Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

A mom and needle craft blog

Archive for September 2017

It feels like fall.

The temperatures have dropped almost 30 degrees F from the beginning of the week.  It feels like fall, in the most perfect way…clear blue skies, low humidity, lots of sun, refreshingly cool in the morning (not quite in the 50s), mid to high 60s predicted for the afternoon…perfect. And even more perfect, I have a new… (read more)

Last little bit

The very last step toward finishing my quilt is adding the binding.  I use a simple 2.5″ straight grain strip, folded in half, machine sewn to the right side of the quilt, turned to the back, and hand sewn to the backing fabric.  I am currently at the hand sewing part.  Another strange thing about me… (read more)

Lone Star Quilt, Border Quilting

Whew!  The backing fabric is attached, and the only quilting left is the outer most 10 inch border, and that shouldn’t be too difficult.  At least I am sewing at the outer edges with most of the quilt supported by my table and big exercise ball; better than trying to sew at the very center of… (read more)

Minimal quilting — Success!

After spray basting my Lone star quilt, I moved on to minimal quilting to attach the backing fabric to the quilt top/batting layer that had already been decoratively quilted together.  I stitched around the big star in the middle, out-lining the eight big diamonds  with stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.  And miracle of miracles, the backing fabric did not… (read more)

Better living through chemicals (?)

That title is something I used to say in college, tongue in cheek, because I do believe there’s a time and a place for use of chemicals, but I try to minimize my personal use of extraneous ones.  If I find a viable alternative, I will go that route.  But sometimes I use things I… (read more)

Upper body strength needs some work

I have been getting quite a workout these past few days.  But I haven’t given up my craft time.  No, I’ve gone back to quilting. I got back to the Lone star quilt, which is now fully queen sized.  The last border is attached, the batting is all on, and I am at the point of attaching the… (read more)

Mandala? Doily? Art!

The first mandala is sort of in place, and I like it a lot.  Right now it is just pinned gently to the wall, to get an idea of how it might look.  I’m not entirely sure what I like so much about it, but I do like the roundness, the neutral all-one-color-ness, the texture and intricacy,… (read more)

Not many empty spaces, but one is calling out to me

There is a blank space in my house that doesn’t look like it should be empty.  My husband disagrees with me, as he would rather have a lot more blank spaces, but I think it is calling out for something. A long time ago, before I ever came to the house, there used to be fireplaces. … (read more)

Done and done

The Labyrinth Poncho is well and truly finished.  I changed the rock thread cage to a more rock colored yarn, and I like it much better.  I also turned the rock over; it has a flat side and a more rounded side, convex, I guess, and I turned the rounded side to face out.  I… (read more)

Time to walk a labyrinth, or two

The Labyrinth poncho is done!  Well, almost done; I am always fine tuning, and can’t seem to leave well enough alone, so there are a couple of things left to tweak, but it is definitely time to share. It is pretty much what I envisioned, something easy to throw on, warm but not too bulky.  The… (read more)