Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Project Round-Up

Between gardening, grading papers, and recovering from yet another cold, I finished knitting Different Breeze, which after blocking measures 6 x 74 inches.  Knitting the long color changes was fun, and the scarf is very stylish.  The blocking opened up the stitches very nicely.  I haven't decided whether to wear this myself, or save it for a future gift.

I did a bit of work on my butterfly quilt.  I finished cutting the triangles, and I'm slowly sewing borders on the butterfly blocks. The unsewn pieces take up my whole design wall, which is a flat queen sheet.  I even had to move the sewing machine table away from the wall to lay out blocks behind it.  Sewn together it will be considerably smaller, so  I'm starting to think about what kind of border will look nice on this quilt

I was one butterfly block short, and instead of making one more--something I really didn't want to do, I dug up four small applique blocks I bought some time ago in a thrift store.  I think they've finally found their true calling in this quilt.

And I spent a quiet Saturday morning crocheting up this throw rug from t-shirt yarn (the light blue) and strips of old sheets (light blue and tan).  This was an improvisational project: a simple single crochet stitch, I just added enough extra stitches in the corners to keep it flat.  Of all the rugs I've made, I've found knit and crocheted ones to be the most durable, and they're machine wash and dry.  This one will probably go to my daughter, who mentioned she needs some small rugs for her apartment.

Not bad work for a busy time of year.  Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to summer vacation from work.


margaret said...

your scarf is a real beauty, I do not think I could part with it if it was mine but would be wearing it. The butterfly quilt is looking super and the different block works so well in the centre

Beth Shibley said...

The appliqued block is the PERFECT addition to your butterfly quilt!

Rian said...

How clever to use those little appliques in a block--I'm sure it will be a real focal point, and decades from now people will wonder what you were thinking...

The woven scarf is great--what fun!

Magpie Sue said...

That butterfly quilt is looking great. And those thrifted applique blocks are PERFECT! Isn't it just the best when something comes together like that?

I wish you lived closer so I could give you my old sheets to crochet into rugs for me!