Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April OMG: Finished and Ready for Hanukkah

The four Hanukkah placemats, my April Elm Street Quilts OMG, have binding (my April OMG) and even a set of napkins including 2 extra, one to cover challah bread and one to put under the hanukkiah, the special menorah with nine branches instead of the usual seven.  This special holiday set will be a gift or offered for sale in our congregation's shop.
April Elm Street Quilts Finish
 Elm Street Quilts OMG is clearly working for me.  I have never started sewing for the holidays so early.  Additionally, I have a quilt top arranged on the floor that will be my May OMG.   

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sew Wonderful Simple Shawl Freebie


My version of Simple Shawl by Jane Hunter has generated some inquiries on Ravelry and from members of our neighborhood Wednesday afternoon knitting and crochet group.  I made an effort to write up my variation into a pattern that works with one cake of LionBrand Mandala yarn.  If you would like to read through it for errors or make a test knit, I would love the feedback.
Sew Wonderful Simple Shawl Pattern
Click on the linked caption under the photo or look at the side-bar links for Tutorials and Sew Wonderful Simple Shawl.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April OMG: Early Hanukkah Project

Rarely do I get started on holiday sewing this far in advance but the quilted Hanukkah placemats I started in February are begging for binding so I put them on the schedule for April (Elm Street Quilts April OMG).
Elm Street Quilts OMG for April
And wouldn't they look great with some magic miter reversible napkins?  I will have to get some more of the dark blue that I am using in the binding to go with the Star of David fabric on the back.  I have yards of that to use up.  It was a holiday clearance fabric I indulged in too liberally.  😉

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sew Much Time

With rain and more rain, sewing and knitting projects have filled and brightened the dreary days.  On Friday, the weather was a bit more distracting than endless drips and drizzle bringing hail and a torrential downpour.

Besides the OMG Hoping for Hazel quilt, two shawls, a shawlette, a cowl, and a little zip bag have been added to the pile of completed projects for 2017.
DiL Brittney's Shawl
My Shawl
Shawlette from a Premier Sweet Roll
 

Zippy Strippy Bag by Atkinson Designs
A third shawl is falling off the needles.  The Mandala line of yarn has been enjoyable to use with few or no knots and varying lengths of color in the segments.
DiL Maggie's Shawl

OMG: Hoping for Hazel

Binding is on the baby quilt now known as "Hoping for Hazel" and will be waiting more patiently than I to hear if Hazel will be our next grand-daughter.  Serena and Anna have gone to their forever families and we are still waiting a special little girl that will join our family.

Attaching binding on this quilt is my Elm Street OMG for March.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Got Half Square Triangles?

Frequently, I have been making holiday table runners that result in a scrap pile of 45 degree triangles.

Back Side
But I greatly disliked cutting squares made from half square triangles until I purchased a Bloc Loc ruler for squaring up half square triangle blocks (HST's).
Connecting Threads
Yesterday, armed with a 50% off coupon for our local Craft Warehouse, I made my purchase and now the 6.5 inch ruler has joined my collection of rulers and templates designed for rotary cutting.  The ruler is very expensive, probably due to the groove on back side for lining up the seam.  The groove works like magic to control slippage and create perfectly square blocks with a corner to corner seam as long as you remember to put the logo, Bloc Loc, on the "low" side of the seam.
Bloc Loc: Samples

Now to find all those HST's and piece them for a scrap quilt.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

West Side Knitters

Today was out of the ordinary.  A lady in our neighborhood invited knitters to come to her home interested in charity knitting, possibly hats for our homeless community.

It was nice to meet other fiber minded folks and get inspiration to try new techniques and patterns.  Sue was knitting an interesting sweater in the round:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wrapped-pullover


I need to get out of my rut.  I am stuck on small projects like cowls, hats, and scarves or if I need a bigger challenge, socks.  Bigger only because they take me a full month to complete.  

Here are the show and tell projects I brought, just some scrap busters. 


