Friday, December 28, 2007

Fabric Bowls

I saw fabric bowls for the first time on a quilting TV show and loved them.
The artist had made vases, too. That were fabulous. So, I finally decided
to try it after seeing them about 4 years ago. I got nice fabric for a very
good price at Joann's, as well as the stiff interfacing. They turned out
excellent from the beginning. That satin stitch sure uses a lot of thread,
so if you're so inclined to make these - make sure you have 3 or 4 spools
of the color(s) of your choice. Variegated thread would look good, too.



Top View
Side View


Reverse Side

I've made couple others, but have given them away as gifts long
before I received my digital camera from my son for Mothers' Day.







This is a quilt blocks for a small quilt I made a little over a year ago. I chose orange because....well...take a guess. The first picture is the "spark" block. A smaller numbe rof blocks are the "spark" block with a brighter fabric in the center than the other blocks.

At this point its only a quilt top made of about 24 squares with about 6 different prints and the solid orange fabric. Here is the link for the pattern: http://www.quiltbus.com/free.htm I do plan on finding the same fabrics (Joann's) and make a Queen size quilt, or at least a decent sized coverlet.

I did enjoy making the quilt top, but had a few problems along the way. First, finding the right fabrics that coordinate well together was not an easy task. I finally sort of gave up and just bought anything that had orange, red-orange, orange-red, orange-yellow, yellow orange...yep..those are real colors. I also had problems with the sizing of the blocks because I didn't realize until it was too late that I was ironing the blocks wrong. One should never use steam or pull on the fabric squares as you are ironing it. That will stretch it out of shape. The blocks are supposed to be 8"x8. Mine are a little larger because of the steam pressing and stretching I probably added 1/2" or 3/4" to the most of the blocks. Some even came out lopsided because of the fabric content - not all of the fabrics are 100% cotton. As I was squaring them off I got concerned because they seemed to be getting smaller and smaller. I went on a board to ask other quilters who have much more experience that I at piecing quilt blocks and ended up frustrated, but determined it make it work one way or another. After all the squaring off it seemed to work well when all was said and done.

I'm sure this pattern is a wonderful to dwindle down your stash or use up your scraps. I'd say you don't have to stick to the same amount of different fabrics to make it work. I'd like to see it done in black and white - possible geometric shapes or illusion fabrics.

So Excited!!!

I didn't get much sleep last night...hmmm...maybe 4 hours!!! I am too excited about this new blog of mine that I had to get up and post more pics. This grey heather scarf made from Red Heart Super Saver # 0400 (No Dye Lot - I like that).

I generally take my knitting with me to work and knit on the express bus to and from the "park and ride" lot. After a hard and stressful day I saw that the needle had wandered off to places unknown. I suppose it's in "Lost and Found" for METRO!!!

The scarf is for "MyBubbaMan" - one of my dear brothers. He lives in Oakland Calif, and while I was there for Thanksgiving I had made him a Beret from the same yarn. The Beret was a little small so I made another a little larger -yep using that same pattern for the other Berets. I asked him if he wanted a scarf to match - he said, "No, it doesn't get cold enough to wear a scarf"...I said to myself, "Yeah, right...he'll be eating his words". Well, lo and behold after talking to him just a few days after that, I asked if he thought it was cold enough for a scarf. He replied, "H*LL YEAH"....I smiled...he only asked that I make it so that the "holes aren't so big". Gotta love him.


I used a reversible pattern which is a multiple of 4 sts, p1 k3 on each row. You actually purl the first stitch on each row rather than slipping it onto the needle. It makes a nicer edge than usual.


I think it's a classy "quasi-rib"...I'm using it for most of the scarves now. I need to try it on the beret to see how it works with the increases and decreases in the instructions. For some reason it's showing up brownish...maybe I should have taken the pictures in natural light instead at night under a fluorescent light.




Here a couple of slippers I made for my cousin and her husband.
I've had them probably for 2 years (the gold ones anyway), and
made the other dark variegated pair a couple of weeks ago.

They got married after finding each other again after quite a few years.
They eloped and went to Las Vegas and got married on 07/07/07...Isn't
that romantic? He's a well-established artist based out of Chicago,
I really like a lot of his work. Take a look for yourself:

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