Sunday, March 19, 2017

Got Half Square Triangles?

Frequently, I have been making holiday table runners that result in a scrap pile of 45 degree triangles.

Back Side
But I greatly disliked cutting squares made from half square triangles until I purchased a Bloc Loc ruler for squaring up half square triangle blocks (HST's).
Connecting Threads
Yesterday, armed with a 50% off coupon for our local Craft Warehouse, I made my purchase and now the 6.5 inch ruler has joined my collection of rulers and templates designed for rotary cutting.  The ruler is very expensive, probably due to the groove on back side for lining up the seam.  The groove works like magic to control slippage and create perfectly square blocks with a corner to corner seam as long as you remember to put the logo, Bloc Loc, on the "low" side of the seam.
Bloc Loc: Samples

Now to find all those HST's and piece them for a scrap quilt.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

West Side Knitters

Today was out of the ordinary.  A lady in our neighborhood invited knitters to come to her home interested in charity knitting, possibly hats for our homeless community.

It was nice to meet other fiber minded folks and get inspiration to try new techniques and patterns.  Sue was knitting an interesting sweater in the round:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wrapped-pullover


I need to get out of my rut.  I am stuck on small projects like cowls, hats, and scarves or if I need a bigger challenge, socks.  Bigger only because they take me a full month to complete.  

Here are the show and tell projects I brought, just some scrap busters. 


Friday, March 3, 2017

March OMG for Elm Street Quilts

March OMG is to get binding on the February OMG and write my post on time.
Elm Street Quilts March OMG

OMG: A Real Challenge

My February OMG was to quilt the 3rd of the baby quilts made from Windham Brights precuts.  It proved to be the greatest challenge I have faced with Patience, my HandiQuilter 16.
February OMG
Mounting the back so it would roll straight was the issue.  I finally got it on satisfactorily and the design is straight but not exactly positioned where I wanted on the back of the quilt.  Adding a label at the center bottom should balance it better.  There is one spot that has some slight rippling but when the quilt is washed, it should be disguised by the crinkles in the cotton batting.
Maybe next time I won't plan such a challenging back to mount and roll straight and I will get my blog post linked on time.  I missed it but will try again.  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February OMG

This month for my Elm Street Quilts OMG, I am aiming at getting the 3rd of the quilts made from the Windham Brights on the HandiQuilter and quilted.  It should only take a part of a morning to quilt.  Also, there is a piece of batting left from the January OMG that should work for this top and a number of scraps for creating a unique back.  There is plenty for binding, too.  It's a short month but the goal should be accomplished.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Goal!

My OMG for Elm Street Quilts has been quilted and bound.  The quilting was completed on Tuesday morning and the binding was on by Wednesday night.

Stitch and Flip Baby Quilt: OMG Quilt for January
The Stitch and Flip Quilt is a fast and easy quilt for a baby shower.  It requires only 1/2 of a Jelly Roll.  The project is worth repeating.  One could make two at a time and switch the vertical strip between the two quilts.
Shannon is thinking about what her grandmas name will be so the label will have to wait until she decides.

It feels good to have completed one of the tops in my stack.  There is one more top I made with fabrics from this line.  It may be my OMG for February and gifted to a granddaughter arriving by adoption.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Good Month for Projects

Record Snow Storm
We had an unusual snowstorm that left us with 13 inches of snow this month.  The snow caused havoc for a week and then left us quickly when our temperatures returned to normal.  Besides shoveling our driveway, I have some projects to show since Christmas and for being snowbound.
Decorative Napkins for the Kitchen Table
 I love the method for the napkins.  It works so slick!
Three Reversible Table Runners
This quickie table runner makes a great gift and is so easy.  I have more details on another blog entry:  WOF Table Runners  Sometimes I vary the strips a bit depending on the fabric available.  I had a kit for one 10 Minute Table Runner that I was making the most of by supplementing with some coordinating fabrics.  The kit fabrics were the orange and lime green Riley Blake fabrics and the additions were the black and the backing fabrics.

Two Aprons for Gifting



Much Needed Slippers for Me
 The free pattern for the slippers is a keeper.  I like the garter stitch sole.  It feels cushy.
Napkins & Mug Rugs or Candle Mats

Gift Apron
The pattern for the apron is in a booklet.  I collect apron patterns but this is my number one favorite.  The half apron version of the one above has been well liked among fans of that style, too.