Making hats for the homeless and for the people of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is something I do year-round, though this year I’ve crocheted more baby blankets and made fewer hats. Last year all of my hats were crocheted the old fashioned way, with a crochet hook and yarn. This year I’ve taken up loom knitting and have really enjoyed making hats on the loom. I find loom knitting very relaxing, easy to learn, and a nice lap-sized project for TV time.
I really like the soft floral fabric that is the focus fabric for these quilt blocks. It’s one of those pieces of fabric that I purchased because I really loved it…but it took me years to find the right pattern and the right accompanying fabrics to motivate me to cut into it. I think it pairs well with the pink and lavender borders and the aqua and yellow star points.
I’ve been working on a new quilt! This one is BRIGHT! But bright is okay! I LIKE bright. I think there’s a little girl out there in the world somewhere that will like bright too. This will be a donation quilt though I’m not sure where I will ultimately donate it.
Nothing goes to waste in my sewing studio and both the cats and I are happy about that.
When I first heard about making cat beds out of scraps of fabric and batting I wondered how they would launder. I’m happy to report that mine launder very well.
You might notice a new model in a lot of the pictures of projects coming up. For a long time Patch (the one-eyed, flame point kitty in some of the pictures on the blog) was the predominant kitty model around here. He still models with a lot of projects as he loves fabric of any type and it is hard to take a picture of a quilt or other project without him being in it. But recently Callie Kitten and Ozzie have been giving him a run for his money. There’s a lot of competition for kitty modeling gigs these days. In any case, this is Ozzie. He’s “helping” me add the fringe to this blanket.
I actually finished this little top a couple of weeks ago but have been scrambling and hadn’t had a chance to blog about it. It’s made from the same See & Sew (Butterick) pattern (B5442) that I used to make the first little girl’s top that I made with this pattern. The part I found most difficult (and it isn’t that difficult) about this pattern was gathering the ruffle at the bottom. But then I bumped into a video on YouTube (one of my favorite places on the web for learning new things). The video showed a nifty new (to me anyway) product that you can use to quickly create ruffles and gathers.
I have about a bajillion of these Frugal Blocks from Quilter’s Cache. The Frugal Block is one of my favorite quilt blocks because it lends itself so well to chain piecing. It’s also a project that lends itself well to small bursts of time. I seem to have more small bursts of time than large expanses of time, so as a consequence, I have a bunch of these blocks…like hundreds of them…enough to make a king sized quilt with a bunch left over. But what really, really, scares me is the idea of quilting a king sized quilt or the expense of having one long arm quilted for me.
One of the online charity crafting groups that I belong to, Sew For Kids Volunteers, has projects that they work on throughout the year. Members of the group are free to participate in the group projects or to make other things. I tend to skip around and do a lot of my own thing because for the most part I consider myself more of a quilter than seamstress, crocheter, or loom knitter…though since joining Sew For Kids Volunteers I’ve branched out from quilting into all of these other areas and am beginning to see myself more as an all around maker of things.
Anyway, the current project at Sew For Kids Volunteers is to make summer clothes for the children at Pine Ridge. I’m not much of a seamstress, but a while back I did sew some doll clothes that turned out pretty well. I figured if I could make doll clothes, then surely I could make people clothes too….
Back in March I posted the first two loom knitted hats I made. Since then I’ve made three more…and have a fourth (sixth total) on the loom. I might have had another one or two to show, except that I stitched through my finger with the sewing machine last Saturday night and took a couple of days away from loom knitting while my finger healed up a bit.
I still don’t have it down to where I can make a hat in an hour…but I do have it down to where I can make a loom knitted hat in about the same time it would take me to crochet one and I find I like working with the loom.
It’s been a challenge (and I’ll bet you can guess why) but I did finally get the fringes added to the Sweet’n Sunny crocheted baby blanket.
I enjoy making these simple, single crochet, one color, variegated yarn blankets. I think they turn out pretty. They are easy because there’s no counting involved – which is good because I’m not good at counting when I’m fully focused, let alone while I’m watching my favorite episode of NCIS, Big Bang, or Elementary. I’ve made several of these single crochet, variegated yarn blankets since I first learned to crochet.
A few weeks ago, I was visiting one of my favorite charity donation groups, Sew For Kids Volunteers and was inspired!
Being inspired wasn’t what was unusual. I’m usually inspired by this group of caring people who band together to help provide formula, blankets, quilts, winter coats, shoes, boots, firewood, school clothes, school supplies, diapers, and other items for the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Usually I am inspired to make more quilts, scarves, baby blankets, crocheted hats — things I already make. The poverty there is so extreme that the need is never fully met…so those of us in the group keep making, buying, sending.
However, one of the ladies in the group had posted a picture of four hats and a scarf that she’d made on one of the looms like the one pictured above. Another lady posted that she could loom a hat in an hour or so. The idea of being able to make a hat in an hour appealed to me so I purchased the set of looms above and jumped right into a whole new craft.
I can amass a lot of crumb blocks in a short time. You may remember me writing about having 53 of the blocks a while back. As the number of blocks grew beyond 53 and as I began to get bored making star blocks with crumb block centers, I started thinking about what else I could do with the crumb blocks. This heart quilt is one of several ideas I came up with
110 Quilted Potholders is a 63 page book which offers up the patterns for 110 pretty potholders. The photo to the left shows the first five that I made using this book. The top pink/purple block is the Coxey’s Army block from page 19 in the book. The top orange block is the Double Pinwheel block from page 47 of the book. The pink and green block is July Fourth from page 20. The pink and yellow block is Sunlight and Shadow from page 33. Last but not least is the Single Irish Chain block from page 45.