500 Crochet Stitches to keep me busy!

The book I’ve been waiting on arrived yesterday! Sweetness! This lovely fat book is packed full of 500 gorgeous crochet stitches to keep me from boredom.

I am loving how they are all in white so I can really see the patterns. On the back it says this book is an encyclopedia  crochet stitch bible! I agree, there are so many different stitches,  from simple to intricate!
I’m in love <3

I also picked up an odds and ends bag at the new thrifty store in town. have you been there yet?

Alabama crocheters and knitters call for help

Hello ladies! I was so glad to see most of you at the last meeting, it turned out to be a beautiful day and a relaxing time! It was nice to see what everyone’s been working on and wonderful to see that Bea and Edith have been filling up the donation totes already! I have several baby blankets in the works that I’ll be adding to our stash soon as well.

Last week I received an email that I had meant to print to share at the meeting, but, you know me! I forgot all about it! I’ll share it here in hopes of reaching other crafty people who may be able to help. You can contact the sender at the address following the letter to ask questions about how to send items over.

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I hope this e-mail finds our fellow crafters in Pennsylvania are doing well.  The reason I am contacting you is this….  I live in Tuscaloosa, Ala. which was recently devastated by a tornado.  A group of my friends and I are crocheting and knitting blankets for children that were displaced and affected by the tornado.

As you may or may not have heard more than 5,000 homes here were either destroyed or severely damaged.  Three elementary school were hit – two completely demolished.  There are so many children here that have lost so much.  What we are trying to do is use our skills and hobbies to help bring a small bit of comfort to as many of these children as possible.

                Our main store for purchasing yarn was destroyed and we have been told it will be more than a year until they are able to reopen.  We are reaching out to our fellow crafters across the nation asking for help.  If you would be willing or able to donate yarn or finished blankets they would be greatly appreciated by all of the young children that have been affected.

                I am attaching a couple of photos of some of the blankets we have distributed so far to give you an idea of what we are doing.  Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

 

Rejuvenated Your Quilts

Found this Tip on >>> FaveCrafts Quick and Crafty

Get your quilts looking new again with this tip on restoring fabric color.
Mix one gallon of water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a quart of buttermilk. Let quilt soak in mixture. After soaking thoroughly, wash quilt in a mild detergent and air dry. Fabrics will come out bright and rejuvenated.

A Few More Blocks Done

A few more blocks done (sort of) on the pink quilt. I did cut all of the sashing & will start sewing that on the blocks soon.

I put the finished blocks on the sashing fabric before I cut it, just to get an idea of what it would *sort of* look like when it was done. I like 🙂

Looky what came in the mail for me 🙂 Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman. A little bit of bookish-quilty awesomeness. I may be able to find a bit of inspiration between the covers of this lovely 🙂

Birthday Surprises!!

I had a wonderful surprise from my step-daughter, Aimee for my birthday she got me a gift card of $20.00 & we went to Joann Fabric a week before my birthday, so that I could go get some fabric!! And we went for Chinese Food..had a wonderful day! thank-you, Aimee!!:)

My daughter, Henrietta gave me a birthday card with money & postie notes to buy fabric, how sweet..so she took me to Joann Fabrics to buy some fabrics too! also to lunch a Sub-Way..loving it!

I have the most wonderful daughters in the world that final know what I love, Them & Fabric..Thank-You both, I love my Girls! MOM

What I’m working on

I’ve been working on this pretty little baby bonnet using size 10 crochet cotton. This is my absolutely favorite baby bonnet to make as it works up quickly while using different stitches to keep it interesting and, it is beautiful. The bonnet is really easy to change up by using different crochet thread and ribbon colors. Usually I use the little 5 petal silk flowers with the pearl in the center, but these itty bitty roses looked too sweet to pass up. I’m glad I chose them! You can find the pattern in the May 2009 issue of Crochet! It’s part of the Christening set on page 33.

I finished the bonnet last night and got a good start on the booties.

I’m hoping to have them finished to share at this week’s meeting before sending them off with my aunt to give to her first grand daughter who will be born in May.
What’s everyone else been working on?

“Monkey Shine!” Quilt

I started another monkey quilt for a baby boy! This blue sky fabric with Monkey swinging with bananas,was donated to me from my daughter, Henrietta. The bright banana yellow fabric was donated to me from my step-daughter, Aimee. I bought the white fabric with the blue and yellow daisies along with the blue fabric for the back of quilt from a discount store! The brown fabric with the colorful butterfly I bought from, Joann fabrics!

I named this baby quilt..” Monkey Shine” Thanks to both my daughters, I was able to put a quilt together for a dear family friend of mine.This quilt is for their first grand-son!

Little Girls Top for Shoeboxes!

I will be working on making some little outfits for to send out to little ones all around the country. I will post more about that at later time. I haven’t made a little dresses,since my daughter was a little one. So I will be busy for a while! Thought I’d post the first top that made! Also if anyone would like to donate, fabric, elastic, or trims,toward making them just drop us a note! We will be making, little boys & girls things to send out, sizes 2-14.. thank-you.

A Thank You, A Surprise, & An Almost-Finished Valentine’s Quilt

First, a big Thank You to Kelli from Small Town Stitcher for sending me all this awesome fabric (& some quilty magazines/books, which are not pictured). As soon as I finish up a few more projects, I’ll be making a few more baby quilts out of these 🙂

Second, remember how I was all whiny about how I didn’t have a walking foot for my machine? Well, Tuesday after the meeting, The Husband says, Can I go play with my friends? & I was all like sure , go. I’ll be here working on this (you’ll see in a minute). Tricky man. He actually went all the way to Jo-Ann’s & got me this:

Yup, a brand-new walking foot 🙂 Isn’t he awesome?

This is what I’ve been working on:

Kitten wanted a Valentine quilt. It’s almost done but for the binding. It isn’t perfect, & you know what? It’s not bothering me near as much as you’d think 🙂 It’s all poofy, floofy awesomeness & it’s not that bad for my first large machine-quilted quilt.

Hopefully I’ll have the binding done in time for bedtime tonight.