Posted in Cowls/Neckwarmers, FALL!, FOs, Knitting, Scrappy, Stashbuster

Scrappy Sunday – Posie Rows Scarf

I’m SO excited to announce the project I’ve been working on through September! I’ve been test knitting this scrappy Posie Rows Scarf by designer Julie Tarsha of the Simply Notable Blog. I wanted to do a scrappy version (mostly because I have SO MUCH sock yarn odds and ends I wanted to use up!), so I gathered up my sock yarn/mini skein yarns and created a Scrappy Self-striping yarn ball . I used the Russian Join to join up all the pieces, but Simply Notable also has an interesting join called the Magic Knot (see this post) that I’m going to test out soon!

If a scrappy version doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry, this scarf looks great in 2 solid colors (or a solid and a variegated/self-striping). I decided to make a minor change to my scarf. I only knit 30″ in length (although it blocked out to 44″ in length!) and seamed the cast-on and bind-off edges together to make a cowl.

I’m VERY happy how it turned out! I hope you decide to knit yourself a Posie Rows Scarf soon. It’s such an enjoyable knit!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Posted in Blocks, Quilting, Scrappy, Sewing, Stashbuster, WIPS

WIP Wednesday – #BeMyNeighbor

Recently my friend and I visited a local quilt store (read about it here). While we were there I was admiring a scrappy (does it seem like I have an obsession with scrappy lately?) quilt made of different house blocks (you can see that quilt here). The lady who worked in the shop informed my friend and I that the blocks for the quilt were on their website. The blocks are called “Be My Neighbor”. It’s not like I NEEDED another project. I’ve got plenty going on. BUT. I’ve always wanted to do a quilt of house blocks and I LOVED the scrappy look of this quilt!

So, let me introduce you to Block #1 of my scrappy #BeMyNeighbor quilt. It’s a BIG 18″ block. It was also a very fun block to make! The block patterns are here, In case you were thinking you ALSO might like to make a scrappy house block quilt. Because, who doesn’t need a house block quilt?

Happy Quilting!

Lori

 

 

 

Posted in FABRIC!, Quilting, Scrappy, Sewing, Stashbuster, Tutorials, WIPS

Tutorial Tuesday – Nine Patch Quilt Block Basics

Since my last trip to the quilt store, I’ve been feeling inspired to do a little quilting. When I say little, I’m thinking potholders. Because, they’re basically just small quilts, right?!?! 😉

If you’ve never done any block piecing (or maybe you have, but a refresher is in order?), I’m going to walk you through a basic Nine Patch Block. Let’s get started…..

7-1/2″ Nine Patch Quilt Block (this block is the size needed for the potholder construction ):

Materials:

  • 1/4 yard each light and dark 100% cotton fabric
  • thread

Cutting list:

  • 9  2-7/8″ squares/5 dark & 4 light (OR 5 light & 4 dark)

Instructions:

Wash fabrics in hot, soapy water (separately). To set the colors, soak in a white vinegar and salt solution for 20-30 minutes. Rinse until colors run clear. Dry and press. You’re now ready to cut your blocks.

I prefer to use a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat……but you can cut with scissors if you like. Measure a 2-7/8″ strip across your light & dark fabrics.

Cut 2-7/8″ squares from these strips.

With right sides together, sew a dark square to a light square using a 1/4″ stitch (a walking foot works great for this, as it feeds the fabrics in the same direction).  Press seam allowance toward the dark fabric. Continue sewing squares together until you have 3 strips with 3 squares each….

Now, sew the 3 strips (right sides together using a 1/4″ seam) together. Make sure to match the pressed seam allowance together. It will look like this….

You’re now already to construct a potholder if you like. OR. Maybe you want to construct MORE blocks and save them up to create a quilt top? Decisions, decisions….

BUT. There’s MORE! I’m going to show you the EASIEST way I know to make Half-Square Triangles (also known as HST). These HSTs will finish out to the 2-7/8″ square size (so you can combine them with your squares for even MORE Nine Patch options!

Here’s how easy it is….

Prepare your fabrics the same as you did for your squares. Cut a light and dark fabric strip at 3-1/4″. Then cut 3-1/4″ squares from the strips. Draw a line diagonally from corner to corner with a pencil or disappearing ink pen (this will be your cutting line). Draw a 1/4″ line (stitching line) on each side of the diagonal line (if your machine has a 1/4″ guide bar you could use that if you prefer)

Stitch on your stitching lines.

Cut the (center) diagonal line.

Once again, press the seam allowance toward the dark fabric.

Trim the little “ears” from the seam allowance and true up the square.

If you search “Nine Patch Blocks” You will find lots of layouts and color combos. Here’s a couple I found….

 

Well….that’s the Nine Patch Block basics! Are you ready to “catch the quilt bug”?

Happy Quilting!

Loti

Posted in FOs, Hats, Knitting, Scrappy, Sock Yarn, Stashbuster

Scrappy Sunday – Bulky Yarn

I’m going to tell you a secret…..I’ve never been a fan of bulky yarn. The only real reason, is that every project I’ve done from bulky yarn has been a flop. So, it might not be the yarn as much as it is the project. A few months back, I read about this technique of making a marled (bulky) yarn from odds and ends of thinner yarns held together. Well, by the looks of the above basket of sock yarn, it was a technique I should give a try!

