Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Wall Hanging Finish!

I really like making big quilts and afghans!  I love making wall hangings too because they are quick makes.  I can also quilt them happily without wrestling the gator under my machine.  I have just finished a Little Bites by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. pattern called Grain!  I like how the patches were put on point and I really like the pieced border.  The light outside today is so pretty so I took the quilt out and laid it on my sons chopping block.
 I had so much fun quilting this project.  I am trying to expand my repertoir of quilting patterns for Free Motion Quilting.
 I have nailed pebbles and really want to try feathers.  I am sure that is going to take a whole heap of practice.
 I like dense quilting and always tend to FMQ densely.  In fact, I struggle to do huge quilt designs.  I have tried but somehow they always turn out rather densely.  I love the binding fabric.  Looks like bark!
It is still very much summer here in Texas although we had a teaser last weekend with temperatures in the 60's and 70's for a few days.  It was heavenly.   My hibiscus are enjoying the 90's (as opposed to the  100's).  Still a bit hot for me though.  I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Mug Rug for Swap Club!

I host the Swap Club at our LQS and we have a bunch of fun coming up with ideas and picking our project.  I usually try to make an original pattern for the swap.  Since our swap was in September we decided on a Halloween Mug Rug.  I had so much fun putting it together.  The bat is made from wool felt and has been embroidered.  Stem stitch, lazy daisy stitch for the leaves, and french knots for the flowers.  

 I free motion quilted and echoed the "boo" on the bat in the quilting.  It took all of 5 minutes to quilt and I was having so much fun I wished it was bigger.  Adding cursive writing into your quilting is really easy.  This little guy was so much fun to make.  Of course I had to swap him and I miss his face - well, I will just have to make another one.  I have not told you my sad story about mug rugs.  I never use them - they are so cute and precious that I could not bear to add a coffee ring or tea drops to the design.  So I hang them on the side of a cupboard I have in my kitchen as art!!!  Crazy to the n'th degree!  Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Bibliophile Files for August!

Sarah at hosts the Bibliophile Files once a month.  It is super to see what other people read and what they recommend.  It gives good ideas for that trip to the library!  Here are my reads for August!  The Book of Lost Threads is a book about a daughter who, as a young adult, finds her biological father.  It explores the development of their relationship and the characters of the people close to them.  Not the best read ever - a rather gloomy sort of a tale.
 I have found another author who writes whodunnit stories in conjunction with a group of knitters who are apt to sit and solve the mystery as their needles click away.  The main protagonists are an interesting assortment of people.  Entertaining.  I love the titles of these books.  Clever!!!
 That's it folks!!! I would love to get more reads under the belt for September!  See you next month with another edition of The Bibliophile Files!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another Finish - A Potholder!

I made a potholder from the Mollie Makes Magazine that I am doing the afghan from.  It was so cute looking that I simply could not resist.    I chose a mercerized cotton yarn.  The process of mercerization gives the cotton a more durable and glossy fiber.  It turned out so well.  I might just have to make a few more of these.  Hmmmm, Christmas is fast approaching.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Hexagon Table Centerpiece Finish!

If you stop by regularly you will know that I am constantly battling the UFO list!  I have finished an older project and get to cross one of those ufo's off the list.   I started this centerpiece a while ago and decided it needed some embroidery.  For some reason the last bee never got done and there it sat!  Well I got down to business as I had all my floss out for another project and finished the little bee.  I drew it freehand onto the fabric with a fine mechanical pencil and then did the embroidery.  Putting it together was quick and easy.  I felt it needed some buzz lines radiating out from the center flowers.  I think it was the right thing to do.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

OSU Afghan!

My daughter returns to college this weekend and I am trucking along trying to finish her afghan before she leaves.  This morning I laid it out on the floor for her to see how it is progressing.  Well, one of our cats decided to try it out.  He was acting totally Magoo on it!  Bunching it up and leaping around.
 I think he liked it because it matches him.  OSU colors are orange and black.  Look at the back legs! What a hoot.
He's having so much fun.
 Silly cat!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Some Crochet Goodness!

I like to crochet when I am on the beach.  I have a need to always have my hands busy.  So I took some yarn on holiday with a copy of Mollie Makes Magazine and started motifs for an afghan in the car.  I liked the pattern so well the project will continue to become an afghan.  The center part takes a bit of time to crochet because each "bobble" requires one to take your hook out of the working loop, grab a stitch at the back of the bobble and then put your working loop back on.  It is so pretty though that it is worth the effort.  Very textural.

 A bag of crocheted goodness.  I am using Supercraft yarn which I bought through
It is a DK yarn and is soft and smooth when working with it.  It really is affordable too.  I don't like using Worsted weight yarn all the time.  Something finer is good.
 You can sort of see the picture of the throw in the Mollie Makes Magazine.  I am not sure how I will connect these blocks together yet.  I think I will do a row around each block in a neutral color and then stitch them together.  That is the plan for now but it could change.