Sunday, January 14, 2018

Striped Knit Hat in Cupcakes Yarn

One of the gifts I got for my birthday in November from my friend Tara, was a skein of Cupcakes Yarn by Caron. It is an acrylic yarn that is self striping in wide stripes and comes with a pompom too!

The instructions on the label was for knitting a child size hat in a few sizes. I decided to knit the large hat because I figured it would fit me. I also knit mine in the round, rather than flat to have to seam up later. It came out a bit too large! This was for a child? It is really cute though and I love the colors (several colorways of yarn are available for this yarn). My daughter saw it and she had her hair up, so when she tried it on it fit better with her hair up. She wanted it so I gave it to her because there was enough yarn leftover to knit another hat (although I had to make my own pompom for hat #2). I knit the second hat a medium size, using the same instructions and it came out perfect. (No photo of hat #2 because it is the same only smaller).

I do not know if the instructions might have been translated from another language or not edited correctly or what, because these instructions are sizes for adults, not children! Maybe the small size would fit a medium to large child? Either way, I was able to knit 2 hats (one with a pompom I made) and had a couple yards of yarn leftover. Without making the pompom, I would have had a bit more yarn left, but not really enough to do anything with. I wonder if after knitting one hat, would there have been enough yarn to knit a matching scarf? I suppose it would depend on the pattern used, the width and length of the scarf, but it would have been a daring matching set.

Yarn seems to all be on sale at the major crafting retailers right now, so if you are inclined to give this yarn a try, I would recommend it. Easy to knit, makes nice stripes and itch free! Thanks Tara for the yarn!

Hat I knit using the Cupcakes yarn and the pompom that came with the yarn.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

January Snowman Banner

I made this cute snowman banner for January. It is a Pat Sloan free design and part of her Banner Series and button club. I love that is was a quick project and that there was a pieced and applique block both. I think I will make one a month similar to this using my own applique design and different 6" blocks.

I stitched the branch arms on instead of doing applique arms. Hmm not sure now if I should have done applique for the arms too. I can always add it by hand I suppose.

I stitched his branch arms, but maybe I should have appliqued them instead?

I added some snowflake buttons.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

The Podium Bag

January 2018 BOMC (Bag of the Month Club) was designed by Christine of ChrisW Designs, and is called The Podium Bag. I was one of several bag testers for Christine.This bag has an interesting flap that stands up, so I suppose that is where the name Podium came from? You can only get the pattern right now if you join the BOMC, otherwise you have to wait for 6 months (July) before the pattern will be released to the public for sale. This is true of the other 5 designers who will be presenting their bag patterns on the 1st of each month to those in the club. You can join in anytime during the 6 month BOMC (January 2018-June 2018) and will receive each pattern the first of the month from a different designer each month. The cost is $40 subscription for all 6 bag patterns. Click on the highlighted link for all the information about this club.

Okay back to my test bag. When I saw the large flap I knew I wanted to do some decorative machine stitches on it. The straps did cover up some of my pretty stitches though. I used batik fabrics and 2 hand dyed fabrics; one for the flap the other is the bottom of the bag.

I chose to sew the straps on the flap, but the pattern has another way of adding straps with a hardware that I didn't have. So be sure and check out the other testers and the bags they made to see how different this bag can look with different fabric, including cork fabric, and different hardware too.

One side view.

The other side view.

Closer look at the flap with my the stitches and added rickrack. I even have a hot air balloon stitch! Living in New Mexico, that is a perfect stitch for me to have, lol!

On the back of the bag is what has become Christine's signature phone pocket. I love this pocket for my keys (no phone for me). It is handy for phone or keys and so ingenuous! 

The back of the bag.

Inside there is a slip and zippered pocket. I chose to place a pocket on each side, but in the instructions they were both on the back side of the bag when I tested it. The choice is now up to you. See what we testers do to make it easier for you, we try things and see if they work well or not.

On the bottom of the bag you can add rivets or if using cork, you can cut out small squares as a decorative accent. Again, I am always the different one. (Been that way my whole life, so not going to change now, lol!) I added hot fix metallic-looking studs. It was way easier to do and no holes to punch! I don't have a rivet setter, so I have not used rivets, although I have used Chicago screws (see on the strap), which are much easier to install. 

I did add a Chicago screw to the top of strap. 

