Thursday, December 29, 2011

Curved Nine Patch Table Runner


Fabric: 100% cottons. YAY for using up some of the stash!

Pattern: Curved Nine Patch Free Table Runner pattern

Modifications: I followed the pattern exactly but I did find that I used significantly less fabric than the pattern called for. I was concerned when I was picking out my fabrics because I was using what I had on hand and it seemed like it would not be enough. Cutting out the templates and laying it out worked well for me. If I had gone by the recommended yardage, I would have ended up buying more and having left over scraps. I love scraps but I was trying to use some up, not make MORE! This was my first time to do curved piecing in a quilted project so it isn't perfect. It also took quite a bit of time! I really like the affect it makes though.

Blessings,
Bethany

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

“The light of the Christmas star to you, The warmth of home and hearth to you, The cheer and good will of friends to you, The hope of a childlike heart to you, The joy of a thousand angels to you, The love of the Son and God’s peace to you.”- Irish Blessing

Love and Blessings this Season,
Bethany Lynn

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Men's Outdoor Coat


Fabric: Polyester polar fleece and acetate lining.

Pattern:
My Grandpa requested this coat by handing me the polar fleece fabric and an old, very worn jacket. I cut up the old jacket, added seam allowances and got the pattern. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I almost felt bad cutting the poor thing up but it had a nice life and I'm sure I'll make some more jackets from this same pattern now that I have it.

Modifications: The old jacket was made out of flannel and had a quilted lining. The polar fleece was much thicker than the old flannel jacket so I had to leave the flaps off the front pockets. That's the only thing I changed! I even used the buttons from the old jacket. The whole project turned out to be much simpler than I thought and very fun!

Blessings,
Bethany

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Winter Blue Toile dress




Fabric: 100% cotton "quilters" cotton fabric.

Pattern: There is an explanation on the pattern used over here. If you are not up for changing a pattern so heavily, Baker Lane's Changing Seasons pattern can be used to get this look.



Blessings,
Bethany

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Planning your Christmas Sewing


Stage 1: PLAN! If you don't plan you won't know your goals or your deadlines. That will lead to stress and Christmas presents that are not finished. That is no fun! Trust me, I know it is no fun! Make sure you plan ahead of time!

Step 1: First, Make a list of all the projects you would like to complete. This is mine:

Sage/Navy Table Runner (already finished)
Amish Colors Table Runner
2 sage/burgundy Christmas Wall Hangings
Red/Green traditional Christmas Wall hanging (already finished)
knitted hat
blue/red/gold Wall Hanging
Hunting Shirt
Present for my Sister ;)

Step 2: Then put the deadline date by each. Make sure you take into account shipping time to ensure they will arrive by Christmas and all that. This is my list with dates added:

Dec. 7th Sage/Navy Table Runner (already finished)
Dec. 18th Amish Colors Table Runner
Dec. 24th and Dec. 18th 2 sage/burgundy Christmas Wall Hangings
Dec. 14th Red/Green traditional Christmas Wall hanging (already finished)
Dec. 24th knitted hat
Dec. 18th blue/red/gold Wall Hanging
Dec. 14th Hunting Shirt
Dec. 24th Present for my Sister ;)

Step 3:Then, prioritize your list by what needs to be completed first. Mine now looks likes this:

Dec. 7th Sage/Navy Table Runner (already finished)
Dec. 14th Red/Green traditional Christmas Wall hanging (already finished)
Dec. 14th Hunting Shirt
Dec. 18th Amish Colors Table Runner
Dec. 18th blue/red/gold Wall Hanging
Dec. 18th and Dec. 24th 2 sage/burgundy Christmas Wall Hangings
Dec. 24th knitted hat
Dec. 24th Present for my Sister who reads this blog ;)

As of December 2nd, I have 22 days to complete my projects by Christmas Eve. If I divide my number of projects (7) by number of days I get an average of 3. This means that I should complete 1 project every 3 days and I will probably get them all done. You can take off Sundays by just minus-ing those days in your total number of days.

This also works for me because I can leave my family's projects till the very end. On this schedule I will have 9 days at the very end to do those 3 projects. It will also mean all the other projects will be finished 9 days before Christmas which is the perfect amount of time to ship them and have them arrive on time.

Stage 2: SEW! I guess that is the obvious stage :D. From now on, I will be taking a break from blogging until the New Year. When I get back, I can share all my finished projects! Certain people read my blog and I wouldn't want them to see their presents ahead of time!

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

P.S.: While you are doing all of that sewing, why don't you give yourself a Christmas gift and work on your biomechanics too? The more you stand, the better your health is! (CLICK that link and READ it. No, I am not yelling at you.) You can change your sitting sewing station to a standing sewing station really easily. Stacking things to raise your machine might not be pretty but your body will be thankful!

(yes, it is always that messy in there.)

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Friday, December 2, 2011

"Men's Collar"


Yarn: 1 ball of Palette Yarn in "Ash"

Pattern: Men's Collar in Knit and Crochet from Knitting Two a La Mode

Story: I made this for my dad's birthday because we have an event coming up in West Virginia that is quite cold. Knitting Two a La Mode is a collection of knitting patterns (with some crochet trim) that is suitable for 1860's living history as the patterns are from ladies magazines from that period. When I gave it to him, my dad reminded me that it would be great for riding his bike in the winter too! It gets cold with all that wind in your face and you can pull it up over you mouth and nose for extra warmth. I was glad to know it was quite versatile. ;)

Modifications: Ok, I didn't really follow the pattern even when I started because I didn't knit it in the round. At the end, I just sewed up the sides to form a tube. It was easier for me that way because I didn't have the right needles to knit it in the round. I only had two that were size 3. I did not have 5 double pointed or 1 set of circular. With that said, I followed the pattern besides knitting in the round until it came to "cast off 40". I didn't do that but just knit ALL (for me 120) the stitches instead of "knit the plastron on the rest of the stitches" (which would have been 80) until it was 7"-8" long. Since it needs to go on over the head, you have to cast off with a stretchy stitch. I made the mistake of casting off with my usual cast off and I couldn't get it on over my head! I ripped it out and used this stitch. It worked great!

I am rather new to following knitting patterns and it could be they wanted me to cast off and then knit the 7"-8" not in the round. If you use the pattern, I would recommend following the pattern first and then figuring out if you want to modify it. For all I know, their way is better! I might not have understood what they were saying but casting off so there is only 80 stitches and still knitting in the round would make this thing unable to get over any head! Just use your best judgement. With really small yarn, it does take some time to work up but I think it is a worthwhile project.

Happy Knitting!

Blessings,
Bethany