Isabella's Whimsy

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Sunset over the Ocean

Project QUILTING

It’s Off-Season for Project QUILTING now, so we only have 1 challenge per month through the end of the year. The April Challenge is related to birthdays. Kim of Persimon Dreams created a colorful calendar with 30 boxes and a border for #31. We were directed to select the two colors that correspond with our own birth month and day, to interpret the colors the best we could based on our monitors, then to create a quilted project using those two colors. Other colors were allowed, but the two birthday colors were to be clearly predominant. My birthday is August 20, so according to the chart my two colors are deep gray and bright salmon.

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This year in Project QUILTING I have been trying to use tutorials and patterns that I’ve been saving and dreaming of making some day.  I decided to use a pillow design and a messenger bag tutorial in combination for my project.  Here is a link to the pillow design.  And here is a link to the messenger bag tutorial.  I adapted each of these resources, not only to my colors, but also in size and construction.  Basically, I made the pillow design into the flap for the messenger bag and omitted all but two pockets from the messenger bag, as well as messed around with the lining construction (I didn’t want to use any bias binding).

The other adaptation is that I created my own fabric through quilting.  I really liked the sunset for the flap, so I decided to go all out and make two more sunsets, one for the front and one for the back panels.  I’m happy with the bag.  It is roomy and colorful.  What do you think?

 

Here is the messenger bag showing the flap.

Here is the messenger bag showing the flap.

Here is the back panel of the bag.

Here is the back panel of the bag.

This side pocket is just right for a water bottle.

This side pocket is just right for a water bottle.

The other pocket is handy for sunglasses.

The other pocket is handy for sunglasses.

It is quite roomy in there!

It is quite roomy in there!

Trying to show size: there is a pile of 3 DVDs down in there.

Trying to show size: there is a pile of 3 DVDs down in there.

The bag is about 13″wide with 2 6″ sides, 14″ high, 6″ wide bottom, and a 33″ strap.

I started the bag at home in College Station, but finished it in Carrollton while tending my daughter post-carpal tunnel surgery.

~ Janie at Isabella’s Whimsy

 

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Restoration

April 18, 2014

When I graduated high school and was getting ready to go off to college, my Grandma made me a nice big quilt for my bed, and for my future.  It fits a double bed.  Grandma never had a lot of money and she was a great manager, very creative and inventive to make the dollars and cents stretch.  I think all of her quilts were basically the same, practical pattern: squares of the same size laid out in a simple array. Usually she tied them, and usually she used whatever she had on hand for the backing.

I knew my quilt was special.  She made the familiar pattern, but she purchased fabric for the backing and she quilted it in long-stitch diagonal lines, using her ever-constant crochet thread, because Grandma was above all, practical.  She made quilts for usability and durability.

Well, I’ve had this quilt since 1971 and it has seen a lot of wear.  Much of that time it has been in the cedar chest because I didn’t have a double bed and because it was showing signs of wearing out, a treasure I didn’t want to lose. Now I have a double bed again and I wanted the comfort of thinking my Grandma was near, so last winter when it got cold I dug out my quilt and started using it again. The poor ol’ thing really is worn.  Grandma bound the quilt using the method where you turn the backing up over the edges, so now they are really in a sad shape.

Here is a pic of my quilt today.

 

Grandma's Quilt, made in 1971. This is Grandma's familiar pattern, squares, on the diagonal by fabric or color.

Grandma’s Quilt, made in 1971. This is Grandma’s familiar pattern, squares, on the diagonal by fabric or color.

Do you see the long stitches she used? Grandma always used crochet thread for quilting, even tying quilts.  She said it is stronger and to not use embroidery thread because it wouldn't hold up as well. :0)

Do you see the long stitches she used? Grandma always used crochet thread for quilting, even tying quilts. She said it is stronger and to not use embroidery thread because it wouldn’t hold up as well. :0)

 

The top edge of the blanket got the most wear and tear.

The top edge of the blanket got the most wear and tear.

The lower edge also received a lot of wear.  Here you can see the binding method, turning the backing over the edge.

The lower edge also received a lot of wear. Here you can see the binding method, turning the backing over the edge.

 

I just need to decide on what to use for a new binding, then restoration will begin.  I plan to re-stitch the quilting where it is needed, using yellow crochet threat just like Grandma did and  trimming the worn out edges before binding them.   More later…

~Janie at Isabella’s Whimsy

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Gotta Whip Out Those WIPs!

Those who know me will not hesitate to say, She absolutely loves to start projects, but she’s not so keen on finishing them. And, they would be correct.  So, the purpose of this post is to list my WIPs, and if I have any courage left I will list my promised projects, IF.  So, here, in no particular order, are my WIPs.

~ Baby clothes quilt for A.

~ Papa Jack memory quilt for D.

~ Papa Jack memory quilt for J.

~ Penny Sampler Quilt for me.

~ Project QUILTING Off-Season April Challenge.