The pattern calls for adding a tassel which you can make, but I used a piece of felt and a little purse charm instead. I guess I really didn't even need to fold the felt and topstitch it and in hindsight, I would have just cut the felt single thickness, but it was such a small piece that it doesn't matter much.

If you would like to purchase this one-of-a-kind Podium Bag from me, I am selling it for $85 plus $15 shipping. Email me if interested in purchasing. I invoice through PayPal.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Lone Pine Christmas Tree Table Runner

I have been wanting to make this table runner called the Lone Pine, since I first got the pattern for it a few years ago. Well I finally got it done. It is made using the X-Block ruler so it makes it faster and easier to assemble. This is another runner I made for my sister.

I stitched in the ditch in around the border fabrics to anchor the runner in place before doing free motion quilting. But it still puckered a bit. I don't know why some of my quilts come out great when quilting and others just don't lie flat and want to pucker! It sure frustrates me when the top looks so good and then after the quilting it doesn't look that great to me. I spend so much time making quilts large and small, and I really hate to ruin it with quilting, but sometimes the puckering doesn't happen until I am well into it. No I won't rip that much quilting out! Besides there is no guarantee it won't pucker the 2nd time around. I hope my sister loves this. Maybe after washing it, it will all pucker and look better. I didn't want to wash it first because it might look like I gave her a used runner?

I made the runner larger with more trees than the pattern called for. Overall I like this runner's look. I quilted the border in a variegated thread.

I actually went in and covered up the white stitching across the trunks by using a brown Sharpie marker, which looks better. Did that after I took these photos.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Wool Sunflower Pincushion

A good friend sent me a kit for my birthday last month of a wool sunflower pincushion. She knows I love sunflowers and (coneflowers too). I made this right away, but had been so busy posting bags for the Bag It Linky that I joined in on, that I hadn't had a chance to post this pincushion. Oh and by the way I found out I won a prize for the Bag It, a fat 1/8th bundle from Green Fairy Quilts. So I am looking forward to receiving it. The fabric is autumn colors.

I do love and use my pincushions. I made several of them myself and have been gifted with some too. I have one on my cutting table, one on my ironing table, one next to my sewing machines, one in the zippered pouch with all my sewing tools that sits on the table next to my chair when I watch TV. Plus lots of other little ones in other bags that I take with me to my groups, etc. I have all sizes and shapes of pincushions too. They are so handy and do make lovely gifts for sewing friends too. (I still use that little square wool pincushion you made for me years ago too Susan :0) Thank you for this sunflower pincushion kit Susan! I love it.

Here is the pincushion with a few pins added. I stuffed the pincushion with ground walnut shells, so this is weighty too. I finished it differently than the kit instructions too. The instructions wanted you to make a muslin liner, but I have never done that with wool pincushions before. The beauty of wool is that the wool (and the walnut shells too) will condition your pins and needles and I love wool for pincushions because the pins and needles also glide into it nicer. 

The leaves from the trees were on the ground and this pincushion looked perfect set on top of the leaves.

The back of the pincushion is a green wool herringbone. The color is really much richer than this photographed. It is more of an avocado green. Looks paler here.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Rover Small Passport Wallets

I made 3 of these passport wallets, but forgot to photograph the first one I made before taking it to the gift shop. So here are 2 of them. The pattern is called Rover and it's designed by Geny Cartes Sewing Patterns. It is an easy pattern and this passport wallet is smaller than the other ones I have made. It will hold a passport or 2 and ID or credit cards too. Doesn't take much fabric so ideal for using up scraps.

The city scene fabric is about 19 years old now! It was a Millennium fabric that came out just before the year 2000!!! Gosh remember how we counted down the days and minutes to the year 2000 and people were so worried that computers would crash? Can you believe in just over 2 years we will be in the year 2020??? Where did the time go? 2020 always seemed so futuristic!

I repeated some of the exterior fabric on the inside too.

You can put a passport here and on the other pocket across from it. Can be used for cash or tickets too.

The front and back view.
This is another Rover Passport wallet using another Millennium fabric, clocks.

The back side.

Inside I used a blue and a yellow fabric.

Linking to Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2017
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Large Gerbera Cross Body Bag

This is the Gerbera Bag that I enlarged. I made it in all batik fabric on the outside.

A touch of a sunflower print in the center.

Inside is a slip pocket and a zippered pocket.

Linking to Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2017
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