Monday, May 30, 2016

It's Probably Time to Come Up With a Plan

I thought I'd seen some vintage anatomy charts with decorative borders, but after searching online and coming up with nothing, I guess those were just in my imagination. I'm going to have to translate those fuzzy memories into an actual sketch on a piece of graph paper. I've still got the ribs, a foot, and the lungs to stitch, so I can keep procrastinating for a while longer.

Someone asked where I'd found the pattern for this project. It's the Anatomy Design Pack from Urban Threads, which comes in two versions, one for hand stitching and one for embroidery. There's no pattern for assembling them into a quilt, just the embroidery patterns. I usually wind up doing my own thing, so that works for me. The pattern is cheap -- $4.00 for the entire set -- and it's on sale until Tuesday night. (No affiliation, I'm just a happy customer who bought my own patterns and is trying to resist the urge to buy more before I get some of my other projects done.)

This post is linked to Patchwork Times.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Not Taking Care of My Fabric Scissors

You know all of those memes and infographics showing the rules for use for good fabric scissors? We don't follow those rules in this house. My scissors cut paper and other questionable things and, more often than not, I'm the one doing the cutting.

This has to take the cake for the stupidest thing I've allowed to be cut with my sewing scissors.

Floor mats for the truck.

I don't know what else we had that would cut through that rubber without snapping. Experience has taught me that my 88 cent Harbor Freight kitchen shears weren't up for the job and I couldn't imagine the school scissors surviving the job, even if I did buy the better ones. So I grabbed my oldest set of fabric scissors and handed them over.

Maybe Hubby can fix them with that fancy knife sharpener my folks got him last Christmas.

What's the worst thing you've cut with your good scissors? Or are you a purist who really never uses them for anything but quilt shop quality fabric?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cable Left, Cable Right

As much as I love cables, I've always been intimidated by them. If I follow the chart carefully, I can make them happen, but I've never understood exactly how it is that they work.

Cable Left, Cable Right: 94 Knitted Cables solves the mystery, explaining how he same exact four-stitch cable can be abbreviated eight different ways - no wonder I've been confused! The book contains a wide variety of cable charts, which explain how the cables do what they do.  It also explains how to make them even more involved by using textured stitches within the cable, multiple colors, and beads. It also gives tips for designing with cables and how to work increases and decreases into the pattern.

I definitely want a  copy of this book in my knitting reference library.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {5/27/16}

Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.


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