Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tutorial: Simple Stitch Markers

Make pretty and practical stitch markers for yourself, or as a thoughtful gift for knitting friends.  All you will need for this style is jump rings, beads, and glue. 

Gather your supplies:

  • Jump Rings 10 mm (found in the jewelry making supplies section of your craft store).
  • Glass beads (I used a 3 oz. assortment pack)
  • Glue that dries clear.  You can use metal/glass glue, but I just used what I had around the house
  • Optional: toothpick, waxed paper to cover your work surface

Open jump ring front and back so circle is not distorted (do not open by pulling apart).

Slide on a bead (or more than one if you prefer)
Put ends of jump ring back together, and add a drop of glue over the join.

You can use a toothpick to apply glue if you like.  Slide bead over glue and join, and let dry.
Make a bunch in various colors of jump rings and beads.
  You can also use size 9mm jump rings if you like.

 The next stitch marker has just a few more steps and supplies, but is still super easy to make.

I am going to show you how to make the adorable ladybug stitch markers.
  You can find all kinds of beads at Michael's, or other craft supply stores. 

Gather your supplies.  You need:
  • 26 gauge copper wire
  • wire cutter
  • needle nose pliers
  • crimp beads
  • main bead for your stitch marker
  • pencil. 

Cut a piece of wire about 3" long

Wrap twice around a pencil with both ends hanging even

Thread wires through large bead.

Thread wires through crimp bead.
 Squeeze with pliers until bead flattens, encasing the wire.  
Cut off any exposed wire at end.

Cute, and Ready for Action.

I hope you enjoy making your own stitch markers.  You just might get addicted!

Happy Crafting♥

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Carseat/Stroller Baby Quilt

I finally got a chance to finish the carseat/stroller quilt my daughter and I are making for a friend of hers.  The friend and her husband recently became foster parents of a sweet little baby boy. 

The design is the Sophie Car Seat Quilt by Jennie of Clover & Violet, a free pattern on the Moda Bake Shop site. We used charm squares from Malka Dubrawsky's Simple Marks, and kona cottons from my shop.

I love the happy colors in this quilt.  I hope Michael does too.
Happy Quilting ♥

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Lots of Mystery Knit-a-Longs are happening on Ravelry this month.  One that I participated in was from the Beginner's Knit-Along Group.  We worked on a dishcloth, and received a new clue every couple of days.  The first person to guess the image on the dishcloth, won six lovely stitchmarkers from QTWIQ. *

*As an aside, I actually won a set of these stitchmarkers in another contest on Ravelry,
you can see a picture of the ones I chose at the end of this post.

(If you are a knitter or crocheter you might QTWIQ's site interesting.  It is an ongoing calendar of "Alongs" on Ravelry.)

After finishing clue #4 on the dishcloth,  my work looked like this:

Would you believe someone guessed it at this point!

In fact, it was the first guess of the knit-a-long.

The image is a dolphin, which is a free pattern by Kelly Daniels of the One Crafty Mama blog.

The finished project looked like this:
Can you see the dolphin?

As promised earlier, here is a photo of the stitch markers I won in an earlier contest:

Aren't they cute!

Happy Crafting ♥

Monday, July 7, 2014

Adding Lettering to a Quilt

Yesterday, while adding a name to a baby quilt, I had the thought that others might like to see the process. Adding lettering is quick, fun, and easy.  Personalizing a quilt by including a name, initials, or a favorite quote can add an extra special touch. Here are the steps I use. 

You will need:
  • A printer and paper 
  • Small scraps of fabric from the quilt you are making
  • Scissors
  • Fusible of your choice.  This is the one I used.
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Ruler
Print lettering in the size and font you want on your quilt

Cut away extra paper
Cut fusible to a size large enough for letter, but smaller than fabric piece

Iron fusible to wrong side of fabric with paper side up and fusible side toward fabric

Lay lettering right side down so that lettering will be in proper orientation on the quilt

Hold or pin paper so that it doesn't move, and cut out along edge of lettering

Peel away paper backing from fusible.  Starting at a corner may make it easier to do.

Make sure entire letter is covered with fusible
Place lettering on quilt as desired.  You might want to use a ruler to line up the edge

You can now stitch around each letter with a zigzag or satin stitch

I plan on doing an allover stippling quilting
and allow the quilting to secure the lettering.

I'll let you know how that turns out.

Happy Quilting ♥

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Celebrate Summer

Look at the pictures my husband snapped today of a robin nesting in our front yard maple.

It has been a beautiful 4th of July weekend.