Friday, March 3, 2017

March OMG for Elm Street Quilts

March OMG is to get binding on the February OMG and write my post on time.
Elm Street Quilts March OMG

OMG: A Real Challenge

My February OMG was to quilt the 3rd of the baby quilts made from Windham Brights precuts.  It proved to be the greatest challenge I have faced with Patience, my HandiQuilter 16.
February OMG
Mounting the back so it would roll straight was the issue.  I finally got it on satisfactorily and the design is straight but not exactly positioned where I wanted on the back of the quilt.  Adding a label at the center bottom should balance it better.  There is one spot that has some slight rippling but when the quilt is washed, it should be disguised by the crinkles in the cotton batting.
Maybe next time I won't plan such a challenging back to mount and roll straight and I will get my blog post linked on time.  I missed it but will try again.  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February OMG

This month for my Elm Street Quilts OMG, I am aiming at getting the 3rd of the quilts made from the Windham Brights on the HandiQuilter and quilted.  It should only take a part of a morning to quilt.  Also, there is a piece of batting left from the January OMG that should work for this top and a number of scraps for creating a unique back.  There is plenty for binding, too.  It's a short month but the goal should be accomplished.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Goal!

My OMG for Elm Street Quilts has been quilted and bound.  The quilting was completed on Tuesday morning and the binding was on by Wednesday night.

Stitch and Flip Baby Quilt: OMG Quilt for January
The Stitch and Flip Quilt is a fast and easy quilt for a baby shower.  It requires only 1/2 of a Jelly Roll.  The project is worth repeating.  One could make two at a time and switch the vertical strip between the two quilts.
Shannon is thinking about what her grandmas name will be so the label will have to wait until she decides.

It feels good to have completed one of the tops in my stack.  There is one more top I made with fabrics from this line.  It may be my OMG for February and gifted to a granddaughter arriving by adoption.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Good Month for Projects

Record Snow Storm
We had an unusual snowstorm that left us with 13 inches of snow this month.  The snow caused havoc for a week and then left us quickly when our temperatures returned to normal.  Besides shoveling our driveway, I have some projects to show since Christmas and for being snowbound.
Decorative Napkins for the Kitchen Table
 I love the method for the napkins.  It works so slick!
Three Reversible Table Runners
This quickie table runner makes a great gift and is so easy.  I have more details on another blog entry:  WOF Table Runners  Sometimes I vary the strips a bit depending on the fabric available.  I had a kit for one 10 Minute Table Runner that I was making the most of by supplementing with some coordinating fabrics.  The kit fabrics were the orange and lime green Riley Blake fabrics and the additions were the black and the backing fabrics.

Two Aprons for Gifting



Much Needed Slippers for Me
 The free pattern for the slippers is a keeper.  I like the garter stitch sole.  It feels cushy.
Napkins & Mug Rugs or Candle Mats

Gift Apron
The pattern for the apron is in a booklet.  I collect apron patterns but this is my number one favorite.  The half apron version of the one above has been well liked among fans of that style, too.

Progressing Towards a Goal

Yesterday, I made good use of time before we did my mom's shopping and quilted my OMG project.  Now to get the binding ready along with putting the badges on my husband's new uniform.  It would be nice if the quilt were ready for tomorrow so my friend can see it and decide what she wants on the label.  She is a new grandma and I will probably use her grandma name in the sentiment.

Monday, January 2, 2017

One Monthly Goal

Elm Street Quilts is sponsoring a goal setting contest.  I am entering just to get my stack of quilt tops off the table, quilted, bound, and labelled so they can be gifted.  Last year only 2 tops made the finished list.  I was glad to have them leave but more should have disappeared with them.

Here is the quilt top that needs to be done first.  It was one of three from pre-cuts from the same colorway I made in 2015.  This one is going to my friend Shannon.  It's her rockin' grandbaby quilt.

My "One Monthly Goal" Quilt
I have two more aprons on the list for this month before the quilt is loaded on my machine for quilting.  The 2 aprons will join another completed in the last three days with two matching napkins and mug mats.