Thursday, June 17, 2010

Afghans and Quilts

My boss Brittany is having a baby girl!  Yippee I get to work with something pink.  Oh sorry.  I got a little excited.  I only ever get to work with boy colors for afghans.  So I decided to give her about 3 blankets.  One blanket will be fabric with rick-rack around the edges.  The second one will be fabric with crochet around the edge.  The third and final one I crocheted.  It is sooo soft.  I love it.  I bought the yarn reduced for quick sale at Hobby Lobby.  The pattern I used called for 4 balls but I only used two.  It is a big baby afghan.  Brittany loved it and has shown it to everyone.  I hope to get the other two to her before she leaves at the end of June.

After I crocheted her baby blanket, my sister Jennifer made rag quilts for her boys as well as Theron & Tucker.  They were so cute that I wanted one.  So when I found out that Hancock Fabric had moved and was having a grand opening I went and bought some fabric.  The making of the quilt was fairly simple.  That is once I fixed the bobbin on my mother's sewing machine.  (She had been fussing for months about it messing up.  It really does help to read the manual when you have a problem.  The bobbin was too loose but we fixed it.)  The hardest part of the whole thing was the cutting.  I had trouble with using the rotary cutter but finally figured it out.  Then I pinched a nerve in both of my thumbs using regular (and brand new) scissors instead of the scissor specifically designed for this type of quilt.  But,  it turned out beautiful.  My thumbs are still recovering (2 weeks later).

My mother loves the back over the front.  I love both sides.  I can't wait to use it.
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Erica Michaels' Rainbow Gallery Freebies 2004

I am working on stitching Erica Michaels' Freebies from 2004.  These are the ones I have completed so far.  I changed the threads in order to use DMC floss. I started off doing well and finishing the magnet but I have been slacking.  Maybe this weekend I can finish stitching July then make them all into magnets.

These are easy and fun to stitch.  I probably should have chosen a smaller thread count.  But it is easy to stitch.

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Sharon Clark