Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Knitting projects

As I was doing inventory for my second craft show of the season, I realized I haven't shown you some of my machine knit fleece sweaters this year. I knit the sleeves and bands on my knitting machine and then sew them into the fleece bodies on the sewing machine.  These are all machine washable and dryable and oh so warm for our Minnesota winters.

Last week I started making the machine knit dishcloths for the third show of the season. I now have 80 made as of last night.

In case some of you don't know what a knitting machine looks like here is one of mine.

Among all the machine knitting, I decided I wanted to start hand knitting a pair of socks. Yes I still can hand knit, but why when I have a machine that can produce it way more faster?  Well I just wanted a project to work on in the evenings while watching TV.  And because Ramona drove me to do it with all her pretty socks she has posted!!!  It's all your fault Ramona--thank you so very much!  It was kinda scary for me as I kept thinking what if I don't make the right size the first time-it takes a whole lot of time to hand knit.  I got the ribbing cast on and did several rows and thought wow that looks too big for me. I emailed Ramona(thanks for all your help) to see what size foot and sock she makes. I ripped mine out and went down 2 sizes and it is PERFECT. I just love how the sock fits!!!  But for the record it took me a month to get one done-I am slow and only pick it up for a few rows each night.  The pattern is Echo Beach Sock a free Ravelry download. Now to find time to get the next one started.

And to keep things quilty, since that is what my blog is normally about, I made another Gobble it up runner. I sold the first 2 right away!

If you are interested I have the pattern for sale in my Craftsy Shop or click on the Craftsy link on the top right side bar.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Scrap Happy

This is my second set of blocks for RSC16.  I missed a month so catching up on the gray ones and this month is yellow. Next month we need to assemble the top.  While I have enjoyed making these in the color of the month, I will also be glad to have them done. Moving onto other projects you know.

These are the blocks they will be joining. I do think I might need to make more, or I will be adding borders. Although I started out with the intention these would be neonatal quilt donations. Therefore, keeping them around 36" square.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Pumpkin Fest

October is Pumpkin Fest for us Island Batik Ambassadors. I love making things for fall so this wasn't hard to do at all :-)  I saw the free pumpkin applique on Pintrest and decided I wanted to use it to make a skinny topper for an Amish cabinet I have in the front foyer. I picked colors from our second shipment of Island Batiks, however, I do not know the line as they were not marked this time.
I machine zig zagged the pumpkins and stems. When using the gorgeous Island Batiks for my appliques I do not use a fusible as they don't ravel. Elmer's Glue is my friend, I just run a thin line next to the edge on the wrong side of the fabric and iron to heat set it. Then applique down. Easy peasy and keeps my piece softer.

I love it and now I am thinking I need to make these skinnies for every season!!

But I didn't stop at just the skinny topper, our front door needed a seasonal quilt too.  I had made a patriotic one for summer and my door was looking naked now. So I had to whip up something so why not a matching pumpkin door quilt.  There are 2 shapes of pumpkins, the cabinet topper got the taller and the door the squatty one.

Since we have a steel door I hang these with little magnets that I slip into little pockets on the back of the quilt.

A super fun month of creating something with Island Batik fabrics.
Meet Elmer scarecrow. I made him years ago, but he still comes out to adorn our covered porch every year.

Linking with a few of the linky parties on the left side bar. Grabbing a cup of coffee and checking them out!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop

When Suzy, a fellow Island Batik Ambassador, asked who wanted to participate in her Folk Art Quilted Traditions blog hop presenting her new book I jumped at the chance!
Suzy and I agreed to meet, for the first time, in a town half way between her and me(at a quilt shop-surprise!) in August. She brought her new book to me in person;-)  When I got home I couldn't wait to sit down and page through the book.  She has 12 applique patterns plus 3 projects to get you started.  In addition to that, she gives you lots of tips that work for her in the applique process.

I chose to do the table runner in her book since I love making them.  I went through my stash of batik's knowing I wanted something that reads fall.  Here is what I came up with.
 Isn't it a gorgeous design!  If you love applique this is a book you should have in your library.

                                                                   A close up.

Thanks so much Suzy for allowing me to do this!

Suzy is having a give away of her book with 4 batik fat quarters!

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Here is a list of the participating bloggers:

Monday, October 10
Connie Kresin Campbell - http://www.conniekresin.com/

Tuesday, October 11

Wednesday, October 12

Thursday, October 13
Maryellen McAuliffe - http://teachpany.blogspot.com/

Friday October 14
Adele Mogavero - http://adelemogavero.com/
Lara Buccella - http://www.buzzinbumble.com/

Saturday October 15 - Final Wrap-up

Linking with several of the linky parties on my left sidebar.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and go enjoy some wonderful, inspiring quilters in blogland!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Scrappy Yellow and Gray

I have been slacking in my RSC16 blocks, so today I caught up with my grey August blocks and my yellow October blocks for one of my 2 scrappy's in progress. I decided not to do the brown and the red blocks.

