Posted in Blankets, Dishcloth/Washcloth, Kal, Knitting, Ramblings, Scarves, Stashbuster, Stitch Patterns, Tutorials, Winter

Thoughts on Thursday – A Beat the Winter Blues KAL

When I decided to start my Stitch Pattern Saturday¬†series, I had a thought (watch out, that’s how it starts!). I’ve always wanted to make a sampler blanket. Maybe other folks would like to make a sampler blanket too? Wouldn’t it be fun to have a KAL?!?! But. I don’t want to have a really structured KAL (I’m not even sure I know what structure is in my crafty life…. ūüėČ ). I want to have a “maybe I don’t want to knit a blanket….could I just knit a sampler scarf or maybe just try some¬†Stitch Patterns¬†on dishcloths” type of KAL. Just a group of crafty people getting together during the winter and knitting, chatting and maybe sharing their favorite recipes. Does that type of KAL even exist? Maybe it should! My plan is to officially start the KAL on December 21st (the first day of winter as I want to name the KAL “Beat the Winter Blues”). Although, I know many knitters will not be ready to start knitting until December 26th (that whole gift knitting thing….). In the next few days, I’ll be setting up the Facebook group and letting you know some of the unstructured details. Deal?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

 

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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

Posted in FALL!, Quilting, Quilts, Sewing, Stashbuster, WIPS

WIP Wednesday – Maple Leaf Quilt

Yesterday, I shared the Maple Leaf Quilt Block. This is the Maple Leaf quilt top I’ve been working on for quite awhile now. It’s one of those projects I started that got pushed aside for whatever reason. Probably something “New and Fresh” came along and I quickly abandoned this for the new project. If you’ve followed along with the blog, you know it happens! ūüėČ

The funny (or maybe tragic would better describe it) thing is, I really only need to sew a few more blocks together (maybe 7?) and this quilt top would be DONE!

I feel like this quilt top should be finished BEFORE fall is over (I think technically that gives me until December 21st, right?!?)!!!! I’m determined now….I WILL complete this quilt top! Anyone believe me?

Happy Quilting!

Lori

 

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

Tutorial Tuesday – Maple Leaf Block

Fall is almost here! YAY! So…..I decided to share one of my favorite Nine Patch Blocks (if you’ve missed the tutorial, find it here¬†). It’s called the Maple Leaf Quilt Block. AND. It’s perfect for all your lovely fall colored fabrics! If you’re ready, let’s get started!

Maple Leaf Quilt Block (9″finished block):

Cutting (per block):

  • background fabric –¬†2 3-1/2″ squares and 2 3-7/8″ squares (3-7/8″ squares will be for your half square triangles)
  • leaf fabric –¬†3 3-1/2″ squares and 2 3-7/8″ squares (3-7/8″ squares will be for your half square triangles).
  • stem fabric – 1/2″x5″ (If you prefer to hand applique your stem, you’ll need a 3/4″x5″ piece instead )

Directions:

Start by sewing your Half-Square Triangles (HST’s) placing one background fabric square (3-7/8″) ¬†and one leaf fabric square (3-7/8″)¬†right sides together following the directions for half square triangles here ( I can’t stress enough how a Walking Foot helps with quilting. It has made a HUGE difference in my quilt making!!!). Press seams toward the dark fabric.

On one of your background (3-1/2″) fabric squares, machine applique your stem fabric (1/2″x5″) diagonally across the center of the square¬†( or if you prefer, hand applique the stem instead ).

Time to layout your block….

With right sides together and a 1/4″ seam begin sewing squares to create strips.

After the strips are sewn, sew the strips (right sides together and 1/4″ seams) together, matching intersections (Note: I press seams on the strips¬† in opposite directions at the intersections to reduce the bulk….).

That’s it! One block down! Whoohoo!

Happy Quilting!

Lori

 

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?!?! ūüėČ

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