I love having a simple knit I don’t need a pattern for to take with me and knit all over the place. This is that pattern for me. I found a blanket I loved on Ravelry and modified the pattern a bit. I cast on in the middle and knit around and around. Every other round I switch colors for a truly scrappy look.

Here are the details for this blanket. It finished at about 34″ square. And links to the first, second, and third blankets. Like I said I love these blankets. They take about a year for me to knit so if you’ve gotten one from me I must really love you!

  • Mary Lou Miller - I LOVE THIS! ❤️June 20, 2017 – 11:19 amReplyCancel

    • Amber - Thanks Mary Lou…. I do too, but I’m wondering if it would be too crazy to knit a giant lap size one?!June 21, 2017 – 10:09 amReplyCancel

  • Jessica - This is gorgeous!!July 1, 2017 – 9:15 pmReplyCancel

I think my rope bowl post might be one of my most popular, based on the comments I’ve gotten. I’m glad you find it so useful. I thought I would update you with a some new bowls I whipped up last night.

Instead of using a store bought rope, cord or twine I made my own. I used this tutorial from My Poppet Makes to make twine out of scraps too skinny to sew with. I like using this technique because I sew a lot and when squaring up and taking off salvages there is a lot of waste that I hate throwing out.

If you want to make some bowls using this recycled twine I have some tips for you. The twine you’ll make will be more thick and thin, but for me that didn’t matter too much. Using a wider zig zag stitch allowed me to catch each side and really cinch it together. I didn’t need to use a jean needle like I do for the rope baskets, a universal worked fine. Because the twine you make is so much more malleable you can either do a flat coaster shape and then tilt up or slowly tilt up for a very round bowl. I used neon green bobbin thread for the smaller bowl (this is the thread color that ends up on the outside) but I ended up like white the most. I think it shows off the color variation. Monofilament thread (“invisible thread”) could also be a choice but I really dislike using that stuff.

The bowl that is 9.5″ in diameter on the top used 4 ounces of recycled twine. The small one (about 6″ across) used about 1.6 ounces of twine. I was surprised how much this little spool of recycled twine made. I had packed the bobbin (a vintage one that was a gift) full over various car rides and kid activities, using a giant zip lock full of scraps. Last night when I went to make the bowls I was going to use it all up… but I still have a lot as you can see. The twine making process can be a bit fiddly at first but it becomes easy. Try to make enough for a small bowl and see if you like it.

Tuesday was so lucky to join a Daisy troop right when she turned five. The troop started in a January so she joined a wee bit early (grade wise), and to keep her with the group she’s bridging to Juniors this weekend (can’t belive it, seriously). I volunteer for our Service Unit and tonight she came with me to recongnize girls bridging to adulthood (something I did 18 years ago!). Since she was all dressed up in her full Brownie uniform I wanted to get some pics. She chose some of the poses.. guess which. I made vests for her and her whole troop because 1). I’m crazy and 2). My mom did it for me when I was a Brownie. I made the skirt because I’m not a fan of the skort uniform thing. She also has a vintage Brownie jumper from the 70s/80s that I have got to get more pics of. She’s asking for me to make her a Junior version of the jumper and I am 100% on board with that because how long is she going to want mom made jumpers?!?

Ya, I made myself a patch jacket from my favorite jacket (I wore it in my engagement pics!). I’m so proud of my Girl Scout. I’m proud of everything I did as a girl with Girl Scouts and it’s fun to be involved again as a parent and volunteer. Earlier this year Tuesday and I went with a friend of hers and her mom to New York City. We were toured the Girl Scouts of the USA headquarters. Amazingly the CEO came out of her meeting when she heard the girls reciting the Girl Scout Promise. She handed them her personal patch and explained how she chose what she did on it because she’s a rocket scientist. It was amazing and I cried. Tuesday has learned so much about friendship, community, and leadership through Girl Scouts. I absolutely can not wait to see what she does as a Junior. In the fall we’ll have another Girl Scout in the house; Bennet will be a Daisy! And I’m going to be the leader. Wish me luck!

  • Mary Lou Miller - So so nice to see you blogging again. I can’t believe how mature Tuesday has gotten. Would love to see Bennett! You are such a great mom!June 8, 2017 – 1:43 pmReplyCancel

  • Julie - So proud of her… and you too❣️❣️❣️XOJune 8, 2017 – 10:49 pmReplyCancel

My friend Sarah and I had a wonderful sewing day a few months ago. We each donated lots of scraps to a few paper bags and went to work pulling out random scraps and making wonky log cabin blocks. This is a method I’ve heard as the Denyse Schmidt method. I’ve never gotten to take one of her classes, but she describes this method in various interviews. I’m not sure if we did exactly what she would do but we did have fun pulling random bits and sewing them together. These two quilts are for sale.

This is my first with absolute random pulls. Making myself use each bit. I sashed it all in an older Cotton and Steel print. for the quilting I did big loops. I’m going to be honest, it’s not my favorite quilt. It was hard to let go this much! Measures 39 x 36″ $125

This second one I like much better. I still did it pretty randomly, but if I really didn’t like something I would pull again. I feel like I was better able to balance the values this way. I also think the sashing I chose sets the blocks off much better. And to me the backing and binding are just right for it. 41 x 52″ $150

If you haven’t tried this method yet I highly recommend it. Even if you just do a few blocks it really gets the creative juices flowing! method

  • Mary Lou Miller - Beautiful! You are so talented!June 20, 2017 – 11:22 amReplyCancel

I recently realized that I had a LOT of unfinished quilt tops. I decided to do something about it and in a little over a week I basted, quilted and bound nine of them! Since I’m not going to keep them all I thought it would be a good time to resurrect this blog and make notes on them here.

Trailer Log Cabin 45″ x 45″

This quilt I think I am going to keep, at least for a bit. It’s special to me because I started piecing the top over a long weekend in our trailer. The girls and I were alone in it during a few rainy days while my husband took the car, leaving us at the campground. It was such a cozy fun time. I only brought a basket of scraps with me, including a large remanent of a Carolyn Friedlander print I love that ended up being the center of each block. After the orange criss cross I chose colors I had on hand and slowly added to the quarter log cabins. Once home I got them up on the design wall I decided not to square up the centers.

I used a walking foot with my Juki to quilt this (which was easy with low loft 100% cotton batting). I machine stitched on the binding. I’m doing this for almost all my quilts now. I’ve gotten better at it and it is so much fast. A good thing when you’re finishing nine quilts! This one is going to live on the big reading chair in our bedroom for now.