~ My Little Zoo quilt for my grandbaby (due date 5/15)

~ Rainbow quilt for V.

~ Triangles quilt for G.

~ Giraffe and Elephant quilt for R.

*~ Burgundy throw (I started this about 15 years ago, but it’s not for anyone, so who cares).

*~ Little Cowboy quilt.

~ Bethlehem Star wall hanging.

~ November Night wall hanging.

~ 2 mug rugs for Springtime Swap.

~ Dogwood Blossom Pillow.

*~ Narnia Quilt.

~ Flower Garden top (from my sister) to quilt.

*~ American wall hanging (started in 2002).

I think that is all.  I’m pretty sure my children do not think I will ever finish these.

* These might really be called UFOs, because I’m not very interested in finishing them, well, I do want to finish the Little Cowboy, but….

Promised projects:

~ Deer Rack quilt for H.

~ 2 mug rugs for S.

~ Roller Coaster and Sprinkler quilt for B.

~ Birdies quilt for M’s little girl.

~ possibly T-shirt lap quilt for S2.

If you ask my children, they will say, Yes, she will start these; and who knows how many others!

Oh well, it takes all kinds! Even one like me.

Then there are the Dreamed Of projects……

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Doesn’t Every Baby Need One of These? – a whimsical tutorial

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What can you make with 1-3 oz. (85 gr) skein of natural bamboo yarn and a size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook?

Can you guess what this is? You are right! A newborn's cocoon for photos.

Can you guess what this is? You are right! A newborn’s cocoon for photos.

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I call this tutorial “whimsical” because I just guessed as I made this little cocoon.  You’ll see what I mean as we go along.

Chain 12. Now we get whimsical, because I didn’t count.

Round (rnd) 1: single crochet (sc) into the first chain (ch) from hook, and in all the other chains to the beginning ch.   Make 3 single crochets (sc) in beginning ch.  Sc in the back of each ch to the last chain, then make 3 sc in the last ch.  Slip-stitch (ss) into the first sc. (This is what I did, but it would probably be better to just ch 1, in prep for next rnd.) (This is how you start booties when you crochet them.)  (See the pattern? sc along the sides, and increase each end with 3 sc in one loop.)

Rnd 2: double crochet (dblc) in each sc, but increase at each end by making 2 dblc in the 1st dblc of increase from previous row, 3 dblc in second/middle dblc, and 2 dblc in the 3rd dblc from the previous row; oh, be sure to do this increase at each end.

Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 2.

Rnd 4:  at this point I realized the stitches were going to be too tight, so I switched it up to treble crochet (trc), but used the same increase pattern as in Rnd 2

Rnd 5: I thought the trc would work pretty well, so I made this rnd (rnd 5) in trc also, keeping the same increase pattern at each end.

Rnds 6-8 or 9 (having a little trouble counting here): continue as in rnd 5.

Rnd 9 or 10 – 10 or 11 (depending on how you counted last time): trc in each stitch; do not increase any more.

Rnd 12: decrease around in this way: tr in next 2 stitches, skip one trc, trc in next stitch. all the way around.

Rnd 13 (uh-oh…13!  I should have made omitted this round.) Loosely slip stitch around in each stitch.  It gives a nice finish and just about uses up all the yarn. I like it when that happens.

Finishing: weave in as much of the remaining yarn as you want to. When you get tired/bored of doing it, cut it off.

Oh, I just realized I forgot to tell you to chain 2 or 3 (depending on dc or trc) at the end of each round and sl st into the top chain of the previous row; well, you can see to do that anyway.

Now one last pic to make it clear for you:

Snug as a bug in a rug, or caterpillar in a cocoon.

Snug as a bug in a rug, or caterpillar in a cocoon.

Wishing you all the best.  Please send pics of your cocoons!

You might want to save this crochet tutorial.  Fun as it was, I don’t see myself writing any more crochet patterns…probably ever.

~Isabella in her whimsy

 

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Making a Crib Sheet

Grandbaby needs a few crib sheets!

I feel like I know how to make a crib sheet, but it’s been a while and I don’t want to goof up on the pretty fabrics my daughter has, so I turned to Google to see what I could find.  I ended up combining info from two sources to make the sheets.

My Life in Snippets has a nice tutorial that gives the formula for adapting your sheet to whatever size you want, nice photos and instructions.

Vintage to New has a video tutorial with good instructions that match the video.  I like that the video shows enough to see how to do it, but not every single stitch.

Our little sheets are for a mattress that measures 38″ X 24″ X 2″, so using Snippets’ formula and Vintage’s seam allowances and casings I came up with a piece of fabric that is 43-1/4″ X 29-1/4″ and will cut out 3-1/4″ squares from each corner.  I’m using Vintage’s French seams on the corners and scant 1/4″ + 3/8″ casing.

Also, one lady suggested 54″ of 1/4″ elastic and the other suggested 2 yds. of 1/4″ elastic; I’m going with the 2 yds. and can cut it shorter if I want to.

Wish me well!

~Grammie

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