Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Cute Crocheted Square!

I have mentioned that I will be moving in March.  We are hauling things out of closets and attics and sorting like crazy!  Thinning out ones possessions is a good thing.  I came across a bag of yarn that I have probably had since before I was married.  I have been married for 27 years!  I looked at all the colors and knew what I could do with the yarn.  So in-between sorting and cleaning out I have also managed to start a new project.  The little square is easy to crochet and it is certainly fun to make.  I am including a tutorial here.  Also seen on Dutch Sisters blog.  Begin by chain stitching 6 stitches.

 Close the circle with a slip stitch.
 Chain 3 (will count as 1st double crochet), double crochet 15 stitches into the circle.  16 total.
 Close the circle with a slip stitch.  Chain 4 (4th chain will count as a ch1 between the double crochet stitches).  Make 1 double crochet, ch1 into each stitch below.  16 total.
 Close the circle with a slip stitch.
 Slip stitch into the first chain space and make 3 double crochet stitches.  Make 3 double crochet stitches in all the following chain spaces.
 Make a slip stich to close the circle.  End of your work.
 In a contrasting color make a slip stitch onto your hook.
 Join to your completed circle in any space between the groups of 3 double crochet stitches.
 Chain 3 and slip stitch between a 3 dc group.  Do this 3 times in total.
 To make your first corner chain 5 and slip stitch into the next space between 3 dc groups below.
 3 chain, slip stitch into next space 3 times and then 5 chain into next space.  Repeat twice more to finish your row.
Slip stitch into the 3 chain space and make 3 double crochets (3 chain and 2 dc in first group).  Repeat this 3 times.  You should have a 5 chain space next.
 To make the corner 5 double crochet, 2 chain, 5 double crochet.
 Then 3 groups of 3 double crochet into the next 3 chain spaces.  Repeat corner and work the next two sides.
 I join as you go, so that I don't need to do a bunch of sewing at the end.  There are many good You Tube videos on the join as you go method.
 This is such a cool pattern and it is so colorful.  I hope you give it a try.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hexagon Wall Hanging!

We will be moving next month!  We are leaving Texas for New Hampshire.  I am beyond excited by this new adventure.  We have bought a new home and I can't wait to decorate it.  We have been in our current home for 15 years.  The kids have finished school and are either graduated or in college.  So... my husband and I thought it was just the right time for another adventure.
With that being said, of course I need to make a quilt for the new place.  I had started these rosettes a couple of years ago, loved them, but did not know what to do with them exactly.  I just know my dining room in the new house would benefit by a wall hanging of these yummy rosettes.  So I decided on my background fabric - Moda Cherry.  So pretty and full of energy.   I have been making more rosettes!
 Striped fabric is the theme for this quilt.  I love how the stripes give you secondary hexagon shapes within the rosette.
A few of them are not from striped fabric, but also fussy cut.
Here is the beginning of the wall hanging.  I am not sure how wide to make it.  So far I have five in a row.  I may add a sixth one.  I am loving making these again.  I will continue to show the progress on this project.  Thank you for stopping by for a visit.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Pillowcases!

I had bought some cute fabric with birch tree trunks on them.  I thought they would make awesome pillowcases for my son who is a nature boy.  I found some wood grain fabric too.  I used a grunge fabric for the small contrasting strip.
 I did French Seams because I hate raw edges!  They turned out very well.  I love them, and he loves them.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cushion Covers for my Daughters Bed!

A couple of years ago we bought an awesome duvet cover set for my daughters bed.  The print has big doilies on it in purples and pinks.
I was inspired to make cushion covers for her continental pillows (26" x 26") to mimic the cover.  I went through my stash of doilies made over the years and picked out a few that I thought would work and got cracking on the project.  I picked a Moda Solid called Eggplant and quilted it in a crosshatch style.  Small 1/2" blocks.  I used my walking foot as the guide.  The small crosshatch leaves one with a stiffer finish to the fabric and it feels gorgeous to run your hands over it.
 Then I placed the doilies onto the front and appliquéd them down.  Next step was to assemble the cushion.
 I really love how they compliment the cover.  I hope she will love them when she gets back for spring break!

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Bit of This and That!

I have finished a couple of things recently.  I wanted to get this tiny patriotic quilt finished for my son for Christmas.  It is all OK though because he and his wife are moving and will be coming to stay with us for a couple of weeks in-between places.  Their new house will have a dedicated study and I can present this to him for his study when I see him.  
 It is from a Quilt of Valor magazine and the piece is Foundation Paper Pieced.  The finished flag is 4 x 6 I believe.  I used some patriotic paper in the frame and placed the flag on top of it.  I think it looks grand.
 Now I can't tell you in words just how happy I am to have this afghan done.  I have been working on it for four years (maybe more) on and off (maybe more off than on).
 It is a single crochet stitch done in the back loop only.  The result is a slow growing, dense texture and it sure is lovely and warm.
 The colors are fairly fall-ish and I am not sure if this one will only come out in the fall or be out all winter long.
 My Millefiori quilt is progressing well.  I have finished the second round and am working on the third round.  Most of the cutting out and basting has been done and I am stitching the elements together before adding them to the rosette.
Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting.  Have a wonderful day.




Monday, January 12, 2015

Katja Marek's Millefiore Quilt Along!

A good friend of mine told me about the Millefiore quilt along in December and asked me if I was doing it.  Nooooooo, said I because of all my UFO's and the fact that I have the 52 Hexagon book and am busy on a project from the book.  But then I saw the Rosette and I was a goner!  So I signed up and have been working on the first Rosette.  Here is the center and round one done.
I am basically sticking to the original colors of Katja's rosette and pulling fabrics from my stash.
 This is one of the fussy cut hexagons for round two.
 Laid out with the two different hexagons for round two.

Getting a little further along.  I have made more of the hexagons and need to sew them to the main rosette.  I am having so much fun with this millefiore sew along.  It's going to be a beauty when done.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

An Afghan Completed and Gifted!

I had started this afghan over two years ago.  In my endeavor to shorten my UFO list, I completed the project.
 I gifted it to my son and daughter-in-law for Christmas.  They had chosen ocean colors primarily.  I threw a few greens into the mix as a nod to college colors.
 It turned out really well and they like it.
 It is a bit of a behemoth!  It became quite unwieldy to work on at the end of the project.  I'm glad that it is ticked off the list and done.