Saturday, November 22, 2014

Green Quilt

"Green Quilt" by ElizabethCake on flickr. Nice photoshoot! 
Another possible name for this quilt: Grandmother's Foliage. I like the mixture of warm and cool greens in this quilt. And the bright spot in the middle makes it sing. Nice job!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Button Art - Phyllotaxy

This button art creation is called Phyllotaxy. According to Wikipedia that means: 

In botanyphyllotaxis or phyllotaxy is the arrangement of leaves on a plant stem. 
Phyllotactic spirals form a distinctive class of patterns in nature.

I found this photo here. It appears to be a poster (no longer available) by Jim Bumgardner

This design reminds me of the center of a daisy or a sunflower. See the blue swirl? Nice!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two Giveaway Winners!

And the winners of the string quilt book giveaway are:
1. P from Wisconsin (Her blog is The Way I Sew It)
2. Heather from Illinois (Her blog is Peachy Pages)

Yayy! P and Heather! (crowd cheers wildly) Your prizes are on the way.
The Photo above is from a 1920's beauty pageant. It's how I imagine P and Heather. Heehee.

Keep an eye out for Simply Strings by Rana Heredia. Thank you for the books, Rana! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Knitted Blanket by Linda Aylor

Gorgeous knitted blanket called "Lizard Ridge" designed by Linda Aylor. The pattern is available on Ravelry as a free download. Scroll 1/4 of the way down the page.
What a stunning photo too!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Vintage Pincushion Giveaway!

Win this vintage pincushion! I made it a few years ago when I was on a pincushion jag. 
Random winner chosen from the Comments (below) will be announced next Monday Nov. 24th. 
Tell us if you sew alone or with others. 
GIVEAWAY contestants can be from anywhere on Earth. 
If today is your birthday, you may enter twice.
Scroll down to enter the book giveaway too.


Here's the write-up from back when I had pincushions in my Etsy shop:

I found this little pitcher in an antique shop in Connecticut. It was made in Japan for Lefton's. There's a cherub with grapes and grapevines on the front and the back. Colorful Impressionist painting design on the fabric. Two 3" long removable pinsies have elongated pearls, and glass beads in yellow, turquoise, and clear glass (which looks like ice). Pincushion measures 4" tall x 3.5" wide, handle to spout. It feels nice in your hand because the design is very pronounced and the handle (if you looked at a cross-section) is square, not round. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Upcycled Sweater Blankets

Aww, what an angelic picture. Cozy upcycled sweater blanket too. 
From Counting Stone Sheep (where knitters go when they can't sleep). Haha.

Here's another sweater blanket from RecoverGirl, below.

Here's another version from the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Colorful sweater blanket from Rose Hip (below).

Can you believe this? From Daily Danny. She's using old sweaters to make a "Potholder Rug." 

And finally from the Purl Bee, a felted wool patchwork tutorial for this neutral blanket.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Simply Strings Book and Giveaway!

Rana has created an inspiring string quilt book that covers all the basics and has some very new ideas too. One of my favorite modern style quilts is shown below, "Organic." The string vine has some bias pieces in there for easy curving, and see the little yoyo berries? So clever! 
See the GIVEAWAY below. 

I often "read" quilt books by just looking at the pictures, but Rana's text is fun to read. It's like chatting with a very interesting friend about string quilts. 

Enter the GIVEAWAY for this book by leaving a comment below. Answer the question: How many quilt tops do you think you could make with the scraps that you have right now?

Two random winners will be announced here next week, Wednesday Nov. 20.

I'm sure Rana would appreciate it if you'd spread the word about her new book in your social media forums. This is going to be a popular book. Nice job, Rana!