Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

A mom and needle craft blog

Archive for June 2017

Quilting Lesson Learned

Do not mark the whole quilt top if you can’t sew those lines in a timely manner. All the quilters out there are nodding and smiling ruefully at me, the newbie quilter, who just figured this out the hard way. Yesterday Dennis had a project at the North Hills house and he took Evan with… (read more)

Allegheny GoatScape and Dennis’ Little League Field

When Dennis was growing up on South Side, he played Little League baseball at a field a short way up the slopes from his house — Bandi Schaum Field.  This ballpark area has turned into a neighborhood garden space, since 2012 — Bandi Schaum Community Garden.  The ball-field now garden is in an urban park called South Side Park… (read more)

Fur puffs

I am a great gatherer.  For this statement I am referring specifically to yarn, knitting, crocheting, and a bit to quilting.  I am so good at buying yarn and supplies.  Yarn is awesome.  It is beautiful, and has so much potential.  I mean, it is really beautiful.  For a non-yarn junkie this won’t make sense,… (read more)

Funiculars, home and away

There are two ways to go between Quebec City’s historic upper and lower sections (Haute-Ville and Basse-Ville).  The first is by walking down (and up!) a series of steps and slopes.  The final set of steps that take you to the main street in Basse-Ville has the ominous name of the Break Neck Steps, so… (read more)

Best yarn experience in Quebec City…finding Charlevoix Pure Laine

The old area of Quebec City is split into two sections, the upper and lower.  There is a natural bluff where the city was originally founded at a narrow place of the St Lawrence River, and the fort or Citadelle is located at the top, front edge of the bluff looking over the river (actually… (read more)


Quebec City is the capital city of the Canadian province Quebec.  A French explorer built a fort at a narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River in 1535.  This original settlement was abandoned, and Quebec City was officially founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain.  It began French and went back and forth, French and English, over the… (read more)

Blankets4Peace x 2

My crocheted blanket is done!  I finished the border with a saw-tooth kind of edging, and I really like it.  Now I can send both to Knitting4Peace in Denver, and they will distribute next time they have a delivery to South Dakota.  The knitted blanket is full/queen size, and the crocheted blanket is twin sized. … (read more)


So, all I have left is the border!  But, yeah, it has to be 4 inches all the way around a bed size blanket.  It is taking longer than I thought.  I somehow thought I’d just whip out a border and be taking pictures and sending this off in no time.  But it is taking longer… (read more)