Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Busy hooks and needles

While in Boise I kept busy making more things.

I made this cropped top for Elise. It is really a light purple but looks bluish in the photo.
Then I made her this watermelon hat.
I wasn’t able to get a picture of just the hat, but got several of her wearing it. She loves it and it was fun to make. I bought the pattern at .

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter "fun"

What would Easter be for kids without coloring eggs? I haven't done this in years! It was a two part project--first we colored the eggs, then we did the tie-dye the next day. I was the only one who cracked their egg...
The day before Easter we took the kids for an Easter egg hunt. I am glad I don't have to do this
every year! It was a madhouse.....

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Something for ME!

I went on a quilt Shop Hop in mid-February that was very inspiring and lots of fun. I bought several patterns and actually made one! This purse is called the Maison Purse and the outer layer is reversible and removeable. I plan to make more covers to use for the various seasons! This pattern had LOTS of pieces and steps and was a challenge for me. It includes a zipper.
I lined it in red and added an inside pocket and a weighted (removeable) bottom. I plan to use this purse for a long time--I hope it holds up!!


I made some dishcloths while watching TV. This was a pattern I tested. It was really easy to follow.
This one was a KAL for mid-January. I has a few mess-ups, but the dished won't care!

This one was made for Kelly for Easter.

Stuff for the grandkids

My needles and hooks were very busy before I left home, and are still working on WIPs! I made "treasure bags" for their Easter baskets. They are filled with jelly beans and treats.

I also made "chef" Elise a chef hat and matching apron. She loves to cook.
I made this tote bag for Cory to keep his counting fish in (which I also made). Now the other kids each want one! So I have more projects to work on when I get back home.

Trying to catch up

I have been very busy this past winter--many projects, another "procedure" for Keith, colds and flu and now some traveling. Right now I am in Idaho with daughter and family for 2 weeks. Many of my projects were for them so I didn't want to spoil the surprises. I started collecting these t-shirts about 7 years ago to make a quilt for Kelly. She forgot all about them. This is the finished project (I WAS going to give it to her for ther 40th birthday last Dec. but we had a "lost" summer with Keith's heart attack). It is queen size.
The blocks are 14" square. The quilt was done on the machine except for the binding which was finished off by hand. This is the back. I transferred the picture of Kelly crossing the finish line when she did the Ironman in 1998 onto some fabric and then made it into a quilt block. I also signed the quilt in the bottom corner.This was a real challenge for me, but now I feel ready to do more quilts. I have a baby one that needs to be finished so that is next.