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!
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 . .
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
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
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
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
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
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 . . .
in inspiration and trust yourself, the answer is, Yes You Can!”
Check out KnitClutch.myshopify.com or MainStreetYarns.com for yarns
and my KnitClutchTM