Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sneak Peek

I am making progress on my OMG.  After auditioning fabrics from the stash, I decided I needed to buy some cherries fabric for the borders.  Here are the fabrics from the stash:
And now for the sneak preview of the quilt top with just two borders:
The top would have been spectacular with sashing between the blocks but it will be large enough without it and it is nice to have them coming together into a top.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May OMG: Digging Through the Boxes

I had good intentions of completing a quilt from 2010 but while looking for binding fabric for the quilt, I ran across a set of simple "Puss in the Corner" blocks I won at a CTA retreat in 2006 (completing the quilt top will be my Elm Street Quilts OMG).

The theme of the retreat was cherries and the instructions were to make as many blocks as we desired.  The number of blocks we made determined the number of entries we had in the drawing for all of the blocks.  I won the blocks, more cherry themed fabric, and the signature block placed center bottom.
Elm Street Quilts May OMG
After much indecision, I have decided on a simple arrangement from this 9 patch variation.  There will be a narrow black border so the center blocks appear to float.  I thought about sashing but decided that I liked the scrappy 4 patches created by the corner squares and that maybe this quilt didn't need to be spectacular, just finished and put into use next winter when I curl up in my favorite chair to knit and listen to an audio book.

Bonnie at Quiltville has a spectacular version of "Puss in the Corner."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April OMG: Finished and Ready for Hanukkah

The four Hanukkah placemats, my April Elm Street Quilts OMG, have binding (my April OMG) and even a set of napkins including 2 extra, one to cover challah bread and one to put under the hanukkiah, the special menorah with nine branches instead of the usual seven.  This special holiday set will be a gift or offered for sale in our congregation's shop.
April Elm Street Quilts Finish
 Elm Street Quilts OMG is clearly working for me.  I have never started sewing for the holidays so early.  Additionally, I have a quilt top arranged on the floor that will be my May OMG.   

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sew Wonderful Simple Shawl Freebie


My version of Simple Shawl by Jane Hunter has generated some inquiries on Ravelry and from members of our neighborhood Wednesday afternoon knitting and crochet group.  I made an effort to write up my variation into a pattern that works with one cake of LionBrand Mandala yarn.  If you would like to read through it for errors or make a test knit, I would love the feedback.
Sew Wonderful Simple Shawl Pattern
Click on the linked caption under the photo or look at the side-bar links for Tutorials and Sew Wonderful Simple Shawl.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April OMG: Early Hanukkah Project

Rarely do I get started on holiday sewing this far in advance but the quilted Hanukkah placemats I started in February are begging for binding so I put them on the schedule for April (Elm Street Quilts April OMG).
Elm Street Quilts OMG for April
And wouldn't they look great with some magic miter reversible napkins?  I will have to get some more of the dark blue that I am using in the binding to go with the Star of David fabric on the back.  I have yards of that to use up.  It was a holiday clearance fabric I indulged in too liberally.  😉

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sew Much Time

With rain and more rain, sewing and knitting projects have filled and brightened the dreary days.  On Friday, the weather was a bit more distracting than endless drips and drizzle bringing hail and a torrential downpour.

Besides the OMG Hoping for Hazel quilt, two shawls, a shawlette, a cowl, and a little zip bag have been added to the pile of completed projects for 2017.
DiL Brittney's Shawl
My Shawl
Shawlette from a Premier Sweet Roll
 

Zippy Strippy Bag by Atkinson Designs
A third shawl is falling off the needles.  The Mandala line of yarn has been enjoyable to use with few or no knots and varying lengths of color in the segments.
DiL Maggie's Shawl

OMG: Hoping for Hazel

Binding is on the baby quilt now known as "Hoping for Hazel" and will be waiting more patiently than I to hear if Hazel will be our next grand-daughter.  Serena and Anna have gone to their forever families and we are still waiting a special little girl that will join our family.

Attaching binding on this quilt is my Elm Street OMG for March.