Friday, January 17, 2020

Charity Quilting

More fun charity quilts for Annapolis Quilts for Kids
The border fabrics really pull this fun, one-block quilt together. 
I think this may have been a carpenter's star quilt that went somewhat sideways. I added the border fabric and quilted it as it is. A finished quilt is always better than a perfect quilt. I'm sure it will be loved.

If you want to contribute but don't have the time or skills, you can support the national Quilts for Kids by shopping through Amazon Smile. I don't earn anything from this link. This link lets your purchases support Quilts for Kids through Amazon. I don't add affiliate links to my charity quit posts on purpose. I donate my time, my machine, my thread, and my skill to the cause. 

Here is the EpochConverter for 2020. I'm off to a good start this year. Let's see if I can beat 2019's 70 charity quilts. 

2020 Charity Quilt Count: 8

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Odds and Ends

I'm almost done with the Squiggle and Stripe by Stephen West. Yarn is Knit Picks Hawthorne.
This is my carry-along knit project. A simple asymmetrical shawl made with big yarn and big needles. I didn't use a pattern as this is a simple shawl design. Basically, increase one at the beginning of every right-side row, decrease one at end of right-side row, increase one at the end of every wrong-side row, slipping the last stitch with yarn in back at end of every row.
I ordered and received my new labels from Dutch Label Shop. These are perfect for finished bags and quilts when I want a label but don't want to work too hard. 
The new one (bottom) is a little bigger than the older labels. I thought they were really reasonably priced (about $0.50 each before shipping). Since it has taken me years to almost work through the other labels I'm pleased with the value. Here's to many more years of putting my mark on my makes. Someday I will design a quilt label to have printed on Spoonflower. I have yet to narrow down what I want something like that to look like.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Addi Turbo circular knitting needle size 15
Knitter's Pride circular knitting needle size 4
Knit Picks Hawthorne

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Mermaid

Part 5, the finale.
I used the trimmings from the backing to make the binding. I did have to add a short strip to make it work. 
I always accordion fold my binding. This makes it easy to store and easy to use without getting twisted like it does if it is coiled. 
Bound and hanging sleeve attached. It might be overly big as a wall hanging but that's what I intend on doing with it.

Read more about this quilt and the techniques used in these previous posts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
BLACK+DECKER Classic Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Cheryl Ann's Quilting Design Wall - 72" White
Reynolds Freezer Paper Plastic Coated 50 Sq Ft
Elmer's Liquid School Glue, Washable, 4 Ounces
Crayola Ultra-Washable Markers

Friday, January 10, 2020

Charity Quilting

I love all the different quilt tops I pick from Annapolis Quilts for Kids. So many different makers and techniques. This scrappy wonder is delightful!
Many are simple quilts, but some are more interesting like this triangle quilt.
This raw-edge applique butterfly quilt is pretty awesome, too. This one was a challenge to quilt but totally worth it.

If you want to contribute but don't have the time or skills, you can support the national Quilts for Kids by shopping through Amazon Smile. I don't earn anything from this link. This link lets your purchases support Quilts for Kids through Amazon. I don't add affiliate links to my charity quit posts on purpose. I donate my time, my machine, my thread, and my skill to the cause. 

Here is the EpochConverter for 2020. I'm off to a good start this year. Let's see if I can beat 2019's 70 charity quilts. 

2020 Charity Quilt Count: 5