January 20, 2017

Knitted Tweed Scarf

Perfect weather for this knitted scarf, made with Heartland Tweed yarn in gray. I love its little specks of color...

Easy cable pattern and a fun project to knit while sitting under one of my flannel quilts...

[Edited] I found this free pattern, began it while I had it on the computer screen, memorized it, turned computer off, and NEVER bookmarked it or downloaded it!!! What was I thinking! It was free and I am almost sure I was on Ravelry when I found it. The link took me to this cool blog with the pattern. I spent hours looking for it tonight to no avail.

So, I am writing the pattern down right here so I don't forget it. As soon as I find it I will update this blog to give credit to the knitter. I remember one of the comments on her blog was from a lady who had made the scarf but used 2 skeins instead of one to make a longer scarf, which is what I did.

Here it goes (from someone who has never written a knitting pattern):

Cast on 52 stitches.
R1: *k2, p2, c2 in front (transfer 2 stitches to cable needle, holding it in front), k2, k2 from cable needle*, repeat from * to * till the end.
R2: *p2, k2, p4, k2, p2*, repeat from * to * till the end.
R3: *k2, p2, k4, p2, k2*, repeat from * to * till the end.
R4: repeat row 2.
repeat rows 1-4 until you reach desired lenght.
Cast off.

It is still snowing here and Toby the dog is not sure if he wants to stay inside or out.

I wanted to drape the scarf over him but the bone was more fun than posing for this blog... Ryan, my youngest and my model is at school, so this is the best I could do today.

I already purchased the blue version of the same yarn to make another one. Will probably repeat the pattern (for the third time as I have another one in progress with a different yarn) because it is brainless.

Have a warm and busy Friday!




January 17, 2017

Fall Table Topper

I had a little bit of leftovers from the quilt I made (can't show it to you just yet) and made this table topper. The colors are so rich, the prints so beautiful (by Hoffman Fabrics), and the days had been so gray here that I had to keep them around me a while longer!

This topper measures 28" x 28". I found a place for every scrap of fabric and I am happy with how it turned out.

The piecing was done with Aurifil 50 wt in light gray, which worked perfectly with all the fabric colors. Then, I looked high and low in my thread collection for an Aurifil that would work with all the fabrics; no luck (gotta increase my Aurifil stash!!!) so I opted for Isacord (embroidery thread) in olive green. I like it! Its shine did not compete with the metallic lines of the prints. Tendrils needed to be part of this topper so I added it as a quilting motif. I took my time with the quilting and it worked.

Yep, no orphan blocks because these have already become a project, my 5th finish this year so far. Two of them are for magazines so I cannot show them yet, and another one you will see before the end of January. For now, just trust me - this is the 5th!

Have a wonderful (crafty) day!





January 12, 2017

Scrappy Nine Patches


This beauty will be the newest quilt for my bed! This is only the quilt center as I am still thinking about what the borders will look like. It will be replacing the warm and cozy flannel quilt come Spring. I have been waiting for a week and no sunny day to photograph it outside...

I am loving these colors! They remind me of the backroom in a house my father-in-law used to own in Bethany Beach, DE: everything was decorated in blues, yellows, and white in that welcoming room.

When I opened an email from the Missouri Star Quilt Company two weeks ago or so and saw a jelly roll of Moda's Summer Breeze IV, I HAD to get it! However, I had no idea what I would make with it. It was then that a small wall hanging caught my eye in the book Sew Charming - Scrappy Quilts from 5" Squares by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene. I received it for review from Martingale and their timing could not have been better!

This is what I saw:
Photograph by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used by permission.
Simple and colorful, Snowballs and Nine Patches screamed "make me" at me. I put the book down and hid in my quilt room for THREE days straight, only emerging for air and food.


The scrappy version is amazing but since I had this jelly roll I paired the strips of fabric, stitched them together, and cut them. Then...

... I figured out that we can make 73 nine patches out of one entire jelly roll. Aren't these pretty? At this point I went back to the very detailed instructions and diagrams included in the pattern, and the result is what you see.

I dug in my stash and found extra yellows, blues, and greens for the alternating snowball blocks. Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt thread. The diagrams in the book made easy work of setting all the blocks on point. The original pattern has 18 blocks; mine has 129. Happy!

Sew Charming presents 18 beautiful and imaginative projects. One of the features I enjoyed the most was seeing an alternative version of each pattern made with totally different fabrics - great inspiration! Mary and Connie show how versatile 5" squares are. Of course, you can use yardage or other precuts just as I did, and the alternative versions provide cutting instructions using yardage. Yeah, no math homework for us!

Here are other favorite quilts from the book:
Photograph by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used by permission.

