Friday, September 13, 2013

New Blog....

I've moved my blog over to Julie B at Home. Please visit me whenever you get a chance. You can subscribe via e-mail too. Make it a great day!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Summer Knitting

Lately, I have been knitting to my heart's desire. Usually, I don't knit much in the summer but we've had such a cool summer this year, I've been keeping the needles warm. This is Coco's fall sweater knit up with Noro's Silk Garden. I have more information about it on Ravelry here
Doesn't he look so handsome?

This project is the beginning of the Sarah's tube socks for winter in an Encore self striping yarn. The pattern is from a little book I love called Projects for Community Knitting

This is a picture of Sarah's well-loved blankie. Her great-grandmother gave this to her when she was born. As you can see, blankie has been loved to almost death. Sarah has requested that I knit her another one in the same exact yarn and pattern. I know the yarn but I will have to play around with the pattern. I don't think it will be too hard to figure out. Thoughts?

A few weeks ago, I went to the Kane County Flea Market with my son and my dad who was visiting from California. The place is huge and there are so many vendors you could spend the whole weekend there. I found this pretty Dansk-Kobenstyle pot in good condition. And I got it at a great price! I have the casserole pan in the same color which I found a couple years ago at Savers for $7!

Happy knitting and thrifting!

Julie B 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Judy Hopkins 501 Rotary Cut Quilt Blocks

I am definitely getting my money's worth out of Judy Hopkins 501 Rotary Cut Quilt Blocks. Here are a couple blocks I've made practicing my half square triangles.
 Block : X Quartet

Block: Eccentric Star

After I piece 12 blocks, I'll make a lovely quilt for my family room. These blocks are 12" finished.

I'm still working on my veggie and fruit quilt but I'm starting to second guess myself. As you can see, I've laid out the pieces for the lemon block using a light background. Hmmm....  I'm wondering if I should use a light background for the whole quilt or stick to my Kona solids. If I stick to the Kona solids, I could replace the light background with a pale yellow. 
The blocks are 10-1/2" finished using Judy Hopkins' book. 

Here are two blocks from Saturday Soiree BOM by Marcus Brothers. The quilt store that I was doing this thru has since closed. I bought a good amount of the red and white fabric (at a great discount) from the store before it closed. Then, I started selecting my own blocks from, you guessed it, my Judy Hopkins' book! I matched a few that are in the finished quilt and chose a few that would give the quilt the same feel. 

And of course I couldn't finish my post without showing you more lined drawstring bags! These are my new bags for knitting projects. The tutorial is over at In Color Order by Jeni. 

Happy quilting and sewing!

Julie B

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Little This and That...

Today, I'm starting off with a This and That pattern called Nifty Notes. It truly is nifty in that you can put together some of your fabric scraps and make a great little note keeper. The second picture shows the inside where you can insert a paper tablet on the right side and a writing instrument on the left. I think the left side would be great for a gift card too. I'll have to remember these for teacher gifts next year. Also, my daughter and her friends are getting to the age when it's hard to shop for their birthdays so gift cards are becoming more prevalent. The ones pictured are for my daughters but I have some fabric in mind for me for my knitting bag. I like to write down and cross out rows and such while knitting so this would be just right! I think I'll make one for my sewing projects too as you never know when an idea will surface. 

Finished size is 3-3/4x6

I have lots of different collections of fabric including a civil war one. I got a crazy urge to cut some up and make a table topper for my coffee table. This is what I came up with - a brick wall quilt. Just something I did over a weekend for fun. I wasn't too excited about it at first but it's growing on me.

On the table topper I have this book I found recently at a secondhand book store - In Celebration of Quilting 20 Years of My Best by Lynette Jensen. There are some really great, traditional quilts in this book that I have put on my to-do list, including the holiday wreath below.

A little knitting too... this was made with one of those crazy zauberballs using a pattern on ravelry called Citron. One thing I learned the hard way is that you should never start a zauberball in the middle of the ball unless you want a tangled mess! Always start these on the outside. Overall, this is an easy project that you can travel with or knit in front of your favorite tv show.

Remember the lined drawstring bags I've been making from the free tutorial over at In Color Order? Well, I'm making more because they are so fun and addicting. I had these paper pieced tumbler blocks that I made last summer still on my sewing table. I've been saving them for something special or in other words, I just didn't know what to do with them... until I started making the drawstring bags. These will be great for the girls for summer at the pool! There's enough room for some spending money, their pool passes, googles, and a snack. Now I just need to finish Sarah's!

Happy sewing and knitting!

Julie B.
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