It’s the 15th of the month so it’s time for some scrap happiness, which is hosted by Kate. There is knitting at the end, in case you were wondering.
I have continued to work on my yarn scraps to make a second blanket for the homeless. It needs be about the size of a single bed. I made one granny square and am now on the second. When it’s the same size I will join the two together and then make a border till it’s big enough or I run out of scraps, in which case I may need to buy some yarn to complete it, so someone can well and truly wrap themselves up in it and stay cosy.
I hope to get a good few rows added to it tomorrow at the next Repair Cafe. I am still living in hopes that someone will come in with a tangle of knitting for me to fettle.
A huge thanks to everyone who joined in last weeks natter on the subject of how to make quilting lines on my beginners quilt. Some had used the frixion pens with no ill effects. The problem with them seems to arise when quilts are sent by air for competitions as the hold is very cold. Kerry raised the point that we don’t know the long-term effect of these pens as they were designed for use on paper and not on fabric.
Some advocated embroidery pens where the lines disappear in air, many plumped for ceramic pens, thanks Kate for the advice on these, and some for hera pens which leave a nice crease.
After much deliberation I ordered all three of these pens and determined to use the first one which arrived in the post, which was the embroidery pen. So I can now say that all quilting lines have been stitched and 99% of the lines have vanished with two weeks before the next class.
Now the next stage involves making a scrappy binding, ( I now know the difference between a border and a binding). And our homework was to cut strips 2 1/4 inches wide from our scraps. I was quite convinced I wouldn’t have enough fabric for this but what do you know I did. Go the foot of the stairs! (another Yorkshire-ism Pauline)
So that is my pile of scrappy fabric for the binding. I have watched hours of You Tube on the subject of scrappy binding and I think I finally understand how the strips work. Believe me it took me quite a time to see how something you sew at right angles ends up in a straight line. Dare I tell you how long it took me to realise that my cutting mat was centimetres on one side and inches on the other… half an hour of my huffing this is ridiculous how can I do this, how big is a centimetre to an inch….der!
It was probably inevitable that I would notice scrappy quilts on You Tube along with the scrappy binding videos and then only a very small step to looking at the strips which were too narrow to make the binding.
That’s when I had the most fun. Fabric still has the power to frighten me with the what ifs, suppose I cut it wrong….But give me a pile of scraps and I am a happy bunny. So before you knew where I was, I was there at the sewing machineand had made four 6 inch scrappy blocks.
Nearly all the same size, but getting there. So I can either put them to one side and add to them with each project, or I can rummage through my fabric scrap box, which is by the way twice the size of my unused fat quarter box, and just have fun and make some more. Or I can use the bigger scraps from the quilt, yes there are some and make a little cushion to go with the quilt, what do you think?
Anyway at the very least they gave me some cutting and sewing practice..
I am trying very hard this year to use / make some of the projects I have all lined up. Believe me there are a lot. I am allowing myself to buy new materials for the quilt class and I have ordered a jelly roll. I just wanted one I fell in love with. I am now anxiously waiting the arrival of the postman. It’s like being a child on your birthday… so immature Cathy.
So I am trying very hard on the yarn front. The jumper for Miss F is nearing the end, and who knows there may be a finished article next week.
Do you feel the but coming?
Last year I got to some shows. One of my favourites was Spring into Wool in Leeds. This year held on 13 and 14 April. Now on the off-chance anyone was thinking of going it’s ticket only on the Saturday.
Last year I made three purchases of which I have made two.
the fingerless mitts and
and this scarf. This year one of the things I would like to accomplish on the knitting front is to knit a pair of socks. I have never ever done this and it seems to me that at this show I would be able to buy some jolly nice yarn and a pattern. I like to buy pattern and yarn at the same time, it saves so much effort. So I wondered if anyone had any advice on what is a noddy proof pattern and yarn to look out for please?
In order to save myself from too much temptation at the show I am booked into a workshop ( thanks Bekki for the ideas on what is the difference between a workshop and a class) into something called surface crochet. It seems to involve trebles, a lot of them, I can do them, but I really have no idea what surface crochet is, but it will be fun. Do you know what it is please?
Anyway I must stop nattering now, it’s the family history group this morning and I am on the coffee-making rota today so I better get a wiggle on.
I wondered what your plans for the weekend are? Please do join in the natter in the comments. And I’ll see you after lunch.
Take Care and