Monday, October 29, 2007

New Addiction

I have to admit that quilting is my first addiction. I have a closet full of fabric, patterns, and books related to that art form. This summer I started knitting. A high school classmate (and Spanish teacher at our 'old' high school) is teaching me. After the prerequisite washcloths made out of cotton yarn, I graduated to scarves.

So far I have purchased all my yarn on clearance. And, it's a good thing. The black/gray/white scarf to the left cost $15...had it purchased the fabric full price, it would have been over $40!

The black yarn is a chenille. You can see the knobbies on the gray/white variegated yarn. I knitted them together. I found it rather tough, but was determined to knit this.

I am really pleased with the end result. This will look great with my black wool Sunday "go to meeting" coat.

The white fuzzy yarn on the right was
purchased the same time as the yarns in the black/gray/white scarf. On another trip to the store, I found the raspberry yarn in the bargain bin.

I love the way these two yarns knitted. Look at the fringe. It looks like feathers.
Unfortunately it leaves white fuzzies wherever it touches. This won't be worn with the black wool coat!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The first day

Welcome to my blog. I started quilting years ago and thought it was so boring. Eventually the real bug did bite and I've been busy ever since.

This is the first quilt I ever finished. I suppose you could call it an original. I folded a piece of paper in fourths and cut out a four-leaf clover. I helped quilt it with a group of church ladies. The quilt is hand-appliqued and hand quilted.

The scrappy pieced quilt on the right is the first quilt I started. My sister-in-law's grandmother sent a pattern to us from Mena, Arkansas. I was in my early 20s and decided that this definitely was NOT my thing. After making the 4-leaf clover quilt, I dug this one out of the nether regions of my closet and finished it. My sister-in-law never started hers.

I quilted this quilt all by myself...a one-needle quilt. I tied a pencil to a string and stuck a pin through a knot on the other end of the string and drew concentric arcs on the backing of the quilt. I later found out that this is the "Baptist Fan" pattern.

This quilt is hand-pieced and hand-quilted.

I really, really like this quilting thing!