Holding 4 strands of sock yarn together, I cast-on a hat (no pattern…..yet….) onto size 13 needles. As one of the colors got low, I’d Russian Join a new color to that yarn. Are you ready? Here’s the end result….

I’m pretty happy with the finished hat! I can’t wait to try this again!

What fun ideas are you doing to use up your yarn scraps?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

Posted in Dishcloth/Washcloth, FOs, Knitting, Scrappy, Stashbuster

Scrappy Sunday – Scrappy Around the Square Dishcloths

Remember the Scrappy cotton Self-Striping Yarn I made recently? Here’s that I did with it! A couple of Around the Square dishcloths! They turned out really cute, don’t you think! I just love the fact that I used up a bunch of cotton scraps! Plus, they’re dishcloths (for my kitchen), so even though they’re not perfect, they’ll be fine for the dishes!

What scrappy, stashbusting project is in the works for you?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

Posted in FOs, Potholders, Quilting, Scrappy, Sewing, Stashbuster, Tutorials

Tutorial Tuesday – EZ Potholder Construction

 

As promised, the Potholder Construction I used to make my Denim Potholders. It’s very simple construction. It has what looks like a narrow binding….without the fuss of binding! I’ll also give you a method that requires no hand stitching (if hand stitching is not your thing)! I hope you find it as EZ as I do! Let’s get started!

EZ Potholders – Finished Size – 8×8 inches

Materials:

  • Main Fabric, Contrast Fabric and Batting (I used a heat-resistant batting) – 1/4 yard of each
  • Thread

Cutting List:

Main Fabric-

  • 7-1/2″x7 -1/2″ square (1) Front fabric

 

Contrast Fabric-

  • 8-1/2″x8-1/2″ square (1) Backing Fabric
  • 1″x9-1/2″ strip (4) “Binding” Fabric
  • 1-1/2″x4″ strip (1) Loop Fabric

Batting-

8-1/2″x8-1/2″ square

Directions:

Using a 1/4″ seam, sew one of your “binding” strips to one side of your (Main fabric) front square . I prefer using the walking foot on my machine, but any multi-purpose foot will work.

Sew another strip to the opposite side of your (Main fabric) front square. Press the seam allowances toward the strips and trim the ends to square up.

 

Sew the other two strips to the remaining edges of your (Main fabric) front square (including the edges of your “binding” strips just sewn). Trim edges to square up.

With right sides together fold your hanging loop in half long edges (4″) together. Sew the long edges using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn loop right side out. Press flat with seam to one side. Edgestitch this side (if you want to try my no-hand sew method, edgestitch the other long edge also). Fold raw edges together to form your loop. Pin loop in the left corner (as you look it) of your front square. This will become critical if you have a one-way print! Baste in place using an 1/8″ seam allowance.

Time to layer up your potholder…..Place your batting on your work surface. Place the WRONG side of your (Contrast fabric) Backing square onto the batting. Then, place your assembled front square on top of the backing square, RIGHT sides together. Pin around leaving a 5-6″ opening in the center of one of the sides.

Place the batting side down on your sewing machine and using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew around your potholder. Make sure you leave that 5-6″ opening for turning. I only mention that because I may or may not have forgotten that on one of my potholders…. 😉

Trim the corners and turn your potholder right side out.

I use one of my DPNs to poke the corners out. It’s the only good use I’ve found for DPNs since I learned to knit Magic Loop 😉

Fold the seam allowances of your opening in and pin to hold. Now, you can either sew this edge shut by hand OR edgestitch around the edge of the entire potholder (I prefer this method).

The last step (YAY!) is to edgestitch the opposite edge of the “binding” (the edges seamed to your main fabric square).

That’s it! You’re done! Now sit back and admire your new potholder! AND. Start planning your next potholder!

Happy Sewing!

Lori

Posted in FOs, Modification, Old Jeans, Potholders, Quilting, Scrappy, Sewing, Stashbuster, Upcycle

Modification Monday – Denim Potholders

Recently, I convinced myself I needed to:

  1. Use my (what I still refer as my new….)  sewing machine more often.
  2. Use up some of the old jeans I’ve been hoarding.
  3. Use up some of some of my scrap fabrics.

So, I started perusing Pinterest for ideas. I stumbled across this denim potholder post . Bingo! It was perfect! Sewing machine, old jeans and scrap fabrics! Plus….I’d get some NEW potholders out of the deal! I definitely need those….I’m not even going to post a photo of what I’m currently using. Let’s just say, unless you’re holding the pad the right way, you’re going to burn your fingers! 😉

I’ll tell you right now, It would have been easier to just follow Mary’s instructions and whip up a bunch of potholders. But No-o-o-o-o-o! I decided my potholders needed a hanging loop AND I might have an easier method (and I might….stay tuned, a tutorial is on it’s way 😉 )!

If you decide to make some of Mary’s potholders (and you really should) and want a few with the pockets on them, here’s the tricky part about using the pockets…..

There is not enough seam allowance between the pocket and the yoke on some jeans!

I broke out my handy-dandy seam ripper and tore the stitches out of the yoke.

Once the stitches are remove, pull the yoke up and you’ll gain almost a 1/2 “.

Cut as close as you can to the yoke seam. Then you’ll just need to center the potholder (front) square over your pocket and proceed with the construction (Mary’s or your favorite) . If you don’t need potholders, I bet you know someone who does! Hostess/Christmas gift time is approaching fast! YIKES!

Who do you know who needs new potholders?

Happy Sewing!

Lori