Friday, July 22, 2011

Regular Activities

 While Bill tackled the mowing,
 I headed into the sewing room!  I made a journal cover for my daughter in law.
 Then finished quilting the first corduroy quilt!  I sewed the binding on by hand with lots of feline assistance!
Finished dimensions are 60" wide and 78" long.  (If you look to the bottom left corner, you can see one block got in upside down and the nap of the corduroy makes it look like a different color-I noticed it while quilting but left it for my humility square!)
 The quilting on this is a whimsical dragonfly in variegated thread done in an allover pantograph.
 I did layer this with batting and backed it with flannel; a larger 100 topstitch needle sewed through all the layers just fine.  It will be a comforting , snuggly quilt this winter!
I came close to ripping this shawl out without blocking but waited for my angst to cool off! 
 The hump and odd shape did block out and it must hold its shape after blocking to be acceptable but I am pleasantly pleased with the results!  The beading on the edge pattern adds a nice weight to the overall drape of this shawl-100g hand spun peruvian wool from KnitPicks roving, beads #6 from JoAnns, my own dye formula from Jacquard powder dyes, 60" wide and 30" long at point.


  1. I want a turn to snuggle under that quilt this winter -- it looks so warm and nice!

    The beads are very pretty on the shawl, a nice touch. Those are 'oil spill' beads, aren't they? :)

  2. My post also talks about patchwork "mistakes" so I guess the Cruise Director will be okay with it! I like "hunility square" better than "mistake" - I usually call them "design features"!

    The shawl is looking really nice, I'm glad you didn't rip it!

  3. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the shawl. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it stays perfectly blocked. Love how the quilt turned out too!

  4. That is a very pretty (and I'll bet warm!) quilt.

    And I'm glad you went ahead and blocked the shawl.


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