Saturday, May 4, 2013

Winter Fun

This first quilt was made this spring.  It is         from a class I took by the

Lumber Yard gals here in Yuma, AZ.

    This quilt is made from  panel that I picked up in Oregon many years ago.  I actually bought several of the panels and this is the last. 

This one is made from technique called Exploding Pineapples.  It is fun to make because you start with a center square and another square the same size and go from there. Here is a link with the instructions:

This quilt was made totally scrappy but there is another one shown on down that I like better at is more planned.

  I really like this quilt. The center panel which was probably made many many years ago ended up being donated to Project Linus.

I took it home and this is what I came up with.

 Here is the little girl version of the previous quilt. Same story. 

Sweetie is holding up this quilt so I can take the picture. I always like to leave bits of him in the photo.

This one is from a pattern in the May/June 2011 issue of 
Quiltmaker magazine.

It was fun to make; all 2.5 inch squares.

   Here is the second Exploding Pineapple quilt. 

 That is what I have been working on this season. Thanks for stopping in.  I love making these quilts for Project Linus.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Going Healthy Jello

 I recently made a serious decision to start eating healthy.  I am cutting sugar and artificial sugars from my diet.  The artificial sugars have been replaced with Truvia which is from the stevia plant. For baking I use sucanat.  I have been baking with  sucanat for about a year now and still like it.  The Truvia is new in my diet but so far am pleasantly satisfied with it.  Especially no after taste!
  This morning I made a homemade jello from Knox gelatin.  I didn't realize there were other brands so may be experimenting with some of those. I am very happy with the jello I made though.  Hubby also likes it.

  To make what I made:
                         1/3 cup whole cranberry blueberry juice(pure juice) mixed with one packet of Knox  
                          gelatin. You have to mix them until the gelatin is dissolved.  Then I boiled mine on the stove because I am trying to use the microwave less. Pour the boiling gelatin in to a glass container and add enough juice to bring it up to 2 cups.You could add a sweetener but Bruce likes his desserts tart so I put just a smidgen of Truvia in what I made. Put in the fridge. It sets up in a couple hours.

  I also bought some pure cherry juice and plan to make some jello with it.
If you are interested in changing how you eat, I have a few blogs listed that have helped me change. I will be adding some new ones soon that will help me in my journey to fell better in my senior years.  :-)

  One of my currant changes to my kitchen in a nice blender and getting rid of plastic storage containers and replacing them will glass.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Design Wall Monday, July 16, 2012

During our last winter season in Yuma, Az I took a class from two gals teaching a technique for storing our scrap stash and using it to make various patterned quilts. They were called the Lumberyard Gals

 because all the scraps are cut into  2 x 2's, 2 x 4's, 2 x 8's, and 4 x 4's for most of the blocks.  Those gals loved what they were doing and each class was so much fun.
  This particular pattern is baby blocks.  I hope you can see the blocks. It is so easy. 
  It is done by using the 4x4 and 2x2 scraps. Sew the smaller squares onto each corner of a larger square by stitching diagonally across the smaller squares, then trimming the outside triangle like the middle block demonstrates. Some people did totally scrappy but that was a bit much for me so I used the lavender fabric all through because I thought the block would show up better but that isn't absolutely necessary.   The secret that makes these blocks work is using a flying geese block on each end of every other row.
  They have worked up blocks for just about every basic block out there and they were so much fun.  If you get to Yuma, you can take classes from these gals at The Log Cabin quilt shop.
  Now you must hop over to Judy's blog and take in some more wonderful projects.  

Friday, July 13, 2012

On the Needles July 13, 20012

I came across this pattern this week and fell in love with it. It will soon be a bib. 

This 5 Hour Baby Sweater was on needles recently but I wanted to show it as finished. 

I am also working on this 5 hour baby blanket that will go with the sweater and booties.  As soon as I knit the hat it will be a layette.  My sister has made a pattern for this set knitted with sport weight yarn that I am anxious to try.  

My Skyp socks are almost to the part where I start the heel.  This is the part that I am concerned about because I knit on 2 circulars.  I have been studying how to change the pattern over from DPN so hopefully I will be fine.  I like the pattern though.

Friday, July 6, 2012

On The Needles - July 6, 2012

      Last week I decided that I wanted to make the SKYP sock and I wanted to do two at a time. Here is what I got accomplished this week. I only had to cast on two times to get started so I was pretty happy with that.  At first I wanted to give up because of all the tangling.  But finally got that worked out.  Also didn't like using a 16" needle so after I got the hang of it I swapped out the 16" for a different colored 24" needle.  Now I am happy with it.  Even thinking I might do the baby socks two at a time from now on.

   I didn't realize these socks were meant to be made for a man but this pair is going to be for a woman. This morning I casually mentioned that I had found a pattern for a pair of men's socks and would he wear a pair that I knitted for him.  He said that he thought he would. I know years ago I knitted him a sweater and you would have thought I had given him a gold mine.  He really liked it.

This is an update on what I posted last week.  It isn't actually on needles at this moment but will be soon.  I have the arms on stitch holders and hopefully will get this done this week. 

I also want to thank all the gals for all the nice encouragement.

Now be sure to hop over to Judy's blog to see more needle projects.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Another Pair of Socks

  Here is another pair of socks. I knit each sock separately but they don't look the same to me. The sock on the left looks a bit bigger but it was finished first and more people have handled it so it might just be stretched more.
  But since I learned how to knit two socks at one time I think I might try it for the baby socks too.

Friday, June 29, 2012

On the Needles June 29, 2012

  I have been watching this little group for awhile and decided to jump in with what I am currently working on.  It is the yoke part of a baby sweater. This pattern is called the 5 Hour Baby Sweater. I am making it as a layette.
  I am really interested the Skyp sock and guess I caught the bug to knit it. I have the pattern and now need to track down the materials.
 Judy at Patchwork Times is hosting this group so if you are interested in knitting or quilting jump over to her blog and check it. out.