This rag quilt is the first one I've ever made! I used scrap fabric for the hearts and stitched them to squares of old sheets (that were still in good condition...). I added a thin batting, which I had to cut for each square (time consuming!) Then sewing the squares together with the seam edges on the top side, I snipped the edges of all of the hearts AND seam edges (more time consuming!).

Overall, I'm glad I made this quilt for the experience of it. Would I make another one? Well, I think I might need some time before I consider making another one like this. But it'll probably happen... 


Attaching a scalloped edge to a quilt is quite easy; the trick is to trim the edge to the size scallops you like, and making sure the scallops are the same on each size. I cut this quilt with a slight scallop.
For the binding, I bought 1 yard of a larger polka dot fabric because the store didn't have the smaller polka dot fabric. But it's the same shade of pink as the quilt, so it matches.
I opened up the one yard of fabric, spread it out on the floor, and drew 5 straight lines diagonally, about 1-1/2" wide, making four bias strips. I machine stitched the ends together perpendicularly, so the seam would be at a diagonal, instead of a straight seam. I think it looks better on the quilt.
Then I pinned the bias strips on the top fabric of the quilt, placing the edges together.
After I finished pinning the bias fabric, I machine stitched it to all of the layers along the edge of the quilt but only about 1/4" from the edge. Then it was trimmed to 1/8", and then began the more tedious part of the binding.
Fold the bias strip from the front to the back, turning it under, even the slightest bit. However, takes a ton of pins!
I hand stitched all the way around using the blind stitch, and it only took a few hours! (I was happy about that!)
And, voila! It's done!!!






I found these swatches in the drawer. There's gotta be something to make out of this!
The question is, WHAT?
A million thoughts start filling my mind when I start thinking of the possibilities.
In the end, something will be created!
(not a very good picture)
This is the latest project I've started. Another baby quilt. But this one is a little smaller. I bought one yard of fabric of both the top and backing fabric, intending to square it up. Lining up the selvages of both fabrics together, I cut 3 inches of the selvage off. That squared the one yard fabric!
Then laying it all out, fabric, batting, and lots of pins, I attached it to the quilt frame.
In looking at this fabric and imagining how to stitch it, I imagined quilting between the flowers, almost edging them. But after starting with that idea, I found that after the first few rows of stitching, it looked rather dull on the back; mostly wiggly lines from one side to the other. 
The next few rows, I decided to be more exaggerated and extend the stitching a little more up and down around the flowers. 

It may be hard to see, but the stitches go around the flower and up to another flower, then back down again. I think this'll look good not only on the top, but the design on the back will be a little more pleasing, too.
One thing I like about making a little bit smaller quilt is that it gets done a little faster! As any quilter knows, there's always another idea for the next project lurking in the back of your mind while you're working on the current one.


It's almost done!!!
I'm so excited! It fits a queen size bed (just the top), and of the four skeins left, I have only one more to go until I can start working on the border. I plan to crochet at least two rows all the way around the blanket, then add a decorative edge - maybe! 

There are 20+ skeins in this work of art, and much like getting close to finishing a quilt, I've put so much time into it, I'm wanting to both hurry and finish it, and also take my time to do it right.
So when I get to that next step, I'll re-evaluate, and post what'll come next!




My collection of crochet hooks! I love to crochet, and found a great way to keep all of them organized. Much like a crayon roll for kids on the go, this is the best way I've found to keep all of my hooks at hand! I like to keep a few of each size, but sharing with upcoming crocheting granddaughters slimmed down a few sizes.
Stripey Blanket



This pattern was one I found on pinterest, and I loved the idea. Each row (or two or three) is a different color, and decorative stitches are thrown in along the way. As a throw blanket, it's fun and the perfect size, and the color choices are endless. Visit here and here to see the post.
I would make this blanket again, because it goes quickly, and I love double crochet!