Friday, May 31, 2013

Got It Done-–May 2013

In keeping with Judy L’s Getting It Done challenge of posting a list of goals each month and also posting a progress report, I am presenting my list of completions for the month of May.

Here is my original goal list:

May Baby Quilt top

“Boy It’s Spring” is the name I gave this quilt top.  It measures 37” square. 

This was a fun and easy quilt top to piece.  I like the combination of bright and pastels.

For more information about this quilt, check out my blog post.

Craftsy BOM

This month’s block is called “Strippy Spools”.
I chose to make mine with patriotic fabrics in honor of Memorial Day. 
The block measures 8-1/2” but I it to 7-1/2” as instructed.  This would be a good block to use for Quilts of Valor.

May Washcloth

The pattern I chose to knit for this month is called the Bee Stitch Cloth.  I blogged about it here.

I used a light blue variegated 100% cotton yarn.  The finished size is 9”x10”. 

QOV Quilt Top

Not done yet.  I still have some red star blocks to make and then sew the rows and columns together.  I may have to put this on my list for June.

Bonus Completion:

Thrifty Washcloth

This washcloth is made homemade variegated yarn.  My blog post of May 24 gives all the details.

Get It Done – June 2013 goals

Here is my list for next month. 

On The Needles --May 31, 2013

This week I tried something new (to me).  I've always been intrigued with the look of Entrelac knitting.  First I went online and found several good YouTube videos demonstrating the technique.  There is also a course on  I learned a lot from the videos presented by Sapphires-n-Purls and I downloaded the instructions, too.

For my practice sample I used US size 9 needles and 100% cotton yarn by Sugar-N-Cream (White and Blue Jeans).

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit Patchwork Times for links to more On The Needles blog posts.


Friday, May 24, 2013

On The Needles–May 24, 2013

Since I started knitting wash clothes several months ago, I’ve accumulated lots of leftover bits and pieces of yarn. 

Recently I stumbled upon a YouTube video on making a Magic Knot to join yarn ends.  I know a lot of knitters don’t/won’t knit with knots in the yarn, but I thought this project would be a good test. 

First, I got out all my scraps of 100% cotton yarn and cut lengths about 20” to 30” inches long and stacked them in piles.  Then I began joining one color of yarn to another making sure to get a good mix.  I used a couple different variegated yarns with solid colors….so I made my own variegated yarn.  I wound it all into a ball as I added more strands until the ball was about 3 inches in diameter. 

The pattern I used for this wash cloth was the “Infamous” Darrell Waltrip Cloth by Rhonda K. White based on a stitch pattern from the “365 Knit Stitches a Year: A Perpetual Calendar”.  The stitch is actually called the “Double Woven Stitch” and it incorporates slipped stitches (“sl 2 wyif”), knit and purl. 

The knot technique I used worked really well and even though the knots appeared as I knitted them, you can hardly tell they are there.  The finished cloth looks and feels like it was made using a regular variegated yarn.  I still have leftovers so I’m sure I will be making more “Thrifty Washcloths” in the future.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Design Wall Monday--May 20, 2013

There are a couple of star quilts that I want to make so I've been practicing the cutting and piecing of 45 degree diamonds.  I have sewn together the diamond pairs, but haven't figured out what background fabric to use yet.  Once that decision is made I can cut the setting triangles and corner squares.  This will give me good practice at sewing "Y" seams.

I used my "Fussy Cutter Ruler set by Jan Krentz to cut the 2-1/2" diamonds.    I got the ruler set a while back and have been itching to use it.  I'm enrolled in Jan's class at called "Diamond Quilt Designs".  She's a great teacher and I've learned a lot.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit Patchwork Times for links to more Design Wall blog posts.
     Happy Quilting,

Monday, May 13, 2013

Design Wall Monday - May 13, 2013

This week I'm working on piecing "Boy It's Spring" baby quilt.  All the smaller blocks are made so now it's a matter of assembling the rows and columns.

Now that I'm up at the lake, I don't have a nice design wall like the one at home.  The blocks for this quilt have been laid out on a portable flannel design wall by Fons & Porter on top of the guest bed.  I have my eye on a wall in the guest room that I might be able to use after I rearrange some furniture.

Thanks for stopping by.  I'm linked up with Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.

I just finished hanging up my new design wall.  Here's a better photo of the quilt blocks.  A couple of the blocks need to be switched around.

Friday, May 10, 2013

On The Needles–May 10, 2013

The knitted wash cloth pattern I chose for this month is called the Bee Stitch Cloth.  This is the first time I’ve knitted a pattern using the “k1 in the stitch below”.  Things are going well so far.  I'm liking the density of the cloth.  However I did discover that, while watching an exciting movie, I got off one row.  This pattern has a right and wrong side so I will try to incorporate this new “pattern” again when I get close to the end so that it looks intentional.
I’m using size 7 needles with Sugar ‘n Cream Faded Denim (variegated) 100% cotton yarn.

I'm linked up with Patchwork Times.  Be sure to visit Judy's blog for links to other On The Needles blog posts.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Knitting!
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