Friday, November 10, 2017

Quilting on Little Quilts

During some recent sewing time, I quilted a couple of little quilts.


This was fun. I haven't perfected my technique on this floral/spiral design, but I had fun trying it on this small lap-size quilt!


I quilted this baby quilt with a simple meandering pattern with little hearts in it.


Both of these need binding, and then they'll be done.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Pumpkins!

Because I really have a lot of fabric, I started another project! (Shocking, I know!)

I loved the pumpkins quilt that Jo's Country Junction recently posted about, based on a Bonnie Hunter pattern. I don't have the pattern, but I love the idea, and it seems simple enough. The quilt quickly went on my mental list to make someday. (It also went on my {huge} Pinterest list of Quilt & Sewing ideas -- see this Pin!)

Without pressure to worry about whether I finish this this fall or next fall, I got started on some string pieces. I'm foundation-piecing big strings onto paper that's cut at 8.5" x 7". My blocks will be bigger than the pattern, but that's a good thing. 

I cut my scraps into usable strings that are a variety of widths. So far, I'm liking the variety, and it's fun to see, with scrap projects, how different each piece turns out.

 

I've got quite a few orange scraps to use; we'll see how long the variety holds out. The first day I worked on them, I got 9 pumpkin sections done; the next time, I added 18 more. 


I'm not sure how many blocks I'll make; the pattern had 49 small blocks (+ borders) for a lap-size quilt. If I do 49 big blocks, I may have nearly a twin-size, which is nice. But I'll probably just see how long my orange scraps hold out, and let that guide my number-of-blocks.


I have no definite plans for a background fabric. So. We shall see. It's a fun start!

Monday, November 6, 2017

O Christmas Tree ... Again!

A few months ago, I started working on these little Christmas Tree quilt blocks.



Something about the combination of lots of Christmas scraps (cheap at the thrift store), and a new Tri-Recs ruler made me want to start these in summer.


I'm thinking I should just finish them up into a quilt by Christmas. That would be nice. We'll see if it happens!


I already have 50 tiny blocks made, and 100 more are mostly-done: they just need the tree trunks put on.

Watch for more updates on this one soon!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Knitting finish and start!

About a week ago, I finished these socks ...

AND I started these socks!

It's always fun to knit with self-striping yarn! This is a new-to-me pattern called Geek Socks from Knitty

Monday, October 9, 2017

In other crumb quilt news ...

I've recently made some progress on the next crumb quilt: the pink one!


Not long ago, when I was prepping the green crumb quilt, I also mentioned wanting to make a pink one.


I love that baby quilts are smallish, do-able projects. Usually what I have is little bits of time here and there. The other day, I was pleased to be able to completely quilt the green crumb quilt in less than an hour!

One day a couple of weeks ago, I cut some pale pink fabric for this little quilt top. I don't usually have time to cut things out AND sew on the same day ... so I try to do the rotary cutting for a couple projects while I've got the cutting stuff out. And on another day, I'll do some of the sewing for a couple projects, while I've got the sewing stuff out.


With some weekend sewing time, I stitched the pieces together, and now I have a little quilt top.

I still need to press, and trim, and remove the papers from the back of the crumb quilt strips. Then I'll decide if I need a border, and what kind of backing & binding I'll use.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Finished Baby Crumb Quilt


This was a fun little quilt to work on. I mentioned it recently (see this post), and finished it up last week.


I like the color variety, and the cheery green in between the crumb rows.


The backing is made from a cute print that was once a twin-sized sheet (Pottery Barn, maybe?). I love the little cars and trucks, and the perfect assortment of colors to go with the quilt top.


I quilted it with green thread.


Briefly, I considered binding it in bright orange, because that would have been cute. But ultimately, I chose my recent favorite binding: stripes!


This little quilt is a gift for a sweet friend who has a new baby boy.


I'm looking forward to mailing it off this week.



Friday, September 29, 2017

Knitting a little ...

Every now and then, my hands are free, so I knit!

I've recently had the time to knit the heel flaps and finish the heel shaping on this fun pair of socks:


Next up: heel gussets and then the foot. Moving right along. Football season should help. Maybe. :-)

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