Saturday, December 28, 2013

Blue Blankie

 Another day, another blue baby blankie.  I love this crocheted pattern -- looks bubbly.
 Love the finished edging, too.
And what's a blog posting without Teddy!

Off White Cowl

 I made this for a friend a few months ago -- just remembering to blog it now.  Gave it as a birthday gift.  She likes it, she really, really likes it!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Adam's Flannel Quilt

 Made this flannel quilt for Adam using flannel.  Boy, flannel is difficult to work with!  It's so stretchy.  It really doesn't lie flat -- but it's very soft.

 I used the zig-zag stitch to quilt it -- using a straight stitch pulled too much on the flannel.

Adam wrapped in his quilt.

Off White Infinity Scarf

 I used chunky yarn to crochet this infinity scarf -- is finished in no time.  I gave it to a friend for a gift.

Wedding Napkin Quilt

I made this quilt using Jay & Lauren's wedding napkin fabric -- dark brown & pink -- as inspiration.  Adding the white & pink swirly fabric gives it a light & whimsical look.   It's only about 40" square because I ran out of fabric.  That often determines the size of the quilts that I make. 

Lauren loved it so much, she wrapped herself in it!

Burgundy Shawl

 Crocheted this shawl for a friend.  She likes it!

Four Seasons

Counted cross stitch four seasons.  My friend gave me these patterns which included a cute button or two for each one.
 Snowflake buttons -- hard to see but they're there.
 Butterfly -- is it a butterfly? dragonfly? button.
 Bee button.
Two falling leaves buttons.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Gray & White Scarf

Crocheted scarf for a friend.

Poppy Pillow

A counted cross-stitch pillow -- of poppies!

Velvet Pumpkins

It all started when a friend told me about the unique velvet pumpkins that can be found (& bought for a pricey price) at Neiman Marcus.  I looked on utube to get ideas of how to make them myself.  I had a piece of green velvet left over from a dress I had made years ago.
The novelty of these pumpkins is they're quite small compared to the stem size -- which, by the way, is a real pumpkin stem.  My husband & I traipsed thru a nearby pumpkin field in search of pumpkin stems to no avail.  I ended up finding some stray stems in a couple of different pumpkin bins at local grocery stores.
Then in my usual style, making them out of velvet wasn't quite enough so I tried making one with faux suede -- the brown one in the rear.  Suede is too stiff so I couldn't pull the closure tight enough & had to glue a green velvet top before gluing on the stem. 

All of the pumpkins are stuffed with first, dried lentils, then polyester stuffing.  I added the braiding around the stem to finish off the opening in the top.  It looked incomplete to me without it.
Then just for fun, I bought two small home dec pieces of fabric & made two pumpkins out of that too.  One is on the left in between two real pumpkins & the other is on the right behind the green velvet pumpkin -- striped fabric.

Bottom line is I prefer both the look of the velvet ones & also working with velvet is easier than the suede or fabric.  I still have more green velvet fabric leftover & also more pumpkin stems.  I may just have another spell of green velvet pumpkin making in me before the Fall season is over.

Coffee Cross-Stitch

In addition to my latest crochet frenzy -- not to mention the few days of velvet pumpkin making (see next blog pix)  & in between my quilt-making, I managed to finish & have framed (at Michael's) a counted cross-stitch of 12 different coffee varieties.  It's now hanging in the pantry, along with the 20 other counted cross-stitch pieces.  Somebody stop me!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jacki's Table Runner

Another table runner...for another friend.

Reverse side of the quilt.
The table runner in action.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Bento Box Quilt

This quilt pattern is called Bento Box -- not sure I see the connection to a real bento box but I do love the pattern.  It was fun & easy to make.  I used strips of fabric that I had cut for a class I took a few years ago -- I never did make the quilt I set out to make so instead used the 2-1/2" strips to make Bento Box instead.
I did hours of machine quilting -- adds some interest & was easy to do, just time consuming.
Reverse side of the quilt.
And this is my first quilt without borders!  I've been wanting to make a borderless quilt for a while finally got around to it.
And what's a new blog posting without Teddy.  My Teddy!