Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Handmade Christmas, Part 1

First, a quilt I had worked on for quite awhile. This quilt came about when I purchased about 25 fat quarters in varying shades of green with the intention of making a somewhat crazy quilt. I began by cutting the fat quarters into 4 inch strips, then cutting those strips at random lengths at a 45 degree angle. I then sewed the angled edges together to make new 4 inch wide strips, then sewed the strips together to make a quilt top. I used a thin old blanket that we didn't use any more for the batting and found some backing fabric that matched. The binding is attached by machine, and the quilting lines are random curves that run the length of the quilt.

Next, the finished color wheel quilt! I am so pleased with this one I can hardly stand it. Giving it to the recipent will be bitter sweet, but I know she'll love it and I still have plenty of fabric left to make another one for myself.

My first official and completed Elizabeth Zimmerman project. I can't believe how much I truly LOVE garter stitch. I didn't really make any modifications, except I added the i-cord edging and I wrapped stitches in the short row parts. Love it. I hope it fits my grandmother, and I'm making one for myself next... I've already cast on, but I'm knitting it on size 9's this time and adding 20% to the stitches per row and the number of rows. Check it out on Ravelry here.
Up next: More Christmas Projects!

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