Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Working on a Small Scale

I'm still making lap/nap quilts.  They're such a nice manageable size, 36-40x 50 inches, I don't feel overwhelmed nor committed to a lifelong project.   This one was made of orphan blocks, and I think I did a good job composing this collection of leftovers into a semi-coherent whole.  Like the previous nap quilts, this one was backed with flannel, which was turned to the front of the quilt to form the binding.

I decided to tackle some of my cotton yarn stash, mostly because a few balls usually fall out of their bag when I go into the Closet of Doom.  This fun dishtowel was knit with a free pattern and two balls of kitchen cotton.  Although the pattern is for size 5 needles, I used a size 7 so I'd get a bigger towel, since a I knew it would shrink.  Before it was washed the towel measured 19.5 x 22, and it measured 18.5 x 20 after washing.  I love the way the colors pooled.

Yes, I looked silly taking this picture while sitting on my kitchen floor.  "What are you doing?" said Michael.  "Don't ask," I replied.


beth said...

I do the same thing taking photos. ;) Love your new towel.

margaret said...

the lap quilt is lovely and interesting too, I do like quilts using various sized blocks and fascinated about the 3 blocks on the left hand side, looks complicated to me. What a good idea to knot the dishcloth, when I learnt to knit that is the first thing I made many years ago now.

floribunda said...

I think I have your closet of doom's cousin at my house... complete with a bunch of odds & ends of cotton yarn. Maybe everyone will receive knitted towels for the holidays this year!

Magpie Sue said...

I've recently learned that chemo patients appreciate having nap size quilts during treatments. The ones we make and donate measure about 40-50" x 50-60." Gives us a way to use up prints and blocks that aren't juvenile. Kudos to you for pulling your orphan blocks together into a fun quilt!