Tuesday, February 27, 2018

My "Squirrel" project

In my last post, I mentioned that I had come across a blog post describing dolls made for kids that were born with disabilities such as partial limbs, port wine birthmarks, etc.  Kids that would never find a doll in the toy shop that looked just like them.  Enter Amy Jandrisevits, owner and creator of A Doll Like Me .  Amy makes one-of-a-kind dolls for these little ones - and when Bernie Kringel found out about them, she organized a "drive" for doll quilts so that each doll that was sent out would arrive with it's own quilt.
Of course, quilters are known to be a generous bunch - and soon, quilts were being stitched up in the USA, Canada, and various other countries.  I was one of those quilters.
I didn't start out planning to make 6 quilts, but that's what I ended up with!  I had a bit of a head start with 4 of them - I found a stack of Pieced Tulips blocks that I had started making a few years ago as a way to participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I had 5 blocks in each of four colours - so I chose 4 of each colour and sewed them together = 4 doll quilts made! 

I also had a few random charm packs stashed away - pulled them out and found a few quilt ideas on Pinterest - and ended up with 2 more little quilts.
They're winging their way to Amy - and hopefully some day soon, to their new home.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Done and done...

I haven't been here much, because I've been busy sewing!  I managed to finish quilting the Plus quilt top that I shared last time - and I made another quilt geared more to a teenage boy (at least, that's what I was aiming for!)  

 I was fortunate to find a backing fabric with plus signs on it - and it's grey and blue just like the quilt front!

I'm still working on adding borders to my 3 versions of the New Year's day mystery quilts, but I'm hoping that you'll see them finished soon.
Of course, almost every quilter knows a version of the quilter's "Squirrel" - being committed to finishing a project before starting anything new, and all of a sudden, there's a new project that I JUST HAVE TO DO!!!  This past week has been a great example of that!  I spotted a blog post on Sunday about a one-woman charity that creates dolls for kids that are born "different" - they may be missing a limb, or have facial abnormalities or big birthmarks - and Amy Jandrisevits creates "A Doll Like Me"  for these kids.  Of course these dolls need quilts, right?  There's a doll quilt drive on 'til the end of the month, and I've managed to make 6 "tops".  I should be able to get them quilted on Monday and into the mail on Tuesday.  This is one of the tops: 

Oh, there's also been some knitting going on too - I'm knitting a sweater for my nephew's 2 year-old son, and another one for the baby that's due next month - word has it that it's a girl!  I'm using the Crazyheart pattern designed by Tanis Lavallee for the "Heart on My Sleeve" project.  I'm skipping the stripes in the body and sleeves, but the bright triangles will be there!

But now I've got to get back to work - thanks for stopping by!
 I'm linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wrapping up January

This has been a crazy month - wild weather, getting called to work to fill in for a friend, ending up with a pinched nerve in my neck...  There's not much of that that I'd like to repeat!
But, somehow, I did manage to accomplish a few things!  I mentioned the last time that I'd pulled fabric from my stash to complete 2 more of Merry Mayhem's New Year's day mystery quilt - "Zigs & Zags" - and I've got both of those tops finished.  One of them will hopefully appeal to a boy / teen -  I don't know about the other one, but they'll both be going to the Pediatric Critical Care Unit of a local hospital.  Here they are:

 They currently measure approx. 48" x 64", so I may add borders yet to make them just a bit bigger - and hopefully, I'll get them quilted next week.

I also cut 5" squares earlier this month to make a Plus quilt - and then ended up with a pinched nerve in my neck, so the assembling didn't happen when I hoped - but I finally managed to sew the last seams yesterday afternoon - and this one's ready for quilting too!  It's a bit bigger than the previous ones - it's 52" x 66", so that's a perfect size!
And finally, I managed to finish a gift for each of my grandsons!  They were supposed to be for Christmas, but I piled too much on my plate for December, and the boys didn't know they were supposed to get one more gift.  So, last week Saturday, grandson #1 turned 3 years old, and he and his brother got their "A Bear and a Bunny Suit" bears!  The pattern is by Susan B. Anthony, and is available on Ravelry.  The boys were thrilled with their new toys!
Now that January is behind us, what can I get done in February?  You'll have to come back to see!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A start...

Okay, the new year is 6 days old, and I already have a "finish" to share!  It helps that Merry Mayhem had their annual New Year's day Mystery Quilt, and that a few friends encouraged me to join up. 
It was a really fun, easy and very enjoyable project - just (4) 1-yard pieces of fabric, 7 steps, and voila!  a pretty quilt top!
I was excited to find all the fabrics for this quilt in my stash - and now I have some pretty scraps leftover to use for any of the five or so scrappy projects that I'm always adding to.
So, without further ado, I give you "Zigs and Zags"!
This is the twin sized quilt, and it finishes at approx. 48" by 64" without borders.  I have enough of the white background to make a border, but I don't think that would be the best look - it should probably be one of the darker fabrics.  The joy of using stash...
This quilt will be donated to the Pediatric Critical Care Unit of a local hospital - there's a big need for quilts for teens, and this is almost the perfect size.  The best part is, the quilt was SO much fun to do, and so easy - so, I went back to my fabric bins, and pulled fabric to make 2 more!  
Linking up to Sarah's "Can I get a Whoop Whoop" and Amanda Jean's "Finish it up Friday" posts.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

One final post for 2017...

