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Monday, January 31, 2011

Felted Acorn

I made this felted acorn for my friend Linda for her birthday. I got the pattern from a free Ravlery download. It was really easy and fun to make! I used my computer to create the tag, and it reads "When this you see, remember me," and on the other side, "Happy Birthday Linda" with the date. I also added beaded trim, for a little embellishment and as a reminder of the beaded jewelry we've made together.

I collect acorns, and Linda is, unfortunately for me, due to move out of state. So I gave this to her as a reminder of all of our fun times together. She loves it and has it displayed in her home. I am flattered by this, as she is a wonderfully talented knitter, and has helped me with many projects! Thank you Linda - I'm glad you like your knitty gift!
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Knitty Bitty

Well, I said I would, and I am: Posting about passions other than quilting today, that is. I made this scarf recently, and wouldn't you know, I got the pattern off another blog? Sure enough. So thank you That Crafty Mom for your free scarf pattern! (See my blog list to find her.)

I used Lana Bambu (Bamboo/Wool blend,) color 11. I love it. It turned out really well, and since I am a relatively new knitter, I am pleased and proud of my creation, and love how it looks on my coat. It looks better there, than on my guest bathroom towel rack, but that's a great way to photograph it since it was nice and bright in there, so...

There's my Knitty Bitty post! Have a great day!
Monday, January 24, 2011


This Wisconsin girl is thrilled that her precious Green Bay Packers are going to the SUPERBOWL!!!! Good luck to both teams, and may the Packers win! Hmmmm, maybe I need to make a Packers quilt....I'll mull it over between victory dances! Have a great day!
Monday, January 17, 2011

Two More Selvage Edge Ideas

My youngest son has a patriotic room, and since selvage edges almost always "read" as white, I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into something for his wall. This is just a start - a top only, but it is something. Some have really funny words on them. My favorite in this one is "good dog." He really likes it!
I had one or two rectangles leftover, so I made them into bookmarks. The fun with these is endless! I used bleached muslin as a foundation, and just pinned and pieced long strips of selvages onto the muslin with white thread, sewn by machine. I overlap the edges slightly, and I don't worry about fraying, because they are so tightly woven. 

This last photo shows how I pinned the edges onto the muslin. After this step I cut them into rectangles and used them like regular fabric in my rail fence blocks.

For the bookmarks, I cut a rectangle of polka dot fabric 3/4" or so, too large. I then folded and pressed the edges inward, mitering the corners. I then placed the selvage rectangle on top, and used satin-stitch appliqué to finish it off nice and neatly!

I hope some of you will come up with your own selvage edge projects and post them here!
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Selvages go with everything!

What else can you do with selvage edges? Here is a no-sew project for all you hot glue gun owners out there. I glued random selvages to glass candle holders, purchased at IKEA. They are each uniform in width from top to bottom, an important consideration for this project, as trying to negotiate curves might be regrettable. (Yikes!) 

Regular cottons were used, as well as flannels. I enjoy cutting my selvages different widths, and showing some of the fabric prints  with the edge in some cases, and I like the inconsistency of this. I did that on the selvage edge tree quilt as well (See previous post.)  I think they are extremely charming, and can actually safely be used as candle holders, as the fabric is on the outside, and cotton can withstand high heat. Flameless tea lights, are also an option. Give it a try! Selvages go with everything!!!