The booties are a tiny version of Pamela Wynn's Elf Slippers. You can see other, larger shoes I have knit from this pattern here, here, and here. I knit these booties on smaller needles and did not felt them.
The pattern for the hat is Lyalya Hoodie by Natasha Schaffer. I have also made a few of these before. You can see them here, here, and here.
Miss P is thrilled that she will be an aunt in July! Shortly after she heard the news she started planning all of the things she would make for the new baby. First up - a quilt. She was already a fan of Elizabeth Hartman's patterns, so narrowing the choice to one of her designs didn't take long. She always told me they were SO CUTE! It was a close call between the kittens and the hedgehogs. Hazel Hedgehog was the final choice because the baby's mom is a hedgehog fan.
She decided that if she was going to put all of that work into it she didn't want the baby to outgrow it quickly. She upsized the baby quilt to be four rows of four blocks.
The four by four layout requires 16 blocks, an even number, just right for making two hedgehogs of each color. The baby can play "match the hedgehogs".
Miss P went through my fabrics and chose lights and mediums of eight different colors for the faces and bodies. The spines for each would be different. I helped by cutting everything with the rotary cutter but she did the sewing by herself.
This project required quite a bit of planning ahead to be finished in time for the baby shower. She sewed two blocks at a time over MANY weekends. It was an exciting day when all of the blocks were finished.
Next up was the sashing and pin basting.
Then came the quilting.
When the last stitch of binding was finished she said, "Now I can say that I have made a quilt!! This is the most exciting thing I have EVER done!!!"
Miss P asked me to thank Elizabeth Hartman for designing this cute pattern, and for encouraging her along the way, even if she didn't know she was doing it.
Congratulations to her for getting it done! She finished just in time for photos the day before the shower - as one does. I am so proud of her!
Off the Chart is another quilt from my book, Every Last Piece. This design was inspired by colorwork knitting charts. I love this design idea because there are so many different ways to interpret it. Here, the different size circles represent different colors of yarn that would be used when knitting from the chart.
The the pattern is made of three kinds of blocks; blank, small circles, and large circles. The scraps used in this quilt are all "light" fabrics. The background is a rich teal print from Carolyn Friedlander's botanics line.
It is quilted in a design that mimics the look of the knit stitch at a size equal to the applique "stitches".
Finished Size 58'' by 81''.
In addition to being published in the book, this quilt hand in the QuiltCon 2015 show.
The pattern and directions for Off the Chart can be found in chapter three of my book.
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Welcome to my post on the Oakshott Lipari blog hop. Thank you Lynne and Michael for inviting me to participate and sending me such beautiful fabric to work with! I have been a huge Oakshott fan for quite a while and made a quilt from the Ruby Red bundle a few years ago. And also have the big box that is still looking beautiful over in the corner of my sewing room. I think I'll dive into that when I return from quilt market next week.
From each of the 36 fat eighths, cut two of each template a, b, and c. There will be 72 a, 72 b, and 72 c pieces.
Group the cut pieces in groups of one each of a, b, and c to make 72 blocks. Mix up the light and dark fabrics, some blocks can be high contrast and some low contrast. This mixing will give the quilt more visual energy.
For each block, sew piece a to piece b. Fold each piece in half to find the middle of the seamed line. Match the centers and place a pin as shown.
Bring the edges even and sew the seam. Some people prefer to sew with the wedge piece on top and some people prefer to sew with the outer curve piece on top. Sew them together whichever way works best for you. Press seam away from the point for a smoother curve.
Next, add the outer corner of block, c. Find the center of the seam and pin. This larger curve is a little easier to sew than the first seam. On these curves I hold the edges even with my fingers while I sew. Press seams to the outside of the curve.
Repeat the steps above to complete 72 blocks.
Arrange the blocks as shown in the finished quilt or play with them and come up with your own arrangement. Sew the blocks together in rows. Sew the rows together.
Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Baste. Quilt. Finish with binding or facing.
I finished this quilt with a facing. (I will do a separate post with a tutorial on how to finish a quilt with a facing.)
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making this quilt. I loved the way each piece of fabric performed a bit of visual magic as it was fed under the presser foot. The process of sewing these blocks was a visual feast.
You really must see this fabric in person to fully appreciate its beauty. It is very difficult to capture with a camera.
Woohoo! I finished knitting these socks that I started back in November.
They are so squishy and comfortable. I just love this yarn and the colors are pretty great too. Details:
Pattern - Diagonal Cross Rib socks by Ann Budd in Favorite Socks by Interweave. (affiliate link) Yarn - Painted Damsel Skinny Bugga by Sanguine Gryphon.
Last weekend I put them on double points to hold them until I could finish them. I wanted to have something easier to knit at M's graduation ceremonies. Look how much I knit during the first graduation event. I cast on after we took our seats. After two days of graduation events I'm ready to start the heel. The Painted Damsel socks are number 15 in my Stash 100 project - to knit 100 things (or pairs of things) from my stash. The new socks will soon be project 16. I'm on a roll, the 2x2 rib socks knit up much faster than the patterned socks.
Numb - finished size 16" by "16. This quilt was made from one piece of beautiful fabric hand dyed by my friend, Karen Coulter.
After being abused over time, victims can become emotionally numb. In order to cope with the constant abuse they withdraw and are unable to have any sort of emotional response, either happy or sad. The numbness protects him (or her) from experiencing too much pain.
Sadly, the numbness also means that the victim does not experience joy.
Numb can apply not only to the immediate abuse victim but also to the family and friends of the victim, which makes the circle of victims that much larger. Family and friends can reach a point where they feel numb and feel that they can't process any more rejection or hurt.
If you have a friend or family member who is experiencing abuse here are some things you can do to help. The most important thing to remember is that the choice to leave or not is theirs. You can't make them leave a bad situation but you can be supportive and helpful in their choice. They will need someone they can count on when/if they do decide to end or leave the abusive relationship.
Domestic Violence knows no boundaries when it comes to race/gender/sexuality/age/socioeconomic status/geographic location/culture.
Remember, domestic abuse affects ten million people in the US every year. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, please know that the folks at the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1 800 799 SAFE or thehotline.org) are ready to listen and support you, as well as refer you to a local program or organization. If you observe someone being abused, you can also call the hotline. A good samaritan call can save a life!
All of the quilts in the Domestic Abuse series so far can be viewed here.