Friday, January 24, 2014

Baby Coins

This baby coin quilt is my first finish of 2014 and most likely my oldest UFO. It is probably 5-6 years old? Not very old for some quilters but I haven't been quilting for very long either.

When I first saw a coin quilt I fell in love with them. A great way to showcase each fabric without having to have yard pieces. I've also found out they are a great way to use up some scraps too. I did a little straight line quilting and then decided to free motion some flowers into the white spaces. It has been a few months since I did any free motion quilting and I sure did feel a bit rusty. I love the way a quilt gets all wrinkly after a run through the washer and dryer.

We had a very windy and cold day here again. The wind was very helpful in showing the back of the quilt. It's a nice blue fabric with little houses all over it.

Hopefully I will have many more finishes this year.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My latest creative addiction

I've been seeing lots of cowls being made on facebook and instagram this past year. I never really thought much about them before because I couldn't figure out what the big deal was. Why not wear a scarf? Isn't that what they are for, to keep your neck warm? Plus, it's easy to wrap them around your face if your nose gets cold. Then I made this ribbed cowl with a nice soft yarn I found.

The Beachcomber's cowl is a simple but enjoyable knit. I worked on it here and there for a couple of days and was surprised how quickly I finished it. I thought all that ribbing would take me FOREVER but it went much faster than I would have guessed. After testing it out I now realize the value of a soft hand knit cowl. It doesn't blow off on a windy day like a scarf does, and it keeps you much warmer than a scarf too. Also, it doesn't give you hat head when you pull it up to keep your ears warm. I know I will be making more cowls in the future. They are a quick and fun project plus they are a great way to play with different stitch patterns.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Where have I been?

Miss Mocha 5-2013
So, while I took a break last year from blogging I didn't stop crafting and chatting. I spent alot of time on my personal facebook page and a bit of time on my business page. I'm trying to find a rhythm of posting on my business page but it is a bit hard for me. I also started posting more projects on my ravelry page. I'm trying to keep better track of not only what I have made and from what pattern but also the little things like what yarn I used and how I changed the pattern.

Like Mr. & Mrs. Winter that I made last year. I made these for my old neighbor but I think I need a set for myself because I love the way they turned out.

I've been feeling the blogging bug again so I am going to start out posting once a week hopefully. If you follow me on facebook or Instagram you have probably seen most of what I will be posting here picture-wise but there will be new things too. Plus, you get to here me babble.

Also, I have become the crazy cat lady so you will be seeing various pictures of my two favorite cats, Whiskers and Miss Mocha at various times last year.

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe!
Whiskers taking care of her new buddy.  5-2013

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Nothing too exciting happened around here. The neighbors lit off so many fireworks last night that my bedroom lit up! Our poor little kitty Miss Mocha was so scared she spent most of the night hiding up under my recliner. She was only a few months old for The Fourth of July and she was still sleeping in bed with me so they didn't bother her much but now that she is older she really doesn't like them.

Miss Mocha likes to help me craft. She's not this tiny anymore.

Miss Whiskers is an old pro with the big noise makers and she slept right through them.

Whiskers likes to claim the top of my chair.