Photograph by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used by permission.

Photograph by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used by permission.

Photograph by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used by permission.
Yes, I am a very happy camper. When my husband returned from his trip and saw my quilt on the wall he smiled from ear to ear! I knew it!

This is not technically a finish because I am still figuring out the borders, but you can see I have been busy since the year begun. As I type this post snow is blanketing everything outside. No problem! I am getting colorful inspiration from awesome books such as Sew Charming, am surrounded by gorgeous fabrics, and have all the lights on!

Happy sewing!



January 9, 2017

Spring Fest batiks

Photo by Matthew Owen for Annie's. Used by Permission.
Happy Monday! Just got my "Spring Fest" batik quilt which was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Quilter's World. So glad to have it back!

I loved working with Hoffman Fabric's batiks! This quilt features the Blue Hawaiian Bali Poppy collection with a wonderful palette of blues and lavenders, against a background of their Snow batik. The yellow is reminiscent of the center of the flowers... I assembled the blocks using the Strip Tube ruler so the quilt comes together really fast.

Look at these textures below!

I free motion quilted it (long arm machine) with a simple motif of loops and hearts.

Today is a rainy, gray day here - I am keeping this beauty in my office so I can feast in its colorful batiks.

You can find this pattern in Quilter's World, along with other super fun and easy patterns to make.

Enjoy your day,




January 5, 2017

It Takes a Village Pattern

Phew! First pattern of the year! I received many requests to publish this pattern after I posted it on the blog yesterday. So, here it is! The pattern is a downloadable PDF and can be found at my Etsy store Quilterly

This sample was made using Moda Bella Solids (gray and white), and it was pieced and quilted with Aurifil threads. It is perfect for scraps!

It Takes a Village measures 40"x 52" and makes a great wall hanging, baby quilt, or lap quilt. It comes together very fast as the pattern has photographs and clear instructions to streamline the process.

Have a productive day!






January 4, 2017

It Takes a Village Quilt

{Update: PDF downloadable Pattern now available from Etsy on Quilterly, my store!]

Happy New Year! This is my first finish of 2017: "It Takes a Village" (gave up telling my son how to hold the quilt!). It measures 40" x 52" and the blocks finished at 6". I used leftovers from my Box Garden quilt (red and white strips), Moda Bella Solids in light gray and white, and scraps in yellow.

The name for this (UFO) quilt came to me once I assembled the top, as the Mother's Dream block reminded me of families and the Diamond in the Square blocks were like children being raised by all the families around them...


It was pieced with Aurifil 50 wt thread. I freemotion quilted the flowers on the blocks (tutorial here) by tracing the motif onto paper, and used a template for the borders which I surrounded with leaves.

You can see the red fabric better here, as well as the FMQ. The quilt design is very simple, yet I really like this wall hanging! Gotta find a spot for it, though I am thinking it might make a great wedding gift as I have one coming up this Summer.

My plan for 2017 is to work on my UFOs right along the new projects I will certainly begin. I have finished two this week, and am almost done with a new project... Yep, burning the midnight oil already!

Hope you are having a great day,

December 30, 2016

Quilting Studio

I am ending the year with a clean and organized studio. There a few projects in different stages of completion, as well as others waiting to be started. However, I needed to take time out to regroup and declutter.

Above is my sewing station and my trusted Bernina. It is time to send it out for maintenance but I am having a hard time parting with it, even for a few days. I clean it often, oil it, etc., which will have to do for the next few weeks.

My cutting table is made up of two Ikea book shelves and one Ikea kitchen counter top. Its height is perfect for me, and all the gadgets are stored in the green wooden shelf unit to the left of it, and in the cart next to the sewing table.

All my fabric is stored in these Elfa drawers from The Container Store (they are on sale right now!!!). They are sorted by color, except for the three drawers of wool and two drawers of flannel. The fabrics can breathe and are kept away from dust. This Elfa system is very portable so I can change my studio layout whenever I want. Refolding and resorting the fabrics is my next item in the To Do list.

What you see on my ironing table are fabrics for my next two projects - I have a deadline for them so I need to begin asap.

This essential oil difuser is a new addition. I love its silent mist - it turns off after 6 hours or when the water is gone.

The newest improvement is the Elfa set of drawers for buttons, needles, and other notions which I put together quickly yesterday. Things are looking up!

I am now ready for 2017 and am looking forward to try new things. For instance, I am joining Fat Quarter Shop's 2017 Designer Mystery BOM which showcases the Spring-a-Ling fabric collection by American Jane. I am excited about it and will keep you posted of my progress.

There are a few patterns coming to my Etsy store and fun giveaways so be sure to check out this blog often.  In the meantime, Welcome 2017!

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