Monday, November 17, 2014


Finished Mesmerize.  It's striking.  I used the quilt pattern designed by Natalia Bonner & also used some of the same fabrics she used in her quilt -- Basic Grey by Moda.  I loved the look of her quilt so much I didn't want to change it too much.  I also sent it to Natalia in Utah for her to do the long-arm quilting for me -- she did a great job.

 It's twin size -- perfect for hanging over the upstairs railing.
 That's Bob hidden behind the quilt -- he's the best quilt holder ever!

 Close-up of the long-arm machine quilting.

Reverse side of the quilt -- recently I have been buying wide fabric for the backs of quilts -- I'm over the 'piecing the backs to be interesting' mode I was in for years.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Purple Scarf & More

 Purple infinity scarf I crocheted for a friend.

 A table runner for a gift.

A tote bag to be used with a walker -- made if for a friend.

Teddy squeezing behind the cushion of our newly reupholstered chair.

This could be my new favorite baby quilt to make -- I simply cut strips of varying widths using very cute, retro-inspired fabrics, sewed them all together in a pleasing arrangement & machine quilted 1/4" along both sides of each seam.  Fun, quick & easy to make!

 Reverse side of the quilt -- the machine quilting is visible.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Simply White Shawl

I crocheted this "simply white shawl" because I think it is so pretty!

Lauren's Apron

Lauren requested an apron so I obliged.  Yes, that's Kaffe Fassett fabric for the apron body.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Coral & Light Khaki

I finished another crocheted blankie today.  I imagined it would be for a baby but it's quite big -- 46"x56" so will keep it at home to use on chilly nights.  It was fun to make -- was my first time crocheting a chevron pattern.  I picked these colors cuz I saw someone wearing light khaki pants with a coral top & thought it looked fresh & clean. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fabric Covered Books

I saw a segment on a news magazine tv show about a man who covers books with beautiful paper to make scenes using a shelf of books.  And I thought why not try using fabric to cover books -- books that have already been read & will be used purely as decoration -- books as knick knacks.  Adds a pop of color.

I kept with the blue & orange color scheme that coordinates with the bookends.

It took about an hour to cover 5 books.  I kept the dust jackets on the hardcover books to serve as a base for the fabric.  I used spray starch to make the fabric a bit smooth & firm; used iron-on tape to hold the top & bottom hems of the fabric; used double stick tape to keep the fabric in place on the book dust jackets.  I sort of winged it -- I'm sure there's room for improvement on the technique.  But I like the look of the books!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Beach Bag

My friend gave me the pattern for a beach bag -- & also gave me the black, plastic mesh material.  I made this for someone who wanted a black & white beach bag.  It was fun to make -- goes together easily.  The plastic mesh material is easy to sew.  Some of the seams are quite thick -- next time I make one, I will use a "denim" needle & also a "jean-a-ma-jig."

I used "eyeglasses" fabric for the inside.  The bag boasts 12 pockets -- 6 inside & 6 outside -- very handy!

My friend made me a beach bag so I used that as a reference to help with putting the bag together. 

I use my bag not for the beach but rather to hold some of my craft items -- books, crochet hooks, yarn, etc.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Crocheted Shawls

I subscribe to a crochet blog -- String with Style -- & saw a very cute pattern for shawls for young girls.  Couldn't resist making three!

They are all the same size -- more or less.

Lisa's Quilt

This quilt was made using several fabrics designed by the artist Charley Harper.  I used the pattern, "Window View" by Melissa Lunden.  The pattern came with fabric -- I used most of the provided fabric but changed out some to put my own spin on the quilt.

There is a "sleeve" on the back & the quilt is ready to hang.

 Close-up of some blocks.

 Reverse side of the quilt.
This quilt was challenging & fun to make!

Monday, April 7, 2014

D&A's Table Runner

 By request, I made a table runner -- a smaller version of the usual -- colors were chosen to coordinate with existing colors in the kitchen.

Reverse side of the table runner.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Newlywed Table Runner

 Another table runner for a newlywed couple.  Some of the fabrics have a silvery sheen to them -- impossible to see in the photo.  It's very pretty -- browns, greens, off-white.  Looks much nicer in person!

Reverse side of table runner -- pieced together with leftover fabrics from the front -- & some off-white panels.