Wednesday, February 19, 2014

An old hobby, revisited

I haven't picked up my crochet hooks for quite a while, but I got the urge to have something for my hands to do in the evenings.  So, I found my stash and got started.  Here are the fruits of my labors.

The necklace is made with Patons metallic yarns.  Shiny!  Some folks have ordered some!  Squee!

The socks are very easy and crochet up quickly.  They will be very toasty.

It pays to keep busy!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Project! Split Decision

It is always exciting to start a new project.  I have had the stuff for this one sitting for a while.  I was taking a class at my local quilt shop and saw the sample for this hanging on their wall - I fell in love.

The pattern is called Split Decision, by A Quilter's Dream.  It is a 2 color quilt.  10 fat quarters of each colorway.  you make log cabin blocks in each colorway.  Then, and this is the exciting part, you slice the blacks in half, using a gentle curve.  You then piece opposite colorway halves together.  The blocks offset as well.  This makes for such a cool effect - I hope I described it right.

The sample in the quilt shop had 2 colorways that were very subtly different and reminded me of sunrise and sunset.  While choosing my fat quarters, however, I made the decision to go a different way.  Cool and Warm.  I think this will be pretty when it is finished.  The fabrics audition well enough together, so cross your fingers.

Now to cut the strips, label the parts and piece the log cabins.  Slicing finished blocks, that will take some courage.  But after the silk quilt, I think I am up for it.