February Plain Vanilla Socks and some other stuff…….

Another month, another pair of socks completed!  Yeah, I’m staying on track with the commitment!  I CAN actually knit a pair of socks in a month!  LOL  That’s a major accomplishment for me, as those of you who know me know I don’t sit still for long.
Here’s my February YOSS Plain Vanilla Socks……

Yes, that is my Cocoa Shredder in the background.  With her nose just inches from those socks!   Sigh……. she does love anything yarn, fabric, thread, stuffed, chewable.  Well, except shoes……she has not yet started chewing on shoes.  Who said they only chew when they’re puppies?  ;>)

Of course she has had ample temptations to get into trouble lately, as I’ve started learning to spin yarn from roving.  I haven’t progressed very far, this was my first somewhat successful session (my very first session left me almost in tears!)……..

On the quilting front it’s been mostly customer overall quilting lately.  Although today I will finish a very bright cheerful orange quilt that is making me smile every time I look at it.

On the mixed media front, it’s simmering right now.  I have a few pieces in progress, I know where I think I want to go with them, but I’m in the contemplation stage.

And then there’s the gardening……but not quite yet, it’s still a little too cold here for that………………..

Woven Fabric Bags


In March I have been asked to teach a Woven Fabric Bag workshop to the Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild.  I thought I’d share a few pictures from some samples I have made of tote bags and small purses using this technique.


This technique is made completely on your domestic sewing machine using fabric strips.  Both of these bags were made from a single Honeybun roll, with a little ribbon and yarn added for embellishment.


This purse was made with strips from a Jelly Roll, after making a HUGE tote bag out of the roll:

And lastly,for a size comparison, a picture of my model with both the book tote and pocket tote bags:

For Patsy:

Progress pics, as promised.

 

From the front:

From the back looking at the mirrors on my table:

Border block, partial design:

I still have to make a decision on what to put in the dark blue, and what to do in the border background.  I framed the border blocks with freehand lines, rather than SID them.  No rulers, no computer on this one, all freehand.