Thursday, December 31, 2009
I really couldn't remember any completed projects from this past year as I sat down to look through my pictures, besides the most recent socks of course. I could only think of all the things that have kept me away from all the sewing and knitting that I would like to be getting done... the new full-time often overly demanding job, my youngest starting kindergarten and the demands of two girls in elementary school with homework and class parties and projects, the planning of a wedding and setting up of a new life with my dear hubbie, several bouts of various sicknesses running through the family the last couple of months... at first thought these events kept me away from my favorite past-times, but with a closer look at the pictures I realize that even when life is throwing crazy demands at you, you find time to work in the things that you love.
Socks were knit on the sly as the girls slept or we were out in Idaho, I fit in some less demanding projects on weekends like finishing a quilt that had been lingering for quite some time, whipping up easy skirts and dying yarn with my mom and aunt at a class. And when my crafty endeavors were too big for the time I had available, close family and friends, and even internet friends, stepped in and helped me get everything completed.
Those are now my favorite things... the wedding shawl my mom helped me finish and the ring pillows she helped me design and make. The napkins that several people contributed to and the first quilt made mostly by my daughter but with lots of help from her proud mama. It may not be all the things I wanted to do, but this collection represents a need to create and fitting that need in when possible. I know 2010 will be no less crazy and possibly even more so, but I look forward to fitting this addiction into all the little cracks between living. I hope all of you find the time to do something you love every chance you get too! Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Ribbed Socks for Kids free pattern from Spud and Chloe. Just a basic sock pattern sized down for little feet. I didn't want to do anything fancy since they will probably outgrow these by next year.
Time to get knitting!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
The stitch is just an elongated S. It is one of the basic stitches on my bernina and I just increase the stitch length and practice on scrap fabric until I get it how I want it. Then you just carefully sew along the edge...
If you did a good job of folding your binding over the edge in equal amounts, then when you flip it over you will have also sewn along the edge of the front side...
However, if you have a spot that you accidently pulled the binding fabric too tight or too loose, you will run away from the edge on the front (because you were following the wonky edge on the back). Now, I don't pin or clip my binding in any way, I just fold it and stitch (gasp!), so if you are a methodic pinner or clipper you probably won't run into this problem. This was the first time I ever used this method, and it is a pretty big quilt, so I have to assume it would be a lot easier with some practice and especially on much smaller baby quilts (where I think machine sewn binding makes the most sense). This was the wonkiest spot I had, and I can live with it. I'm not one for pointing out imperfections, but didn't want you all to think this was some magic perfect technique :). Please disregard the cat hair in the close ups.
If anyone has any other questions I will be happy to answer in the comments!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
(My yarn in progress on the right, Aunt Jan's on the left. The colors definitely mellow during the steaming and rinsing)
(Mom planning her attack)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
My pillowcase was made with squirrel fabric (because she is evil, but also knows I love that line) and some lovely Heather Bailey fabric. Christy's pillowcase was cupcakes with cute pink University of Georgia fabric on the edge.
We pretty much ate a huge breakfast, sat on the porch, read trashy magazines, ate snacks, sat on the porch, and gabbed. There may have been a few very large cups of sangria... mmmm.
Back to the pillowcases for a moment. I mentioned in my pillowcase tutorial what a great gift pillowcases are, but I just have to emphasize it again! All week I have gone to bed and smiled at my pillowcase from last weekend, and it will always remind me of good times with friends. Before putting the one Melissa made on my pillow, I had on one from the set that my friend Audrey made for a wedding gifty in our wedding colors. I can pull those out every anniversary as just another little reminder of that wonderful day. We also have ones that we put on pillows for birthdays and almost all major holidays. If you haven't made some I highly recommend it!
Audrey's wedding pillowcases