Sunday, April 28, 2013

Elephants on Parade


A quilt for my grandson!

the elephant pattern:  Effie and Ollie Mini Elephant, from Heather Bailey
I enlarged the pattern on my copy machine to make the elephants bigger than the 4" size of the pattern.  We tied helium balloons to the noses as part of the baby shower decorations, but sadly, no pictures were taken of them.

the quilt pattern and fabric:  Bungle Jungle from Moda Bakeshop.  I can't seem to find the pattern right now to link to it.

It had been some time since I last made a quilt, and so I was delighted with this finished quilt.  It is big...plenty big enough for a toddler bed.  The quilting was done on my Pfaff machine using the seams and edge of my presser foot as stitching guides.

Making this quilt was very enjoyable for me, and now I want to make another, and another, and another.  But you know how it is, so much to do, so little time....  But seriously, now I'm looking for an excuse to make another baby quilt.   :)

The Front
The Back


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Introducing HGTV fabrics at Joann Fabrics!

This HGTV HOME™ fabric kit from Jo-Ann Fabrics arrived in my mailbox recently to share with our readers. While my home decor project with these lovely new fabrics isn't quite ready to show you yet (Remember, I have a new baby, but it's coming soon!), I wanted to share the spring fabric love and pass on the info!  

These two coordinates are so fun and modern, and they go perfectly with a gray coverlet quilt I recently bought on clearance at Target.  I'm working on pillow covers for my soon-to-be re-decorated bedroom!

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has teamed up with HGTV to launch an exclusive vibrant collection of indoor and outdoor home d├ęcor fabrics – just in time for spring! Check out their pinterest board HERE for more prints and inspiration!

TheHGTV HOME™ fabric line is available only at Jo-Ann Fabrics and is currently on sale for 50% off the regular price.  Use the coupon below for additional savings though May 4th.  


Friday, April 19, 2013

Pink for Baby

I've been knitting for baby boys (love my two newborn grandsons!) so much recently, that when Jessica asked if I could knit some booties for her to give a friend's girl baby, I gladly agreed.

This lace bonnet pattern was first brought to my attention years ago, and I knit it once before.  The pattern is seamless (wahoo!), and it knits up so quickly.  It's a great pattern, ingenious, really, because my seaming is not too good.  

The booties pattern is also seamless, knit from the soles and up to the cuff.  I modified the instep of the pattern by adding the lace pattern from the bonnet to the center stitches.  Now I'm thinking of modifying a cardigan pattern to match....

Has anybody heard of a grandmother's hope chest?  After knitting this sweet set for a baby girl, the thought crossed my mind that I don't have any granddaughters to be born anytime soon, but maybe I should start knitting and putting things aside for future grandchildren.  Babies are so much fun to knit for--almost instant gratification because the project is finished in short time compared to big people items.  Just a thought I had, but truthfully, I can't keep up with all the projects swirling through my mind, let alone knit to hold for the future. 

the free hat pattern:  Little Shell Lace Baby Bonnet
the yarn:  Berroco Vintage, worsted weight
the needles:  size 7 (4.5 mm)  

the booties pattern:  Eviepants All In One Booties
the yarn: Berroca Vintage
the needles: size 6 (4.0 mm)



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Can't Elope Tonight

Knock, Knock.
Who's There?
Cantaloupe Who?
Cantaloupe tonight because Dad has the car.

Dumb joke I remember from my childhood.  When I saw the name of this scarf pattern, Cantaloop, I was reminded of the joke.  So now I say "Cantaloop tonight, Dad has the car."  =)

The Pattern:  Cantaloop, from Loops Knitting in Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Yarn:  Yearling, by Juniper Moon Farm
Needle Size:  I used a size 13, but the pattern calls for size 15

Any bulky yarn will work.  I looked for a bulky yarn in all cotton, couldn't find any, so I used is a wool cotton blend.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

In Love Again

My sweet little grandson was born this past week, and I'm in love.  Again.  Now I have two little baby boys to cherish.  Cloud nine.  I like this being a Grammy stuff. 

my beautiful daughters and their babies
(born 6 weeks apart)

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Sewing on My Birthday

Today I turned 50, and what's a better way to spend the day than sewing?

I'm making pioneer dresses for the two daughters of a friend. Pinafores are still to be made and then the finishing of buttons and hems.

It's been a good birthday so far.  And now, onward to the birthday dinner with my family.