farmer's Market, this was the 1st block "jam jars"

Our Farmers market just had it's grand opening, had such fun finding lots of fresh veggies and lovely fresh sunflowers, they just make me smile.

here are my jam jars, and some of the fabrics I have ready for other blocks. I think at some point I was planning to make a canning jar quilt.

I used to make jams and jellys all the time. My mom made so many unusal kinds, ginger peach, ginger pear, mint jelly, beach plum, blueberry yummy!

Berry picking was such a big part of our summer activities, we had so much fun, with prizes for the basket that was the fullest, fill their basket the fastest, of coarse some of us ate more than we picked. We made homemade ice cream and scrapped the jelly pot to top our ice cream.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

quick pillowcase

fun to make and great gifts and perfect for kids going off to college, you can really personalize them to their hobbies and sports Etc.

Hope my directions are okay. I couldn't seem to get the photos in order

Took longer to write than to make

Supplies to make 1 pillowcase

29" by width of fabric for body of case

2" by width of fabric for accent strip ( fold wrong sides together and press)

11" by width of fabric for cuff

step 1
place 11" by WOF cuff piece right side up, pin the pressed 1" accent on along the top edge
step 2
pin the 29" piece right side down on top of the trim and pin in place, use the same pins as for the accent. It's okay if the lengths are a but off, you will straighten them in a later step.
step 3
Accordion pleat the rest of the 29" piece of case fabric, so it is above the bottom edge of the cuff but below the pinned edge/ now bring up the lower edge of the cuff fabric ( 1st layer) and pin to the top using the same pins, you have now created a tube, everything should be neatly inside, make sure you haven't caught any of the case fabric in the top pinned SA
Step 4
sew this seam using a 1/4" seam allowance
Step 5
place your arm inside the tube you just created and pull to right side out , slide your arm between the trim and the cuff grab hold of the end and pull thru
Step 6
step 7
trim off any excess from the sides
Step 8
Make french seams: place right sides together and sew a scant 1/8th inch seam, then turn inside out and press and then sew a 1/4" seam from the wrong sides.
do the same with the bottom of the case

knit tee top

I made this cute tee top using Hempothy yarn, nice and cool, pattern is an oldie by Bernat booklet #569, I have made this top before and had to do some figuring on gauge but came out great

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Happy 4th of July

these are a few of my Patriotic wall quilts, Hat's Off is my orginal design I used to teach needleturn applique. Liberty is by Pat Sloan as is the lady slipper.
Just love getting them out for the summer holidays.
Still doing a bit more knitting than quilting, but I did finish a few things for a swap.
My poor gardens are still suffering from the drought, all my hard work this spring and now I'm just trying to keep things alive.
sew till later Happy 4th

Little Brown Bird

Little Brown Bird