Hello!  Remember me?  It's been a while - between a crazy amount of knitting that I committed to doing, and my sewing machine dying, I haven't done much sewing in the past 2 months - and no blog posts is the result.
But, the good news is, hubby bought me a new sewing machine for Christmas!  Also, most of the knitting is done too - so hopefully, there will be more blog posts in the new year.
So, what have I been knitting?  Prayer shawls, baby sweaters, and a few toys for my grandsons...  (they aren't finished, so I can't share them yet).  The prayer shawls though - have a look:
 This one is made with a medium brown worsted weight yarn combined with a sport weight white variegated with red and dark green spots - one row is knit, and the other row is k1, p1 across the row.
This shawl is made with a blue / green / beige variegated worsted weight yarn combined with a Bernat Pop! ball that had several shades of green / aqua.  It's done with a simple k2, p1 stitch across the row - EVERY row.  Both were done on 8 mm needles.
I've also knit a few Tenderheart sweaters from Tincanknits for baby gifts - and I've already shared those finishes - but they released a new pattern (Dogstar) this past fall, and I had to try one of them!  I've shared a few "in progress" pictures of that sweater, and finally can share the completed photo: 

It's been gifted to my daughter's friend's little girl.
And now, the really exciting news - I've signed up to do a mystery quilt on New Year's day!  It's through Merry Mayhem - it sounds really fun.  These are my fabrics - and the fun starts Monday morning at 11.  You'll have to check back in a few days to see what I've done with them!
I appreciate your patience as I got my "stuff" sorted out!  I'm hoping to find a better balance of projects (and commitments!) in the new year.
Psst!  Did I tell you that 2 of our neighbours are expecting babies?....  Here we go again!

Monday, October 30, 2017

It's been far too long....

I've started this post in my head probably four or five times - when I'm in the car, or the grocery store - anywhere but near the computer.  Part of my problem is that I had a couple of half-done projects, and I really wanted to share at least one finish - and then, Friday night, I almost tripped over a prayer shawl that's been completed for almost a week (and it needed to be delivered almost that long ago).  Aha!  A finished project!  and the post still didn't happen...
So, before I turn the calendar page, I'm going to fill you in on what I've been working on in my oh-so-little bit of spare "crafting" time.
First up, the prayer shawl - a friend just lost her mom, and has had a few other challenges to deal with, so I thought she needed a prayer shawl - and I had just bought 2 balls of beautiful yarn that I thought would make the perfect shawl for her.  I tried a few patterns before I "found" this one - and I'm SO pleased with how it turned out!
I also made up 9  "Scrappy Susannah" blocks for Kat's Sept. / Oct. block drive for Covered in Love.  She asked us to use traditional fall colours - browns, rusts, orange and golds - all colours that I have in abundance.
I'm still busy knitting sweaters for babies born into our family and for my daughter's friends.  I really love "Tenderheart" by Tin Can Knits, and I've knit it a few times now - but always for little boys.  This time I needed little girl sweaters for 2 sisters, so I knit one in a soft green with rose contrast.  The second one uses the same rose yarn, but is being knit in their new pattern, "Dog Star".  The green one needs to have the underarm seams grafted, and then to be washed and blocked.  I'm just starting the contrast pattern in the rose one.  I REALLY  want to have both of them finished for the weekend - because the next baby is due in about 2 weeks!

I have a lot of projects in various stages of completion - I'll try to share some of their stories soon!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Another quiltlet...

In my last post, I mentioned that I had promised our local veterinary clinic a few small quilts to use when folks have to have a beloved pet "put down".  All they have right now is a pile of old donated bath towels to wrap the animal in - and that really bothered me (we've been there)...
So, I made up a few scrappy quilts.  I showed them to a friend, who thought that they might be too bright and cheerful.  A few days later, I was in our local Walmart, and noticed that they had some animal themed FQs - and of course, they followed me home....
I had pinned a number of scrappy quilts to my Pinterest board, so I chose one of the patterns, and before my husband could complain that supper wasn't ready, I had this top done!  It (and the other 2 tops that I made last week) still needs to be quilted, but that's the easy part.
And here's the finished top (I hope that my friend will appreciate the softer tone of the fabrics!).

Linking up to Sew Fresh Quilts and  Kat & Cat Quilts