Friday, August 19, 2016

Creative Time

I don't know about you, but I love making baby quilts.
They are small so that they sew up fast,
and they make such great gifts.

I just finished a stack of tumbler baby quilts made using vintage
cotton sheets and donated fabric.
They will be heading off to 
which is Boise's homeless shelter for women and children.
May they give comfort to someone in need....

I've been happily weaving away,
making progress on my various projects,
and I'm two inches from finishing my overshot table runner!
I feel like doing a happy dance around the loom.

On the spinning side of things,
I just finished spinning four ounces of Merino/nylon roving
that I dyed in lilac, and sunny yellow.
I spun this using a short backward draw
at a ratio of 10.5:1 on a Matchless wheel.
Then I triple plied it with the idea of
using this yarn for socks.

One of my favorite roses, a Queen Elizabeth,
 is putting on a lovely show in our backyard.
It's grown to over five feet tall
and it's covered with elegant soft pink roses.
I can see it from my sewing desk,
so it brightens my day.

Here's hoping that you have
time for fiber/fabric today,

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Bit of Color Play

This week I wanted to make someone
some improv coasters for their dining room table.
Bright colors were requested, so I pulled my
scrap bins out and started sewing.
The coasters are six inches square (15 cm)
and hand quilted using Sulky thread.

Fun little bursts of color!

I thought that pot holders/fabric trivets 
would be a great addition
to their kitchen as well.
I machine quilted these with an Insul-Bright
mylar layer in the middle
for heat protection.

I also thought some whimsical log cabin placemats
would be nice.
So far two are done, 
with cotton batting,
and hand quilted with large stitches using white thread.

On my knitting needles,
I've been knitting socks
using a pattern that I found on Ravelry.
It's David's Toe-Up Sock Cookbook,
which requires a bit of measuring and math,
but ends up with a perfectly fitted sock.  
Thanks, David, for sharing this pattern.

The wool is hand dyed in turquoise, sky blue,
chartreuse, spring green,
sunny yellow with a bit of white thrown in.

Here's hoping that you have time for fabric/fiber,