20 May 2016

Give me an "A" ...........

................ and a whole bunch of other letters.
This particular project has been on my pinterest board for a long, long time. I am hoping the 3-year-old granddaughter is old enough for this by now.


I had fun trying to find fabrics to match the letters - H for house, L for ladybug, M for monkey, C for cat and S for socks.
And even more fun spelling out names and words.

 Art it isn't, but it sure is fun.

I found the tutorial with a link to the letters here. I did not completely follow the directions, but sewed inside the drawn line after trying it the other way. All the fabrics came out of my scrap basket with one or two from my obscenely large stash. The only thing that got a little smaller was the piece of batting I used; the stash - really not at all.
I am almost reluctant to part with these letters, too much fun to play with them and I can imagine these used in banners or applique, not just as a tool for a child to learn his or her letters.

02 May 2016

Road Trip

The shawl pattern, that is. Although, there was a road trip to Oregon just recently, to meet our new little grandson and spend some time with his big sister.
But this really is about the shawl pattern I came across recently while "doing research."
I had bought yarn to make an Elise Shawl in Oregon, started it and decided after just a few rows that the pattern did not do the yarn justice. I think MadTosh is better suited for knitting, just my opinion. So, after much searching online, I decided I would be better off with either a solid or a sock yarn, something with long stripes and put that particular project on the back burner (it's getting kind of crowded back there).
I did, however find this pattern and, after a bit of research and a quick trip to JoAnn's, got started. A quick project, fun, easy to do and the yarn works well for it. No, it's not a natural fiber, but I'm okay with it. It's just right for this project.
Details can be found here: