Saturday, September 30, 2006

Knit baby sweater

I taught myself to knit. I started the basics anyway, and from there I bugged anybody who knew how to knit to teach me more. I worked near a yarn shop a couple of years ago, and I would stop in 2-3 times a week to ask the ladies how to do the next stitch, what the abbreviations meant, what to do with circular needles?

I finally learned enough to make scarves, and I made a bunch. Everybody I knew got a scarf. Then I wanted to do more than That, so I bought a couple of books to figure out how to read a pattern. The best books I found were The Knit Stitch and the Purl Stitch by Sally Melville.
Really good for new or experienced knitters in understanding how those two stitches work together. Also I loved Stitch and Bitch by Debbie Stoller. That book is really good for learning how to read a pattern, understanding gauge, using different kinds of yarn, and besides, the book is really funny.

Park City Girl Quilt Festival

Quilt for Grandma & Pop

This is one of my favorite Quilts, because I designed it myself, and it's so personal.. It's about 36" by 42".

My best friend helped me draw out my idea on a large sheet of brown paper, taped to the floor, and I cut it apart to use as pattern pieces.

It's a family tree, with apples on it, and the apples have all the names of my parent's children and grandchildren embroidered . The sun has my parents' names on it, and is a separate quilted piece attached after the body of the quilt was done.

In the background I appliqued an F-15 fighter plane zooming into the wild blue yonder as a nod to my Father's 20 years in the Air Force working on that plane. I used a silhouette of an F-16 to trace out the applique, and did my best to straighten up the tailfins, but I didn't fool Dad.

He liked the Quilt anyway.


Family Tree4

Growing Season

I got the idea from watching "Simply Quilts". Alex Anderson gets a little snippy with her guests, but she has a lot of good ideas.

this is called a Kameleon quilt. Really cool. here is the website Eldrid is from Norway , and I ordered the pattern directly from her website. The concept is adding triangles that flip back and forth, so a quilt can change it's look whenever you desire. Absolutely beautiful!

For my first attempt,"Growing Season" I kept mine pretty simple, and used solid squares on one side, and prints of chickens and vegetables on the other. So at first, you see reds, yellows and orangy reds, that when flipped, bloom into a garden. I liked this so much I want to do a few more.

All I need to do to this one is sew on some more buttons, and it's done and ready to hang.

Friday, September 29, 2006

new to blogging

My first quilt blog experience. I hope to use this as a way to keep myself organized, and possibly embarrass myself into finishing up projects!
So, I have to list all the projects I have going, and take pictures of the whole mess. I am excited to do this, yet where to start?