Here are all my blocks layed out. I am happy with them like this-at least for now;-)

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday as I am participating in a blog hop for fellow Island Batik Ambassador Suzy for her new book.

Linking with Scrap Happy SaturdayOh Scrap and Scraptastic Tuesday

Monday, October 3, 2016


I bought this Chickadee panel a while ago(hint for
I don't know when!). And in my true style for working with panels I cut it all up and added my own pinwheels and borders. This left me with 3 wall hangings from it.

 These really do lie flat, it is just that the grass isn't mowed and I had no more time to wait to take the pictures. I am in the middle of inventory for my first craft sale of the season which starts Friday!!

And of course I had some fun with the quilting!
Ok back to inventorying for me-I don't much like doing it but it is necessary to know what I take where. It makes it so much easier for picking up the leftovers after the show closes.
Have a great week everyone!  

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gobble It Up pattern is ready

Gobble It Up! turkey table runner pattern is now availabe in my Craftsy store. Your Thanksgiving table will look so festive with the addition of this cute runner!  This is for the 17" x 42" table runner only, it does not include the pumpkin.

 I used batiks, but you certainly don't have to. In fact, I really need to make another with regular quilting cottons.
This is a quick easy pattern to whip up. There are 8 pages of instructions which include pictures of the steps.

This is the Island Batik one I did a couple weeks ago. They are just so fun to make and quilt!

Linking with several of the great linky parties listed on my left side bar. Please visit some of them for wonderful inspiration!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

2nd entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival!

Yep I decided at the last minute to enter 2 of my quilts into the Fall 2016 Bloggers Quilt Festival. This is being held over at Amy's Creative Side.  Be sure to hop over and check out all the other entries.

Taffy twist is entered into the Modern category. You can read more about this quilt here.

Don't forget to stop by Amy's and vote for your favorite and get inspired by all the wonderful quilts!!

Entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival 2016 Fall

I finally decided to jump on the wagon with a bunch of other creative quilters! My Modern Circles table runner using Island Batik Fabrics is my entry into the Small quilt category over at Amy's Creative Side
P. S. I also have a pattern for this table runner in my Craftsy store.  You can also read more about this runner in this post

Won't you join me in checking out loads of creativity and vote for your favorite!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wiggling onward!

Last week I showed a Wiggle Time quilt I made smaller for a neonatal quilt. This week I will show you the finished tops for two more. These I made the size in the pattern. Love making this pattern by Cynthia. I really wanted to make more but I needed to get back to making table runners and other things for the upcoming craft show in less than 3 weeks!

I will be quilting these up over our Minnesota winter and then donate to Project Linus.

Aren't these little monkeys adorable!!  
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Gobble it Up!!

Wow it's fall, where did our summer go?? September presents a table runner challenge for us Island Batik Ambassadors.

Table runners are my thing, I love to make them.  I had a ton of ideas racing around in my head of what to make. With the decision made I chose fabrics from Island Batik's Sand Dune line released at Market in May, plus the Island Batik background fabric I picked up at my local shop for half price-SCORE!  The perfect colors for a fall table runner.

I designed this pattern using dresden plate blades for the turkey's feathers. Yes there will be a pattern forth coming in my Craftsy shop!!  After completing the half circle of blades for each turkey, I then machine appliqued them with invisible thread. The body, beak and wattle are made from felt. Little black buttons for his eyes finish him off.  What a fun, festive, playful runner to put on your Thanksgiving table!

And if you have followed my blog you know how much I love to custom quilt. Leaves are quilted in the background and I stitched around each feather about 1/8" in.

And feathers in the border-quite fitting to quilt feathers on a turkey table runner, right?

I just loved working with these rich fall colors and especially since they are Island Batik fabrics!! 
If you would love to see what the other Ambassadors are making this month you can find links to their blogs here

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Falling for purses

I had a past customer of my purses come to see what I had on hand a couple weeks ago as she needed a new one. The ones I had made were not going to work for her, so we looked through my fabric and she picked out the perfect ones for her:-)  Since I like to make them in batches, and since I needed more for an upcoming craft, show I decided a couple days later to go through my bin of purse fabrics and get started.  These are what I came up with.  My customer ordered the one on the bottom right.

They all have 8 pockets inside, 3 pockets outside and a magnetic closure. This is from a pattern I made, I have had many requests for the pattern, but at this time I do not have it for sale. However the purses are for sale;-)

My customer also brought along a friend of hers(mine too) and she really like this snowman wall hanging I was working on and it is now hers!  Customers sister emailed me about purses after that and she also purchased one that I had on hand.  I love it when I get to personally talk/email with my customers!  Thanks so much ladies!

I used felt for the letters, hat and bird to machine straight stitch applique on after the quilting was done.

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