Friday, August 29, 2014

Up-cycled Denim Skirts

I have been trying a few new techniques for updating denim skirts.  I've seen a lot of jeans made into skirts and skirts with gathered tiers added but when I saw a skirt with a knitted lace flounce I just had to try my hand at the look.  I added a row of blanket stitching using size 3 cotton in off white. I used an embroidery needle making it quite easy to get through the denim.  After the blanket stitching was in place I used cotton yarn and picked up one stitch in each blanket stitch.  I choose a simple 10 stitch repeat lace pattern and began the knitted section repeating the pattern until the yarn ran out.  The finished skirt is about 18 inches long.   I love the look!  If you like it the finished skirt if for sale on my Etsy shop. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Imperial Wrap

Knitting adds some measure of calm in a busy life.  I have had the privilege of working with Blue Sky Alpacas designing patterns for their wonderful collection of yarns.  The Imperial Wrap is knit from Blue Sky Alpacas wonderfully soft Royal Alpaca.  This yarn is so wonderful to knit with, it just glides over the needles.  I love it.  This is a simple design which would make a cozy wrap for any occasion.  

Monday, March 3, 2014

Baby Blanket

I made this baby blanket for a baby shower for a mom who has Russian heritage.  I wanted to do something special for her first baby due in just a few weeks.  The doll figure was imported it into my Viking software to make the embroidery.  I changed out the tummy design for each doll and included two for the center square.  Simple stitching around the dolls added some quilting within the white squares and I followed a couple stripes in the colored blocks.  I found the print at Joann's and thought it fit the theme.  Using the print as a guide I used bright pink on the back and framed the squares with a orange cotton that was in my stash.  The squares are all 10 inches.  I use 10 inch squares a lot because it really makes the math easy. You can get 4 squares out of 1/3 yard of 44" fabric with a bit left to square every thing up.  Needing only a small amount of fabric for the contrast square you can choose a designer fabric and not blow the budget.  The solid colors I used are standard quilting solids.  I would not have used the orange and pink together without the inspiration given in the accent fabric.  All in all the shower was a success with the mom receiving a wonderful assortment of things for the new baby. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Mittens Were Hung by the Chimney

I thought it would be fun to hang some mittens by the fireplace.  I saw this idea somewhere using miniature mittens; but, being the practical one that I am, I could not see putting in all the time to knit mittens that no one could wear and with 12 grandchildren someone can always use another pair of mittens.  These were knit using 'Spud and Chloe' Sweater. That is my grandmothers tea pot.  It says Lipton on the bottom.  I wonder if she saved stamps to send away for it ... or maybe box tops?  My sisters and I would get the fun job of putting all those S&H Green Stamps and Gold Bond Stamps into the books to be sent in for redemption. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Baby Elephant Walk

I love giving had made gifts!  I have been invited to a couple baby showers this winter so I have been working on ideas for baby quilts.  Using the Elephant quilt block I found here I made this baby quilt for a nephew and his wife who are expecting their first child. I needed it to be gender neutral and I think this fits the bill.  Kind of a modern edge on the standard 9 patch quilt with the bright border.  I used cotton quilt batting and the geometric print for the back side.  I like the softness of cotton batting and the way the quilt looks after a few washings.  Such a classic batting.  I quilted this little quilt using my walking foot making squares in each block and multiple lines along the border.  I stitched around the elephant using a quarter inch seam allowance. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Now up on ETSY

A few more items have been posted on ETSY!! Thank you all for your support.

Airstream Dish Towel

Vespa Dish Towel Set

Red and White Bicycle Dish Towel Set

Camper Pillow
Tricycle Towel Set
Airstream Pillow

 Follow the links and see all my latest creations. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Easy Zipper Insertion for Bags

A while back I came across this bag on Pinterest from Pink Stitches and wanted to do a couple test runs.  I have been looking for an easy way to do the zipper insertion and thought I would give this one a try.  My first attempt I had to cut down a zipper and I think I might have left it just a bit too long so the corners did not turn as well as I had hoped.  I made the second bag, cutting down the measurements just a bit,  and had better luck with a shorter zipper.  I like the method and the instructions are well written with great photos.