Archive for January, 2010

Stash to the Rescue!

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Right now, I’m making a quilt for my friends’ son. Like many crackpot projects, I bought the fabric without a pattern in mind, and by the time I got partway through sewing pieces together, I found that the plan needed some editing. The fabric I’d intended to use for the inner border just wouldn’t work.

On to Plan B – get some solid brown fabric. Of course, the brown I need is not regular brown, it’s Weird Reddish Brown. I visited three fabric stores, and found plenty of brown, but none of the weird reddish variety.

But I’m a Crackpot Quilter. I can handle mid-project redirection. The next weekend I went back to a fabric store looking for dark olive green. No luck. Maybe blueish? Nope.

By then I was running out of plans (having rejected A, B, C, and D), and was thinking about sending a plea for fabric assistance out to my fellow Crackpots. There was only one place left to look: my stash. Like all the Crackpots, I have a fabric stash. the size of which I’m unwilling to reveal. Most of it is intended for future projects that are currently in the “conceptual” phase of creation. (And many of those projects have been in the conceptual phase for many years, but let’s not talk about that).

Down in the third drawer I found some solid fat quarters I’d purchased at the quilt show in Chicago a few years ago. I was going to make a wall hanging my living room. Lo and behold, the brown fat quarter was Weird Reddish Brown (which wouldn’t match my couch anyway). Project saved!

Now I just need to decide where to cut the outer border fabric – the stripes are a bit wavy, and I always find dealing with the “artistic” stripes when trying to make a straight border that looks good a challenge.

Here’s what I have so far (click to biggify):


A Bunch of Bibs

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

by Nancy

My goal for 2010 is to “try, try again” to sell quilts and related items for babies and toddlers. To that end, I am working at increasing the number of small items in my portfolio, such as bibs, placemats, pillowcases, and crochet food and animals. I was at JoAnn’s over New Year’s weekend when the clearance fabrics were an extra 50% off, and I found a cute construction print for just $1.50 a yard. Lee had recently mentioned to me that the Noah’s Ark bib I had made for Gabe was the only one that he couldn’t pull off (due to the ties instead of velcro or snaps) and that fit him well, so it seemed like a great opportunity to make a new bib or two for Gabe and some others for eventual sale. I hope to get my portfolio in order and then get up the courage to ask the owner of a high-end children’s boutique downtown if she would be interested in selling any of my items. I also hope to take part in my town’s hand-made market, but that is not until next November. I’m considering etsy as well.

Anyway, here are the bibs.

Large toddler bibs with pocket:


Small baby bibs (front and back shown):


Christmas Bib

Friday, January 8th, 2010

by Nancy



Even though Christmas is over, I still had my Christmas fabrics out for a while and was having fun playing around with them. We’ll just call it an early start on next year’s gifts! 🙂 My roommate from college is expecting her second child at the beginning of May, so I decided to make this bib for the baby’s first Christmas.

Two new pillowcases

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

by Nancy

Just in case you were worried I’d completely switched from quilting to crochet, here’s what I have been working on most recently: two new pillowcases. The snowman and penguin one is flannel, for Nicholas because he doesn’t have any Christmas or winter pillowcases in flannel. The states pillowcase is regular cotton, and is for Andrew.



Crochet Sushi

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

by Nancy


Here’s the crochet everyone has been waiting for – a sushi roll! This was made on Christmas Day, thanks to Rebecca for giving me Tasty Crochet.