Friday, March 16, 2018

More Blocks for Thomas Fire Relief Quilts

I made more blocks for the relief quilts for those affected by the Thomas Fire.  Ventura Modern Quilt Guild has organized the collection of quilt blocks (Perkiomen Valley block, 12.5 in square; link:  I hope to get a few more made this weekend before mailing them out.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Two Surgeon's Caps

Made these two surgeon's caps earlier this week. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Another Fidget Quilt

Just finished this fidget quilt.  It is machine pieced and mostly machine quilted.  I did have to do some hand quilting from the back to be sure the pocket areas stayed functional.  It measures approx 27 in X 29 in.  There are many fabric textures -- cottons, linen, burlap, ribbons, sateen, velvet -- as well as zippers, buttons, beads.
In this section you can see the velour rickrack, wooden beads, working shirt pocket, and zippered pouch.  The pockets are working pockets. 
Here is a working pocket from a pair of old jeans.  I fused and then embroidered around the sateen heart.  I also used yarn and twine to macrame the ring/key holder.
This burlap bag is freely open so that candy or tissues could be placed inside it and the opening pulled closed.
The shirt "unbuttons" here.  I placed fabric behind the shirt tabs to hide the quilt batting.  The beads are on a string so they can be "worried" and played with.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Mananita Magic

I finished this poncho/shawl this past weekend.  I started it at the beginning of the year.  The pattern is Mananita Magic by Meg Swansen in Shawls and Scarves: The Best of Knitter's Magazine.  The yarn is Shibui Knits Lunar.  It measures approx 20 in from neck edge to outer edge.  The two photos are after blocking.

 This photo is of the blocking.
 This photo is preblocking.  It always amazes me how much nicer shawls look after blocking.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Herringbone Quilt

I made this quilt after seeing one made by my Facebook friend (Scott Murkin, a palliative care physician who makes and judges quilts!).  I drafted the pattern by looking at his quilt.  It's a herringbone pattern.  The quilt is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures approx 40 in X 49 in.  It's been sent to friends to use as a baby quilt.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Fidget Quilt for a Friend with Alzheimer's

The Christmas card from my college physics professor was the spark for this quilt for his wife.  I knew she had some dementia problems but now they have moved from their home in Alexandria, VA to North Carolina to be near their daughter and her family.  So I wanted to make her a quilt and had read that fidget quilts were good for those with Alzheimer's.  After looking through stuff in my sewing room this is the quilt I made for her.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  It is 26 in square.  
 This area has a working button from an old pair of jeans waistband.  The waistband loop was used to hold the strings of beads that can be "worried" or used as prayer beads.  The red button is sewn on to the green velvet ribbon which covers a velcro strip.  I placed a bracelet there that can be removed or simple fiddled with.
 I took an old name badge holder and sewed it onto the center square (after all the quilting was done) which can be used to hold photos of her friends/family.  I had a ribbon strip with the words "timeless treasures" that seemed appropriate for that area.  A working zipper has been placed here as well.
 I found three old wooden thread spools that I strung together on a piece of heavy cord.  The cord is attached only at the ends so the spools can be moved back and forth.  All the pockets on the quilt are working pockets and can hold items such as tissues or more photos or pieces of candy.
 I attached a piece of silk ribbon to this block that can be untied and retied.
 I know she isn't lucky to have Alzheimer's but she is lucky in the sense that she has a loving family.  Again the buttons from the jeans work.
 These pockets work.  I sewed a strip of red velvet ribbon along the bottom here and sewed a cat button for another "texture/tactile" element.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Blocks for Thomas Fire Relief Quilts

The Ventura Modern Quilt Guild has organized the collection of quilt blocks (Perkiomen Valley block, 12.5 in square) for relief quilts of those affected by the Thomas Fire (link:  Here are seven I made over the extended Christmas weekend (already mailed).

Friday, December 22, 2017

Two Knitted Hats

I finished these two hats recently.  The first one was knit using the pattern "Icehouse Hat" by Melissa LaBarr.  The darker yarn is a wool or wool blend from my scrap basket (unsure what it is).  The lighter yarn is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. 

This hat was knit using the pattern "father cables" by Veronika Jobe.  The yarn is Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted in neon pink.  
 Both hats have been mailed to friends.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Lizzie's Neon Pink Sweater

I recently finished this sweater for my dog Lizzie.  It was knit using two patterns.  The main pattern was "Life is Ruff Knit Dog Sweater" by Red Heart Yarn.  That pattern is mostly plain so I used the cable pattern from the Declan's Hat by Samantha Kirby.  The yarn is Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted in neon pink. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Two Pink Declan's Hats

I knit these two small hats (one baby size, one toddler size) for a friend's two daughters.  The pattern is Declan's Hat by Samantha Kirby.  The yarn is Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted in neon pink.  The hats look good without the pompoms but I like them better with the fur pompoms (found attached to key chains).  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Art Nouveau Fingerless Mittens

These fingerless mittens were knit using the pattern Art Nouveau Fingerless Mitts by Janice Kuykendal.  The yarn is  Lion Brand Wool-Ease in grey heather.  

Friday, November 10, 2017

Tiny Dog Sweater

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