This week I have spent a lot of time working on a capelet for a special order. My Mother-In-Law has a cousin that comes and visits several times a year. His mom is 94 at the end of the month. Every year for the last 6 years he has asked me to make him something special for his mom’s birthday. Over the years I have made him a sea glass necklace, a lace scarf, a blanket, and several shawls. This year I had something special in mind. If you have been watching my Instagram this week you saw all the progress photos. I made the Split Personality Shawl for her and it turned out awesome. I am seriously considering designing one for myself using cables.
I have also been working on the Sporty One Piece Cardigan that I am making for myself. I know I said it last week but I am going to say it again – if you are looking for a sweater pattern for a beginner than you need this one. Everything is made in one big flat piece and then you just seem from the wrist to the bottom hem on each side.
I don’t have a picture but I did a little repair work on a garment bag for my Father-In-Law. He is a Marine (once a Marine always a Marine) who served in Veitnam. Someone who was in his helicopter group made him a garment bag, and he still has it. He still uses it. That thing is almost 40 years old and is just now needing a repair. It wasn’t a big one, a seam popped near the top where the hangers come out of the bag and I just ran it through the sewing machine for him. Not going to lie I had to sit and stare at it for two weeks to get up the nerve to work on it. Then I took more time making a 20 inch line of single stitch than I did making that skirt a couple of weeks ago. Can you imagine if I messed it up? Hey I know you trusted me with this irreplaceable piece of your history and life, but I went crazy and ruined it. It turned out great though and he loved it. He is actually using it this weekend to go on a trip – talk about perfect timing.
I spent all my time while Mermaid was in school this week working on the quilt top. I turned on my podcasts and just focused like only a Mom with no kids at home can. I stuck with my original plan of 3 wide by 5 tall. Till I went to take a picture on Mermaid’s twin bed. It was the perfect width but way to long. I knew I would have to take the bottom row off to make it a normal length but I couldn’t waste those shirts and I don’t plan on making another quilt for myself for a long time, so I found another shirt and turned the whole thing into a 4×4 quilt. Now it is the perfect size for a queen size bed. I don’t even need to add a space border around the outside. I went yesterday and picked up everything for the rest of the quilt. I found some fabric for the back that is hilarious and describes me perfectly. Next week I need to set up the layers and figure out how to machine quilt it. I never found the walking foot I thought I had, and guess what they don’t sell walking feet for 15 year old Bernina sewing machines any more. I think I can do it with the embroidery foot and lowering the feed dogs. All I want to do is stitch in the ditch around the outside of each square and then straight lines diagonally across each square, so maybe I will be able to get away with using the regular straight stitch foot? I think I am going to have to make a doll version using the back of a shirt that was scrap to test how to do the quilting portion.
Fun side note – I showed the quilt top to my In-laws at lunch the other day. Now they have the shirts for at least 2 queen size quilts they want made too. So not counting the one I made for myself, and the one Hubby wants me to make for him- I have 3 tee shirt quilts that people want made. Hubby thinks I should offer the service in my Etsy shop. What do you think? Would you trust a stranger with your tee shirts to make a quilt for you? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think. I know there are ladies out there who have businesses quilting tops for other people. I get that because we know they have long arm skills and can do it faster than we could by hand, but would a non-quilt person trust that much?
My Podcast of the week is Unraveling with Greg and Joey. It is hosted by two guys who knit, crochet and do other fun stuff. I have listened to 5 out of 30 so far. I found it by just searching for knitting podcasts on the Podcast Addict app and after listening to the latest episode I was hooked so I went back and started with the first one. They talk about a lot of different things: their wips, chick-fil-a, making their own spinning wheel, and ginger beer ~ and that is just one episode. Go give them a try and let me know what you think!
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I was looking around on Craftsy last night and made a discovery I need to share with someone. They have E-Guides on all kinds of things. They are like mini-classes but just the text no videos, so they are normally about $5 each. I think they are a great way to dip your toe into a new craft or new technique and see if it is going to be something you want to invest in a whole class for. Well right now they are all FREE! I am not going to even fib I downloaded 21 of them. Everything from the Best Donut Recipes to Knitting Socks. Use this link to see all of the ones available and download them while they are free!
Split Personality Capelet – Etsy Order < FINISHED!
Sporty One Piece Cardigain < Worked on
My Tee Shirt Quilt
Curvy Girl Tunic
Lavender Fields Blanket
Daisy Chain Quilt
The Lost Quilt
Garden Bench Sampler