Baby Bibs galore

My sister-in-law's sister-in-law is expecting a baby in November, so I and Jenlle (my sister-in-law) are extremely excited. WE already have the alphabet quilt in the works (so far we've bought fabric, but that's it), but the baby mamma is coming down this weekend and we wanted to do some small presents. Enter, the baby bibs! Although we didn't need patterns, we used two different patterns. The first came witha maternity top pattern, and the second came with a bunch of baby outfits. They came out very well. I made the second and the 4th (and did the applique on the third), but Jenelle made hte first and the third.

I think it's great seeing someone get (back) into sewing. I also things it's cute seeing someone who isn't 100% comfortable take all the long-cuts. I realize how lazy I sometimes am about pinning because I've gotten comfortable enough with my machine that I don't need to pin.
In knitting stuff, I finished a new winter hat. It's stranded (I can't stand intarsia, I'm afraid), so it's super warm and was super easy to make. I don't feel like double-posint pictures, but I have it on ravelry: Fireside Cap.



I have had an account on Burdastyle for close to a year now (at least it feels like it). I've bookmarked and favorited items, but I've never made any significant contributions. And now I've finally started taking picture of the things I've made and putting them up. I even did my first lame how-to for the skirt shown below.

Also, I really want to make this cute bolero...seems perfect for teaching. Plus, since it's T-shirt weight material, it's great as the weather is still warm and as it starts to cool a little bit.


The Quilt that started the frenzy

While perusing through past entries and also looking at pictures online, I realized that I never posted the Mother's day quilt from last year...the one that really put me back into quilting.

The blocks themselves were machine pieced, but all applique was done by hand. And was there a lot of it. . .


I was so pleased with the way this quilt turned out. It is by far the best quilt I made--too bad I'll never see it again!

The story behind it is my boyfriend's mom wanted a present for his younger brother (4th grade) at the end of the year. His mom has loved many of the things I've made (such as the table runner for Mother's Day that I made), so she paid me for materials and labor to make a quilt.
Now I've wanted to make the Drunkard's Path (also known as Fool's puzzle) since my mom bought me my first quilting book in about 5th grade or so. But I've waited (and waited) to make it because all those curves look daunting.

As usual, I've learned a lot (and I mean A LOT) with each and every quilt I make, and this was certainly not an exception. Clipping curves, something I often "skip" in making clothes because it isn't terribly necessary, was a MUST with this quilt. In addition, the iron has now become my best friend. And actually "squaring off" blocks... I had never heard of such a thing until I read one quilt book front to back...amazing.

But without further ado, I present my most favorite quilt ever. That being said, due to the complexity of the quilt, I doubt I will make it again anytime soon.



Oh! And I made an apron for the July Tie-One-On theme. The gallery is here, and this is my apron! The experience was awesome and fun (I love aprons even though I never wear them), and the comments I received were so lovely I think I'll have to make another one in time for the September theme--plaid!

I encourage anyone who likes aprons to do this!

Winter garments in August

I have tons of pretty sweaters in my queue on Ravelry, but to get my feet wet in the knitting world I wanted to start with some smaller projects (the dropped scarf was lost when I moved from Philly back home but was recently found again, so I'll be working on it after I finish my new projects.

I'm teaching for the first time ever this fall, and I want to show some school spirit. Unfortunately, I may only be there three months (filling in for maternity leave), so I don't want to spend $20 on an article of clothing that I may never wear again. My sister in law gave me tons of yarn from a relative, so I have lots of colors to choose from. The only issue is that most it is half a skein or less; not the ideal amount to make a scarf with. But 3 half skeins...that's doable. I was looking for something easy, and while browsing through Ravelry's multitude of patterns, I found this Super Easy Plaited Scarf. My modification was to only cast on 4 stitches (I really didn't have a lot of yarn), and I added tassles. Pictures coming as soon as I get my digital camera back.

In addition, my sister loves fingerless gloves, and I had her pick out a few patterns...only now I can't remember which patterns are for her and which were for me! I wanted a simple pattern for some classier fingerless gloves (my brown and cream striped glittens don't exactly scream "grown-up", so I decided to knit Carissa's Cabled Fingerless mitts. These have been significantly altered; all information is on my Ravelry page (username: mlichtenwalner).

I've got some sewing projects on the back burner--a biology quilt for my college biology department, a baby quilt for my sister-in-law's sister-in-law (she and I are collaborating on a project for her nephew), and some clothes.

Again, pictures soon to follow.