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Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Bit of Sewing and Some Knitting

So, I finally managed to get iPhoto to cooperate with me.  Turns out I had a few 10,000 too many photos for it to keep up with.  Oops.  I'm slowly working on weeding through my photos and in return, iPhoto has begun to work again (albeit slowly).  

Regardless of how slowly it's working though, I jumped at the chance to get these photos uploaded so I could share them.  

I made a whole set (8 or 9 I think) of these mug rugs/oversized coasters  one afternoon with a pile of scraps that had been sitting out on my sewing table for too long.  It was either that or sort and put away and I'm not a fan of putting fabric away.

The middle coaster is my favorite so far.  I love the center square with the feather and the teal background.  Makes me smile.  I bound them all in the black polka dot print.  To be honest, I had a large amount of it leftover from another project and was feeling lazy so I used it.  I'm so glad I did! I love it! I think it frames the rugs perfectly and draws attention to the beautiful fabrics.

I do have more of these finished but just didn't get a photo of all of them.  And the scraps? It doesn't look like I used any of them.  *sigh* I guess I'll have to make a table runner or something.  Or a mini quilt for the wall next to my sewing machine.  Or a whole bunch more mug rugs.  Anything to keep me from the dreaded task of putting fabric away.  Besides, it's too pretty to put away.

This little sweater (it actually looks much smaller than it is) was a gift for a very dear friend's baby girl.  I love knitting for little one's so this was such fun to make.  It uses super bulky weight yarn so it knits up so quickly and is wonderfully warm and snuggly (perfect for my Alaskan friends).  This was taken before blocking so it wouldn't lay smooth and I'm sorry to say I didn't get any more photos of it.

The knit blanket was a gift for Nephew.  I blocked it out in the sunshine the day before he was born and then quickly packed it up so we could start the 2 hour drive to meet him.

This photo of it all folded up is a more accurate depiction of the color.  It's called "marine" and while I can't remember which brand of yarn it is I know I got it from KnitPicks and it's a worsted weight.  The pattern I used was also from KnitPicks.  It was a downloadable pattern and I believe it's called "Welcome".  It makes the perfect size blanket to snuggle a little baby up in.  My sister-in-law says it's her favorite blanket to use for Nephew.  That makes me happy.

And the gnome hat I knit for my little Wiggles.  This was taken a few months ago and man has that kid grown since then, but the hat still fits.  I loved making this hat so much that I made a matching one for Nephew (they're only 8 months apart) and several in different colors for baby shower gifts.

This little guy just melts my heart every day.  He really is the sweetest little boy and he's so happy.  All the time.  Seriously.  I'm so lucky.  I've had 3 babies and they were all such happy little babies but this guy, he takes the cake.

Really though, when you have 2 older brothers who absolutely adore you and shower you with attention and love all day long, how could you not be happy? Oh, and, by the way, he's laying on the quilt I made him.  Love that quilt (and that boy)!

Another sweater I made for my Alaskan friends little girl.  I actually made two of these.  The other is just the same except the body is striped with the cream and a hot pink.  I managed to not get any photos of the other one.  Nuts.  I've got to do a better job at taking photos of all the cool stuff I make. I was working with a self-imposed deadline looming over me though so I was distracted.  I used organic cotton for the sweater and some sweet metal vintage buttons my mother-in-law gave me a little while back.  Worked perfectly for both of these sweaters.

And speaking of my mother-in-law, this is the mug rug I made for her.  She gave me the fish fabric and a few pieces of orange and turquoise and I pulled in the grey and a few of my own scraps to coordinate and fill it out.  I have to say this is one of my favorite mug rugs ever.  I love the colors and the sweet little fish, Splashy and Spooky, just make me smile.

I noticed after finishing this that the binding matches up almost perfectly (the orange and blue) and I did not even plan it so score! I finished it up with about 2" of fabric left after binding.  Don't think I could have planned that better.

