Polka dot chair blocks

I’m loving the pinwheels- I think a quilt of just pinwheels is on the list for sure.  This star was much easier to piece than I expected.  Would love to maybe do a Christmas quilt with these and fussy cut the middle squares.Not a huge fan of these pieced HST’s, but it was fun. Love this one!  Windmill?  Pinwheel?  Not sure what it’s called, but I love it. I think this is called a keystone block.  Really like this one too and could see making a full quilt in this pattern.Not a lot of cohesion in this one, will definitely need sashing.  There are a couple more blocks out now that I need to make.  It’s a super fun project!  It’s also really helping my piecing skills, which is awesome.


New quilt

I’ve decided to take on the block of the month from Polkadot Chair blog!

Super excited.  I can’t believe how much my piecing has improved in the past two years – both the cutting and the 1/4 inch seams.

I’m using the Lined Dried sampler from Connecting Threads.  I think I’ll just stick with this whole line for the blocks – should then come out with some sort of cohesion…hopefully!

Ski weekend sock knitting

We went skiing this weekend so I took along a ball of sock yarn to start a new sock.  I knit very slowly so this was most of the result of the drives in the car (6 hours each way) and a little bit at the hill, but not much.   I think there was another stripe or two complete by the time we reached home.

 Years ago I made socks using the Universal Toe Up Sock Formula published at knitty.com.  I have a few notes left over from that so I know what size needles would require how many stitches, etc etc.    This particular pair are being knitted on size 0 (2.0mm) bamboo needles, over 72 stitches.  The pattern is one I made up and used in these socks (one of which I made in 2009 and the second I made last year!).  The yarn is DGB Confetti Superwash, but I’ve lost the bal band so don’t know the colour.  I don’t like the colour, actually, but I remember it was more than 50% off and I like that!  It’s just a basic 2×2 rib that changes at every self-striping colour change, after a cuff is knit.  I knit these top down and enjoyed not fiddling with a toe right out of the gate, and it was well suited for knitting in the car while keeping a 2 year old and a 4 year old occupied for 6 hours!

Easy envelope pillow covers

Yesterday I pulled out some cute kids fabric that I had tucked away and made two envelope pillow covers.  The pillow forms are actually old throw pillow from our living room that weren’t being used anymore.  They were a bit misshapen, but they work.  The envelope isn’t perfect, but I think this has to do with the misshapen, sort of flat pillow forms!  This fabric is super cute, and it’s been in my stash for years.  Rather than wait for the “perfect” project, I decided to just go ahead and use it!

These took about 30 minutes each, from start to finish (maybe less, definitely less if you knew what you were doing!)  The kids love them!

Quilt #2 complete

My second quilt is complete and has been shipped off to my mom.  She received it yesterday and loved it.  Hopefully she gets lots of time snuggling underneath it during the upcoming winter.  

I didn’t use a pattern, just sewed some strips together in like colours and then added sashing and border.  It turned out larger than I expected, so I pieced an extra strip on the back.  

This was fun to make, but I realized that quilting with two little ones around is hard – there is not a lot of time when I am really “free”.  I actually took a half vacation day to baste it and do the quilting because I couldn’t have them running all over it while I was trying to pin it!


New socks

  I started these socks in…2009.  I finished them last week on a road trip.  2009!  That is 6 years for one pair of socks.  If my family had to rely on my for clothing we would all be naked.  
I thought I took photos of these on my feet, but apparently not.  I’ll have to remember to get those done at some point!