Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I have a few things today. First up are two quilted zipper pouches. I have them cut, quilted and ready to go. I was just waiting on my zipper foot which got here yesterday evening. The red one is for my mom, the blue strip pieced for my sister.

Then there is this fabric for another zipper pouch for my daughters partner. The dusty grey is  left from a quilt I hand dyed all the fabrics for many years ago. I am going to incorporate that gold somehow, I'm just not sure how yet.

 I am almost done with the fingerless gloves I dyed and spun the yarn for. I really like these, and I'm not sure if they will end up as a gift or not. I didn't have anyone in mind when I started knitting them, but I can think of a couple of people who might like them.

Last thing is not really a wip, but I came across this fabric when I was looking for linings for something else. I bought it at least 6 years ago when I worked at Hancock Fabrics. I meant to make a fishing shirt out of it but never did. I'm going to try and get it made before spring. Maybe for my son. Maybe for me.  

I still have 3 other gifts I haven't even picked fabric for yet, but since they are staying here I have a few days longer to work on them. And then there is scrap-a-palooza. I only need 4 more blocks for a completed quilt top!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Morning Knitting

I've been knitting here and there in odd moments for the last few days, mostly in the car or at other places that are not home. The really nice thing about knitting is it's portability. Anyway, I had some yarn I spun earlier this year on one of my drop spindles. It actually started out as this roving I dyed in the early part of the summer.

I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it, because the red turned out REALLY red. It's a Cushings dye in scarlet. Well I spun it up and then plied it as a 2 ply and it looked like this:

Still pretty bright, but I was able to pull out the brighter red sections and put them to the side so I could start a pair of fingerless gloves. I only have one knitted so far, I finished it this morning. I should get the other one finished by next weekend, at least I hope so! They are not a Christmas present, so there really is no rush.

On another note, I had all my zipper pouches quilted and cut out with their linings and realized my zipper foot is missing. It should be in the little pouch that all my sewing machine feet came in but it isn't there and the local Jo Ann doesn't carry them. I ordered one from Amazon and it should be here Tuesday.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Some Christmas Presents

I have been busy sewing for Christmas and I have a few things finished. My youngest daughter asked for some hot/cold rice packs, so I made her this set with removable patchwork covers.

Since my older daughter is getting a new microwave for Christmas I figured she could use a set too. This set has the extra added bonus of getting rid of some of the hexagons that have been hanging around since last year.

Youngest daughter also said she wanted some totes for shopping, so I went through my stash looking for some fabrics she might like. I had quite a big remnant of Michael Miller's Dysfunctional Family left from a shirt I made my son at least 10 years ago. She's always liked this fabric, so I used almost all of this for this tote.

I didn't realize it, but Micheal Miller has reissued this fabric. You can but it at

Then there's this lovely pillow. I used the Ticker Tape pattern from Amanda Jean Nyburgs book Sunday Morning Quilts. You can also find it on her blog  Crazy Mom Quilts
which is where I'll be linking up.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Sewing

I've been making Christmas presents this week, and this morning I pulled fabrics to make little zipper pouches.

These are for scrappy pouches. The blues will be cut into 2 1/2 inch squares, sewn together and quilted, the red will be a random patchwork pouch.

These 2 will just be quilted. The owls are for one daughter and the orange butterflies for the other. My younger daughter is getting the owls and I'm going to put some knitting supplies in there, like size 7 and 8 16" circulars, a tape measure and darning needles so she stops borrowing mine.

 I got another row done on scrap-a-palooza, hooray! I also got some other Christmas sewing done and will post pics of that tomorrow.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Sunday Stash

I was in Jo Ann Fabrics this morning for some cording to cover for a pillow and some quilt batting and I couldn't resist adding to my stash just a little. Each of these is a quarter yard. I haven't bought fabric in awhile, and after a successful craft show last night I felt I owed it to myself.

I also went through some of my WIPS and am going to try and get some of them finished up before Christmas. I'm also going to continue to work on Scrap-a-palooza. I can't wait til that's done!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Late post on Friday Finish

I finished this little bath mat yesterday evening. I was going to post a picture last night, but I went to bed early. Anyway, when I reorganized my fabric stash after we moved in here, I took some advice I had read about cutting off selvages before putting fabric away. I had them all stored in a fabric basket, and had thought about crocheting a rug with them, but I've seen so many little knitted mats around the internet, plus my daughter has knitted a few herself, so I decided to go with knitting. I cast on 25 stitches using size 17 needles. It's really hard on the hands, but I knitted a few rows, then stopped and did something else. It was really only a couple of hours total to knit.  Sorry about the bit of mud in the upper left hand corner. I had been outside looking for a place for a picture and didn't realize I had tracked in the mud til after the picture. It's also a bit skewed, but I'm not blocking it, it will get wet soon enough on the bathroom floor!                                                                                     
I also got a couple more scrapapalooza blocks done. I have 5 rows sewn together and 2 blocks on the next row. 10 more blocks and the top will be finished!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014


Well, here I am blogging again. I've decided to post needlework stuff here and then just link to Facebook. I figure I can be a bit more picture heavy, plus comment more if I need/want to. Although all I really have to say today is that I'm really liking this quilt. I'm calling it scrap-a-palooza for obvious reasons. When it's finished it will fit a queen size bed, I figure it will be about 82"x 82". I think I'll probably end up tying it instead of quilting it simply because my arthritic shoulders are not going to be able to deal with something that big on my little sewing machine. I suppose I could pay someone else to quilt it, but I don't know about that. It is eating into my scrap hoard, that's for sure.