Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Patriotic Stars

November 2017

These blocks have quite a history:

•  Marilyn gave me the panel in 2015 (post about that here), and I had every intention of using it before now.

•  In 2016, I finished two Quilts of Valor (Scrappy Lanterns and Cheerio), and they resulted in a lot of "waste" HSTs.

•  November 2017, the two components were discovered while cleaning, and I decided it was time to create some star blocks. I made fifteen patriotic stars from the HSTs and the panel blocks.

Marilyn, thanks again for the fabric and panel.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Finishing Work

binding a Quilt of Valor
The gentleman who machine quilts the Quilts of Valor is speedy, so over the weekend, I trimmed and bound four quilts. I've started using a decorative stitch to secure the binding instead of hand-tacking, and it's much faster.

Thank you, Sheri H. for sharing your technique with me: it's been very helpful. Binding is no longer a chore that I dread.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Solid Foundation

Solid Foundation
61 x 73 inches
Quilt of Valor
The center of Solid Foundation (Quilt of Valor #126) was made with "bricks" from my 3.5 inch x 6.5 inch scrap bin.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Helpful Tools - Quilting Tape Measure

120 inch measuring tape
Friday posts for the next few weeks will feature ordinary or unique items that I consider helpful and/or essential to my crafting (quilting, sewing, knitting, etc.)

A long measuring tape (120 inches) is an extremely helpful tool for quilting. It makes measuring the quilt for borders much easier and more accurate than a traditional 60 inch tape measure.

While this tape is convenient for measuring large quilts, I can't find a good way to keep it contained when I'm not using it.

Do you have a favorite measuring tool?

P.S. I didn't realize the link to the Stars over Scott (yesterday's QOV) pattern was not correct. It's been fixed.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Scrappy Stars II

Scrappy Stars II
Quilt of Valor #125
60 x 70 inches
Another quilt made from the 6.5 inch scrap squares bin and from backing trimmings (background fabric) of other Quilts of Valor.  I chose not to put a border on this quilt.

Pattern: Stars Over Scott by Jamie Jane Elfert (free pattern)

Scrappy Stars II is QOV #125

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tool Box Cowl #2

Tool Box cowl #2
November 2017
I was able to knit another Tool Box cowl with the scraps. I knit fewer rows in the stockinette sections because I only had 12 grams of each color, and I used nearly every gram. The cowl is only 8 inches high, but still enough height to be an adequate neck warmer.

unblocked cowl has circumference of 24 inches
I don't think I'll block this cowl.

Tool Box #1 can be seen here and here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Razzle Dazzle Socks

Razzle Dazzle socks
women's size 9
November 2017
The yarn for this pair was obtained in the Grab Bag special I ordered from Mary Maxim in September. I love the bright colors. This yarn had one of the longest pattern repeats of any yarn I've ever knit, and I lucked out and came pretty close to knitting a matching pair.

Pattern:  Ribbed cuff socks

Needles: US size 2

Yarn: Red Heart - Heart and Sole (Razzle Dazzle #3965)

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