Friday, June 28, 2013

I love Tula Pink!  Her book Quilts from The House of TULA PINK is fantastic.  I like how there are few rules and that a lot of improvisation is incorporated in her quilts.  Also, using of scraps is always a plus.  You can learn from her section on Tula’s techniques which is very informative and easy to understand instructions.  There are 20 projects to choose from and I chose STACKS.

This quilt was designed by Tula Pink with the inspiration of everyone has stacks of books, bills, etc.  This quilt finishes out at 72” x 90”.  I
Speaking of stacks, here are the stacks of rectangles and pinwheels ready for piecing together.......
After piecing the rectangles and pinwheels to background pieces, they are sewned into tubes…..
A finished block . . .
I wanted to make a quilt for my husband’s parents’ bed which we got after they passed away.  It was their first bedroom suite and was purchased in 1926.  I wanted to do a quilt with purples, teals, greens all of her favorites especially purple.  Here is a glimpse of the blocks on her bed before assembling into the quilt . . .
I will post the finished quilt when it is finished.  You should really check out Tula Pink!  She is awesome!
Have a great week!
"You know you are a quilter if
"Fat Quarters" are not the heaviest
part of your body!"




Thursday, June 13, 2013

Quick Table Runner

I just got tired of looking at a plain dining room table so I decided that I would do something quick. After deciding to do a sew and flip, I began to choose fabrics. Luckily I had a jelly roll of colors that I like so that limited cutting except for cutting the strips in half. I auditioned batting cut to the size that I thought I wanted and began sewing and flipping. The size of my table runner is approximately 17" by 42". Choose the size you would like and follow the directions below if you want to make a quick table runner.

I started with a plain dining room table . . .

I measured to see how big I wanted my table runner and auditioned a piece of batting to make sure . . .

Now on to choosing fabrics for this project. This project could go seasonal, scrappy, etc. Your choice! I happened to find a jelly roll that I thought would be suitable through spring.

Of course since I had pre-cut strips I used 2-1/2" strips, but you could easily vary the widths, use smaller widths, larger widths, etc. Again your choice.  My kind of project.

I layed these strips out in the order I wanted to use and cut them in half and made two identical stacks. I began with the top strip of one stack and removed the identical strip from the other stack. Now for the sewing. Lay the strip in the middle of your batting and add another strip from the stack and sew using a 1/4" seam. Flip and press. Add the next strip from the same stack, flip, and press until you get this half finished. Now when you go to the next stack you will notice that the strip matches the one on the other side of the center strip. For me, that's what I chose to do. Now continue with the sew, flip, and press until entire batting is covered. For the size of my table runner I used 23 strips.

Next trim and square up the runner. For my project, I chose to do a pillowcase back versus binding. I used muslin and made the backing. After sewing on the backing, I used a bone folder to push out the corners, pressed the finished table runner, and placed on my dining room table.

Much to my amazement, I had already used some of the strips to make a fabric vase! For a little over one and a half hours, I filled my empty table with something that I enjoyed doing and love.

The beauty of this project is that you can do it however you wish and without a pattern and using your own imagination. This is a great project for the beginner and a FUN project for anyone!
Be not afraid, have fun, and enjoy the process and the
outcome will totally you!!!


Saturday, June 8, 2013

I love to knit and crochet. A fav is to knit with wool and then felt it.  I have felted coasters, bags, and knitted flat pieces to felt, cut out into shapes, and then use as embellishments on my art quilts.  I love to see the outcome on each of these projects.  Once wool is felted it will not fray or unravel!!

I also, like to have ways of housing my yarn while I am knitting a project.  I do use the KnitClutchTM that I make to use as a portable way to take your knitting projects with you; however, I wanted something to use at home on projects that were too large to transport.  I did purchase a beautiful  yarn bowl made out of pottery and love it with the exception that I cannot change projects in mid-stream.  I am always adding new WIPs and this piece did not work. 

While searching Ravelry, I came across yarn bowls and, WOW were they gorgeous.  They are a quick knit and a great first felting project.  These bowls are a purchase pattern on Ravelry and you can search Molly Conroy for her really neat patterns.  Oh, and you get three sizes with the purchase of her pattern.

Make sure that you have wool felting yarn because if the yarn is a superwash or has another other fiber mixed in you will not get the felting that you need.  Also, another tip, I have tried felting white wool and did not have good results.  I have been told that it has been through so much bleaching and pulling processes that it does not have good results.  I do like to felt with Malabrigo, LionBrand Shepherd’s Wool, Plymouth Yarn Encore, just to name a few.  My newest discovery is by Viking and is called Naturgarn.  It is a pure wool and states on the label that it is for knitting and felting.  The yarn I chose is a multi-colored yarn (very colorful) and has the texture of wool roving.  It was wonderful to knit with and the felting was successful!

For this blog entry, I chose the middle size bowl.  And you will need the following to knit it . . .

The Naturgarn yarn used 2 full skeins and a part of the 3rd skein for the middle size.  It probably would do a large bow.  But to be sure, check gauge.

Circular needles in the size that yarn calls for, four stitch markers with one being different to designate the beginning of the round, scissors, darning needle, stuffing (I will explain later why I use stuffing), washing machine, small amount of dishsoap, and VERY hot water!!!  Oh, and of course the pattern that you choose.  With the one that I chose you will need a closure of your choice.

Once bowl is complete it will be large and very floppy . . .

Place the bowl into a lingerie bag or pillowcase (secured tightly) and place in washing machine with jeans, old towels, etc.  Put your machine on the lowest water level, hot water, and highest washing level.  Be sure to watch and make sure your project doesn’t go through the spin cycle and check periodically on the felting process.  I find that a zippered lingerie bag works better for this part of the process.  You will need to place the wool project into one of these as the fibers will pull out and might clog up your machine.

This is the bowl stuffed and dried . . .

Notice how when felted the stitches shrink together and the bowl has more stability.

On to the stuffing . . . some felters recommend using plastic grocery bags, but I choose to use plain old stuffing.  One of the main reasons is that you can shape your bowl or project around the stuffing and it will hold its shape.  Also, I place my stuffed project over a vent in my floor so that the air will help dry it more quickly.  Try this for yourself and pick the one you like. 

Once dry, you can add the closure.  The pattern gives two options…two buttons or one clasp.  I chose the clasp and here is an example of the one with the clasp.


These make wonderful gifts for your knitting friends and also beautiful décor for your home when not using with your knitting project.  There are many patterns that you can use for felting bowls.  I have also made felted Pueblo vases, box shapes, plain bowls, and am really thinking about doing the 40 year bowl…check that one out on Knitting Pattern Central.

Have fun with your felting and remember . . .

“Breathe in inspiration and trust yourself, the answer is, Yes You Can!”


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