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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I Really Didn't Need More Yarn

I don't know what happened.  When I fell off the wagon and bought all that fabric a couple of weeks ago, I must have bumped my head...amnesia maybe?  Because last week I walked into my favorite yarn shop and walked out with a bag full of yarn.  I really don't need yarn.  Honestly, my yarn stash rivals my fabric stash.  What was I thinking?  Can anyone tell me what makes fiber so darn addictive? 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Warm And Cozy Fleece Blankets

I have been on a bit of a fleece blanket kick lately and I now have three blankets finished and ready to be delivered to our local foster care office.  Fleece blankets are wonderful charity projects!  Fleece is very affordable and it comes in some great colors and prints.  Odds and ends of yarn can be used for the edging and it only takes a few minutes to learn how to do the edging...even if you have never crocheted before!  To learn more about how to make your own fleece blankets click HERE.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Piece One, Quilt Two

My quilty friend, Anya, over at Hills Creek Quilter recently said that she was going to quilt two tops for every one that she pieces in and effort to finish up some UFO's.  Not a bad idea!  Honestly, I could quilt three or four for every top I piece and still not get caught up, but I'll try the piece one and quilt two method and see how that goes first.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Best Laid Plans

My original thought was to miter the corners on the striped borders.  That plan actually worked out quite well on three corners, but no matter how I tried to manipulate, fudge, or convince the stripes line up, I just couldn't get them to match on the fourth corner.  Enter the seam ripper and plan B...I cut bias squares to put in each corner instead.  The bias squares aren't quite the same as mitered corners, but they sure were a whole lot easier!

Friday, November 15, 2013


I'm making progress on my latest project and actually the pattern, Tiny Bits from the book Seamingly Scrappy, says that the quilt top should be finished at this point, but I'm seriously contemplating adding a border before calling it finished.  The size as it is now is just 30 x 40 inches, so it's quite small.  Not only would adding a border increase the size a bit, but I think what I have in mind might add a little interest too.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I Fell Off The Wagon

I guess I sort of fell off the "use up the stash" wagon last week.  Two separate shopping trips in one week and all of the shops we visited were having sales that were too good to pass up!  Some of these fabrics I needed and will be used right away and others will go into my stash.  I have a feeling that it's going to be a long winter though and who knows when I'll get a chance to go fabric shopping again?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Quilted, Bound, And Labeled!

Here is the lil' cowboy's quilt all quilted, bound, and labeled!  It's definitely a one of a kind quilt (and, oh my, the color combinations) but now that I think about it...maybe we have another Kaffe Fassett in the making! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Meandering Along

I finally have the lil' cowboy's quilt on the frame and have started quilting it with a simple meander.  He's excited to have this quilt for his new room, so I'm trying to get it finished up as quickly as I can.  If you're wondering about that very purple backing, it is what the lil' cowboy ordered and is the only part of this quilt that didn't come from the scrap basket!

Monday, November 4, 2013


Glitz is the perfect name for this ruffle yarn, because that's exactly what it looks like...GLITZ!  It knits up into lots of ruffles and even more sparkle.  It's really just a bit much for my taste, so I think this scarf might become donation for the Christmas Tree project that my local yarn shop, Wooly Minded, just started.  All items donated between now and Christmas will go to the local women's shelter.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Lucky Charms

Cold temperatures and snow flurries are in our forecast for the weekend, so it's time to get the salt air charm quilt back out!  The charm worked pretty good at keeping the snow away last time, so maybe it will work this time too!

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