Friday, December 28, 2012

I'm Still Here! Quilts of 2012

Hey! I'm thinking about giving this blog a proper go. Anyone still out there? As 2012 comes to a close, I'm seeing some year in review posts and thought I'd do one of my own! First up - my Giant Starflower Quilt inspired by this quilt by Jeni of In Color Order.
It was started in 2011 but not completed until February of 2012. It was given to one of my sisters. Made completely of vintage sheets. Second - A quilt for my niece Olivia, finished in April (I think!) and mailed to it's new home in Florida. I tried to keep it simple to showcase some of my favourite prints, but to be honest, it didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped. I still like it though!
Third - A quilt that traveled all the way to Russia. My husband spent 2 weeks there this past summer to help with construction on a church and this was for the Brubacher's. They are missionaries in Russia and it was such a privelege to be able to make this for them. It features some of my most favourite fabrics :)
Fourth - A quilt for my Dad and step-mom Karen. This quilt was for their 25th wedding anniversary, which we celebrated with them in Myrtle Beach!
Fifth (and last!) - A quilt for my great Aunt Marg, who was in a very serious car accident in October. She spent about 5 weeks in hospital and still has a lot of hard work ahead of her. Hopefully this quilt brings her some comfort!
(Made using this tutorial from the Missouri Quilt Co.) I've been busy being creative in other ways in the last year too, but that will have to wait for another post! A belated Merry Christmas to all! Bethany

Monday, April 23, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I started a new quilt on the weekend. My mom is working on these blocks in purples and pinks and I just fell in love! These blocks finish at 7.5 inches. I'm planning on a lap size quilt so I'll need sixty or seventy more :)
I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times today! Happy Monday! Bethany

Monday, January 30, 2012

Learning to Crochet

I came across a link to Craftyminx's Crochet School a few months ago, but with Christmas coming and my baby deciding to start nursing 2 or 3 times a night after sleeping through the night for months, I just didn't have the energy to contemplate starting something new. But I have been wanting to try crocheting for a while now, particularly because it's so portable. So I bookmarked it and started watching the videos a few weeks ago.

These are really great videos! She is very thorough, and if you don't understand something you just watch it again! So far I've watched all the videos up to "Granny Squares". I got sidetracked by a yarn sale and bought some yarn to make dish cloths. Not very glamorous, I know, but I thought they would be perfect for practicing on before I jump into something bigger. So far I am really loving the repetitive nature of crocheting. It's very soothing and relaxing. I doubt it will ever replace sewing, but it is a very nice addition!

Here are a few pictures. Please don't look to closely!

This is my sample swatch. Starting with single crochet all the way to treble crochet.

This is my crocheting in the round.

And this is my first dish cloth. Next time I'll make it a wider because once washed, it shrunk a little. Either way, it works great!

Do any of you crochet? Do you have any advice (or great links!) for me?

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