Monday, January 2, 2017

Why I Quilt

My nephew-in-law posted this photo of his wife, my niece, the USCG helicopter pilot, after she got home from a long duty day on December 23rd, 2016.   It's cold in Alaska in December even if there is a roaring fire...

...and this is why I quilt.

I have one more "family quilt" to make... for my youngest nephew who will graduate from college in May.  I'm planning to use a Moda Marbles jelly roll in "Warm"...

...and will use Moda solid "Paper Bag" (seriously... the actual color of a paper bag) for the main color in a single Irish chain pattern.   Unless I get distracted by another pattern that seems to be calling my name... 

...but first, I need to clean/organize my sewing room!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Thoughts on the Eve of Christmas Eve

It's been a long year but I'm glad to say that I've almost made it to 2017... thanks to family and friends.

I wish I could take better photos so you could see the lovely table topper my quilt-y friend Doniene sent me.  I love the fabrics, the colors, and all the loving kindness that went into it!  It's hard to see but there are feather-quilted borders!!!  I'm impressed...

Looking forward to the coming year, I am excited that I will retire next June and will have lots more time to spend doing things that make me happy... more time with family and friends and honing my knitting/quilting/crocheting skills.

So... as the holidays are almost here, I would like to wish you a...


...until next time!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Crocheting for Baby!

A coworker is expecting her first baby (a girl) and I've been having fun making a couple of things for her.  I went "neutral" for the 36" square baby blanket because Jessica hadn't found out yet whether or not it was a boy or a girl... but I chose a non-baby green yarn.

The blanket is just one big granny square with a simple border.  I found the free pattern here (link).

Once I found out that Jessica is having a baby girl, I needed to make something girly!

I found another free pattern for the caps (link) but had trouble deciding what size to make since so I made two... one size 0-6 months the other size 6-12 months.  This way, the baby will have a hat that fits all winter long!  It doesn't look like it in the photos but the leaves are the same color as the baby blanket.  (It's overcast today and this was the best photo I could obtain.)

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I wanted to share  a cool blog post from Sew Mama Sew titled 12 Places to Donate Your Unwanted Fabric (link).   

Yes, yes, I know... our fabric stash is precious to us.   But sometimes a fabric or group of fabrics that you LOVED in the shop 10 years ago, just isn't what you're into now.