Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hooky roll up and a new book

Crochet + quilting= get 'er done!
Since adding crochet to the list of must do projects my quilting has definitely taken a backseat.  Now I have a yarn stash! Jeez.  And it seems a crochet hook stash.  Six months ago I didn't even own a crochet hook.  How does this happen?  So as not to totally neglect my sewing machine,  I decided to make a roll up for my hooks.  The pattern is based on the knitting needle case in this book by Malka  Dubrawsky.   It was fun and quick and used up tiny scraps - love that!
There are lots of other great patterns in her book, including round patchwork coasters, pillows, a tote, scarves, and beautiful quilts including a wall hanging called "Nate's Quilt",  for which I ordered this fabric...

Kaffe Fassett shot cottons. Mmmmm. Yummy.  Springy, summery color!!  Can I drop the crochet hook long enough to start a new quilting project?  Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Exploding rose bushes

I think spring is finally here. I was hoping to see a few roses by Easter so I could place bouquets around the house and dazzle my relatives with their color and perfume. But apparently mother nature had her own ideas. Of course she waited till Mothers Day weekend. I think she outdid herself. What do you think?
Ok now I'm going to find a vase. Or five. See ya!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A present for Mom

Finally finished the crochet ribbon shawl for my mom yesterday. Not sure if I want to make anything else with that ribbon yarn as it was a bit slippery. It's a cotton/rayon mix which is nice for spring and the navy, taupe and creme colors suit my moms' wardrobe. The pattern for the shawl is from this book. Since my mom started me on my creative sewing journey back when I was about 8 years old, it's nice to be able to make something to give back to her. She sewed our prom dresses, Barbie clothes, pajamas and knitted slippers and sweaters. A lifetime of creative giving. Thanks mom!

I'm loving this crochet stuff to the point of obsession! Right now my unfinished quilts are sitting in the sewing room, abandoned and gathering dust. When I went in to iron a shirt for my husband, I realized I hadn't been in there in days except to grab another ball of yarn and head back to the couch or porch. So. Many. Projects. What a happy dilemma! Happy Mothers Day to all the crafty moms out there in blogland!