Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Release of a New Pattern

Progress has been made on the Simple Christmas Tree Quilt (...must think of a better name...).  I have most of the pattern written and used it to make all the pieces to make sure my measurements were correct.  I just need to sew it together, and quilt.  I could add another row of three trees to make it a twin sized quilt, but I think I like it better as a couch throw or bed topper.  The plan was to add a narrow cream border.  I may entertain other options.  This has been a fun project for this between Christmas and New Years' time.  It always seems a bit of an odd few days, doesn't it?

On another note, I picked my word for 2016:  Release   The adult word for "Let it go!"  Release stuff, release stress, release anger, release extra poundage, release ideas, release joy to the world around me.  Release doesn't have to be negative.  It can be very positive!  One year when my word was Joy, I bought three random mugs spelling out Joy.  I don't see myself buying seven new mugs.  That may be counter-productive to releasing stuff.  It's been a tough year and I need to make a real effort to release negatives and move on to releasing positives.   A deep breath in, exhale it out.  Jerilynn

Monday, December 28, 2015

Swirly Twirly Dance Dress

This blogpost would be sooo much better if I had a shot of our youngest granddaughter, Addy, in this swirly dress I made her.  If I get one, I will post at a later date.  She take ballet classes at a fabulous studio in Madison, Storybook Ballet.  The first half of the lesson, the little 3-year-olds work on their plies and pirouettes with real live, working, young ballerinas.  The little ones then sit in a circle and have a fairy tale read to them.  After this, big boxes appear and costumes and props for the fairy tale are given to all the little dancers.  The costumes are easy to put on, swirly, and adorable.  Music is started again, and the dancers all dance out the story just read to them.   Magic.  For Christmas, I thought I would make Addy a swirly, easy-to-put-on dress for dress up.  This pattern fit the bill (can't find the pattern right now, but it is a good one!).  The dress front skirt is gathered, and the front bodice wraps to the back with a hook and loop closure.  The back bodice has a full circle skirt attached to it with long ties that tie with a bow in front.  The whole dress is constructed to be reversible.  The shoulders have a little cap to them.  Really cute.  I want to make this again, using two different fabrics, for double the dress-up fun.  Jerilynn

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Buffalo Plaid Dishcloth

I still do quite a bit of Knervous Knitting during the evenings.  I have grown quite fond of changing colors while doing knit rows.  Soothing and challenging at the same time.  This buffalo plaid dishcloth turned out well.  Jerilynn

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Simple Tree Quilt

Merry Christmas!  I've discovered that I miss having a record of what I've made over the year.  I am making things all the time - some turn out - some ideas are pretty bad.  Nevertheless, it is good to record all efforts.  I will start out by showing a tree quilt I designed this morning, mostly to avoid after-Christmas-clean-up.  We had four family celebrations this year.  Not all of our six kids could be together at the same time.  One family couldn't make the trip at all.  So, we partied with whomever showed up, gifts were exchange, too much food was consumed.  I am in somewhat of a coma today, happy to have an empty house still echoing with family.  Thus, the quilt idea.  I used my Bernina V7 software to design it as an embroidery, then turned it into a vector image.  Love that aspect of the software.  Using a grid, I made each tree block 12".  Overall, this little quilt will be 66" x 66".  Any smaller, the little green strips would be hard for me to piece.  I like the Scandinavian look of the trees and the assorted rainbow tree toppers.  I may feel too guilty to start the cutting and sewing.  But, there is always tomorrow to do the real work.  Jerilynn

 P.S.  I lost my dear mother-in-law Alice this year.  She was a quilter, too.  In fact, I believe I helped her do her first quilt after she retired.  She went on to be quite the prolific quilter.  Her favorite types of quilts were tree quilts.  Her last quilt, not quite finished before her stroke and quick passing, was of trees.  16 big trees representing her children and spouses, and 24 little trees, representing her grandchildren.  Even though I am no longer married to her son, we always remained very, very close.  She was Swedish, and I know she would have loved this simple design.