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Friday, June 28, 2013

Her first quilt is finished!

Her first quilt!
Last week I posted that my six-year-old granddaughter had come over to begin working on a doll quilt. Today she came back to finish it. :)

It's pretty hot here right now (we're hitting record high temperatures!), so G's patience and attention span weren't quite as unlimited as the last time. However, we persevered, and she finished her quilt, as you can see. :D As before, she did all of the stitching, while I did the rotary cutting and the pressing for safety's sake. G was pretty excited to get to the quilting, which she did with the walking foot; that was the last step for this quilt. I'd decided to "birth" it, rather than adding binding, and so there was only a single row of quilting around the outer edge and a large X through the middle to hold things in place. The quilt turned out great, and G is justifiably quite proud of it. :D

As soon as it was finished, I asked G if she wanted to take it to our LQS to show some of the people there, and she thought that was a pretty good plan, so off we went. At the store, G showed her quilt to several of the very nice people who work there, all of whom were outstandingly complimentary and encouraging to my granddaughter! They were so nice to her! I took this photo while we were there, as I'd completely forgotten to do it at home. LOL!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quilting with a newbie

Several weeks ago, my granddaughter asked me to teach her how to make a quilt, and I told her we'd better wait until school was over for the summer, since she and her family are always pretty busy. Today was the day! I got out graph paper for her to practice sewing straight lines, which she did much better than I'd expected — and with much less practice. :) Then we selected fabrics for the doll quilt she wanted to make; it's all in pinks to coordinate with the bed. I'd thought we'd make a Rail Fence quilt with three "logs" in each block, but DGD had a tough time deciding among four she liked, so we finally went with all four fabrics, arranging them to her taste.

She did so well! She's barely six years old, and she was enthralled — and very disappointed that we didn't have time to finish the quilt. This is what she accomplished today. The blocks are 4" square, and all that remains to finish the quilt top is to add that third row of blocks and a border. I did the cutting, pressing, and pinning, but she did everything else. I was less worried about possible accidents than I might have been if I hadn't had a finger guard for the presser foot on my Bernina, and I sat right behind her while she sewed so as to see exactly what she was doing.

Have you ever seen a cuter little quilter? We've set a date for the next session. :)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hold Everything Bag

Outer bag
This is a pattern I've been meaning to make for some time, but I kept procrastinating. Then my LQS advertised a class to make the very same bag, so I signed up in order to force myself to make it. LOL! The class lasted six hours, and it's a very good thing that I'd already quilted the fabrics to their Soft and Stable center layers and cut out the various pieces, because it was almost impossible to finish the bag in that amount of time. I did finish today, though, and I think I'm going to enjoy using it to carry various quilting tools with me when I go to classes or similar activities.

Removable "pages"
Like most of the other bags I've made, this pattern was designed by Annie Unrein, but it's a bit more involved an undertaking than most. The trickiest part is the main zipper and the binding around it, but it's done now! :) What's really nice is that the inside pockets, other than the two mounted on the cover itself, are removable "pages". How handy that will be! All of the pockets use clear vinyl, making it easy to see what's inside.

I did make a couple of modifications to the pattern, adding an embroidered monogram to the outer front and using only two fabrics instead of the suggested three.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

More knitting

Some time ago I looked around for a yarn shop and couldn't find one all that conveniently located for my area. The only one I did find was disappointingly unfriendly. :( However, last week I had a very happy surprise when the local newspaper wrote an article profiling a yarn shop I hadn't known about and that was reasonably close to home! Yay!

Needless to say, I zipped over there as soon as I could, and — no surprise! — eventually came home with a new pattern and some yarn to make it. The owner there is very nice and welcoming, and there's some very yummy yarn in the shop, with the promise of more to come.

I've been knitting my new cardigan since then (I was getting sort of bored with dishcloths, anyway ), and I've now finished two repeats of the lacy edging on the bottom of the piece. We'll see how the rest of it goes. ;)  The edging will, of course, look nicer after it's blocked. The pattern I'm using is from a British company, and I think it will be very versatile.