 Since I had so much fun making the mug rug for my mother-in-law, I dug out my tiny scrappy bits of the same fish fabric and made this one for myself.  I just love it! I can't figure out how I want to quilt it yet so he's just hanging out next to my sewing machine for now, keeping me company.

Bjorn looks a little lonely though so I'll have to make him a friend soon.  Helen was giving him those big fishy eyes last week so we'll see.

That's all I got for now folks!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Project List update

So I was looking over my project list for everything I'd like to finish or complete this year... There's a lot on this list... Most of it is not going to get finished (or started).  Having a 10 month old and his two older brothers under foot all day and homeschooling seems to eat into my sewing time a lot. 

With this in mind I thought it would be a good idea to update my list.  It's more for me than anything else, but I thought it might be fun to list it here.

I want to list my current UFO's (unfinished objects) on this blog so that I have a list to look back on, add to, remind myself and hopefully keep myself accountable to finishing.  I've separated them all into categories to make it easier to find and account for them.  This list includes both the things I've already begun and never finished and the stuff I want/need to start.

1. Finish HST Christmas Countdown quilt for my bed (Have to wait on this one since we will be getting a King size bed when we move).

2. Get the backing pieced for my AMH Stacks quilt (and then quilt it)

3. Put the binding on the 1974 quilt and list for sale

4. Bind the quilt mom made for me and I quilted

5. Finish piecing Jake's Star Trek quilt 


1. Make taggie blankie for Ronan

2. Quilt and bind the 1/2 dozen baby quilt tops just hanging in my closet. (I did get them all quilted but haven't had time to bind yet).

3. Attempt to make some fabric blocks with scraps.  The small child will love them.

4. Make pillowcases for the boys in the new Super Hero theme (After talking with husband we decided to wait until we move into the new house to do any decorating for their room).

5. Make sheets for R's crib (While I still want to do this, we found a set at IKEA for cheap so this will probably never happen now and I'm okay with that).

6. Make bumper pads for R's crib


1. Quilt and bind the stack of patchwork mug rugs just sitting on a shelf, waiting to be finished. (Yay! I did it!).
2. Make a lot (read tons) of reusable unpaper towels.  Some for me, some for mom.  Probably some for friends.  Maybe even some for the shop.  

3. Make several sets of napkins for Christmas gifts in 2014

4. Make I Spy placemats for the boys lunchtime  Decided to wait until we move and make a matching scrappy set for everyone).

5. Put the binding on A and O's doggie mug rugs

6. Finish piecing the Christmas pillow covers (and then shove into a bin until 2014) (This is crossed off because I have no earthly idea where these pillow covers went to).

7. Make autumn pillow covers

8. Make the Thanksgiving pillow cover with the fabric I bought just for that purpose

9. Make scrappy patchwork square place mats for family ("i spy" style)  (After we move).

10. reusable nursing pads (my current ones put the disappearing socks to shame) (No longer nursing).

11. Scrappy dish towels (at least some for me.  some for others would be awesome too).


1. Flannel receiving blankets

2. Reusable wipes

3. burp cloth sets

4. Taggie blankets

5. knit monsters, birds and animals

6. Stroller quilts

7. reusable nursing pads


1. Monster Chunks (some for friends baby gifts and some for the shop)

2. Little Birdies (friends and shop)

3. Knit City Shawl for myself

4. Creme Brûlée sweater for R (I tried. The pattern doesn't like me).

5. New mittens for O

6. Mittens for myself

7. Mittens for Dad

8. New sweaters for A and O (Finished Odin's sweater.  Not sure I'll make one for Aiden.  He said the last one was too scratchy).

9. Neck warmer for my Love

10. Baby blanket for Nephew who's coming soon!  Finished!

11. knit toy balls for R and Nephew

12. knit Christmas light strands for next year

13. knit Christmas bulbs for tree and for next years gifts

14. Knit mini pine trees for next years decor

15. Knit mini pumpkins and acorns for fall decor